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.

Enjoy The Environment, Damn It! Or Else!

One in seven children in London has not visited a green space in the last year, a shocking new report claims. Oh noes! Disaster! The Sowing The Seeds report, commissioned by the London Sustainable Development Commission, which advises the Mayor…

It’s The Fourth Emergency Service!

Tube engineers will be rushed across London by police cars with their sirens blaring in a bid to keep trains moving… Whoa, steady on! I mean, yes, Tube breakdowns are annoying, but really, should we go this far? Well, we…

Do You Really Meet A Better Class Of Crook In The Nick?

Well, Lord Hanningfield certainly thinks so: After being convicted of fraud, the former leader of Essex County Council spent two weeks in a regular prisonbefore being transferred to a minimum security institution.”It wasn’t very nice in ordinary prison but it…

What’s Wrong With Healthy Competition?

A headteacher in Thamesmead has been accused of trying to poach pupils… Yikes! … from nearby schools. Whew! A team of advertising professionals has been deployed by Willow Bank Primary School, in Yarnton Way, to recruit pupils. Excellent, a school…

What’s ‘Progressive’ About This?

Bristol should implement a “progressive squeeze on cars” to solve its transport problems, campaigners have been told. It’s apparently ‘progressive’ now to force people out of their own personal transport and onto public transport, or non-powered bikes, is it? The…

The Free Ride Is Officially Over!

Parents today told of their fears for affordable childcare if plans to close two council-run nurseries go ahead. Oh, dear. What a shame. No more subsidies. Parents at Treetops Children’s Centre in Willesden said they were given eight weeks to…

Hey! Leave My Reserve Of Protected Species Alone!

Matthew Pennycook (Labour councillor in the London Borough of Greenwich and a trustee of the Fair Pay Network) on the government’s awfully ‘unfair’ ideas about social housing: If the coalition government, ostensibly wedded to the creation of “sustainable, inclusive, mixed…

Strictly For The Birds…

For a few weeks now, the ‘Guardian’ has been running a series of posts under the subheading ‘The Cuts Get Personal’. Some of them have been those stories you’d expect (cuts to disability benefits, etc), but most of them, well,…

Food For Thought?

Shelagh McKinlay (who blogs at ‘The Absurdist’) on the latest useless piece of ‘research’ on diet: I once ordered a cheese roll at a cafe in Fife and was astonished to hear the waitress cry: “Once through the hot fat…

Reefer Madness!!

A Llanelli drugs worker has launched a campaign to rid the town centre of legally sold bongs and other drugs paraphernalia. Yeah, you didn’t miss the ‘legally’ bit; there’s nothing wrong with selling these items at all. So why has…