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Wrongful Allegations…

I can happily read books until my eyes bleed. I love to learn. I particularly love books that can teach me something new, cause me to stop reading, stare into the middle distance – and perhaps change my mind about something I was previously sure of. Of course, some books make you do that halfway [...]

Homo Affairs Select Committee

I really don’t like Keith Vaz. I don’t like his posturing, his jumping on every available bandwagon, his readiness to ruin the reputation of others and the glee with which he does it. Which just happen to be exactly the same reasons why I don’t like the headlines regarding Vaz in the Mirror today. Some [...]

Eurovision, Tunnel Vision, and other visions.

The Belarus representative of this year’s Eurovision song contest has revealed that he plans to appear on stage naked and accompanied by two wolves. Normally, Ms Raccoon stays as far away from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) as humanly possible. She is well aware that good friends of hers think that the Eurovision Song Contest is the [...]

Credible Witnesses, Navel Battles, & Hypocritical Whingers.

Credible Witnesses.  The ever gullible Surrey Police seem to have reversed their much publicised ‘arrest first, investigate later’ policy; this time they investigated – then arrested their ‘credible witness’. It was an unfortunate fact that the next letter in their alphabetical list of operation happened to be a ‘B’. Even more unfortunate that the first [...]

#Spingate hits the buffers.

What is it with Labour? They are incapable of finding a spinmeister who can keep all his tales in the air. Andy Coulson, for all his faults, would never have let Cameron be caught out with with a story of not taking an empty seat ‘because he wanted to sit next to his wife’ – [...]

Exclusive – Stephen Hamilton

There is a worrying shuffling of feet and staring into the middle distance in Academia. It is understandable – there is not much point in sticking your neck out so far that you end up with no job. The same thing applies to journalists. Better to keep quiet until the ‘abuse hysteria’ has passed; if it ever [...]

Foot Loose and Fancy Free in the Park.

Ms Raccoon still has her head firmly embedded in another case and it has become obvious that it won’t be ready for publication today – so here is a little light relief to keep you amused in your tea-break. You may have heard that in February, Bristol police were out with cadaver dogs in Weston [...]

Potpourri – No.17

Morphine seems to have stunned everything north of the neck as well as its required task, and I can’t keep my mind on any one subject. So have several different ones, and I’ll see you tomorrow. The Olympics – obviously. Why do we glorify freakdom – especially in the female of the species? As a general [...]


Popinjay n. a person given to vain, pretentious displays and empty chatter. Professor Alexis Jay has fallen victim to the popinjays ‘having a pop’ within a day of being appointed to take an exhilarating ride on the pointy end of the Exocet now aimed at the ageing artifacts of historical sexual abuse. Her 30-year background in social [...]

Southwest of Salem.

Remember the days, not so long ago, when to suggest that there existed such a thing as a ‘false sexual allegation’ saw you under siege on Twitter for days on end? It was a ‘vile’ suggestion which could only come from someone who was a ‘paedo-supporter’ and who must be hounded into ignominy? Remember the [...]