In 1825 William Blake painted ‘Ancient of Days’, a dark scientific interpretation of creation. The fictional Urizien, holding a technician’s dividing compass, constructs cosmic order from chaos. Blake’s mythology was realised in his paintings and in his poetry, full of inspiration. His poem ‘Jerusalem’ was published in 1808. […]
Retired IT professional. Studied at Imperial College, the London School of Economics and Political Science and Hatfield Polytechnic. Bit of a polymath with main interests being music (collecting but not much performing), poetry, culture, computing, carpentry, cooking, rambling, swimming, whisky and wine … history and of course politics.
Steve DuBois gives us a humorous, yet stark vision of the phone call from hell. With homage, respect and apologies to Bob Newhart  International entrepreneur O. Mio Theo (Rupert to his friends) is hard at work, a diminutive homunculus behind his over-sized megadesk, surrounded by screens displaying […]
On the 24th January 2017, the Supreme Court delivered a judgement on “the application of Miller and Dos Santos versus the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union”. The 8-to-3 majority verdict finding against the Government is reverberating through the corridors of power. The full judgement is […]
Putting the ‘Con’ into ‘Take Back Control’. Two of the memes that were the icing on the ‘Leave’ campaign’s layer-cake were ‘… the erosion of our sovereignty’ and ‘Take Back Control’. These two hooks were swallowed by leave voters without raising an eyebrow. Few asked ‘What is the […]
Theresa May announced on 17th January 2017 that the UK had a world beating ‘Stealth Picker of EU Economic CHerries’ (SPEECH) using stealth to beat world markets into submission. SPEECH was deployed but it will take at least two years before it finds a target. SPEECH is based […]
The slogan of the 1997 General Election was “Education, education, education”. The equivalent for the EU referendum was ‘Immigration, immigration, immigration’. As with most Europhobic vernacular, what was problematic about immigration was anything you liked, race, jobs, security, housing, public services etc. It became a sub-text of the […]
There are many threads to the Brexit stratagem but two which are intimately entwined are the notions of an ‘elite’ and of ‘experts’. Both groups were criticised and laughed at by the Brexit camp; some Remain campaigners were dismissed for being elitist and therefore opposed to the populist […]