Politics

Modern liberal conservatism

Something to ban before ketchup sachets.

As everyone knows, ketchup sachets are wrong; indeed sachets of anything are wrong. A friend commented: When I’m Prime Minister, the first thing I’m banning is ketchup sachets. I have rediscovered something even more banworthy: “resurfacing” the road by spreading tar and gravel then asking people to drive at 10 […]

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Lunch with Beth by K1200S

With the wind rising and a number of tandem students waiting, I came off the manifest and took Beth out for lunch by K1200S. We went to a charming pub near Woodborough. I forget the name, but the location and food were good. It’s here. Returned via Pewsey, Hungerford, Wantage, […]

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Responsibility

I love my KTM, and giving it a good pasting, but I’m fed up of seeing KTM riders monowheeling a couple of feet off the bumper of the car in front, or soaring through the traffic with a huge speed differential. In the last ten months, I have seen the […]

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Teach First

From the Teach First site: Teach First attracts, selects, trains, places and supports top graduates to work in challenging schools and also for leading employers. Read about how Teach First and its partners deliver outstanding teacher and leadership training, internships, coaching and networking to develop its people while achieving its […]

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Reasons people do the wrong work

Why don’t people do the right work? They don’t know what to do. They don’t know how to do it. They don’t have the skills to do it. They don’t have the confidence to do it. You are in their way. All these reasons are management failures. The other reasons […]

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In London, you can tell it’s Christmas!

And not because everyone is being so kind to one another. Yes, all the restaurants are full, all the time. All the roads are chocca, and all the drivers are even more pushy. The scooter riders are worse too, incredibly. One muppet nearly rode into me at a standstill because […]

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Housing, mortgages and the FSA

It struck me as I woke – ! – how hopeless is the FSA’s regulation of the mortgage lending industry? Now, every time you buy something which could potentially involve credit, whether or not you take it, you have to listen to, or read, some pointless blurb about that firm’s […]

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Helping the homeless, the bureaucratic way.

There’s a homeless man I see every day, who sleeps in a subway. He’s pleasant and harmless. He used to be a promising chef apparently. People choose to give him money: he never asks. He keeps himself smart and clean, thanks to a nearby centre that opens in the week, […]

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