Idle thoughts of an idle fellow 2

I first began to wonder about how the media have affected our perception of reality, in the early 1970s.  I was in a friend’s room overlooking a non-league football pitch and there was a game on. I was facing the…

Risk

Such is the fear of getting sued in our increasingly litigious society that local and national authorities are moving heaven and earth to try and make things safe to all by ever more oppressive legislation to the point where they…

Idle thoughts of an idle fellow 1

Following Mark Wadsworth”s recent poll (http://markwadsworth.blogspot.com/2011/05/fun-online-polls-lost-causes-and-eu.html), I”d like to ask (and I”m ducking already) what are the serious issues for libertarians in this country? The top one seemed to be smoking in pubs; lower down (but not much lower) it…

Rally Against Debt

Well, not quite since it’s not quite being ignored completely, but since what there is in the news seems to be a couple of short articles linked on the home pages of the Teletubbygraph (near the top) and the Daily…

Admin note

Please could contributors fill in their profile pages which the link in the right sidebar leads to?  Readers would like to know a bit about you.  Ta very much. Here’s an example.  And another. Notice we have roughly a third…

Great Minds?

Iain Dale, yes, he, writes in the Guardian. Apparently, he no longer looks at blogs now that he has quit. I was amused at the comment  that his decision to quit might mark the demise of political blogging. Look, peeps,…

Bite-size news 1

Crisper than Newser, more piquant than Huffington. Snack on these: See Zurich and die He was only doing to her what the IMF did to all of us How many points on his marriage licence? You have to relax a…

Why do we put up with this?

This country (the UK) is an absolute shambles when it comes to the government or government departments getting things done. When it comes to detaining illegal immigrants though, this is a classic. Independent. Plans to arrest suspected illegal immigrants had…

You cannot legislate freedom

Liberty and freedom, in my opinion, are rights that every human being is born with. They are not created or granted, they simply exist. Freedom does not need to be defined by or backed up by legislation. It is beyond…

The Price of Pubs.

This post is brought to you by a combination of Blackthorn’s dry cider (it’s very nice) and a cut-price litre bottle of Whyte and MacKay so don’t waste your time looking for grammatical errors. I am typing one letter at…

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…