Author: JuliaM

Angry about the state of my country, I started commenting in about 2004, and finally blogging for myself in 2008, and so, here we are! I blog as 'JuliaM' though at CiF and other sites, my handle is 'thylacosmilus'. Don't worry, I only bite fools and leftwingers.

Save Us, Lib Dems, You’re Our Only Hope!

Yvette Cooper on the HoL vote on elected police commissioners: The House of Lords vote on elected police commissioners will show whether the Liberal Democrats are really prepared to raise a “louder voice” on their policy concerns, and whether the…

The Tyranny Of Offence-Taking…

A taxi boss has hit out after York council officials told one of her drivers – a devout Roman Catholic – to remove a cross from his vehicle’s dashboard. Oh, right, this is going to be another ‘Ooooh, everyone’s biased…

Punishing The Wrong People…

A court observer said: ‘The judge seemed annoyed at the way the case had been handled and the prevailing feeling was that he handed out such a derisory fine as a means of making his displeasure clear.’ Well, thanks, judge!…

Oh, Great, Uniform Wars…Again!

Yes, it’s the return of the young rebel against the system: Chris believes that forcing boys to wear long trousers during the summer affects concentration and their ability to learn. Chris is twelve. I don’t know when he got his…

Who Guards The Guardians?

There are many, many reasons to decry statism, and the building up of vast bureacracies. Some go for cost grounds, some argue against them because of the crushing effect on our freedoms. And then there’s the fact that, well, not…

It Could Never Happen Here….

The plight of inmates in North Korea’s huge network of Soviet-style gulags has been revealed in a report by human rights campaigners. Those awful, awful Norks… The human rights group spoke to a number of people, including former inmates from…

I Guess Everyone Has Their Limits…

…even on such things as freedom of speech and expression. Take the Royal Wedding, for instance. Unlike my esteemed blogging colleagues, all of whom I’ve agreed with in the past, and no doubt will do again, I’m quite happy to see the…

Harbingers Of Summer…

…no, not barn swallows arriving from Africa. The first unattended toddler drowning and BBQ/petrol lighting accident of the season. These happen as regularly as clockwork every year as soon as the weather starts to get warm – no matter how…

Is The Great Experiment A Failure?

By great experiment, I mean comprehensive education and the permissive generation: Parents have been accused of abandoning responsibility for their children at the school gates as teachers warned that pupils are turning up unprepared for lessons. Comprehensive education has been…