Freebies Sunday 25th June


Feel free to check out Paul Ainsley on Amazon on Sunday for freebie Kindle ebooks, two poetry collections and a collection of short stories Strange Meeting In A Country Churchyard. These are modern Yorkshire Tales, based there, but quite odd and quirky.

As ever, thank you for reading.


For England Again

I stand upon the hilltop
And stare across this land
A mongrel bred democracy
Held within my hand

This realm it brings me certainty
Identity and faith
History modernity
That nothing can replace

Just like its farmland landscape
Its people weathered too
Toughened by past battles
But readied for the new

Have no doubts my brother
Say what you might say
I trust in ancient wisdoms
Deep hidden in the clay




Hell, I love this country!

Politics and the common touch

If you say that someone has the common touch you mean that they have the natural ability to have a good relationship with ordinary people and be popular with them.

(Collins Dictionary)

The British people are an interesting lot. They’ll listen to their politicians forever, detailing their policies, wittering on and confirming, or otherwise, their own views and prejudices. They end up voting largely on gut feeling. Will I be better or worse off? Will the country become fairer? Will the Health Service be OK? Are things heading in the right direction? Etcetera etcetera! Ordinary people can’t do the detail, the minutiae of politics and economics. They are too busy getting on with their own lives.

But, if you wish to lead the British people, these days, you must have the common touch. Otherwise, you can be in big trouble, no matter how well thought out your personal political philosophy.

Consider the most successful politicians of modern times.

Harold Wilson changed his accent, used his pipe as a prop.
John Major campaigned in the streets, stood on a soap box.
Tony Blair embraced britpop and smiled as he spoke.
David Cameron, an Etonian, oozed charm.

But what of Margaret Thatcher, you ask? Ah, but, at a time of weakness, she sent forces to save the democracy of British islanders thousands of miles away. She was made of sterner stuff!

So, what is my point? The British wish to be well led and well managed BUT!
They need to see empathy, they need to see emotion, they need to see that their leader has the COMMON TOUCH.

I leave the reader to compare and contrast Theresa May with Jeremy Corbyn.

Thanks for reading.

Oh no! UK result

Good grief! What we needed was clarity and what we have is fog!

Brexit negotiations now look shambolic.

Theresa May is unlikely to see out the year, at most.

Conservatives lack a credible alternative.

Scotland looks to go against indyref2 and will remain in the UK – brilliant! Thanks Ruth!

We need a national government but no-one would compromise.

So, a Conservative-DUP alliance? Yes.

But the UK is limping now.

Lessons to learn?

1. A representative democracy should not hold referenda! Believe in Parliament!

2. UKIP is a one issue party. UKIP voters, outside the Brexit issue, merely revert to type, back to Conservative or Labour.

3. Never think you can second guess the electorate! Ordinary people make up their minds based on simple issues – kids, schools, fees, health , education! It’s not rocket science.

Thanks for reading.

P.S. Vince Cable is back – great!

What is it?

What is it?
About democracy
That you hate so much
The idea of consent by all
The strong the weak the rich the poor
The man the woman the old the young

What is it?
About happiness and freedom
That you hate so much
The joy on a child’s face
The bond between lovers hand in hand
The infinite possibilities in life

I do not understand such hatred
I never will