June 17, 2019
Anyone campaigning for People’s Vote or the Pro-EU parties in the recent elections is almost certain to have been called unpatriotic, lacking faith in Britain or in more extreme cases, a traitor.
Of course I disagree. I believe that attempting to stop Brexit or at least giving people a chance to decide if they still want it now the consequences are more apparent is the patriotic thing to do.
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June 13, 2019
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Last week I went to an “Anti Trump” demo in my local town and stood in the rain for an hour listening to the heckling from “the other side”. Laughter erupted when one of the women opposite shouted: “Trump doesn’t hate women. He’s married to a woman.”
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June 1, 2019
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Every summer the running club of which I am a member organises and stages a series of off-road/multi-terrain races in and around the picturesque North Staffordshire countryside. Our Summer Series is extremely popular and known for its venues, friendliness and its welcome to all ages and abilities.
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May 25, 2019
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In January Theresa May came to Stoke on Trent to make a speech in a bid to gain support for her Brexit deal. She was hustled in and whisked out and was probably back in London before most of us could catch the bus home.
“To the government and the media the only thing that defines us is Brexit.”
She didn’t stay to look around. She didn’t speak to any but a carefully selected few. She didn’t visit a food bank or meet people whose jobs are at risk or who can’t afford a home. She didn’t walk around the town and see for herself the potholes in the roads, the boarded up shops and the homeless people. Continue Reading →
June 30, 2017
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Last year I wrote about a conversation with scammers claiming to be BT Technical department. They haven’t given up and continue to provide amusement.
A few months ago our BT land line was practically unusable. It crackled so much conversation was almost impossible, rather defeating it own purpose. We called BT (the real BT) to report a problem. It took several attempts as the line was so bad the call centre agent couldn’t hear us. Continue Reading →
June 23, 2017
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A year after the EU referendum I am still dejected. I made my views clear before the vote and they have not changed. I have not heard one convincing argument to persuade me leaving the EU is the right choice and I will exercise my democratic right to continue arguing for remain. The entire handling of the referendum and its consequences has been nothing but lies, damned lies and dereliction of public duty by government and parliament. Continue Reading →
March 13, 2017
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I joined the labour party the day after the 2015 general election and resigned on 19th January 2017. Jeremy Corbyn’s stance on the Article 50 bill was the final straw but I had been feeling uncomfortable for months. Labour should have been a natural fit, the more so for some of Corbyn’s policies, but it wasn’t. What had gone wrong? Continue Reading →
August 31, 2016
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I am on holiday from work this week. This morning the phone rang while I was lazing in bed reading the news and finishing a second cup of tea.
“This is BT Technical Department”, announced a distant voice in an accent that sounded Indian, “we are calling to tell you that due to problems with your computer you will be disconnected from the internet for three months”. Continue Reading →
May 22, 2016
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In 1975 I voted for the first time. My first vote was to stay in the EEC. On 23rd June I shall vote to remain in the EU.
I feel European. I work for a large global corporation and in such an environment, being European, not British or English, matters. The people I work with are from all across the globe. Many I have not met, but I know their voices and have seen their photographs. We work together with trust and confidence just as we would if we were all in the same office. The cultural diversity, the different perspectives and variety of ideas makes working in a multi-national environment stimulating, educational and rewarding. I belong, I feel welcome, I feel part of a community. A global community. Continue Reading →
September 6, 2015
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What the current refugee crisis shows me more than anything is that there are a lot of small people in a big world. On the one hand individuals and families fleeing from war and terror, reliant on their own wits, at the mercy of people smugglers and dependant on the hospitality (or not) of others. On the other hand the residents of safe countries, some as in Germany and Iceland opening their homes in hospitality, others as in Britain either frustrated by a feeling of helplessness or scared that offering refuge to the displaced will harm their own circumstances or even endanger their country. Continue Reading →