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They work for you…

  • July 11, 2013
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I don’t think I’m sticking my neck out too much here, if I suggest that the proposal by Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) to raise MPs’ salaries by £10,000 a year   won’t be the most popular decision ever taken by parliament.

In fact, dammit, I’m going to come right out and say it: this decision is likely to be greeted with outrage, derision, contempt and disgust, headshaking hilarity and downright animosity.     No wonder even the party leaders are opposed to it, so much so that they have told their MPs not...

If you all hate Abu Qatada, clap your hands

  • July 09, 2013
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So Omar Othman, the man known to most Britons as Abu Qatada, has been extradited to Jordan for trial, and what a triumph for Lord Snooty and His Pals.     Ever since he was arrested in 2002,   one government after another has been trying to deport him to face a military trial –...

Leaving Edward Snowden to the Wolves

  • July 03, 2013
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Who will stand up for Edward Snowden?   Not the American media, that fearless and forensic instrument of truthtelling, which has been generally too busy poring over Snowden’s ‘narcissism’ and character flaws, or arguing that surveillance is good for us, to consider the broader implications of his revelations.

Nor tough guy Vladimir Putin, who won’t do...

GCHQ Goes Stasi

  • June 17, 2013
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We all know that the cradle of democracy would never behave like Russia or China, don’t we?   And there is absolutely no possibility that our intelligence services could act like the Stasi or the KGB, and like, spy on people – except for the evil ones that is, who unlike ‘law-abiding citizens’,  ...

The BBC’s Iraq war history: His Master’s Voice

  • May 31, 2013
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I’m in Spain now for a week.  Before I left I watched the first part of the BBC’s ´History of the Iraq War ´series, and I have no intention of watching any more, because it won´t do my blood pressure any good.   I don´t think I´ve ever seen such a shallow and essentially reverential...

Doctors: a luxury the Tory party can’t afford

  • May 29, 2013
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In these straitened times, with all of us working together to reduce the deficit, it’s important not to let sentimental considerations interfere with our government’s search for fiscal probity.

In order to make our once-great nation great again, we need to make tough choices and we need tough politicians with the moral backbone to make them,...

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