Do we need to brace ourselves for Trump being perceived as a “great President”?

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The fellow on the left of the photo (above) is Jared Kushner. He is the son-in-law of Donald Trump and, perhaps, “the power behind the throne” of the new President. An MBA and Harvard graduate, he knows how to run a business. Given Trump’s extraordinary victory, of which he was the architect, he is also a successful political campaign manager. Continue reading

Guilty secret – Lobo’s I’d love you to want me

Heard this one being sung in India recently. I’d forgotten all about it. It’s a beautiful song. The first few lines are magical:

When I saw you standing there
I bout fell out my chair
And when you moved your mouth to speak
I felt the blood go to my feet.

Great haircut, by the way:

Last weekend – big push for Sarah Olney in Richmond Park


Yesterday I spent all day at Richmond Park. In the morning I was delivering Gazette newspapers in New Malden. Then in the afternoon I joined our very hard-working clerical team in the Kingston office. I bumped into LDV colleague, Mary Reid, who has a crucial top secret role at the Kingston office, which she fulfils every evening. I could tell you what this role involves, but I’d have to eat you afterwards.

It was great to see the streets teeming with orange diamond posters and busy LibDem volunteers. Continue reading

Jimmy Young in conversation with Ken Bruce

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This is worth a listen. It’s a recently re-broadcast programme made for Jimmy Young’s 90th birthday where he chats with Ken Bruce about his life and careers. It really is a hugely entertaining and fascinating programme. There goes a hugely engaging and natural broadcaster (Sir Jimmy).

Even George Osborne’s Brexit black hole warning wasn’t high enough

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George Osborne got a lot of stick back in June, when he warned that a Brexit vote would leave a “£30 billion black hole in (the) public finances”. Indeed, his warning resulted in his entire career being shunted into a siding. Crestfallen, he went off to Vietnam to let off steam with an M60 machine gun. Continue reading

Book review – Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero by Chris Matthews

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Books and films about the last second of President John F Kennedy’s life have been plentiful. “Jack Kennedy – Elusive hero” by Chris Matthews is a very engaging book which focusses on the great politician’s life before that last second.

Chris Matthews is a very well-known US TV broadcaster. He prefaces this book in a personal context – explaining his great admiration for JFK. The book does an excellent job in answering the key question which John F Kennedy himself described as the pivotal one for biographies: “What was he like?” Continue reading