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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The recession: it could have been worse says ONS

by Marrick on May 25, 2012

Yesterday’s revelation by the Office for National Statistics that Britain was indeed back in recession, confirmed the announcement made earlier this month that growth had stalled and gone into reverse, but added the sting in the tail that things are worse than previously thought. It might seem that the jump from two tenths of a […]

REVIEW: Rugby World Cup 2011 on PlayStation 3 (version tested) and Xbox 360.

by Marrick on August 25, 2011

As with every other major sporting tournament, the Rugby World Cup has brought on a slew of merchandise. From grossly overpriced polo shirts and baseball caps, to key rings, magnets and other tat, the IRB, just like every other sports governing body, uses the opportunity of a World Cup to sell all sorts of merchandise […]

Why skinny people should STFU

by Marrick on March 4, 2010

I##Q##m not thin. In fact I##Q##m what some would call a BHB – big handsome bloke. That doesn##Q##t include me, because I don##Q##t like being big. My bigness is more to do with genetics than diet – I eat moderately and do a certain amount of exercise, including visting the gym twice a week. Still, […]

Mervyn the Wizard

by Marrick on February 4, 1998

Many years ago, when I was about fifteen years of age, I was holidaying in a small West Wales village called Rhosilli. Situated some twenty miles south-west of Swansea, on the tip of the Gower Peninsula, Rhosilli is said to be a place of magic and fable. Overlooking the village is a small mountain, on […]