After an Olympic week that began with the most wonderful opening ceremony and a weekend that produced some great results for Britain, the performances and results have been inspiring and truly wonderful.
But the games have shown themselves to be far more than just the competition and the results in my opinion. They have delivered a grace, a beauty and strength in the Olympic spirit that I’d never seen this clearly before. Continue reading
Boris Johnson won in London, George Galloway won in Bradford, but what is it that made them winners?
I think the answer is pretty clear: they both stood for something and both connected with and appealed to the voters. Continue reading
It’s been almost a month since I wrote anything here, and I’ve been equally quiet on Twitter as well in recent weeks. But it’s now come to an end.
It would be easy to say that I did it for Lent, but I didn’t. I’ve just been too damn busy to get the juices flowing, but the level of frustration by not blogging and tweeting has been huge and many an interesting issue has passed that I should have commented on.
As from today: it’s back to writing as usual and if I’ve got time over the weekend I’ll try and catch up on some of the stories I missed.
For my thoughts on the New Year Honours please refer to this old post
Some messages just never lose their relevance!
This lovely tale explains our tax system and the flaws in a lovely way:
Suppose that every evening, 10 men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to £100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this :-
- The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
- The fifth would pay £1.
- The sixth would pay £3.
- The seventh would pay £7.
- The eighth would pay £12.
- The ninth would pay £18.
- The tenth man (the richest) would pay £59. Continue reading