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Bluetongue plagues our countryside

With Bluetongue disease detected in Suffolk, I ask myself what is  happening to our countryside? And what confidence can we have in Defra, after its recent bungling of foot and mouth disease? The arrival of bluetongue was a shock, it is spread to farm animals by midges. How can it be controlled? Climate change has even been blamed for its presence, according to this BBC report: The...
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The Brown’s body language

What does this picture tell you about the Brown’s body language? Gordon Brown is deliberately posing for the camera with a very fixed smile, while Sarah appears to be floating by his side as an uncomfortable appendage. We were used to seeing the Blairs holding hands while they beamed for the world’s media. There is no doubt they were devoted to each other. And while it is true that...
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