Monthly Archives: May 2011

Decline and Fall: No 9 in an occasional series

The Daily Telegraph reports that a Warwickshire primary school has reprimanded two seven year-old boys for playing at being soldiers. According to the article: Teachers broke up the imaginary classroom shoot-out and contacted the youngsters’ parents, warning them that such … Continue reading

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Hari Watch – purple prose alert!

Johann Hari writes for the left-leaning Independent and frequently turns up at the equally left-leaning BBC. He is the person for whom the descriptor ‘bleeding heart liberal’ must have been coined. He is infuriatingly and narcissistically wet, completely self-absorbed in … Continue reading

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Decline and Fall: No 8 in an occasional series

Earlier this week, we had the story about a police helicopter being scrambled to investigate a stuffed toy. Fair enough, the stuffed toy looked pretty realistic. But this? Two police cars, a riot van, a pair of foot-plods and a … Continue reading

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Educated guest work

Late last year, the nation was gripped by the tale of Mary Bale, the infamous Cat Bin Woman. She was recorded – by a privately owned CCTV system – stopping to stroke a cat before picking it up, opening a … Continue reading

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Stop the madness

The Climate Change Act of 2008 will surely go down as one of the most ridiculous and pernicious pieces of legislation ever enacted by a supposedly scientifically literate and developed country. It is directly responsible for pushing up energy costs … Continue reading

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Schadenfreude – an update

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s post about Britain’s ridiculous new carbon (dioxide) reduction target comes this story from Channel 4 News. This is the gist: Steel giants Tata have announced they will be making 1,500 job cuts across plants … Continue reading

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The vigilante approach to traffic calming?

I was pleasantly surprised when, last year, Swindon became the first town in England to turn off its speed cameras. I’ve never been convinced by the arguments offered in their favour and genuinely believe they – like politicised speed limits … Continue reading

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Schadenfreude

Shortly after I posted about eco-fascism yesterday, the UK government issued its widely anticipated 2025 ‘carbon’ budget (you’ll note the usual omission of the word ‘dioxide’ between ‘carbon’ and ‘budget’, all the better to conjure up images of pollution, soot … Continue reading

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The new dark age

That was then: In 1929, there was a great economic depression. America called in its debts with the result that Germany’s Weimar Republic, burdened with the enormous costs of its WW1 settlement, collapsed. German unemployment rose into the millions and … Continue reading

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An ordinary death made extraordinary

My mother died suddenly one night. It wasn’t altogether unexpected; she had a known problem with her heart valves. She had gone to the bathroom just before going to bed and when she hadn’t returned to the bedroom, my father … Continue reading

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