Author Archives: Charles West

Punishment: time to put it behind us.

“This hurts me more than it hurts you,” said the headmaster as he reached for his cane. “Pull your pants down boy, I need to see your cheeks glow.” “This hurts me more than it hurts you,” says the apocryphal … Continue reading

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My Cassandra Moment

Sometimes I feel a bit like Cassandra, remember her? She was the lady blessed with the gift of prophesy and the curse that no-one would believe her. Today’s “news”: 1) Owen Smith warns that the Conservatives have ‘secret’ plans to … Continue reading

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You can drive a car with three wheels, but why would you?

If the UK is to leave the EU it is possible that doing so may make the world a little bit fairer, so maybe it is time to look on the bright side. Continue reading

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We needed a revolution, but not this one

It feels as if I am waking from a nightmare; a nightmare where we have turned out backs on our friends, we have turned our backs on cooperation over trade, culture, science, care of the environment, security and the control … Continue reading

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Britain has just committed an act of self-harm

The title of an article by the economics editor of The Times caught my eye: “The poorest voted for Brexit, now they will bear the brunt of the cost“. How true, I thought and started reading. The opening sentence brought me … Continue reading

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The Death of Europe, or just the UK?

I can’t believe that the sun is still shining this morning. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has just voted to leave the European Union. 52% of those voting chose to leave. There will be pundits with … Continue reading

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Enough is enough.

Call me naïve if you like, but I still believe that most politicians go into the business because they want to make the world a better place. They may lose their way, become seduced by the sense of their own … Continue reading

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