Out-of-touch, privileged, cosseted from the real world, little or no interest in what goes on beyond their bubble, imbued with an arrogant born-to-rule sense of their own importance; sons, daughters, nephews and nieces of former occupants, inheritingContinue reading →
If we were to think of those who voted for the 2003 Allied invasion of Iraq and did their utmost to block any investigation into the affair, certain obvious names would leap forward; it’s significant that theseContinue reading →
An 11-year-old in Jefferson County, Tennessee this week shot dead his 8-year-old neighbour because she wouldn’t let him play with her puppy; the shotgun belonged to his father. Across the Atlantic almost fifteen years earlier, BristolContinue reading →
From this Monday, the whole might of the law will prevent supermarkets from giving free carrier bags to consenting adults. Not really a proper law, but an Order made under the Climate Change Act, which allows extraContinue reading →
With creditors at the door, Greece hovers on the brink of bankruptcy, is finally declared insolvent and then has to be bailed out by an international financial authority. No, not 2015, but 1893. I’ll refrain from sayingContinue reading →
When Oasis signed to Creation Records in 1993, Liam Gallagher was asked why the sleeve of the band’s demo tape had featured a striking image of the Union Jack looking as though it was being sucked downContinue reading →
This is a guest post by Kingbingo, a long time contributor to this blog.
Life used to be pretty good for Edward Snowden. He had a good income of over $100k from a jobContinue reading →
You cannot avoid the Angelina Jolie story this morning, it is spread across every media outlet. A chance to have a gawp at her breasts – but it’s all in a good cause…
In case youContinue reading →
“NHS spends £15million (the same as 750 nurses’ salaries) on gagging 600 whistleblowers.” The headlines are particularly shrill this morning – and utterly misplaced.
The NHS is an inanimate object, a legal entity, comprised of human beings. Human beings that weContinue reading →
This week we have an object lesson in what happens when you dig up the the dead Victorian body of your Great Grandparent, prop it up in the hallway in a sharp 2012 suit, and hope thatContinue 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 →
I find myself – unusually – travelling the London Underground, from St Pancras to Waterloo; coincidentally during the height of the Olympic boom.
According to Transport for London, there will be an Continue reading →
So you can’t afford an Official Olympic Torch from the 2012 Relay, complete with 8000 holes:
Representing the inspirationalContinue reading →
How do you write about a terminally boring, hugely complicated, but very important subject?
And especially a subject that could have 10 volumes written aboutContinue reading →