Category Archives: UK

The absurdity of the independence of Scotland

When King James VI of Scotland ascended to the English throne in 1603 and became James I of England, after the death of the childless monarch, Elizabeth I, he began working towards the union of the two kingdoms. The Scottish … Continue reading

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To Maggie

It’s a sad thing to think that I happen to live in times where all great people, my role models, the people who have inspired me, keep passing away. Margaret Thatcher was one of my greatest role models. She helped … Continue reading

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The saga continues—my commuting diary says less than 5% of trains are on time

About a month ago, in January, after a rather interesting saga that involved my train operator, Southeastern, and my MP, Jim Dowd, to whom I decided to complain about the constant misery of commuting, I made a promise. I promised … Continue reading

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The EU is no more what it was intended to be—and that’s why we need a referendum

I have to say, I was rather surprised by Dave Cameron’s speech on the European Union. Coming from a prime minister who has always been more favourable towards the EU than many people would prefer, announcing the referendum on the … Continue reading

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How to deal with a train operator and a delay claim

In December 2011, I had a rather disturbing experience with Stansted Express that almost made me miss my flight. As the train was late for over 30 minutes, I was entitled to compensation. I sent an e-mail to Greater Anglia, the … Continue reading

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Freedom of the press is sacred in a democratic society

According to Reporters Without Borders, the UK currently scores 28th in the Press Freedom Index. The situation with media freedom is “satisfactory”, which is not bad (considering there are 179 countries listed and in some of them there is no media freedom … Continue reading

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“Passenger taken ill” is the new signal failure

You’ve got to admit, train companies have used the old “signal failure” excuse for too long and too often. Fortunately, they have now come up with a brand new excuse for their incompetence—and that’s “passenger taken ill”. I do get … Continue reading

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Why break the empire for the sake of it

I asked a Scottish colleague today whether he supports Scotland’s independence. “Absolutely not,” he said. “I will go home [on the referendum day] just to vote.” He said that Scotland today has both the benefits of Scotland and being a … Continue reading

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Ronald Reagan’s lesson—how to handle strikers

I don’t think there’s anything the British people hate more than “industrial actions” by numerous instances, especially the transport system. In London, where millions of people depend on public transport, even a single day of a transport strike disrupts not … Continue reading

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Bigger income tax doesn’t work; fairer does

According to some sources, Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson makes £2 million a year. Sounds like a large amount of money, but the sad truth is, he only sees less than a half of it. According to a tax calculator, … Continue reading

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