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Watch out when the Conservative Party splits…

David Boyle / June 11, 2019 at 10:12 PM 86 views

This post first appeared on the Radix blog...You can’t help noticing, looking back at the past century or so of UK political history, that a split in the Conservative Party can be extremely damaging to those who are entirely innocent…

Breaking the rules to break the news of D-Day

David Boyle / June 6, 2019 at 9:32 PM 94 views

Noel Newsome was director of European broadcasts at the BBC European Service from 1939-44, one of the few who knew the secret date for D-Day. He was in many ways the architect of the BBC;s international reputation for truth -…

The radical centre: a ten-point summary

David Boyle / June 3, 2019 at 8:36 AM 83 views

This first appeared on the Radix blog:“What people want in this country is action and not too much talk.” Rory StewartWhat is the radical centre? This is suddenly a more important question than it was, now that Chuka Umanna has linked…

A sad story of Liberalism

David Boyle / April 8, 2019 at 9:55 PM 106 views

This blog post was first published on the Radix site...I found myself in agreement with Norman Lamb last week that his party (and mine) was in danger of becoming an equally irresponsible version of the European Research Group on the…

The problem with imperialist public services

David Boyle / February 27, 2018 at 4:41 PM 171 views

This post first appeared on the Radix blog...I haven’t ever given a lecture to nursing students before, and thoroughly enjoyed doing so last week. but it was also a bit of an eye-opener. I know the NHS is formally committed…

Can you ever use slavery as an analogy?

David Boyle / February 27, 2017 at 1:30 PM 321 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 756 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 604 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 657 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 1,019 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 964 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 635 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 1,183 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 453 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 778 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 684 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…