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Cloud Cameron Land

  • August 13, 2011
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Remember that cuddly David Cameron, the photogenic face of the new caring Conservatism, who used to ride a bike and take his kids on the school run – just like us simple ordinary folk?   Not much of that was in evidence during his speech to parliament on Thursday.    Flanked by Osborne and Clegg ( a politician who seems to be positively writhing in his own skin whenever he appears in public) and still emanating a faint Tuscan glow, the old Bullingdonian was the perfect incarnation of Lord Byron’s description...

The Telegraph gets it

  • August 09, 2011
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London riots: the underclass lashes out London’s rioters are the products of a crumbling nation, and an indifferent political class that has turned its back on them.

Surprisingly good analysis of the riots from – wait for it – the Daily Telegraph.   Certainly more honest and realistic than anything we are likely to hear from Cameron...

Britain cracks up

  • August 09, 2011
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Prophecy has never been an exact science, but  Nick Cohen’s gormless observation in Sunday’s  Observer ‘No riots in Britain. Just quiet, ever-deeper anxiety’ must go down as one of   the more spectacularly ill-timed  examples of mainstream media punditry in recent years.

In the space of two days,  a chain of riots and disturbances  has spread...

Discipline and fear

  • July 31, 2011
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Nurses, teachers, doctors and all you other do-nothings who have been living high on the hog at the taxpayer’s expense:  be afraid, be very afraid.   The time is coming when you will be held to account for the financial disasters that you have inflicted on the nation.   After all these...

Morbid symptoms

  • July 20, 2011
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As was to be expected, there was a lot of strategic humility on display in Parliament yesterday by both the Murdochs and la Brooks –  replete with softened curls to remove any unfortunate associations with Medusa or a Harry Potter witch.   The arrogance was mostly absent from all three, and there was...

Partying with the Murdochs like it’s 1999

  • July 18, 2011
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The Mail on Sunday has published the guest list for Elizabeth Murdoch and hubby Matthew Freud’s  summer party, which took place at the Oxfordshire village of Burford on July 2, exactly twenty-four hours before the Milly Dowler phonehacking story went viral.

The Mail rather primly describes the ‘Chipping Norton Set’s last hurrah’ at Burford Priory...

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