View of London as it is, from The Shard. Photo by Benjamin Davies on Unsplash


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Posted on April 16, 2021


Britain’s so-called lobbying and cronyism row is anything but. It’s about fat cats, lean mean hunters, entitled purebreds, scruffy strays, trainable tabbies, rebellious rescues — in other words, all sorts of felines padding through the corridors of power.

Lobbying and cronyism is a feature, not a bug of British politics. The language being used is disingenuous. This is not like America. It’s America without any rules. This is not like Indian backhanders; it’s fronthanders in plain sight — over a “private drink” at the club.

Former prime minister David Cameron is currently in…

Not an Amazon job — for all sorts of reasons. Photo by Arron Choi on Unsplash


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Posted on April 14, 2021


Joe Biden’s plan for America is about the remaking of a whole concept. What constitutes infrastructure? Is it just bridges, airports, rail routes and highways? Or is it something else as well — a country’s human resources? The way people learn to think, to be change-ready, how healthy and happy they are?

The point about infrastructure is that it must be basic, functional and key. That includes, as Merriam-Webster dictionary says, “the resources (such as personnel, buildings, or equipment) required for an activity”.

President Biden’s plan works off that Merriam-Webster…

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU Council President Charles Michel (R) arrive for a joint news conference after talks with Turkey’s President in Ankara on April 6. AFP

There is a startling pattern to the stories told by women in public life. They generally include at least one wry account about being mistaken for the secretary. It happened to, among others, a British minister, and the UK and Ireland’s first female bishop. When European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen eventually writes her memoirs, she could add to the compendium on sexist preconceptions about who holds organisational power.

#Sofagate, as it is being called, was about Ms von der Leyen, the European bloc’s first female head, and European Council president Charles Michel visiting Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan…


Sunday, April 11 marked one year of constant volunteering on my part. First, with the Council’s community hub, then with the Council and NHS’s Project Hope for medical staff, and finally, now, with vaccination clinics all around the area.

April 11 also marked an apparent change of mood among many of the people I deal with as a volunteer.

All along, in each of my three volunteer roles, I have found the people I served and the people I served alongside, overwhelmingly appreciative, kind and good natured. Everyone was willing to wait — if there had to…

Rashmee Roshan Lall

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