A Forced Political Marriage



Theresa May’s bid to increase her majority in the House of Commons by calling an unexpected general election backfired. The Conservative Party suffered a net loss of seats. It remains the largest party in the House but no longer commands an overall…

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The UK General Election, June 2017



Just as the polling stations are closing, I’m sitting down to write this blog. Of course we won’t know who our new Prime Minister is to be until well into tomorrow (Friday 9th June), but most of the polls are…

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Date set for performance of new play!



The Partington One Act Play Festival will be held in the week from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th July 2017. Two plays will be performed each evening before a paying audience in the presence of the adjudicator. The adjudicator will…

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The Manchester Bombing



Last Monday evening a suicide bomber blew himself up in the foyer of the Manchester Arena as the audience was leaving a very popular concert: 22 deaths, some 65 injuries, many of them serious. The most intrinsically shocking aspect of…

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Amazon’s inconsistent censorship



My little book of twisted puns, Cruel and Unusual Punnishments, has been selling well and a few kind people have submitted positive reviews to Amazon. Five of these have been posted, though the site counts them as four, or sometimes as three…

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Why is a Conservative landslide victory likely in the forthcoming election?



In my most recent blog (2nd May) I lamented the current financial and staffing crises in Britain’s schools, prisons, police service, care and welfare services for the elderly and the disabled, and above all in the health service. I questioned…

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What price a “strong, stable government”?



On 23rd June 2016, Britain voted by a narrow majority to leave the European Union, spreading consternation and dismay throughout large swathes of the UK and the rest of the world. Shortly afterwards, David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister and…

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Football and Society



Football – which is called “soccer” in North America but “football” in the rest of the world – is the most popular of sports. Like almost everything else it’s changed since I was young, not necessarily for the better. Nowadays,…

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Busy life!



During the long silence while my blog-posting system was ill, I wasn’t idle, and my non-idleness is set to continue. I’ll be at (and in several cases contributing to) storytelling gatherings at Stubbing Wharf, Hebden Bridge, tomorrow evening (28th April)…

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Emerging from a long silence



There’s a reason why I haven’t posted a blog for two months. No, I haven’t been seriously ill. I wasn’t kidnapped. I wasn’t travelling in Outer Mongolia. I simply lost access to the site for posting blogs. Rank carelessness? Well,…

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