Monthly Archives: June 2016

Ist July 1916 – The Somme – Brexit

Now is a good time to reflect on the past and future of Europe. The dead were dead, but the families they left behind and the wounded were scarred for life, not just physically but mentally. I remember going to a birthday party when I was 5 and sitting in the corner was a man […]

What next – no Brexit – Roundheads and Cavaliers?

“May you live in interesting times” – and we do. Although it isn’t always a good thing, the next few months may result in a change to British politics that has been needed for many years. “The people” are not happy with politicians, the country is in a mess, rudderless and pretty evenly divided between […]

Caput tuum in ano est – Brexit vote is just the start

I seem to be one of the few who predicted Brexit (but voted for Remain). It is quite obvious that most of the political commentariat have, to use an expression that Boris understands, “caput tuum in ano est”. It is clear that immigration, and not just from the EU, is a major concern and that […]

“There’s something wrong with our ships today!”

A sanitised version of Beatty’s comments after two battlecruisers had blown up at Jutland. 100 years later our Type 45 Destroyers break down in warm water. The first Type 45 is 10 years old and whilst the navy leaps to its defence it is yet another example of just how poor UK MoD procurement is. […]