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Yes, Clearly, The Most Pressing Issue For The NHS…

March 30, 2015 2 Comments
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The NHS needs to play its part in the fight against obesity by… Oh, this’ll be good… *popcorn* … banning fast-food outlets such as McDonald’s and Burger King from hospitals, MPs have said. OK. We’ll do that when the HoC catering service goes vegan and teetotal, yes? Lead by example. In a report on the impact of physical activity and diet on health, the committee endorses the view of Prof…

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Freedom of the press?

March 29, 2015 6 Comments
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There is, of course, Common Purpose Leveson and Hacked Off. Then there is this: Defending John Kay in court, Trevor Burke QC told the jury that the prosecution of journalists is ‘the hallmark of oppressive regimes that seek to restrict free speech, crush the press and silence open debate’. What our democratic and civilised authorities have in common with such regimes is that they are prosecuting investigative journalists not for…

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Leaving a will – will you be ripped off?

March 28, 2015 4 Comments
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Leaving a will – will you be ripped off?

This is from guestposter Wiggia: It was a reply some time ago by Rossa to an article that jogged the old grey matter into stating that our will needed changing. Like most people, a will is not something anyone wants to contemplate but eventually needs must and that time has arrived, the reply by Rossa was in respect to charity giving and the minefield it has become with all the…

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Reality On The Campaign Trail…

March 28, 2015 4 Comments
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Emma Burnell (a campaigns and public policy professional representing Labour’s Socialist Societies, no less) gets a dose of reality: A few weeks ago, while canvassing in a marginal constituency, I knocked on the door of a man who had previously voted Labour but was now leaning towards Ukip. His opening salvo to me was: “What about homeless shelters?” Great, I thought, this is something I understand and really care about.…

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The only decent leader out there

March 26, 2015 10 Comments
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This is an open letter to readers from this blogger. Most readers of this blog believe that the things which qualify or disqualify any leader or public figure in our minds are integrity, ethics, spine and working for our country. And we all know, judging by voting patterns and comments at online news sites, that for many out there, those qualities do not seem to matter all that much. This…

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Well…Yes. Yes, It Does. What’s The Problem?

March 26, 2015 6 Comments
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A human rights lawyer has claimed that a potential ruling that would force a Christian bakery to bake a same-sex marriage cake could set a sweeping precedent – that could see a Muslim printer ordered to print images of the Prophet Mohamed or an atheist web designer forced to create a website about God. Oh dear. The inevitable angst as politicians suddenly realise that the laws they have campaigned for…

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How to “accidentally” skew a result [2]

March 26, 2015 2 Comments
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This is the second example and there is nothing speculative about it whatever.  It is how the left actually goes about it. There is a phenomenon, well-known, whereby a blogger will post an exposé in, say, 2006, then keep adding examples of it over the next few years. The conclusion is that there is a political philosophy using certain tactics. We call it “left” but it could be labelled anything. …

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How to “accidentally” skew a result [1]

March 26, 2015 2 Comments
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Thanks to haiku for pointing to this.  There is an element of the speculative to this one, the second post later is very much a constant danger and not speculative in the least. One thing many of us have identified and commented on is the “mix up”, the seemingly inexplicable shambles, which eventually becomes understandable because of the chain of command. In Russian, it is known as “polni ablom”.  It’s when…

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What Do They Want? OUTRAGE! When Will They Get It? Every Day!

March 24, 2015 5 Comments
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Grace Dent on l’affaire de Elton: Online fury at D&G has snowballed. Lots of people who would never have bought D&G, hadn’t read the Panorama interview, didn’t particularly care one way or another about Elton John, and didn’t need IVF or a womb surrogacy, spent all of Sunday in a rage because someone, somewhere, said something they didn’t agree with. I cannot “judge” people for this, having been swept away…

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Confessions of a young scumbag

March 24, 2015 5 Comments
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Confessions of a young scumbag

Regarding Nigel’s Queen’s Head lunch affair, I was reading Bishop Hill’s comments and started wondering how far my hypocrisy could extend before coming clean. Make no mistake – they are scum, as Nige said but the thing is … cough … er … ahem … so was I way back when. You see, I had this affliction called yoof. I do understand it passed some of you by and some…

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