Court Report

Wednesday, 25 September 2019
Court Report

Today something happened in the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Something big. Something bigger even than Brexit - the shadow that has hovered over all our political dealings for three years and which has split and sundered the United...

Greenstick Fracture

Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Greenstick Fracture

When I was about seven years old I broke my lower left arm. I fell from a door frame and landed on it. I remember my arm being bent at a very odd angle and in the wrong place. It transpired that, as a result of my youth, that I had suffered...

Rubicon

Thursday, 29 August 2019
Rubicon

Boris Alexander DePfeffel Johnson is, currently, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom thanks to the votes of the tiny minority of the UK population who paid to be members of the Conservative Party. Does the phrase “rotten borough ring any...

The Dividing Line

Monday, 27 May 2019
The Dividing Line

It’s about as stark an image as you could create with a map and some colours. Produced by the BBC it shows the political parties that came first in counties of the United Kingdom in last week’s elections to the European Parliament. To the...

A Letter To Constiuents

Monday, 25 March 2019
A Letter To Constiuents

Nadhim Zahawi (pictured) is the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families in what, as of the current moment, could still be called the Government. I can’t claim to know a great deal about him, but he has come to my...

Two Swords

Thursday, 21 March 2019
Two Swords

This evening the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom chose to speak directly to the British people. To tell us what, exactly? To tell us that she is not to blame for the shambolic omnifuck that Brexit has turned into under her aegis; that...

The May-Go-Round

Thursday, 14 March 2019
The May-Go-Round

“Cometh the hour, cometh the man” it says in the Authorised Version of the Gospel of John. We’ve come on a long way since 1611 and we really should render that last word as ‘person’, as, when a time of crisis comes a woman is equally able...

Why Bother Voting?

Monday, 25 February 2019
Why Bother Voting?

When I was a boy, decades ago, I was told a story by one of my teachers. It was a story about why grown-ups voted. It was a story about the country I was growing up in and how it was run. It was a story about an idea: an idea called ‘Democracy’....

Taking Back Control

Tuesday, 15 January 2019
Taking Back Control

I’m not a great man for football statistics but there’s one I have remembered since I was a boy. The biggest margin of victory in a professional game was when Celtic saw off Bon Accord with a score of 36:0 in 1885. There are some records...

The Fourth Day

Saturday, 5 January 2019
The Fourth Day

On the Fourth Day, according to the Book of Genesis, God created the Sun and the Moon and all the stars. That’s a pretty big achievement. Of course, that’s God we’re talking about so we ought to have pretty high expectations.

And...