Beyond Reasonable Stupidity

Bookdrunk has already picked up on the latest round of smears by Nadine Dorries, the MP for Mid Narnia, which goes as follows: There is not one NHS hospital in the UK which will carry out abortion over 16 weeks other than Kings in London and Newcastle, they […]

Civil Service Imagination

Oh fuck me… Six thousand specially selected civil servants descend on London today and tomorrow for three days of intense briefings before returning to their posts to become “special agents” of the cabinet secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell, with permission to “give their bosses a hard time” if they […]

Getting Medieval on Depression

From the file marked ‘fucking stupid ideas’ Theo Hobson has an idea for tackling depression and a whole bunch of other social ills: Or rather we need to get back to the older idiom, the one based on the mythological battle of good and evil. And here is […]

Another Day, Another Lie

And yes, another abortion post, but as the anti-abortion lobby keeps on lying, I’m just going to have keep right on pointing out the truth. So what have we got for today? Well it’s this article in the Telegraph which claims that: Hundreds of children are surviving after […]

The China Syndrome

This has to be, by a long, long distance, the stupidest comment I have read in a very, very long time: Here’s another interesting departure. It seems a bit odd to thank China for this can-do report, endorsed so speedily by Gordon Brown, but that country’s efforts to […]

The Abolition of Parliament Act returns

The ever vigilant Spyblog has spotted an ‘old friend’ lurking in the bowels of the government’s draft constitutional reform bill (pdf): It looks as if we will have to again go through all the fuss and lobbying that we saw over the wretched Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act […]

No one expects the British Constitution (part 1)

“Happy” Jack Straw has finally given us an overview of his proposals for ‘constitutional renewal’ – I do wish he’d lay off the ‘renewal’ thing as it only makes me think of 1976 film version of Logan’s Run – which includes one obvious crowd-pleaser: Our view is that […]

Eternal Mendacity of the Religious Mind

There is, it seems, no limit to the utter mendacity of the religious mind when bent on self-justification, as the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Cormac Murphy O’Connor so neatly demonstrates: Two months ago I was in Zimbabwe, to see for myself the desperate situation of so many people […]

What’s sauce for the Goose…

If Nadine Dorries can play this game then so can I: Nadine Dorries MP. Conservative. Mid Bedfordshire. Majority: 11,355 (for now) Nadine has systematically lied about and misrepresented the current state of medical and scientific evidence relating to abortion in an effort to advance an unscientific and disingenuous […]

Norman Baker: Stupid Boy

We’re well used to the fact that the reflexive hatred of the right wing press for anything remotely related to the European Union means is such that they’ll swallow any old load of bollocks about the supposedly pernicious effects of EU regulations on the businessman’s inalienable right to […]