Nationalise This

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These are difficult days for the Labour Party. For the wing of the party who aren’t natural Corbynisters, they’re doubly difficult. Difficult firstly because we’re heading into an election with a leader and set of policies which we think are stuck in the past. We see a floundering government and a Labour leadership failing to provide a credible alternative. Doubly difficult because this wing of […]

A Plea to Step Forward and be Unreasonable

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There’s a quote that’s been doing the rounds a lot recently.  It’s generally attributed to George Bernard Shaw. But in this newfound world of fake news, it’s a bad idea to believe anything you hear attributed to anyone. But fake attribution aside, all that really matters is that it was said by someone.  And I repeat it here: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; […]

The Long Way Home

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Have you ever woken from a deep sleep on a flight to be momentarily disorientated?  Briefly unsure where you’re going to or where you’re coming from? You try to narrow things down, but your surroundings don’t give away any clue as to which airline on you’re on. Even the crew fail to give the game away. It can’t just be me that finds airlines have lost so […]

Bad Dream(liners)

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It’s been a long day. You’ve rushed through the overheated airport and found your way to the gate, where your flight is already boarding. You hurry down the jetway and squeeze your bags into the overhead locker; plonk your weary self into your seat and wonder if the seat has got narrower or you’ve got wider.  As you relax, feeling rather chuffed that you’ve made […]

Trading Time

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How many times have you sat through a meeting that’s overrun? Worse still a meeting that has overrun but which still hasn’t reached any conclusions? The problem is often blamed on bad chairing. To be sure, too many meetings are badly chaired. But the real problem is that people speak without anything to say.  So meetings roll on without getting anywhere. Meetings are not the […]

The Liberal Cab Company

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As I potter about London on my bike, I often find myself worrying that being a cab driver in the capital can’t be much fun. Stuck behind the wheel of a stuffy London black cab; stuck breathing in the fumes from the cab in front; stuck in traffic and with hundreds of cyclists scooting just inches away from your stationary vehicle can’t be that enjoyable. […]

On Blame and Fear

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Britain has now had its ill-advised referendum.  And guess what, the pollsters got it wrong again. There is shock, anger and incomprehension amongst those of us who voted rationally for the United Kingdom to stay in the European Union. It seems our desire to live in a tolerant, liberal and open country has been ripped away from us against our will.  With our anger comes […]

The Long Cold Drive

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Travel sickness occurs when your eyes and inner ear tell a different story to your brain. If you’re being bounced up and down on an ocean wave or thrown side-to-side on a hairpin road, your brain can’t make sense of the world. It’s normally a quite unpleasant experience. Relaxing, and keeping your eyes on the horizon, is the well-established solution. Indeed a good solution for […]

The Eastern Express

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There is a certain style to the public announcements when you travel in Turkey. On Turkish airlines, as you taxi to the runway, the safety briefing intones that in the event of an emergency, before the assuming of the brace position, you should loosen your collar and tie. It’s said without satire. The undertone being that, emergency excepted, collar and tie are not only required, […]