10:10am Monday 16th May 2016
IN case you were wondering, I’ve been hiding under the bed for a while, hoping to escape the endless palaver about next month’s EU referendum. But I’ve just come out from under after reading some remarks by Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the unelected European Commission which governs Europe.
8:42am Monday 25th April 2016
KEEP your nose out, Obama! Don’t you think you’ve done enough damage to prospects for world peace in the nearly eight years of your disastrous presidency?
8:39am Monday 18th April 2016
I THINK I shall write a book and call it All Kids Now: The Infantilisation of Britain. Not a day goes by – not an hour goes by – without news of a fresh example of the nation’s descent into childishness. For instance, last week the newspapers were reporting, “top” doctors and “senior medical professionals” – I hope I’m never treated by a medical amateur – say that children are getting fat because they drink too much milk.
5:48pm Sunday 10th April 2016
UNUSUALLY, I find myself with something to cheer about. It seems that Britain has not quite – or not yet – completed its descent into totalitarianism and the police state. The subject is free speech, and particularly freedom of the press. Following the Leveson Inquiry, MPs voted overwhelmingly for a savage curtailment of press freedom. One of the new regulations would require newspapers to pay libel costs even where they win a case, should they not have previously offered a low cost means of resolving disputes.
8:05am Monday 4th April 2016
FATHER Tom Uzhunnalil has been crucified by Islamic State in Yemen. Nothing unusual about that. Crucifixion is IS’s preferred method of murdering Christians and Fr Tom’s cruel death made the news only because, with barbarous mockery, they did it on Good Friday. Thus one priest’s murder was meant to warn Christians everywhere that they are the targets of the violent Islamic insurgency on three continents.
3:34pm Monday 21st March 2016
IMAGINE going to a restaurant where there’s no food. Or going to church and the parson doesn’t mention God. Then can you imagine the Chancellor of the Exchequer making a budget speech containing no measures adequate to resolve Britain’s acute and chronic energy crisis? You don’t have to imagine it, because that is what happened last Wednesday.
8:49am Monday 14th March 2016
ON September 30 1938, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain stood outside Number Ten, waved a piece of paper and spoke to the nation: “My good friends, for the second time, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.”
2:15pm Monday 7th March 2016
WHEN I was hit smack in the mouth by a cricket ball, I never felt a thing. But it hurt like blazes when I woke up in Leeds General Infirmary. It was 1958 and I was playing in a school match. I received excellent treatment and made a good recovery – minus a couple of teeth.
5:03pm Friday 26th February 2016
How much hot air can you get for £6.5m quid? Or to put it another way, how much whitewash can you get for the same sum? The answer to both questions is: As much as you fancy.
3:18pm Monday 22nd February 2016
AT last the BBC has decided what to do with the former Today Programme presenter James “Jim” Naughtie.
2:31pm Monday 15th February 2016
WRITING in The Guardian – with what other organ would a PC PC share his inmost thoughts? - the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, says public confidence “has been affected” by the controversy over investigations into claims that a VIP paedophile ring abused and murdered children in the 1970s and 1980s.
7:52am Tuesday 9th February 2016
PRESIDENT Obama, according to US law, will have to quite the White House before the end of 2016. He is said to be concerned about his legacy – what great achievements will he be remembered for? It depends on your perspective. Among Americans, Obama’s popularity is as low as it’s ever been and this is because US citizens have at last twigged that the Great Talker is a great talker, and that’s all. Is there a fresh crisis in the Middle East? Yes, there’s a new one every week. Don’t worry, the president will make a pretty speech about it. Unfortunately, he will do nothing else and the crises will keep coming. Is Russia meddling dangerously in Ukraine, threatening the Baltic countries and reviving the Cold War? It does look rather like that. Never mind, Mr Obama will saturate the whole scenario under an ocean of fine words. If rhetoric were statesmanship, Obama would be the most outstanding politician since Pericles (495-429 BC).
10:51am Monday 1st February 2016
HAVING become old and well-stricken in years, I thought I might read an article in that famous woman’s magazine The Daily Telegraph about how to continue to enjoy a good sex life when you’re getting on.
8:45am Monday 25th January 2016
THE disease seems to be spreading. First we heard of cricket matches being fixed. Next, widespread doping in world athletics, then accusations that international tennis is rotten to the core, while, of course, bungs, bribery and skulduggery have long infested football.
3:47pm Monday 11th January 2016
IF I hear another presenter on TV describe the barbarians in Islamic State as “medieval,” I shall scream.
10:38am Monday 4th January 2016
THE veteran actress Barbara Windsor has complained that the press have “rained on my parade”. She added: "For a little East End lady to be made a dame just for doing a job that she loves - that's a bit good isn't it?" Well, Dame Barbara, I’m not sure that it is.
11:56am Monday 21st December 2015
HARK the herald angels sing, Barclays does the latest thing. And what is the latest thing? It is to refuse to mention Christmas and instead to refer to Christmas Day as a Bank Holiday.
11:34am Monday 7th December 2015
IN the House of Lords last week the Archbishop of Canterbury said: “There is room and requirement for greater generosity in our nation’s hospitality to refugees.” I read his whole speech three times but failed to discover what he means. Does “generosity” mean we should take in more refugees or does it mean we should make better provision for them? Perhaps the Archbishop meant both? It would have been helpful to know.
8:27am Monday 30th November 2015
ALL our political parties contain a few members who are fanatics or obnoxious or crazy, and in some cases a combination of all three, but the Labour party seems to have a plague of these types at the moment.
8:14am Monday 23rd November 2015
IMAGINE you wake up one morning to find your whole body, head to toe, covered in an itchy, painful rash. You go to the doctor and he says, “Oh I see you have a pimple on your nose! I’ll give you some ointment for it.” This is exactly the response of the western powers to the violent Islamic insurgency which threatens us all. Hollande, Cameron, Merkel and Obama have belatedly come to the conclusion that we must destroy Islamic State which they describe as a death cult, its members evil psychopaths. And they are right – even if they seem to have woken up to the fact rather belatedly.