Monthly Archives: May 2015

A Pyrrhic* Victory: David Cameron, May 2015

David Cameron’s Conservative party won the British general election on 7th May 2015. This victory ended five years of coalition government with the Liberal Democrats. Cameron has freed himself from the constraints of coalition partnership with the Liberal Democrats but … Continue reading

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Metropolis: A Wordless Poem

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The Nobel Peace Prize as Satire

1973: Henry Kissinger for realising he’d lost the war South East Asia, especially Viet Nam. 2009: Barack Obama for not starting a war in his first nine months in office. (Chris)

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Old Housing and Working Conditions

1953 to 1963 Gibson Square Islington. Raised from 3 years old, in what was then a slum area – a large ten roomed Regency terraced house situated on one of Islington’s now prestigious squares, nearly each room let out to … Continue reading

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Fairy Elephant

There I am, in my bed All warm and snug & cosy When at 5:15 it has to be said My world is anything, but rosy. The rhythmic pounding of your feet Wakens me with a puzzled start While I … Continue reading

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A Benny Hill* joke

Just because no one complains doesn’t mean that all parachutes are perfect. *Benny Hill was a British comedian who enjoyed great success on TV between 1960 and 1983. (Chris)

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The 1908 Old-Age Pension Act

The 1908 Old-Age Pension Act was revolutionary legislation embodying the very best of British politics. For the first time there was to be state intervention in the living standards of the people. Assistance was given through non-contributory pensions recognising that … Continue reading

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Zimmer Frame

Displaying his balletic agility, and with Perspiration violating his upper lip Jim and his Zimmer are in harmony. Man and machine bonded together. A naturally graceful athlete Jim is Finely tuned in mind and body Ageing, an unnoticed triviality, Eye-catchingly … Continue reading

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Managers are born not made

“I can’t sit still and see another man slaving and working. I want to get up and superintend, and walk round with my hands in my pockets, and tell him what to do. It is my energetic nature. I can’t … Continue reading

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Enoch Powell’s* Prophecy, 1964

“In the end, the Labour Party could cease to represent labour. Stranger historic ironies have happened than that.” *He was a right-wing Conservative politician and political philosopher. (Chris)

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