A Damning Document

3 February 2022 A Damning Document Gray’s interim report. By Robert Kilconner The findings of Sue Gray’s interim report may have been restricted by a number of the incidents becoming sub judice but at least that keeps the report to a readable length. 12 pages, including appendices, is not a lot and two pages of… Continue reading A Damning Document

Issue 310: 2022 02 03: Cover page

Cover Page, 3 February 2022, Issue 310 Welcome to our latest edition. This week we consider: the Gray report: racism, colour and the Jews; learning from history; Lebanon’s financial meltdown; a lesson for The Times‘ commission on education from Dorothy L Sayers; Anglo-Irish relationships; a Corbynista’s week; and of course a crossword from Boffles and… Continue reading Issue 310: 2022 02 03: Cover page

Racism, Colour & the Jews

2 February 2022 Racism, Colour and the Jews A lack of understanding. By Lynda Goetz I have no personal axe to grind here.  I am white, middle-class and (as far as I am aware, although my grandfather was an economic migrant from Hungary before World War I) with no Jewish blood. The media storm whipped… Continue reading Racism, Colour & the Jews

Learning from History

3 February 2022 Learning From History by J.R. Thomas Not that old joke again.  “The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.”  It’s not much of a joke.  Most good jokes have a kernel of truth in them and that one has a whole heartwood of veracity, but all… Continue reading Learning from History

Redactio Ad Absurdum

3 February 2022 Diary of a Corbynista Redactio Ad Absurdum by Don Urquhart   We are told to wait until the investigation is complete and, until then, just to carry on as normal.  The leader appears to have a vested interest in kicking the issue down the road until the electorate tires of it and… Continue reading Redactio Ad Absurdum

Mr Assaii Makes a Withdrawal

3 February 2022 Mr Assaii Makes a Withdrawal. Lebanon’s financial meltdown. By Neil Tidmarsh Last week, Abdallah Assaii became a world-famous bank robber. He wheeled a suitcase into his local branch of the BBAC bank in Lebanon and took his place in the queue of other suitcase-wheeling customers, who were making the most of the… Continue reading Mr Assaii Makes a Withdrawal

The Tools of Learning

3 February 2022 The Tools of Learning A focus for the Commission By John Watson The Times is always keen to establish itself at the centre of progressive thinking and it is presumably with this in mind that it has set up a Commission to suggest ways of reforming the British educational system. Actually, it… Continue reading The Tools of Learning

England and Ireland

3 February 2022 England and Ireland A very special relationship By Paul Branch The last month or so has seen some significant anniversaries of events that have shaped these fair islands.  At the end of last year we had the centenary of the treaty establishing the Irish Free State, paving the way for the birth… Continue reading England and Ireland


3 February 2022 Crossword Number 310 By Boffles Click for this Week’s interactive online crossword Click for a printable version of this Week’s crossword Click for solution to crossword 309 Share this using… Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email Whatsapp


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