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Peter Wrigley
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A cost-free improvement for the NHS
I have not actually seen the film "The Sense of an Ending" but was sufficiently intrigued by the adverts to buy Julian Barnes's book.  There I was delighted to read, put in the mouth of the first person narrator, Tony Webster, sentiments that coincide exact...

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Great Britons
I spent last week walking on the Western edge of the Chilterns with an Anglo-French  group.  As is our custom we took a day off from walking midweek and did touristy things.  In this location the obvious choice was Cambridge, where we took a ride on a punt ...

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Corbyn, Labour and the Single Market
In her pre-election literature my Labour MP, Mrs Tracy Brabin, who was re-elected, made an explicit promise that she would fight for "full access to the single market, vital for jobs in our community."  I quote her words exactly. Yesterday, 29th June, a sen...

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Spoiling the ship for a ha'p'orth of tar
We shall learn  in due course whether the Grenfell Tower conflagration was the result of saving £1.5m by using a less expensive cladding material, or turning down the preferred bidder because someone else was cheaper, maybe both or maybe something else enti...

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Brexit: where will it all end?
Oxford Professor Timothy Garton Ash has a whole article devoted to this in yesterday's Guardian and it's well worth a read.  Here's his somewhat dismal conclusion: ". . .my hunch is that Britain will probably end up. . .with some novel variant  of Norway's ...

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Land and "The Archers"
Radio 4's soap opera, "The Archers" to which I am addicted, began in1951 as a vehicle for informing Britain's farmers of all the latest techniques, and Ministry of Agriculture rules and regulations.. Whilst it continues to do this (you can easily pick out t...

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2010 to 2017: what a difference.
In the final days days leading up to the 2010 General Election we were warned by David Cameron and most of the press that if there were a balanced (actually they said "hung" ) parliament than the sky would fall in, the markets would collapse and the world a...

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Brexit madness
Negotiations for  Britain's leaving the EU begin today.  It is perfectly obvious and cannot be said too often, that any Brexit deal, be it hard, soft or somewhere in-between, cannot possibly be as good for the UK, our economy, our international standing, ou...

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Tower block fires and red tape
Official voices are rightly cagey about making pronouncements on the causes of the horrifying fire in Grenfell Tower, Kensington, but it seems to me that three options are available and one of them must be right.  Either: 1.  The regulations regarding build...

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Too many Tories in the Commons
In total 42.5% of those who voted in the 2017 election opted for the Conservatives.  42.5% of the 650 seats in the Commons is 276, but the Conservatives actually won 318, so, in proportionate terms. they have 42 more than their real entitlement. Labour poll...
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