Buy The Bank

Gordon robbed us shareholders in Lloyds Bank when he persuaded Lloyds TSB (as it then was called) to buy HBOS in 2008. That led to some £20 billion of government (taxpayers) money being injected into the   enlarged bank to keep it solvent. Now George is giving us a chance to get some of our money back and not a pre-election bribe, unusually. Continue reading Buy The Bank



Downhill is a British film released last year, directed by James Rouse. It was his first movie (he usually directs film and TV advertisements) and describes four school friends walking the coast to coast path across England from St. Bees on the Irish Sea to Robin Hood’s Bay – 192 miles. It’s good but not great; like Bill Forsyth’s 1981 film Gregory’s Girl, which came at the beginning of his successful career. So, like the Skibbereen Eagle, I will be keeping an eye on him. Continue reading Downhill

“Swing, swing together” – Slovenian Boating Song

A few days ago I mused on the shape of Europe I’d like to see in the years ahead; smaller government, more flexible institutions, accountable local government, and I pointed to Singapore as a conspicuous success. I didn’t need to look so far; Slovenia has achieved a lot for a similarly small country half the age of Singapore. False teeth? Continue reading “Swing, swing together” – Slovenian Boating Song