Cometh the hour, cometh the Pencil!

Cometh the hour, cometh the Pencil!

Theresa May’s lonely walk across a dark, windswept Downing Street was a potent symbol of the extent to which she is now a hostage to events she cannot control.  Instead of making the Brexit deal announcement from inside the Cabinet Room, surrounded by the collective,...
The last hurrah.  But nobody is cheering

The last hurrah. But nobody is cheering

It’s hard to believe that there was ever a time before Brexit, when progressives like myself would routinely rail against the bad faith and dishonesty of the Tories and their blasted austerity policy. But yesterday’s Budget rolled back the clock to the...

Bad people and “bad people”

Six former CIA directors, five former deputy directors and former director of national intelligence James Clapper. The admiral who led the operation to kill Osama Bin Laden. According to the current occupant of the White House, this list of people who in recent times...

Social virus

Brexit. Immigration. Vaccination. Abortion. LGBT rights. MeToo allegations. Pick any controversial subject and social media is the carrier of a virus that is slowly metastasising to corrupt civic discourse and society’s sense of ease with itself. Free speech is not...
España en la casa

España en la casa

Al final, España en la casa. For all those who worried about the England manager’s judgement in kind of, sort of, with best intentions, managing to lose the dead rubber against Belgium, it now appears to be a masterstroke. Because even allowing for the traditional...