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SHEDNOTES 83: Understanding Mandy

Mark Gatiss plays Peter Mandelson in an upcoming doc-drama called Coalition and has been studying his man. He told the Telegraph 1.3.14:  “There’s this lovely old clip where he’s eating a yogurt and drops a bit on his tie.  He … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 82: The American Sniper and Defence Policy

The Shed has an angle to mention on Chris Kyle, the guy played by Clint Eastwood in American Sniper. Before he was shot by a nutter who hung around his civilian gun range, Kyle wrote quite a good book, called … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 80: And an employment policy to discuss

The Shed has been catching up on House Of Cards, in which Kev is going for glory with AmWork, a plan to create 10 million “real, paying jobs”. The jobs would be created in national infrastructure investment and the armed … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 79: An education policy

The Shed has not yet declared an education policy so here is one. a) Abolish the national curriculum and put all schools in competition to meet local needs. b) Clear the way for the appointment of teachers who might currently … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 73: When the rules don’t make sense

Here in The Shed, the rules about when to wash hands are sometimes relaxed a little and we were interested in the recent batch of horror stories about how many men don’t always bother after a pee. The Shed’s old … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 73: The Nathan Barley effect

The Shed is always up for an attack on metropolitan trendiness and therefore enjoyed Andrew Harrison’s in the Guardian of 10.2.15, under the heading Totally Mexico! How the Nathan Barley nightmare came true. Harrison summed up: “Charlie Brooker and Chris … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 72: Why Straw proved to be made of straw

The Shed thought Ian Jack, Guardian, was quite good on Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind, in his column on 28.2.2015. In his experience, he said, both of them were the kind of politician who was desperate to be liked all … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 71: C words

The Lib Dems have lost points with The Shed by blocking a bill to allow terminally ill patients to opt into experiments with new treatments. The bill was driven by Lord Maurice Saatchi, who lost his wife to cancer. The … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 70: Bleeding students

The Shed does not share the politicians’ obsession with producing more and more graduates but has an interest in the argument over how to pay for them and proposes the following … Every over-18 has an entitlement, in government vouchers, … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 69: Un good law

The Shed is not very French, on the whole, but does like the sound of their rule that all bakeries must shut one day a week, which gives traditional family bakeries a tiny edge in their battle with factories working … Continue reading

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