Monthly Archives: January 2019


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What has been Britain’s biggest privatization to date?

…Britain’s biggest privatization has not been of housing or a bank. It has been of land. Since Margaret Thatcher entered Downing Street in 1979, and continuing all the way to the present day, the state has been selling public land … Continue reading

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The Death of the British Parliamentarian: The Brexit Debate, 11th January, 2019

Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion. Edmund Burke on representative democracy, 1774.1 It is worth saying that Torbay voted strongly to … Continue reading

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Chloe enters my swamp with pouts My heart leaps to my sleeve. She amputates it. My beating heart is in her hands She squeezes. Empties it of feelings. I sigh with pleasure. Chloe is my first love. I don’t know … Continue reading

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Brexit summed up

Ray E.

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Cicero: he knew a thing or two about treachery

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Lenin meets a gangster and loses his Rolls-Royce in 1919

Lenin himself was not immune to the lawlessness of the period. On 6 January 1919, he, his sister Mariya and his sole bodyguard, Ivan Chabanov, were being driven in his official Rolls-Royce when they were flagged down by men in … Continue reading

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James Dyson, the saviour of British Industry, does a runner*

Sir James Dyson, the British billionaire inventor and outspoken Brexit supporter who called on the government to walk away from the EU without a deal, is moving the headquarters of his vacuum cleaner and hand-dryer technology company to Singapore. *Dyson … Continue reading

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Refurbishing grade one listed buildings in Hackney

The first two years of my seven year apprenticeship was done at Sir Philip Magnus trade and academic school. Looking back at those two years I’m amazed at how much was covered. Our plumbing teacher was called Tom Freeman and … Continue reading

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Dave knows the Pope

Dave was bragging to his boss, “I know everyone there is to know. Just name someone, anyone, and I’m sure I’ll know them. “Pope Francis,” his boss replies. “Sure!” says Dave. “I’ve known the Pope for years.” So they flew … Continue reading

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