Absolutely Not

The spectre of state funding is being raised again. A huge increase in state funding of political parties, worth up to £100m over a five-year parliament, is being proposed by a government-commissioned inquiry. The funding, which would be shared out according…

What’s Being Left Out Of This Story?

A family face being left homeless after their home was attacked in the city. Emma Phelps, her partner, Christopher Whittaker, and her four children moved out of their rented home in Colmon Walk, Top Valley, following two incidents. On September…

Short term or long term?

Thanks to James for inviting me to post at OoL. This one that has been on my mind for a while. Suppose I wish to predict when Prince William is most likely to ascend the throne. I might tackle the…

Meet Mme Carlos the Jackal

Who would marry a terrorist? A leftist French lawyer, apparently. Isabelle Coutant-Peyre married Ilich Ramírez Sánchez — aka ‘Carlos’ — in 2001.  She has also served as his lawyer. On October 26, the Daily Mail reported: Carlos the Jackal’s health…

Just how regulated should the economy be?

Food, fuel and metals traders – just how far can you regulate and who should regulate? U.S. regulations are now pending to limit banks’ proprietary trading — speculating with their own cash. The new rules don’t apply to trading firms.…

Labels and language

We all use labels when dealing with other people, good, bad, pleasant, unpleasant etc. It’s only when we stray into racial descriptions that we can find ourselves in a minefield of artificial politically correct terminology where words and meanings are…

So, we are to have a 'British' Bill of Rights?

“It might be more worthwhile if we stopped wringing our hands and started ringing the necks of our politicians.” From the Coalition”s “programme for government” (page 11): “We will establish a Commission to investigate the creation of a British Bill…

Naughty Little Children

Like naughty little children, we are ignoring the warnings about alcohol according to the current health minister who is indistinguishable from the previous health minister. Apparently, we do not accept the harm that alcohol can do to our bodies. I…

Corporatism or Them?

The Occupy movement must be dismayed that we all don’t get on down to St Pauls or Wall Street and join the throng [not overnight though – many go home to sleep]. The issue is that we all see a…

Spooks: How to kill off a series

Just a little over six weeks ago, my better half and I were looking forward to the final series of Spooks. Before we watched the first episode we lamented the end of an excellent series.  Okay, so it was telly-land,…