Back to Basics

When I were a lad life was a bit more simpler, particularly when it came to education. You learned to read and write, do maths and basic sums in your head and as you moved on in the system picked…

Dissociative MPs whine for sympathy

As a student I experienced the world of hard graft. It was bearable only because it was temporary, students paid no income tax in those days for some reason, and it earned me more cash than I had ever imagined.…

Why the stockmarket could fall by 70% in real terms

(The following article was published on 2 June 2011 on Seeking Alpha.) _______________________________________ My Feb. 11 SA estimate that the Dow could drop to 4,500 is echoed in a May 16 video interview with Russell Napier, who is predicting an…

Where do we go from here?

“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” Winston Churchill That famous comment is both very true and not very comforting. We live under a sytem of government…

The Rise Of Right Wing Art..?

David Hare on….well, I’m not quite sure what, to be honest: Of course, you must expect it: in rightwing times, rightwing art flourishes. Have I missed something? Do we get any examples of this ‘rightwing art’? In the London theatre,…

New York, New York

Brendan O’Neill laments the spirit of New York as it is strangled by the health puritans in the mayor’s office. He makes an observation that is flawed. It is flawed because language has become so corrupted that words no longer mean what…

Darwin and the Arts

Andrew Motion today joins the ranks of the luvvies in a plea for more bread and circuses in the face, as he would have it,  of savage and philistine government cuts to the arts. Motion and the arts lobby paint…

Is Danegeld a good investment?

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Some Good News, Some Bad…

The public believes that judges have been too ready to issue gagging orders to enable celebrities and rich business people to protect their privacy, an opinion poll for The Independent discloses today. I can only assume that came as a…