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Blair speaks!

Tweet From my 2005 play Waiting For Gordo a bleak existential drama of backbench life in the Labour Party. Spoken by my character Placebo Lackey MP, but all passages by Tony Blair I believe – passionately – that it is … Continue reading

18. January 2020 by rkh
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Wanted: A Labour Leader (serious applicants only)  

Tweet full text of article published in the Yorkshire Post  December 16, 2019  (some zingers omitted)   There is an old maxim in American politics: the best time to kick a man is when he’s down.   It certainly applies to … Continue reading

16. December 2019 by rkh
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John Donne anticipates the UK election results declared on St Lucy’s Day

Tweet ‘Tis the year’s midnight, and it is the day’s, Lucy’s, who scarce seven hours herself unmasks; The sun is spent, and now his flasks Send forth light squibs, no constant rays; The world’s whole sap is sunk; The general … Continue reading

13. December 2019 by rkh
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Zingers Against Boris Johnson

Tweet Belittling Boris: A Users Guide   by Richard Heller I have appointed myself Insulter-General against Boris Johnson. I offer this personal list of zingers to anyone, anywhere seeking to belittle him. Most carry a core message:  Boris Johnson has the … Continue reading

04. December 2019 by rkh
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Every election speech

Tweet Candidate 1 (Mr Aardvark): In all my time in politics, My friends will all agree I never dodge the issue I say just what I see. That’s why I tell you firmly (It’s what I’ve always said) The past … Continue reading

03. November 2019 by rkh
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Lament of a Labour Leaver

Tweet unanswered letter to Keir Starmer MP, Labour Brexit spokesman, July 26 2019   Dear Keir,   As you can see, I do not have the good fortune to live in your constituency, but I hope you might answer this … Continue reading

14. August 2019 by rkh
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Boris Johnson’s Post-Brexit Fawning And Grovelwell Office

Tweet Published in www.politics.co.uk  August 14 2019 It is part of the price of Britain’s political life, especially if you become a minister. At some point you must give a speech for the sake of your party or government which … Continue reading

14. August 2019 by rkh
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The Terrible Message of Boris Johnson

Tweet shorter version published in www.politics.co.uk July 22, 2019 The advent of Boris Johnson to 10 Downing Street sends a terrible message to younger politicians of all parties. Why bother to be truthful, competent, diligent, or set an upstanding example … Continue reading

14. August 2019 by rkh
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Lords of misrule

Tweet Letter published in Daily Mail July 18 2019 The Mail’s Investigations Unit did a public service by showcasing the lax rules on leave of absence from the House of Lords. Formally, peers are summoned to the House by the … Continue reading

18. July 2019 by rkh
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Boris Johnson through the lens of Alexander Pope

Tweet Oh! could I mount on the Maeonian wing, Your arms, your actions, your repose to sing! What seas you traversed, and what fields you fought! Your country’s peace, how oft, how dearly bought! How barb’rous rage subsided at your … Continue reading

14. June 2019 by rkh
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