Article - Governing countries is a serious business

Governing countries is a serious business - because the wellbeing of great numbers of citizens depends upon it. But there is no direct relationship between the importance of an activity and the amount of interest it can generate.

Article - calm and settled attitude of utter defiance

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote in this column about the statue that has been erected on the Embankment outside the Ministry of Defence to honour those who served their country in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Article - The Budget and West Dorset

There can have been few periods in our modern political history which have witnessed so concentrated a collection of significant moments for our country as we have seen during the last couple of weeks.

Article - Monuments

The windows of my offices in Westminster look out over the Embankment and the corner of the Palace of Westminster itself that serves as the Speakers House.

Article - Councils

I wish I had a Pound for every time that someone in West Dorset had asked me or told me something about "the Council".

Article - BBC Travel Website

It is dangerous to speculate about the experiences of large numbers of people you have never met; but I would be willing to make a small bet that almost all the readers of this column will at some time in the not too distant past have experienced some form of disruption to their travel around Wes


I saw recently a report in one newspaper suggesting that my friend, George Osborne, has begun to write a book about ‘The Age of Unreason’.  I haven’t yet had a chance to ask George whether this report is accurate – but various events recently have made me think that he may be on to something.

Post Offices

Recently, there was a good deal of anxiety in Dorchester about the possible closure of the post office at Victoria Park.

This particular issue has now gone away, as it has now been decided that the post office in Victoria Park will remain open.