The BBC’s Question Time exerts a horrible compulsive fascination. We know what we are to be served up, it makes us hurl expletives at the screen (my wife, who is trying to sleep, tells me to shut up), and yet we still hope that maybe just one panel member or audience member will have the courage to expose the liberals … [Read on]
Sometimes one of our old soldiers, who risked his life and gave his youth fighting to defend this country, pops up to explain why the European Union is the imagined future he fought for. Pro-Brussels campaigners glibly make use of them. Eurofederalists exploit those brave combat veterans in the same way they dishonestly quote Churchill’s hope for a union of … [Read on]
‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me,’ this saying was given to us for protection when we started school. Call it to anyone who tries to bully you and they will give up,’ we were told. I didn’t experience any bullying at my schools, but I believe it’s now wide-spread among the young, via … [Read on]
Mrs May’s Chequers plan was comprehensively rejected by the EU at Salzburg yesterday evening. They might as well have soaked an effigy of Mrs May in petrol, thrown it on the fire and danced around as it burned, their grotesque cackles and screams piercing the night air. But it seems that Mrs May still has not got the message. Like … [Read on]
Editorial in the current Autumn edition of the Salisbury Review The NHS can be thought of as a bankrupt insurance company whose directors are resorting to criminal means to stay in business. Founded in 1948, it promised its customers free health care for life in return for obligatory premiums taken from taxes. It began with high hopes. The much-feared doctor’s … [Read on]
How the BBC lies about Brexit, and pretty much everything else.
The Oxford Art Society is about to have a show of theatrical paintings. Like most people I have never done any, so I asked a local theatre if I could go there to do some sketching. Their publicity lady offered me the chance to see a set going up and to attend two rehearsals and an evening performance. I was … [Read on]
I used to work for the French bank, Banque Nationale de Paris, generally known as BNP. They used to employ about two thousand people in their large, London offices. All their front-line trading staff were in London, not Paris. When I visited Paris, I asked why. I was told very simply, it is because we cannot fire people even if … [Read on]