20150605 The English - when did we become such cowards?

Time was when we, Britain, were the single most powerful nation on earth, supported by a powerful navy, an army that rarely saw defeat and an expansionist attitude that saw us take charge of the most effective global economic development the world has ever seen.

20150425 UK elections - Protest Votes will result in a massive Ed ache.

England. I'm in the UK and we're coming up to election day on 7 May. I've been reading the newspapers and watching TV and, as I usually do wherever I am in the world, enjoying Radio 4. The most telling statement about the forthcoming election came from Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, which as king-maker in the last government blocked reforms that were essential for the UK's recovery from a decade of abuse under Labour. Clegg said that this is the first election ever in the UK where we know no one is going to win. In short, the UK is about to fall into the Italian Trap of constantly shifting coalitions, none of which benefit the country as a whole.

20150402 Puzzled...not hacked : my website lays an egg for Easter.


Sorry about this. Something's gone horribly tits up with the website. It looks terrible. The layout has somehow gone mad. The tech people are baffled. I think it would be faster to toss this version away and start again, the trouble with that is we all liked it when it was first installed and working.

So please bear with us while we address whatever has gone wrong in the bowels of this usually simple system.

What's puzzling everyone is that the problem is affecting both the desktop and the mobile versions - but in different ways.