Greg Hands: […]I note that there is one Member who has spoken here only once since the election, has tabledContinue reading →
Quote of the Day.
From Flight to Reality.
It wasn’t Howard Flight’s ‘first’ acknowledged gaffe – that was his statement in 2005 that an incoming Conservative government would make deeper cuts than those publicly announced. Michael Howard removed him as a Conservative candidate for that transgression.
The Blogosphere is gorging itself on the Wikileaks banquet this morning; a triumph of style over substance. The Cuisine Minceur of the electorate’s fight for transparency from our political masters.
Wikileaks is a masterpiece in media manipulation. ItContinue reading →
Rearranging Deckchairs on the MV Public Guardian. Court of Protection.
Few stewards in the service of the public can have been asked to rearrange the deckchairs as many times as those employed on board the currently named ‘Public Guardian’.
The Office of the PublicContinue reading →
Doing the Lambeth Piss-take.
As a prior long term resident of Brixton, London, I thought myself beyond surprise at any of the antics of Lambeth Town Hall. My experience harks back to the days of Red Ken flying theContinue reading →
Proof that child safety is more about protecting children from the perceived extreme risk of pedophiles and similar abuse than about protecting them from accidents is shown by this quote from the CoE policy document onContinue reading →
Saturday Evening Posts Worth Reading.
When Irish Eyes Stopped Smiling Edition.
A Libertarian assessment of the Irish crisis. Let Them Eat Children. BlackswansContinue reading →
A New Leader For The Libertarian Party.
The Acceptance speech of Andrew Withers – the new Leader of the Libertarian Party.
I would like to thank the Party for the confidence that it has shown in electing me asContinue reading →
Forget the Celtic Tiger, just in time for Christmas we have Bábógbaby, the Irish Begging Bear.
Invented by Irish entrepeneur, Adrain Devane, the toy is set to be a hit amongst English parents anxious to conveyContinue reading →
Can life get any worse for the Irish?
Indeed it can! Pearse Doherty, Gerry Adams’ ‘made man’, otherwise known as the Sinn Féin candidate in the Donegal South West By-election is leading by a stunning majority.
Gerry Adams and Martin McGuiness were this afternoonContinue reading →
It’s all done with Smoke and Errors……
Being frightened of Aids is so last year – the great and the good now climb over each other in the rush to clasp Aids carriers to their bosom, nothing to be frightened of thereContinue reading →
A Tale of Two Teens.
Johnny, the 17-year-old, is upstairs with a horrific cold. No wonder: he spent the whole of Wednesday out on the street in sub-zero temperatures, being “kettled” by theContinue reading →
Curriculum for a Spartan Society?
Education secretary Michael Gove has announced cuts to government sending on school sports
In “The Telegraph” Miss Leah Ward, a student at a Macclesfield College wrote a piece about it HERE from which I extractContinue reading →
Medical Negligence Victims Denied Access to Justice!
That is such an emotive headline – and such has been the response in certain areas of the lucrative Personal Injury legal profession.
In his speech to the Commons, Kenneth Clarke detailed the extent to which the LegalContinue reading →
The Plumber’s Tale.
A bricklayer or a plumber that would have me made,
I wanted all the trappings my earnings would then bring,
A lovely wife and children, a home where Continue reading →
The Migration Cap.
If ‘the cap fits, wear it’ goes the saying – but this cap will fit less than 12% of those seeking to enter the United Kingdom.
In her Commons statement yesterday, the Home Secretary, Theresa May, announcedContinue reading →
A decidedly dark subject today, but one that we need to face up to.
Regular readers will be aware that I have long taken an interest in the local politics of Vera Baird’s old constituency of Redcar andContinue reading →
Strive for failure
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
All around you people are striving to avoid failure. In allContinue reading →
Once Upon A Time.
Once upon a time… I had a dustbin. An old-fashioned affair, with a rounded galvanised metal lid atop a rounded galvanised metal body, and a handle on either side. Into this dustbin went the ashes from the fire,Continue reading →
Gawd Bless’em Guv’nor and no mistake……
You’d need a heart of stone not to laugh. I’ve tried getting angry, tried to rant – I can’t. They are like winsome toddlers taking their first steps – they fall, they tumble backwards, theyContinue reading →
Have Faith in the Fridge!
In the light of Anna’s recent piece “On Arriving at Libertariansm from a Quaker point of view,” this week I was prompted to reflect on the nature of faith.
About ten years agoContinue reading →
So the goverment wants to find out how happy the country is via statistics. Dry statistics will never show the state of happiness of the country. It it is too ephemeral.
Happiness isContinue reading →
Saturday Evening Posts Worth Reading.
Coming Soon to an Airport Near You!
News from Manchester Airport that from this month they will be testing a new “Eye Scanner”, which will read our irises and help to “combat the war against terror”. This comes only months after the airport introduced theContinue reading →
Sexual Politics | Storm in a C cup.
The massed nipples at Mumsnet are rigid with indignation, Twitoris ablaze with passion. The ‘beyondretrograde’ (Oh the irony!) blog has thrown up a genuine old fashioned feminist scandal.
A woman’s nipple was shown inContinue reading →
Parochial Headline of the Week.
A bonus prize today for the Liverpool Echo with their headline:
“Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney’s divorce lawyer to go to House of Lords.”
No doubt the Wiltshire and Gloucestershire Standard will be firing back with:
“Charles Wales’Continue reading →
Sgt Mark Andrews vs Pamela Somerville
The news has been released that Mark Andrews was not guilty of assult against Pamela Somerville. He was initially jailed for 6 months but released after 6 days and placed on bail as he lodged anContinue reading →
I Am A Lib Dem Minister, I Am Not Responsible
Ed Davey– I don’t want to get involved
Yesterday was one of those days when you know that being a Libertarian is the right thing to be, andContinue reading →
Tears Before Bedtime.
It’s all going to be so wonderful…Our brave new Coalition government is a government of movers and shakers. Yes Sirree! They are going to take the tax and benefit systems, and shake them by the scruffContinue reading →
The Benchmark for Job Cuts.
In the crowded field of the economically suicidal, Liverpudlian councils are renown for their ability to rise above the common herd and lead by example.
The local MP is Bill Esterson, an ex-Medway Councillor, who theContinue reading →