politics

The art of the political apology

November 27, 2020 0 Comments
The art of the political apology

Most politicians are egotists.  (All right, I can think of a few exceptions, but as a general rule the proposition stands.)  The bloodstreams of those who reach positions of real power contain dangerously high levels of egotism, or they would not have succeeded as they have.  One of the results of such self-regard is that […]

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Nôl i normalrwydd?

November 14, 2020 0 Comments
Nôl i normalrwydd?

Pob heol yn wag ac yn ddistaw.    Ceir yn segur y tu allan i dai eu perchnogion.  Y  rheini yn celu y tu mewn i’w cartrefi.  Ychydig iawn o bobl i’w gweld yn yr awyr agored.  Gallech chi blannu eich traed, pe baech yn dymuno, ar hyd y llinell wen yng nghanol y ffordd, a […]

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Kate Bingham and the rotten state

November 3, 2020 2 Comments
Kate Bingham and the rotten state

If the case of Dido Harding has become a prominent symbol of the degradation of public life in the UK, few until recently were aware that it has a close second, in exactly the same field of Covid policy: the case of Kate Bingham. Boris Johnson appointed Kate Bingham in May 2020 as the chair […]

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The Republic of Wales

October 23, 2020 3 Comments
The Republic of Wales

A few days ago a distracted weather presenter on Sky News, missing out a few words of her script, uttered the phrase ‘Republic of Wales’.  The news spread quickly round Twitter.  There was wide agreement that the phrase had a highly appealing ring to it.  So, too, the Welsh version, Gweriniaeth Cymru.  Since then I’ve […]

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Coleridge’s ginger wine

August 14, 2020 0 Comments
Coleridge’s ginger wine

Some think that the Notebooks are Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s masterwork.  In them he would jot any thoughts that occurred to his omnivorous, lightning-fast mind, wherever he was.  Snatches of poetry, quotations from other writers, jokes, lists of works he would write (most remained unwritten), apothegms, descriptions of landscapes, recollections, fragments of philosophy, memos to himself […]

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Openreach: what’s it good for?

August 7, 2020 1 Comment
Openreach: what’s it good for?

It sounds so positive as a name, doesn’t it?  Openreach.  Open reach.  Imagine an arm extended in friendly welcome or offering a helping hand to someone in need.  An organisation, surely, that exists only to add to the sum of human happiness.  ‘Connecting you to your network’, says the website, ‘we believe everyone deserves fast […]

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Cymru annibynnol: un arall o blaid

July 31, 2020 0 Comments
Cymru annibynnol: un arall o blaid

Pwy ydych chi?  I ba wlad ych chi’n perthyn? Am flynyddoedd, os digwyddodd rhywun holi – a gwrthod derbyn tawelwch, neu’r ateb ‘dinesydd y byd’ – fy ateb fu ‘Prydeiniwr’.  Albanes oedd fy mam.  Daeth fy nhad o Swydd Efrog, a bues i’n byw yn Lloegr tan yn 21 mlwydd oed.  Cymru fu fy nghartref […]

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Dido Harding: a failed state in microcosm

May 30, 2020 76 Comments
Dido Harding: a failed state in microcosm

I thought I recognised the name Dido Harding, when her name popped up on the news recently.  After all, Dido isn’t the commonest of names.  There’s Dido, the excellent singer, and Dido Twite, the heroine of Black hearts in Battersea and other stories by Joan Aiken.  And, of course, the original, wonderful and tragic Dido, […]

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Covid-19: pam mae Prydain mor drychinebus?

May 8, 2020 0 Comments
Covid-19: pam mae Prydain mor drychinebus?

Erbyn hyn mae’n amlwg fod Prydain yn dioddef o’r pla yn waeth nag unrhyw wlad yn Ewrop.  Amlwg hefyd mai esgeulustod llywodraeth y DU yw un o’r prif resymau.  Ei methiant i ymateb i’r firws yn brydlon.  Ei methiant i ddarparu offer ar gyfer unedau triniaeth ddwys, a dillad i warchod pawb oedd mewn cyswllt […]

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Circles of light

April 18, 2020 0 Comments
Circles of light

A virus, the Oxford English Dictionary tells us, is ‘an infectious, often pathogenic agent or biological entity … able to function only within the living cells of a host animal, plant, or microorganism’.  It’s a dark and invisible thing, that threatens suffering and destruction.  William Blake knew about the terrors it would bring: O Rose […]

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