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Two steps forward (one step back?)

Fiona Russell-Horne

I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member Well. It’s something I suppose. Teresa May appears to have moved us a step closer to getting a deal on Thatwhichmustnotbenamed (cf: last week’s blog). By now I’m a bit confused about all the various amendments and …

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Tick, tock, tick, tock

Fiona Russell-Horne

These are the times that try men’s souls. The Summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country I know from experience that there is no inspiration like that born of a looming deadline. Maybe that is Teresa May’s current hope regarding …

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Cometh the hour; cometh the man

Fiona Russell-Horne

To have the respect of your peers is the best thing As a sports fan, a tennis fan and a mahoosive Andy Murray fan, obviously I was glued to Five Live on Monday, listening to his final match in the Australian Open. Non-tennis fans bear with me, I’ll get to …

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Make it stop, someone, please

Fiona Russell-Horne

My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters.   There’s a part of me that thinks March 29th can’t come round quickly enough. At least then, once the Brexit deadline has passed, we will know what we’ve got. Or …

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Fairy tale of Westminster and Brussels

Fiona Russell-Horne

They’ve got cars big as bars, they’ve got rivers of gold But the wind goes right through you, it’s no place for the old When you first took my hand on a cold Christmas Eve You promised me Broadway was waiting for me Even though I wrote this, it strikes …

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Out of the frying pan?

Fiona Russell-Horne

Were such things here as we do speak about? Or have we eaten on the insane root That takes the reason prisoner How is it possible that we have made such a mess of things? Well I say “we” but of course what I mean is the government. And the …

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Travis Perkins sets its stall out again

Fiona Russell-Horne

I pray you bear me henceforth from the noise and rumour of the field, where I may think the remnant of my thoughts in peace, Were Travis Perkins’ eyes bigger than its stomach back in May 2010 when it bought the BSS group and became the building and plumbing merchanting …

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A very peculiar practice

Fiona Russell-Horne

Lord what fools these mortals be Reading a certain story in the paper this morning, (Friday 23rd) I found myself struck by a very curious, unsettling feeling. It took me a while and two cups of tea to work out what it was and when I did I was really …

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Plus Ça Change

Fiona Russell-Horne

‘Twas ever thus—from childhood’s hour I’ve seen my fondest hopes decay Once upon a time, our news pages were full of stories of builders merchants selling up to national merchant chains, of companies hawking the family jewels off to the highest bidder. Its how Travis Perkins, Wolseley, Jewson and Grafton …

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