A Brit’s View: Snowden Not Welcome in Britain

By |June 14th, 2013|

No prizes for guessing which side of the fence the UK falls on when it comes to Edward Snowden. He is not welcome. But then he probably knew that already, especially if he cared to look at the hullabaloo surrounding the Embassy of Ecuador and Julian Assange (odds are still available on the Australian leaving [...]

A Brit’s View: Downing Street Looks on During Hacking Case

By |June 6th, 2013|

Vaguely good news for Downing Street today as former Director Of Communications for Number 10 Andy Coulson pleaded not guilty on two counts of conspiring to commit misconduct in public office. The former News Of The World editor also entered a plea of not guilty concerning his alleged role in phone hacking while at the [...]

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A Brit’s View: An Affair Bigger Than Major/Currie, Let Twitter be the Judge

By |June 3rd, 2013|

No, this isn't another "cash for questions" victim, although there have been further implications on that front since last I wrote. This is instead the affair coming out of 10 Downing Street that is so big, so huge, that the Mail On Sunday can only print the story without naming names. Apparently it is bigger [...]

A Brit’s View: Tory MP Resigns Following “Cash For Questions” Sting

By |June 1st, 2013|

I thought we'd gone back 15 years when I read the words 'cash for questions' and 'Tory MP' in the same sentence yesterday. A quick check of the calendar assured me I was awake and that I wasn't dreaming, it was just the Conservatives that were living in the past. That sounds familiar (see some [...]

A Brit’s View: More ‘Terrorism’ as Reprisal Attacks Begin

By |May 27th, 2013|

The atmosphere in Britain has been slightly tense since the murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich on Wednesday afternoon. Following the 'terrorist' incident, which involved two British Muslims hacking the off-duty British soldier to death, reprisal attacks against Muslims have been coming thick and fast. Thankfully nobody has gone down the 'eye-for-an-eye' response route just yet, [...]

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A Brit’s View: Panic on the Streets of London?

By |May 23rd, 2013|

I've made jokes in the past about how dodgy a place Woolwich is. I have friends who lived there for a while, albeit in the very fake 'Woolwich' by the river. There was no denying where the poor, run down Woolwich finished and the new, rich, slightly fake section started. The dividing line was, and [...]

A Brit’s View: Riots in Sweden Paint a Different Picture

By |May 22nd, 2013|

There's rioting in Europe, and I know what you're thinking. 'Big deal', 'this isn't news', 'why don't they let true democracy do its thing?' I'll stop you there as these riots are slightly different. They are happening in Sweden. That's the Sweden which is in the top five of all categories imaginable for measuring a good life. Education, [...]

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A Brit’s View: Women Squeezed Out as Beeb ‘Moves On’

By |May 14th, 2013|

As the BBC continues its attempt to right the ship following the (Sir) Jimmy Saville fallout a further victim has emerged from the child abuse scandal wreckage, that of women in the boardroom. It's an unusual thing for the Beeb to get 'wrong' in the modern era, especially considering the organization's reputation for being full of "Communist [...]

Prince Harry Sober and Clothed, Shock Horror

By |May 10th, 2013|

I caught part of the TV news this morning. That was a mistake. I hate the news, especially commercial TV news. Give me the BBC or PBS any day. Unfortunately it was CNN this morning, which was covering Prince Harry's jaunt to America. I use the word jaunt as it seems to fit with the [...]

A Brit’s View: Who Wants a Referendum?

By |January 25th, 2013|

TM NOTE: AA Birch, who began posting at TM last week, will be writing periodically about British politics, as well as sports. On hearing British Prime Minister David Cameron almost, but not totally, declare a kind of weird, small war on the European Union this week, I couldn't help but thinking "here we go again". [...]