Punishment must always fit the crime

2:55pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

IN 1978, Barry Williams finally snapped after a long-running row with his neighbours the Burkitt family.

Turning out the lights on UK growth

6:13pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

PITY David Cameron. He is in the testing predicament of a salesman who has to try to sell a product which is sub-standard and not fit for purpose: the Conservative part under his leadership.

Does no one still believe in God?

10:24am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

OOH that Justin Welby he does say some strange things. The Archbishop of Canterbury says: “I sometimes wonder whether God exists.” He added: “There are moments when you think, ‘Is there a God? Where is God?’”

Whatever happened to quiet, like?

9:49am Tuesday 16th September 2014

I HAVE always loved trains. From the age of five, I was taken into Leeds Central or Leeds City to catch the steam train to Scarborough or Morecambe. On a good day, you didn’t even have to go all the way into town, for the train stopped at Armley Junction, just around the corner from our house.

Layers upon layers of rottenness

9:49am Tuesday 9th September 2014

SOMETHING is rotten in the state of England. At the highest level, a rigid political policy which declares that ethnic and religious minorities must not be offended has ensured that for decades untold thousands of children have been sexually abused.

Our failure to resist is a fatal error

9:40am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

YOU read it here first. I wrote last week: “The West doesn’t do foreign policy. Obama makes slick speeches and Cameron operates PR stunts.”

We cannot stand by and do nothing

9:49am Tuesday 26th August 2014

THE West doesn’t do foreign policy. Instead, President Obama makes slick speeches, David Cameron performs PR stunts, the EU issues memoranda of intent then does nothing, while the best that Theresa May can come up with is “Asbos for extremists” – making murderous terrorists go stand in the naughty corner for half an hour.

You don’t need to look back for evil

10:09am Tuesday 19th August 2014

IWISH the mass media would stop misusing the word “medieval.” The IS uprising in northern Iraq and Syria is murderous and barbaric beyond words, but it is not medieval.

Freedom to take kids on holiday

10:01am Tuesday 12th August 2014

I HAD long thought we live in a proud country, free of all tyranny and coercion.

Real truth about the Great War

10:58am Tuesday 5th August 2014

LAST year at this time, I was standing outside a City of London livery hall, looking towards the Tower of London.

Hamas must go for peace to succeed

9:57am Tuesday 29th July 2014

WHEN the Palestinians in Gaza complain that they have been under Israeli siege for eight years, they have a point. They have no airport and no seaport. The Israelis operate a naval blockade and they control passage between Israel and Gaza by means of seven border checkpoints.

Hamas has orchestrated this tragedy

10:50am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

LIFE is intolerable for Palestinian families living in Gaza. They have to negotiate hundreds of Israeli checkpoints, and Israel’s navy has imposed a blockade.

Just beware of what you wish for

9:36am Tuesday 15th July 2014

Ono George, no George, no… I never thought I would see the day when I disagreed with anything said by the admirable former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey.

The sinister secrets of ‘Saint Jim’

10:25am Tuesday 8th July 2014

IGET very queasy about all these childmolestation trials, ancient “dossiers” and (horrible phrase) “historical childabuse”.

We won the war, but not the peace

9:58am Tuesday 1st July 2014

DAVID CAMERON’S failed attempts to block the appointment of Jean- Claude Juncker to the presidency of the EU Commission has made our Prime Minister a laughing stock – again. There is no stopping the relentless drive towards federalism, “ever closer political union” and the superstate.

We in the West reap what we sow

10:37am Tuesday 17th June 2014

AT least the early Muslim conquerors in the 8th and 9th centuries were moderately humane: if Christians, Jews and other unbelievers in the countries they overran were prepared to pay the Islamic tax on infidels (known as the dhimmi), the Muslim conquerors would refrain from beheading them, crucifying them or putting them to the sword.

Cook’s time as skipper needs to end

8:34am Tuesday 10th June 2014

ISLAMIC jihad, the murderous inefficiency of the NHS, the collapsed state schools system, the problems with Putin and the housing crisis. I must turn my attention away from these hilarities and write about something serious for once.

We’re sick of pointless ‘research’

9:44am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

EVERY day a fresh stunt, a new buzzword, another PR gimmick. And today’s catchphrase folks is – wait for it – “obesogenic environment.” This stunt, like so many stunts, was dreamed up by our beloved nanny, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice).

Ukip success is a seismic event for UK

9:57am Tuesday 27th May 2014

THE political earthquake – so long predicted but which so few believed – is now happening. The results in the council elections and for the European parliament are a triumph for Ukip and a catastrophe for the three main British parties.

