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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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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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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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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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Reinstate Pluto!

This enhanced colour image of Pluto and its moon, Charon, was taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft in July 2015. Pluto was discovered and classified as a planet in 1930, when astronomer Clyde Tombaugh of the Lowell Observatory examined photographic … Continue reading

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Democracy on Trial

No violence, no terrorism, no armed insurrection. And yet, 12 peaceful advocates of the ballot box, nine of whom have already spent several months in prison, are now being prosecuted by the Spanish Supreme Court and may face prison sentences … Continue reading

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Horse sense

Becher’s Brook “Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.” (W.C. Fields) The 2018 Grand National was the 171st annual running of one of the most famous horse races on the planet. It … Continue reading

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She who hesitates…

Above all else, the Tory election campaign was guilty of presenting Brexit as something vaguely embarrassing, a problem to be solved, an accident that needs attending to, something akin to a flashing amber light allowing us to proceed only if … Continue reading

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