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SHEDNOTES 101: Billi on Mili and the rise of the pseudo-event

Bill Bailey had a good line about Ed Miliband … “Like a plastic bag stuck in a tree. No-one knows how he got up there and no-one can be bothered to get him down.” The Shed has also enjoyed Marina … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 99: Some of Churchill’s last advice

The Shed has voted to file Ann Treneman in The Times, reporting Peter Tapsell, 85, the last serving MP to have sat in the Commons with Winston Churchill … Churchill would go to the smoking room, where young Tory MPs … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 98: Some truth about work

Paul Mason, economics editor of Channel 4 News, got a salute in The Shed for his comments in the Money section of the Guardian, April 2015, short version below: In this election it has become obligatory for politicians to appear … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 97: A farming policy

The Shed has just read another report on the plight of the dairy farmers which adds nothing to the hundreds of previous reports on the plight of the dairy farmers The Shed has read and contributed to in its collective … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 95: Proper conservatism

  The Shed has to confess to being a bit behind with its election commentary. We did like Simon Jenkins, Guardian, when he wrote … We won’t touch. We’ll change nothing. We’ve mucked you about long enough and will leave … 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: 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 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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