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Reg Dawson, a very brave and determined man

In March 1963, a report The Reshaping of British Railways written by Dr Richard Beeching, Chairman of British Rail, was published by the then British Railways...

The Things They Say

Lord Freud, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Work and Pensions speaking in the House of Lords on 2 July 2013 rejected a suggestion that the government’s...

Bertie Bassett

How is the copyright on a liquorice allsort and a caricature of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher connected? In February 2010, Sylvester McCoy who played the...

Plebiscites for Plebs?

If the UK media can be believed the British public is clamouring for a greater use of referenda. People, they say, crave a direct...

Britain – The State We’re In

The Liberal politician Joseph Chamberlain said in 1886, and the Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson said much the same in 1964, that ‘in politics,...

The Clattering Train

Governments seem unable or unwilling to face up to the alarming consequences of an ever-increasing world population – projected by the United Nations to increase from...

British Prime Minister Assassinated

Just over two hundred years ago, on 11 May 1812, John Bellingham, a Liverpool businessman shot dead the Rt Hon Spencer Perceval, the Prime...

Who was Reginald Drax?

Admiral the Hon. Sir Reginald Aylmer Ranfurly Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax, KCB, DSO, JP, DL was the splendidly named British half of the Anglo-French delegation sent to Moscow in...

France’s Republics

You may know that the First Republic in France resulted from the French Revolution. But France has had five republics. And there were two...

From Spy Novel to Tradecraft

Modern British spy fiction dates from the beginning of the 20th century as an expression of the anxieties of international rivalries. The British took most readily...

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