Moral Hazard – Tony’s Monday Moan

 BREAKING NEWS: ‘A car has been hit in Shropshire by a train on a level crossing. Our thoughts go out to those hurt and their families. We are trying to ascertain who’s to blame.’ This typical news feature demonstrates that,…

The NHS – The Monday Moan

Happy birthday! Today (5 July 2018) is the seventieth birthday of the National Health Service. The celebrations are all around us. Which is interesting because it is in a state of near collapse. In 2019 Government expenditure is projected to…

Prisoners of Geography – The Monday Moan

Are native populations prisoners of geography ? Geoffrey Boycott (77) who, according to G. Boycott, is the greatest ever English batsman, is a southerner. He was born in Fitzwilliam near to Pontefract, which is in Yorkshire. Southern Yorkshire is in…

Helicopter Parents – The Monday Moan

Oh hell! No sooner had I sorted out ‘upskirting’ than along lands ‘ helicopter parents ’. You may need to take a pill (or drink a glass of whisky) before reading on. By way of background, on my first day…

The Faux Pas – Tony’s Monday Moan

The French phrase ‘ faux pas ’ translates to ‘false step’. A political equivalent happened last Friday when Sir Christopher Chope OBE, MP (Con: Christchurch: first elected 1983: majority 2017: 25,171) committed Westminster suicide. A barrister, he blocked a private…

Understanding Women – Tony Drury’s Monday Moan

I’m 71 years old and so it’s early days but I still haven’t got my head around understanding women. My pal said to his wife, “that was lovely meal”. She replied: “Aren’t all my meals lovely?” The Psychology of Shopping…

Baby Names – Tony’s Monday Moan

This week my Monday Moan is all about Baby Names … To start though … You will earn my sincere respect if you can provide the FULL title of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child. What was the…

Keeping In Shape – The Monday Moan

She peered into my eyes and sighed: her scent was fragrant. She told me to look at her left ear. Her name was Hermione.  That’s what is said on her employer’s name tag. She asked me not to move. As…

The Blame Culture – Tony’s Monday Moan

The recent tragic case of toddler Alfie Evans, and the attempts of his parents Kate James and Thomas Evans to defy medical opinion, follows on the similar heart wrenching death of Charlie Gard. His parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard…

Speeding – The Monday Moan

Guilty as charged! I was doing 34mph in a 30mph restricted area through a Bedfordshire village (population 34) in a queue of cars. I was late for my lunch and I was hungry.  Judging by the look of joy on…