Category Archives: Politics and Economy

General comments on the UK Economy, particularly as it effects Cheltenham and Hanover House B&B, and on the national and international politics that interact with it.

Afghanistan 1838-2014

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsToday, 26 October 2014, the British and Americans handed over Camp Bastion in Helmand Province Afghanistan to the Afghan government, and the British military campaign in Afghanistan formally ended. A few advisors, logisticians and trainers remain but not in … Continue reading

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The Falkland’s ‘Newspaper’ War

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsIt would be amusing if it were not so sad in the modern world that grown-up nations have to revert to tit-for-tat spats in their respective national presses to make serious points, that could potentially affect a lot of people’s … Continue reading

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The Cheltenham Connection

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsA couple of things have appeared in various newspapers and periodicals which struck a chord with me, and although at first glance there appears to be absolutely nothing in common between them, on reflection, there was. The two subjects … Continue reading

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Scotland the ‘Brave’

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsThe Scottish Independence debate, triggered in earnest by the signing of the agreement between Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland (rather reminiscent of Augustus Caesar’s modest title of ‘First Citizen of the Republic’ i.e. Emperor) and David Cameron, the British … Continue reading

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Upward Mobility for the Capable

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsTaking coffee and a sandwich in our local Waitrose cafe in Cheltenham, literally 200 yards from Hanover House B&B, I came across an interesting letter in the correspondence section of today’s Independent. Not normally a newspaper I read, but … Continue reading

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The Olympic Fallout

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsEconomic ‘fallout’ from the London 2012 Olympics – currently underway and in themselves a roaring success – seems to be widespread across the country, some of it negative. BBC Radio 4’s ‘You and Yours’ consumer affairs programme fronted by Winifred … Continue reading

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Regimental Continuity – Essential or Not?

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsAn item on this morning’s BBC Radio 4 Today programme highlighted the ongoing decline and ultimately destruction of the British Army’s prized and invaluable regimental system that saw generations of young men enlist to fight for their country, but … Continue reading

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The Bottom Line?

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsA whimsical blog covering several subjects. The first came to me when discussing with some American guests at Hanover House B&B (www.hanoverhouse.org) their itinerary for the day. I had suggested visiting Winchcombe, catching the steam train from Cheltenham Racecourse … Continue reading

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Hippocratic Hypocrites?

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politics The Caduceus – Symbol of Commerce The recent doctors’ strike supported by the British Medical Association (BMA) over future terms and working conditions for doctors within the National Health Service was actually not particularly successful – fortunately. Of … Continue reading

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Physician, Heal Thyself!

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsJust a few personal opinions on the nearly unprecedented strike today by what used to be a group of the most respected professionals in the land. Following the ‘deal’ with the Labour government in 2008, doctors, and in particular … Continue reading

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