25th February 2022

Attention all would-be councillors: get your knockers out

Attention all would-be councillors: get your knockers out This week’s question: How many PMs have served under Her Majesty? Answer at foot of column Panic! It’s only ten weeks to the local elections. The pundits (opinionated journalists, out of work politicians and the bloke down […]
18th February 2022

Let’s bring back some good old-fashioned news reporting

Let’s bring back some good old-fashioned news reporting Question of the week: what’s the population of Ukraine? If ten years ago I asked you to pinpoint Ukraine on a map I bet most of you would have had a hard job. You would probably still […]
11th February 2022

Taking action with Action Groups

Taking action with Action Groups Things are going well. The council officers seem very pleased with your plans for a new development. The site has been allocated and they are short on numbers and your scheme will really help. There is an action group called […]
4th February 2022

How to set up an Action Group

How to set up an Action Group This week’s question. How many bars are there in the House of Lords and House of Commons? Answer at the foot of the column. In over 30 years in the property communications business (I started when I was […]
28th January 2022

If you don’t want to get your goose cooked

If you don’t want to get your goose cooked Boris has been asking his colleagues to get some popularity from the electorate and so launched ‘Operation Red Meat ‘. The phrase was first used in 1911 which may say something about today’s Conservative Party. Hollywood […]
21st January 2022

It’s my party and I’ll do what I want to

It’s my party and I’ll do what I want to   “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party”. Seemingly this was a line to train typists in the 19th century. Well, there is no shortage of […]
14th January 2022

Come back Nigel, all’s forgiven

Come back Nigel, all’s forgiven What’s happened to Brexit? Two years again you couldn’t open a newspaper or listen to the radio without hearing the damn word. Now: nothing. It has been killed off by Covid. But it is still there. How about all those dire warnings that Brexit would bring the country to […]
7th January 2022

Sanity Clause

Sanity Clause Our politicians sometimes act like spoiled children so it is not surprising that Santa Claus also paid them a visit and gave them appropriate gifts, so we checked around to see what he had chosen for them. As well as a gift he […]
24th December 2021

It gives one hope…

It gives one hope… And so another year draw to a close. Our second Christmas in a pandemic wave (I can’t remember what number we’re on). I sometimes still look at the news and catch myself thinking “that looks like a really good Science Horror […]
17th December 2021

One law for them… one for us

One law for them… one for us   When is a crime not a real crime? The obvious answer is: when you’re not caught. But let’s say you are doing something harmless like transporting the kids off to school and you are involved in one […]