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RIP Tony Benn

Posted 03-14-2014 at 06:47 PM by Adrian69702006 (Adrian's Musings)

This morning the world awoke to learn that Anthony Wedgwood Benn, an elder statesman and long serving Member of Parliament, had passed away at the age of eighty eight. Mr Benn was very much on the left wing of the Labour Party, a pacifist, a tireless campaigner for the causes in which he believed. He rose to prominence during the Wilson Government of the 1960s, first as Postmaster General and later as Minster for Technology.

We may, with good reason, not agree with much of what Mr...
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We will - and must - Remember

Posted 11-11-2013 at 05:09 PM by Adrian69702006 (Adrian's Musings)

Yesterday was Remembrance Sunday when large numbers of people gathered in churches and around war memorials to remember the fallen of two world wars as well as other conflicts since. Those of us who grew up the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies recall a time when the idea of remembrance was falling from favour, a tendency encouraged by the mood of those decades. Although fresh in the memories of our parents and grandparents, to our generation growing up in times of relative peace and prosperity, World...
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Mr Grayling's Prison Regime

Posted 04-30-2013 at 04:52 PM by Adrian69702006 (Adrian's Musings)

This morning it was announced that with effect from November, Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, plans to introduce measures which will make life more austere for male prisoners. We are told Mr Grayling's plans include requiring prisoners to wear uniform for their first two weeks in custody (we weren't aware that they didn't already) and have to earn the right to perks such as the use of a television by participating in work or education and positive engagement with rehabilitation programmes....
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Pensioners & Benefits

Posted 04-30-2013 at 03:48 PM by Adrian69702006 (Adrian's Musings)

Yesterday it emerged that Iain Duncan Smith, the Work & Pensions Secretary, had expressed a view that “wealthy” pensioners might consider repaying those universal benefits to which all pensioners are entitled. We were not surprised by the consternation and perfectly proper indignation which subsequently issued from several quarters. Such a suggestion invites a reopening over the old debate over whether such benefits should start to be means tested or not. Furthermore we are not aware of a mechanism...
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Baroness Thatcher, RIP

Posted 04-08-2013 at 05:46 PM by Adrian69702006 (Adrian's Musings)

It is our sad duty to record the death this morning, following a stroke, of Baroness Thatcher at the age of 87. If Winston Churchill was the best wartime Prime Minister we could have had, Margaret Thatcher was assuredly the greatest peacetime Prime Minister of the last century. She was Britain's first – and to date – only woman Prime Minister and the first to win three General Elections in a row.


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