***END OF ARTICLE MISSING*** Only Footballers listened to on British TV

30th March 2015 0

Foreigners too often still harbour certain misconceptions about the UK, in particular that the highest standards in broadcasting are always maintained. Perhaps this is an impression dating from the glory days of the BBC. This means new arrivals, as well as accidental visitors to British TV, are taken aback at the shallowness of proceedings, the cheerfully ignorant guests and the … [Read on]

A Marie Antoinette of Greek Debt

29th March 2015 1

The left-wing French newspaper, Libération, recently called the Greek Minister of Finances, Yanis Veroufakis, the pop-star of the left. For me that is hardly a term of approbation, rather the reverse, but the newspaper no doubt thought otherwise. It printed a picture of him, just off his powerful motor cycle, dressed in a leather jacket, T-short and jeans, carrying his … [Read on]

Miliband. A political Mithradetes.

27th March 2015 0

Vilification of Miliband had reached fever pitch. I wouldn’t vote for him under any circumstances but I’ve never been very keen on character assassination. Yet I don’t think even this is the right term. It’s more like the kind of juvenile facial/voice ridicule that you find in the school playground. The hatred, expressed in comments posted to tabloid stories, has … [Read on]

Electroconvulsive therapy by radio

24th March 2015 0

Needing the services of a certain shop last week, I found myself waiting in it for three quarters of an hour. The staff were perfectly pleasant and it was not their fault that I had to wait; but what was nearly intolerable to me (nearly intolerable, because in the end I did tolerate it for the sake of the service … [Read on]

Refresh your hatred of humanity

21st March 2015 0

If you want to develop or to refresh a hatred of humanity there is no better way, at least in England, that to go litter-picking in an English rural lane. Recently my wife and I have been so horrified by the increase in littering in the beautiful countryside not far from us that we have decided to do a little … [Read on]

The BBC – Not even the courage of its moral cowardice

20th March 2015 0

The complete contempt of the upper echelons of the BBC for the intelligence of the British public could not be better illustrated than by its website. My experience of those working at the lower levels of the organisation is of intelligent, dedicated and often talented people frustrated in their wish to do a good job by the mandate from the … [Read on]

***END OF ARTICLE MISSING*** Helping police with their enquiries – Bulgarian style

18th March 2015 0

You always know a state has failed whenever it starts talking about an orchestrated campaign from outside to bring it down. Sure, there are the obvious suspects. Zimbabwe’s Mugabe has long since claimed that British enemies have been trying to topple him. If so, they haven’t been successful – sadly – because the 91-year-old despot is still partying while his … [Read on]

Editorial Spring 2015

15th March 2015 0

There is only one question to be asked at the next election. Who is going to pay at least a fraction of Britain’s £1.4 trillion pound public debt? It is four times larger than it was in 1998 and rising vertically. Traditionally state debt is serviced by taxes or further borrowing. Yet while more people are being employed the computer … [Read on]

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