Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Things can only get better

I understand that the writer wrote jokes for Tony Blair. I do hope he didn't write that one about weapons of mass destruction. It didn't go well.

Labour activists will recognise many of the situations in this book and I certainly enjoyed reading it. It would be possible to take exception to the tone of this book if it were not delivered with such a self-deprecatory air. It is written from the point of view of a Labour Party activist and it shows empathy. I cannot think of another book of which one could say that. For non-Labour readers, I have no idea what they will make of this book but they will certainly find it interesting and amusing. 

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Sean O'Grady on Broken

After the Chichester Festival event yesterday, we came home to enjoy the final episode of "Broken". It was a first class piece of work and only someone given to petty carping could possibly find fault with it.

I turned to the "i" newspaper this morning to find that Sean O'Grady apparently hadn't liked it and smugly dismissed it as "ridiculous".

The breathtaking scene in which the gambling machines were smashed by the people who had most to lose was lost on O'Grady. So was the exceptional sermon on casting the money-changers out of the temple. O'Grady is the former economics editor of the Independent and clearly the anger against the casino society expressed by Father Michael (Sean Bean) went right over his head.

I take issue with O'Grady's arrogant dismissal of "Broken". I would submit that Jesus could have been tried for criminal damage for casting the money-changers out of the temple. He did get in quite a lot of trouble with the authorities as it was!
As for the ending which O'Grady called "ridiculous", I thought that it showed the people Father Michael had tried (and sometimes failed) to help queueing up to give him a bit of support when he needed it.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Chichester Festival 4th July


A feast of flash fiction and short stories from writers in Worthing.

4th July

5.30 pm to 7.00 pm

The New Park Community and Arts Association
New Park Road
PO19 7XY

Derek McMillan

Patricia Feinberg Stoner

Rosemary Noble

Admission £1 from

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Beccy Cooper on Education

The NUT does not support a political party so I remind you that other parties are available!

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Question Time Special

I thought the most telling point in the Question Time special was made by a member of the audience, "Why is everyone here so keen on killing millions of people?" Jeremy Corbyn is pilloried by the right-wing press but I would prefer a PM who would think before pressing the button.

May wouldn't think twice. BoJo wouldn't think once!

On the cap on social care costs, May preferred to keep it vague and make jokes about a "magic money tree." There is one of course, it is used for MP's expenses.

There is a cash tree you see!

And again she repeated the downright lie "we are spending more on education" when per pupil they are not spending more on education and that is why cuts are inevitable if this shower are re-elected.

It was good of May to stand in for Rudd but is she as good as the original?