“It’s character building, supporting a team like Blackburn Rovers”, I used to tell my two children in the 1980s when they were young and we were bobbing about the old Second Division. “So much better than supporting a glory team. With Rovers you’ll learn about life, its disappointments, as well as its triumphs.”
Their faith was rewarded. [...]
At last, the back pages of our national newspapers have woken up.
Beginning to go is the unjustified criticism of Rovers’ fans for being unreasonable in the face of adversity; to be replaced by some understanding that this is no ordinary relegation.
What it raises are very big questions for the Football Association, the Premier League – and [...]
Green Lane, Whitebirk Industrial estate, Mosley Street, St Wilfrid’s playing fields, Feniscliffe, Lower Eccleshill Road.
Just some of the areas where so-called “travellers” have set up unauthorised camps in recent weeks – leading local residents (and employers) to complain to the Press, the council, and to me – about their anti-social behaviour.
We live in a country which [...]
Have I missed something?
Last weekend the news bulletins were peppered by interviews with excited executives from some of the major retail chains, salivating at the prospect of an end to restrictions on Sunday trading.
It looks as though for certain these restrictions will be lifted for the Olympics.
In turn this will be used to justify the permanent [...]
“GET out of my room. I’m sick of that subject. You’re all mad” was the response of a senior member of the White House staff when asked about the ‘special relationship’ the USA had with Britain.
This story was related by the BBC’s Justin Webb, reflecting on his eight years as their North America editor.
The White House [...]
A central principle common to all world religions is the idea that we should behave towards others in the way in which we would expect others to behave towards us. Christ devotes much of his teaching to this theme, building on the Old Testament injunction that we should love our neighbours as we love ourselves.
“Judge not, [...]
Wasting police time is quite a serious criminal offence. The maximum penalty is 6 months in jail.
Last Friday I thought I came close to being charged with this
The particulars of the charge would have been these: that I had inveigled a police constable, a PCSO, along with the commander of our large police division, Chief Superintendent [...]
I’ve a bright A’level student from a Blackburn school with me this week.
For the first four days of the week she’s been based in the House of Commons.
On Monday, there was a conference about the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry which I had set up in 1997. After that she had a front row seat in the Commons’ public [...]
What Blackburn people started, Prime Minister David Cameron will finish. That, at least, is how things look after last Tuesday’s “motor insurance summit” at Downing Street.
I am clear that Mr Cameron has got the message loud and clear that the interlinked rackets, and just-legal wheezes which have driven motor insurance premiums sky high – and out [...]
The man who did more than anyone to improve the lives of the poor in Victorian times held no public office; he was neither a Minister of the Crown, nor of religion.
He earnt his living by telling stories. Yet his “fiction” contained more truths than a dozen reports of Royal Commissions.
He was Charles Dickens.
The 200th anniversary [...]