Yesterday, I endured the rigors of ‘part privatisation of a National Health Service’. Yes, a chauffeur driven limousine pulled up outside my house, precisely on time, in order to drive me in comfort some 100 miles to the specialist Cancer centre inContinue reading →
My oh my! After two years and five months of a coalition government, not even a Tory government, Ed Balls has reinvented himself as Stafford Cripps, and sees his future as one of pulling Britain out of ‘post-war austerity’. DoesContinue reading →
As a callow youth of 16 back in that ‘Summer of Love’, I ventured on a school-exchange programme with a similar youth in northern France. It was the familiar pattern: he came here and stayed with my familyContinue reading →
I met Sam* on a cold, stormy Welsh November night, almost two years ago now. A young, articulate and well-dressed lady in her early 30s, Sam was decidedly out of place in the dirty, piss and vomit-stained custodyContinue reading →
In their quest to create the perfect soldier, the perfect citizen and the perfect State the Spartans created a culture which would inspire many, and appall others. Hitler was one admirer of their ruthless practice ofContinue reading →
And so the lithe and luscious Megan Stammers has been returned to her rightful owners – she was after all, taken ‘without their permission’. Or ‘abducted’ as our hysterical press prefer to claim.
It has been a miracle wroughtContinue reading →
The Canadian Mounties always get their man. In this case, one of their own.
After a nine month undercover operation – painstakingly taking plaster casts of tyre tracks, deploying the dog sniffer teams, forensic tents filled with scurryingContinue reading →
Lilian was in her 80s when I first met her. A reserved widow; small, stooped, and shy. She was my next door neighbour. I called her Mrs Smith out of deference to her age.
I foundContinue reading →
David Leigh has had a brainstorm. A remarkably altruistic brainstorm, it has to be said, since it is intended to save the future of the ‘quality newspapers’ and Leigh works for, er, The Guardian.
Leigh is an ‘investigative journalist’. I think that meansContinue reading →
“To no one will we sell, to no one will we refuse or delay, right or justice” – these hallowed words, from the Great Charter of Liberties popularly known as the Magna Carta, stands etched in the glass-panel doors inContinue reading →
Would you care to vote on some changes to the site?
I had been wondering how convenient it was for you all to have the ‘recent comments’ and ‘recent posts’ section at the bottom of theContinue reading →
I have to talk about Shopping Trolleys. Naturally, I do not expect you to do so, unless you are a follower of Tesco, the One True God, and his Revealed Word, the Holy Clubcard. For you to doContinue reading →
A few days ago, I picked up on news of Totnes. Allegedly, democracy was dead in Totnes.
Why? A ‘right-on’ whole food business had vacated their premises; not gone bust, just moved to a new home. Oxfam was mooted as aContinue reading →
In the early hours of this morning, one of the corner anchors of the blogosphere quietly disentangled his restraining cords and floated off into cyberspace.
In the past few months, we have lost many of those anonymous souls who gaveContinue reading →
Ahead of today’s budget, MSP’s on the Finance Committee were advised by ‘experts’ speaking to them in Holyrood: I thought I should take a look at who these experts were.
Colin Mair, chief executive of the private company limited byContinue reading →
Actually, to me, as a lawyer, what is more interesting is how privacy law is increasingly being used as an excuse for empty ‘moralising’ byContinue reading →
We have a feral underclass. It is a statement many bloggers make daily – but we do not think too deeply about it. We don’t go out in the morning, leave food out for the cat, drop our kids off at child care –Continue reading →
Those evil Rouge Landlords.
They’re at it again, terrorising tenants up and down the land.
At least in the imagination of anti-landlord campaigners.
Unfortunately, when Shelter did some research to tryContinue reading →
Like Marley’s ghost, rattling the chains of Old Labour, the spectre of David Blunkett hove into view this morning.
He is giving ‘delivering a pamphlet’ – an upmarket version of writing a blog post, except that his has a forwardContinue reading →
What a prize pair of tits we have on display this morning. The Duchess of Cambridge for engaging in the ‘oh so fashionable’ mindset of “I have every right to behave as I want, where I want, when I want, how IContinue reading →
From Hillsborough to Hillingdon in 24 hours. Here we go.
On Tuesday, Mark Neary, Father of Steven Neary, whose battles with the rotten borough of Hillingdon I have documented many times, Continue reading →
Concluding one of the longest-running court cases of New Zealand’s rather unique legal history — its legal system itself is a mixture of English common law and Māori tribal law –, the dispute around the status of theContinue reading →
My regular readers will be well aware that I am a Scouse. Born, bred and married in that peculiar sub-culture of Liverpool known as either ‘bitterly deprived’, by the legion of North London champagne socialist journalists who pontificate on theseContinue reading →
If you have received an e-mail which appears to come from Anna Raccoon in the last couple of hours asking you to confirm that you wish to sign up to receive e-mail notifications of new posts – do notContinue reading →
The Green Party conference in Bristol is turning into the gift that keeps on giving.
On Friday we heard that the Party of just ONE MP (fielded 300 candidates, just one elected) was the new opposition. All one of them. The entire LabourContinue reading →
We seem to have a permanent section of criminal society that is marked ‘untouchable’, a niche corner where no one is responsible for their actions, where those suitably labelled are accorded automatic victim status regardless of their part inContinue reading →
Then he bent down to retrieve the parking ticket whilst starting his car up. Whoops! Car lurchesContinue reading →
Would the Sun sub-editor responsible for this front page please stand up and take his punishment like a man? Shoot him if necessary – what is one life compared to the carnage caused by his actions?
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