Open Thread – National Limerick Day.

This could be a day opportune, To bring you the news from ‘Raccoon’, She’s taken off for the pool, Which she does as a rule, On Thursdays she turns herself ‘prune’…   Do your worst in the comments! The wrinkled old bat will be back tonight.

May 12, 2016

Operation Kaddie fiddlers on the hoof…

Cliff Richard has waited 636 days to hear any substantive news regarding the allegations made against him. Almost two years. He now has to wait many months to hear whether the crown prosecution service think it is ‘in the public interest’ to air those allegations in court – should they decide to do so, it […]

May 11, 2016

Inharmonious Europe.

It is scarcely surprising that Sweden takes the Eurovision Song Contest so mirthlessly seriously. 42 years ago, ABBA burst onto the stage with the politically incorrect reminder of past discord amongst European nations – ‘Waterloo’. A grateful Swedish nation has raked in millions of Krona in taxes ever since; they are so fond of the […]

May 9, 2016

Saturday Evening Posts Worth Reading.

The Sacred Androgen: The Transgender Debate. A long read – but well worth the effort, beautifully written – by Daniel Harris. Transvestite Vicar Ghost in Interwar England. By coincidence, Beachcomber explores the Victorian version! Disadvantaged defendants and torn prosecutors: the impact of falling legal aid eligibility in the magistrates court by Fiona Bowden. “Now everybody […]

May 7, 2016

Charity Scammers and ‘Cancer Cures’.

I really wish I had saved all the e-mails I get telling me of the weird and wonderful ways in which I could rid myself of cancer if I was only to send the writer money – quite large tumps of it too! – for a supply of ‘special’ Turmeric to shove up my left […]

May 6, 2016

Slater & Gordon – ‘Ouch’ edition.

Last April, one of those little noticed tweeks to regulatory matters, brought in by the Government without publicity, was made to the rules surrounding court costs: (1) Orders for costs made against the claimant may be enforced to the full extent of such orders with the permission of the court where the claim is found […]

May 5, 2016

Fathoming Farron and Cooper.

‘There is nothing wrong with people being afraid of something that’s dangerous,’ he observes. ‘This is dangerous world and you are better of with your friends and neighbours than you are against. All that ‘Project Fear’ stuff is a load of baloney.’ Tim Farron March 10th 2016. That was Tim Farron, speaking in favour of remaining […]

May 4, 2016

First School Kids’ Strike? Cobblers!

“Thousands Support First School Kids’ Strike”. Sky Headlines, 3rd May 2016. Sky journalists really should go back to school. They are way behind with their history – as any teacher who is a member of the Unite union could have told them. Two years ago, hundreds of members of the Unite union gathered on a […]

May 3, 2016

Hogan-Howe: Cult Leader or Not in Control?

When Bernard Hogan-Howe said, in February 2016: My […] proposal is for a clear public statement about our approach to victim testimony in these very sensitive cases. The public should be clear that officers do not believe unconditionally what anyone tells them. It appeared to herald a new beginning for the Metropolitan Police who had […]

May 2, 2016

Daesh and the hand-made Rug Rats.

Europe is apparently a place of great danger for children. Keir Starmer says so: “What it boils down to is to say we must abandon these children to their fate, lest if we do anything, others may follow in their footsteps. I am not prepared to take that position.” Steven Phillips, the Conservative MP says: […]

April 29, 2016