My “Top Ten” articles of 2016. So far.

Top ten from Topple

Mr Topple


Call this egotistically self-indulgent, if you want. But I thought I would compile a “Top Ten” of what I consider to be the best pieces I’ve written so far this year.

When you write for yourself, then try and get other people to publish it, and then when they do, you generally only ever have yourself and your friends on social media to rely on to promote your work – because as an unpaid freelancer, your platforms don’t generally feel obliged to push your work as much as those with whom they have a financial contract.

So, anyway – here’s my top ten. See if you’ve missed any, and let me know if you have any thoughts.

Thanks, as always, for reading and sharing.

Much appreciated.

At number ten:

“Trade Unions – the serpents eating their own tails”

Well – someone needed to grow a pair and say it.

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The brewing perfect storm, IMF, Osborne’s threat-cocktail and the UK-version of Greek Debt Crisis

Great read

Global Political Analysis

George Osborne’s recent warnings of certain threats that the UK is facing in 2016, stirred a noticeable media-attention. Yet, those who would be interested in the whys, are presented with a mere cocktail of contradictions and fear-mongering. Despite the best efforts of a Guardian article we are left without the actual explanation why Osborne’s cocktail of threats and why the crisis in the first place.

The author of above Guardian post only tackles the surface of the reasons, without revealing them in full.

  • The chancellor claims Britain is “living within its means”, but our borrowing from the rest of the world rose to record levels. We have to borrow because we buy far more from the rest of the world than the rest of the world buys from us. And because we’ve borrowed so much money, and sold off so many assets, the payments due to the rest of…

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Jeremy Hunt: still no confidence, still no to #juniordoctors contract.

328,765 signatures later………..still allowed to continue….

Mr Topple

If you want a damning indictment of the flagrant disregard the Government has for the public, and for the “e-petitions”  system it operates – look no further than the dismissal of the “Consider a vote of No Confidence in Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary” appeal.

328,765 signatures later and overwhelming support from the public for the actions of the Junior Doctors – and the shambolic and incompetent handling of the NHS by the Health Secretary is still allowed to continue, without recourse.

The official response below outlines just how removed and entrenched in its position the Government is; furthermore it demonstrates the continued manipulation of the situation and facts in relation to the Junior Doctor’s contract.

It ignores the fact that nowhere in any recommendations does it say that increased numbers of Junior Doctors working at weekends is necessary for this proposed “7-day NHS” – it was Consultants, in fact, with…

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Google bows to EU law and removes right to search for delisted posts

Westminster Confidential

erase past Right to be Forgotten? Pic Credit: Index on Censorship.


From Monday people in the UK and the rest of the European Union will no longer be able to bypass a ban on searching for information which an individual has asked to be removed from the net by Google.

Until now the removal of information by hundreds of thousands of people can easily be circumvented by searching on, the US version of the search engine.

However as the Inforrm blog reveals Google will block anyone with an IP address in Europe from seeing delisted posts. The full statement from Google is here. It will also be retrospective.

The decision is a victory for privacy campaigners though Inforrm thinks it may not go far enough for some.

Nearly 50,000 people  in the UK  are among the 400,000 who have requested for information to be removed…

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