History, a forgotten subject

I love history, I love reading up on various aspects of both world, English and local history I find it endlessly fascinating and will occasionally indulge in what ifs, as in what might have happened if things had gone differently.…

Agenda 21

At a time when even bankers are hoarding food, it’s clear many are worried. Easy enough to be worried about the visible things – harder to be worried about the obscure and concealed. At the beginning of OoL, I ran…

Oh, Canada!

Heather Mallick, columnist for the Toronto Star, is having apoplexy: Imagine being me, being asked by the Guardian to explain why my nice country, famously full of people who spend their days hewing wood and drawing water amid a stream…

Václav Havel 1936-2011

Václav Havel, last president of Czechoslovakia and first president of the Czech Republic, writer and poet, died at the weekend. He was also a man who seemed to understand liberty and individual freedoms well, perhaps through having not had them…

What sort of mind does these things?

AK Haart wrote, on the topic of electric cars: We run into difficulties when people say things of such mind-boggling stupidity that we almost wonder at their sanity. Why does he/she say such things? It’s nonsense.  I’m not speaking of…

Flying Kites

To fly a kite is an expression for gauging opinion before implementing a policy. I see via Liberal Conspiracy that Lord Hunt, incoming chair of the thoroughly discredited PCC is doing just that regarding the little matter of teh interwebs. According…

Treating adults as children

Do you ever get that thing where you’re reading something in the paper and a throwaway phrase not directly related to the article sends such a chill through your soul that the rest of the article is momentarily forgotten? I…

Is there sedition in the UK Treasury?

Sedition as used in this post’s title, I here presume is defined as follows: “ an offence that tends to undermine the authority of the state”. My reference is a document prepared by Mark Hoban MP Financial Secretary to the…

Will they ever learn?

It’s common knowledge, if you make something too expensive that the public wants or desires, then they’ll look for an alternative source. It happened with cigarettes, it’s happening (again) with booze. Back in the times of the Napoleonic war (and…

Eggs — again!

Edwina Currie has a lot of explaining to do. Since 1988, the British public have been afraid of eggs, ever since her warning that most of the egg production in this country, sadly, is now affected with salmonella. Give over.…