EU Referendum – let’s wait

Raedwald writes: Devil’s Kitchen and EU referendum are both spot-on about the poor sense in forcing a premature referendum on EU membership; we should work to resist this with all our collective might. Europe is amassing a press and PR…

How’s that belt tightening going for you, Sir Humphrey?

Bernard, dear boy, it’s simply dreadful. I’ve just found out that as Permanent Secretary for the Department of Administrative Affairs I’m to get a performance bonus of nearly £20,000. Twenty.. twenty thousand, Sir Humphrey? Yes! All the Permanent Secretaries –…

Physician, heal thyself

Yesterday (13th July) in the House of Commons there occurred an event for which all politicians should hang their heads in shame – and of which the Hansard report can be read here. It was an aberration of all that…

“Feed the birds, tuppence a bag…”

Ooooh, that Mary Poppins! She’s cruising for a hefty fine! Leaflets are to be sent to every house in Portsmouth telling people not to feed pigeons and seagulls. Portsmouth City Council’s environment department has come up with the scheme as…

Random Thoughts on the NoW Scandal

I was idly chatting to a neighbour this morning and the inevitable phone hacking came up in the conversation. As I pointed out to her, the eavesdropping on voicemails was but one drop in a very dirty ocean of malevolent…

Dress Codes Again…?

Following on from Longrider’s post on Harrods, I find this in a local newspaper: Female visitors to a community event were ordered to cover their shoulders by the Muslim organisers.Staff at the Noor Ul Islam Summer Fete, which took place…

Let’s get writing on this Constitution

Revolution Harry wrote: Here’s the first question. Do we want a democracy, a republic, a monarchy (I hope not) or something else? First up, there’s not a bad article hereabout this question: These two forms of government: Democracy and Republic,…

Sustainability

No, not the idiocy of the governments green energy policies, but pensions, particularly pensions in the public sector. Over the years I’ve been in various pension schemes run by various employers, it’s a bit of a nuisance as I’ve moved…