Friday, January 15, 2021

Janice Davis

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Janice Davis is a grandmother and former girls’ grammar school teacher

March 29 – a date to forget

SOME dates have more resonance than others – for example January 1 (my birthday, apart from anything else); August 1 (our Swiss National Day,...

Even independent Switzerland isn’t immune to EU control creep

AS problems proliferate in ever more areas of the EU: Visegrad, Salvini, gilets jaunes, no-go areas, immigrant crime levels, unaffordable welfare costs – not...

Fatheaded – this plan to tackle child obesity

NOT long ago I wrote about the perceived life-threatening evils of bacon, as advised by the World Health Organisation, only to receive many comments...

Slavery – the global growth industry

I NEVER got round to doing GCSE history. When I was at school, we did actual history – dates, kings and queens, traitors and...

Will Irish eyes smile on a Brexiteer?

I’M IN the throes of planning a short break to Dublin with girl friends of long standing – we were at school together. We’ve...

Public servants should use public transport (see how they like it)

MOANING about public transport is a favourite national pastime. But now it’s not just about overcrowding, or trains being late, or even drivers’ strikes....

Top Dog Selmayr is bad news for Britain – and worse for Europe

IN Wednesday’s Spectator, Pieter Cleppe of the independent think tank Open Europe in Brussels writes that Martin Selmayr has taken over the Brexit negotiations...

You stay in your little corner and I’ll stay in mine

EVERY Sunday in the 1950s, when I went to the Sunday School at our Presbyterian Church (dangerously more worldly than the Free Kirk of...

The guilty pleasure of a bacon and egg breakfast

SATURDAY morning has come round again, and instead of the usual mid-week Presbyterian breakfast of porridge and blueberries, we splash out: poached egg (a...

With ‘friends’ like this in Europe, who needs enemies?

ISN’T it good to have friends, and be welcomed into the Club, even if the fees are a wee bit steep. Oh yes, until...

Before you deserve to vote, Guardianistas young and old, you need to grow up

SI jeunesse savait, si vieillesse pouvait. This is quoted from Henri Estienne, who in mediaeval France was a publisher of the Greek and Roman...

J S Bach’s glorious Christmas Oratorio

BACH’S Christmas Oratorio was first performed in 1734 in the St Nicholas Church in Leipzig, where Bach was musical director, jointly with the Thomaskirche....

Forget Winterval and welcome the power of light

IT’S that time of year again. Even my hairdresser here in Switzerland is feeling the pressure: Weihnachtsstress, he calls it, because everyone wants a...

Unelected, unqualified, unresisted – the man who would be our Emperor

WE are all aware of the desperate anti-democratic efforts to overturn the legitimate People’s Vote of 2016 to leave the EU: witness the oh-so-conveniently...

Beware the Foxy Loxy of Threadneedle Street

ISN’T it marvellous – the season of mince pies and good cheer is almost upon us, and it’s so refreshing to receive an early...

Are you populist or democrat, Humpty or Dumpty?

The word ‘populist’ is getting plenty of airing these days. It’s part of the current political divide – democrat v. populist, but like all...

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