Soubry nails it

04 October 2016

There are no doubt many issues on which Anna Soubry and I would not agree.

But right at this moment, I feel a warm fuzzy desire to hug her.


Do NOT talk to me about the “London Bubble”…

31 August 2016

On Medium: Do not talk to me about the London Bubble

I’m doing most of my heavy-lifting blogging over on Medium now, because the way we use the web has shifted and I don’t have time to attend this site and build it up to the point of something like John Scalzi’s Whatever – even assuming that my maunderings would ever be that interesting. However, I keep coming back here because a) SHINY and b) ALL MINE and c) lots of people land here looking for me and yes, I am around and writing.

Anyway – I wrote this about the London Bubble that keeps cropping up in the UK’s political discourse at the moment, and I am helluva mad about it. The London Bubble is not some foppish snot-nosed twat in a frock coat telling farmers and miners how to live. It’s London walking into a future where you don’t get booed for walking into a pub while black. It’s gay people kissing on whatever damn park bench they like. It’s women wearing burkinis, headphones, steampunk leather, pajamas or frickin’ alligator plushie onesies if that’s what they want to do.

In fact I’m going to go put that in now, belatedly.

Ciao.

 

 

 


Corbyn’s World

22 June 2016

On the Labour Leader, electoral mathematics, immigration and the EU — and the one thing that might take him to No 10.

In the event that we do leave the EU, David Cameron must surely fall. He will be remembered in history as the Conservative Prime Minister who, after an undistinguished first term, sacrificed his second — and his nation’s stability — in the interest of a party unity he ultimately did not secure. He will likely also be the man responsible for the breakup of the United Kingdom, with Scotland seceding in favour of the EU — always assuming that the world’s largest trading bloc is not torn apart by internal strife in the aftermath of Cameron’s failed gambit. Just about the only thing of which the newly solitary UK will have a surplus is irony.

How, then, is it possible that the new-minted leader of the UK’s only meaningful opposition party does not look like the obvious winner of our next general election, whether that comes later this year or in 2020?


John Oliver takes on the EU Referendum

20 June 2016

John  Oliver, a little frazzled in the first half, but unmissable all the same, and the final song is absolutely brilliant.


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