11 May, 2021

London Diary

There is a joke that while the rest of the world has four seasons, Britain has five...

London Diary
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Summer Swine

There is a joke that while the rest of the world has four seasons, Britain has five: the August silly season when the entire Westminster village—ministers, MPs, assorted minions, lobbyists and lobby journalists—goes on summer holiday, leaving newspaper desks str­uggling to fill pages. The result: a spate of sto­ries culled from obscure surveys that wouldn’t normally get a look-in. So, now we now know that atheists too can be racist (who would have ima­gined that!); that the more ‘intelligent’ a person the more he/she is likely to secretly harbour soc­ial and cultural prejudices while pretending to be a bleeding liberal; and that ‘George’ remains at the bottom of the heap of popular names for boys, belying breathless predictions of its imm­­inent chart-busting potential after the Duke...

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