A Damascene conversion?

Peter Preston. the Guardian’s ex-editor and current columnist, decided that Amsterdam was just the place for an early Summer break. Perhaps he took the ‘Time Out’ guide with him. Perhaps like many middle-aged men with car-legs (thin, spindly, pale unmuscled…

The honoured dead

Wooton Basset became synonymous with honouring our war dead in two campaigns, whether you thought the wars legal or not there was something very touching about the honour that was given to our fallen, almost quintessentially English in form where…

Stop the bloody wailing

Dominic Lawson in the Sunday Times (£) seems to be accusing Mark Pritchard MP of inconsistency at best or hypocrisy at worst. I have not read Lawson’s article but here’s ConHome’s Lawson quote: “I quote from The Sunday Telegraph of…

The Frankfurt School: An Alternative View

I originally posted this at my own place, but I”m putting it up here as well. The point of it is not to deny that our society has in many ways moved in the wrong direction, and that some have actively conspired to…

One in the eye for Russell T Davis

Dumb Jon exercises his lethal, laser-like conservative analysis this week about the diverse intergalactic world of the creator of the new, all-Frankfurt School Doctor Who. Say what you like about Russell T Davis, but at least his latest effusions are…

The (Tinted) Glass Ceiling…

Kwame Kwei-Armah, the actor and playwright, claims that there is a ‘glass ceiling’ for black actors in Britain. Really? Shame he said that just as ‘Luther’ returned to our screens… “There is a strong sense among black actors that there…

The Contempt of the Fourth Estate

If there is a profession I despise more than politicians, it is journalists. More even than ambulance chasing lawyers. Indeed, ambulance chasing lawyers are paragons of virtue when compared with the other two –  they, at least, are trying to…

The sociopaths who walk among us

Jesse – is he mad or right? I think he”s right. Has he overstepped the mark? Not all sociopaths wield knives and knotted cords. Some wear suits, and are exceptionally intelligent and articulate, obsessively driven, and are able to use…

Is street action efficacious?

The supposedly out of control riots: Spokesman Justin Karasick said the hospital had tended to four stabbings, eight head wounds, and four or five lacerations by late evening. As well, another 30 to 40 people were treated at the General…

All your house belong me

I have to explain more frequently than one may imagine the meaning of ‘freehold’. In England, only the Sovereign owns land; the rest of us just hold bits of the Sovereign’s land on various terms. Freehold means just that –…

It’s Your Own Fault, You Know…

Police warned people to be wary of using expensive phones in public following a spate of street robberies. Officers are receiving reports of at least one mugging a day in Southend, Rochford, and Castle Point and have stepped up patrols.…