The shorter Buncefield report…

1. It blew up. 2. We’re fucked if we know why. Hat Tip: Mr Eugenides

Gitmo Baby

A couple of days ago, Craig Murray broke the story of the arrest an interogation of the three of the stars of the award winning film ‘The Road to Guantanamo’ The Lip, an online multicultural magazine, has now added a new strand to the story with an exclusive […]

The Coalition

Couple of posts here from James at Quaequam and Joe Otten which raise points which need to be addressed. First off, as one of the Labour contingent in this I should address the raising of the ‘Old Labour’ appelation. The one thing this is not about is ‘Old […]

Something for the weekend, Sir?

Interesting day on the Beeb with only a couple of weeks to go to polling in the Lib Dems leadership election. As both Iain Dale and Guido are reporting on Chris Huhne getting a bit of a Crick – Michael Crick, that is – in his campaign this […]

Diary Dates

Will have much more to say over the weekend on the subject of the ‘coalition of the willing’ but in the mean time two date for your diary. The Terrorism Bill goes back to the House of Lords on 28th February – expect fireworks on that date as […]

Leg & Reg

I trust the Times will forgive me if I reprint a letter from today’s edition in full, so important is its content. Sir, Clause one of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (Comment, Feb 15) provides that: “A Minister of the Crown may by order make provision for […]

China Syndrome

This is my last word on the Terrorism Bill debate, I promise, until the Bill returns to the House of Lords, which should be sometime in early March: the 6th has, I understand, been mooted. I watched the latter stages of the debate on clause 3 of the […]

The Secret Policeman’s Ball

In reporting that Lib Dem and Tory Peers may fight back against yesterday’s reinstatement of glorification in the Terrorism Bill, the Beeb include this gem of a statement from the Met. Scotland Yard’s anti-terrorism chief Peter Clarke on Thursday said it was “hopelessly optimistic” to think the threat […]

O, the fierce wretchedness that glory brings us!

In the interests of separating the spin for the reality of yesterday’s proceedings in the House of Commons on the Terrorism Bill, this is what yesterday left us with in terms of ‘glorification’: There is NO offence ‘glorifying terrorism’ in the Bill. What Parliament reinstated were amendments which […]


I’ve always been the kind of person who’s mood is is very clearly reflected in my choice of reading and listening material – if it’s Kate bush on the stereo and I’m parked in the corner of the room reading Mervyn Peake then you know you’re on pretty […]