Thursday, 19 January 2017

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The good, the bad and the bizarre of 2016

Have you recovered yet? No, not from your annual boozathon, but from 2016. What a year for pollsters, pundits, bookies getting it wrong! First, Brexit, then Donald Trump. Yes, if only Michael Fish (remember him?) had been plying his trade last year, he’d have looked bang-on. It’s too early to…

A plea to hoteliers in 2017!

It’s happened again. Every time I return to London, it’s the same old, same old. Namely, a minuscule room in a trendy hotel costing an arm and a leg, and where I end up feeling less at home than in my own home! A major bugbear is inadequate soundproofing not…

Christmas is falling victim to politically correct obsession

Parents have been told by academics to stop pretending Father Christmas is real in case the ‘lie’ damages relations with their children who might then question what else mum and dad are lying about. What! First, no Father Christmas; next they’ll be telling us politicians tell the truth and do…

The rip-off Winter ‘Blunderland’ of Grotty Grottos is upon us

YOU can tell Christmas isn’t far off when the annual ‘families ripped off by unscrupulous and entirely predictable seasonal Winter Wonderland theme-park extravaganza’ is upon us. This is like Groundhog Day, yet another year, yet another traditional Christmas fiasco. For the past few years problems at these Winter Wonderland events…

The future of the EU after Brexit: will it be boosted or broken?

FOLLOWING Trump-a-thon and Brexit, the EU is facing a series of make-or-break elections in the coming months. With Trump in the White House, Italy lurching from crisis to crisis, France’s Le Pen waiting in the wings, Austria and the Netherlands becoming increasingly Eurosceptic (plus Erdogan’s threats), life will become even…

Britain deserves better than this Brexit jester

FIRST it was the Italians who were infuriated by the ‘insulting’ way in which Boris Johnson reduced the debate over Brexit to the economics of prosecco sales. Then French and German officials reportedly received similar lectures about Champagne and car exports in ‘patronising’ and ‘unfunny’ remarks that are worsening Britain’s…

No ‘blind-date Brexit’ for Britain

The UK government is going through exceptionally tough times. Only a third of UK voters support Brexit unconditionally, according to an ICM poll that suggests a widespread desire for the government to release details of the deal sought with the EU BEFORE triggering Article 50. Or, in other words, two-thirds…

Brace, brace, brace... there is severe turbulence ahead of us

A new reality has dawned. To the east, a hostile Russia. Now to the west, an isolationist USA, seemingly uncommitted to NATO or free trade (inasmuch as can be gathered from Trump-speak). And yet, in such extraordinarily challenging times, the UK is turning its back, for good, on the EU...…

Politicians who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones

FOLLOWING the recent fiery debate in the Commons in which Sir Philip Green was lambasted as an ‘asset stripper’ and compared to Robert Maxwell, MPs voted to strip him of his knighthood. (I’d go further and suggest he deserves to be stripped of his knighthood, his retail reputation AND a…

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Brexit Britain lost at sea

Theresa MAY is facing challenging times. For starters, her first EU summit as PM was particularly thorny as the rest of the club strongly objected to the UK’s wish to stay firmly ‘in’ until it’s ‘out,’ namely, remain at the centre of EU decision-making until it leaves. For EU leaders,…

Brexit or wreckxit?

Remember Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett as newsreaders reading spoof news items at the end of the TWO RONNIES? Seems so long ago, doesn’t it? Those laughs and gags seem to belong to another era. Is this because there’s so much bad news now? Aleppo, Ukraine, Putin, Trump...? Back in…

The would-be saviour of Brexit Britain

WARNING: the following contains strong language right from the start! What the **** … Well, this is a family newspaper, after all, so I suppose I’d better tone it down a bit. What is happening is that I am so stunned I need to lie down in a dark room…

Censored! Metgate’s smoke and mirrors

THIS week I was planning to write about the benefits to portfolio risk of international diversification, as demonstrated by numerous research papers. No, no, don’t go away. You’d have loved it. Trust me. I’m a journo… Never mind! But then I read that the Metropolitan Police rejected calls for the…

Truth, frustration and mixed messages

HARD Brexit or soft Brexit? Should Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty be triggered now or later? There seems as much confusion in Britain as to its negotiating position and the timing of negotiations as there is frustration in Brussels. On the one hand, there’s international trade secretary, Liam Fox,…

Brexit Britain on the naughty step

Theresa May has made several enemies in the Tory party who will be quietly waiting to get her, and have plenty of opportunities. I mean, just look at what she’s done in the short time she’s been PM. First, there was her ruthless cabinet purge of David Cameron’s inner circle,…

More unity, less division post-Brexit

IN his recent State of the Union address, EC President, Jean-Claude Juncker, warned that the EU is facing an “existential threat” as major splits emerge between eastern and western EU countries following Brexit. He pointedly condemned the murder of a Polish man in Harlow, Essex, as an example of what…

Autumn... time to turn over a new leaf

EVER felt that September is the true start of the New Year and not January? The time when, after the long summer break, kids return to school and adults to work. September always felt to me like a new start because of the change in routine. Your day-to-day life got…

Generation snowflake: are we to blame?

A NEW government study reveals increasing mental health problems over the past decade among British teenagers - girls in particular - coinciding with social media’s inexorable rise. Although ‘helicopter’ parents, exams, and the competition for well-paying first jobs play their part, experts see a link between the expanding epidemic of…

Brexit: post-referendum boom or gloom?

WITH Team GB hauling back all that hardware from Rio, the positive mood sweeping the country is a real shot in the arm. Things do feel better, but it’s far too early to call all those pre-referendum Brexit scare stories fake. We haven’t left the EU yet, and it’ll take…
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