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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 […]

Are there parallels between Thatcher and Cameron?

by Marrick on April 8, 2013

“Thatcher is dead, long live Thatcherism” is the toast in a thousand London clubs as hard faced bankers get all dewy-eyed and sentimental about the late Tory leader and the most divisive Prime Minister of the second half of the twentieth century. In common with her acolytes, Cameron and Osborne, Thatcher was quick to give […]

Why Labour died a little bit yesterday

by Marrick on March 20, 2013

Bad move, Ed. Owen Jones MP puts it perfectly: Utterly disgraceful that the Labour leadership ordered their MPs to abstain on the Tory workfare bill today. It was an attack on the idea of a honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, and on the supposed rule of law. Kudos to the 40 or […]

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by Marrick on September 27, 2012

I learned something today. Few writers use the semicolon properly these days, mostly because they don##Q##t know how or why it should be used. It##Q##s frequently confused with the colon and used as is as the grammatical equivalent of an equals sign, which is how you use a colon. By that, I mean what follows […]

Republicans need to get real–the Queen ain’t going anywhere

by Marrick on June 5, 2012

I hold the view that Britain would be better off as a republic. To my regret, that isn’t going to happen any time soon. This is because the British public hold the view that we are better off under a Monarchy than we would be as a fully democratic state. This is something the republican […]

Are you having a street party?

by Marrick on June 1, 2012

I really couldn##Q##t give a toss. Different strokes for different folks, but I do take exception to the enthusiasts trying to shove it down my throat when I say, “no I##Q##m not going to a Jubilee party”. I have made a point of not saying that I would prefer to line the ffwcers up in […]

Another year

by Marrick on March 19, 2012

Today is my friend’s birthday. Gay left us on 27th May 2011 and not a day has gone by when I don’t think of her in some small way. This, in itself, is interesting because I never met her in real life: she was a virtual friend. We “met” on the internet about five years […]

What a long way we’ve come

by Marrick on January 17, 2012

This is a newspaper advertisement from the 1960s. The open and naked prejudice of it is staggering in this day and age, but it was still only forty odd years ago. Today, of course, the modern Conservative Party has moved on from this and now embraces a non-discriminatory stance. I’m glad about that, not just […]