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Paul Kirkley: In the pocket of Big Horse, yea or neigh? Plus culture wars, snow and statues in Santa hats





Is Britain in the pocket of Big Horse? I know, before you say it, horses don’t have pockets. What would they put in them? (Sugar lumps?) But the racing industry here on our doorstep does appear to be peculiarly well connected.

The Newmarket Stallion statue. Picture: Mark Westley (53743253)
The Newmarket Stallion statue. Picture: Mark Westley (53743253)

I mean, it may well be coincidence that Matt Hancock, whose constituency includes Newmarket, appointed Dido Harding, director of the Jockey Club, to head up the government’s £37billion test and trace programme, the results of which were… sub-optimal, to say the least.

And it may well be coincidence that the government awarded 19 Covid testing contracts to Randox Laboratories, sponsors of the Grand National at Aintree, which is owned by… The Jockey Club.



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