Going Home

‘An enticing communication turns Pero Saric’s world upside down. Spurred on by ‘what might have been’, he finds himself drawn back to his hometown of Sarajevo, a city he hasn’t visited since the civil war that ripped the former Yugoslavia apart. Yet by ‘Going Home’, Pero is forced to confront what lies scattered among the ruins…’R

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Labour’s New Start

Jeremy Corbyn has vacated the building. The slate is now clean!

Politically, we can move forward. No more can the right-wing press and their predominantly foreign paymasters lambast the whole Labour Party as being anti-Semitic, terrorist friendly, or woolly-jumpered pie-in-the-sky fantasists. Corbyn, for good, bad or indifferent has been bludgeoned from every pillar and post from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

The picture of Corbyn as some sort of anti-Christ has forever been imprinted in the nations psyche and judgement on his stewardship of the Labour Party has already been set in stone. The way he has been portrayed will not allow for a renaissance of Corbynism. 

You will have your own view on Jeremy Corbyn, but the fact of the matter is that he became unelectable. And that’s it, he’s gone!

With the election of Sir Keir Starmer as the new leader, the Party has a clean slate. The divisions that have rankled over the last five years under Corbyn now have a chance to heal. The Party owes it to itself to come together behind its new leader. And let’s be in no doubt, Starmer’s election mandate is far too big to deny him control of future direction and policy. Factionalism within the Party has to sit this one out, because the sooner Starmer gets down to the real work the better.

His first job is to put a competent Shadow Cabinet together that will hold the Johnson Government to account. For far too long Boris Johnson has got away with bluff and bluster, megaphone politics. Detail is not his forte. His legacy is already written, a disastrous withdrawal from the EU and a catastrophically inept response to Coronavirus. Starmer has to put this man forensically on the spot and force him to explain his every decision. Something his predecessor could never do, no matter how many emails he read from the public.

For me, Starmer has to pin down Johnson on specifics. When are supplies of PPE going to arrive in hospitals and Care Homes? When is testing going to be effective and widespread? When can we see the light at the end of this terrible tunnel? Until these questions, and others, are answered satisfactorily, Starmer needs to keep his distance from the Johnson Government. There should be no pacts, no leg-ups, no help. Just flat-out scrutiny.

It’s Starmer’s job to skewer the myth of Johnson and the Tory’s and put Labour and this country back on the road to recovery.

Write to the Bitter End

I’ve just read and reviewed this book on Amazon. It’s definitely worth a look at. My review is below along with a link:

‘This book is excellent! Chris Martin takes you on an inspiring trek through the ups and downs of first writing a book, and then attempting to find a publisher for it. ‘Write to the Bitter End!’ follows several decades of  Chris’ adventures in writing, from his early days ‘plotting’ murder mystery plays, through to his whodunit novels focused around a schoolboy detective. The book’s easy, conversational style allows Chris to present informative detail in an engaging, palatable way. The piece is an authentic entry into this market.’

Coronavirus Outbreak

As you will be aware Coronavirus has reached all corners of the world. Many, sadly, have died and many more infected or expected to be in the coming period of time. Europe – where APGrozdanovic resides – currently appears to be the epicentre. Below I have added a link to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) website. It gives you all the latest updates, health tips, travel advice etc. Of course, you will be able to get more local information from your own governments and local authorities.

We wish all our readers and followers good health. Take care and follow the advice of the professionals out there.

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Guest Blog by Chris Martin

In our latest Guest Blog, author Chris Martin presents his new Inky Stevens book, ‘The Case of the Caretaker’s Keys.’ Links to his excellent work can be found at the bottom of the page.

Don’t Get Mad…. Get Stevens!

Book Launch at Adlington Library on Thursday 26th March at 7pm

‘The Case of the Caretaker’s Keys’

Chris Martin has written three Great School Detective novels to date, finally securing a publishing deal with Hogs Back Books in 2017. 

