Monthly Archives: July 2016

The Theresa May Cabinet

I have made no secret of my support for Andrea Leadsom so my comments on Mrs May’s Cabinet need to be seen in this context:   Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond  Remainer   A safe pair of hands Foreign Secretary                   … Continue reading

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Motherhood and apple pie

The row that broke out over Andrea Leadsom and motherhood reminds me that many successful journalists have an interesting approach to developing a story. From my own experience as Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, particularly with the Oxford Mail, many journalists … Continue reading

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Three score years and ten

When I wake tomorrow morning (Saturday 9 July 2016) I will have achieved three score years and ten.  I am pleased both to have reached this landmark and to have been born when I was.  I am not so sure … Continue reading

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Leadsom’s the one

I have been privileged to have witnessed and met many national politicians while I was Leader of Oxfordshire County Council and this does give some sense of their style and capability.  In my time, I met: Margaret Thatcher after she … Continue reading

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When a pub is not a pub

If you were planning to go to the Black Boy public house in Milton for a pint today, don’t bother.  It is closed to the public for a private party.  I went for my usual Saturday pint and snack today … Continue reading

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Theresa May – judged by the company she keeps

It has been quite a week!  We won the Leave vote; we surprised the world and we upset the establishment!  The pollsters, the markets and the Remainers got it seriously wrong.  While the markets show good signs of recovering, the … Continue reading

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