Author: JuliaM

Angry about the state of my country, I started commenting in about 2004, and finally blogging for myself in 2008, and so, here we are! I blog as 'JuliaM' though at CiF and other sites, my handle is 'thylacosmilus'. Don't worry, I only bite fools and leftwingers.

A Prediction For 2012

It’s not going to be Stony Stratford that first bans smoking in the open air, or in cars, much to Cllr Bartlett’s chagrin. It’s going to be somewhere in Wales: Victoria Winckler, director of the Bevan Foundation, has added her…

My Big Fat Greek Family Break Up

Even before Greece’s economic crisis engulfed his own home, Dimitris Gasparinatos found it hard to provide for his six sons and four daughters. His wife, Christina, who was struggling to make ends meet with his salary of €960 (£800) a…

These People Are Driving Me To Drink!

A top doctor has backed calls for a minimum price to be imposed on alcohol. Brighton and Hove director of public health Tom Scanlon said having less cheap wine, beers and spirits available would be an important step in reducing…

Two-Tier Public ‘Service’…

A “super team” of public sector and education officials is to be established to deal with up to 1,200 problem families. Step right up to the front of the queue! Your own private ‘Zil lane’, all you feckless… Brighton and…

More Collective Punishment!

There have been calls to enforce a ban on keeping dogs in high-rise flats in the wake of a pet mauling five people in a Leith tower block. That’ll be this case, where the first cops on the scene cowered…

The One Group You Can Abuse In Britain…

Smokers, of course: Stephen Aylen, a Tory councillor for Belfairs, Leigh, made his views clear at a public meeting where he condemned the “damage” smokers caused to council properties. Wow, a little bit of tobacco causes that much damage, eh?…

Oh, Canada!

Heather Mallick, columnist for the Toronto Star, is having apoplexy: Imagine being me, being asked by the Guardian to explain why my nice country, famously full of people who spend their days hewing wood and drawing water amid a stream…

Required: The Wisdom Of Solomon

A deaf and blind teenager is refusing to go to school after teachers banned her guide dog from the dining hall. Molly Watt, 17, says she was left to eat lunch alone in a separate room because another pupil who…

Seriously, Who Ever Even Looks?

Catherine Johnson writes stories for screen and books for children. And she’s complaining about something. What, you ask? Well, I’d better let her tell you that… It seems like a boom time for black literature and drama. Tiny Sunbirds Far…