Monthly Archives: November 2014

Emily Thornberry’s kamikaze tweet on Thursday was a thing of rare beauty.   When was the last time a picture and three words said so much? In one poorly judged moment, it captured all you need to know about the metropolitan Labour leadership and it points to a very difficult future for the party outside London. Put simply, the struggle Labour faces is between the reality – a parliamentary party of metropolitan mercenaries… Read More

Another major road is about to be closed in Oxfordshire.  This time the plan is to close Steventon High Street for 10 months while the charming Victorian brickwork is  replaced with a generic modernist eyesore.   The closure will bring enormous hardship to local people and businesses, harm that could be mitigated by sensible planning and coordination. Yet, instead of reopening a disused slip-road of the A34 to relieve the pressure; Oxfordshire… Read More

On a glorious Autumn Saturday I ventured out into the  countryside on my push-bike. After an hour of peaceful pedaling in the low-lit, leafy lanes, I started gaining on a well turned-out gentleman trotting merrily on a skimming-stone grey mount.  He tipped his cap as we went past.  That, I thought, is a rare treat.  Cyclists get used to beeped horns, revved engines and if we are really lucky a cowardly flick… Read More