Some Good News, Some Bad…

The public believes that judges have been too ready to issue gagging orders to enable celebrities and rich business people to protect their privacy, an opinion poll for The Independent discloses today. I can only assume that came as a…

‘Brendan O’Neill’ is a nom de plume

Or so I have been told by a dreadfully unreliable source. And why not? Many honourable scribes have used noms de plume: Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, the Brontës, Harold Robbins, C S Lewis, Stephen King… And not just proppah authors. Tribunes…

Who made Liberty an Orphan?

There was a thought provoking post on these pages, some days ago from Witterings from Witney, on the manipulation of language and the part that such distortion of English has played in delivering the country into its present dreadful plight.…

Playing games

ZOMBIES!! Over there! Quick, kill ’em, kill ’em. We’re allowed now, or at least we will be soon. I wasn’t planning to blog much over the next day or two but I’m going to make the time because of a…

The Self-Righteousness of the Anti-Smoker

At the time of writing (Tuesday) it is World No Tobacco Day –  whatever that is supposed to mean. Does this mean that as a non-smoker, I can indulge in a  nice fat Cuban cigar? I’ve written a few times over…

Because we’re worth it

The credit crunch of 2007-8 should be viewed by government as a watershed in the status of the citizen on a par with the aftermath of the World Wars. The hundreds of £ billions of bailout money to the banks…