The Blood Of The Catalans

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Well, that didn’t last as long as we would have liked, did it? Today Spain’s 39 year old flirtation with democracy came to an end when the Spanish government decided this whole ‘letting people vote for things’ idea had got entirely out...

A Letter To A Lame-Duck Prime Minister

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Dear Mrs May

Why are you still there? Seriously, why are you still in 10 Downing Street? Yes, I understand that you think that you are staying on in the national interest, but it takes a fair dollop of patrician arrogance - or...

Toom Tabard

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

In Scotland we had a King John - John Baliol - and his reputation is none the highest. This was the king of Scots who was installed by King Edward of England, was undermined and treated as a puppet by him and who was finally stripped of...

A Letter To A Candidate

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Dear Mr. Mundell

I received your communication through the post this morning. Glad to see you are making use of the Royal Mail to deliver your election literature. I’m sure its shareholders will welcome your business in just...

Strength Through Unity

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Soon the election will be over. That’s just as well - I can hardly get out of my front door for canvassers marching up my garden path to press my doorbell and trying to convince me to vote for their candidate, or to shove “election material”...

Nor Victory To The Strong

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Last week the current Prime Minister accused “The European Union” of attempting to interfere with the British general election. The nature of this ‘interference’ was an alleged leak of conversations and events that took place over a dinner...

Village Hall Politics

Saturday, 29 April 2017

The news was in all the papers this morning - in Scotland, at least. It was on the BBC news. Theresa May would be coming to make her first appearance furth of The Wall of this General Election campaign. She was coming to address the people...

Snap!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Wait! What? What just happened there? Earlier today Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap general election. Some people have described this as a U-turn. No. This was a ninety-mile-an-hour hand break turn. May managed to turn through...

Spanish Fly In The Ointment

Monday, 3 April 2017

My wife and I are going on holiday to Spain. Assuming war hasn’t broken out and a naval task force has not set sail to teach Johnny Foreigner a lesson about his aspirations regarding Gibraltar. My word, things have escalated quickly this...

And We're Off

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

“This morning the British Ambassador to Berlin handed the German Government a final note stating that, unless we heard from them by eleven o’clock….” So began Neville Chamberlain’s speech to the nation on September 3rd 1939 on the event...