politics

Dorries goes to war – again and again and…

In the beginning was World War One (1914-18), then World War 2 (1939-45). There have been various conflicts since 1945, but none has qualified being counted as a World War (note capitalisation) and their number has remained stuck firmly on two. Until today. Step forward one Nadine Vanessa Dorries, inexplicably elevated way beyond her subterranean …

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The tea sock

British politicians and their fellow travellers have over the decades had some difficulty with the Irish names for that country’s political offices. Many years ago, Hansard, the official record of transcript of Parliamentary debates in Britain, once famously mis-recorded the office of Taoiseach or prime minister as the ‘tea shop‘. However, the Irish prime minister’s …

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Unemployable

Party-time alleged prime minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson survived a vote of confidence on Monday and is clinging to office despite 40% of his party colleagues voting against him, a higher proportion than previous no-confidence votes against former Tory premiers Margaret Thatcher (of sainted memory. Ed.) and Theresa May. Since then Johnson and his …

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Campaigner’s monoglot parking charge quashed

The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 modernised the existing legal framework regarding the use of the Welsh language in the provision of public services in Wales. It made provision for the official status of the Welsh language and established the office of the Welsh Language Commissioner which replaced the Welsh Language Board. It made Welsh …

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EU eyes Apple

If you have an iPhone, you can use Apple Pay for contactless payments; and only Apple Pay. The European Union (EU) wants to change that, according to French technology news site Frandroid. The European Commission has officially announced that it has notified Apple in respect of the latter’s restrictions which prevent the use of third …

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