BORIS – THE DEFENDER OF ‘SPIVS AND SPECULATORS’

Amidst all the debris of the collapse of Anglo-Saxon finance capitalism, we only have one prominent politician on either side of the pond defending the spivs and speculators, and accusing…

CONGESTION CHARGING FOR BEIJING?

Having been in Beijing for the whole of the very successful 29th Olympiad in August, and then attended the Urban Transportation Management Forum organized by the Shenzhen Municipal Government to…

BEIJING 2008 – SOME LESSONS FOR LONDON 2012

The spectacular Beijing Games of the 29th Olympiad, which l attended as a private spectator, were an enthralling sporting festival. Over 16 days we saw such dramas unfold in the…

BEIJING SAYS BEAT THAT!

The spectacular Beijing Games of the 29th Olympiad have been an enthralling sporting festival. Over 16 days we saw such dramas unfold in the Bird’s Nest stadium as the performances…

RED GLOW OF THE BIRD’S NEST

After having spent time yesterday in practically every Olympic venue watching the sporting dramas, and the success of team GB unfold, I made it back to the Bird’s Nest for…

CHINA – THE NEW EMERGING SPORTING SUPERPOWER

Well, the rain l was praying for certainly came down on Sunday night in a big way. I had not seen such a torrential downpour of rain for some time….

BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 – 1ST IMPRESSIONS

I arrived to a very hazy and humid Beijing on the day that China’s “coming-out ” party begins, wishing for some rain to break, as l meet up with some…

JOHNSON SHOWS TRUE COLOURS ON AFFORDABLE HOMES

This week we learned that Boris Johnson has failed to intervene in a bid by Hammersmith and Fulham council to scrap all the proposed rented social housing units from a…

SIKH GIRL’S VICTORY POINTS TO MULTIPLE IDENTITIES

  Whatever your view on the outcome of the Sikh girl Sarika Watkins-Singh’s court case to win her right to wear a Sikh bangle to school, what l found most poignant about the matter…

CHURCH STREET BY-ELECTION – 24th July 2008

The by-election in Church St Ward on the 24th of July called after the untimely death of Councillor Tony Mothersdale, saw for the first time in living memory a Tory…