Domage Report

Wednesday, 26 May 2021
Domage Report

One of the curses of hanging around social media is finding out exactly how broken and how dysfunctional our politics has become in the Increasingly Not United Kingdom, and today is no exception. Today was Dominic Cummings Day in Westminster....

Curtains For Boris

Sunday, 2 May 2021
Curtains For Boris

Nobody cares. That’s the word that supporters have been putting around on social media. Nobody cares about Boris Johnson’s wallpaper. That’s the story that Tory MPs have been purveying to a compliant press and to anyone who will listen....

O Lucky Man!

Friday, 23 October 2020

I come from a Working Class background, back in the days before Vicky Pollard and before Scum Class, before we were taught of ‘sink estates’ and a ‘feral underclass’. I grew up in a stable family with two loving parents who encouraged me...

All Good Men

Sunday, 24 May 2020
All Good Men

“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party.” That’s a drill invented by Charles E. Weller for training typists back in the days when there was no Shift-X. Come to the aid of the party. That’s what the ‘good men and...

Success! Success!

Wednesday, 6 May 2020
Success! Success!

I’m a teacher. I spend a lot of time assuring kids - especially the younger ones - that what matters is that they try; that they do their best. In a classroom that’s entirely appropriate. In other situations, not so much. Air Traffic Control....

Who Do We Need?

Sunday, 26 April 2020
Who Do We Need?

Maybe it was a headline. A headline that, maybe, I’m paraphrasing. It was the day after the BBC aired its “Night In” telethon and we were informed that the stars and celebrities had ‘raised £27 million” for the NHS. I found myself thinking...

When We Get Back To Normal

Monday, 6 April 2020
When We Get Back To Normal

As I write it has been revealed that the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is in an Intensive Care Unit suffering from COVID-19. If you’ve read anything else I’ve written you’ll know I have a virulent antipathy for his politics, but...

I Am Not A Nationalist

Saturday, 1 February 2020
I Am Not A Nationalist

An hour ago the United Kingdom ceased to be a member of the European Union. In a flurry of flag-waving flummery the country I was born in, grew up in, live in, has turned its back on a relationship with the nations of Europe that has brought...

Metal Boxes

Wednesday, 22 January 2020
Metal Boxes

I was up in Glasgow a week ago for a conference of Chemistry Teachers. I elected, for reasons I’ll go into, to drive up. It was a fairly easy drive until I hit the M8. If you have never driven the M8 at around 9 o’clock in the morning then...

Leaving The Show

Sunday, 12 January 2020
Leaving The Show

A downed airliner. Australia on fire. A climate emergency that threatens whole populations with starvation or inundation. So what are the big headlines in all the papers? A young man has decided he no longer wishes to work for the family...