Why Europe wants more ‘net control

9:43am Tuesday 20th May 2014

TOTALITARIANISM or what? The European Court has declared that “in appropriate cases” information should be deleted from articles on the Internet. The example given was of a Spaniard who some years ago received a conviction for debt. He successfully argued that this fact should not be there at the click of everybody’s mouse to haunt him for the rest of his life. I can see the humanity in this.

Greens leave everyone fracked off

9:43am Tuesday 13th May 2014

WHERE is our sense of urgency? David Cameron has said that “Fracking for shale gas is good for our country… it is our duty to get on with it, especially in view of the Ukrainian crisis”.

Bringing Syria to our doors

9:46am Tuesday 6th May 2014

THE war in Syria is coming home and the latest proof of this is the new video of a Muslim jihadist from London shooting dead a supporter of President Assad.

Why Ukip has MPs quaking

9:36am Tuesday 29th April 2014

BRACE yourself, for there’s going to be a political earthquake.

Christian? What does that mean?

10:17am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

GK CHESTERTON said: “The secret of being a successful journalist is to write one article for the Church Times and another article for The Horseracing Times, address them to the respective editors, then put them in the wrong envelopes.”

Working class unites in Ukip

9:24am Tuesday 15th April 2014

THERE’S an old Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Well, we are living in interesting times, and the times are going to get even more interesting over the next 12 months.

Is the PC calendar a good idea?

12:11pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

I WENT into three shops trying to buy an Easter card. I’m fond of flowers, I love eggs and I’ve no desire to perpetrate a hate crime against bunnies. But I was looking for something with a cross on, or an Easter garden, the sepulchral stone being rolled away.

No way to defend democracy

10:12am Tuesday 1st April 2014

HOW’S this for joined-up thinking?

Living under the jackboot

12:10pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

I ENJOYED a delightful break in Bournemouth last weekend. I love English seaside hotels. You get a proper breakfast, not the slimy cheese and tasteless ham of the so-called continental breakfast which resembles a funeral tea, washed down with a cup of stewed coffee.

Can there really be a ‘just’ war?

11:26am Tuesday 18th March 2014

LET’S take a look at how we’re commemorating the centenary of the First World War. In the agitation and propaganda department which passes for state education in England, children are routinely instructed to despise our country, its historical achievements and its traditional values.

Mangling the English language

10:48am Tuesday 11th March 2014

PART of this column is going to be very nasty. I’ll get the nasty bit in first, then you can resume the enjoyment of your breakfast. A man’s former girlfriend discovered a video of him having penetrative sex with a pit bull terrier. Time was when he would have gone to prison for that, but instead he was given a suspended sentence. I see in this distasteful story a parable of how public morality in this country changes –some would say deteriorates.

A European disaster in the making

11:04am Tuesday 4th March 2014

THIS is Europe’s most dangerous moment since the end of the Second World War. It just goes to show the truth of the old proverb about fleeing from a lion only to find oneself in the arms of a bear.

Wind your neck in Bishops

10:41am Tuesday 25th February 2014

We can rely on the bishops – Anglican or Catholic – to do anything, except teach the Christian faith. The hierarchy of both churches have just had a good old go at the Government for its changes in the rules about benefits. Of course, the church has a responsibility to the poor which derives from the words of Jesus Christ Himself who, according to St Luke’s gospel, said: “Blessed are the poor.”

Time to take back the land

11:09am Tuesday 18th February 2014

WHAT is the definition of an environmentalist?

It never rains, but it sure pours

10:17am Tuesday 11th February 2014

WHENEVER we were enjoying a spell of fine weather, my granddad, a Leeds newsagent, would say: “We’ll pay for this – you’ll see.” He knew what he was talking about. Every morning, from 1911 until 1955 he got out of bed at 4am, walked to the bridge in Armley Road, picked up his papers then set off with two full bags around his shoulders on his four-mile delivery round.

A seaside trip from heaven

10:53am Tuesday 4th February 2014

SOME things are too horrific to write about. Even the seasoned journalist recoils from the truly terrible. Over this past year I’ve written about wars and atrocities, disasters and catastrophes galore. I think I once even mentioned Lord Kinnock.

I was just speaking of the devil

9:42am Tuesday 28th January 2014

CHRISTENINGS in this country have become such posh and trendy affairs – like society weddings. We live in the age of the designer Baptism. Personally, I prefer to do Christenings as part of the Parish Communion, rather than hold them as hole-and-corner affairs in private at 3pm on a Sunday.

