14 young teenagers were arrested here in France on Saturday night. They were armed with baseball bats, knives – and guns. Nothing particularly unusual in that; it is legal (for adults!) to buy a gun in France –Continue reading →
Clambering over every sector of society, driving its tendrils into the judiciary, weakening the mortar of reason that kept us from collapsing into anarchy. The pungent scent is positively evil.
Paedophilia, at least the practice of it, theContinue reading →
The ‘Pompey Lads’ – its such a friendly nickname. It was bestowed with honour on the fine young men of Portsmouth who were killed in action on HMS Good Hope when she was sunk 100 years ago thisContinue reading →
I see that the glitzy behemoth that is the BBC’s Children in Need is hoving into view. I have to confess, I don’t really like it. How can one not support such a manifestly good cause,Continue reading →
I was in Amiens, northern France on Sunday night; gazing out of the window at a flat featureless land covered with lush grass and contented cows. It was not always thus – Amiens lies at the heart of theContinue reading →
Forty years ago, in October 1974, five people were killed in an explosion that ripped through a pub in Guildford; just over a month later, twenty-one were killed in two separate explosions that ripped throughContinue reading →
When I was growing up I was always reading in newspapers and magazines that everyone could remember exactly where they were and exactly what they were doing the day President Kennedy was shot in Dallas,Continue reading →
How Savile’s niece’s demand for compensation led to police fraud probe: Her own daughter says story is false…how many more of the 211 claims for vast payments will police investigate?
- Caroline Robinson claimed great-uncle Savile
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Not everybody is mourning the Ebola crisis running out of control in Liberia. Some see a business opportunity.
An ill wind blows from the small district of Lofa in Liberia. The media was delighted when they discovered thatContinue reading →
Lord Freud was tape recorded at a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party conference during a discussion regarding those with disabilities which prevented them from doing what an employer might term ‘a full day’s pay for a fullContinue reading →
Cautious steps from the Home Secretary, Theresa May. She has ‘asked’ the College of Policing to ‘consider’ implementing a time limit on the length of time a suspect is allowed to be held on police bail in EnglandContinue reading →
Ireland – as famous for its freshwater lakes and rivers as it is for the soft rain which replenishes them and nourishes the verdant green hills.
Surrounded by some of the best water in the worldContinue reading →
I had expected that I should have been writing a ‘Court of Protection’ story this morning, I spent the week-end bashing my head against possibly the most complex decision to ever emanate from the Court; however, the more I read,Continue reading →
As regular visitors to this blog will know I am, of course, a fool. This foolishness is manifested in various ways, and on the whole I put up with myself and make light ofContinue reading →
As excitable Sky journalists rush to tell us of ‘UKIPs first MP’, Douglas Carswell, I thought I’d take a look at the ‘forgotten man’ – whoContinue reading →
This is what happens when you have a Prime Minister advised by a ‘Lord Chancellor’ – now downgraded to ‘Justice Secretary’ – who isn’t a lawyer.Continue reading →
Back in 2011, Tim Loughton, then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, set up a round table meeting of ‘experts’.
The experts sat there and told him horrific tales of witchcraft, spirit possession, demons or the devil,Continue reading →
A friend e-mailed me this week, asking if I could be of assistance in valuing some antiques for them. Years of ‘antique running’ taught me that there is only one answer to that question – they are worthContinue reading →
As we speed through the brave new world of social media, disasters splatter against our windscreen like so many mosquitoes. We can ignore some of them, look past them, wipe away others – but eventually, we must stop,Continue reading →
An abysmal performance yesterday; I can only say how terribly sorry I am for the trouble I caused you all.
When I took the site down before I had my last operation – I managed to deleteContinue reading →
Who, apart from ambitious young journalists in drag looking to snare a cheap story, actually goes to a Party Conference of any persuasion?
The Telegraph helpfully calculated, a few months ago, that it cost upwards of £700 to spendContinue reading →