Browsing All posts tagged under »politics«

Besmirching the good name of rioting

August 9, 2011


I can sort of get why there was unrest in London. A policeman shot another guy, and there was a protest, and people supposedly got angry. But that was Saturday night. It’s now Tuesday morning, and all the pictures are showing residential premises (homes, that is, with people in them) being set on fire and […]

Tom Macmaster sets back the Arab Spring decades

June 13, 2011


I’m busy contemplating adding a major new chapter to The Revolution Will Be Tweeted? (which is out now) thanks to this, as well as updating other events  and releasing an expanded second edition soon. That won’t be for a while, though, so if you’re interested in seeing how the now-named Arab Spring came about (and […]

The beneficial side effects of a Napoleon complex

April 6, 2011


It used to be that the French were shirkers of duty. If you ask those US navy personnel at the fifth fleet base in Bahrain eating their breakfast, they’ll tell you that. They only eat Freedom toast, not French toast. Anything else would be insulting. But strangely the French now are leading incursions on two […]

Jared Lee Loughner and the Second Amendment

January 12, 2011


There are a whole host of arguments about the resons why Jared Lee Loughner decided to open fire on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona a few days ago, but all of them are talking around the real point, which is that of gun control. To Britons the notion that Americans are free to own and […]

Not quite sackcloth and ash…The Comprehensive Spending Review

October 20, 2010


Comprehensive Spending Review…oh how we’ve longed for you. 19% of spending over four years will be cut, with some of the high(read: low)lights being the Home Office (and policing) taking a 25% cut – fewer police will be out on the beat as a result – and a 20% cut in frontline prison and judicial […]

It’s been a dark week for the British press

September 2, 2010


It’s been a dark week for the British press, and it reminds us that though we often have a lot to be proud about as regards our newspapers, there is a worrying shift towards slander and the tail wagging the dog. It’s curious that in a week when Tony Blair released his memoirs his revelations […]