Try either link...both are worryingly addictive!
An Englishman who went to live in Philadelphia only to be amazed on his return at how little Britain seemed to trust people. Now back rambling, ranting and winding up lefties...
I am always staggered by many modern politicians of today. Much of the political and indeed journalistic establishment seems to lack conviction and too rarely do we hear support for bills, decisions, people on the grounds that the figure involved just believes it. Yes we need reason and logical debate, but it can either be heartfelt or a more passive, cynical PR procedure; merely a regurgitation of over-choreographed interactions.
Despite having been a great fan of Mr Howard compared with his predecessor and because of my dislike for the Labour Party I feel obliged to link to this fantastically reasoned piece. I agree with practically every word.
I found Charles Moore's article in today's Telegraph stimulating even if I don't entirely want to agree.
Sorry for the delay in postings for a while but I have been not only distracted by Hutton, Top-up fees and snow but have been down and out with tonsillitis for a while. I'm back now though...
I wrote last week about the dreadful and shameless behaviour of Cambridge MP Anne Campbell (see below), predicting, inter alia, that
Poor performance and result from Bromsgrove. We're lacking some spark and it's looking like the manager's got to carry the can. The team can play but apparently we've resettled into a 3-5-2 formation which has never really worked all season.
Just had brought to my attention a quite shocking comment about suicide bombers by LibDem MP Dr Jenny Tonge.
The Mirror amongst other organs carries a story about Pierluigi Collina, the world-famous bald, referee and the likelihood that he may be invited to join the ranks of English referees this summer. He will then be 45, at which age all referees must retire in Italy: in England, however, they may continue until 'the age of the zimmer frame' at 48.
George Orwell died on this day 54 years ago. A sad celebration, but nevertheless it is worth remembering not only how deep and enticing his writings were, but also how worryingly prescient his most famous novel actually seems!
This intriguing piece from quite an intriguing blog:
Today's editorial in the Daily Telegraph gives what is, for them, something of a poke at Michael Howard's leadership of the Conservative Party.
A classic story of today about Winston Churchill's parrot, which at the age of 103 is alleged to be the oldest parrot in the world. Apparently it still comes out with the swear words that Churchill taught it when he first bought it in 1937. Only such a great man as Churchill could possibly have come up with that thought. Oh to know what Mr Blair would have taught his parrot...or more interestingly what truths the parrot would have heard him utter across the kitchen table!
This links in absolutely with the piece below about the dangers of positive discrimination and how it can be used as a diversion from the real problems.
There is an entertaining article in today's Sunday Telegraph about the pacifying effect of marriage and women on men!
Having heard that Anne Campbell, the Labour MP for Cambridge was going to consult students at the University as to how she should vote in the debate on the bill including deferred fees, you can imagine the excitement with which I went to view the online survey.
This week as President George W. Bush visits the UK in a trip surrounded by controversy, further controversy rumbles on in the US while he's away. What's more, I can't help but reckon that the stories stateside will have a longer lasting resonance over here than any protest against his visit.