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In the news today is the resignation of Iain Duncan-Smith from his Government ministerial role at the Department of Work and Pensions. His complaint appears to be that the Treasury (i.e. George Osborne) is whittling away at all his plans for sensible benefit reforms so they can hand out ever bigger tax cuts to the […]

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Here are two statements, both of which I believe to be true: If Britain stays in the EU, life will continue to get harder for ordinary British people. That’s one of the points the Leavers have been trying to make right from the start. If Britain quits the EU life will also continue to get […]

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I’ve been getting rather political lately. Apologies to those who hoped I’d stick with technology, but ranting about politics is so much more fun. Maybe after June I’ll go back to the techie stuff, though it’ll be difficult if Britain votes to leave as life will be even more interesting, if only in the sense […]

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With apologies – and many, many thanks – to Sellar and Yeatman. The case for Britain leaving the EU is obvious and overwhelming, but it seems that my recent ironic posts on the subject have been totally misunderstood by certain people. These are mostly ex-pats, who are little better than traitors having left the UK […]

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An interesting side-effect of the EU Referendum (well, interesting to me at least) is the way it highlights the use of emotive language. Even when trying to scare us, the Remain people talk in measured tones,  using well-constructed, syntactically correct sentences, and avoid clichés. Most Brexiteers, on the other hand, don’t do syntax. They prefer […]

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This is about the EU Referendum. As David Cameron pointed out the other day, it’s really important; more important than a General Election. You elect a government for 5 years and if you don’t like them you vote them out again. But a vote to leave the EU is a one-way trip; you don’t get […]

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The “debate” about Brexit makes for an interesting study into the use of language, and maybe also into the intellectual capacity of many of those advocating it. Here’s my observation on how the Brexit camp uses emotive clichés to support its case rather than engage in sensible discussion. Please note that one of my favourite […]

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In this world there is a country ruled by a bland, single-minded politician who demands ever-mounting sacrifices by the population in order to keep in place a privileged oligarchy. The daily needs of ordinary people are mostly ignored while huge expenditure goes into maintaining a military presence completely out of proportion to the size of […]

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Last week I wrote a short history of media and promised to describe a set-top box you won’t find in the shops but which does pretty well everything associated with a TV set; audio, photos, video, live TV and internet. So here it is. Above is my TV set, underneath which you can see a […]

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Once upon a time we had 3 TV channels, a “wireless” set, a Dansette record player and no computers or mobile phones because they were still the stuff of science fiction. That was then and now is now. A visit to any electronics store or supermarket reveals a huge array of baffling items, many of […]

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