Loving grace, part two

Last night (30 May) I watched the second part of Adam Curtis’ BBC2 series “All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace.” The title is from a volume of poetry by Richard Brautigan. It’s about a world where the work…

It’d Take A Heart Of Stone…

…not to feel a sense of wry amusement at Amanda Craig’s story: I like the area of north London that I live in – long, leafy roads of semi-detached houses fringed by large estates. My neighbours include artists, minicab drivers, barristers,…

Hitting the target but missing the point

The original purpose of the police was to prevent crime. The very presence of the imposing uniformed figures was often enough to make likely miscreants think twice. Officers in peaceful locations could spend entire careers without arresting anyone. A ticking-off…

Twitter and Freedom of Speech

I do not know whether the person behind Mr Monkey was libelling councillors on Tyneside because I do not have inside information or access to evidence that either refutes or confirms the claims being made. Only time will tell. Although…

Vital Safety Measure, Or Police Overreach..?

Essex Police are lobbying the Government for a change in the law after a crash that killed a teenager in Colchester. Assistant Chief Constable Sue Harrison has asked for new powers to temporarily suspend a motorist’s licence if officers think…

EU-US deal on passenger name records?

A leaked copy of the latest draft of a proposed “Agreement between the United States of America and the European Union on the use transfer of Passenger Name Record [PNR] data to the United States Department of Homeland Security” has…

Words and their potential

“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.” Philip K. Dick “To compel a man to furnish…

Individual or Society?

I suspect that my rate of posting will get me banned fairly soon, but here goes. ____________________ When I was a child, I used to dread the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s speech each year, as it meant that my scant…

Why Mme Christine Lagarde for the IMF?

Reasons why not, are numerous, many raised on my blog, under Christine Lagarde. Reasons why, seem to be a) She would like the job, (BBC Today programme on Friday, b) She knows the EU’s problems intimately as she is partly…