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May 2018: The Somerset Levels

The Somerset Levels are one of Britain’s less well-known jewels. Delineated by the Mendips to the north, Bridgwater Bay to the west, and the Quantocks ...More
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Gillian Duffy

We don’t really know the views of Rochdale pensioner Gillian Duffy; but just by getting to speak to one of the demi-gods who have spent the election campaign talking at us she has become our inadvertent hero of the week. Gordon Brown’s snide gaffe – calling her “Just a bigoted woman” for having the temerity merely to begin raising topics concerning her – deservedly rebounded on him personally. But Mrs Duffy’s moment encapsulated the discontent of the electorate, and the religiously preserved disconnect between the population and the airbrushed political priest-class. Only the faithful may approach with eyes averted lest we sully them; and as symbolically demonstrated in the TV leaders’ debates, heaven forefend that our reactions should pollute their environment.

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The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business. - George Bernard Shaw
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The Hundred Years War begins - 1337, Ashmolean Museum Opens - 1683, Westminster Bridge Opens - 1862
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