Saturday 13 August

Assailed, as we are on a daily basis, by news of deepening crises in the water and energy industries, in the NHS and cost of living, which put further downward pressure on our mental wellbeing, it surely beggars belief that we are expected to tolerate for weeks on end a ‘zombie government’ (in the wordsContinue reading “Saturday 13 August”

Sunday 31 July

Our politics this last week has been even less of an edifying spectacle than usual, with (Boris Johnson is said to have connived at this weeks ago) the two Conservative Party leadership candidates fighting like ferrets in a sack, only equalled, it seems, by their supporters and some in Whitehall briefing madly against one orContinue reading “Sunday 31 July”

Saturday 23 July

So the would-be ‘king of the world’ has finally gone, deposed by those who supported him for so long for fear of losing their own seats…. but not so fast. It already appears that some commentators like Simon Jenkins could be right about this being too easy an assumption: during the deluded and unreal leadershipContinue reading “Saturday 23 July”

Sunday 10 July

Previous references in this blog to tumultuous and febrile times had nothing on what’s unfolded during the last week but the cumulative pile-on of the last few months would have caused many of us to feel that this was a defenestration waiting to happen. How the mighty have fallen – Boris Johnson, the would-be ‘kingContinue reading “Sunday 10 July”

Sunday 29 May

What a tumultuous fortnight it’s been, with pressure building prior to the publication of Sue Gray’s report, incriminating evidence emerging of even more illegal parties, rising concern over the cost of living crisis, the Prime Minister’s non-apology, the predictable ‘support package’ with windfall tax U-turn and Boris Johnson’s unilateral watering down of the Ministerial CodeContinue reading “Sunday 29 May”

Sunday 15 May

It’s been yet another action packed and febrile week in the news, not at all conducive to mental wellbeing, including Ukraine and Putin’s Victory Day Parade, the State Opening of Parliament and Queen’s Speech, the cost of living crisis, the Northern Ireland Protocol stand-off with the EU and stalemate at Stormont, not to mention theContinue reading “Sunday 15 May”

Sunday 8 May

As ever, a fortnight is a long time in politics and world events: much has happened to further bring the Conservative Party into disrepute, especially the Angela Rayner leg crossing saga, ‘Tractorgate’, which resulted in the resignation of porn viewing MP Neil Parish, and the High Court’s finding against the government on care home CovidContinue reading “Sunday 8 May”

Sunday 24 April

Happy Easter to Orthodox Christians celebrating today, including Ukrainians, many of whom will be far from home yet making a point of enjoying their culinary traditions, including painted eggs, sausage and the Easter cake ‘pascha’. It’s now the third month of this invasion (surely increasing the risk of this becoming normalized in the media andContinue reading “Sunday 24 April”

Friday 15 April

As we approach the Easter weekend the news continues to be grim, with the war raging in Ukraine, inflation running at 7%, rapidly rising Covid cases, service closures and clogged roads and airports due to engineering works Covid absences and Brexit-related delays and continuing mismanagement of crises by this government. All of this is likelyContinue reading “Friday 15 April”

Saturday 2 April

At the start of April, a quarter of the year having already gone, we find ourselves here in a wintry chill, the war still raging in Ukraine with not much sign of progress, the UK besmirched by further political scandals and a cost of living crisis unprecedented in recent years. Marvellous. T S Eliot, whoseContinue reading “Saturday 2 April”