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About pauljohnston

Elected as Conservative councillor in Surbiton Hill, Kingston upon Thames in 1998. Re-elected 2002 and 2006. Former parliamentary candidate in Lancashire and Birmingham. Ceased to be a Councillor (temporarily?) in 2010. Active among Residents' Associations in Surbiton Hill and among residents in social housing generally. Former teacher of History at St. Brendan's College Bristol and Head of History and Politics at the London Oratory School. Worked with Sutton Trust running summer schools for sixth formers at Oxford University from 1997-2000 aiming to improve uptake of places from pupils from state schools which sent very few applicants to Oxbridge.

Told you so!

Panesar 5 for 129; Swann 4 for however many. Anderson 1. Broad nil for quite a few. Quod erat demonstrandum! Advertisements

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Reality check 2

This morning’s Daily Telegraph reports that a couple in Rotherham, acting as foster parents, have had their foster children removed by Rotherham Social Services. Why? Criminal record? – No! Child abuse? – No! Why then? – Because they are members … Continue reading

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Canary birds

With kind regards to Cornish Republican, these birds feature in a mosaic on display on the Canary Island of La Palma. Saw them there last week.

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Reality check?

The failure of the House of Laity of the C of E Synod to support the consecration of women as Bishops has provoked the reaction from the Liberal Establishment that was to be expected. As a real, philosophical Conservative I … Continue reading

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Playing India in India

I thought everyone knew that the Sub-Continent is famous for producing spin bowlers of all kinds, off, leg, wrist, fingers – whatever. It does this because its wickets are, by and large, very receptive to spin bowling. It seemed the … Continue reading

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More Westlothian I’m afraid…..

Back in February I suggested that Cameron was trying to come to terms with the constitutional mess Blair created. I hoped that was the case. Instead he has created a further mess of his own. The Scotland Act gives the … Continue reading

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The Westlothian question – and answer!

When New Labour signed up to the devolution project for Scotland and Wales, Tony Blair seemed to think he was creating a couple of super county councils which would always be Labour controlled and would kill local Nationalism stone dead. … Continue reading

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