“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]

Paris. The Blame Israel Brigade rides into town

16th January 2015 0

We gleaned some illuminating insights into public figures – including the sometimes predictably despicable nature of the usual suspects – in the aftermath of the Paris slaughter. And understand that I am now moving beyond discussion of the normal reactions of grief, anger, insecurity and reconciliation. Firstly, Obama is as autistic as ever – failing to either attend in person … [Read on]

Will Gunners fans flock to Rubens?

10th January 2015 0

In my Midlands primary school I was often in a state of excruciating embarrassment. Children of course mature emotionally and intellectually un-evenly at different times, most girls faster than most boys. I always liked art of all kinds and it irritated me that most children in my class fell about laughing at the sight of a nude Venus or a … [Read on]

A marmalade sandwich with Paddington Bear

10th January 2015 0

Families lack a sense of togetherness these days. John Cleese tells how people come up to him – not just to compliment him on the ingenious scripts and ensemble cast of Fawlty Towers – but to mention how his 70s comedy classic united the family, if only for half an hour. Nowadays everyone does their own thing; one person is … [Read on]

The BBC, Islam’s useful idiot

8th January 2015 1

I have recently left London and last night I regretted it. I wanted to be in Trafalgar Square with hundreds of other people, joining thousands in Paris, gathered together in protest against yesterday’s murders, but also in silent support of free-speech. As people stood in the open, lit candles and carried flowers, the mood was contemplative and sad, and some … [Read on]

Is the BBC succumbing to Sinophobia?

4th January 2015 0

There is trouble in China with their Muslim minority the Uighur. The video posted online last month looks much like ones from Middle East jihadist groups. It shows what appears to be a man making a suitcase bomb and grainy footage of an explosion at a crowded railway station here. The soundtrack plays an Arabic chant inciting holy war. The … [Read on]

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