One More Chance… ?

It has been a roller coaster of a year politically as we head towards the end of this Parliamentary session. I don’t really know where to start on all that has happened and what is still to unfold as the Tories announce who our next Prime Minister will be. (Spoiler Alert – it’s Mr Johnson)…

Europe 2019 – The Election Nobody Wanted

I usually give a massive health warning not to read too much into local, European and By-election results and what they might mean for the General Election. I will remind myself of this at the end of these few short thoughts about the Euros on the 23rd May. These were of course the elections that…

Remembering John Smith MP

There have been so many times over the last year that I have felt the need to say something about the daily chaos of political life. Quite often I write the first sentence on here and then stop myself either through despair or lacking energy to take on the social media backlash. So as you…

#Bodyguard

We couldn’t resist sitting down to watch the BBC1 Series #Bodyguard. I have to admit to always loving the heady mix of politics and Bond/ Spooks type dramas. Yes I get annoyed when I have to put up with them using the wrong buildings & settings for events, but I have learned not to shout…

What Next in Politics?

I always find holidays a great time to relax and in my case get in some serious reading and thinking space. In a world dominated by immediacy we don’t create enough thinking time – especially in politics. In the last few months I have drafted some posts and blogs only to not press publish when…

Kindness in Politics

Over the last few months I have been motivated to write about politics and then as I open up the blog I just think – ‘Oh I can’t bothered’. It’s only going to get people shouting on social media again. But yesterday as I heard the of the sad news that Tessa Jowell has passed…

Reshuffles What are They For?

I used to be really interested in political reshuffles. They were always quite good fun and when you knew all the individuals involved it was always quite fascinating to see who was on the up and who was on the downward career path and who was simply being moved around in circles. Some Ministers lasted …