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Unexpected taste of wartime

Unexpected taste of wartime

I don’t know how you’re getting on with the BBC’s new Sunday-Night drama: SS-GB. Len Deighton’s tale of what Britain would have suffered if the Nazis had won the last war is undoubtedly chilling. It brought to mind a wee frisson of my own from more than 30 years ago. I was a recently qualified […]

Bye-bye, Herr Juncker

Bye-bye, Herr Juncker

Why did the United Kingdom decide to abandon the European Union? Here are the main 20 reasons as I see them, in no particular order. Widespread international frustration with the global political and banking establishment manifested itself clearly throughout the United Kingdom in this referendum. Britons who felt that mainstream political parties and bureaucracy habitually over-rode […]

Food for Euro-thought

Food for Euro-thought

On June 23, the United Kingdom will make its most important political decision in more than 40 years. If you’re swithering about how to vote, or even are unsure if you’re going to vote at all, have a look at this YouTube link. It is a highly professional documentary, produced by a BBC-trained team, and takes 71 minutes, […]

Frank's theory returns to haunt us

Frank’s theory returns to haunt us

I had a sub-editor colleague at The Press and Journal in the late 1970s who was so famously cantankerous that people used to provoke him deliberately for entertainment on a slow evening. Let’s call him Frank. Most of it was low-grade grumbling about the state of the world, the inanity of celebrity and so forth. Truly spectacular […]

Teacakes for brains

Teacakes for brains

Many years ago, when Michael Forsyth was the Scottish Secretary in one of the Thatcher governments, there was a meeting at Bute House, the Westminster base of the Scottish Office. Mr Forsyth was surrounded by eager young Tory pups and asked if any of them could help him remember the name of a high-tech company […]

Humour in the courtroom

Humour in the courtroom

Former barrister and politician Sir Malcolm Rifkind has retained his sense of humour. He has been telling a tale of life in Edinburgh legal circles in the 1950s. Apparently a bailie had convicted someone of a petty offence and was peering sternly at the miscreant. “I am going to fine you £50,” he said, “and let […]

Why Labour won't win in 2020

Why Labour won’t win in 2020

Nearly five years ago, the day after Ed Miliband was elected leader of the Labour Party, I wrote a newspaper column which went against the tide of the times. I wrote that Ed Miliband would never become Prime Minister. I am going to make another prediction now: whichever of the current candidates the Labour Party […]

Man of the election

Man of the election

One man stood out in the momentous 24 hours of the UK election and its results, and it wasn’t the victorious Prime Minister David Cameron. Take a bow Strathclyde University Professor John Curtice. John was the man who put together the BBC’s exit poll, which was announced minutes after voting closed at 10pm on May […]

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