Squire Haggard’s Journal.

10th December 2016 0

Squire Haggard’s Journal was conceived when I was a young reporter on the Northampton Chronicle and Echo in 1943. Our weekly companion paper The Northampton Mercury and Herald boasted the oldest complete files in Europe, going back to 1720, and once a week it was my job to descend into the basement where they were kept, and make an extract … [Read on]

We don’t need no Edukashon

7th December 2016 0

When it comes to edukashon, the UK is still lagging behind many countries and has made little progress in international rankings since the results of three years ago. The widely respected Pisa rankings, run by the OECD, are based on tests taken by 15-year-olds in over seventy countries. The UK is behind outstanding performers such as Singapore and Finland, but also trails Vietnam, Poland and Estonia. The … [Read on]

The Honey Monster, Two cats and a Dishwasher

6th December 2016 1

December 1st; Thursday. Online chum Nick Jordan (no supporter of President Honey Monster, I should add) reports that “Last night I dreamt I was having dinner with Donald Trump. I gave him some much needed advice – something about making quick decisions like a businessman, not slow ones like a politician – and he gave me a battered, secondhand Rolex … [Read on]

Exitalia

6th December 2016 1

Exitalia: Is Italy Next Out of the EU? On Sunday, December 4th, Italians voted decisively in a referendum, rejecting a proposal by prime minister Matteo Renzi to alter the country’s constitution. This effectively forced his resignation because Renzi had repeatedly promised to resign if the proposal was rejected. The proposals were complex (to reduce the powers of the second chamber … [Read on]

Theodore Dalrymple; Gender Benders

5th December 2016 3

My computer tries to improve my style by automatically underlining in blue what it believes to be clichés or redundant phrases. If I type in order to, for example, the blue wavy line appears unbidden under the three words. In so far as is another phrase that, schoolmarm-like, my computer underlines as if to correct me.[pullquote]The December paper edition of … [Read on]

Hi there Beijing!

3rd December 2016 9

[pullquote]The December paper edition of The Salisbury Review Magazine is out now. Fifty pages of intelligent and original articles, book reviews, science and the arts. Subscribe. Also a Digital Version. (All Platforms) [/pullquote]Beijing has has lodged a stiff protest with the United States over Donald Trump’s call to the Taiwanese President it was announced this morning. “We have already made solemn representations about it to … [Read on]

Sarah Olney, newly-elected MP for Richmond Park torpedoed by TalkRadio

3rd December 2016 5

[pullquote]The December paper edition of The Salisbury Review Magazine is out now. Fifty pages of intelligent and original articles, book reviews, science and the arts. Subscribe. Also a Digital Version. (All Platforms) [/pullquote]O joy, joy and more joy! Here’s a treat rarer than any blue moon: A radio interviewer with brains, articulate and sharp enough to ask the killer follow-up question to any politician’s … [Read on]

‘Is there any reason why I should forgive you for working for the Daily Mail?’

1st December 2016 5

[pullquote]The December paper edition of The Salisbury Review Magazine is out now. Fifty pages of intelligent and original articles, book reviews, science and the arts. Subscribe. Also a Digital Version. (All Platforms) [/pullquote]Thought For the Day on BBC Radio 4 this week ( 25/11/16) applauded a successful journalist on the FT who plans to give up her lucrative life as a hack to ‘give … [Read on]

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