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Leadership and the Tipping Point

Presented with the example of high-profile leaders (such as Donald Trump for example), how do we define good leadership qualities? What we see with Trump is conviction, perseverance and decisiveness. And, on the face of it, these are all admirable … Continue reading

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Coronaverse

When I get bored in lockdown, And feel my patience ebb, I gossip with a spider I discovered on the web. I try to do some yoga (But cannot cross my legs), Make castles out of loo rolls, Draw faces … Continue reading

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No U-turns!

How much credibility can a government retain when it makes so many U-turns, careering from one crisis to another, lurching from one populist headline to the next, equipped with nothing but the flimsiest of straplines and slogans for brakes?

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Pandemic? Don’t panic! (Lies, damned lies and statistics)

With a second wave of fearmongering now being orchestrated by the mainstream media, a bizarre fraud of staggering proportions is starting to come to light. A prominent feature of the daily Downing Street press conferences during the lockdown was the … Continue reading

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“The important thing is to have a target.”

Deadlines make headlines. Whether the Health Secretary’s target gets met or not, all the attention on the target will serve as a smokescreen, distracting the public from the truth that far too few tests were carried out during the first … Continue reading

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Lockdown Blues

I’ve been buying only essentials And obeying the government rules. I’ve been doing the clapping for carers And plenty of video calls. I’ve run out of pasta and loo rolls And queued at the chemist for meds. I’ve done quizzes … Continue reading

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I’m Under House Arrest?! For how long?

I never thought I’d echo a thought expressed by Donald Trump, of all people, but if we’re effectively under house arrest, maybe we should be worrying about the cure for coronavirus being worse than the disease? Draconian restrictions of liberty … Continue reading

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Wishing Shelf Book Awards

The Moon Pigeon has been shortlisted as one of the 2019 FINALISTS in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. The children’s books were read and judged by children in 8 UK primary and secondary schools, the adult books by 2 Reading … Continue reading

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Multiverse

Multiverse is a volume of nonsense verse with themes ranging from cosmology and philosophical questions about the nature of the universe… to mince pies and listening for worms. If you were a clownfish, swimming languidly and contentedly amongst the anemones … Continue reading

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Forsaking the Poppy

It may seem natural to feel an allegiance with those who happen to occupy the same bit of the earth’s crust as you do, but that allegiance is purely arbitrary and, of course, divisive. This is obviously controversial, but, as … Continue reading

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