I’ve been wanting to write a new blog post for ages but the political sands are shifting so much that I’ve really struggled to know what to say. So I’m just going to start writing and see where it takes me. The General Election. Where to begin? If I lived in England I would have… Continue reading Taking a step back
I’ve had lots of conversations on social media in recent weeks which boil down to the concept of personal responsibility. I don’t expect I’m saying anything original here, but I’m so frustrated by the double standards I see day in, day out, I wanted to write something down. The starting point for this, again, is the ongoing… Continue reading It cuts both ways
You might well ask why I even need to write this article, because this week’s political machinations around the UK Government’s two child policy and the infamous rape clause make it abundantly clear the answer is Yes. But many of us have detected some interesting parallels in the attitudes of people and politicians to this… Continue reading Are some children more equal than others?
How different things could have been. The day after the independence referendum of 2014, David Cameron could have emerged from 10 Downing Street to announce a root and branch review of the constitutional settlement between England and the other nations. Instead of English votes for English laws he would have announced a consultation on an English… Continue reading My glass is half empty
I miss being British. There, I’ve said it. I miss being British. I was brought up British, not English. We in my family never really described ourselves as English. Although I was born in Lancashire I never felt particularly Lancastrian either. My family’s from all over so I didn’t grow up with the local traditions and… Continue reading Some thoughts on “Britishness”
I moved to Scotland from North Yorkshire back in 2007 with my husband and one year old son after securing a job working for Highland Council. Here I attempt to recall my first impressions of Scotland as a place to live and how my connection with our new home developed over the years. I hope it may shed light on how some English people on both sides of the border may be feeling about Scotland and the prospect of independence.