Posts Tagged ‘ Read and Weep ’

Why Isn’t John Pilger Shouting About This From The Rooftops?

April 7, 2014 2 Comments
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After all, he seems less than keen on stealing children when the Australian State does it. Or is it OK if the UK State does it? A unique High Court bid by social workers from Haringeyto break up a family by giving two young children new identities and banning their five older sisters and brothers from seeing them was stopped in its tracks by a judge today. Senior Family Division…

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When You’re In A Hole, Stop Digging, Hans!

March 30, 2014 4 Comments
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The Nuclear Security Summit is taking place in The Hague today and tomorrow, and has brought leaders from 53 countries together to discuss ways of combating nuclear terrorism. The catering company responsible for feeding the leaders and delegates has made a controversial staffing decision: No female serving staff are working in the plenary room where the main talks are being held. Instead, only men over 25 have been given the…

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Questions No Avid Book Reader Really Frets About…

March 22, 2014 10 Comments
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A week after publishing ‘The Public Voice of Women’, Mary Beard’s lecture on the silencing of women throughout history, the London Review of Books issued a pre-emptive defence of their own editorial policy on women contributors. The statement went out on an episode of Radio 4′s Open Book in which presenter Mariella Frostrup asked why women writers are reviewed less, and write fewer reviews, than their male counterparts. Who really…

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Economic Reality: The Novel

March 16, 2014 3 Comments
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Weep! Weep for the authors! Ever since the credit crunch of 2008 writers have been tightening belts, cutting back and, in extreme cases, staring into an abyss of penury. Just like…everyone else? Yes, I believe so. Why should they be different, after all? Thomson remembers exactly when this party came to a stop. He was at a publishing do in the autumn of 2008 and had fallen into conversation with…

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Pointless Gestures, For The Children!

March 12, 2014 10 Comments
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A council has banned new takeaway businesses from opening near secondary schools before 5pm on weekdays. Town hall bosses say they have acted to protect youngsters as some single meals from takeaways can contain almost an entire calories allowance for an adult. Only some youngsters, clearly. No need to worry about the others: The change to planning regulations applies to new businesses opening within 400 metres of high schools and…

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“We’ll Riot If You Try To Prevent Us Rioting!”

March 2, 2014 14 Comments
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A classic response from that great thinker of our time, Diane Abbott: The introduction of water cannon to the streets of London would be a public order disaster. If politicians were perturbed by the violence they saw on the streets in urban areas in 2011, it would be as nothing compared to the disorder that agreeing to the request by the Metropolitan police for water cannon could provoke. Ummm, yeah.…

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It’s Complicated…

February 28, 2014 9 Comments
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Jane Fae on the Facebook gender option revamp: Two cheers for Facebook, who have just expanded their personal gender options from the somewhat limiting binary of male and female to an eye-watering 50 plus descriptions. No. That’s not an exaggeration, as S Weasel points out. Has that finally satisfied the gender-obsessed? Reader, of course it has not… Of course, there’s criticism already. The first I heard of this was courtesy…

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Hitting The Ground Running On The Most Important Things…

February 18, 2014 Comments Off
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…that’s the newly-formed National Crime Agency: The National Crime Agency has issued a warning … About terrorism? Drugs? Fraud? … to users of “hook-up” apps like Grindr that they must take responsibility for checking the people they meet are above the age of consent. Oh. Right. Ummm…. …while the NSPCC said that it did not collect specific figures relating to such apps, it has seen a noticeable rise in calls…

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”… no matter how much he cries, no matter how much he begs . . . never, never feed him after midnight.”

February 14, 2014 9 Comments
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Restaurant owners in London’s world-famous Brick Lane today said a midnight curfew would destroy the city’s curry capital. A wha..? A letter from Tower Hamlets Council warned that even eateries with licences to serve food and drink beyond midnight must now abide by local planning rules which insist upon midnight closing to cut down on “anti-social behaviour”. Ah, yes. Of course. The world of collective punishment again. Mr Hussain, 62,…

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Officer Krupke Could Not Be Reached For Comment…

February 12, 2014 8 Comments
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Camila Batmanghelidjh again… *sighs* In pursuit of greater discipline, the education secretary, Michael Gove, this week advocated tougher sanctions: the picking up of litter and the writing of lines as punishment. … His concerns are legitimate. Pupil violence is manifesting itself in younger students, and in some schools teachers are struggling to maintain control. So you should be agreeing with him? Even though we are reluctant to admit it, punishment is…

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Yes. Yes, We Can…

February 4, 2014 4 Comments
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“When it comes to our children, we can never be too careful. It’s a hazardous road and can be very dangerous.” So rather than expect parents to be responsible for their children (if you can’t ‘hold their hands all the time’, try reins!), let’s slow down traffic. “As a paediatrician, I spend a lot of time in A&E. Injuries from people being hit by cars have tremendously devastating effects. “We…

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I Think We Can Safely Ignore This Scaremongering…

January 15, 2014 15 Comments
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Britain is witnessing the emergence of “benefit blackspots” as welfare claimants are forced to move out of the towns of their choice after being evicted from rented housing by private landlords. Says who? Why, none other than homeless ‘charity’, Shelter. Housing charity Shelter has warned that entire UK communities could become claimant-free zones, after the Guardian revealed on Saturday that one of Britain’s best-known landlords has sent out eviction notices…

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“Sparing Ourselves The Hard And Unpopular Decisions”? Peter, You Don’t Know The Half Of It!

January 13, 2014 7 Comments
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Peter Hitchens, knocking it out of the ballpark on Duggan: Roughly 50 years ago, beguiled by smiley reformers, we chose the wrong future. We adopted ideas which were mistaken and have proved to be disastrous. We called them ‘compassion’. But who were we really being compassionate to? Not, as it turns out, to the poor we claimed to be helping. They suffer most from the compassion of our criminal justice…

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Convenience…

January 7, 2014 8 Comments
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Van Badham opines: Medically speaking, an early-term clinical abortion is a minor procedure. For the mother-to-be, yes. It’s a bit more than that for the potential baby, eh, Van? Even so, there remain doctors who cite religious reasons against pregnancy termination treatment. As the Hippocratic oath states very clearly “I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm…

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In Which I Wonder Yet Again…

January 3, 2014 6 Comments
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In Which I Wonder Yet Again…

…if ‘Inspector Gadget’ is a real policeman: Yes, this is the controversy over Staffordshire Police tweeting the personal details of those arrested on suspicion of drink driving. But under a hashtag that leaves little doubt of their presumed guilt. It takes some degree of ignorance of the law not to realise the dangers of this (not least, the breaking of Twitter’s terms & conditions) and then – when challenged –…

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