Author: Guestposter

Local taxes, Local power

Dan Hannan and Douglas Carswell are today’s most prominent torchbearers for Localism. It was Simon Jenkins’ 2004 paper for Policy Exchange that launched a coherent case for Localism, and this was followed by the founding of Direct Democracy in 2005…

Darwin and the Arts

Andrew Motion today joins the ranks of the luvvies in a plea for more bread and circuses in the face, as he would have it,  of savage and philistine government cuts to the arts. Motion and the arts lobby paint…

Fin de Siecle

The Spring of 1910 was hot and dry; so dry that the lack of rainfall during the season was not to be repeated until 2011. The breaking of the weather in September was not going to herald  a return to…

Loving grace, part two

Last night (30 May) I watched the second part of Adam Curtis’ BBC2 series “All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace.” The title is from a volume of poetry by Richard Brautigan. It’s about a world where the work…

Words and their potential

“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.” Philip K. Dick “To compel a man to furnish…

Individual or Society?

I suspect that my rate of posting will get me banned fairly soon, but here goes. ____________________ When I was a child, I used to dread the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s speech each year, as it meant that my scant…