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Gun crazy: Donald Trump and the politics of denial

‘Fortunately somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction … otherwise it would have been much worse.’ On Sunday 5 November 2017, 26 people were murdered at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas by… Continue Reading →

The Brexit debate is a tissue of lies

It’s taken me a few weeks, but I’ve finally found the perfect use for the Government’s much criticised EU referendum leaflet. As you can see, I’ve upcycled it into this very attractive Brexit loo roll. Of course the Brexit roll… Continue Reading →

David Cameron excels at playing the blame game

Imagine you’ve been summoned by your boss to explain your recent poor performance in the job. You respond by blaming it all on the shortcomings of your predecessor, who was sacked five years ago. It doesn’t sound like a winning strategy,… Continue Reading →

Election 2015 – Coming Soon to a Doorstep Near You

Don’t be surprised if Labour leader Ed Miliband turns up on your doorstep in the next few weeks. He’ll probably be wearing a rosette – though he’d be wise not to team it with one of those controversial “This is what… Continue Reading →

Giving Argentina a Sporting Chance

The transition from avid Pope watching to fervent Argie bashing was almost seamless. Less than 24 hours after Pope Francis I (the one-lunged Pontiff) made his first balcony appearance in Saint Peter’s Square, the British press was reminding us of… Continue Reading →

iPhone: 5 Things I Hate about You

It will be thinner, taller, faster, instantly covetable and probably even more expensive than the last model. No, I’m not talking about the next Mrs Tom Cruise — though she’ll doubtless be unveiled just as soon as they can get… Continue Reading →

Trash Talking on Twitter

“If you can’t say something nice… don’t say nothing at all.” (Thumper, Bambi (1942)) Wouldn’t the world be a nicer place if we engaged in a bit of self-censorship and followed the maxim handed down by Thumper’s father? No, the… Continue Reading →

Glad to be Gray

This year I’ve given myself an early Christmas present by (belatedly) installing the Firefox CommentBlocker Add-On. It cost nothing to download, and just a few seconds later the Comments sections on every site in my browser had disappeared — as… Continue Reading →

Death Wish Dave

Just another storm in a (Westminster) tea cup David Cameron has warmed up for Friday’s right royal knees-up with what you might call a right prime ministerial balls-up. Dismissing shadow Treasury Chief Secretary, Angela Eagle, with the words “calm down,… Continue Reading →

Hidden gems

Searching for philosophical nuggets on internet Comments boards can feel a bit like that notorious scene in Trainspotting in which Renton emerges from the foul depths of Edinburgh’s filthiest public convenience. A while ago I had some harsh words to… Continue Reading →

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