Category Politics

THE BBC FIGHTS ON FOR REMAIN


A buddy of mine has picked up on the BBC’s headline news this morning: that Tony Blair reckons the UK could/should stay inside a ‘reformed’ European Union. My friend wondered if there was something of merit in Blair’s ideas? Well, here’s the answer. Blair’s latest utterances represent the Remain Institution hard at work to keep the […]

FACEBOOK AND FRIENDSHIP


‘Friendship should be more than biting time can sever’ T S Eliot Interesting Times We live in febrile times – or interesting times as the Chinese proverb would have it. That said, some folk choose to take little or no interest in current affairs compared to others who (like me) do take an active interest […]

COUNTERING ISLAMIC TERRORISM – CHANGING ATTITUDE


Hope, Anger and Courage In a previous post on this subject I argued that if we were going to get serious about fighting the terrorist threat we now face, we needed to start with some form of societal change of attitude. Attitude is a settled way of feeling or thinking about something. In that same post, […]

MANCHESTER SLAUGHTER – TIME FOR A CHANGE OF ATTITUDE


The Attitude Problem When I was being trained as a young officer in the British armed forces, it was explained to me and my proteges that there were three elements to the process of training people; in our case, training people to take part in the conduct of warfare but, in fact, training people to do […]

UK GENERAL ELECTION – A VIEW FROM SCOTLAND


As we approach the UK General Election on 8 June, three things stand out as far as voting here in Moray (a constituency of about 90,000 people in the north of Scotland) is concerned. First, in the recent local election, veteran Scottish National Party (SNP) councillor Gordon McDonald failed to get elected; you don’t get […]

MORAY COUNCIL ELECTIONS: WHICH WAY TO VOTE?


Please forgive this somewhat parochial post, which is important to me and 75,000 other voters living in the Scottish shire of Moray. Welcome in particular to readers of The Northern Scot and The Press & Journal newspapers! NB: I have amended the original post on this subject to reflect feedback from a Moray Councillor on the facts […]

BREXIT: AND WE’RE OFF (TRACK ALREADY)


The negotiations regarding the UK’s withdrawal from the EU have got off to a less than auspicious start. It was interesting to read one reader’s comment on today’s Telegraph View, recounted here. The Telegraph View ‘The UK must be prepared to walk away from the Brexit negotiations without a deal (Note: Moraymint said as much […]

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