‘The Case of the Caretaker’s Keys’ is Inky’s first instalment and Adlington Library is grateful that he asked us to stage his official launch. 

This will take place at 6:30pm on Thursday 26th March and Ex-Drama teacher Chris promises to be a lively entertaining speaker. He will be discussing his experiences as a writer as well as introducing his new novel. As he’s aiming to promote Inky in both primary and secondary schools, anyone connected with education is very welcome to attend.

Chris Martin is also one of Britain’s foremost suppliers of fundraising murder mystery plays. In 2005 he uploaded his first whodunit ‘Who Killed the Headmaster?’ to his website, murderplays.com. Customers include drama groups, sports clubs, church groups, libraries, museums, cruise liners, pubs and restaurants, anyone, in fact, interested in using ‘the business of murder’ to raise funds. Living in Adlington, Chris has used many local venues to test out his pieces including, of course, Adlington Library.

Chris gave up teaching in 2013 in order to focus on writing full-length novels. Crime fiction has always been his favourite genre and he decided to combine his talent for writing whodunits with an educational setting and thus create fiction for young readers (the like of which he taught for over 20 years). And so his lead character, ‘Inky Stevens, the Great School Detective’, came into being. Inky’s a student at Blinkton High School, in an isolated coastal town somewhere in the north of Britain. This fact, added to the spooky tone of the novel, gave rise to Chris’ tag line for his book… ‘Oh we do like to scream beside the seaside!’ 

Writing by Chris Martin: http://www.chrismartinwriter.com

Turkey’s Voting For Christmas

Many people will have views about how the result of the 2019 General Election came about. Pundits will be trawling over Boris Johnson’s successful campaign, and the failure of Jeremy Corbyn’s and Jo Swinson’s failure to make headway against a fractured governing party in a time of real crisis.

People have had doubts about Jeremy Corbyn from day one of his leadership of the Labour party. His past affiliations to groups have been regurgitated so many times in the press and on social media over these last years, you can’t help thinking that the establishment really didn’t want him to win. 

Let’s take one of the accusations about Corbyn head on. At the time he was talking to Sinn Fein in Ireland in front of the camera, Margaret Thatcher’s government were doing exactly the same thing behind closed doors. So, why was he different to Her Majesty’s Government in his attitude and actions to the Northern Irish issue?

Put simply, the press and right-wing commentators have colluded in scuppering the chance of any left-wing leader of the Labour party ever getting elected. I remember Michael Foot being lambasted and lied about in the early eighties very clearly. And following him, Neil Kinnock never stood a chance despite the Tory’s going through hell and high water in power. Not until Labour elected a more right-wing leader in Tony Blair, did the press and powers that-be take note.

Corbyn’s flim-flamery over the subject of the day cost him dearly. Wanting another referendum, but not saying which side of the argument he would stand, allowed his critics to attack him daily. How he thought that policy would bring in Leavers and Remainers, I’ve no idea.

Jo Swinson’s attempt at all-out remain failed dismally, although they did increase their share of the vote. That doesn’t always help in a First-Past-the-Post-Election. Swinson herself lost her seat in Scotland.

The SNP have gained massively in Scotland. A second independence referendum will be called for, and given no matter what the Tory leader says, in the coming years. And the break-up of the Union is most definitely on the cards, especially with Johnson negotiating a Withdrawal Agreement that effectively separates Northern Ireland from the rest of the Union.

I have written about the Tory’s nine years in power elsewhere and about Johnson’s failings. But in saying these things and writing them down in this blog, I can’t help thinking that the Turkeys have voted for Christmas. Clearly, the UK public have voted for more of the following:

These are just a few things that I can illustrate. There are more. The promise of getting Brexit done shouldn’t have been enough for the Tory’s to regain power and dump Labour to its worst performance since 1935.

If it was the Brexit confirmation election, and only time will tell on that one, then the British electorate have a lot of confidence in one issue to correct the ills of this country. I wish them luck!

This post was originally written & posted: 13 Dec 2019