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The recent UK riots in no way can be justified. Indeed, those who seem to be justifying are left leaning ‘experts’ or so called liberals. What the riots have made apparent is this way of thinking needs to stop. Indeed, if we continue on this path then it may be the case that scum in society may get away, literally, with murder.
The riots were not disaffected young people trying to Continue reading
“The poets down here don’t write nothin’ at all
They just stand back and let it all be” –
Bruce Springsteen, Jungleland (from Born To Run)
Regular readers may have noticed how I have recently been despairing about the fear of values and integrity characteristic of the Labour party and the mainstream British left in general. I now turn my attentions to art and culture. Particularly music which has been worrying me for Continue reading
If the latest poll is to be believed, Americans are crying out for change. They’re fed up with a Congress which almost forced a debt default, they’re appalled by the debt, the deficit, and now the downgrade, but most of all, they’re angry at President Obama’s inability to ease unemployment, despite his enormous economic stimulus package.
So forget what Obama used to say in 2008, if Republicans pick the right candidate next summer, 2012 will be the year Continue reading
A group of five American tobacco companies have sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the graphic warnings that are placed on the cigarette (and presumably other tobacco products) packaging. Their argument? The images are part of a wider FDA plan to curb smoking in the US, which requires companies to promote the government’s anti-smoking agenda – which the tobacco Continue reading
Six months and on almost 100,000 casualties, over half murdered by Gaddafi, what’s next for Libya? The first thing is for the National Transitional Council to unite the separate factions. While most Libyans support them the ‘rebels’ are still very un-united in how Libya will be ruled. They will have to ensure Libya remains one country and that people do not try to take advantage. The other major obstacle will be to ensure Continue reading
Following the riots and some of the aftermath from Berlin cast a perspective that was both troubling and uplifting.
Troubling because the orgiastic delight in wanton destruction on display in London and elsewhere is echoed in the sadistic grins of Nazis tormenting Jews in the photographs in Berlin’s extensive network of Holocaust sites; both, notwithstanding the irony that Hitler’s stormtroopers would have seen themselves as biologically superior to many of 2011’s rioters, remind us of the fragility of our civilisation. Continue reading
Listening to Theresa May’s proposal that the police should be provided with powers to implement a curfew across an area in the case of civil disobedience brought to mind an extract from Robert Taber’s excellent The War of The Flea. Taber’s argues that in response to terrorism, sabotage and insurrection in a guerrilla war “it will be a remarkable government that will not be driven to stern repressive measures – curfews, the suspension of civil liberties, a ban on popular assembly, illegal acts that can only deepen popular opposition, creating a vicious Continue reading
With a second term of London mayoralty looming for Boris Johnson, A.P. Schrader asks whether another four years as London Mayor is necessary to shed his buffoon image? And, with the shedding of the buffoon image, what are his prospects for party leadership?
What is Boris up to? It is a question I find myself pondering more and more of late as the Mayor of London continues to run foul of his Continue reading
Wondering how the government’s economic decisions make it hard for you to find a job. Terence White explains…
The answer is simple.
First, it is vital to remember what the biggest expenditure of every business is: wages. Second, it is also important to remember what business need to make money: products and customers. Thirdly, we must also take into account what businesses aim to do: raise the standard of living by making money for themselves. We must also take note that an economy’s money is Continue reading
The suburbs surrounding Gotham City are populated with wealthy, well-intentioned, well-educated people who make excuses for the criminals in Gotham City. Christian Walker describes the parallels between Batman and Britain and tells us exactly how the liberal-left created the conditions for the August Riots.
One of my favourite comic books is ‘The Dark Knight Returns’, by Frank Miller. It is considered (one of the) blueprints for much of the grittier, harder-edged comic book adaptions you now see at the Continue reading
Luke Cahill gives us the lowdown on the latest developments in the race to become the Republican candidate.
The quadrennial poll taken during the state fair in the little town of Ames, Iowa always makes headlines. The straw poll was won by native Iowan, Michele Bachmann with the libertarian Ron Paul, coming second. However, the report notes that of the 6,000 ballots that were handed out by the Bachmann campaign team, “only four in five of those who took them voted for her, meaning they either skipped the vote Continue reading
The government are pressurising courts to deal harshly with those involved in the August Riots. This is a populist move that is unhelpful to youth justice. When it comes to our criminal youth, we need better community service schemes, rehabilitation and restoration, argues Olivia Jackson.
As the dust settles after the riots and the magistrates and judges work overtime to process the sudden surge in defendants, the headlines detailing who received which sentence for what crime are rife, as are the arguments in favour of harsh punitive measures, lenient treatment, more understanding, less understanding and so on. The Ministry of Justice tells us that the prison Continue reading
Politicians are useless. And they keep on being useless. This is why the economy failed, this is why we have so many enquiries into this disaster or that calamity. Charlie Fairservice tells us that its ultimately our fault for voting tribally and having misguided loyalties to political parties.
In the course of human events it is pretty common for things to go right, wrong and anything in between. Whatever the result it is also handy to Continue reading
After the riots, all we hear are excuses. In this excoriating attack against our excuse-culture, Christopher Wheeler tells us what really is wrong with our society.
The Riots in England last week were a disgrace and reflected badly on not just the image of the United Kingdom but also the society we live in. However, we must forget that the looters and rioters involved were totally to blame for their actions and it is a sickening sight to see people trying to excuse the inexcusable. Continue reading
Liberty have come under attack from various left-wing groups for working with the police. Sean McHale offers his defence of Liberty.
