Tag: signs of totalitarianism

Gettin’ ‘Em Young…

It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and it’s designed to give all children in Finland, no matter what background they’re from, an equal start in life. The maternity package – a gift from the government – is…

Maybe, This Time, Intended Consequences?

New planning rules introduced on Friday May 31 would allow bookies to move into empty shops without needing permission to change the use of premises. Ministers hope this will prevent high streets turning into ghost towns but critics argued the…

Oh, Really? And Yet…

Families should stop eating meat on a daily basis, MPs warn today. Pork, lamb and beef should be ‘occasional’ indulgences rather than dinner-table staples. Hmmm. Let’s take a look at the HoC menu, shall we? Well, I got to Tuesday…

This Is Not Justice…

A father has been jailed at a secret court hearing for sending a Facebook message to his grown-up son on his 21st birthday. And no, it wouldn’t even be justice if we were allowed to see it done in open…

Not Letting A Crisis Go To Waste…

…not when that crisis can potentially help you clamp down a bit tighter on freedom: Baroness Neville-Jones, a former security minister and chairman of the British Joint Intelligence Committee, and Colonel Richard Kemp, a former Army commander and terrorism expert, said the…

Power Corrupts…

…and isn’t this a prime example? Sex shops and lap-dancing clubs should be banned in Nottingham, says the county’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.Chris Cutland claims they are “old fashioned” and “demeaning” to women. Yup, the person appointed to the…

WhingeFest 2012

Morale among social workers has been driven to rock bottom by… Persistent failure to get to grips with serious cases resulting in death of ghildren? The high-profile managers exposed as less use than chocolate teapots? The overweening ‘don’t rock the…

Coming Soon, To A Police Farce Near You?

The police should be given greater powers to hack into private computers in their efforts to combat cyber crime, according to a concept briefing for parliament… What..?! … by justice minister Ivo Opstelten. Oh. Whew! No need to worry that…

Collective Punishment?

Wendy Goode’s home in the Tollers Estate has been sealed up by Croydon Council, which claims it is the only way to stop abusive and antisocial behaviour against neighbours by her former live-in boyfriend Lee Norfolk. Miss Goode, 47, has…