Category Archives: Our Government

Railways, and the ‘N’ word…

I found myself becoming irritated about the often ill-informed comments being made in run up to election about possible railway ‘re-nationalization’. It is hard to puzzle out, from the muddled promises and assertions, either what exactly is going to be more … Continue reading

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Battersea and the Slow Death of a Giant

ON ST GEORGE’S DAY IN THE YEAR OF THE CENTENARY OF MICHAEL FARADAY’S GREAT DISCOVERY THIS STONE OF COMMEMORATION… WAS PLACED AS A LANDMARK IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF LARGER LONDON’S LIGHT AND POWER AND TO SERVE AS ANOTHER MEMORIAL OF … Continue reading

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London’s Getting a New Mayor – but don’t get too excited

Our system of having a London mayor is not a traditional one. The position was inspired by what is done in several widely dispersed cities around the world, and perhaps most of all in New York, famous for larger than … Continue reading

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The Establishment

Following my theme of not reviewing new books, I couldn’t resist a few comments about The Establishment, by Owen Jones (Penguin Books). Cause for reflection, I thought. I did not find the book the easiest of reads, and there were … Continue reading

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Scotland Yard Move – a bit more than redecorating.

On 21 May 2013 I wrote a few words about Scotland Yard moving back to Scotland Yard, as it were. The move was precipitated by the existing building reaching that stage of its life when over £50m would need to … Continue reading

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Fine Wines and Civil Servants – a toxic cocktail

Having said that it would not be a habit for me to engage in reviewing books, I find myself about to review another book. I had better explain. I have always been interested in the breadth of activities in which … Continue reading

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“The Blunders of our Governments” – the name says it all

I don’t intend to make a habit of doing this, but I have felt moved to write a brief book review. The book is called ‘The Blunders of our Governments’ and I was initially put off by the sensationalist-sounding title … Continue reading

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