Guilty until proven innocent?

10:27am Tuesday 21st January 2014

IAM tempted to stop reading the papers. I mean, to open any of the regional or national newspapers this last couple of weeks is to become convinced that everyone is either a paedophile, serial groper or, alternatively, a victim of such a despicable person.

The seedy underbelly of London

10:28am Tuesday 14th January 2014

CLEARLY we haven’t heard the last of the finding that the shooting dead of Mark Duggan was not unlawful.

A squalid display of prejudice

10:32am Tuesday 7th January 2014

MOST of us celebrated the 12 days of Christmas as a time to exercise peace and love. At the Wren church of St James’s Church, Piccadilly, in London, they used the festival to demonstrate prejudice and hatred. The vicar and church council erected a replica of Israel’s security fence as part of their propaganda promotion called Bethlehem Unwrapped. The replica wall is so huge you can hardly see the church for it. It is lit up after sunset when a montage of images and anti-Israel slogans are projected on to it. There are, however, no counterbalancing images of the bombed-out Israeli buses, pubs, restaurants and nightclubs which occurred so frequently in Israel before the security barrier was installed.

Will 2014 be a happy new year?

12:21pm Tuesday 31st December 2013

WH AUDEN wondered why people are hopeful for the future while few would wish to live the past year over again. This, to apply Dr Johnson, is the triumph of hope over experience.

The best Christmas gift of all

10:50am Tuesday 24th December 2013

CHARLES DICKENS’ books are not the gospels, of course, but his Christmas stories are worth reading again at this time of the year. A Christmas Carol exhibits the spirit of an English Christmas, perhaps more perfectly than anything in our literature.

Education and higher standards

10:55am Tuesday 17th December 2013

SHOULD schools employ only teachers who are qualified? Here “qualified”

My pop-free pastoral sympathy

1:52pm Tuesday 10th December 2013

THE more time I spend in the countryside, the more extreme seems the contrast with the town.

An Iranian nuclear nightmare

10:10am Tuesday 3rd December 2013

THE world is suddenly a far more dangerous place owing to Barack Obama’s, David Cameron’s and others’ willingness to be duped by the treacherous Iranian government which, following recent superpower talks, have consolidated its perceived right to continue enriching uranium.

Will the real Tories stand up?

9:48am Tuesday 26th November 2013

PAUL SYKES, the business tycoon, has made a substantial contribution to Ukip’s funds for he wants “…to free Britain from the European Union”. Fair enough. He has a right to do as he likes with his own money and there are many less welloff people in Britain who cherish the same wish.

Why do we have guys and dolls?

10:40am Tuesday 19th November 2013

OBRAVE new world that hath such people in it. Last week, I came across a phenomenon – a Church of England clergyman so politically-correct it set your teeth on edge. He had given permission for an independent organisation to hold a service in his church. This organisation had thoughtfully printed its own order of service and invited the clergyman to read the written prayers. He did so – after a fashion. But where the printed original said, as it might have been, “We pray that every man may keep his courage...” the priest altered the line and read: “We pray that every person may keep their courage.”

Socialism and our toxic loans

10:25am Tuesday 12th November 2013

“FOUR legs good, two legs bad,” was the slogan coined by the communist animal dictatorship in George Orwell’s Animal Farm. The obvious unfairness of the slogan is because it takes no account of the conduct of either twolegged creatures or four-legged ones. It is simply a matter of whether you are two-legged or four-legged that counts. It is a statement of political prejudice.

Remember the poetry of death

10:52am Tuesday 5th November 2013

THIS weekend it will be Remembrance Sunday and, as chaplain to the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Chapel, I have the annual honour of leading their evocative commemoration at the war memorial in the City and then preaching for the church service.

Time to sort out our clocks

12:11pm Tuesday 29th October 2013

SO we’ve gone and done it again and mucked around with the clocks. Now it’s dark at 5pm and, in a month’s time, it will be dark at four. Why do we do it when experience and oft-repeated research has proved beyond any doubt that the darker evenings cause more deaths on the roads than darker mornings?

End this Halloween nonsense

11:59am Tuesday 22nd October 2013

WE are approaching Halloween. This is a weird innovation – when I was a lad growing up in Leeds in the 1950s we contented ourselves with mischief night, November 4, the night before Bonfire Night, when we cheekily knocked on our neighbours’ doors, and then ran away before they could catch us and clip us around the ear.



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