Archive for December, 2018


How is the Brexit crisis going to work out? I venture 16 predictions (2)

December 12th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

A week ago, I was rash enough to make a blog posting in which I attempted to make 16 predictions of how the Brexit crisis would unfold. One week later, one of my predictions has now come true, although the sequencing of events is not happening quite as I expected. I said that the Conservative […]

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Would you like to chair the Essential Services Access Network?

December 12th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

The Essential Services Access Network (ESAN) is a grouping of consumer and voluntary organisations working on a cross-sectoral basis with regulators and Ombudsman services. ESAN strives to ensure that services which are essential to life, health and well-being (currently energy, water, financial services and communications) meet the needs of consumers, particularly those in vulnerable circumstances. After three […]

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Some more reading for Theresa May: how to make decisions

December 11th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Until yesterday afternoon, we had spent a couple of weeks expecting that today we would have “a meaningful vote” in the House of Commons on Theresa May’s Brexit deal. I did a blog posting on how I thought that things would work out on and after that vote. Instead the Prime Minister has decided to […]

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Voting: you think you know when it’s over and you think you know when it’s going to take place

December 10th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

It’s over a month since the Congressional mid-term elections took place in the United States but we still don’t know all the results. In North Carolina, the outcome of the election in the 9th House District is still in dispute. Check out the problem here. Meanwhile, for days, we’ve been told that the House of […]

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A review of the new film “Creed II”

December 6th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

This film could almost as fairly been titled “Rocky VIII” since once again it stars Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa and Stallone both co-wrote and co-produced. What’s more the central plot device is a essentially a re-run of “Rocky IV” as the son of Apollo Creed – Michael B Jordan as Adonis – accepts the […]

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Have you heard of the Holocaust?

December 5th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Of course, you have. I believe (and I hope) that people who read this blog are at least averagely well-informed. But a new survey has revealed an astonishing (and very worrying) lack of knowledge of the Holocaust and widespread prejudice against Jews. A recent survey by CNN found that about one European in 20 in […]

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How is the Brexit crisis going to work out? I venture 16 predictions …

December 4th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

In the House of Commons “meaningful vote” on Theresa May’s Brexit deal, there is no majority for the deal. The Parliamentary Labour Party tables a vote of no confidence in the Government. It fails. The 1922 Committee tables a vote of no confidence in May as Conservative Party leader. It fails. May seeks to tweak elements […]

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Ever heard of the idea of a fecal transplant?

December 3rd, 2018 by Roger Darlington

No, me neither. Until this weekend when I was happily eating a delicious Chinese meal with Czech/Mexican friends over from Prague and the subject came up of basically eating someone else’s poo. Apparently it is a serious and – in some circumstances – useful process. You can read more about it here.

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A review of the new independent film “Wildlife”

December 1st, 2018 by Roger Darlington

This is a small story but one about a common occurrence – an imploding marriage – and it is told in a manner which is largely slow and quiet (the pace and action only pick up towards the end). Consequently it is not a film that will appeal to everyone but it is wonderfully acted […]

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