WITH ALL DUE RESPECT

'I beg your pardon?' I couldn't believe what I'd just heard. Who did this impertinent little person think they were? 'I was just wondering if it wasn't best to just admit we got it wrong?' 'Who are you?' 'Erm, I'm Nigel Billingsworth.' I waited for him to say more. 'Public Relations Assistant.' Another pause. 'Culture … Continue reading WITH ALL DUE RESPECT

THE MINISTRY OF DISTRACTION

'What's it to be today, Sir?' 'Options?' 'Well, we have the usual of course: immigration outrage, racial injustice, free school meals for the poorest children...' 'Stop, stop, stop. Are you mad? All of those can be linked back to me. What else?' 'Ah, you want something a bit juicier, more conspiracy theory. How about the … Continue reading THE MINISTRY OF DISTRACTION

TRANSITION OF POWER

The transition from elected government to populist dictatorship had not been an easy one. Trying to convince people that they were moving from the dark ages of democracy to the enlightenment of an autocratic supreme ruler was a hard sell. The fact that the elected government he was replacing had been so ineffectual and weak … Continue reading TRANSITION OF POWER