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My Secrets

Another story that I meant to write about this week was the government proposal to allowing the security services to monitor its citizens email indiscriminately.

You know, the same politicians who were totally opposed the idea when the previous government floated the idea.

A lot of people aren’t very comfortable with that idea, even if the Daily Mail says ‘if you’ve nothing to hide, you’ve nothing to fear’. Read more ›››


It wasn’t until I woke up to the news yesterday that I knew anything about a by-election in Bradford. Nor that we were about to witness the ‘Bradford Spring’.

A vote swing of 37%, give or take a few decimal points, is pretty impressive by any standards and George Galloway is right when he describes it as the ‘most sensational result in British by-election history, bar none’. But is it ultimately pointless? Read more ›››

Oh what a circus, oh what a show

Pantomime Horse

You know that a Conservative government is either doing something right or something utterly stupid when the Daily Mail editorial is its severest critic. At the moment, it is definitely the latter.

Having made a complete dog’s breakfast of the non-strike by fuel delivery drivers that has resulted in the circus at the petrol pumps, the Mail had this to say: Read more ›››

Crises? What Crises?

It’s a strange sort of news day when the jokey item is about VAT, but that’s what happened yesterday as the confusion and silliness about what constitutes hot food and what doesn’t rumbled on.

After George Osborne was embarrassed for being unable to tell the select committee when he last bought a Greggs pasty, other senior politicos were busily establishing their own fast food credentials. Read more ›››

Hands up! This is a sustain!

What does the word ‘sustainability’ mean to you? It’s one that crops up pretty much everywhere these days to the extent that its meaning has been forgotten. It’s become a cliché.

I should say at the start that this thought wasn’t prompted by Roger’s comment yesterday, but by the new planning reforms issued by the government today. Read more ›››

Let Them Eat Cladding

Flipping through the Sunday papers last night, I had check the clocks to make sure I hadn’t moved them forward too much. The news certainly read like I got ahead of myself and to April the first.

Climate change minister *, Greg Barker, has decided that the reason why the icecaps are melting and polar bears are looking for a career change is all down Victorian and Edwardian houses like mine. Read more ›››

Beware Friendly Homosexuals

A Friendly Homosexual

I was only saying the other day that religion should play no part in politics (and vice versa) when along comes that video of the Rev Dennis Terry rant before he introduced would-be US President Rick Santorum.

Makes you despair doesn’t it? Watching US comedies and tv dramas, you’d think that as a country they have developed a more open-minded view of the world, but not so apparently. Read more ›››

I hate to say this, but…

It pains me to say it, but it seems that this government might have had an unexpected bout of common sense over its consultation on Equal Civil Marriage.

Behind that common sense sounding title lurks the issue that has had some religious leaders up in arms, of course, that of same-sex marriage and whether the proposals somehow undermine the entire fabric of society. Read more ›››