Archive for December, 2010

THIS TAX IS TOO COMPLICATED

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

As featured in The Independent on the 14th Dec

Sir: Abruptly raising the cost of University tuition is a crude way of allowing the markets to sort out the complex philosophical problem of what education should be about.

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Blonde in Florence

Monday, December 6th, 2010

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Blonde in Florence by Camilla Johnson
I think a lot (and seemingly even more so in Italy). This blog is my way of getting a good night’s sleep; a space for the many musings that run through my head everyday.

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A year at The Old Fox House

Monday, December 6th, 2010

It has been a topsy-turvy year. The coldest winter in living memory killed plants I’d nurtured for two decades. My passion flower withered and died, once rampant on a sheltered south-facing wall. Brimstone butterflies normally wake in January, in 2010 their first appearance was in March and even then they fluttered only tentatively.

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Lack of Maintenance

Monday, December 6th, 2010

As featured in The Telegraph, Dec 5th, 2010

Sir: It is not just big projects that the British don’t do well, it’s maintenance. The whole of the railway system needs up-dating, not to mention the mind-set of all who work and run it.

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Let him speak

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

As featured in The Guardian, Dec 2nd, 2010

Sir: Every time the Prince of Wales raises his head above the parapet there sounds a cacophony of outraged voices who ask what right he has to tell us how to live. Well, when it comes to planning, it seems we need some help.

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