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.
Published Tuesday 29 July, 2014
Everywhere I go around the Country, each business I visit, large & small, the story is the same: the UK is doing rather well!
Published Thursday 17 July, 2014
There are certain issues in our Society of a non-economic or foreign policy nature that conjure up strongly held views for and against, that are often so contentious that people can see and understand (if not agree with) both sides of the argument
Published Friday 2 May, 2014
Over the next year, dear reader, we are all going to be subsumed in a psephological delight; bet that's a surprise! Psephos is Classical Greek for a pebble and that is what was caste by the first users of a democratic form of Government to register their vote. I reckon that the slaves doing the bidding of those early Democrats didn't feel a particularly participative atmosphere about the whole exercise, but all great systems have to start somewhere! So that tiny pebble in ancient Athens gave its name to the study of elections: psephology. And we are sure going to have a few of those coming our way over the next twelve months.