Category Archives: Coalition

In which I recall the PC days of 2010 …

I’ve always found this time of year faintly unsettling. These few days sandwiched between the huge anticipation of Christmas and the promise-filled New Year. Through my career I have been lucky to have projects and work to occupy me at … Continue reading

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In which Mrs RPS blogs again – Christmas on a budget or how to Keep Calm and Carry On …

I am proud to introduce another post from Mrs RPS. This time she’s thinking about Christmas past, present and future. Keeping calm and carrying on. So here we are again, the annual frenzy of purchasing, wrapping and sending of Christmas paraphernalia which, … Continue reading

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In which I celebrate another unwanted milestone …

The inevitability of today arriving doesn’t make it any less unreal or unwanted. Today is the last day of the first half of my notice period. More simply, at the witching hour tonight I will begin the down slope which … Continue reading

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In which I reflect on how public debate works these days …

I mentioned the resurrection of the Winterval myth over the weekend. It’s a seasonal favourite (among everyone not implicated in it). Two of the best blog sites out there have tackled these theme this morning. We Love Local Government and Flip Chart … Continue reading

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UPDATE: In which I celebrate the good news …

*** UPDATE *** A story on the front page of yesterday’s Sunday Times caught my eye – I am now particularly acute at spotting job related news. The headline is, UK’s fast recovery saves 90,000 jobs. The story is a … Continue reading

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In which I wish them well …

Before you get in too deep let me just make it absolutely clear that this is not a Royal Engagement Special in the usual sense. So if you’re expecting (a) a fawning hagiography of the two young people all over … Continue reading

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In which I get down with the kids and practice some anger management …

There will be a lot of ink (real and digital) expended about the Battle for Millbank Tower yesterday and the limits of protest. I’m not going to join in the discussion about the specifics. I had a dose of youth … Continue reading

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In which I munch my toast and wait (with everyone) …

*** UPDATE *** I know that I won’t be alone in wanting to wish each and everyone affected by the defence review announcements today the very best wishes.  All over the country families will be thinking now about what this … Continue reading

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In which my weekend takes a sad predictable course …

Sunday mornings are when I get most productive on the job application front. The house is quiet and I can beaver away with the Match of the Day repeat in the background. I have a chance to shift through all … Continue reading

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In which I warm my hands on the embers of that bonfire …

*** Bonfire update *** My attention has been drawn to the the Twitterfeed of the Secretary of State at CLG. Folks are bemused that Cabinet Ministers seem to think that claiming credit for the largest number of folks put out … Continue reading

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