An Imagined Offence

At the end of last week, the British press in varying degrees of moral indignation reported on the story of Sergeant Mark Prendeville of the Royal Air Force.  During a training exercise at RAF Manston, Kent when he got chemicals in his eyes.  He was taken to be treated at the Accident and Emergency Unit at…

A thing of beauty …

In his short life John Keats wrote some simply sensational poetry that has found its way into the standard vocabulary of the population.  He died in Rome of tuberculosis at the exceptionally young age of twenty five.  There is no day specifically set aside to commemorate John Keats life and poetry.  I should like to…

It’s democracy Jim – but not as we know it

The Trade  Union Bill yesterday passed its second reading in the House of Commons.  It introduces various amendments to the way in which Unions can call and administer strikes and it also affects the financial relationship between the Trades Union movement and the Labour Party.  The changes will be far ranging and make it much more…

The Ghosts of Labour Prime Ministers Past – a touch of counter factualism

As Jeremy Corbyn accepts the plaudits for his overwhelming victory in the Labour Leadership contest, he seems like  one of the last survivors of a small Dad’s Army of left wing politicians from the 1980s.  Alongside Michael Meacher and Dennis Skinner, who have remained as Labour MPs, he has seen his political comrades fall by…

Droning on about justice

Yesterday David Cameron stood in the House of Commons and calmly explained how last month the RAF had launched an attack on a group of jihadist members of ISIS in Syria.  It would appear that the target of the attack was Reyaad Khan a twenty year Briton from Cardiff.  Mr Cameron’s explanation for the events…

Re-arranging the deck chairs

On 14th April 1912, in the North Atlantic, RMS Titanic was carrying over two thousand people from Southampton to New York on her maiden voyage.  Some of the passengers were being transported in the highest level of luxury possible, others were being treated like livestock. Just before midnight she hit a large iceberg and sank.  One thousand…