Failure -the fate of most politicians except the exceptional.

Enoch Powell , a notable and highly intelligent politician in his day and largely and incorrectly remembered for his misquoted ‘rivers of blood’ speech, once said , ”In the end,  all politicians are failures ”. In the current hurly burly of appallingly conducted Brexit negotiations and the opprobrium this has brought down on the ruling British Conservative party as much as on the indecisive and divided Socialists and indeed,  looking back over  Prime Ministers of the country over the last...

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Hate, the latest popular social phenomena.

It is amazing that so many people can work themselves up into such a storm of hatred, in public, for someone who has had no effect on them at all, except for offending their opinions.Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America represents a country whose been our long-term ally and actual saviour. On the eve of D day, if you care to remember the isolation of Britain during World War II and the sheer fact that 6600...

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Poland the land of lost causes

I have just come back from Poland after my first, most enjoyable visit . Do go to Warsaw and Kracow  for long weekends. Most interesting , vigorous and such good food . We had a walking tour guide around Kracow who had a delightfully self disparaging, British sense of humour , but for a different reason . We Brits do it so as not to appear conceited or self promoting, but the Poles do it with an historic  sense of...

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The F word

“Fuck, fucking, fucker, fucked” and its compounds of fuckwit and motherfucker, have become such useful and variously used words, no doubt because of the consonant concentrated sound and projection, usually in violent usage and invective.Of course, it has nothing to do with its original meaning of having sex.Its derivative seems to be from the 15th century with Germanic Dutch and Flemish roots, but it is a widely used English word albeit a disphemism or unpleasant term and now so loosely ...

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The BBC have no notion of shame

‘There are laws to protect the freedom of the press’s speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press.’ Mark Twain So said a keen observer of the propriety of the “freedom of information” which the BBC is now egregiously and tendentiously summoning as a reason for appealing against its contrived “exclusive” and baseless intrusion into the life of Cliff Richard, by the completely extravagant live reporting of the police raiding his home about an...

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