The Death of Liberalism

I originally planned to write this post some time ago, when Tim Farron was forced out as leader of the UK’s Liberal Democrats, but it fits, sadly, as a companion piece to my last one. I could hardly be described as a fan of Tim Farron. He is a Liberal Democrat, after all. But, while, … Continue reading

PR Disaster

With the election over, Britain has effectively chosen the party that wants to move the deckchairs around as the Titanic sinks rather than the party that wanted to drill additional holes in the hull of the sinking ship. The end disaster will be the same, but the nation will stay afloat a little longer this … Continue reading

Thinking Caps…

The arrival of benefits caps¬† is today’s big news and, unsurprisingly, the talk is of what might be done next – regional variation, perhaps, or reducing the cap level further, or specific measures such as limiting child benefit to the first two children of the unemployed and stopping under-25s from being eligible for housing benefit. … Continue reading

Additions to The Devil’s Dictionary

Since Ambrose Bierce published his The Devil’s Dictionary numerous new words have risen to prominence and are in need of a concise definition. This post is intended to fill just a few of the many gaps… Anti-Theist – n. Atheist who, having declared war on that in which they do not believe, is determined to … Continue reading

The Bedroom Dilemma

So, we have our first official death due to the so-called bedroom tax. Stephanie Bottrill is reported to have killed herself because she could not afford to pay ¬£80 towards her rent on her three-bedroom home. From initial reports it seems that she was already in dire financial straits and that the additional charge was … Continue reading

The True Welfare Myth

I have just been reading an opinion piece by ‘left-wing writer’ Brendan O’Neill (I’ve no idea who he actually is, but he sees himself as an expert on the welfare-ridden poor). In it, he addresses the way in which the liberal middle classes are bemused at the failure of the poor to rise up and … Continue reading

The Stench of Hypocrisy!

It should come as no surprise that the smell that lingers around politicians is the stench of hypocrisy. Introducing a benefits cut for anyone whose home includes a bedroom designated as unused (according to government guidelines, which do not always accord with reality), one Minister stepped forth to lecture the poor that, in his four-bedroom … Continue reading

Which death do you prefer?

The Eastleigh by-election has been much analysed by parties and pundits, all keen to predict the future and opine upon what needs to be done by each party to ensure success in the next general election. Labour, of course, took comfort from the fact that they stood no chance in Eastleigh and, so, stick their … Continue reading

The Great Health Data Heist

Whether it is actually on the books, or just a glimmer in Big Brother’s eye, I don’t know, but the latest wheeze of the data-centralists is to seize information from GPs on our health without worrying about little things like confidentiality or consent. Now, perhaps I’m being naive, but when I hand over information under … Continue reading

HS2? Hardly Surprising, Too!

As ever, it seems the Tories cannot quite get the grasp of this whole democracy thing. You see, you need to have a chunk of society support you if you want to be elected. Unfortunately, whilst unable to convince their long term foes that they are any better than the emaciated hunks of hypocrisy called … Continue reading