Whether you believe that austerity IS working or not depends on your definition of a desirable outcome. If it was to ensure that the ‘trickle down effect’ relieved poverty amongst the sofa resident young, or poured moreContinue reading →
It is on its way! And by the time of posting may well be with us, in what the occasionally (only very occasionally) waggish Piers Morgan called on twitter “an Ashes birth” – over by teaContinue reading →
Last week, a focus group of Dentist’s assistants in Sunderland told Cami-knickers’ re-election agent that pensioners had had it too good for too long – before the week was out we had sound bites galore as toContinue reading →
Eight years ago, James Adams was a male nurse working with ‘vulnerable adults’.
Something occurred in his workplace, we are not told what, which resulted in him uttering a ‘swear word’ directed at one of hisContinue reading →
Magda Romanska – a long post, and an excellent read – ‘How I Survived Socialism’!
Duff and Nonsense on Damn statistics.Continue reading →
Good Heavens Britain! Did the clouds part and the sun peek through for five minutes? Every newspaper in hysteria mode!
Mothers ‘mortified’ because they thought they could put a four week old baby out to bake on aContinue reading →
Long ago, Equitable Life had a canny scheme. ‘Give us your money now, and we’ll give it back to you with a bit extra when you are older’. And lo! many wealthy people with money to spareContinue reading →
Lately I have been frothing a lot and jiggling about in a most agitated manner. Some have put this down to the hot weather – most unexpected in a summer – coupled with too much excitementContinue reading →
Who knew that Trayvon Martin had morphed from this angelic picture of a 12-year-old into a 6’2″ 17-year-old body builder? Were there no up to date photographs of him to plaster the country with? No matter, he hasContinue reading →
I spoke yesterday of the vast volume of mail I am receiving, since starting to write of the Savile case. Some makes me angry beyond belief – and as if by magic, one such arrived overnight. The writer isContinue reading →
I had not thought when I first put pen to paper on the Savile affair, that it would still be lustily gorging every spare moment of my time months later. I doubt very much that the handful of 70sContinue reading →
Death twitches my ear. “Live,” he says, “I am coming.”
~ Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro), Minor Poems, Copa
‘Jam tomorrow’ is the meme that gets us all through today. It is what makes us say to ourselves ‘fiveContinue reading →
Abu Omar ibn Mahmoud ibn Othman al-Filistini used to live in a dusty fly blown house in downtown Amman. He shared the house with his wife, three children, his elderly parents, and 18 other individuals all related byContinue reading →
Dear People of the Internet and Raccoon Readers,
I am writing to you in search of help and advice and consolation, because it seems that I have lost, or rather been locked out of whatContinue reading →
As I write, the collective minds of most of the world’s news organisations are nervously eyeing their holiday bookings and remaining within travelling distance of an airport as they wait to go into full-on tribute mode as Nelson MandelaContinue reading →
Ohrwürmer, that’s Tom Watson’s problem. Ohrwürmer.
There he was at Glastonbury, not a mirror in sight, snapping his fingers and striking the ‘attitude’, quite convinced that he was still an idealistic 18-year-old. The charismatic rhetorical odes toContinue reading →
UNITE, the union we love to hate, represents the honest views of the down trodden working man, does it not? Er, maybe.
Up in Falkirk, Scotland, one of Labour’s supposed bastions of strength, there is aContinue reading →
Will someone please tell me this is a joke? A photoshop? It has come to me from a reputable source that I know flies into and out of Aberdeen airport – but surely not? £1 coin operated fee toContinue reading →
‘Gideon the Gormless’, or ‘Jumped up Jeffrey’ as Obama called him, otherwise known to us as ‘Osborne Housey-house’, has been calling the numbers again. The four year ‘Spending Plan Review’ that Gordon Brown introduced has just beenContinue reading →
Have women become totally incapable of handling their own lives without the aid of the State to wield a big stick for them?
I ask because an extraordinary case is winding its way through Southwark CrownContinue reading →
Plod has been getting a bad press recently. His efforts to convince us that he is underpaid and under appreciated considerably hampered by the string of ‘News International’ arrests as part of Operation Elvedon, showing that heContinue reading →
Bower-ed out at last from the National Health Service talent show; no longer will we hear the strident tones of Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I will survive’, instead she is lisping the lyrics – ‘I’m just a fool whose intentions areContinue reading →