Author: JuliaM

Angry about the state of my country, I started commenting in about 2004, and finally blogging for myself in 2008, and so, here we are! I blog as 'JuliaM' though at CiF and other sites, my handle is 'thylacosmilus'. Don't worry, I only bite fools and leftwingers.

Some Good News, Some Bad…

The public believes that judges have been too ready to issue gagging orders to enable celebrities and rich business people to protect their privacy, an opinion poll for The Independent discloses today. I can only assume that came as a…

It’d Take A Heart Of Stone…

…not to feel a sense of wry amusement at Amanda Craig’s story: I like the area of north London that I live in – long, leafy roads of semi-detached houses fringed by large estates. My neighbours include artists, minicab drivers, barristers,…

Another Nail In The Coffin….

…of the ECHR? A burglar has claimed his eight-month jail term violates his human right to ‘respect’ for family life. And, just like that, yet more people wake up and say ‘Hang on, this is insanity! Why are our courts…

Organised Crime…

…something we associate with East End villians, or the US Mafia. They make salacious reading, fill the true crime sections of bookstores, and provide the basis for many a blockbuster crime series. The modern reality isn’t so glamorous: When  police watched horrifying CCTV…

The Royal ‘We’, Is This, Christina?

Christina Patterson on the rise of the ‘right wing’: Last week, at a literary party, I talked to a very handsome writer. “What we need,” he said, after taking a big swig of champagne, “is conviction politicians.” I wasn’t quite…

The Market Will Provide…

For most slimmers a visit to the local takeaway is an absolute no-no. But not if you live in Padiham, where a chippy has started serving up dishes for dieters alongside fish and chips. What?! Is this some new council…