A better class of thief across the Channel

11th April 2015 0

I have read several newspaper articles recently that refer to the puzzle of British productivity. The puzzle is that it has not risen of latter years, though the economy has ‘recovered’ in the sense that its output has increased. This can only mean that people are working longer hours or that more of them are working, or both. Personally I … [Read on]

Not Ordinary Yorkshire Lads as we know them Jim

10th April 2015 0

According to an article in the Guardian, two ‘ordinary Yorkshire lads’ went on holiday to Turkey, from whence they travelled on to Syria, presumably to join ISIS. Their names were Hassan Munshi and Talha Asmal. What is ordinary in Yorkshire has evidently changed out of all recognition in my lifetime. In my day, ordinary Yorkshire lads didn’t go to Turkey, … [Read on]

***END OF ARTICLE MISSING*** Only Footballers listened to on British TV

30th March 2015 0

Foreigners too often still harbour certain misconceptions about the UK, in particular that the highest standards in broadcasting are always maintained. Perhaps this is an impression dating from the glory days of the BBC. This means new arrivals, as well as accidental visitors to British TV, are taken aback at the shallowness of proceedings, the cheerfully ignorant guests and the … [Read on]

Further Tales from the White Reservation

30th March 2015 0

One of the reasons I recently left London was the fearful over-crowding, buses and tubes packed every day of the week. I don’t vote UKIP but I was also tired of moving in crowds whilst hardly hearing an English voice. Oxford is multi-cultural, but the majority are English. It’s the most expensive town outside the capital with house prices ten … [Read on]

A Marie Antoinette of Greek Debt

29th March 2015 1

The left-wing French newspaper, Libération, recently called the Greek Minister of Finances, Yanis Veroufakis, the pop-star of the left. For me that is hardly a term of approbation, rather the reverse, but the newspaper no doubt thought otherwise. It printed a picture of him, just off his powerful motor cycle, dressed in a leather jacket, T-short and jeans, carrying his … [Read on]

Miliband. A political Mithradetes.

27th March 2015 0

Vilification of Miliband had reached fever pitch. I wouldn’t vote for him under any circumstances but I’ve never been very keen on character assassination. Yet I don’t think even this is the right term. It’s more like the kind of juvenile facial/voice ridicule that you find in the school playground. The hatred, expressed in comments posted to tabloid stories, has … [Read on]

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