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LONDON: It can’t often happen that prime ministers from two different countries together address the same audience of tens of thousands, both of them looking to the same people for votes and other political support. Even more remarkable is that the two politicians use the event to build a hitherto non-existent personal bond and to [...]
This week, making grape jelly and planting onions, shallots and garlic.
GOT ANY GRAPES?
The grapevine on Plot 35a is one of the things I like the most about my allotment. It is the jewel in the crown: a gigantic vine that every summer produces hundreds of bunches of grapes. In some ways, it is so simple [...]
Focus on City of London finance, meeting the Queen, and a Wembley extravaganza
LONDON: It’s tempting to wonder whether Narendra Modi’s crushing defeat in the Bihar state assembly election announced last Sunday has, in a small way, had the sort of catalytic impact on him that India’s financial crash in 1991 had on the then Congress prime [...]
Indian politics have today been hit with the biggest disruption since last year’s general election, with prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party suffering an unexpectedly heavy defeat in the state of Bihar’s assembly polls.
A close result had been widely predicted, but that proved wrong and a mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) headed by Nitish Kumar, chief minister [...]
Nitish Kumar has achieved a lot but can he drive entrepreneurial development?
The voters of Bihar, India’s poorest state, have a difficult choice deciding who to vote for in current assembly elections if they put aside their usual caste and religion-based preferences and go for the party that will be best for development.
They can choose a mahagathbandhan [...]
If people start to suspect that the BoE is controlled by the incumbent Government’s political allies then they may well revert to thinking that monetary and financial policy will be tweaked for electoral advantage.
On the route of our school run there is a mature quince tree, dominating the front garden of a house. For the past few weeks its branches have been lit up by scores of golden quinces. I noticed it only when a fellow school run mum, who had been eyeing it up, told me about [...]
India has been hit by waves of growing religious and social intolerance since Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party was elected 18 months ago. This has flushed out some of the Hindu nationalist party’s most stridently anti-Muslim voices, and has also sharply increased liberal concern about where a Modi-led India is heading.
For the most part, Modi [...]
If you only run one half marathon next year – you’re not entering enough events, oh and make sure it’s the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon. Despite the fact my running’s even woefully slower than usual, I actually enjoyed being one of the 16,000 runners – all ages and abilities – taking part in last [...]
Apart from General Elections, the busiest time for a political journalist is the autumn party conference season. Three or four weeks of travelling around the country to different party’s conferences, sometimes by the seaside, sometimes in cities like Manchester or Birmingham. I miss my daughter, but I also miss my allotment, where the harvest is [...]
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