Shotley Bridge hospital was mentioned in Parliament three times in ten years by my predecessors; and as often by me in the last six months.
“Yesterday morning, at 2.41am…General Jodl and Grand Admiral Donitz signed the act of unconditional surrender.”
When I was in sixth form, one of my masters was an enthusiastic collector and distributor of obituaries featuring notable persons from the Second World War. Two I remember in particular were both fighter aces: the Luftwaffe’s Adolf Galland and the RAF’s Air Vice Marshal “Johnnie” Johnson (not to be confused with Squadron Leader “Johnny” […]
Churchill, the great Parliamentarian, then spoke to his colleagues from the heart. “Some Members wept,” Channon noted.
Aas we approach the 75th Anniversary this week, please spare a thought for those who gave so much to protect our freedoms.
I’m acutely aware that in our rural communities, where we are a few weeks behind major cities, knowing someone in hospital is more rare.
A few years ago I wrote a book about the siege of Leningrad, a brutal chapter of World War II history. Sitting in my office, working my way through dozens of heart-wrenching siege diaries, the cheerful noise of children in the school playground opposite came as a blessed relief. Today I’m at my desk in […]
Plus: Treasury and Work & Pensions lessons. Greenlighters v the rest. Remembering Attlee’s surplus. And: the key question now is “how”, not “what”.
Plus: My video tour of my bookshelves and why I won’t indulge editors. Three times in the last few says I’ve said no to them.
As the coronavirus tragedy unfolds, placing great stress on health services around the globe, we are afforded a real-world, comparative study of the effectiveness of different forms of government in a moment of crisis. Like the coloured fluid run through water systems to find leaks and points of weakness, Covid-19 is coursing through the world’s […]
The reason we will get away with it again, as we did in the banking crash, is that there is so much deflation around, inflation is not a problem.
“Winston Churchill is a bastard” – criticism, scrutiny and vulgar abuse are part of living in a free country.
One of the most dangerous sequences in politics goes like this. “Something must be done. Here’s something. Let’s do it.”
It is important that we celebrate the achievements embodied by this magnificent aircraft and honour those who defended our freedom and democracy.
“Nearly half a million Britons died in World War Two fighting against the anti-semitism, anti-semitism and brutal racism of the nazis.”
Middle class hostility to the working class and lower middle class is extremely common, while working class and lower middle class hostility is practically non-existent.