The Dividing Line

Monday, 27 May 2019

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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...

Militant Tendency

Thursday, 13 December 2018

“I’ll tell you what happens with impossible promises. You start with far-fetched resolutions. They are then pickled into a dogma, a code, and you go through the years sticking to that, outdated, misplaced, irrelevant to the real needs and...

Final Fantasy

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Please don’t quote me on this, but I feel a little sorry for Theresa May. No. Genuinely. Yes, she’s done some really stupid things since she came to power, but they aren’t the entire reason that things have gone mammaries-skyward over the...

A Reply To A Letter

Monday, 26 November 2018

Dear Mrs May

Thank you so much for your letter. It was so kind of you to get in touch with us and explain the deal you have made, on our behalf , with the European Union. I understand that you would like our support, but much...