AMONG many favourite sayings about governments, and always in my top 10 is ‘the government’s like a mule, it’s slow and it’s sure; it’s slow to turn, and it’s sure to turn the way you don’t want it.’

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AS I have teenage children, the subject of embarrassment often comes up. As in, they find me a dreadfully embarrassing figure, as is right and proper. My son’s best friend, I am informed, recently said, “The thing I like about your dad is he is like totally cringe, but he owns it.” This is about the best verdict a middle-aged man can hope for from a teenager, I suspect.

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A political pet peeve of mine is an inclination towards believing that conservative, capitalist or “fiscally prudent” beliefs are inherently more logical than leftist, social, policies.
The idea that financial and compassionate plans have to be opposite sides of the spectrum to one another seems completely illogical to me, and yet is massively perpetuated as an idea both in the UK – and occasionally here in the Falklands.

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Thursday
There are a lot of things going on in the UK and internationally, but they are all extremely depressing. Instead let’s turn to Falklands politics, where there was outstanding entertainment on offer from the Standing Finance Committee, as reported in last week’s Penguin News. I know that’s not a sentence one sees very often.

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Thursday
Many times while I was in the Penguin News office, we’d sigh and reluctantly conclude that it was time to do another oil story. The changes we’d be reporting on were always newsworthy – investment and mergers and other words that business people like to say – yet there was also a sense of stasis, of events leaving us exactly where we were before.

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