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Are All ‘Controversial Issues’ To Be Welcomed, Then?

September 21, 2013 6 Comments
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An education that feeds students unquestioning patriotism – or, for that matter, unquestioning anything – and squelches any initiative they may take to explore controversial issues is not likely to produce free-thinking, independent-minded citizens. Bold words, Svetlana! Bold words indeed. Say, how do you suppose students would be treated should they decide to challenge the left-wing and ‘right on’ views of their teachers? No, no, no need to bother to…

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“Save Me, EU, You’re My Only Hope!”

February 28, 2013 13 Comments
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In the sickening seconds which followed, I learned that Christian and his friend had been jumping off the windowsill when a loop, which had formed in a venetian blind cord, caught around my son’s neck, leaving him hanging and unable to free himself. Ah. A familiar story. We’ve seen this before. Luckily, on this occasion, vigilance was rewarded, and the child suffered no lasting harm. So…was this woman unaware of…

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What, You Thought They Were Your Children? Why, No…

October 14, 2012 12 Comments
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…they are merely chess pieces on a board, and the game is ‘Social Cohesion’. It’s like ‘Risk, only with the potential for far more warfare: American-style “bussing” should be introduced in London to break down the segregated school system, a leading headteacher said today. Oh, and how dim do you have to be to come up with this idea? The idea was put forward by David Levin, head of the…

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Libraries: Suddenly, Icons Of The Left?

September 24, 2012 17 Comments
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Lynsey Hanley (again) missing the point: When Zadie Smith defends public libraries, you know that it’s not because it is fashionable to do so: it’s because, in her estimation, she owes her life to them. Really? According to popular music, it’s possible for a DJ to save your life, but a library? “When we were children, you’d never imagine that you’d get into a right/left argument about the purpose and…

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What Is It With MPs And Their Desire For Control Over Others’ Property?

September 7, 2012 2 Comments
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MPs have urged RBS and Lloyds TSB to allow customers with basic bank accounts to use their cards in rivals’ cash machines, saying that limiting withdrawals could lead to a decrease in the number of free ATMs. This is, believe it or not, a desire to do something (thought not by actually doing something themselves, you understand, merely by urging others to do the heavy lifting while they trouser their…

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White Is Right!

July 5, 2012 7 Comments
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But only when it comes to milk, of course. At least, according to Anna M Clark (president of EarthPeople, in case you were wondering. No ‘take me to your leader!’ jokes, please..): “Why are the children drinking pink milk?” asked the Finnish intern my family was hosting. As a graduate student, Nina came here last year to research American perspectives on green marketing. She accompanied me to a client site,…

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So…Just Why Do We Pay Income And Council Tax?

May 13, 2012 8 Comments
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Clearly, it isn’t to ensure someone performs the basics of a civilised society: A dead dog was removed from the River Thames by a distressed volunteer after authorities left it floating for more than two weeks. And this is Kingston! Clearly, twinned with any Third World unsanitary hellhole you care to name… The volunteer for DogLost, a website for lost and found dogs, said she approached the RSPCA, the Environment…

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Colluding In Their Own Destruction…

April 4, 2012 10 Comments
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Police are teaming up with pubs in Hucknall town centre to refuse entry to anyone found to have traces of drugs on their hands. So, better not handle any money, shake hands with any dodgy people, push open any shop doors…well, not if you want a drink, anyway! The testing works by swabbing the palm of the hand with a piece of card which is placed into a machine and…

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Buy A Shredder, Love! Problem Solved…

March 21, 2012 4 Comments
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…in fact buy an industrial one, and when the time comes, we can dispose of a few useless council leeches too: Tara Kirk, of Newby Garden, Oadby, received a letter from the council after an investigator found an envelope addressed to the girl with a neighbour’s rubbish. The letter threatened her with a fine and a criminal conviction. All because she put the letter in her neighbour’s sack with his…

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A Prediction For 2012

December 31, 2011 15 Comments
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It’s not going to be Stony Stratford that first bans smoking in the open air, or in cars, much to Cllr Bartlett’s chagrin. It’s going to be somewhere in Wales: Victoria Winckler, director of the Bevan Foundation, has added her voice to the growing support in Wales for a ban on smoking in cars, especially those carrying children. Note that; ‘especially‘ in cars carrying children. Not only in cars carrying children. Did anyone…

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Do You Fear Choice?

October 12, 2011 8 Comments
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John Middleton (or as Tim describes him, this ‘scumbag idiot Marxist’ ) on the awful consequences of choice: A crowded train is delayed for hours; when it finally arrives the public address announces: “Thank you for choosing Virgin trains.” An exhausted passenger shrieks: “I didn’t have any bloody choice.” Stories of the incompetence and impersonality of telephone, water and energy companies are legion. All beneficiaries of choice and competition: an…

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My Big Fat Gypsy Plantation…

September 13, 2011 4 Comments
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Barely is the ink dry on the press releases about what Laban Tall calls ‘the travellers’  radical new “welfare to work” strategy‘ than the ‘Guardian’  is rushing to pour cold water on this unfortunate episode, lest it taint the upcoming Battle Of Dale Farm: One of the men labelled by police as a modern-day slave at a Travellers’ site in Bedfordshire has accused officers of heavy-handed tactics and described the the…

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Remembering those important dates

September 9, 2011 13 Comments
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* Bad language warning: in this post I live up to my name and include a Penn & Teller clip – the F-bomb will be dropped * This weekend marks a date we’ll all be expected to remember. The papers will be full of it, it’ll be mentioned on every news and current affairs show, the blogosphere will no doubt add its contribution (and in a way this post is…

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Rock-a-bye baby, on the tree top…

August 2, 2011 7 Comments
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Now that some time has elapsed since the Norwegian shootings and the much overshadowed bomb explosion(s?) – also known in the mainstream media as ultra-right wing Christian terrorism linked to groups like the EDL (whether it is true or not) – do we remember all the incidental detail of the 22nd July and the following weekend? In my mind I retain nuggets of information that, I was delighted to find,…

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Sickening…

June 30, 2011 11 Comments
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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 a slippery slope. Well, for those still undecided about the latter, consider this: Doctors are impressed by the superior condition of lungs taken from people who killed by lethal injection…

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