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No wonder he’s going

February 20th, 2015 · Comments Off · Politics, Technology

When Francis Maude first talked about combining all the government websites into one big one, that part of me that had worked in IT since before there even was an internet, thought it sounded a bit risky. The principle isn’t too bad: why not provide a single front end, or a portal? It could be […]

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Bert Crane

February 11th, 2015 · Comments Off · Politics

I am hearing news that Bert Crane has died, which is not unexpected but nonetheless very upsetting. Yes, he was looking quite frail the last time I saw him, but then he was apparently not expected to live very long when he left the forces yet managed to go on to serve as a councillor […]

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A new MP for Horsham

February 1st, 2015 · Comments Off · Politics

Whatever happens in May, Horsham will have a new MP because Francis Maude has announced that he is standing down. It will be interesting to see who is chosen there because Horsham is the sort of place where the Tories can win easily even when their candidate is unpopular with many people because of blatant […]

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Fact of the day

January 27th, 2015 · Comments Off · Politics

Did you know that if you hold a large seashell to your ear you can hear the deafening silence of UKIP complaining about the London Ambulance Service bringing 175 foreigners into the country to be paramedics, with plans to have another overseas recruitment drive in September.

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Thumbs down

January 27th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Politics

At tonight’s council meeting, to the surprise of nobody, the council effectively voted in favour of an extra runway at Heathrow. The vote was 25 to 11.  Presumably the reason why that only adds up to 36 is because of the very public declaration by one councillor that he wouldn’t vote on something that wasn’t […]

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Decision time

January 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Politics

Tomorrow night the local council will be having a special meeting about airport expansion and deciding whether to support an extra runway at Gatwick, oppose it, or not offer an opinion. It is a strange one because the topic is just about the most significant one locally for a long time, and yet the decision […]

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Permutations

January 20th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Politics

All the so-called experts are poring over sets of inconsistent polls, trying to work out what might happen in the general election. Will the Lib Dems still be in a coalition with the Tories or would the Tories combine with UKIP? Might Labour have to form a coalition with the Greens and SNP and maybe […]

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Father Vlad

December 31st, 2014 · Comments Off · Politics

All that business in Ukraine earlier in the year – I just realised that in Father Ted terms, Putin was basically kicking Bishop Brennan up the arse.

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Crisis? What Crisis?

November 18th, 2014 · Comments Off · Politics

I finally finished reading Crisis? What Crisis?: Britain in the 1970s by Alwyn Turner. It took a while. I would probably have read two or three novels in the time it took me to read it, even though it is a much shorter book than many other history books that often weigh in at 700 […]

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Cast the net wider

November 3rd, 2014 · 1 Comment · Life, Politics

To adapt Oscar Wilde a little: To lose one chair of an inquiry into historical child abuse, Mr. Cameron, may be regarded as a misfortune, to lose two looks like carelessness. People have been asking whether the failure of the government to find somebody to chair this inquiry who doesn’t have some sort of personal […]

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