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Book review: Anonymous ~ The Secret Barrister: stories of the Law and How It’s Broken

The Secret Barrister quickly establishes his non-traditional background. He was educated at a comprehensive school and isn’t a high-flyer. His post-2000 career has been blighted by reductions in legal aid payments. He offers many examples of stellar legal work but … Continue reading

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Land of hope and glory

Once upon a time This title might have been true However, sublime the music This current Government Flies in the face of this paradigm. Food banks now feed the desperate Job security; a past closed door Vast fortunes, built by … Continue reading

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This I Know

It wasn’t ordinary working people Who caused the 80s banking crisis It wasn’t them that caused financial meltdown No! It was greedy bankers Who caused Northern Rock to fall The rich. Many politicians were the root cause Those with mansions … Continue reading

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All Political Careers -End in Tears

Arrogance, surrounds her, ambivalence blinds her Ignorance dogs her, whilst her Ministers plot Some say weeks, others a month or two – all the while, With no mandate, no authority, little if any support. How to regain the high ground, … Continue reading

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George Osborne, child benefit and the Conservative hard-right 2010-7

Hard-right chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne (2010-6) used the 2008 financial crash to reduce some British welfare payments. His ideological austerity programme was combined with political pragmatism. Child Benefit, which is paid to mothers as a tax free sum, … Continue reading

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Girolamo Savonarola and the bonfire of the vanities

The Franciscan monk Girolamo Savonarola was the antithesis of Pope Alexander VI. Savonarola was an ascetic monk who preached against wealth and conspicuous consumption. Pope Alexander devoted his life to power, wealth and the pleasures of the flesh. As Savonarola’s … Continue reading

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Just Moments in Time

Well over sixty years ago my best friend was a boy named Paul Brewster. Paul was a big lad even at the age of nine or ten where I was comparatively small. Paul and his Mum and Dad lived on … Continue reading

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