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Tom
London, England
An Englishman returned after twenty years abroad blogs about threats to liberty in Britain
Interests: liberty, travel, photography, writing
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Thank you for that. It’s another excellent, cool-headed article. I have tweeted links to both of them.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Life in the time of Corona at THE LAST DITCH
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That article makes an interesting point about the precautionary principle. At a conference I attended a few years back the then editor of the FT said we could not blame politicians for excessive regulation until we, as an electorate, were prepared to accept more risk.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Life in the time of Corona at THE LAST DITCH
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I agree. We really can and should leave politics aside at present because this crisis, or rather the political response to it, is possibly an existential threat. Our usual political arguments might well be fiddling while Rome burns.
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2020 on Life in the time of Corona at THE LAST DITCH
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Private Eye reports that the Criminal Cases Review Commission will send the case of the 1970s “flying pickets” back to the Court of Appeal. Six of these violent thugs, including the actor (and former member of the neo-Nazi National Front) Ricky Tomlinson, who intimidated construction workers into voting for a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2020 at THE LAST DITCH
I worry that the statistics are so inconsistently collected as to be useless. The oddly low death rate in Germany for example might mean they are following the hygiene and separation advice better than we are. Or it might mean we are not detecting/recording as many of the non-fatal cases, so that our percentage of deaths appears to be higher.
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2020 on Life in the time of Corona at THE LAST DITCH
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My conventional-thinking, main-stream media reliant friends sneer at the blogosphere; dismissing it all as "fake news". Yet at present they are furiously emailing, Facebooking, Whatsapping and Tweeting coronavirus disinformation by the shedload. Clicking on and deleting all this "fake news" from them affords me some amusement in a dark time.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2020 at THE LAST DITCH
Yes but you do SO much walking!
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2020 on The Last Ditch Blogiversary at THE LAST DITCH
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A mere newbie, compared to you! Given how we first met in Second Life you may be amused to know i am replying from an in-world browser on a yacht there. The safest place to socialise on my birthday.
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2020 on The Last Ditch Blogiversary at THE LAST DITCH
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I hope still NOT angry but thanks!
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2020 on The Last Ditch Blogiversary at THE LAST DITCH
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The Last Ditch (Archives): The opening shot. Fifteen years ago today I uploaded the first post to this blog. The link above will take you to it. Almost no-one read it then and you may well think they were wise! I had fewer than 25 hits and remember being rather... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2020 at THE LAST DITCH
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Thank you. That’s an interesting insight about the Death Wish remake. I didn’t know that saying, but will use it in future!
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I used to wander about in bits of Eastern Europe immediately after the fall of the Wall, when they weren't as prosperous as they later became – often wearing foolishly ostentatious watches that represented several years of then local average income. That I never thought about it may have been to do with growing up in the safety of rural Wales, my build or perhaps just stupidity and dumb luck.
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The book is well meant, I think, but disturbing. It’s a sad fact that women generally need to be more aware of their surroundings. That was what used to annoy the late Mrs P about my insouciance I guess. Even boyish fun shouldn’t encompass threats of strangling, I would have thought. Even in that past which very much was another country.
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My umbrella is a tiny one that fits in my camera bag. I guess my tripod might stand in for a walking stick in a pinch. It’s usually safely stowed though. I could always try weaponising my DSLR though my instincts would all be to protect it. When I took a tumble on the street in Jaipur I contorted myself on the way down to protect camera and lenses! I don’t have the self-protective instinct it seems! I did respond quite well defensively when some louts tried it on with my wife and daughters in Liverpool once, but I’m not sure I would react the same way if it were just me. Here’s hoping I don’t find out, eh?
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A reason to renew my subscription? I used to love The Economist but goodness knows it’s a better weapon than a periodical now.
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You make a good point about the authors’ interests. “Don’t worry” wouldn’t sell many copies. “Vivid” is a good adjective but in this case “lurid” might be even better.
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The late Mrs P was a rational pessimist. She used to say; ”Pessimists like me live a life full of pleasant surprises. Optimists like you live a life of unpleasant ones” As I blundered around places in Eastern Europe whose dangers I didn’t even trouble to evaluate, she used to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2020 at THE LAST DITCH
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I have been too delicate (or is it fearful?) to comment much on how different the London to which I returned to live in 2011 was from the one I worked in twenty years earlier. To friends I’ve remarked that the monastic silence I used to enjoy on public transport... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2020 at THE LAST DITCH
I’ve not heard her name myself since the incident in question. According to Wikipedia she disappeared into the Deep State undergrowth and has prospered mightily on the public purse. Out in the real world where I was making money (mine and, reluctantly, hers) I wouldn’t have expected our paths ever to cross!
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2020 on A great weekend at THE LAST DITCH
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Brexit Day went off well. I arrived early at the pub on Whitehall to find it crammed. I bought a drink and made like a hawk. Eventually a seat became vacant and I swooped. I held that perch until my friend joined me and it was time for the official... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2020 at THE LAST DITCH
As we approach midnight CET tonight (11pm in London) this is the song I would be playing in Parliament Square if it were up to me. I shall be there, with an old friend – a former business partner of mine at an international law firm – drinking in an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at THE LAST DITCH
I am not a Conservative by nature. My first political ideas and memberships were on the Left. I was luckily turned from that quite early by personal experience of leftist violence and intimidation. If you’re an essentially kind-hearted chap, it’s hard to align yourself with a “comrade” who is coming... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2020 at THE LAST DITCH
Turnout will be the first indication of how this is going to go. The betrayed will walk over hot coals for revenge so I suspect the higher the turnout the better.
Toggle Commented Dec 12, 2019 on Please read this before you vote at THE LAST DITCH
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Come off the fence. Tell us what you really feel! 😂
Toggle Commented Dec 12, 2019 on Please read this before you vote at THE LAST DITCH
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