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The Screeching Hawks of Parliament

Lord Soley

No, I’m not talking about MP’s and Lords screeching abuse at each other but about two new new members of parliament who have refused to take their seats in either chamber. Instead they circle the building emitting the most incredible screeches and dive on pigeons and kill them. The feathers of the doomed pigeon float down past windows…

The Middle East

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There are some deeply worrying reports coming from the Palestine/Israel talks in the US. Simon Tisdall writing in the Guardian today (Tuesday 5th October) suggests the talks are likely to end in failure. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/oct/04/israel-palestine-peace-collapse It is getting hard to see how we can maintain even a semblance of peace in the region especially as other…

Party Conference Season

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  I always think the start of the Party conference season is a bit like the 12th of August when the shooting season begins – or perhaps like the British Raj in India departing to Simla to avoid then summer heat! In any event it has become an established part of our political calendar and it…

Age and wisdom

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  I was talking to an Ambassador at the Labour Party conference and he said he was saddened about the ever lower age of British political leaders. He said he had always associated Britain with wise statesmanship and that the younger age of Prime Ministers meant we were no longer getting this.  There have been…

Stephen Hawkins and God

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Stephen Hawkins is not only a great scientist but also a really good communicator. You may agree or disagree with his assessment on the origin of the universe but it makes compelling reading. I will be buying and reading the book as soon as I can. I have to declare my own view. I have…