Gary Oliver is an accountant who lives in East Lothian.
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Gary Oliver: To the Tardis – and bring back Maggie!
The last time I knowingly watched an episode of Doctor Who, the Time Lord was played by Jon Pertwee. And even then, my early-Seventies viewing of the Saturday-evening show would have been largely borne of inertia, probably no more than an interlude between the football results on Grandstand and the entire family settling down for […]
Until discovering that a certain Laura Perrins was to appear on the Jeremy Vine show, I was oblivious to the second Friday of November having been declared Equal Pay Day. How remiss not to have already marked on the calendar such a momentous event; until my shameful oversight became apparent, November 10 seemed most significant […]
Gary Oliver: Watch out, jokers, the Department of Humour is on your case
‘Coming into the studio with you, John, is a bit like going into Harvey Weinstein’s bedroom . . . just pray you emerge with your dignity intact.’ Michael Gove interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, 28 October 2017. For many years Michael Gove had presented a facade of cheerful, unfailing courtesy; however, his […]
Gary Oliver: Double standards of SNP bullies who red-carded Ross the ref
During September, TCW brought you the tale of Douglas Ross, Conservative MP for Moray and part-time football referee. During an online question-and-answer session, Ross had dared to suggest that gipsies and travellers might not be an unalloyed joy for local communities, and he expressed a wish for stricter enforcement. For this heresy the MP incurred […]
Gary Oliver: Football chiefs trip up in a PC minefield
What is the difference between being racist and being a racist? Alas, this is not an academic test of grammar, nor is it the setup for a corny joke. And the latest public figure to discover the fine distinction to be no laughing matter is Mark Sampson. For the uninitiated, Sampson was the reasonably successful […]
Gary Oliver: How referee Ross fell foul of the PC zealots
Douglas Ross is the fresh-faced Conservative MP for Moray, the man whose election in June denied Westminster the joie de vivre hitherto provided by the SNP’s Angus Robertson. Ross is also a qualified football referee and moonlights as a professional linesman. But he recently discovered that signalling for a dubious offside is far less hazardous […]