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You’re Right, Unnamed Harrow Resident, It Is ‘Utterly Barmy’…

April 5, 2014 1 Comment
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…but not for the reason you give: One Harrow resident said: ‘We live in a society where a cabbie can be told not to fly the St George flag in his car or people can’t display them in offices. And yet this guy gets away with posting a picture of Saddam Hussain in his window. It is utterly barmy.’ You should be standing firm with him and demanding the same…

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What’s To ‘Respect’, Tom?

March 10, 2014 6 Comments
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Tom Ballard demands ‘respect’ while not showing any. As usual. …I’ll be thinking about those words as I tear up at the many thousands of punters who travel across the country and the world to line Oxford Street, brandish rainbow flags, cheer and try to avoid being hit in the face by the free condoms that rain down like lubricated hailstones. The event is Mardi Gras in Sydney, and it…

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#FirstWorldProblems Are Going Down The Pan…

March 6, 2014 9 Comments
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…literally, as Emma Brockes relates: Many years ago, I went to Venice to interview Meryl Streep about her role in The Devil Wear’s (sic) Prada. The film festival was on and the city overrun with attendees wearing wristbands, permitting them varying levels of access to venues. One of these was a toilet in the suite reserved for the interview, which, Ms Streep was assured as she entered the room, was…

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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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You Could Be Drummed Out Of The Left For This…

January 19, 2014 3 Comments
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Andrew P Street on how ‘conservatives’ shouldn’t have their way on abortion: People can believe all sorts of things, but what you personally think would be nifty in an ideal fantasy world is irrelevant when you’re talking about public policy that affects an entire nation. Andrew, ol’ son, you’ve just dissed the central core concept of Leftism, there. Haven’t you?

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“How Dare You Allow People To Incriminate Themselves!”

January 11, 2014 9 Comments
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Lynsey Hanley blasts the Channel 4 programme, ‘Benefits Street’: … Channel 4 knows what it’s doing, and is quite happy to do the government’s dirty work. But Lynsey, if the people being filmed were stupid enough to admit to crimes on camera, how is that Channel 4′s fault? … the people living on James Turner Street lose any say they have in how they are portrayed as soon as the…

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Autism Jumps The Shark…

January 9, 2014 11 Comments
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When Annette Lewn’s children were young, she longed to join in the chats with other mothers at toddler group coffee mornings, but always felt like an outsider. ‘I desperately wanted to be part of the group, but I never seemed to say the right thing and I’d get funny looks from people,’ says Annette, 42, a school cleaner who lives in Chippenham, Wiltshire, with her son Ryan, 15, and daughter…

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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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Stop Right There!

January 5, 2014 7 Comments
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Figures obtained by the Guardian from the Link network, the body responsible for running Britain’s ATMs, show there are 269 low-income areas lacking a free machine within a 1km radius. These “cash machine deserts” … Oh, for…!! What, wasn’t the concept of a ‘food desert’ ridiculous enough? And if it’s such  problem, well, don’t worry, traditional Labour heartland councils have the answer - reduce the need for cash! Dean Langton,…

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‘Food Poverty’ – Getting The Needle All The Way Past Eleven!

December 24, 2013 5 Comments
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Patrick Butler ramps up the hyperbole: The detailed testimony of UK food poverty, both from those who suffer from it and those who try to alleviate it, still retains the power to startle and dismay. Really? *yawns* Take some of the stories uncovered by Samir Jeraj, who researched an investigation into food poverty in the south east of England for Green MEP Keith Taylor published this week. Oh, gosh, a…

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It’s Not Often I Agree With Hugh Muir….

November 30, 2013 5 Comments
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…but, well, it is nearly the season of goodwill: MP David Lammy seems to have been in uncompromising mood addressing a group of sixth-formers in London. “‘Innit’ or ‘izzit’ is not going to get you a job. Hurrah! What to do, for urban street talk is everywhere? On TV and radio, in the classroom. And it’s not just confined to ‘the black community’ either, but don’t expect Lammy or Muir…

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Never Mind The Laws, Let Our Feelings* Reign!!!

November 28, 2013 14 Comments
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Ellie Mae O’Hagan demands we ignore the laws, and listen to (what she assumes to be) our hearts instead: How can a man who would rather die than return to his native country be gaming the system? Errr…. because blackmail can always be relied upon to work on the soft-hearted (or more accurately, soft-headed)? Immigration has always been a thorny issue politically, and successive governments have ratcheted up the tensions…

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These Are The Lives That Welfare Systems Create…

November 24, 2013 12 Comments
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Pity poor Lily, condemned to a life of drudgery by the welfare state’s tolerance of her mother’s failings: On Friday afternoons Lily commutes home from a boarding high school, a place for girls who have grown up in high-risk homes. It doesn’t get much more high-risk than where Lily lives, the Hunts Point section of New Yorks’ South Bronx. Walking, she remembers Jesse, her mother’s current live-in boyfriend, who is…

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I Don’t Know Who’s More Insane…

October 31, 2013 3 Comments
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…the patients or the doctor who has suggested this: The NHS should consider paying patients with severe mental illness to take their medication, a leading expert has said, after a study showed that offering “modest financial incentives” significantly improved adherence to antipsychotic treatments. Well, I won’t stop you from sticking your hands in your own pockets, doc. But you aren’t that mad, are you? Professor Priebe said that many “mainstream…

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Diversity Courses For Dummies Doggies!

October 23, 2013 2 Comments
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A new report focusing on the Canine Special Detail of the LA Sheriff’s Department (LASD) has uncovered a vast increase in the number of minority individuals bitten by police dogs since 2004. And in the first six months of this year, every single victim of a bite by a LASD dog was African-American or Latino. Oh oh! Wait, wasn’t there a film about that? But I digress. Who is raising…

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