Whiteout

THE CITY GRUMP The august classics faculty of the University of Cambridge has now decided it must explain, as part of its anti-racist strategy,  the “whiteness” of its plaster casts of Roman and Greek sculptures on display at its Museum of Classical Archaeology. The City Grump thinks it is high time he makes his own contribution to stamping out white as used in well-known places and enterprises. … Continue reading Whiteout

The Devil Must be Laughing at the Church of England

THE CITY GRUMP They say the Devil has all the best tunes and verily he has had many such to hum as the Church of England loses its moorings in the seas of the pandemic and wokery. It is a terrifying sight and sound. To begin at the beginning. Way back in the run up to Easter 2020 the Lambeth Palace hierarchy ordered their clergy to … Continue reading The Devil Must be Laughing at the Church of England

What’s Eating British Capitalism?

THE CITY GRUMP “Current existing systems massively reward high status well connected people” As usual Dominic Cummings hit the nail on the head when answering a question on checks and balances in front of the Science and Technology Committee last week (I sometimes fantasise over what could have been achieved if the Blessed Margaret had worked with Cummings instead of our current dissembling PM). I … Continue reading What’s Eating British Capitalism?

Alice in Covid 19 Wonderland

THE CITY GRUMP With apologies to Lewis Carroll. An adaptation of his classic tale to suit our times. The Cast: Alice –The City Grump The White Rabbit – The Sage Committee The Cheshire Cat – Professor Chris Whitty The Mad Hatter – Boris The March Hare – Dominic Cummings The Dormouse – The British Public in Lockdown and onwards The Queen – Professor Neil Ferguson … Continue reading Alice in Covid 19 Wonderland

The Sunak Handouts

THE CITY GRUMP The mainstream media seem to have fallen hook line and sinker for our photogenic Chancellor’s July 8th handouts. Headlines like “Come dine with me” and “Rishi Dishy” are everywhere, while the FT’s normally sensible Deputy Editor, Robert Shrimsley, declares “Mr Sunak presented a substantial and imaginative statement”. No he didn’t, it is all flash and no substance. Where to start? Okay let’s … Continue reading The Sunak Handouts

Gove’s Revolutionary Ditchley Lecture

THE CITY GRUMP 24 hours before Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill was fired, Michael Gove gave the annual Ditchley lecture. Much of the first 70% covered the standard political mantra of “the London bubble means the Elite is no longer trusted” so we must base more decision makers in Middlesborough, Merthyr Tydfil and so on. But  the final 30% was a no holds barred analysis of what … Continue reading Gove’s Revolutionary Ditchley Lecture