Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Blood results last 7 months
27.05 25.03 2.03  21.01  24.12  26.11  29.1 Normal
Hb 96 98 98    101 104 109 100 130 - 180
WBC 2.91 3.15 3.36    3.52    4 3.02 3.1 4.5 - 10.0
Neutrophils 1.3 1.57 1.78    1.6 1.8 1.16 1.43 2.0 - 7.5
Plt 342 369 449    494 551 391 427 150 - 450

Note: Hb, WBC and Neutrophils are all at their lowest levels over this period. Hydroxycarbamide is reduced from 5 to 4 times a week until the next consultation in 8 weeks' time.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Parliament resumes

Parliament met for the first time since the election today, for the Commons to elect their Speaker, and for peers to affirm or oaths of loyalty to the Queen. In he Lords there was the usual arcane procedure at the beginning of a new Parliament, under which Black Rod is sent to fetch MPs to hear a message being delivered on Her Majesty's behalf ostensibly by a Commission of Privy Councillors, but actually read out by the  Clerk. The MPs stand at the bar while the the message is read, accompanied by Black Rod, whose function appears to be purely decorative. On his occasion, however, as they all turned round to leave, the Prime Minister had to dodge a blow from the end of Black Rod's  rod, see

A week ago last Sunday night I had a violent attack by a gastric virus and was out of action for most of the week including the Lubbock Lecture at the Oxford University Engineering Laboratories on Friday, given by Professor Hugh Durrabt-Whyte FRS, Professsor of Engineering at the University of Sydney, on Rise of the Machines. He is a world renowned expert on robots, who pioneered the family of methods for simultaneous localisation and mapping - SLAM - of robots in an unknown environment.  Lyulph tells me a video of the lecture will be on the Engineering Department's website in about a week.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Lots more people joining Liberal Democrats

Membership of the Liberal Democrats is now at more than 54,417 and increasing every hour.
Since polls closed on Thursday, 9,473 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats!
They are joining right across the country, and they are not just people who've been members before.

Some are people who have never joined a party in the past, but now want to stand together against the things this Conservative government is already threatening to do, such as repealing the Human Rights Act, preparing to leave the European Union and reintroducing the snooper's charter.

Friday, May 08, 2015

The General Election

In the face of difficult conditions and regular negative predictions, Liberal Democrats remained strong, united and determined throughout the campaign, and our activists worked their socks off.

The result was beyond our worst imaginings, and did scant justice to the years of dedicated service to their community and our party by our MPs and workers, let alone to their tremendous efforts during the campaign itself.

No doubt at all, going into coalition with the Tories in 2010 was the cause of the disaster, but we acted out of concern for the good of the country. Our action then delivered five years of stable government, for which the Tories have been rewarded and paradoxically, we have been punished.

We are incredibly proud of  Liberal Democrat achievements in government, such as:

  • Cutting taxes for 24 million working people
  • Equal marriage
  • Ended child detention
  • Investing billions of pounds to help disadvantaged children in school
  • The largest increase in apprenticeships ever
  • The biggest revolution in the pensions system in a century
  • Giving citizenship to children born overseas to mothers not married to their partners
  • Adding caste to the list of protected characteristics in the Equality Act