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Aspects for the week beginning 14 July 2024

James Timpson “Thanks to everyone for their kind words about my appointment as the new government’s Prisons, Probation and Parole Minister. It’s a real privilege and I’m looking forward to improving the system for hard-working staff, turning more lives around and cutting crime.” ~ James Timpson This is my first blog in the new era […]

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Aspects for the week beginning 16 June 2024

Wes Streeting “One Boy, Two Bills and a Fry Up” – Hodder & Stoughton 2023 This is a blog about the Shadow Health Secretary, who in a few weeks’ time may become the actual Health Secretary.  I was given his autobiography for Christmas, and recently got round to reading it.  It impressed me in various […]

Categories: Book Review · News

Aspects for the week beginning 2 June 2024

Diane Abbott – Part 2 “Reading his [Hester’s] remarks I was upset but not surprised.  This is partly because I am hardened to racist abuse  I receive hundreds of abusive emails, phone calls and  letters monthly, and the numbers shoot up whenever I am in the media.” ~ Diane Abbott, March 2024 This is the […]

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Aspects for the week beginning 26 May 2024

Michael Gove In a week where Rishi Sunak called a surprise General Election (on the Sun/Pluto trine), there have been more Tory MPs announcing they are standing down.  None more prominent than Michael Gove, often regarded as an Architect of the Tory Party in the last 14 years, despite two unsuccessful leadership bids.  Regarded as […]

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Aspects for the week beginning 19 May 2024

Paula Vennells “What is it about this seemingly mild-mannered, devout woman that caused her to preside over a reign of total corporate psychopathy?” ~ Marina Hyde Paula Vennells, former CEO of the Post Office, appears this week in front of the government’s statutory Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry, over the course of three days.  I […]

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Aspects for the week beginning 28 April 2024

Frank Field (1942 -2024) “Frank had integrity, intelligence and deep commitment to the causes he believed in.  He was an independent thinker never constrained by conventional wisdom but always pushing at the frontier of new ideas”. ~ Tony Blair Labour MP Frank Field died this week at the age of 81.  He was strong in […]

Categories: News · Obituary

Aspects for the week beginning 21 April 2024

Salman Rushdie Less than two years ago, Salman Rushdie was stabbed 12 times on stage in New York by an attacker who thought him “disingenuous”.  It would not have been a surprising event decades ago when he was prominently facing a fatwa called for by the Ayatollah Ruhollah for writing “The Satanic Verses”, but felt […]

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Aspects for the week beginning 14 April 2024

O.J. Simpson (1947 – 2024) “They were a dramatic, fractious, mutually obsessed couple before they married, after they married, after they divorced in 1992, and after they reconciled.” ~ Sheila Weller American football star, actor, murder suspect O.J. Simpson died this week, from prostate cancer, at the age of 76.  Although he was unanimously acquitted […]

Categories: Celebrities · News · Obituary · Sport

Aspects for the week beginning 17 March 2024

Diane Abbott “It’s like trying not to be racist but you see Diane Abbott on the TV and you’re just like, I hate, you just want to hate all black women because she’s there” ~ Frank Hester A shocking statement reported this week from Frank Hester a few years ago had a wave of sympathy […]

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Aspects for the week beginning 25 February 2024

Lindsay Hoyle “Just when you hoped you’d reached rock bottom, parliament finds a way of going still lower…Everyone wanted a ceasefire.  Only they wanted their own ceasefire, not anyone else’s ceasefire.” ~ John Crace You will have seen the chaos in Parliament this week, specifically Wednesday evening.  It was to have been the day for […]

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