O Tempora, O Mores

The Quiet and Sorry Death of Liberalism, Part CCXXXIV

10 January 2014 14:31

The whole point of the House of Lords is that it lacks democratic legitimacy. This, as they say, is a…

Abandon all hope: the average voter thinks one in four Britons is a muslim

9 July 2013 12:29

Last month I wrote a post arguing that an awful lot of opinion polling is worthless. The public mood matters…

Naff Britannia, Revisited

27 March 2012 0:34

Briefly: not content with producing the worst kit in British Olympic history Stella McCartney returns to the well of drivel…

Naff Britannia

22 March 2012 15:58

The Olympic games will, despite everything, be rather fun. This is so even though they will be tediously excessive. The…

Is Northwich, Cheshire the Worst Place in Britain?

5 March 2012 19:59

This letter to the Daily Mail suggests all is not well in deepest, darkest Cheshire: Can this really be real?…

Red-Tape Britain Costs Lives

27 February 2012 14:02

Via Bagehot, an enraging story from the Mail on Sunday: [O]n an overcast lunchtime last March when no fewer than…

The Public Health Racket

8 February 2012 15:00

A fine catch by Tim Worstall who rightly scoffs at this passage in today’s Telegraph report on the (Westminster) government’s…

Sir Fred Should Have Kept His Knighthood

31 January 2012 19:15

So poor old Fred Goodwin has been stripped of his knighthood. Apparently, betting big on a Dutch bank and getting…

Ed Miliband Surpasses Himself

27 January 2012 0:27

Miliband Attacks Cameron Over Chocolate Oranges might win a prize for the headline that best summarises Ed Miliband’s stewardship of…

Outrageous Outrage

1 December 2011 16:38

Gosh! Jeremy Clarkson – a muckle tube, for what it’s worth – said something silly/stupid/offensive/boring and now everyone’s twittering that…

Annals of Pointless security Theatre

29 November 2011 15:01

There’s really no need to switch off your phones and iPods and iPads next time you are on a plane.…

Let the Telegraph be the Telegraph

25 November 2011 18:20

Few things on Fleet Street are as reliably embarrassing as the Daily Telegraph’s efforts to appeal to the Yoof market.…

Are You a Terrorist or Just a Paedophile?

11 October 2011 11:22

UPDATE: Strathclyde Police have responded to all this and their version of events is quite different. So much so, in…

Catflap Latest: Sack Theresa May!

6 October 2011 13:14

Good god, #Catflap shows no sign of abating. And people are losing their minds over it. Poor old Tim Montgomerie…

Department of Homeland Absurdity

10 September 2011 13:37

A telling admission from Janet Napolitano, heid-bummer at the ludicrous (though founded for obvious, understandable reasons) Department of Homeland Security:…

Our Revolting Youth (Have Always Been With Us)

17 August 2011 0:13

The problem with the Prime Minister’s “Broken Society” meme is that it’s not obvious society is more broken now than…

There is a Government Car Parking Policy? Jesus Wept.

2 August 2011 10:53

Blimey David, the startling aspect of Eric Pickles’ announcement that central government will loosen the guidelines it issues to local…

Department of the Free Press

14 July 2011 14:51

I think Liberal Conspiracy should drop the “liberal” bit if they keep publishing tommyrot of this sort: I’ve never understood…

Reading in the Age of Distraction

25 June 2011 17:46

A good column by Johann Hari on the distractions – many of them wonderful but distractions nonetheless – of the…

A Bill That Shames Scotland

21 June 2011 21:51

Here’s a clue for politicians: when you’re asked if you’ve just criminalised the national anthem and all you can do…