Bullying and manipulation – The EU referendum

In the past all three parties have failed to keep promises to hold a referendum on our membership of the EU; now, it would seem, the Tories are to allow one. Suddenly it is suggested that the votes of sixteen … Continue reading

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European Referendum – The question to be put

Boris Johnson’s suggestion that we should reject the EU in a first referendum in order better to negotiate changes that would benefit the whole Union makes a lot of sense. The present debate about our continuing membership of the EU … Continue reading

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How can voters support membership of the EU unless we can see the accounts?

In a recent letter to “The Observer,” Jeremy Hayes wrote: “I’m an accountant and I simply cannot support membership of an organisation whose accounts have not been signed off for 19 consecutive years. For many years I chaired the finance … Continue reading

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Ofsted – a tactical withdrawal?

“Ofsted is ditching 1,200 school and college inspectors after assessing them as not good enough to judge schools.” BBC Saturday, June 20th. So, many Ofsted inspectors are incapable of reporting on schools. a number are not even qualified as teachers and … Continue reading

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Eurosceptics are not anti-European

How dare anyone assume or pretend that opponents of the European Union, or those who would like its powers and influence brought under closer, more democratic control, are anti-European? Anti – is a powerful and very negative prefix which can … Continue reading

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How to set MPs’ salaries

Parliamentarians should not wriggle out of the responsibility for setting for themselves fair salaries, allowances and expenses. With some MPs wanting to accept the recommendations of IPSA, the independent body established to set their wages, and others determined not to accept them, the … Continue reading

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Would you like to review a film script?

Twelve years ago Randal Plunket was a student of mine in Switzerland where I taught him English. Now he is a film  producer – Dunsany Films –  and together we are working on a film script for dunno,  a novel … Continue reading

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Might Douglas Carswell return, with new UKIP MPs in tow?

When Douglas Carswell  returned to Parliament as a UKIP MP, he seemed to  protest too  much when he denied a rift with Nigel Farage and vehemently played down any suggestions of new ambitions on his part. Should Douglas now find himself with a … Continue reading

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Before we vote – No Accounting for Brussels

“This is public money and so it must be publicly accounted for.” The words of Catherine Bearder, a Lib-Dem member of the European Parliament in a letter published in Monday’s Times in which she explained why she accounts for her … Continue reading

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Drunken women put themselves in danger – judge’s wrist slapped

Drunken women put themselves in danger – judge’s wrist slapped “I find it incredible that young people get so drunk that they don’t know who they’re with.” The judge concerned was sentencing a woman who had punched another woman in a … Continue reading

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