Monthly Archives: April 2013

How Britain’s Political parties still campaign in an age of steam

Originally posted on David Hencke:
Very 19th century: Ed Miliband campaigning, Pic credit:BBC The county council elections are upon us. Ed Miliband goes on a soapbox, leaflets are pushed through doors, canvassers turn up on doorsteps and people are supposed…

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We need our NHS hospitals – and they need us…

Feet aching and a big dent in my shoulder from supporting one side of the 3m wide and 2m tall Staffordshire UNISON branch banner, I returned earlier from the rally and march in support of Stafford and Cannock Chase Hospitals, … Continue reading

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Thatcher passes, but her influence remains…

Deliberately, I did not blog yesterday, despite the news media being dominated by the death of a frail and unwell 87 year old woman.  It seemed inappropriate to do so, even though I have for more than three decades despised … Continue reading

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Devil’s work?

Let’s take a look at some FACTS about the employment status of some convicted killers, which may be inconvenient for the government’s current position… Dennis Nilson: WORKING (civil servant) Peter Sutcliffe: WORKING (truck driver) Fred West: WORKING (builder) Ian Huntley: … Continue reading

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Of taxes & taxis…

On the day the top income tax rate drops to 45%, giving thousands of millionaires a £100,000 windfall funded partly by the Bedroom Tax and by cutting maternity pay, it’s reassuring to note from this recent article that the Establishment’s … Continue reading

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Hitting things, and loud noises…

I’ve always enjoyed messing about with old motors; often by choice, sometimes because an old smoker is all I’ve been able to afford at the time.  The agreement with Domestic Management has always been that she gets the decent (ie. … Continue reading

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I AM A PRODUCT OF THE WELFARE STATE.

I was born in a NHS hospital, inoculated against avoidable disease by the NHS, supported by Child Benefit, educated by the Welfare State to degree level, cared for when necessary by the NHS. I have spent most of my working … Continue reading

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