If we’re treading on thin ice …

You know the expressions “as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb” and “if we’re treading on thin ice, we might as well dance”? Thinking of the near future used to be called forward planning and all good…

Portugal Sounds Like A Paradise…

…so what’s in it for Joana Gorjão Henriques that she welcomes a change to all that? For years, modern Portugal has been struggling to find a way of talking about national identity and race. Has it? Or is that what…

A common denominator

Via the Ambush Predator. On Friday I will be attending the funeral of my friend, Mark Duggan (Ed: truly, the Funeral That Taste Forgot…). Five weeks after he was shot dead by the police in Tottenham, at last the community…

Let The Orgy Of Buck-Passing Begin!

A Westcountry lawyer has spoken of his client’s “horror” after he was wrongly convicted of possessing child pornography before later proving the girls in the images were former girlfriends aged over 18. Whoops! Last week Judge Philip Wassall quashed the…

Constitution (4)

Posted over at my place: “Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent.” H. L. Mencken “From time…

Weird statistics and car insurance

Like many people I drive a car, by choice it’s a poor man’s 4 x 4 Hyundai Santa Fe, but it’s comfy and at least I’m assured of getting out of the street in the winter when the snow that…

My Big Fat Gypsy Plantation…

Barely is the ink dry on the press releases about what Laban Tall calls ‘the travellers’  radical new “welfare to work” strategy‘ than the ‘Guardian’  is rushing to pour cold water on this unfortunate episode, lest it taint the upcoming Battle…

I decide how you shall live

From Maggie’s Farm, a quote from Fred Siegel’s review of Flynn’s A Conservative History of the American Left in City Journal, re 1820s socialist Robert Owen: Owen anticipated both Marx’s concept of false consciousness and Herbert Marcuse’s of repressive tolerance.…

Helping reduce Islamaphobia….. not

I’d never, ever suggest that they should be banned from doing this or that free speech should be ‘lightly restrained’ in order to make that possible (though Christ knows speech in the UK is not free anyway), but what the…

Conspiracy theories

Oh no, not another one! It does seem to be the season for it though, doesn’t it? Ten years after the attack on the world trade centre and all the old theories have come back out of the woodwork, if…