Archive for November, 2012

There’s a convention in local journalism that you’re not supposed to take sides in politics. You’re meant to be a neutral observer, and cultivate contacts with all parties. It’s always suited me. Taking sides is fine when it comes to national and international politics, but it’s not so useful when you do it on the […]


For hundreds of years, the English ruling class had all its political rows by splitting into two factions – court and country, roundhead and cavalier, Whig and Tory then Liberal and Conservative. These two factions date from Tudor times, but remained fundamentally the same. On the one side (country, Cavalier, Tory, Conservative) you had the […]



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