Issue 345: 2022 11 03: Cover page

Cover Page, 3 November 2022, Issue 345 Welcome to our latest edition. This week we consider: Sunak’s obstacle course; the NHS; Scholz’s maverick Germany; freeports; Cop27 and climate change (and Boris); Europe by ferry and car; plus of course a crossword from Boffles. Share this using… Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email Whatsapp


3 November 2022 Sunak The brickbats. By John Watson As far as I’m aware, Mr Sunak has never sat in a trench and been bombarded by artillery, but at the moment he must be getting a taste of the political equivalent. The markets have greeted his appointment with relief but there are plenty of brickbats… Continue reading Sunak

‘Germany First’

3 November 2022 ‘Germany First’ Chancellor Scholz breaks ranks. By Neil Tidmarsh Europe’s maverick states – Brexit Britain, Orban’s Hungary, Duda’s Poland… and now Scholtz’s Germany?  For some months, chancellor Olaf Scholtz’s government has been putting noses out of joint among its partners in the EU and in the wider West. But the last two… Continue reading ‘Germany First’

NHS – A Leaky Bucket

3 November 2022 A Hole in the NHS Bucket Selling paintings is not going to fill it! By Lynda Goetz The NHS is clearly not an efficient organisation. Like our immigration system, it is not working. It is broken. Throwing more and more money at it is not the answer, nor is the rather unhelpful… Continue reading NHS – A Leaky Bucket

Diversity Gone Mad

3 November 2022 Diversity Gone Mad Illustrated by Freeports by Don Urquhart Jacob Rees-Mogg let the cat out of the bag 3 years ago when responding to a parliamentary question posed by Sir Oliver Letwin: My hon. Friend makes a characteristically Wykehamist point: highly intelligent but fundamentally wrong. I must confess that I have sometimes thought my… Continue reading Diversity Gone Mad

How long have we got?

3 November 2022 How long have we got? Paul Branch Time in politics seems to be getting shorter, with Liz Truss having set a new world record for time in office.   Young Liz spent her secondary school years in Leeds, the site of an earlier very similar record, that of a football manager — Brian… Continue reading How long have we got?

Taking the Ferry

3 November 2022 Taking the Ferry Holidays in France By Robert Kilconner Large open top touring cars, hotel to hotel across Europe, first class meal after first class meal, it was the Brideshead way of taking a holiday. Standards have slipped since then or more accurately holidaymakers have slipped down a class or two, but… Continue reading Taking the Ferry

Boris at COP27

2 November 2022 Letter to the Editor from Mr Kirk Bride Dear Sirs Wow, what an astonishing thing. Boris of all people has got his ticket for COP27. Does the man ever.let up? Is his ego so great that he cannot resist any opportunity to get into the limelight? Surely he has learned that he… Continue reading Boris at COP27


3 November 2022 Crossword Number 345 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 344 Boffles 2 now available from Amazon at £6.99.Just the thing for autumn & winter evenings. Share this using… Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email Whatsapp

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