Children

I read this post by Chris Snowdon over at Velvet Glove, Iron Fist on Monday. He’s only gone and had a baby! I wish his family well. But that isn’t the reason I’m here. In his post he made a…

Have Books Had Their Day?

A fascinating article from Sam Leith on the changes to the books industry post-Internet age: You won’t find any shortage of people willing to pronounce the printed book doomed, arguing that the convenience and searchability of digital text and the…

Can’t even kick out the imported criminals

Doesn’t seem to matter which political party is in power when they call for swift repatriation of illegal immigrants, for all their good intentions (seemingly) they founder on the rock of the legal system. Mail. A judge cut the sentence…

Welcome to The Asylum

In So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, the late Douglas Adams introduced us to a minor character by the name of John Watson or, as he preferred to be called, Wonko the Sane. Those who’ve read it will…

Divorce and the bending of stats

Now I’m not going to lie to you on this – I went into google on divorce, expecting two things – it would be dominated by America and the stats would show that left-liberal states would divorce more. It was…

Signs And Portents For 2012…

In a sign that does not bode well for next summer’s celebration of sporting excellence, the biggest test event so far for the 2012 Olympic Games was marred yesterday by angry confrontations between drivers and stewards. Oh, dear. What went…

Millipede on Free Speech

Those who have listened to David Starkey’s comments made last week on Newsnight will, doubtless, have formed their own opinions on the matter. For me, I observe that he spoke some uncomfortable truths. For those in the studio with him,…

Constitution (2)

A repeat of a series begun over at my place:   “Any society that entails the strengthening of the state apparatus by giving it unchecked control over the economy, and re-unites the polity and the economy, is an historical regression.…

Oh, I Hate To Be Proved Right….*

So, just a few days after I wrote this: A man is facing court after allegedly trying to organise a 1,000-person waterfight in Colchester town centre. Not that – not ‘holding’ one, ‘allegedly trying’ to hold one! A 20-year-old man…

A waste of words

The verbal diarrhoea from the politicians over the riots in England continues apace with the various leaders of the political parties engaged in a series of oneupmanship press conferences where they trot out various platitudes and attack their opponents usually…

Selective blindness at a minimum

When something has been allowed to sit, unchallenged and it is quite frankly wrong, it’s not in my nature to let it rest. In this case, there are quite a few aspects which were simply wrong and so they need…