4:03pm Monday 25th July 2016
WE need an extra 750,000 school places in England to keep up with a population bulge, says an official forecast from the Department for Education.
12:26pm Tuesday 19th July 2016
I bring glad tidings, for a change.
9:03am Monday 11th July 2016
WE’VE had more than we can stand of all the slush and mush which has engulfed public conversation since the Brexit vote.
8:17am Tuesday 5th July 2016
I AM conservative in my political views, but I hesitate to mention this in case it leads you to think I support the Conservative party.
9:17am Tuesday 28th June 2016
WHEN is an apology not an apology?
2:54pm Monday 20th June 2016
AFTER the slaughter by Omar Mateen in Orlando, Barack Obama said, “Americans must decide what kind of country we want to be.”
8:06am Monday 6th June 2016
LORD Waldegrave, provost of Eton, has threatened to resign from the Conservative party if proposals to make it mandatory for employers to ask job candidates if they received a private education come into force.
12:15pm Tuesday 31st May 2016
AT THE risk of sounding sexist, I’d say that Angelina Jolie Pitt is rather better looking than William Hague.
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).