Author Archives: ianmacfadyen

PROUD SCOT – BETTER TOGETHER

I’m a proud Scot and a proud Briton. Like many – perhaps most – Scots I am denied the vote in the referendum because of the naked fiddling of the franchise by the First Minister to stack the odds in … Continue reading

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Justin Trudeau

Congratulations to Justin Trudeau of his election as Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada/Parti Libéral du Canada. I look forward to him becoming Prime Minister in place of Stephen Harper.

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Di awn Cymru!

Di awn Cymru! Well done Wales! Six Nations’ Champions 2013!

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Time for something different

It is surely time for something other than austerity to solve the United Kingdom’s economic woes and the Budget in a few days’ time should not impose any more cuts on the circumstances of ordinary people. Whatever politicians say when … Continue reading

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Pay-day loans

It is good news today (6 March 2013) that the Office of Fair Trading has told the top fifty pay-day loan companies to change their practices or risk losing their licences – see http://www.oft.gov.uk/news-and-updates/press/2013/20-13. But, it is bad news today … Continue reading

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Congratulations Liberal Democrat Mike Thornton MP

Congratulations to Eastleigh by-election victor Liberal Democrat Mike Thornton MP. Prime Minister David Cameron is struggling to find a positive spin on his Conservative Party’s relegation to third place, but he could follow the example of Bob Servant, Independent, after … Continue reading

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Come back Sarah Lund!

A brilliant conclusion to Forbrydlesen/The Killing III. Come back Sarah Lund.  DR please make Forbrydlesen IV, so that we can find out what happens to her. There is little or nothing to compare with the Forbrydelsen series. The American version … Continue reading

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Deputy Prime Minister’s response to Leveson

10 out of 10 to the Deputy Prime Minister.  He supports Lord Justice Leveson’s report and understands public concern.  He gave a bravura performance in answering MPs’ questions, dealing with each question that was put and not dodging, as most … Continue reading

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PM missing the point

A generous 7½ out of 10 for the Prime Minister, when he could so easily have got 10. Lord Justice has not proposed removing press freedom by legislation. He is not pointing the way across a Rubicon or advocation a … Continue reading

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Leveson

I like what I heard in Lord Justice Leveson’s impressive statement. Like most people commenting I have yet to read the report (it will take a while), but the proposals he summarised in his statement seem right. Will the vested … Continue reading

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