Faith, hope and clarity

It’s been a struggle trying to hold out for an incipient signs of common sense on the part of the British public in recent weeks, but just when it seems all hope is fading, up they pop and announce that two-thirds of them oppose the state funding of […]

Piss-artists and planning policies

Neil at the Brighton Regency Labour Party blog makes some interesting points on the subject of the relaxation of licencing laws and the ‘curse’ of ‘binge drinking’, questioning the current received wisdom that longer opening hours will inevitably lead to more problems. While he makes some good points […]

Well that turned out to be a waste of time

The Independent Police Complaints Commission will complete its report on the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes by Christmas, an inquest has heard. But the report will not be published until all legal and disciplinary proceedings in the case are complete. In other words, we’ve more chance of […]

Case for the Prosecution

A fair few bloggers have now called for the resignation of Metropolitan Police Chief, Sir Ian Blair, as a result of the information contained in the documents leaked, this week, to ITN… …and some haven’t mentioned it all; not even a letter in the Grauniad from their number […]

All she wrote…

Met chief tried to stop shooting inquiry Britain’s top police officer, the Scotland Yard commissioner Sir Ian Blair, attempted to stop an independent external investigation into the shooting of a young Brazilian mistaken for a suicide bomber, it emerged yesterday. Sir Ian wrote to John Gieve, the permanent […]

Have you no sense of decency?

It was on June 9th 1954, during the course of a US Senate hearing into allegations of lax security at top secret US Army facility, that the political career of US Senator Joseph McCarthy effectively came to an end, destroyed by those same six words which are the […]

You’re not singing any more

Interesting split in today’s blogosphere. Tracking through my regular run of RSS feeds using the Sage plug-in for Mozilla, its noticable what while a significant number of blogs that I know to be, by varying degrees, either opposed to the Iraq war or at least sceptical of the […]

Backing [Ian] Blair

Some things just have to be done, don’t they… Full size image here… Oh, must just say, feel free to use the images from this post as you like. Oh, and then there’s this, courtesy of Neil from B3TA… And one more of my own – it’s subtle […]

More Britishness

On the BBC website we have the following headline: Britain ‘needs stronger identity’ A headline which, once you find out the stry refers to Michael Howard talking about ‘Britishness’ on the Today programme could just as easily read: Son of Romanian Jew lectures Britain on its sense of […]

More knee-jerk[off] reactions from the Safety Elephant

Not content with pitching the idea of a cyber-war on terrorism, Charles the Safety Elephant now turns his attention to violent pornography on the strength of ‘shock, horror’ one case in which a violent sex offender was allegedly ‘addicted’ to sexually violent internet porn. The suggestion seems to […]