Archive for May, 2010

An illustration on benefits

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Posting this might be considered unwise, as it gives a shocking illustration of what's on offer if you are minded to work the state, rather than yourself. But there is a lot of confusion, so I thought I'd give you an illustration. There's a great website called which basically calculates ...

“I’m afraid to tell you there’s no money left”

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Well it might have been meant to be funny. But this one sentence note from the outgoing Chief Secretary to the Treasury has a pretty unpleasant ring to it. First of all, it's not a laughing matter. Secondly, it gives credence to the idea that Labour had left such a ...

A wonderful word – snollygoster

Monday, May 17th, 2010

One, especially a politician, who is guided by personal advantage rather than by consistent, respectable principles. To add to the poetry, it appears that this has recently been brought back into the OED. What a lovely language we have. For a fuller explanation,

Motcombe Village Shop

Monday, May 17th, 2010

On Saturday I went to the auction of promises for the Motcombe Village Shop. For my part I walked away with a couple of pictures (and a few pennies given to a great cause), and a promise of my own to do a magic show for a group of children ...

We have a new Government!

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

So after days of horse-trading, and smoked-filled rooms, and a vivid illustration of all that is worst about hung parliaments, we have a government. And when, as we must, one looks beyond the tribal loyalties that were exagerrated in the general election, there is much to be commended. First, we have a ...

Great result for Dorset

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

In North Dorset, we returned Bob Walter as the Conservative MP, with 51% of the vote cast - a 2.8% swing, and tripling our majority. This was a ringing endorsement of the clean campaign, and moreover the hard work Bob has put in over the years. I think it was ...