After Covid 19 – Prohibition ?

25th November 2020 33

Never let a good crisis go to waste. Covid-19 has been exploited by political leaders and the medical profession to pursue social objectives that would normally face stiff public opposition. Alcohol is a prime target. Who would have believed, earlier this year, that all pubs would be forced to close at 10pm, alongside other irksome regulations such as no standing … [Read on]

‘Is it cos I white?’

18th November 2020 36

Dear English Heritage, Thank you for providing your new program for ethnic minorities as described at this web site: https://historicengland.org.uk/services-skills/training-skills/work-based-training/paid-training-placements/ I wonder how you define ‘ethnic’. I have two daughters, both half Nepalese. Is that ‘ethnic enough’ to fit your definition? They have both English and Nepalese names, so if one applied as Zangmu Llama, I presume her application would … [Read on]

Bog trotting to Bombay

9th November 2020 27

John Taylor, Baron Kilclooney, former deputy leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, has caused shockwaves in the political world by describing vice president-elect Kamala Harris as ‘the Indian.’ Angela Smith, Labour leader in the Lords, described Kilclooney’s remarks as ‘despicable and beneath contempt’, and is to make an official complaint. Well, Kilclooney’s reference to ‘Biden’ and then to ‘the Indian’ … [Read on]

Wrong footed over Covid 19

8th November 2020 9

When the government banned our old soldiers and sailors from attending the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday, I was determined to turn up anyway. Deterred by advice that Whitehall would be blocked off, I went instead to my local event at Carshalton Ponds. Expecting a small gathering but no dignitaries, I penned a short speech, as follows: – ‘Ladies and gentlemen, … [Read on]