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Mainstream has a duty to vote against BNP

Posted on 1 June 2009 | 11:06am

After posting my blog on the BNP and Diversity yesterday (apologies to Diversity for having them in the same sentence as the BNP) I went for a long bike ride, with the wind behind me all the way back from Chipping Barnet, read a bit, wrote a bit, watched a bit of the French Open before checking […]

Let Diversity inspire a vote against the hate-filled BNP

Posted on 31 May 2009 | 12:05pm

For part of Saturday night I was channel-hopping between Britain’s Got Talent and the second part of Robert Carlyle’s portrayal of  Adolf Hitler on Channel 4. On BGT, I voted for Shaheen, with a sneaky side vote for Stavros Flatley, my daughter voted for Aidan Davis, and Fiona voted for Susan Boyle in part out […]

White House whack at UK media well-timed but sure to be ignored

Posted on 30 May 2009 | 1:05pm

‘Joe Public’ is a mythical figure often used by journalists to indicate what is sometimes termed the ordinary man in the street. But I wonder what ‘Joe Journalist’ might be thinking of the whacking administered to the British press by White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. I imagine, especially right now with the UK political […]

Elvis has a plan to make MPs King again

Posted on 29 May 2009 | 12:05pm

Elvis Presley is alive and well and living in the form of impersonator Mark Wright, who has come up with an interesting idea to help MPs through the expenses storm. I know Mark because as well as being Elvis, he is also a committed Labour supporter, who has done fundraisers for the party. Like Elvis, […]

At least there’s a campaign on in Italy

Posted on 28 May 2009 | 9:05am

Greetings from a Rome strangely subdued despite pockets of happy Spaniards and deeply disappointed Manchester United supporters. Enough of football. The better team on the night won, United did not play as they can. Darren Fletcher was badly missed. Basta. I have two political observations to make before heading home. First, may I join in […]

A blow to gay rights and a boost for Cameron’s short-termism

Posted on 27 May 2009 | 11:05am

One of my favourite quotes about politics came from New York Governor Mario Cuomo – ‘we campaign in poetry but we govern in prose.’ Barack Obama fought one of the most wonderfully poetic campaigns and now has to be in full-on prose mode as he struggles with war, economic meltdown and environmental danger. Not to […]

It’s my blog and I’ll be a big kid if I want to

Posted on 26 May 2009 | 11:05pm

I read somewhere the other day that I was a ‘prolific blogger.’ Am I? I don’t think so. One a day most days, like shaving, very occasionally two, but I try to ensure it takes up no more than twenty minutes to half an hour.  If I was a proper blogger, I’d have been straight […]

Highs feel better after so many lows

Posted on 26 May 2009 | 10:05am

As I was saying … there is nothing quite like football; for anticipatory anxiety, stress during the game itself (not to mention FIVE minutes of injuty time) then joy overflowing in the moment of victory and the hours which follow it. Nor is there anything like it for prompting a warm response from others and […]

Only one present counts

Posted on 25 May 2009 | 11:05am

Short and sweet today … to thank all those who, particularly via Facebook, have wished me a Happy Birthday and, more importantly, good luck to Burnley. It is, quite simply, the biggest game since 1987 when we had to beat Orient to stay in the Football League. If we win, we will be the smallest […]

Contrast Cheney and Bush

Posted on 24 May 2009 | 12:05pm

‘Washington trembles at the return of Darth Vadar’, as one headline has it, might be overstating things, but Dick Cheney’s ‘don’t go quietly’ approach to former Vice Presidency-dom is certainly attracting interest. It is also drawing a parallel with George Bush who appears to be taking a different tack, making a speech to schoolkids about […]