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State of the Nation Speech by John Major

Many thanks to Carmen for first drawing my attention to this speech. In my opinion, and that of many national commentators, this is not...

Centralised v Decentralised Government

There has always been a bias in England towards Centralised Government; based on London. However, there has always been too, a long...

Read to Keep Sane !

If, like many of us, you are fed up with the present, then why not escape into the past with a good history book. Here are some ideas...

CONFLICT IN THE CAUCASUS 2020

You might like to keep a map at hand whilst reading this blog, either from your atlas or from the internet. Conflict has erupted in The...

Layers of Crisis

We clearly face in Britain two crises. Firstly, controlling, or at present, managing the Coronavirus. Secondly, negotiating Brexit, and...

What is it about fish and the British?

We are being told currently that agreement over fishing is one of the great stumbling blocks in our trade negotiations with The EU. But...

History and Memory

One of the strange things about teaching contemporary history is that the teacher, as well as the students, tend to have but a muddled...

A Tudor Story

This is the story of John Vesey, who became bishop of Exeter. He was born John Harman in c.1464 in Sutton Coldfield. The change of...

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