Bring Back the Danelaw

The legend of the Danish King Cnut attempting to bid back the waves springs to mind when considering the response of London apparatchiks to Scotland’s tidal movement away from the Union in general and London in particular. Scotland, led by a Scots Nationalist government recently re-elected by a landslide, is gearing up for a vote on independence. This isn’t going down well with London, which hates not being at the centre of everything. Worse is in store, however: London is going to be ignored. In […]

The Smell of Chip Fat at Teatime

By Mark Simpson (Independent on Sunday, 28 January, 2007) Stuart Maconie is looking for the North. It’s not really so difficult to find, but we’re only a few pages into his new travelogue ‘Pies and Prejudice: In Search of the North’ and he’s already hopelessly lost. Perhaps he’s spent too long in the south (the blurb describes him as “a northerner in exile, stateless and confused”), or perhaps he’s visited the buffet car once too often. Whatever the reason, he’s more off-course than the MSC Napoli as […]