Exceptionalism is England’s Biggest Enemy!

Posted on June 19, 2021

Take yourself back 1996. It was half-time in the England v Scotland Euro 1996 game . ‘A pathetic and parochial affair’. Those were the words of Radio 5 commentator, Alan Green. He wasn’t wrong. In the secon-half, after a 15 minute period of domination, England scored. A fine move, culminating in a Shearer goal. Then, England retreated. You could the almost smell the of fear of losing wafting out of Wembley. The draw to the Swiss the ...

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The Australian Trade Deal

Posted on June 16, 2021

Let’s talk about this fanfare over an Australian trade deal. It’s a load of old bollocks isn’t it? Yes, of course we need trade deals because now we have fallen out with our best trading partner, there is some work to do. Firstly though, we must put ourselves in the shoes of the countries we are trying to do deals with. These people are not stupid. However, they could be forgiven for thinking we are. They know that we have crashed out ...

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Racism in Football and Cricket

Posted on June 8, 2021

There has been a lot going on with regards to racism recently. The latest being historic racist tweets by England cricketer, Ollie Robinson. Opinions are flying around with some making their views plain, whilst others keep their heads down, knowing what an emotive subject it is. Carberry and Gower The most controversial part of this latest scandal is whether someone should be accountable for what they said as a teenager. Former England ...

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Reform Corporation Tax? Not on Your Nellie!

Posted on May 25, 2021

I don’t know how many of you reading this run a small business, but here’s how tax works.   Over the course of a year, you try to earn enough money to pay wages and cover overheads (business running costs). In my business, these are things like computers, phones, accounts packages, advertising, website hosting and so on. If a good trading year comes along, your income outstrips your overheads leaving a surplus of money. This is ...

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What’s Going on With the Weather?

Posted on May 24, 2021

I had Stockbridge Common all to myself tonight.  That’s because it was cold and showery with dark clouds all around. I got soaked on my first lap, so I did another to dry off, only to get caught by another deluge. It felt like winter. Normally on a late spring evening, Stockbridge Common is busy with walkers taking in the evening sunshine before retiring to the Greyhound to spend £12 on a glass of wine and not bat an eyelid. Tonight, ...

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