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.

20150306 Hold the front page: I agree with something in The Guardian

As readers know, despite the fact I make my living writing (well, some small part of it anyway) and am therefore, theoretically, part of The Guardian's target constituency amongst the intelligentsia, intellectuals and artists' communities, I'm generally on the other side of most of its fences. Its forceful promotion of interests under the guise of liberalism, while actually promoting restrictions on the rights of the majority and its constant, unbalanced drip feed of undergraduate common-room socialism is not only boring but an unsavoury attack on most of the values I consider the glue that holds society together.

So, imagine my surprise to find an article that flies in the face of The Guardian's more common "heterosexual man, bad - short haired-moustachiod- long earing wearing- droppy tits woman in shapeless dresses, good" attitude.

One swallow does not a summer make but an article by Monica Tan is at least a breath of crisp, clean, spring air.