Tag: Read and Weep

Orwell Down Under

I don’t normally comment on Aussie affairs, as our esteemed colleague Down Under usually handles that so well, but another blogger’s Tweet about this case caught my eye yesterday. Broadcaster Derryn Hinch has been sentenced to five months’ home detention…

Valuing Lives: Postscript

Well, the sentence has been handed down, according to the ‘Echo’, and as promised, here’s the result: A GP will spend two years behind bars for hitting and killing a pensioner in his sports car while his eyesight was “severely…

”Can you tell what it is yet?”

The former leader of a paedophile ring has become the first person to be jailed for making drawings of children being raped. Yes. Drawings. Not actual children, just sketches. Am I the only one to think this is utter madness?…

Budget Crisis? What Budget Crisis?

Hundreds of thousands of families are to be visited by travel advisers who will tell them to stop driving their cars. Armed with bus timetables and cycle route maps, they will knock on doors and lecture on the need for…

Points Mean Prizes!

Hundreds of schools have driven up the amount they will be paid under the Government’s “pupil premium” initiative – designed to “reward” them for taking poorer children – by encouraging parents to apply for free school meals (FSM) for their…

“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…

Some Are More Equal Than Others…

Oxford City Council is consulting on plans to introduce parking charges at six city parks, with motorists facing charges of between 50p and £10. But the council says people working at its depot in Marsh Road can apply for free…

A Rather Interesting Development…

Laura Williams, 23, was a passenger in her boyfriend’s Mini when it was hit from behind by Giles Furnival and sent crashing into the central reservation on the M25. Furnival, who failed to tell the DVLA he was epileptic, was…