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Learning to Write #24

(It’s only the last one, which contains a swear word and I should apologise for, but it felt entirely appropriate)

In his collection of haiku (“Anchorage”) David Cobb quotes some advice he has about writing haiku for 25 years and then publishing just the ten best poems from the whole period. 145 more words


Mental illness in the age of austerity

Last week at the Conservative Party conference, Theresa May made a pledge to begin “tacking the injustice and stigma associated with mental health”, stating it was a “priority” for her. 988 more words


Control freakery: Understanding who really gets to take control

Steve Rolfe

When Michael Gove reiterated the Brexiteers’ mantra of ‘taking back control’ at the recent Conservative Party Conference there was a strong sense of… 750 more words

Local Government

Are you trying to be funny?

This just in…Dame Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden in Solihull, is launching a petition for an increased police presence for her constituents.

I have it on reliable authority from someone who works in that force (West Midlands) that Solihull is the quietest area in the whole force. 272 more words


Beery Sue is Living the British Dream

I’d never heard the term the ‘British Dream’ before Theresa May’s recent speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.  Was it the same thing as the far more ubiquitous American Dream?  198 more words

Mudskipper Press

Why We Welcome an 'Opt Out' System for Organ Donation By Kelly Grehan and Lisa Mulholland 

By Kelly Grehan and Lisa Mulholland

** Note** Since we first published the article in October 2017, MPs have voted on the second reading of this Bill today (23/2/2018) and it is one step closer to becoming a reality. 775 more words

Social Commentary

Conference diary: hovering in anticipation

The overwhelming atmosphere at Conservative Party conference this week was one of anticipation. Throughout the fringe events and the hotel bars, even in the main hall, a sense that something big was about to happen seemed to pervade everything. 599 more words

Political Leadership