Corbynista Hypocrisy?

Today seven Labour MPs resigned the party whip and have formed an Independent group in the House of Commons.  The seven are not particularly surprising and it was probably only a matter of time before something like this happened.  The seven include my own MP, Angela Smith the now Independent MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge. … Read More »


I enjoy using twitter.  I’m trying to get into using Instagram.  I’ve stopped using Facebook.  What I’ve noticed over a significant period of time, particularly on twitter, is how debased debate (I use that word sometimes in its loosest sense) is becoming, particularly involving our elected politicians – particularly MPs.  The rudeness, the vileness, the… Read More »

Will Streets – a War Poet

My final story of men with links to Sheffield is about John William Streets – one of the lesser know War Poets. William – or Will as he was better known – was born in 1886 in Whitwell in North Derbyshire, the eldest of 12 children.  He was academically and artistically gifted and in a… Read More »

William Barnsley Allen VC MC DCM

In my fourth of five posts looking at men with links to Sheffield and their experiences of the First World War, I look at William Barnsley Allen – a VC winner, doctor and almost certainly a PTSD sufferer. William was born in 1892 in Ecclesall, Sheffield.  He attended St Cuthberts College – now Worksop College… Read More »

Arnold Loosemore VC DCM

Today the third of five posts telling a brief story of a man with links to Sheffield and their experiences of the carnage of the First World War as we approach the 100th anniversary of its end. Today, Arnold Loosemore, a VC winner who was treated shoddily by an ungrateful government. Arnold was born in 1896… Read More »

James McClean has done nothing wrong

Another year, another load of abuse hurled at footballer James McClean. This has been a yearly thing since James McClean signed for Sunderland in 2011. This year the FA has gotten involved.  Not to investigate the abuse hurled at McClean but his response through his Instagram account. James McClean’s sin was refusing to wear a… Read More »

Jimmy Revill

This is the first of 5 mini-stories of men with connections to Sheffield who fought in the First World War. Today the story of Jimmy Revill – the only Sheffield United player killed on the Western Front. Jimmy Revill was born in Sutton-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire on 14th June 1891.  He was a good footballer and… Read More »