The Lair turns five: part two

Good times, for a change

My contract with social services ended in December 2013. I was sad to leave, in a way, because there were some good people there. My reputation as an efficient administrator preceded me and I landed a job in another department. Perhaps I was a little too hasty in accepting it. What was my game plan? Why was I drifting from job to job? Why did I always have to have one eye on the exit? Continue reading

The Lair turns five: part one

It has been five years since The Spideron’s Lair made its debut in the World of WordPress. It’s rather strange to think that it has been so long, stranger still that I have never given up writing in it, though my posts are not nearly frequent enough. I never cared for birthdays, even as a young boy, but I feel that this one is worth celebrating. Continue reading

How to solve a problem like migration

One of my favourite books is The Great Migrations by John Haywood. It documents and analyses the most significant movements of peoples since the dawn of mankind. There have been many such migrations and now, in the 2010s, we are in the grip of another, no less significant, movement of human beings, chiefly (but not exclusively) from Syria to neighbouring lands and beyond. Reasons for such migrations vary; it is important to bear this in mind when we see images in the newspapers and on the television. We must address the Syrian refugee crisis with a critical eye and a cool head, not let our baser emotions cloud our judgement.

Hark, hark, the dogs do bark. Why are most 'refugees' men?

Hark, hark, the dogs do bark. Why are most ‘refugees’ men?

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Election 2015: five more years of pain

Ukelectionmap2015It’s 1992 all over again as the Shy Conservatives crawl out of the woodwork, make a mockery of every opinion poll in existence and condemn the United Kingdom to five more years of cutbacks, corporate tax evasion, privatisation and a potential exit from the EU, with all the uncertainty that attends it. Continue reading

Election 2015: a nation decides

UK Party LeadersNow that the Easter holiday has passed, it is time that the good people of the United Kingdom turned their thoughts to the 2015 General Election. The grubby world of politics may not be within your field of expertise. The barrage of news coverage of late may have left you afflicted with a sort of election ennui, or you may simply feel that there is not a politician in the land who speaks for you. Such concerns are understandable, but they are not sufficient grounds for staying away from the polling station on May 7th. Continue reading