This is my first blog about Covid, and was a letter for the Guardian. There is a lot of talk about how the reported cases of deaths among those in care have been excessive. The writers seem to think that it is a basic vulnerability among such a predominantly elderly population, but that is only part of […]
I have a RIMOWA briefcase, or I have had a RIMOWA briefcase. It is shiny aluminium and a trifle large with very purposeful locks. My wife gave it to me four years ago. It has been and gone twice.
The problem with the British constitution is sovereignty. We let those words “the sovereignty of parliament” trip off our tongues all too easily. We were taught in our constitutional law classes that, in Britain, the Sovereign rules through Parliament; that we are all subject to the rule of law exercised by a sovereign parliament which includes […]
Ever since people paid to travel in aircraft, the airlines have worried about how to feed them while they fly. For the first eighty years of air travel the answer was ‘on board catering’; basic for economy, and superior for the first class, and later, business class. On long haul it was always recognised that […]
My son is 54 years old and has been disabled with a learning disability since he was born. He has been supported through state provided disability benefits throughout his life because there is no possibility of him being able to undertake a wage-earning job.
The third Heathrow runway would be a mistake of gigantic proportions. I can categorically say that the building of another runway at Heathrow would be about the most stupid and unpleasant political act you could imagine in this day and age. There was a full Royal Commission in 1968 which completed the most comprehensive study […]
Reforming the House of Lords will only really mean something by making serious, far reaching changes. This article provides my justification, and a proposal for such change.
The fashionable view of marriage is that it is declining, archaic and no longer necessary. This is wide of the mark. It is not just that weddings are on the increase – partly a result of more second marriages; it is that being old fashioned is no bad thing, if the institution is tried and […]
Following the June fiasco of a general election, we now find ourselves with effectively no government. A minority government, at the best of times, is difficult. I was part of such a government in the mid-1970s, but at least we knew what were the priorities and managed over the next few years to carry out […]
(Written in June 2010 updated and reinforced November 2017.) Almost everyone now accepts that global warming is a fact of life and the excess burning of carbon fuels will not only hasten the process, but those very fuels are themselves becoming scarce.