Making a Choice

21 July 2022 Making a Choice For a new PM. By John Watson Jim, as fans of Hilaire Belloc will remember, was eaten by a lion so the circumstances are not quite identical. Nonetheless his father’s warning to “always keep a-hold of nurse for fear of finding something worse” must echo in the ears of… Continue reading Making a Choice

Grey Days 

21 July 2022 Grey Days    by J.R. Thomas In 1963 Harold MacMillan, bothered by the Profumo scandal, frightened half to death by his doctors that his life was hanging by a thread, and disquieted by the opinion polls that he was unlikely to win the approaching next election, decided to resign.  We don’t know if… Continue reading Grey Days 

This is the end

21 July 2022 Lies, Damned Lies and Coronavirus This is the end by David Chilvers In January 1967, the first Doors album was released including the track “This is the end”.  Unfortunately, four and a half years later that was the case for Jim Morrison, who wrote the lyrics to the song.  Although not quite… Continue reading This is the end

A Decent Tory?

21 July 2022 A Decent Tory? Must be some mistake by Don Urquhart The Conservative leadership candidates are being whittled down.  Most of my friends vote Conservative.  It does not make them bad people.  They have different priorities from me.  But I look at the candidates and find it difficult to like any of them… Continue reading A Decent Tory?

The Anti-Boris

21 July 2022 The Anti-Boris A trip to Italy. By Neil Tidmarsh. Had enough of Boris Johnson? Hoping for a completely different kind of prime minister? Dreaming of someone as unlike Mr Johnson as possible? Ok, let’s step through the looking glass and see if we can imagine an anti-Boris, a prime minister who is… Continue reading The Anti-Boris

Matters of Principle

21 July 2022 Matters of Principle The Saudi elbow bump. By Robert Kilconner  “Look, you got a family that is worth $100 billion, which crushes democracy, which treats women as third-class citizens, which murders and imprisons its opponents…”  Mr Sanders description of Saudi Arabia pulled no punches. Until recently Biden would have been there too,… Continue reading Matters of Principle

Footsteps in the Sand

21 July 2022 Footsteps in the Sand By Paul Branch In the momentous Conservative drama playing out before our eyes, one that will usher in a whole new way of thinking and frame our future for at least a couple of months, much is being said about the burning issues arising from the current financial… Continue reading Footsteps in the Sand


21 July 2022 Crossword Number 334 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 333 Share this using… Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email Whatsapp

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