We may raise an exasperated smile to watch Donald Trump and his acolytes playing absurd fast and loose with 'alternative facts' across the water, but it's painful to watch one of our major parties sinking to such demeaning depths. The lies flagrantly delivered by a succession of Tory spokesmen in recent days issue from panic, … Continue reading Lies, damn lies and Conservative Central Office
Let's not pretend that we're shocked by Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. We might have crossed our fingers, but he never hid the kind of man he is, his prioritising oil company profits over the future of the planet, his malign ignorance. We've got what he said we'd get if the American … Continue reading Trump & May: what it says on the tin
Byelections are often strange, one-off affairs, but even if we shrug off Labour’s defeat in Copeland as about disunity, or nuclear energy, or Brexit, or Jeremy Corbyn’s weak leadership, the signs all about us are that the Left is just about everywhere in disarray and the Right in giddy – and often unpleasant – triumph. … Continue reading Whither – or wither – the Left?
Politics is a dirty old business, so we shouldn't be surprised to find Europhiles who despise Tony Blair for Iraq buoyed up by his anti-Brexit campaign. And yes, you can count us among that number. He certainly has no pure-white steed to ride into battle, but if he can stir up those jaded down-at-heel troops … Continue reading Dining with the enemy
Sales of 1984 are apparently soaring, so perhaps there is still a place for satire – in which case we of course hope that you’ll do what you’ve always meant to do and get hold of our take on the Age of Austerity (Lady Thatcher’s Wink on Amazon and elsewhere as a paperback, and also … Continue reading Hell. Handcart. World.
The shame and embarrassment will know no bounds as our hapless prime minister comes back from Washington with the pretence of a triumph. And that triumph, much as she claims it for the UK in all its ‘greatness’, she will actually regard as all her own – artful Treeza strikes again! There is no more … Continue reading Treeza May and the specious relationship
Once upon a time there was a big bad wolf called Donald who enjoyed growling and pacing and telling all the other animals he would eat them all up if they made him angry – especially if they were weak, or female or of a different colour from himself. And when at last he became … Continue reading Big bad Donald and sweet little Treeza – a fairy tale
We’re so used to cant that we barely register it any more. Remember Margaret Thatcher reciting St Francis of Assisi before bringing devastation to large parts of Britain? Remember David Cameron going green and hugging hoodies before he and his pal George brought in grim austerity for the masses? Remember, even more recently, Theresa May … Continue reading A Special Kind of Sharing
India’s supreme court has just ruled that all cinemas must play the national anthem before each screening and that everyone must stand up for it – with arrest and criminal charges for those who refuse to comply. Reminds us of Britain in the early Sixties, when the anthem was still played at the end of … Continue reading Why shouting that you’re British means you’re not quite
Unusually for a quiz, there are no answers to this one. That’s because we’re simply raising some crucial ‘known unknowns’ – and crossing our fingers that 2017 isn’t as disastrous as 2016. 1 Will our parliamentary representatives really nod through Brexit if it becomes increasingly obvious that it’s going to be a disaster for the … Continue reading The Wink New Year Quiz