Author Archives: Stephen

On Bombing Syria. Or Not. 

   There is a petition going around online encouraging a vote, in the UK Parliament, against air strikes against ISIS in Syria.  One friend suggests that if stung by a wasp the smart response is not to throw stones at … Continue reading

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My friend has been radicalised. But let’s not mistake him for a terrorist.

   My friend has been radicalised. Not many people know about it. He can’t tell his mum and dad, that’s for sure. They would dis-own him. His girlfriend doesn’t know. Nor does the girl it is being arranged for him … Continue reading

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In Myanmar Again. Election time. 

I’m in Myanmar again. At the weekend I followed Aung San Suu Kyi on the campaign trail. I wrote about it  on another blog where I publish my Myanmar stories. Here’s a link to that. More will follow. The election … Continue reading

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Double-Ender

   Sleaford Mods. Rock City, Nottingham. 9.10.15 I came late to Sleaford Mods. I’m not sure if the first time I saw them was autumn 2006 or spring 2007. For sure it was at Hopkinson’s on Station Street. I remember … Continue reading

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A message to The Labour Party on the occasion of their abstaining on the Welfare Bill. Well some of them.

Scotland is lost for at least one more election. Maybe two. Get over it. Get on with realising that winning well in England and Wales (and getting something from Scotland) via real PR and coalition (probably with the SNP) is … Continue reading

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On the Labour Leadership Election

John Cruddas, Ed Miliband’s ‘policy chief’, worries that the Labour Party is repeating its mistake of 2010, embroiling itself in a leadership election (nominations opened today) while the Tories get on with running the race to the 2020 General Election. … Continue reading

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Don’t waste your anger on the Tories. Save it for Labour.

Upset at the election result? Angry even? Demoralised at the thought of at least another five years of Conservative government? Frightened at the thought of what might become of the NHS or where IDS’s £12bn welfare axe will fall? Sick … Continue reading

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