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Freedom to drive a tank

If I had to choose my favourite line in an English novel, it would be the final sentence of Monica Ali’s Brick Lane, where one of the characters declares, “This is England, you can do whatever you like.” It seemed an … Continue reading

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Seaside fare

Cornish pasty and chips, it must be nearly the ultimate in excess. Brought up to believe that a pasty was a complete meal in itself, with meat, potato, and vegetables,  a voice echoes down the years suggesting that there is … Continue reading

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No to the politics of polarisation

To be honest, I had not expected the meeting to proceed. Announced before the England team reached the semi-finals of the World Cup, its starting time was to be the very moment when the football match kicked off. Checking the … Continue reading

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A fading shadow of the past

Steve Wright must be on holiday. It was Craig Charles on BBC Radio 2 for the half an hour during which I listened this afternoon. Steve Wright has an “oldies” feature from three o’clock until half past three each weekday … Continue reading

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Hiding the truth – in full view

Earlier today, a Tweeter called Mutable Joe posted the following tweet on Twitter: “Difficult to see how May can replace the knowledge and wisdom of both David Davis and Boris Johnson unless by some stroke of luck Tesco have got … Continue reading

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