Guilty until you can prove yourself innocent

3rd February 2015 0

Political correctness is an increasing threat to the rule of law. First the immemorial rule that no man could be tried twice for the same crime was abrogated in the wake of the Stephen Lawrence case and the subsequent, egregious Macpherson Report, a low point in the extensive history of British official moral cowardice. Now the Director of Public Prosecutions … [Read on]

I am your bank, here to mess you around

2nd February 2015 0

Last week I had my own little banking crisis. Having accepted the bank’s suggestion that I print my own statements direct from the internet, I discovered that the bank then set out to drive me mad. ‘To obtain your statement,’ said the webpage, ‘simply click on the link below.’ Unfortunately, there was no link below. I tried various methods to … [Read on]

Anorexia, the highest state of grace of the 21st century

26th January 2015 0

The economics of fashion shows, like those of football, are to me mysterious. The majority of football clubs make a loss, sometimes a substantial one, yet they continue to play their players millions, the wage bill being by far their principal cost. I can only surmise that such clubs are elaborate tax avoidance schemes. The peculiarity of fashion shows is … [Read on]

When Portugal almost became Europe’s Cuba

24th January 2015 0

The other night I was at Sofia’s Red House for Culture and Debate – a discussion venue which doubles as a shelter from the cold. The ostensible occasion was Portuguese Film Lab Day, a day of screening for Portuguese documentaries and arty movies with political themes. First up was a movie about the revolution of 25 April 1974. For the … [Read on]

Vulgar Celebrities

24th January 2015 1

In Britain, the use of vulgar language by the rich, famous and privileged has long been meant as a sign of attempted political rectitude. The reasoning is as follows: if the people use vulgar language and I use vulgar language, I am of the people, notwithstanding my wealth, fame and privileges. Hence I can hang on to them with a … [Read on]

“THE NHS NOT ONLY MUST FAIL, IT MUST BE SEEN TO FAIL” Really?

20th January 2015 0

What does this chart tell you? It tells you that it doesn’t matter which party is in power, avoidable deaths and disease – the purpose of any health service – have declined spectacularly since 1990. These are due to improvements in medical technology, public health and the ban on smoking. A juggernaut of scientific advance that has swept aside all attempts by ministers, … [Read on]

An hysterical blindness worthy of Dr Mesmer

19th January 2015 0

Everyone is self deluded to a certain extent, just to keep going in life, but the severely myopic fantasist can be an irritating companion and sometimes dangerous. In government there seem to be a lot of people who cling to extreme fantasy, even in the face of extremist violence. This Sunday, 18th January, we had Home Secretary Teresa May telling … [Read on]

An hysterical blindness worthy of Dr Mesme

19th January 2015 0

Everyone is self deluded to a certain extent, just to keep going in life, but the severely myopic fantasist can be an irritating companion and sometimes dangerous. In government there seem to be a lot of people who cling to extreme fantasy, even in the face of extremist violence. This Sunday, 18th January, we had Home Secretary Teresa May telling … [Read on]

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