11:00am Monday 31st August 2015
CAN politics ever be fun? I may be about to find out. The Freedom Association is to hold its Northern Festival at Harrogate on Saturday and I have been asked to give a talk.
11:40am Monday 24th August 2015
HOW did Barack Obama celebrate his deal – the correct word is sell-out – with Iran over that country’s nuclear programme?
12:37am Tuesday 11th August 2015
ARE you doing enough of it – shopping? The government says we’re overdoing it in the out-of-town supermarkets and underdoing it in “the great British high street”. So, in order to correct our habits, social engineering is proposed.
4:56pm Sunday 2nd August 2015
INSIDE a week, our dear Prime Minister has gone from a response to the Calais-Dover crisis saying first, “My heart goes out to holidaymakers” to “This is an incident of international importance and we are on the case.”
10:21am Tuesday 28th July 2015
YET another crazy shooting spree in a US cinema has resulted in murder, followed by the gunman’s suicide. So get rid of the guns and stop the killings. Simple. Barack Obama thinks so and that’s why he has just said that his failure to introduce tighter gun controls is the biggest disappointment of his presidency.
12:00am Tuesday 21st July 2015
IS BARACK Obama mad or bad, or both? Why has he sold out to Iran on the nuclear weapons issue? He says he is confident his deal will mean that Iran will never produce an atomic bomb and he adds: “Not because they don’t have the knowledge – which is easy to acquire – but because the West will operate a comprehensive inspection system.”
12:42am Tuesday 30th June 2015
BEFORE last Friday’s terrorist attacks in France and Tunisia, Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, former chief of the defence staff, warned: “Britain must stop sleepwalking and prepare to tackle Muslim extremism.”
6:02am Tuesday 23rd June 2015
I RECENTLY read a report which says the British funeral has been transformed. Mourning is out and rejoicing is in. It’s not even called a funeral any longer, but a celebration of life.
12:52am Tuesday 16th June 2015
THE gods of Mount Kinbalu are right to be angry. No, I haven’t turned into a religious fundamentalist: the mountain gods are not beings; they are the spiritual intuitions and sensitivities of the people who live on and beside the sacred mountain. And it is these intuitions and sensitivities that have been offended by the crass behaviour of the western tourists who stripped off and took photographs of one another. At the very least, members of the local tribes deserve an apology.
5:20am Tuesday 9th June 2015
DON’T let’s be beastly to the French. Guests attending a service in London last month to mark the 200th anniversary of our victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo were told not to act in a triumphalist way – and so avoid upsetting the French.
12:16pm Tuesday 2nd June 2015
DO you ever have one of those days? I don’t mean a run of the mill day when you come across a couple of things decidedly bizarre.
11:53am Tuesday 26th May 2015
“THE Government will increase NHS investment by £8billion a year.” Thus spake our newly elected Prime Minister. It won’t be enough. It never is enough. Expenditure on this “envy of the world” almost doubled from £57.049bn in 2002/03 to £105.25bn in 2012/13.
5:10am Wednesday 20th May 2015
I’VE fallen into a fit of nostalgia for a movable feast. I refer to this coming weekend which used to be called Whitsuntide – a bank holiday before these things were secularised.
11:16am Tuesday 12th May 2015
BREAKING the habit of a lifetime, I have been worrying about the future of the Labour party.
8:34pm Sunday 3rd May 2015
THIS coming Friday is VE Day and we might use the event to express thanks for our deliverance from the Nazis and to take our minds of whatever result the general election has thrown up.
6:19pm Tuesday 21st April 2015
PLEASE let’s go back to the old way of doing things. I mean, let the Prime Minister of the day call the General Election when he sees fit.
4:03pm Tuesday 14th April 2015
"My mantra is that if you can add anything to what people can see on the screen, then do. If not, shut up.” So said Richie Benaud.
2:21pm Monday 30th March 2015
GERMANS are renowned – and sometimes heavily satirised –for their excessive efficiency and their capacity for obeying orders. So why was a man with a history of mental illness allowed to fly a passenger jet?
3:15pm Monday 23rd March 2015
I’M not a big fan of the radio presenter Paul Gambaccini but I deplore the disgraceful way he has been treated by the police.
12:09pm Tuesday 3rd March 2015
I REALLY enjoyed last weekend. I felt so reassured, so much at peace with myself and the world.