March 31, 2011 Leave a comment
March 30, 2011 Leave a comment
I don’t generally recommend books – but How To Use Politicians To Get What You Want is one of those must reads for anyone interested in politics, or how politicians operate. The author Scott Colvin has kindly recorded a short podcast for us to let us know a little bit about the book and how you can use it to solve a problem and get what you want.
It’s certainly on my reading list, and you can get hold of a copy here.
March 21, 2011 1 Comment
Today was always going to be a bit of a crappy day. It was the funeral of the Grandma of my wife. Following the funeral my father in law who had just said goodbye to his mother came to our house for a cup of tea. We laughed about how in our view funerals were all a bit strange as we’d both rather people visited or called us while we were alive than feel sad when we have died.
My Grandad once said you could p*ss on his grave when he was gone. I think my father-in law agreed with that sentiment when we joked about it. Less than 45 minutes after having a cup of tea at our house, my father in law died. He was never well in the time I knew him. He was the longest serving dialysis patient in Lincolnshire – so much so that when I had to tell the renal unit who called to see if he could come in today for an earlier slot they were completely shocked. The thing I will always remember is that not once did I ever hear him moan. There was the real possibility that the years of dialysis would have meant he would soon to have to have his leg amputated. Did he moan. No. He just planned where he would hire his wheelchair for his next caravan holiday.
You really never know what’s going to happen. Five hours after attending his mother’s funeral we didn’t really expect to have to start planning another one. So if you are putting off calling someone or perhaps visiting a relative you haven’t seen for a while, maybe just take the time to make that call or that visit. You never know when you won’t get a chance again.
March 20, 2011 Leave a comment
To listen to the podcast click the play button below:-
March 16, 2011 Leave a comment
To listen to the podcast click the play button below. [podcast]http://toryradio.podbus.com/sevendaysshow60.mp3[/podcast]
We discuss Japan; Libya; Spring Conference; the AV Referendum plus much more.
March 8, 2011 2 Comments
Sorry I just don’t see the point of a day that’s for slightly over half the human population. What’s it supposed to achieve? Enlighten me. Essentially it seems you are pushing the rights of one half over the other. There are cries for an International Mens Day, but I think there is one of them too – and I find that equally pointless.
We currently see a European Court deciding insurance cant be sold on the basis of what sex you are (even if women may be a better risk). Is that what you want. Or what about the Race for Life. It discriminates against men. They get breast cancer. They have relatives who have suffered from the disease – but cant take part. And yes I know there are plenty of other ways they can get involved. But can you discriminate when it suits and cry foul of discrimination when it doesn’t?
PS:- And of course one commenter bemoaned the fact that a hairdresser can put up one charge for cutting the hair of a woman (greater) than that of a man, before knowing the work involved… and I completely get the point.
March 6, 2011 2 Comments
Not sure if this is the best way to get called by Mr Speaker in future. Of course wearing the above T-shirt in the chamber may catch his eye… or not.