#Jezwecan and Momentum are doomed to failure by their own hand

It was a cold, windswept, sleeting, bleak mid November day on the Lancaster University campus back in 1993 when I realised that the politics of the far left would never win heart and minds, votes or elections. And it sure as hell would never win me back either. I was 18. It was my first…

Isn’t it time rich commuters pay for their fair share of their train fare?

There is something vaguely odd about the obsession with the railways British people seem to have. Whether it is standing on a wintry Crewe platform watching some locomotive trundle past, the fixation with high speed rail lines or electrification of existing ones or the 2.3% average train fare increase announced today, the population and media…

11 things Brits need to know about the American election

It seems everyone has an opinion about Trump v Clinton. Everyone. So, here are a few thoughts for us non-Americans to understand what is going on and perhaps, to give pause for thought before we tell the USA who or what to vote for or what we think of the result. America is not your…

I will never wear a poppy with pride – and here is why.

As the phrases ‘We will remember them’ and ‘Lest we forget’ once again pour forth this November, and the red poppy becomes as ubiquitous on lapels, car bumpers and social media profiles as the leaves falling off the trees, it is perhaps worth pondering whether this whole war remembrance thing has lost any true meaning….

The good, bad and ugly or Heathrow expansion

Here is a brief five minute guide to the good, bad and the ugly of the decision to build a new runway at Heathrow. It isn’t, I hope, biased, but should give food for thought on whether this is beneficial not only for UK PLC as a whole, but for us as human beings. Economic…