A historic election – World leaders respond

An election like no other Here’s how I imagine some world leaders might react to the current US election, if they were being honest. If. (I have omitted their surnames to preserve their anonymity, a thing they all crave.) “It reminds me of my historic...

How inclusive is Black History Month?

Inclusive? Of course it is! Inclusive education is the whole point of Black History Month, surely? The aim was always to redress the balance, because many people thought history was all about white people. As I said before, history often seemed to be very narrow, and...

Build Back Better – will we do it?

Build Back Better is the new slogan of this government Build Back Better sounds good. I hope we all can agree with it. The Prime Minister’s speech offering us a better future sounded good too. The trouble is that gave such little detail that we don’t know...

Should schools teach Black History?

Black History Month is October Black History Month takes on a special significance this year, as we have heard so much about race in the UK and the USA. I hope a historical perspective will help us all. As I have said in previous posts, I want us to face the truth,...

I need a title for my new novel

A title for what? I need a title for a book I have been writing for some time. It is set against the background of  the English Civil War. It seemed so relevant when I began it last year, when the big issue was Brexit. The divisions in society in 2019 reminded me of...

What do you think of troublemakers?

Troublemakers have always been around Troublemakers sometimes start civil wars. For some time, I have been writing a book set in the so-called English Civil War. I wrote about it in a previous post. When I started it, our divisions over Brexit were in danger of...