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Immigrants Ate My Kittens

  • February 17, 2013
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Lord Snooty was on the campaign trail last week, looking to rouse the voters of Eastleigh by reminding them of   the immigrants and foreigners who are bringing the country to its knees.

On Wednesday, at Prime Minister’s Questions, His Lordship announced his intention to ‘reform’ the system allowing immigrants access to housing, the health service, the justice system and benefits, on the grounds that ‘ the rights of British citizens should not be enjoyed by ‘anyone who just chooses to come here’.

Yes, those rights, we know how much this government cares about them, don’t...

The War We Tried to Stop

  • February 14, 2013
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TOMORROW it will be exactly ten years since the massive Iraq war protests of 15 February 2003. More than one million people marched in London that day as part of an international series of protests that embraced between six to ten million people and incorporated more than 60 countries and 800 cities.

The demonstrations...

The Good Nations Club

The Good Nations Club

  • January 21, 2013
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As politicians keep telling us, the world is a dangerous and unpredictable place, and some parts of it are more dangerous and unpredictable than others.     For years a handful of virtuous nations have been toiling in the world’s peripheral places, from the mountains of Afghanistan and the Swat Valley, from the Euphrates River...

Chris Grayling: Community Man

  • January 10, 2013
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Take a good look at this man. Note the watchful, predatory eyes and shark-like smile:

Or maybe you prefer the Justice Secretary in more macho open-necked style, with a lean and hungry look:

OK, I know that one would should avoid ad hominem attacks and stick to ideas.   I also know that...

National Hate the Poor Week

  • January 09, 2013
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So this week the UN Human Development Report officially declared Britain to be the most unequal society in the Western world,   and found that the poorest 40 per cent of Britons share 14.6 percent of   the national wealth – a lower proportion than any other industrialised   country except Russia.

And yesterday, the political...

Crocodile Tears, Hypocrisy and Remembrance

Crocodile Tears, Hypocrisy and Remembrance

  • November 11, 2012
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I was just sitting down to write this post when  I heard a marching band playing just outside my house.  The ‘music’ was upbeat and heroic, full of martial pomp and circumstance, just the kind of jolly marching tunes that once inspired thousands of young men to demonstrate their heroism and manliness by volunteering to...

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