Cover Page, 1st February 2018, Issue 139 The Article competition is still open. Team up with a friend of a different political persuasion and define a New Politics, make the world a better place, and win a £ Prize. See the Article Cross Party Thinking for the full details.
01 February 2018 Lens on the week UK REFERENDUM: Perhaps it is a shortage of hard news which has driven the press to focus heavily on the “increased prospect of” a further referendum on EU membership being held when the terms of the Brexit deal emerge. You would think that we had all learnt our
01 February 2018 “You Value What You Pay For.” The NHS – what can the Brits learn from the French? By Richard Pooley “Nous prendrons notre retraite à la fin de l’année,” Dr Risso told my wife and me with evident glee in October. “Nous” because his wife was my wife’s doctor. Not that my
01 February 2018 Politics and Comedy Don’t mix. By Neil Tidmarsh Jimmy Morales was a famous comedian and comic actor before he was elected president of Guatemala two years ago. His campaign slogan was ‘neither corrupt nor a crook’, and he promised to fight corruption if he was victorious. So sardonic laughter echoed around his
01 February 2018 The Conservatives’ Choice Be radical! By John Watson Richard Flanagan’s Booker Prize winner The Narrow Road to the Deep North not only gives a horrifying picture of the Burma railway, but also takes a very humane look at why those involved on all sides did what they did. In one particularly affecting
01 February 2018 Diary of a Corbynista Davos and other fantasies by Don Urquhart 25 January Last night I watched the Arsenal beat Chelsea. We’re going to Wembley we chanted. It was shorthand for saying we are in the Carabao Cup Final. The World Economic Forum is currently taking place in Davos, but we
01 February 2018 Any Colour You Like Mr Musk’s bet by J.R. Thomas Well, any colour you like, so long as it’s black. So Henry Ford is rumoured to have said about his mass produced cars. Henry was a man of quotable sayings; another that might appeal is “I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor.
01 February 2018 Is it time to be a dragon? Venture Capital Trusts may be worth a look. by Frank O’Nomics Those of us who enjoy watching the BBC’s Dragon’s Den probably do so in part because we quite fancy having a wad of cash in front of us to spend on the next big
01 February 2018 L’Enfer C’est Les Autres The problem with ‘other people’. By Lynda Goetz For those who read my musings each week, my failure to produce anything in last week’s issue of Shaw Sheet may possibly have been a disappointment (we are all allowed to hope and dream, after all). Returning from a week
01 February 2018 Chin Boosts Sterling A financial god. By Chin Chin Aargh! Aargh! Aargh! Aargh! Aargh! The news is enough to make you feel sick. No, I don’t mean the prospect of even more bloodshed in the Middle East as Turkey turns on the Kurds. Nor am I referring it to those harbingers of