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Iain Coucher and his “Purely personal reasons”

June 17, 2010
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Iain Coucher, the boss of Network Rail (tasked with maintenance of the railway network, but not running trains), is stepping down for “purely personal reasons”. If you believe that, I have some beach-front property in Birmingham I’d like to show you.


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Michael Gove, Empress of India

June 11, 2010
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At a time when British hubris about its place in the world is leading us into wars around the world and prompting us to renew our pointless and expensive nuclear “deterrent”, it is easy to understand why a Michael Gove might want to inflict colonial apologist history onto a new generation of children, but this should not sit comfortably with anyone already nervous about Gove’s sandbox experiments with the next generation of British children.

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Who cares if Diane Abbott is black?

June 9, 2010

Coverage of Diane Abbott’s candidacy in the Labour leadership election seems to be focussing on her gender and race. Frankly, I do not believe it should matter if she is black, nor that she is a woman, but her selling point should surely be that she is honest, independent and principled, and has a personality?

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Bolivia Newton-John is an enthusiast from South East London. She will be mostly writing about society, anthropology, politics and entertainment, though hopefully in a less pretentious manner than here indicated. Bolivia Newton-John likes diplomacy, irony, and seeing the big picture. Bolivia Newton-John dislikes misanthropy, self-importance, and censorship.