Admin note

Please could contributors fill in their profile pages which the link in the right sidebar leads to?  Readers would like to know a bit about you.  Ta very much. Here’s an example.  And another. Notice we have roughly a third…

Great Minds?

Iain Dale, yes, he, writes in the Guardian. Apparently, he no longer looks at blogs now that he has quit. I was amused at the comment  that his decision to quit might mark the demise of political blogging. Look, peeps,…

Bite-size news 1

Crisper than Newser, more piquant than Huffington. Snack on these: See Zurich and die He was only doing to her what the IMF did to all of us How many points on his marriage licence? You have to relax a…

Why do we put up with this?

This country (the UK) is an absolute shambles when it comes to the government or government departments getting things done. When it comes to detaining illegal immigrants though, this is a classic. Independent. Plans to arrest suspected illegal immigrants had…

You cannot legislate freedom

Liberty and freedom, in my opinion, are rights that every human being is born with. They are not created or granted, they simply exist. Freedom does not need to be defined by or backed up by legislation. It is beyond…

The Price of Pubs.

This post is brought to you by a combination of Blackthorn’s dry cider (it’s very nice) and a cut-price litre bottle of Whyte and MacKay so don’t waste your time looking for grammatical errors. I am typing one letter at…

You’re Never Alone With An E-Cig!

Oh, one for Leg-Iron, I think! Smoking with friends in a huddle outside bars or with colleagues on a break from work has always been sociable. But a new electronic cigarette has been made for the social networking generation with…

Save Us, Lib Dems, You’re Our Only Hope!

Yvette Cooper on the HoL vote on elected police commissioners: The House of Lords vote on elected police commissioners will show whether the Liberal Democrats are really prepared to raise a “louder voice” on their policy concerns, and whether the…

Comments Policy – Admin Note

Given that we have had our first ad hominen in the comments a day or so ago, we have given thought to a comments policy. Perhaps we should have done this from the beginning, however, it was all a bit…

The Tyranny Of Offence-Taking…

A taxi boss has hit out after York council officials told one of her drivers – a devout Roman Catholic – to remove a cross from his vehicle’s dashboard. Oh, right, this is going to be another ‘Ooooh, everyone’s biased…