Unfit for purpose

I guess in the days before flight or even mass travel it was fairly easy for Her/His Majesties Customs and Excise to keep an eye on who (and what) was coming in, though judging by some of the novels of…

Will Oslo Cause A Rethink..?

Last week, council leader Liam Smith wrote to home secretary Theresa May asking her to ban “inflammatory” protests in Barking and Dagenham after an English Defence League protest against a planned mosque and community centre in Green Lane, Dagenham, escalated…

Let’s think no more about Norway

Benedikt Jóhannesson is the publisher of the Iceland Review and he has done a sort of editorial on the Norwegian massacre: How can we trust anyone? The incident in Norway shows that only one guy needs to snap and we…

Orwell Down Under

I don’t normally comment on Aussie affairs, as our esteemed colleague Down Under usually handles that so well, but another blogger’s Tweet about this case caught my eye yesterday. Broadcaster Derryn Hinch has been sentenced to five months’ home detention…

Employers, Exploitation and Liberty

In this post, I’m picking up on a theme that has run through a few discussions lately. On the subject of dress codes the discussion was about where the line is drawn across which an employer has no right to step.…

Hate in a cold climate

And here we go. “At Utoeya, the water is still being searched for more victims,” deputy police chief Roger Andresen told reporters. “We have no more information than… what has been found on [his] own websites, which is that it…

Sick Scum

Please note this piece is cross-posted from my substantive blog. There is a cranks’ corner of online libertarianism from which I dissociate myself utterly, a skin-crawling, tinfoil-hat and often borderline-deranged cabal of those who advocate violence and armed insurrection to…

Bet they didn’t see this coming

The law of unintended consequences always seems to catch out those who purport to control our lives or force us down paths that they desire us to go, whether we want to or not. With energy prices continuing to rise…