Second star to the left…

…and straight on to the accountancy class. If yet more evidence were ever needed that the 650 or so inhabitants of ‘Westminster Village’ have lost touch with the real world, an article in today’s Observer notes the view of the Associate Parliamentary Skills Group and National Skills Forum […]

Institutionalised arrogance

Curious Hamster has already done a first rate job of picking apart Sir Ian Blair’s failed efforts, in a letter to Sir John Gieve[pdf], to scotch any prospect of an independent investigation by the IPCC into the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, however in reading the letter […]

No Shit Sherlock

“Maybe we should have discussed it but I think some things we keep secret about because if people know exactly what we are doing they can take action to stop it…” So said former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir John Stevens, about the introduction of the ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy in […]

You do not have the right to not be offended

Well, courtesy of Harry’s Place the mystery behind the closure of the excellent Shot By Both Sides has been solved. What appears to have happened is John posted this comment: Send the Board [of Deputies] to the gas chambers, that’s what I say (no, not for their ethnicity; […]

Lest we forget…

Thw utterly dumb suggestion that we drop Holocaust Memorial Day out of deference to Muslim sensibilities – apparently its ‘offensive to Muslims’, give the impression that “western lives have more value than non-western lives

Respect and the Art of Rebuilding Mass Membership

“This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organising genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time.

Why do men have nipples?

I wonder can anyone who supports the supposed theory of intelligent design please explain to me that if there is some sort of intelligence shaping the development of the universe then why do men have nipples? I mean it’s not as is the serve any particular purpose, is […]

One Pound of Flesh, No More, No Less

What judgment shall I dread, doing no wrong? You have among you many a purchas’d slave, Which, fike your asses and your dogs and mules, You use in abject and in slavish parts, Because you bought them; shall I say to you ‘Let them be free, marry them […]

The Trouble with Rape

The statistics are shocking – and getting worse. The truth is that sexual assault in Britain has become a low-risk crime. In 1985 there was a 24 per cent conviction rate in rape trials. By 2003 it had fallen to 5 per cent. Here, in conjunction with Glamour […]

Here we go again – Safety Elephant style

Well we now have a list of the Safety Elephant’s plans for deporting foreigners alleged to have links with or be supporting terrorism – which, as usual, makes for pretty depressing reading: long on knee jerk rhetoric and extremely short on having thought things through properly as usual. […]