Tokenism Rules Okay

It appears that Trevor Phillips is in one of his making a complete arse of himself moods yet again, if this report from the Meeja Grauniad is anything to go by… Writing in the Beeb’s in-house, Ariel, Phillps has argued for an amendment to the Race Relations Act […]

Lies, Damn Lies, and Government Cost Projections

Not unsurprisingly, the news that the NHS’s new electronic patient record system is running more than two years late and looks likely to cost more than three times the £6.2 billion cost that was touted at the time that the project was given the go ahead  – or […]

Superstition and the Smithsonian

In today’s Indy (behind the PPV firewall as usual, dammit!) Phillip Hensher has a sorry tale to tell of dinner conversation with Sir Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal. Rees, as he tells the story, was speaking to a senior figure at the Smithsonian Institution and having first complimented […]

BNP doing a fine job in Barking

It seems the knuckledraggers in Barking have been having a few unfortunately fiscal problems… [Published in the Evening Standard last week, by Andrew Gilligan] Three of the BNP’s new councillors in Barking and Dagenham have been taken to court for owing thousands of pounds in rent and council […]

The Name’s Freedom – Steve Freedom.

Warning – Not work-safe if your workplace has a policy on accessing offensive material and very long. No, I’m not Steve Freedom. ‘Steve Freedom’ is the online alias used by Simon Smith, the newly elected BNP councillor for Great Bridge in Sandwell, on the white ‘nationalist’ forum ‘Stormfront’, […]

Understanding Genocide

There seems to be an interesting, if somewhat technical, discussion brewing over at the Graun’s ‘Comment is Free’ ont he subject of Darfur, Genocide and the legal obligations on the international community arising out of the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, […]

The Jewel of Denial

As today marks the public launch of the Euston Manifesto it comes as no surprise to find one of its authors, Norman Geras, popping up in the Guardian with yet another of his trite expositions on the ‘geography of the left’. It would be unfair to say that […]

Fascists Re-united

Bob Piper picks up a nice little story from the ‘you couldn’t make it up file’: Most people won’t have heard of the England First party. There’s no real reason that you should have done because they’re crackers, but they did persuade the people of Blackburn and Dawen […]

Blair ‘shamed’ by Edward I

Blair shame at ban on Jews The banning of Jews in the year 1290 was a shameful moment in our history, he said. The country was "all the poorer" for being devoid of a Jewish community. The prime minister’s hard-hitting outburst was made in the programme at a […]

Instant Comedy Classics

You’ve gotta love this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, not just one but two bona fide comedy classics and we’ve only had the semi-final so far… First up, there’s the Lithuanian entry by LT United, who’re apparently the biggest thing on the alternative scene over there. How can I […]