Money Shot

Over at Bloggerheads, Tim appears to be right on the money in his assessment of the outing of Simon Hughes. The 54-year-old bachelor MP appealed for understanding and sympathy – and vowed to stay in the race for the Lib-Dem crown. As Mr Hughes opened his heart during […]

Descent into the Maelstrom

This story from the Telegraph, if true, marks a new low-point in the descent of the current government into moral backruptcy. Britain is seeking to convince the son of Libya’s leader, Col Muammar Gaddafi, to act as an “independent” watchdog to ensure that his father’s regime does not […]

There’s a hole in my bucket

The Indy are reporting that another batch of government e-mails have been leaked to the New Statesman, this time regarding which is alleged to be an attempt by Tony Blair to ‘bounce’ Charles Clarke into banning two Islamic ‘political parties’, one of which being Hizb-ut-Tahrir. Charles Clarke, the […]

See you Jimmy

During last week’s heavily moderated (i.e. no hard questions) webchat with Home Office ball-breaker-in-chief, Louise Casey, on the Respect Agenda, several bloggers, including Nosemonkey, noticed what looked to be a fair blatant bit of astroturfing going on involving a ‘Jimmy Devlin’, who posted this… Jimmy Devlin: Louise, empowering […]

Another Fine Mess

Another Day. Another Home Office Bill. Another example of badly drafted legislation: The New Police and Justice Bill includes this gem of an amendment to Computer Misuse Act, which is intended to criminalise the development, distribution or possession of ‘hacker tools’: 3A Making, supplying or obtaining articles for […]

The Iraqi National Lottery

A new audit of American financial practices in Iraq has uncovered irregularities including millions of reconstruction dollars stuffed casually into footlockers and filing cabinets, an American soldier in the Philippines who gambled away cash belonging to Iraq, and three Iraqis who plunged to their deaths in a rebuilt […]

On Common Sense or the lack thereof

Back in my own university days, pretty much the only attention that the Student Union paid to its various clubs and societies was to use them as a means of exercising their slightly perverse sense of humour during Fresher’s week. Fresher’s week, of course, meant the obligatory ‘Fresher’s […]

Rendition Memo in Full

What follows is the full and unexpurgated text of the Foreign Office memo relating to renditions through UK territory and airspace that was leaked to, and published by, the New Statesman last week – now in a usable format, the scanned PDF having been put through OCR software […]

One God Further

I did say in an earlier piece that I’d comment at greater length on Richard Dawkins’ two-part polemical documentary for Channel 4, The Root of All Evil? A few days on and I’m not so sure that there’s much about the two documentaries, themselves, that needs to be […]

Libertine Democrats

Let’s take a quick head count here. So far we have John Hemming getting jiggy with a Birmingham City Councillor and broadening his extended family, both the former Leader of the Parliamentary party and the Leader in the House of Lords on the ten-step programme and now former […]