Cohabitation and our cowardly lawmakers

March 11, 2008 7 comments

Cut the red tape: why won’t politicians help cohabiting couples? I saw Baroness Thatcher on TV three times this weekend. I saw her twice on the Spitting Image reruns and laughed at the satirical takes on the absolute power she wielded over her fellow politicians. Then I saw her on the news, aged 82, leaving…

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Call a Christmas truce

December 5, 2007 0 comments

“If soldiers could declare a truce at Christmas, why can’t warring parents? Even in the midst of war, there can be peace.” At the darkest time of the year, for people of many faiths, a light comes shining through the darkness. December is one of the most beautiful months: we place lights in our homes,…

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A death in the family

November 23, 2007 0 comments

A client came to see me for the first time, accompanied by her mother.The client was attractive, well-groomed and smartly-dressed. Her mother, meanwhile, looked drawn and tired.Mrs X began by saying she felt hot. Could she please remove her jacket and her cardigan? It wasn’t hot at all but my trainee, who was there to…

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The Nanny, The Doctor, His Wife – And Her Lover

November 21, 2007 0 comments

   “Will my client ever forgive her? It is unlikely.” Some years ago, a client came to see me about his wife. He was a consultant at a hospital. She was a medical researcher at a university. According to him, their sex life was good and there had been no signs of any problems. Then…

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Hell hath no fury…

November 14, 2007 0 comments

When Heather Mills made a spectacle out of herself on worldwide television recently, I found it difficult to sympathise with her. Quite simply, she was out of control: “on a frolic of her own”, as lawyers are wont to say. She has become mired in a mixture of self-pity, anger, self-righteousness and the injustice of…

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