The State of Many Things Blog

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The Gove of Christmas Future

Disclaimer: The below is a fantasy based on flimsily-constructed caricatures that may share the names of real people but, in a very real sense, bear no discernible relation to real people at all. “Toss...

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The Sussex Invasion

It had started well enough, as press conferences go; everyone was in their seats in plenty of time for the initial briefing, and security had nothing to report. They were all accredited and, for...

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Twenty Reasons Not To Back Brexit

Some time ago, the Telegraph courageously published a list of “20 Reasons you should vote to leave the European Union” Now may be as good a time as any to have a look at...

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A Formal Warning

At last the fourth round of Brexit talks has got underway, after a short delay to allow the Prime Minister to say some things in Florence.  She said a lot in Florence, but none...

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Why do you sell ‘em? People buy ‘em.

Occasionally, amid all the post-Brexit hype, and almost drowned out by the fanfares heralding a bright new entrepreneurial dawn for a Britain still suffering the after-effects of the last financial crisis, a quiet voice...

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The Star Walker and The Tree Shepherd

The Tree Shepherd was quietly minding his own business, arranging a few stands of alder, throwing sycamore seeds about and trying to find the best place for a hornbeam, when he heard a voice...

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Gaspar’s Tale

Gaspar lived in Tharsis. Today, Tharsis is a small town in Spain, with a few mines, a wind-farm and a pretty little church surrounded by palm trees, but in Gaspar’s time, over two thousand...