By the waters of human depravity

31st August 2015 0

By the waters of human depravity I sat down and took it’s pressure – in lbs per square inch. We often forget – or at least, I often forget – on just how many ordinary, decent people the comfort of our lives depends. I was reminded of this the other day when a man from the water company called to check the quality … [Read on]

Cooking Britain’s Criminal Statistics

30th August 2015 0

A friend of mine, David Fraser, who is writing a book about our criminal justice system soon to be published, recently pointed out to me a startling, but by no means unusual, discrepancy in the statistics provided by the Orwellianly-renamed Ministry of Justice. In the Criminal Justice Statistics Quarterly for March 2014, one table tells us that in the year … [Read on]

Britain’s gull women, mobbing and pecking males

22nd August 2015 0

On Wednesday 19th August, 2015, BBC Woman’s Hour offered emergency support to beleaguered British girls. The theme of the feature, advertised on their web page was, ‘Teaching girls and young women to stand up for themselves – Natasha Devon, the founder of Self-Esteem Team, and confidence coach, Annette Du Bois, reveal some of the practical ways to teach young women … [Read on]

Britain’s Matricidal Feminists – the death of the family

20th August 2015 0

The English have never been famous for their parenting skills or their food. The food has lately got a lot better but parenting sadly has not. British schoolchildren are unhappier than children in Ethiopia and Algeria because they are bullied, left out by their peers and under pressure to look good, according to a study carried out over the last … [Read on]

Rowan WIlliams the theobabbler

13th August 2015 0

In the introduction to his magisterial anthology, the late John Gross declined to offer a definition of good prose. His taste was as catholic as his knowledge was deep and wide, but it was also sure. Gross included examples of the flowery and the spare, the tragic and the comic, the poetical and the matter-of-fact in his book, but every … [Read on]

Is the Devil a Landlord?

8th August 2015 1

If one used only the Guardian as a guide to reality, one would imagine that, where property rental was concerned, only landlords were dishonest and exploitative, never tenants. There are a score articles easily available on its website about the evils of landlords, but not one about the evils of tenants. Indeed, in a certain worldview, the very word landlord is synonymous with evil. As … [Read on]

Selfiedom

6th August 2015 0

Almost every generation has accused the previous one of being vain and shallow, but it is hard not to take that view looking at the young people, mainly from Japan and Korea currently swarming over Oxford. But this strange cult of Narcissism is a global phenomenon, at least in the developed parts of the globe, and no one escapes. Two … [Read on]

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