Tag: Just bloody think about it will you?

Storm In A Teacup?

The word was used during a lunchtime news bulletin on February 26 about Prime Minister David Cameron hosting a summit on tackling racism in sport. Twenty viewers complained to ITV and four to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom after the gaffe on…

Politics of the first resort

I wish I could say that I find the reaction of this politician surprising. Google has refused to explain why it paid just $74,176 in Australian tax last year, despite making an estimated $1 billion in revenue from the Australian…

When constabulary duty’s to be done

Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are…

Well, Are All Civilisations Equal?

Pierre Haski’s article in CiF on the French elections contains this little gem: But Le Pen’s success is also, as Hollande suggested in his first speech on Sunday night, the responsibility of Nicolas Sarkozy who played with fire in his…

Worms Start Turning…

Peter Preston on the double-standard relating to school attendance: Parents are responsible for making sure their children go to school. Headteachers say so; ministers say so; the law says so. If your child is registered to attend a school, then…

When Is It OK To….

…sneer at the names children are given by their parents? I ask, because, on occasion, I hold my nose and take a peek at the ‘Guardian’ educational pages, where one sometimes finds articles like this one: In my roles of moral icon,…

“Freeze Dirtbags! Decency Squad!”

“Ya’all play nicely on this here ‘Twitter’ thing, OK?” …a comment attributed to an account called KevinRooney1 appeared online. It said: “After what Villa fans were singing about Aliou Cisse’s family when majority died on a cruise I couldn’t care…

It Was The Adverts Wot Dun It!

The Riots, Communities and Victims Panel, set up by David Cameron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg in the wake of the riots, will highlight the role of big business in creating a damaging consumerist culture in some of the…

The Arrogance Of ‘The Artiste’

Dorian Lynskey (music writer for the Guardian) cheers on the rude, bite-the-hand-that-feeds ‘artiste’: Ten days ago a concert-goer at the Cedar Cultural Centre in Minneapolis made the mistake of shouting out a sarcastic request for the Knack’s 1979 hit My…

More Bonkers ‘Research’

Dr Chris Chambers, from the University of Cardiff’s School of Psychology, said the results should be viewed with ‘extreme caution’. He said: ‘We don’t know whether the drug influenced racial attitudes only or whether it altered implicit brain systems more…

The Law Works Like This For A Reason

…terribly sorry if that inconveniences you in your day-to-day work, but hey, that’s just too bad: Frustrated police officers are being forced to give stolen goods back to suspected thieves because they can’t prove they have been taken. That should…