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JUST WILLIAM: Hello Again!

It’s been a while since I last wrote here – 30 days, infact – and it’s fair to say that we’ve had some rather big events since the last column. Off the top of my head, we’ve had…

-By-elections in Tiverton and Honiton and Wakefield, with the Lib Dems achieving a 29.9% swing, a record in British by-election history

-The largest rail-strike in 30 years

-Glastonbury’s return for the first time in three years

-The Platinum Jubilee

-The resignation of Lord Geidt and Oliver Dowden

-An official call from Nicola Sturgeon for Indyref 2

-Majors in golf and tennis

-The Derby, Oaks and Royal Ascot

You get the picture. A lot has happened.

First and foremost, I have a few people to thank for successfully facilitating my coverage of the Tiverton and Honiton + Wakefield by-election!

Joe Citrone and David Stewart for their help and support with all content matters – including a late rush to get the livestream up and running!

Ami Wyllie and Chris Waldron for their hospitality, which went above and beyond!

Simon Nott for being a great local guide and good sport!

Roxanne and Trudy of Frankie’s Taxis

My Live stream panellists of:

Torrin Wilkins (Director, Centre Think Tank)

Jasneet Samrai (Deputy Dirctor, Centre Think Tank)

Patrick English (Associate Director, YouGov)

Tessa Milligan (Open Labour)

Matt Singh (NumberCruncher Politics)

And last but not least, all the rail staff who were running the reduced services still.

Questions corner: 

There was simply so much to cover, that I decided to take a different direction with this – and rather than go for a mega-recap, I asked for questions from you wonderful people – which will hopefully cover all the ground missed. Of course, you have responded in style. Without further ado…

I’ve actually not spoke in writing about how I met Ben Keith! Ben and I met through Twitter, after finding my political takes online and getting into several debates about various things! This was all the way back in 2018, when I was posting even more than I do now (if you can believe it!). That meeting by chance was the start of a wonderful thing – after going back and forth through the DM’s, he took me to dinner at Oslo Court (London’s best restaurant by the way) and before I knew it, I was writing blogs for them (it’s at this point that I was introduced to David Stewart, and my content career with Star began!

Along came the idea of using a betting board for politics – and the rest, as they say, is history…..

It’s absolutely not impossible – although having two sprinters is highly complicated, even for the likes of Quick-Step, and that’s before one looks at a route which is not laden with sprint stages. Fabio Jakobsen has shown exceptional speed this year and has earned his shot – but Cavendish would have been worth on Quick-Step, or any team.


I think Dettori will have further rides for Gosden in future – some owners may wish to book him – but a full reunion may not be on the cards. Much will depend on which jockeys Clarehaven use on a regular basis, and their performances through the season, but finding a new stable jockey could be tricky given how many of Europe’s best are tied down at the moment.

So very hard. Racing wins because it’s all year round and daily, so there’d be far less regret than with others. Really tough one!

Utterly superb.

Past: Andy Burnham

Present: Angela Rayner

Yes, I did immensely – it was so nice to see old friends and reconnect with the community, whilst I won’t lie – cheaper prices and a chilled atmosphere helped greatly!

My one bugbear: The complete lack of transport options. And where did all the taxis go?

Are you saying Richarlison doesn’t have that dawg in him? To be serious, this is very much context dependent. Antonio Conte has improved plenty of players massively in the past and if he was to get Richarlison, then he’d have a decent deal of talent to work with (Richarlison directly contributed to 15 of their 43 Premier League goals last season).

For Spurs, the benefit of Conte as a whole is presumably his management – and getting the best out of their squad over a full season – it’s harder to see what Chelsea would get from Richarlison, given that they’ve already got a number of forwards, even allowing for Lukaku’s departure.


Great question. My theory? You use a fridge much more at night.

Fulham have been a yo-yo club in recent years but if they get the signings they want, then this side could be good enough to stay up. Nottingham Forest are probably not going to be far behind, given the way that club is run – especially if Steve Cooper can get some of his desired targets.

Great questions!

Favourite animated film: So many, but Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers has some of the best animation scenes ever – and all with the unique style of plasticine model construction and stop motion animation!

Favourite bands/artists: The Chemical Brothers, Hot Chip, Kendrick Lamar, Metronomy, Beyonce, Megan Thee Stallion, MGMT, Blur, Gorillaz, Oasis, Jon Ronson, Jay-Z and a whole load I’ve probably forgotten!

Great question.

For racing it would be Pineau De Re for the 2014 Grand National, for cycling it would be Tadej Pogacar to win his first Tour de France, and in politics I’d say a special bet I had on Rosena Allin-Khan to finish second to Angela Rayner in the Deputy Leadership election!

Thanks for reading.

Until next time…

William Kedjanyi

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