The Executioner’s Song

“Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison, Where the executioner’s face is always well hidden,” Bob Dylan – A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall So it now transpires that not one single ‘fact’ in the account of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes at […]

Being British

With everything that’s happened in the last few weeks it’s no real surprise to find that we’re back onto that perennial political favourite; trying to define exactly what it is to be British; a topic of debate which invariably ends up as being little more than a bit […]

Playing Dice with the Universe

You might well think that any association between Dubya and the word ‘intelligent’ is, at best, tenuous and most likely an oxymoron. Yet here we have America’s leading ‘monkeyman’ wading into a debate about science teaching in US state schools on the side of teaching the theory of […]

Committing Treason

I’ve decided today that I’m going to break the law: deliberately break the law. So here goes: I am a committed republican. I’ve nothing personal against the Queen you understand, it’s simply that I believe that the monarchy is an outdated and archaic institution which has no place […]

Not so dumb as it might seem

First up, brilliant stuff from Blood & Treasure on the latest, seemingly dumb, pronouncement from the Home Office – well worth a read especially for this… An Afro-Caribbean Englishman a Sino-Irishman and a Scots Muslim of Pakistani descent went into a pub. “That Hazel Blears

Robin Cook

Like every one I’m obviously shocked by Robin Cook’s sudden and untimely death. His speech on resigning from government over his principled objection to the Iraq war bears re-reading several times over however, having just watched the BBC News report, which included footage of his closing remarks in […]

Drowning in absurdity again…

I think everyone would view this story with revulsion… Security forces in Israel have been sent to the town of Shfaram, where an Israeli soldier was lynched after he shot dead four Israeli Arabs on a bus… …Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called the shooting a reprehensible act […]

Drowning in absurdity

Victor Keegan, in the Guardian, draws the inevitable parallels between Orwell’s ‘1984’ and growing support for use of surveillance technology – nothing much wrong with the article other than the inevitable and rather clichéd trotting out of Orwell yet again. However is did provoke this absurd comment from […]

Another Day, Another Fisking

There’s a first rate ruck going on over at Crooked Timber arising out Daniel having noticed that the agenda of Unite Against Terror seems to be expanding to include attacking the BBC for not editorialising its news coverage in the style of Fox News. Oddly enough, since this […]

The pro-war left gets a good fisking…

The whole piece that follows is basically a comprehensive ‘fisking’ of an article by Anthony Browne which appeared in the Sunday Times, earlier this week, and which has been held up be several pro-war blogs as a synopsis/exemplar of their position on Islamic radicalism. All you need to […]