International Espionage In The Spotlight: How To Become A Secret Agent:

Which is the world’s most powerful intelligence agency? Most people probably assume that this title belongs to America’s CIA , due to its notoriety and because it features in so many spy movies. In fact, surveys on this topic – such as one conducted by the cable & satellite channel Fox News, with its headquarters […]

Filed under: Politics, Society | Posted on March 20th, 2018 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Higher Bills & Bigger Profits: The UK’s Utility Companies in 2018:

Which professions are most trusted in Britain today? According to research conducted by “This Week” magazine and the Ipsos Mori opinion poll specialists, doctors, nurses and teachers all feature at the top of the “Veracity Index”, followed by judges, scientists and weather forecasters – who, with a percentage score of 76% are now rated above […]

Filed under: Politics, Society | Posted on March 7th, 2018 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

It’s The Festive Season: So Forget About Brexit (For The Moment):

How do you feel about the big European Union debate? Perhaps you share the view of much of the UK population who – according to William Wallace in the Independent on 29th October – are completely fed up with the whole thing. The media and the politicians might be obsessed by the negotiations with the […]

Filed under: Politics, Society | Posted on December 12th, 2017 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

The Price Of Failure: Northern Ireland’s Protestants Throw British Politics Into Turmoil:

Have you ever heard of the expression “The Luck Of The Irish”? This “peculiar phrase” (states WiseGeek.com) has often been interpreted as simply meaning that (despite their turbulent history), the Irish are “inherently fortunate” and seem to be able to land on their feet when bad circumstances occur. It has also, however, been attributed to […]

Filed under: Politics | Posted on June 10th, 2017 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Illusions Of Grandeur: How The Global Elite Lost Touch With The Real World:

Are you a fan of the Irish Rock Band, U2? If yes, is that because you like their music or because you approve of the anti-poverty campaigns associated with their lead singer, Bono and his condemnation of oil companies that don’t pay taxes in countries where they operate? In which case, you might not be […]

Filed under: Politics | Posted on February 14th, 2017 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

The Rampant Rooster: China’s Increasing Influence In the British Economy:

There’s a Chinese proverb which advises: “When you want to test the depth of a stream, don’t use both feet”. The People’s Republic, however, appears to have dispensed with such caution in its dealings with the UK. As the “China Daily” newspaper has reported, the appetite of Chinese companies for acquiring British assets has continued […]

Filed under: Music & Dance, Politics | Posted on January 31st, 2017 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

The British Honours System: When Will It Be “Sir” David Beckham?

Would you like to become a “Lord”, Lady” or even a Knight Commander (KCB) of The Order Of The Bath? And if you do manage to acquire a title, what benefits will it bring you – apart, of course, from impressing your friends and family? The financial reporter, Tony Walne, has speculated in the “Daily […]

Filed under: Politics, Society | Posted on January 17th, 2017 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

UK Universities In Turmoil: Students And Lecturers Unite Against Education Cuts:

“Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know”. For Daniel J. Boorstin, the University of Chicago’s renowned former historian and an ex- Harvard & Oxford student, the opportunity to further expand one’s knowledge represents the main justification and incentive for moving from High School to the College Campus. The Huffington Post’s Gemma […]

Filed under: Immigration & Visas, Politics, Society | Posted on November 29th, 2016 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

2016: The Year Of Rebellion By The Abandoned: Will The UK’s Elite Take Any Notice?

“When people feel that the whole system is manipulated for the rich and those in power, they get very upset”. This is not a quote from an extreme left-wing activist. It was an observation made in January on BBC TV’s “This Week” programme by Michael Portillo, formerly Defence Minister in Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Government but […]

Filed under: Politics, Society | Posted on November 14th, 2016 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

The UK’s “Novice” Foreign Secretary: Boris Johnson’s Big Challenge:

“The magic has gone. It’s no longer one of the great offices of state”. For the columnist Jonathan Friedland in The Guardian on July 16th, the new job allotted to the former London mayor is “merely symbolic” – mainly because “on any topic which counts, prime ministers make their own foreign policy”. He also expressed […]

Filed under: Politics | Posted on July 24th, 2016 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

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