Blackout

The Health and safety lobby are about to clash with the recession, in that a lot of councils have decided to switch their street lights off after midnight to save money. Cue, strong language about the probable carnage on our…

Thoughts on That Judeo Christian Stuff

Here, I’m going to stir the waters a bit. My fellow admin and I agree on many things. Indeed our areas of agreement much outweigh our areas of difference. However, I’m going to explore probably the primary area of difference…

So Right, Yet So Wrong

Julia Neuberger has been looking at the nudge philosophy so beloved of iDave and company. Her brief was to see if it would help with his big society. Well… It ain’t looking so good. Neuberger uses terms like “precious little…

Excusing behaviour

Dalrymple [heavily abridged] In some modern societies—and certainly Britain is one of them—satire is prophecy … for no idea is too absurd, it seems, for our political masters and bureaucratic elite to take seriously and put into practice—at public expense,…

Doing it on the cheap

On my blog I frequently accused the previous government and the Ministry of Defence over just how much they valued our troops considering they went to a war under equipped and over-stretched. Sadly my accusations have proven to be quite…

Points Mean Prizes!

Hundreds of schools have driven up the amount they will be paid under the Government’s “pupil premium” initiative – designed to “reward” them for taking poorer children – by encouraging parents to apply for free school meals (FSM) for their…

After-church reading

I was interested to see Mr Higham’s piece on writing a constitution as a task in a process to right the country. I don’t disagree, but having a constitution by itself is not enough. A constitution becomes unstuck if the…

They Really Do Think They Are Better Than Us

Anyone who has listened to the insane ranting of Paul Bartlett during his interview on TalkSport last Friday may well have found themselves concurrently amused and horrified by the incoherence, self-contradiction, logic failures and irrational foam-flecked hatred for those who…

Basic human nature

“For every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction” it’s part of Newtons laws of motion, but it’s also an apt description of what happens when regulation forces up the price or makes something illegal in that the…