Free speech

Ancient history

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As we know, many people have their political opinions frozen in time when they’re young, and it’s almost impossible to change them. A case in point is Tom Harris: How on earth did we get to a point where the fight for freedom of expression is one that is owned entirely by the Right-wing of […]

Feminism

Foolishness begets more foolishness

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After feminist professor Selina Todd was cancelled by a feminist conference because of trans activists’ threats (Todd isn’t totally on-board with the idea that a bloke in a dress is a woman if he says he is), the Guardian’s Suzanne Moore fights back to declare that sex is real. However, one can’t help feel that […]

Civil service

You’re looking in the wrong place

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Priti Patel is to face a ‘serious’ Cabinet Office probe after Phillip Rutnams’ resignation amid accusations against her of bullying: The Cabinet Office has launched an investigation into whether Priti Patel breached the ministerial code after her top Home Office official dramatically resigned amid a bullying row.   Michael Gove told MPs that the Home […]

Culture

Yorkshire Tea

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Loony leftists gonna loon: Yorkshire Tea has urged social media users to “try to be kind” after the popular brand became embroiled in a row involving a leading Tory politician.   Chancellor Rishi Sunak posted a picture on Friday of him appearing to make a huge tea round for his Treasury staff.   The Twitter […]

Dominic Cummings

More Dominic Cummings discussion

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Gavin Longmuir has taken the trouble to write a lengthy comment on my last post about Dom Cummings, so I thought I’d bring the discussion into a new post to give it some more visibility: It is very easy for enthusiasts to over-estimate how strongly others feel about certain things. Personally I’m not an enthusiast […]

Politicians

Boris and the shaky turf beneath him

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Rob Wilson understands that Boris is standing on shaky turf, but gets things back-to-front: Boris Johnson may be king of the castle now, but one false move could spark rebellion He actually thinks the wets may launch a coup: In the past few weeks there have already been “noises off” from Huw Merriman and Damian […]

Culture

The ACLU is dead, long live the new ACLU: the FSU

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On the cusp of the Free Speech Union’s launch here’s a really timely interview by Tom Slater at Spiked with Ira Glasser: Glasser, 82, is one of the most important civil-liberties advocates of the past 50 years. He was executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1978 to 2001, helping to turn it […]

Crime

Caroline Flack and the CPS

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Apparently Caroline Flack’s death is the fault of the CPS: Caroline Flack: Crown Prosecution Service under fire for ‘dogged pursuit’ of TV star over domestic abuse charges I agree that the CPS probably should have dropped the case when the man involved said he didn’t want to pursue it. But I don’t really buy the […]

Culture

Comedy Unleashed review

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I travelled to London on Tuesday to visit Comedy Unleashed (at the Backyard Comedy Club in Bethnal Green), as my new mate Toby Young was performing. (This is going to be a name-dropping review, can’t really avoid that, so let’s get started with it.) Also, I’d been wanting to go for ages as it’s a […]

Humour

Don’t say the BBC isn’t for everyone

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BBC’s Pidgen English newspage is not supposed to be the sort of thing you laugh at, but it’s hard not to: After female sex robot ‘Harmony’ enter market last year, male sex robot deh laboratory and e go fit enter market later dis year.   Matt McMullen CEO, for Realbotix company weh e di make […]

Comedy

Comedy Unleashed tonight

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I’m going to Comedy Unleashed in London tonight. It’s going to be fab, not least because Toby Young is making his stand-up debut. You can’t go, though. Why not? Because it’s sold out, that’s why. But you should go another month. I will report on it, but it looks like it’s a great night, and […]