About those energy bills
20% … 30% … someone just said 40% … someone just said *what*? How much have your latest bills gone up? Can *you* afford it? Can you fight the energy companies alone? No, so – Please don’t let this pass, please don’t let it slip off the agenda. People will be losing their homes and…
Thirty Years Ago
***Long Read*** I’ve been reading a report called Blood Sweat and Tears, about a project in the 1990s, instigated to address rising racial tensions, crime and related problems on an estate in Bermondsey. I have this temptation to make a terrible joke first, and I think I’m going to give in to it, and say…
Make lousy politicians a minority
We could do this. Here’s how… There are millions of people in this country who, like me, have used the phrase ‘politically homeless’. They have been thrown out of, or lost faith in, their ‘natural’ choice of party. There are also increasing numbers of people who, like me, have realised there’s more to politics than…
Transports of delight!
Oh, what an original idea! Gather up all these alarming, inconvenient people and send them to some far-flung corner of the world we have a bit of control over. It worked before, didn’t it? That’s why Australia is what it is. Come to think of it, lots of UK citizens who hadn’t been marked as…
From “argh, toilet roll!” to “argh, petrol!” A mild disturbance in the supply of absolutely anything we’re used to buying every day has more political impact than, say, people losing their homes, children going hungry, abused women being locked up with male sex-offenders, asylum seekers drowning in the channel, the govt selling our services and…
How to be patriotic
I spent this morning at work in my garden. A very, very British thing to do, weekend gardening. I spent this afternoon listening to Jeremy Corbyn and Richard Burgon talking about patriotism and national security. How quickly we forget what it was like when the good guys were getting to do all the big political…
Extreme blog post
What we’re all gradually realising…
Thoughts for VE Day
No, no, no, no … Yes!
Sometimes, it’s a good idea to stop and check whether the planning department have had a GOOD idea.