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It looks as though we will be spending the next few years debating once again the merits of capitalism versus socialism. Most of us thought this was a done deal; that the argument had been well and truly won in the UK and elsewhere throughout the seventies and eighties.

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The headline news that Mrs Merkel was re-elected to serve a fourth term as German Chancellor was expected. But two other by-products of this poll are of some interest. She got 32.5% of the vote, well down from the 41% she got in 2013.

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One of the big issues in the recent general election campaign was school funding. We were moving from an opaque formula that had grown up over the years and nobody appeared to understand to a National Funding Formula (NFF).

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One of the joys of the summer for Jan and I is to campaign her thoroughbred horse (large show hack) at shows throughout southern England, which she has done successfully once againthis year.

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There has been some confusing reports over the summer about the current status of the new town at Sherford. As it is such a huge local issue, I thought I would clarify the up-to-date position.

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What would you do about North Korea if you were in the White House, Downing Street or the Japanese Prime Minister?

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I have just acquired a new bike. I bought it from an excellent bike shop in Plymstock called the Bike Cellar, which I thoroughly recommend. My goal is to try to get fitter and also to go out riding with a grandson who is keen on the activity.

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The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, known to us as North Korea, is neither democratic nor run for the people or by the people. I went there in 2003 and saw for myself the absolute poverty in which most people live.

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I have been thinking about the importance of sport in our national life. Seeing the crowds at Old Trafford last weekend revelling in the England cricket team doing well against South Africa, and the packed stadium roaring on Mo Farrah on Friday night, is a reminder that sport is significant.

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My car and my phone were made in South Korea, my laptop is Japanese, my iPad hails from California and most of my clothes were stitched together in China. That is simply the world in which we live.