The Law of Unforeseen Consequences

It’s a funny one, the Law of Unintended Consequences. It’s one of those laws that is beyond any possibility of repeal, but it’s one that most governments, if they ever stop their furious production of arse gravy for long enough…

Do We Want to?

The BBC notes that organisations such as the Caravan Club have more members than all of our political parties put together. Commenting on this over at Anna Raccoon’s, Simon Cooke gives us a personal flavour given his role as a…

You Will Follow The Party Line Or Else!

A city councillor could be censured by Labour Party colleagues after backing the restoration of the death penalty. For having an opinion that differs from the party line? How very Soviet… … party officials said they were concerned that she…

Cultural dictatorship, then and now

I wonder. Did Evan Davies blush? On the Today programme (starts at 2.22’38”) this morning (22 August 2011), Davies interviewed a leading member of Britain’s cultural ruling class, a film-maker who, in 1977, scorned the Labour government’s offer of the…

Divorce – a conclusion

When data are suspect due to collection methods and lack of completeness, it is unwise to draw the conclusions you’d like. This is particularly so when other studies indicate the opposite of what common sense dictates. So it deserves closer…

The Neo-Puritan Impulse…

An investigation has been launched at Frenchay Hospital after nurses were involved in an “inappropriate” stunt. I shudder to think…. A nurse was tied to a commode while mess from a bowl was poured over her head in what has…

Democracy or Pan-European Totalitarianism!

 My posting with the above title first appeared on the Samizdata.net web site on Sunday 9th February 2003. It may be read as it then appeared from this link. The moderately long posting concluded with the following plea: §§§§§§§§§§ I…

Parachutee of the day – Regina Dugan

Regina Dugan, Obama Administration Poster Child for Conflict of Interest In August 2009 President Obama appointed Regina Dugan as director of the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Soon thereafter DARPA awarded millions of dollars worth of contracts to…

The alcohol Jihad

I like a drink, I rarely drink to excess and I have never ever caused trouble when drunk, fallen over once or twice, but never injured anyone including myself. Some people can’t handle their drink and do cause trouble though,…