Short bites on the State

In a post by Tyson Durden, at Zero Hedge, various commenters had these things to say about the State: One In its most idealised form, the state is the protector of the people and the great equaliser between the haves…

It’s All For Your Own Good

Arizona is planning to fine fat people who don’t do as Nanny says. It’s all to do with costs, they say. And fat people cost the state money. At present, it is welfare claimants who are in the firing line…

Robin Hood does not belong in Government.

Few children in Britain can help but be aware of the legend of Robin Hood. Fewer still can have failed but to have been rooting for Robin, Maid Marion and all the Merry Men of Sherwood Forest in their daring…

Letter to The Spectator: GM contrarianism

Sir; Matt Ridley’s statement (Diary, 14 May) that “GM allows the organic dream of drastic cuts in pesticide use to come true without high cost” must surely be disingenuous coat-trailing, or at least an instance of grossly unbalanced journalism. Before…

Bureaucracy

Here we go again, this time in Australia: In a damning assessment, Attorney-General Robert Clark said the Office of Public Prosecutions- responsible for prosecuting serious criminal cases – lacked transparency, had no clear chain of command, and was being hampered…

I used to be able to…….

Third post, I thought I should attempt to write something relevant to the Site title, and; no it isn’t about getting older and not being able to do a back flip, it is a touch more serious. Being a Daft…

Idle thoughts of an idle fellow 2

I first began to wonder about how the media have affected our perception of reality, in the early 1970s.  I was in a friend’s room overlooking a non-league football pitch and there was a game on. I was facing the…

Risk

Such is the fear of getting sued in our increasingly litigious society that local and national authorities are moving heaven and earth to try and make things safe to all by ever more oppressive legislation to the point where they…