The Casey Review

6 April 2023 The Casey Review Missing the point. By John Watson Findings of the Report The final report of the Casey Review of the Metropolitan Police has certainly made people sit up.  And so it should.  While acknowledging that there are many excellent and committed officers, something which chimes with the experience of most… Continue reading The Casey Review

The Privileges Committee

6 April 2023 The Privileges Committee An instrument of resurrection. By Robert Kilconner We all know the proverb “Those whom the Gods wish to destroy they first make mad”. It has certainly been around since the 17th century and some accord it Latin or Greek provenance. What is less well known is that when the… Continue reading The Privileges Committee

Scottish Politics Post-Sturgeon

6 April 2023 Scottish Politics Post-Sturgeon A change of guard. By Antoninus Funny things, leadership elections, especially in Scotland. One day, there’s a political stasis, with Nicola Sturgeon in post as first minister for eight years (Reminder: UK count over the same period – five PMs) and has given no hint of departing. The next… Continue reading Scottish Politics Post-Sturgeon

An Aeon in Politics

6 April 2023 An Aeon in Politics Plus ça change… By Lynda Goetz It was apparently said during the Wilson era that ‘a week is a long time in politics’. Given the events of the last few years, that hardly seems to cover the rapidity with which things can change. By extension, a month, which… Continue reading An Aeon in Politics

Who Was Robert Boyd?

6 April 2023 Who Was Robert Boyd? A footnote on the right side of history. By Neil Tidmarsh Sometimes a single passing reference can grab your attention and refuse to let go.  Like this one: “Liberals, meanwhile, tried to encourage their own popular rebellions, with several attempts in 1831 alone.  One of these saw a… Continue reading Who Was Robert Boyd?

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

6 April 2023 Are You Sitting Comfortably? Somewhere in the multiverse. Paul Branch So began the iconic BBC Light Programme’s Listen With Mother, a comforting invitation from the 1950s to snuggle up, put away your childish concerns and let yourself be transported into a world of reassuring familiarity, fun and safety.  “Then I’ll begin”, continued… Continue reading Are You Sitting Comfortably?


6 April 2023 Crossword Number 354 By Boffles Click for this month’s interactive online crossword Click for a printable version of this month’s crossword Click for solution to crossword 353 Boffles 2 now available from Amazon at £6.99.Just the thing for spring afternoons. Share this using… Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email Whatsapp


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