Tag: the State

Hey, Since You Like Collective Punishment So Much…

A senior city councillor has claimed officers are vetting every letter he writes to constituents. Conservative group leader John Fareham said he was “astonished” to discover non-political letters about issues such as parking signs were being checked by the council’s…

Moving Those Goalposts….

Children are still exposed to the same level of junk food advertising despite tighter regulations, research suggests. Eh? Are companies breaching the regulations, then? Newcastle University academics said 6.1% of adverts seen by children were about junk food before the…

It’s The Fourth Emergency Service!

Tube engineers will be rushed across London by police cars with their sirens blaring in a bid to keep trains moving… Whoa, steady on! I mean, yes, Tube breakdowns are annoying, but really, should we go this far? Well, we…

Better Order More Kleenex For The Council Chambers!

Solicitors representing the Lap Dancing Association are arguing with Bournemouth council on what makes a performance ‘lewd’ or ‘stimulating’. Well, I guess it depends… Jeffrey Green Russell say the council’s current conditions, which will regulate For Your Eyes Only, Spearmint…

How Many Nudists Frolic With A Hoe…

…in an English country garden? Well, at least one: A keen naturist who loves gardening in the nude will stand trial for ‘outraging public decency’ after neighbours complained about seeing him naked. Well, stop looking! It is, after all, his…

The Elites Are Scared…

…and what they’re scared of is the public deciding that, since the police service they pay for isn’t up to the job, they better do it themselves: … the broom-wielders of Clapham have not been the only manifestation of the…

‘Watch The Birdie!’

…but don’t, whatever you do, watch the men dealing with the birdies! Hertfordshire police officers told a photographer he would could be sued thousands of pounds for taking picturesof his neighbour’s garden.Simon Richardson took pictures of Department for Environment, Food…

Will Oslo Cause A Rethink..?

Last week, council leader Liam Smith wrote to home secretary Theresa May asking her to ban “inflammatory” protests in Barking and Dagenham after an English Defence League protest against a planned mosque and community centre in Green Lane, Dagenham, escalated…

Bloody Vikings…

… is what we’re thinking of calling our first child, partly because we like Monty Python and partly to take the mickey out of Denmark, Sweden and Iceland, all of which have laws governing what you can name a child. Obviously not…

Sickening…

A few weeks ago, the subject of the law on euthanasia was raised and debated on blogs, such as Anna Raccoon’s piece here, as a result of the Terry Pratchett documentary. Many people welcomed it, many people regarded it as…