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.

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…

You’re Never Alone With An E-Cig!

Oh, one for Leg-Iron, I think! Smoking with friends in a huddle outside bars or with colleagues on a break from work has always been sociable. But a new electronic cigarette has been made for the social networking generation with…

Save Us, Lib Dems, You’re Our Only Hope!

Yvette Cooper on the HoL vote on elected police commissioners: The House of Lords vote on elected police commissioners will show whether the Liberal Democrats are really prepared to raise a “louder voice” on their policy concerns, and whether the…

The Tyranny Of Offence-Taking…

A taxi boss has hit out after York council officials told one of her drivers – a devout Roman Catholic – to remove a cross from his vehicle’s dashboard. Oh, right, this is going to be another ‘Ooooh, everyone’s biased…

Punishing The Wrong People…

A court observer said: ‘The judge seemed annoyed at the way the case had been handled and the prevailing feeling was that he handed out such a derisory fine as a means of making his displeasure clear.’ Well, thanks, judge!…