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Tony Blair’s “A Journey”….WH Smug’s intriguing point-of-sale campaign

By sheer coincidence this blog came up with the very same wheeze yesterday. Great minds…. It’s also immensely gratifying to see Lord Meddlesome of Fey’s magnum opus hasn’t made it into the remainder bin yet. It was Old Holborn. He done it.

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Blair’s memoir….a tough choice resolved

This blog notes with mixed feelings that Tony Blair’s  eagerly awaited (it says here) memoir, A Journeyman: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bush Family, is rocketing up the Amazon best seller list. This happy event is due in no small part to St Teflon’s pledge to donate all royalties from the book, […]

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Mind the gap

A fine and rigorously argued post by John Ward over at The Slog challenges the latest incarnation of left wing Utopian orthdoxy, The Spirit Level. Going back over a hundred years before the CIA was ever imagined, Jeremy Bentham proposed – without the benefit of any data – exactly that truthful empiricism of balance: ‘the […]

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Who wrote this?

“My political beliefs lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs) or to ‘unconstitutional’ Monarchy … Give me a king whose chief interest in life is stamps, railways, or race-horses; and who has the power to sack his Vizier (or whatever you care to call him) […]

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Peotry Croner part 2…. Don’t call me a bard

So I responded to Topflight’s email. I won’t go into any detail but suffice to say I damned his efforts with faint praise. For once the silly sod hoisted in the message…. So you didn’t rate it? I suppose I need to up my game if I’m ever going to compete with a bard like […]

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Peotry Croner

Among the many acquaintances I have been unfortunate enough to accumulate during my half century on this goodly frame, perhaps one of the least attractive and most infuriating is Topflight. So named because, as students, we used to consume large quantities of barbiturates and amphetamine sulphate in his draughty top floor studio/garret in York, Topflight […]

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