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Category Archives: Britain – the great

Labour policy: does the House of Lords need to go?

by Marrick on January 22, 2015

Ed Miliband announced in a speech to the Labour North West regional conference late last year that he plans not just to reform the House of Lords, but to abolish it altogether, replacing it with a fully elected “Senate”. Critics claim the House of Lords represents a unique resource of expertise which has been instrumental […]

How much will it cost you to vote Green in May 2015?

by Marrick on January 21, 2015

I’ve just had a read of the Green manifesto. It’s just a trite wish list, full of contradictions and non sequiturs. Most of it reads well and gets nods of approval from any right (as in left) thinking person, but behind their policies hides a basic truth – going Green will cost a lot. And […]

Burger this

by Marrick on September 20, 2012

Leeway Trading Estate in Newport is one of those forgotten pieces of industrial detritus that litter the South Wales coastal plain like souvenirs from a previous economic era. It harks back to the days when someone could earn enough in a forty hour week to keep a family without supplementary benefits, a second income, a […]

The European Human Rights Convention isn’t about them…

by Marrick on June 1, 2012

It’s about you. When the right wing press blather on about how Human Rights legislation is getting in the way of business, it’s your rights they are talking about. It’s about the right not to be bullied by overbearing bosses. It’s about my right to say this and your right to disagree if you want […]

Why has Labour taken a significant lead in the polls and can they sustain it?

by Marrick on March 28, 2012

Has Ed got it right? Can the man who the Conservative media are at great pains to paint as a poor leader be manoeuvring Labour into a winning position? Or are the Tories shooting themselves in the foot now, then hoping they can reap the benefits later?  As of today Labour are ten points clear […]

Why should the BBC pay its own way?

by Marrick on July 10, 2010

There’s an idea being floated in the ranks of power that the BBC should be made to pay its own way. The concept is that through its own endeavours, the BBC should fund its activities and perform as a commercial organisation would have to. I disagree and I’ll tell you why. If the BBC had […]

A quiet life

by Marrick on July 2, 2010

Beryl Margaret Bainbridge was my favourite English language writer from the second half of the Twentieth Century. Although the great and the good (The Times greatest British writers since 1945) have her at number twenty-six behind such luminaries as Muriel Spark, Martin Amis and Penelope Fitzgerald. Ah well, so much for the great and the […]