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Married man runs off with 13-year-old

Jerry Lee Lewis’ “third marriage, to Myra Gale Brown, lasted for 13 years, from December 1957 to December 1970 (although the couple went through a second marriage ceremony because his divorce from Jane Mitchum was not complete before the first…

Mr Cameron has another emotion

Whenever there’s a problem that needs a policy decision, Mr Cameron (Eton and Brazenose) has an emotion at it. Today’s Daily Mail bugled the headline “Cameron wants to claw back 100 powers from EU” on page 2 of the print…

Cameron apologises for (Iraq) Hillsborough disaster

Bearwatch apologises for errors in transcription in the following story, a shortened version of the original which ran on the BBC here. The faulty version below is left online so that readers may compare the two in detail. ______________________________________________________________ Iraq papers: Cameron…

George Orwell and sham security

“In general you could not assume that you were much safer in the country than in London. There were no telescreens, of course, but there was always the danger of concealed microphones by which your voice might be picked up…

Big Brother vs Big Company

Lovers of liberty are naturally and rightly suspicious of governments, which, as Charles Lamb said, “are as bad as they dare to be.” But corporations can be just as big and as hard to restrain, especially since they have the…

Call to reverse farmland investment

A couple of months ago I said I had moral qualms about the trend towards agricultural investment. Now there’s an article from the same site (farmlandgrab.org), looking at proposals to regulate the process somehow. The writer doesn’t buy it: … the…

The EU as big business

Would it help us to understand the EU better if we saw it, not as a “superstate”, but as a large (privately-owned) multinational corporation? It has tremendous revenues, but no citizens and no democratic accountability at board (EU online casino…

Three levels of freedom

There are at least three different levels or arenas of the freedom debates. Much of the heat in a debate springs from the argument shifting midway from one area to another. Please accept this as a first poor attempt at mapping…