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.

Portugal Sounds Like A Paradise…

…so what’s in it for Joana Gorjão Henriques that she welcomes a change to all that? For years, modern Portugal has been struggling to find a way of talking about national identity and race. Has it? Or is that what…

Let The Orgy Of Buck-Passing Begin!

A Westcountry lawyer has spoken of his client’s “horror” after he was wrongly convicted of possessing child pornography before later proving the girls in the images were former girlfriends aged over 18. Whoops! Last week Judge Philip Wassall quashed the…

My Big Fat Gypsy Plantation…

Barely is the ink dry on the press releases about what Laban Tall calls ‘the travellers’  radical new “welfare to work” strategy‘ than the ‘Guardian’  is rushing to pour cold water on this unfortunate episode, lest it taint the upcoming Battle…

How Victimhood Poker Destroys Lives…

Najeeb Nazir and city councillor Mohammad Aslam were ordered to pay £12,000 two years ago to a woman who claimed she had been a victim of sexual and racial discrimination. But now, in a dramatic U-turn following an appeal, the…

The Inconvenient Anniversary…

Jonathan Freedland thinks it’s time we all put 9/11 behind us: When the artist Art Spiegelman told his story of 9/11 in a graphic novel, he called it In the Shadow of No Towers. It was an arresting thought, the…

Rent Seeking In The Psych Ward

Children should be screened for anxiety disorders to prevent them developing severe mental problems in later life. Says who? … according to Professor Hans Ulrich Witten, lead author of study of the state of Europe’s mental health. Ah. Right. I…

I Must Get My Eyes Tested…

…because only two of the children in this story photo (the two on the left) look even remotely ‘obese’: ‘They picked on us because of our size to start with and they just haven’t let go, despite the fact we’ve…

With Friends Like These….

Are tobacco companies abusing freedom-of-information laws by asking for the raw data obtained by academics studying teenage smoking? Well, Maurice, since you’re director of the UK Campaign for Freedom of Information, why don’t you tell us? I mean, you’re surely…