Justice is also a dish best served cold

Over at Max Farquar’s blog and one or two others is an horrific story of a very young child, a baby in fact, who has been brutally raped. As yet few details are known – even the baby’s gender isn’t certain…

“The best lack all conviction…”

‘…while the worst are full of passionate intensity.’ The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats In the comments to Sean Gabb’s piece on Saturday, Stadtler draws our attention to a young man’s account of this incident on the London Tube:…

Gay Marriage in Churches

Being neither Christian nor gay, I am somewhat outside of this particular argument. The Church of England will not allow its churches to be used for civil partnership ceremonies unless the full General Synod gives consent, it says. One presumes…

Turn off, tune out, drop in

A bit of a rant – sorry I haven’t time to make it less inelegant. In a week when the UK government has proposed letting private companies access your personal medical records, and the US government proposes making America into…

Here We Go Again….

…with yet more ‘Something must be done….for the children!’ legislation: ‘In memory of our son we will also be pushing for UK legislation to introduce safety measures, for instance fencing or child-safe pool covers for all in-ground pools.’ And is…

Money for nothing.

Don’t you just love soundbite politics? A few months a ago it came to light that in the public services a number of union reps were actually being paid by the state to do their union jobs rather than say…

Complain and be heard

When I was younger I used to read the history books about Jews being transported in cattle wagons to the camps and from there to the gas chambers. It horrified me and I could never understand why they would all…

Close Enough For Government Work..?

A 96-year-old man has lost his appeal to get his driving licence back… and was landed with a £2,000 bill for his trouble. Edgar Parrett says he will have to sell his car to pay the charge, which covers the…

Effigies right and wrong

On Bonfire Night 2008, the Battel Bonfire Boyes torched an effigy of Sarah Palin, only one of many political effigies set on fire every year at the site of the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex. Previous targets have included…