‘Honest guv, it weren’t me that done it’

3rd May 2015 1

The former Governor of the Bank of England, Lord King, told radio audiences that, in effect, no human agency, certainly not the last Labour Government, was responsible for the economic crash from whose effects we have still not recovered. He told listeners: I am not going to talk about individual parties’ culpability because I think the real problem was a … [Read on]

Legal Protection Rackets

1st May 2015 0

A client of a neighbour of mine, who is a professional, had a complaint made against him by a client who was put up to it by a claim company, which I turn had been supplied, possibly illegally but certainly unscrupulously, with information by a solicitor. For the privilege of having the claim adjudicated by the relevant authority, my neighbour … [Read on]

‘Othering’ in Oxford

1st May 2015 0

My introduction to Oxford community thinking came last November when I attended a meeting at the University Church, to discuss the future of the church of England. Some of the great and the good were there including Diarmaid MacCulloch, Kt, FBA, FSA, FRHistS, Oxford Professor of the History of the Church. He was once ordained as a deacon in the … [Read on]

Unspeakable Crimes

1st May 2015 0

I was riveted to read that Ione Wells, an Oxford student, aged 20, was savagely attacked on a London street. She then wrote about the experience for her university paper and has now hit the national news. She has kick-started her career as a journalist, and discovered that a woman reporter can often do well by cannibalising her own life, … [Read on]

Nepal – the Gods are unappeased

28th April 2015 0

Everyone feels stunned and saddened by the natural disaster in Nepal. After an earthquake 5,000 are dead and eight million people, about a quarter of the population, are homeless as seventy percent of buildings have been destroyed. Nothing could have prevented this catastrophe, but the aftermath could have been better. Nepal is prone to seismic shifts and experiences bad earth … [Read on]

The Raft of the Medusa

27th April 2015 0

One of the best things about childhood was listening to fairy-tales, often terrifying and lurid, involving the abandonment and anguish of young children. Hearing about the Babes in the Wood, The Little Mermaid, Hansel and Gretel and Blue Beard, infants could only feel a thrill of fear concurrent with a deep contentment at knowing that the story was taking place … [Read on]

In Northamptonshire polythene grows on trees

27th April 2015 0

In Northamptonshire polythene grows on trees and no one picks it, at least if my journey down the A14 yesterday is anything to go by. At the end of my journey I felt thoroughly wretched. There were burst tyres and other broken bits of vehicles strewn by the road. Of the many tons of litter along it I shall not … [Read on]

BBC audience selection, as honest as a used car advert

24th April 2015 0

Nigel Farage is suing the BBC for planting a biased left-wing audience at last week’s TV election debate from Westminster Hall. After some investigation, journalists managed to convince the BBC – who initially promised ‘transparency’, then tried to suppress the information – to reveal the details of how they had formed the audience. They used a ratio, they said, to … [Read on]

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