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Green Party policy would hit the poor

by Marrick on January 28, 2015

It seems that the flagship policy of a Citizen’s Income is in tatters. See the Guardian article for more details, but in a nutshell: the Citizen’s Income Trust (CIT), a much cited body by the Greens has modelled the policy. The net result is more than one in three households would be losers. “The trust’s […]

Labour must look to the grey vote to win in 2015

by Marrick on November 18, 2012

The latest You Gov / Sun poll has thrown up some interesting strategic conundrums for Labour In Scotland, on the national level, Labour (64) has surged ahead of both the Nationalists (19) and the Tories (11). Effectively, the Tories are finished North of the border and Labour##Q##s "No" stance to independence isn##Q##t affecting their popularity […]

Health and safety: the thin line between us and them

by Marrick on September 17, 2012

The “Wingnuts” have almost universally applauded  the scrapping of regular health and safety inspections for all but the most high-risk businesses. From April 2013, only businesses operating in "higher risk" areas such as construction, or those which have experienced a recent health and safety incident or have a track record of poor performance, will be […]

Ed confounds his critics as Labour confirm their 10% lead in the polls

by Marrick on July 23, 2012

The latest You Gov / Sun poll reveals that Labour has established a firm lead in the polls of about 10 points. http://cdn.yougov.com/cumulus_upload…lts-230712.pdf Latest YouGov/The Sun results 23rd July CON 33%, LAB 43%, LD 9%, UKIP 8%; APP -35 That bloody Miliband, he##Q##s a terrible leader…

Useful phrases for the English / Saes, when they visit Cardiff / Caerdydd for the rugby

by Marrick on January 25, 2011

As everyone knows, most residents of Cardiff are fluent in Welsh, so be prepared to enjoy a warm Welsh welcome by speaking a few words of the lingo. To help you on your way, I've prepared a small number of handy phrases: Mae fy hofrenfad yn llawn llyswennod – My hovercraft is full of eels […]

I love it when a plan comes together

by Marrick on February 17, 2009

The phone rings, and that moment every father dreads comes crashing into your world like a steroidal bull with a hangover. A voice you have known all your life speaks, deeper now, but still the boy you knew, now a man. His tones trembling, your son says; “Dad, you got to help me….”

Pity About The Fish

by Marrick on September 20, 2008

Landing at Goa airport was one amongst many adventures facing us. The airport isn’t a commercial facility in the truest sense; it’s a military base that has loaned its strip to the charter companies. The only problem is; the Goan military hasn’t woken up to the fact that they’ve lost the war. Goa is full […]

I love it when a plan comes together

by Marrick on March 22, 2007

The phone rings, and that moment every father dreads comes crashing into your world like a steroidal bull with a hangover. A voice you have known all your life speaks, deeper now, but still the boy you knew, now a man. His tones trembling, your son says; "Dad, you got to help me…." I received […]

Harris Avenue – The Movie

by Marrick on September 16, 2005

Robin Williams once said that getting divorced was like having your balls ripped off through your wallet. My divorce was a similarly cathartic experience: after everything was paid for – solicitors, estate agents, other assorted robbing bastards and ex-wife, I was left with £12,000 of my pension and barely any of the equity in the […]