Tag: liberty

Permission must be sought for everything

I’ve occasionally had to defend Oz against charges that it’s turned into a nightmare bureaucracy cum fascist society where everything is either banned, compulsory or requires prior application in triplicate for the relevant licence. One day, maybe, but not yet.…

Welcome to The Asylum

In So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, the late Douglas Adams introduced us to a minor character by the name of John Watson or, as he preferred to be called, Wonko the Sane. Those who’ve read it will…

S(t)ea(l) Fever

I must go down to the shops again, To the shops on Kensington High, And all I want is some Xboxes And a streetlight to loot ‘em by, And some iPhones and some ciggies And the owners’ fists shaking, And…

Police, Camera, Industrial Action

A few months ago I had a short comment conversation with Lex Feranda, The Thinking Policeman, about the British police and industrial action. Angry Exile said… How far are you barred from taking industrial action? I mean we all know…

Bloody Vikings…

… is what we’re thinking of calling our first child, partly because we like Monty Python and partly to take the mickey out of Denmark, Sweden and Iceland, all of which have laws governing what you can name a child. Obviously not…

A One-Way Conversation…

Zohra Moosa (women’s rights adviser at ActionAid UK) in CiF: There was a great turn-out last night at the pro-choice meeting that Jess McCabe and Sunny Hundal organised. The discussion was wide-ranging, with some excellent speaking from Diane Abbott MP,…

‘Brendan O’Neill’ is a nom de plume

Or so I have been told by a dreadfully unreliable source. And why not? Many honourable scribes have used noms de plume: Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, the Brontës, Harold Robbins, C S Lewis, Stephen King… And not just proppah authors. Tribunes…

Playing games

ZOMBIES!! Over there! Quick, kill ’em, kill ’em. We’re allowed now, or at least we will be soon. I wasn’t planning to blog much over the next day or two but I’m going to make the time because of a…

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…