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The strange rebirth of Liberal economics

David Boyle / February 13, 2018 at 9:11 PM 58 views

This post first appeared on the Radix blog...Once upon a time, I was a member of the Lib Dem's federal policy committee. I used to irritate Danny Alexander and other luminaries by claiming that Liberals had made no contribution to economic…

The unexpected return of fairies

David Boyle / February 2, 2018 at 12:27 PM 60 views

This post first appeared on the New Weather site...The year: 1991. The place: a Cornish country lane. An anonymous man is driving at speed when he suddenly sees an old, swarthy-skinned man, about two foot high, pointing angrily at him.He…

Can you ever use slavery as an analogy?

David Boyle / February 27, 2017 at 1:30 PM 188 views

Being beaten up on twitter concentrates the mind wonderfully and, although I wasn't badly beaten, I have been thinking about what I clearly did wrong.I knowingly, wilfully and with aforethought, compared my two journeys to London and back with Southern…

J’accuse Chris Grayling and Andrew Allner

David Boyle / December 8, 2016 at 10:05 PM 426 views

The Brighton Belle was famous for its kippers. Laurence Olivier would take a leisurely breakfast back to his home in Ashurst in Sussex on the train after a West End triumph, reading the theatre reviews. The train began life in…

The first divorce because of the rail scandal?

David Boyle / November 28, 2016 at 10:46 PM 343 views

It is almost exactly six months since I had a conversation with a member of Southern Rail's staff on a station near where I live, and it set me off blogging about the mystery of what exactly was going on…

Why I’m not wearing a poppy this year

David Boyle / November 7, 2016 at 10:09 AM 445 views

The extraordinary furore about whether or not wearing a poppy is political, brought to us thanks to Fifa, sort of obscures the main issue for me about poppy-wearing in general - that it has become, this year at least, a…

The lessons of 1066 for Brexit

David Boyle / October 17, 2016 at 8:38 AM 694 views

I spent yesterday watching the re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings, 48 hours beyond its 950th anniversary, in the grounds of Battle Abbey, and an extraordinary event it was. I was there partly to take my children and partly to…

Monopolies and fierce Liberalism

David Boyle / October 4, 2016 at 12:07 PM 681 views

I wrote an article in the Guardian today defending Liberalism from the otherwise invariably correct Martin Kettle, and trying to distinguish it from neoliberalism.I made the mistake of reading about 200 comments below the line afterwards, which is always a…

Govia: a dead man walking

David Boyle / September 27, 2016 at 11:10 AM 350 views

I write this blog about all manner of things, and especially - this is rather the purpose of it - about my books. But there is no doubt, it just electrifies when I write about Southern Railways. I try and…

Commuters’ lives matter

David Boyle / September 26, 2016 at 8:52 AM 872 views

I realise I risk ridicule, or worse, by using a headline like this one to describe the ongoing unravelling of Southern Rail and the other GTR rail franchises.It isn't as if GTR are killing commuters, though they may have been…

The critical importance of Doing Things

David Boyle / September 19, 2016 at 8:29 AM 276 views

You have to read between the lines about this, but it appears that Theresa May’s objection to George Osborne, who she sacked as Chancellor, was partly that she felt he and his Etonian colleagues treated politics too like a game…

At last, a way for passengers to take back control!

David Boyle / September 5, 2016 at 8:19 AM 487 views

"Men fight and lose the battle," said William Morris in A Dream of John Ball, "and what they fought for comes about in spite of their defeat."That is the grammar of change (though most politicians don't get it). So instead…

How to settle the Southern strike..

David Boyle / August 12, 2016 at 7:55 AM 470 views

Twice in the last year or so, I’ve found myself having to intervene on the platforms of the London Underground to rescue older people from closing doors which were crushing them. On the second occasion, I was also shouted at…