Mods, Punks and Marxism | Yugoslavia and Socialist Pop

I’m currently in Slovenia and Croatia, finalising the delivery of our new Whisky stills. It’s the 30th anniversary of the Yugoslavian civil war, and the horror of the 90s makes it too easy to forget what a unique country Yugoslavia was. Although Yugoslavia was part of the Communist world it followed it’s own path, equally… Read More Mods, Punks and Marxism | Yugoslavia and Socialist Pop

White privilege and schools | Why do poor white children underperform?

This week a report by the Conservative-dominated Commons Education Select Committee said that children from white working class backgrounds have been “let down for decades” by the education system.  17.7% of white British pupils eligible for Free School Meals eligible achieved at least a strong pass (grade 5 or above) in English and maths at… Read More White privilege and schools | Why do poor white children underperform?

Quiz | June

Terry and…. Bonus question With so much 90s nostalgia going on and England about to play Germany I thought it would be timely to offer a warning from history. The music clip includes 6 examples of footballers rapping on 90s pop records. Simply identify who is laying down the rhymes.

Australia Trade Deal | Why are we destroying UK agriculture?

The UK food and drink industry is recovering slowly from 18 months of crisis. Covid closed down lots of producers roots to market as shops shut. Brexit took away export customers. The apparently endless supply of low paid workers who kept everything running has dried up. This week we signed a post Brexit free trade… Read More Australia Trade Deal | Why are we destroying UK agriculture?

Woke, Statues, and History | My family and the slave trade

One of the daftest sayings I hear regularly is “you can’t rewrite history”. History is continually in the process of being re-written. Each generation writes its own history books and it looks afresh at the past. They find new perspectives, new sources, new ideas. As new events unfold we look differently at older ones, for… Read More Woke, Statues, and History | My family and the slave trade

Dominic Cummings and the NHS | Do we believe him? | Does it matter?

Dominic Cummings has been giving evidence to the Commons Science and Technology select committee. He remains unshakable in his belief in his own genius, even though it is obvious to everyone that the Government has performed loads better since he left. The Government won’t hold an inquiry into Covid until next year at the soonest,… Read More Dominic Cummings and the NHS | Do we believe him? | Does it matter?