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Is our character essentially formed by the age of seven?

June 10th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

I’ve recently viewed three programmes on ITV in a short series called “63Up”. This is the ninth series in a remarkable project that began in 1964 with a series called “SevenUp”. Originally 14 children aged seven, but from different social backgrounds, were interviewed about their lives and hopes. Then the director Michael Apted returned to […]

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Which part of “second referendum” does Jeremy Corbyn not understand?

June 2nd, 2019 by Roger Darlington

“In the latest Opinium/Observer poll published on Sunday, the Brexit party has surged into first place, overtaking Labour. It is the first time the party has achieved top position in a national poll. The Brexit party is on 26% with Labour on 22%, the Tories on 17%, and the Lib Dems on 16%. When Labour supporters […]

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Post-May, where now for Britain and Brexit?

May 26th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

“The next five months look set to be the most torrid, yet pivotal, period in our history since the second world war. And as the Tory party engulfs itself in a self-indulgent leadership beauty parade, all remaining hope lies with Labour. Only Corbyn can conceivably deliver us from this unholy and destructive mess. But it’s far […]

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Do you understand the D’Hondt method being used in today’s UK elections to the European Parliament?

May 23rd, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Elections start today for the European Parliament which represents the 28 Member States of the European Union. Following the Brexit referendum , the plan was that the UK would be out of the EU by now and therefore would play no part in the election – but we are still a member and so we […]

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Should the Labour Party support the idea of a universal basic income?

May 8th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

“A Labour-backed report has called for the launch of universal basic income trials across the UK. Universal basic income (UBI), which takes the form of regular cash payments from the government to all adult citizens, has emerged as a popular concept in recent years because it could top up low pay and reduce inequality. A feasibility […]

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How do you spend a penny?

May 3rd, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Older (British) readers of NightHawk will remember that using a public toilet used to cost one (old) penny – hence the expression “to spend a penny” when using the toilet. More recently, using a toilet on a railway station could cost you up to 50 (current) pence, but now all toilets on London stations at […]

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50 years ago today, I joined the Labour Party

April 22nd, 2019 by Roger Darlington

I guess that I’m tribal in my politics: I’ve never missed an opportunity to vote, I’ve never voted anything other than Labour, and I now have half a century of continuous membership of the Labour Party. The Party has been through many travails in that time and indeed is going through great difficulties now with […]

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The Conservative Party is dying – literally

April 10th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

“Younger and older generations have always been politically different, but never by this much. The generational schism exposed at the last General Election was unprecedented. The gap between the youngest and oldest voters was three times the post-war average – a fifty percentage point increase on the median gap since 1945. Age, rather than class […]

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So two more Government Ministers resign – making how many under May’s premiership?

April 4th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

It has been really hard to keep up with Ministerial resignations since Theresa May became Prime Minister. There were two more yesterday in protest at her decision to talk to Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn to see if they can agree a way out of the Brexit fiasco. If you thought that, under May’s ‘leadership’, there […]

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Two thoughts about Brexit

April 3rd, 2019 by Roger Darlington

I know that I should be blogging more regularly about the horror story that is Brexit, but: a) it’s hard to say anything that hasn’t already been said and b) as soon as you think you’ve caught up with developments, something else happens. As I follow the twists and turns of the debate and I […]

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