Fatal Idée Fixe

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Sport teaches us the consequences of changing parameters. From racing – the softness of the turf. From fly-fishing – the entomology of larvae. From cricket – final innings, spinner-exploitable pitch cracks. In short, there are horses for courses, flies for certain rivers and months; on cloudy days some bowlers worth shining the conker for. Parameters are rarely if ever fixed entities. The … Continue reading Fatal Idée Fixe

The Watershed Election

BY FRANK HAVILAND Gaining 66 seats, and securing the Conservative Party’s largest majority since Margaret Thatcher, Boris Johnson has reclaimed the keys to Number 10 while dispelling any remaining questions on the legitimacy of his tenancy. As the smoke clears from election night celebrations, it’s time to take stock of where we are. Britain has emphatically rejected Corbynism, but it’s more than just the naked … Continue reading The Watershed Election

Up Yours Townies

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE Did Thursday’s vote truly mark a seismic shift in British politics or merely reflect one that had occurred long ago? For now we bask in the spoils of victory, most prized amongst them being the look on Rumplecuckskin, John Bercow, as it dawned on him that his dream of a second referendum would remain forever thus. Oh to see hopelessness so visceral … Continue reading Up Yours Townies

Face Neil

CSM EDITORIAL The narrowing of the polls was likely to happen once Jo Swinson was seen through. A politician whose hinterland amounted to PR spokesperson for Hull’s Viking FM never stood much chance as prospective Prime Minister – whoever chose the drastic “Revoke” option for the Liberal Democrats must have been caught up in the FBPE Continuity Remain nonsense which only ever gathered any kind … Continue reading Face Neil

A Most Peculiar Election

BY NICK CARTWRIGHT This has been a very odd General Election run-up so far. To be frank, I am left with more questions than answers: Hypocrisy. The Liberal Democrats are pledging a £100 Billion Climate Fund and have an election pact with the Greens in some seats. So why have I received – 16 so far – leaflets from them? And nowhere on these leaflets … Continue reading A Most Peculiar Election

Just Go Away Hillary

BY ALEXIA JAMES Hillary Clinton showing up during a UK General Election campaign used to be significant. Not anymore. Nowadays she’s as relevant as King Herod’s first wife, Doris. Did you know that Hillary Clinton’s speaking fees have plummeted? According to Newsweek, after she left her job as secretary of state but before she declared her 2016 candidacy, Hillary Clinton used to make $200,000 per … Continue reading Just Go Away Hillary