Published Wednesday 6 May, 2015
"Dear chief secretary, I'm afraid there is no money. Kind regards - and good luck! Liam Byrne ...........read the note left for the Coalition Government in 2010 by the outgoing Labour Administration.
Published Friday 24 April, 2015
Dear Ed Miliband, A few themes have developed over the past few days and I have listened to people from all walks of life in various parts of the Country, to the point that I feel compelled to write to you and ask for your views on a few issues. If you become Prime Minister, how do you answer these points?
Published Saturday 18 April, 2015
I am penning these verbal jewels (I appreciate that is a matter of opinion!) from my balcony on board the Seabourn Odyssey as she slips serenely out of Muscat harbour in Oman into the Arabian Sea before heading through the Straits of Hormuz towards the Persian Gulf and Dubai. The sun is setting over the mountains towards Yemen (!), directly across the sea is Pakistan (!!) and by midnight we shall be some twenty miles from Iran (!!!). ....... and this is a holiday!
Published Friday 20 March, 2015
As you turn these pages, think, did you see a bright yellow daffodil today? Have you seen a lamb in the fields, croci (typing "crocuses" is just fraught with problems!) or buds on the trees?
Published Friday 20 March, 2015
Well here we are, deep in the middle of "Campaign-fest"! That five-yearly spectacle worthy of a David Attenborough Special; a display by a rare sub-group of Homo sapiens where a few thousand out of some sixty four million (could be sixty five by now, it just depends on how many trucks have arrived at Dover!) indulge in psephological courtship for a short mating season of just three weeks.
Published Tuesday 17 February, 2015
Spend, spend, spend! It seems that's all people want to talk about; Spend now, Spend later, ring-fence spending, delay spending, increase spending, cut spending....................
Published Thursday 12 February, 2015
Dark when you get up; dark when you leave work; wet; cold; the joy of Christmas but a distant memory.....oh! Except the bill for the credit card that paid for it all that now needs sorting. And Spring, new-born lambs, daffodils, light mornings and the clocks going forward, is still someway off. Umph! And again I say Umph!
Published Tuesday 9 December, 2014
One Hundred Years ago this Christmas some British and German troops in the freezing trenches in France stopped trying to blow or shoot each other to bits for just a few hours, hoisted the flag of truce and, venturing out from their stinking trenches into No-man's Land.
Published Wednesday 1 October, 2014
Lord Jones Introductory Speech to the Chancellor of the Exchequer at the Conservative Party Conference 2014
Published Monday 1 September, 2014
With just over a couple of weeks to go to an event where a small minority of a Nation could well destroy my Country without any participation from the majority (some exercise in democracy that, Mr Salmond!) I do not intend here to rehearse again the reasons why the constituent parts of the United Kingdom would be better off being together rather than apart.