Posts tagged: Tory Party

OAP (Out a Pocket)

I’m indebted to the media coverage to learn that as a public sector worker, I’m entitled to retire at the age of 60. I’d laboured (both literally and metaphorically since 1997) under the impression that I’d be hard at it until I was 65 like everyone else. But here is what they don’t tell you: Read more ›››


Interesting take on the future of the Conservative party by Danny Kruger saying it should be more like Linux and Wikipedia and less like Microsoft and the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Good advice for any political party I would say, involving the ‘folkmoot‘ rather than the ‘husting‘ in choosing a leader and debating policy. Read more ›››

On a Lighter Note

This made me smile yesterday. Also today’s Guardian sketch by Simon Hoggart on the Tory leadership vote:

Nicholas Winterton bumped into the Labour MP Steve Pound, almost literally. “If I were any younger, I’d be standing,” he said. “If you were younger, you wouldn’t be a Tory,” Pound replied. Read more ›››

The Great White Hunters

It was rather sad to see the end of Ken Clarke, the “big beast” of the Tory party sent packing to the elephants’ graveyard with very little ceremony and less than 20% of the parliamentary vote. I suppose that was the downside of his age and experience recommendations — those qualities also breed enemies in the up-its-own-backside world of Westminster. Read more ›››

Something Rotten in the State of Politics

I listened to the radio adaptation of “The House of Cards” by Michael Dobbs in the car last week. Great fun. Knock-about politics, dirty scheming and total suspension of disbelief. After all, the politicos don’t really behave like that, do they?

The Richard III based Francis Urquhart character eating his way to the leadership of the Conservative Party through blackmail, black politics and even murder. Read more ›››

Lost in the Post

It’s been a funny old week, me not posting I mean. I do try to keep it up, but there are days when the juices don’t flow. (Blimey, that last bit sounds like one of those spam emails for online pharmacies.)

I mean, there must have been something to talk about? Like the death of Ronnie Barker whose passing by far surpassed that of the Sacred Diana to my mind. (I can take the hate mail.) Read more ›››