Kelvin’s brass neck

Former Sun editor and current rentagob Kelvin MacKenzie has demanded an apology from South Yorkshire Police for the “vilification” he received following the Hillsborough tragedy. Still smarting from the doorstepping received recently from Channel 4 News reporter Alex Thomson, I see. MacKenzie complains about the “collateral damage” suffered, and the “mortal danger” were he to set […]

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Windy myths

For a supposedly useless technology, it would appear that wind energy is doing rather well in the UK. Critics of wind turbines claim among other things that wind energy serves to increase rather than decrease atmospheric carbon emissions, owing to the intermittent nature of the wind, and the need for continuous energy supply putting additional […]

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An idea so stupid it might just fly

With talk across the spectrum of the British polity of so-called “public goods”, it should surprise no-one that that a senior broadsheet journalist has jumped on the bandwagon, calling for newspapers to be subsidised “to protect great journalism”. Some in the National Union of Journalists appear to take the idea seriously, and a call for […]

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Prior restraint and the curse of Leveson

Where is the defence of journalism against the predations of Leveson? Save for the likes of that ethically-challenged rentagob Kelvin MacKenzie, it isn’t coming from journalists, so worried are we about our jobs, and reputations within and without the trade. Journalists are being frightened into silence, and among the leadership of our own union there […]

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Had beard, box and bells, would play for beer

The melodeon player pictured above on Boxing Day 2011 is Doug Adams: stalwart of southeast London’s Blackheath Morris Men and Fowlers Molly dance troupe. Doug died yesterday. Peacefully, I’m told, after being ill with cancer. Beyond that I can tell you little about Doug, for I didn’t know him well. But I had a lot […]

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Cyclist attacked by police thugs shock!

An innocent UK government minister was earlier today attacked by police leaders after he had done no more than put an uppity Diplomatic Protection Group officer in his place, calling the offending plod a pleb. According to the BBC,… The poor man didn’t deserve this, surely. That said, he is giving cyclists a bad name… […]

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Pornographer to close newspaper over royal titty pics furore

On the other side of La Manche the UK isn’t called Perfidious Albion for nothing, and I sympathise with French and other European incredulity over the reaction within Britain to publication of topless photographs of the celebrity known as Kate Windsor (née Middleton). Whatever you think of the appropriateness or otherwise of publishing pictures of […]

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Night of the long fishknives

With a Tory party threatening to implode, or at least retreat to the shires to consider its options, and a young and dynamic Liberal leader savaged on the telly by a senile old Lord in a bath chair, you know that things can only get worse in the British polity. And so it most probably […]

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