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Diary – Submissions, Elections, Misery, Despair

due to the unique way in which our constitution barely works

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Diary – University Challenge, Mediocrity, Decline and Fall

I wonder, how does one come to terms with mediocrity?

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Diary – The Simpsons, Scoxit, Brexit, Milliband

I recall reading a Christopher Hitchens piece somewhere or other where he discussed a scene from a Jeeves and Wooster novel. Jeeves and Wooster are out and about, going shooting or something probably, when they encounter a CND protest going

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Diary – Spanish lessons / Corbyn / Eating out too much / Precinct 75

Mi es hambre, I say (Me is hunger). She says: no, it is tengo hambre. I try again: Yo ya hambre (I already hunger). No, she says. It is just tengo hambre. But, I say, in English there are many ways to

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Diary – Six Feet Under / Zadie Smith / May / Brexit / DIY

The weekend is over, just about, and I almost got through it without mentioning Trump. A four hour cycle today, in company, and somehow we avoided the issue. The truth is that I am actively seeking out the comfort of

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If You Want the Conservatives Out, There is Only One Way to Vote (And it isn’t SNP)

I am certain beyond any doubt that there is nobody in Scotland who is sitting on their hands, hungrily waiting on my instruction before deciding how to spend their vote in the next election. But I will give you my

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Scottish independence: okay.

In a few weeks from now, a referendum will be held to decide whether or not Scotland should become a nation state. Scotland has not been a nation state since long before anyone living became such, it being a constituent

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The drug laws don’t work

I haven’t any strong feelings about drug users. I don’t want to criminalize them when their behaviour isn’t anti-social, but I see a good argument for everyone not always being out of their tits. Actually, I see a good argument

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If you ride like a prick…

SO, maybe a week ago, I was on my way to work on Wendy, my good weather commuting bike. It isn’t a long journey to work, and I have done it twice a day nearly every day for about the

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Tax: what it does do and what it should do

So I have just finished a set of tax exams, which I was sitting due to my second career as a tax advisor. This involved marking up hundreds of useful pages out of the thousands of mostly impenetrable pages of

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