The case for voting Labour

  I voted Labour once. In 1997 for Tony Blair, with the NHS in mind. Very soon afterwards thought to myself, “Well I’m not doing that again”. And that was before Iraq. I do have this deep rooted feeling that every generation needs to experience the crushing disappointment of a Labour government. How those high ideals can evaporate under the …

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Cool to be Kind

Kind people grow up generally influenced by their parents and immediate circle. Whether it’s by inheriting the values of kindness and generosity of spirit, or by their own inherent nature, despite their surroundings. From the earliest moments of interaction with other types of people, their nature is assaulted. This can be direct, where their kindness is attacked, ridiculed or taken …

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The Mogg Blog – Rise of the Mavericks

In the midst of deafening chaos, the call is for stability. In the absence of reliable information, rumour becomes the currency. And in the land of the bland, the maverick comes to the fore. The homogenisation of western politics over the last 20 years brought identikit leaders who look and sound, well identical. Historically it’s been a cheap shot by …

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A statesman! A statesman! Our Kingdom for a statesman!

One of my Dad’s oldest expressions as he occasionally surveys the national landscape is that “We have no statesmen any more. Plenty of politicians…” And nowhere is this more pronounced that the current spectacle of our Brexit negotiations. Theresa May’s catastrophic early election has left domestic and foreign adversaries smelling blood. Her own Conservative Party with neither appetite for more …

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A very British shambles – countdown begins to Election #2 in 2017

At the risk of incurring the wrath of Brenda in Bristol, yes – there’ll be another one. The unnecessary election of June 2017 will soon be followed by the unavoidable 2nd election later on this year. Why? Theresa May. The paper tiger that presented herself as a lioness. She is the Build-your-own–Margaret-Thatcher kit that needs to be sent back, because …

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London Bridge isn’t falling down – yet

Liberality is a vital human quality, but must know limits. Tolerance is at the heart of empathy, but needs to be exercised on all sides to have meaning and validity. A person, a group, a community, a society and a country must be empowered to defend themselves when others intend them harm. When the blameless ones are attacked, the full …

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Britain decides – the reckoning of 2017

The Brexit election to deliver Theresa May’s strengthened hand for negotiations in the strong and stable style has taken something of a blow. Even before the appalling events in Manchester, the cod-iron lady was starting to look less impressive. Andrew Neil’s tenacious interview revealed how weak her script was and the sustained pressure for detail showed why she had avoided …

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The hard art of listening

We all know those people. The ones who say “You know you can always talk to me”. Some of them follow this up with the bonus information that they are “a really good listener”. But – buyer beware. Once you take them up on the offer – what happens? You barely get to the end of your first sentence and …

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Southend-on-Sea – Alternative City of Culture 2017!

A great day yesterday, as acting Town Crier for the launch of Southend as the Alternative City of Culture for 2017! I’m pictured here with Councillor Judith McMahon, Mayor of Southend and Sir David Amess MP, Patron of this excellent initiative. Great performances during the launch party by the Music Man Project, the African Drummers and the Show Choir. More …

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Strictly the Brexit Shuffle

When I heard about the High Court’s decision that the Prime Minister could not personally initiate Article 50 – and instead had to get parliament’s consent – I did run through a few emotions. Mainly a feeling that something underhand was afoot. However, having reflected this was a British court ruling on British law, referring to the sovereign British parliament …

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