A short constitutional ramble

I’ve been following a tiny news item via Captain Ranty’s site about a matter of constitutional import. Now just about every country in the Anglosphere has a legal system based on what is known as Common Law, which derives from…

Nothing going on but the paperwork

I work continental shifts, 12 hours, 2 days + 2 nights 4 on 4 off. It suits me, doesn’t suit everyone, but the fact that my weekends move around a bit means that often enough I’m off when everyone else…

No IDea

Last year the Piss Poor Policies Coalition and U-Turn Cam decided that an ID card was a bad idea. But it seems that son a of a B…..aronet (and alien reptile in disguise) George ‘Slasher’ Osborne is secretly planning to…

Self Fulfilling Prophesy

No, not the rapture thing –  we all survived that, didn’t we? Either it didn’t happen or we all got raptured together… Heaven really is a place on Earth, eh? No, it’s that super injunction thingy. The one where a…

New Poster

I would like to thank everyone for the invitation to contribute, although the very libertarian tone of some of the posts makes me feel a trifle out of place.  First, an introduction:  I was born to a British soldier and…

Dr Sean Gabb on Home Schooling

Sean Gabb has given permission for his article on homeschooling [2004] to be extensively quoted below and that is followed by a couple of recent comments on the state of play in 2011, followed by my summary on where this…

The all seeing eye

Politicians and the Police keep proclaiming that cctv makes life safer, that people feel more secure when they are being monitored, because of this there has been a major increase in the number cameras about along with the advent of…

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…

Superinjunctions are perverted

It’s a bit much to leave the girl bound and gagged after the sex session, isn’t it? Oh, and quis custodiet ipsos custodies? Perhaps Titter and Shamefacebook should switch to discussing judges’ personal lives and foibles. For example, here is the polygamous…

Banking made easy

This post was prompted by a comment somebody left on another thread, saying that if he deposits £1 in the bank, that the bank can then lend out £10. This is basic Obanomics and completely untrue, of course. Background (skip…

Franco German Drive for World Governance

The French EU Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, Vice President of the European Peoples Party and Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, made a speech in Berlin on 9th May, 2011 setting out his dreams for world domination, which I…