The importance and the curse of football

Football is such a simple game, there are only 17 rules; most board games have more.  The rules are not just few in number, but they are simple too and easily manipulated to allow a modified game to be played when the rules cannot be met.  To play a game you need, probably a minimum…

A sign of what’s to come …

The Queen’s Speech this afternoon has shown us which elements of the Conservative Manifesto were their intended red-line policies and which were intended as bargaining chips for any putative Coalition partner. The EU Referendum is a definite red-line policy, but it is not so much a red-line as a tightrope.  And David Cameron is walking it…

A little bit of knowledge …

The general consensus is that the Labour Party lost the recent General Election for a variety of reasons, one of which was that it could not shake off its reputation for economic incompetence.  A reputation which it gained from its handling of the economy whilst it was in Government between 1997 and 2010.  Clearly it…

Is the Leader of the Opposition simply a Presidential candidate?

On 28th July 1965, Edward Heath became Leader of the Conservative Party.   The previous year, the Conservatives had lost a General Election to the Labour Party lead by Harold Wilson.  Edward Heath lead the Conservative Party until 11th February 1975, when he was ousted by Margaret Thatcher.  In the ten years of his leadership he…

Why the politicians lie about immigration

In the 12th Century a Norman author wrote a story about an Anglo-Saxon King, which later became a myth.  The story was that of King Canute seeking to show his courtiers that the power of a King was as nothing when compared to the power of God.  He sought to prove this by sitting on…

On yer bike – a Tory Connundrum

In 1981, the United Kingdom was in the depths of an economic recession.  The Government of Margaret Thatcher was on the point of abandoning its economic experiment in monetarism, but not before it had crushed the life out of the Country’s  industrial base. Unemployment passed the three million mark and whole communities were devastated.  The…