Liberty, the independent campaigns organisation which seeks to protect civil liberties and promote human rights for everyone has been under attack over recent months from a series of left-wing groups (including Fitwatch and Network for Police Monitoring) who hold Continue reading
There is a proliferation of strange courses offered to students that do little to further their career prospects. With tuition fees set to rise threefold it is now urgent that universities offer educations that return that value. Ben Wood reports.
Last year 300,000 students sat their A-Levels at colleges and sixth forms across the country. Among the most popular subjects were the traditionally favourable maths, English and sciences, and of course the more excusable lessons which contribute to the Mickey Mouse choices:
Film studies, photography and physical education are all courses that Continue reading
The Catholic church has rightfully been criticised for its harbouring paedophiles and protecting them from the law. However, child rape is also happening at an alarming rate in schools, including State schools. Yet it goes under-reported. James Garry asks why?
Suzanne Harrison, aged 38, faces the possibility of a jail sentence for having an affair with a fifteen year old girl. Ms Harrison is a school teacher. The fifteen year old was one of her pupils.
When I read this story in the papers, I got the feeling that over the past Continue reading
David Cameron has placed the Britain’s broken society back at the top of his agenda. The riots will now probably prove the defining point of this parliament. Will it be Cameron or Ed Miliband who capitalise on the violence that has swept the country? Harry Raffal enquires.
In the fallout from the riots that rocked London and spread north through England, David Cameron has adopted a hard-line stance Continue reading
Wallander is one of the most successful televisual outputs from the Nordic countries. Its second series has just finished its run on BBC4. James Garry explains that second series was inadequate compared to the first, because it lacked its tragic star Johanna Sällström.
The second series of Wallander finished its thirteen episode run on BBC4 last Saturday. That is, the Swedish Wallander starring Krister Henriksson (as opposed to the Swedish Wallander starring Rolf Continue reading
By treating race and culture as synonymous, is David Starkey committing the same error as the Left? Sean McHale asks.
Similar to many forays into the tropes of politics and race, David Starkey’s incursion proved to be less successful – possibly for his career and certainly in terms of astute analysis.
His intentionally provocative elucidation that “whites have become black” was undoubtedly wide of the mark. He wasn’t off the mark as Owen Jones (Author of “Chavs”) accused him. (Jones accused Starkey of seeing “Black culture” Continue reading
Following a troubled week of riots across London and other major cities in England the Prime Minister has announced that every government policy will be under review to make sure that they can fix a “broken society.” But how will these changes in Government policy actually be implemented? William Sharman investigates.
David Cameron has promised today that tackling the “broken society,” will be top of the agenda and that he will speed up plans to improve Continue reading
With the riots consuming most of the newsprint and dominating the airwaves, you may not be aware that Bolton are sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League. Harry Raffal brings you the other storylines that may have slipped your notice.
With the riots in Britain and the subsequent political fallout occupying central stage this week and only broken to bring us the first week of the Premier League and England thrashing India to go 3-0 up in the series, Continue reading
The outspoken Dr David Starkey is in trouble for his analysis of black culture which he made on the BBC in response to the August Riots. A.P. Schrader tells us where he went wrong.
It seems that famed Right-wing telly historian David Starkey has landed himself in hot water. At least, if the lefty liberal ‘Twitterati’ are to be believed. You would be forgiven for thinking that Dr Continue reading
Of all the tripe talked about the riots, there is no tripe ranker than that talked by Red Ken Livingstone. His attempts to blame the Conservatives and the cuts show either a cynical has-been resorting to cheap politics or a man increasingly detached from reality. Ellis Wiggins reports.
Many words have been written and many hours have been filled with commentary on the riots which seized the country over the last few days, with analysis of how this situation can be resolved, how it can be prevented from happening again, and why on earth David Cameron had the audacity to take a holiday. Amongst it all, chattering away on every news outlet he could find, lurked a creature of the Left we had long since thought we had finally put to bed. Continue reading
The August riots have died out and the streets have returned to calm. Politics On Toast’s contributors came out unanimously in opposition to the rioters. No sociological thinking was professed, no excuse making: The rioters were to blame. However, there was still contention within the ranks. Here is a review of Politics On Toast’s opinions:
Claire Porthouse was first to report on the August Riots when they were concentrated in the Tottenham area, immediately following the killing of Mark Duggan. In What The Tottenham Riots Have Shown Us Porthouse argued that the police were right to shoot dead Mark Duggan and that the looters and rioters were in the wrong both legally and morally. With some quarters of the British public liable to uncivilised mayhem, she says that we need a strong police force more than ever. Continue reading
With university fees set to rise to unprecedented amounts, opponents of the fees rise predict unfavourable consequences. However, universities are oversubscribed and many university courses are unnecessary. Could the fees hike see the return of a more concentrated, academic higher education system with dedicated students? Claire Porthouse enquires.
Reports have emerged in the media stating that university students now face debts of up to £60,000 after the tuition fee hikes. It is hardly news that the debts would rise, nor, really, should it be news that the rise is a Continue reading
Barack Obama is enjoying a resurgence in popularity since the assassination of Osama bin Laden. Yet this was happenstance. Could Obama’s legacy rest on him raising petrol taxes to reduce the America deficit? Asks Luke Cahill.
When Barack Obama was elected to the presidency, many compared him unfavourably to Jimmy Carter. There are some similarities to Carter’s four years in office. Like Obama, Carter’s election was as a result of a violent swing against the Republicans, after President Nixon’s actions and then Continue reading
The debate about capital punishment continues. James Garry wrote an article in support of the death penalty, while A.P. Schrader issued a rebuttal claiming that capital punishment cannot be justified, especially on Christian grounds. In this piece, Garry replies to Schrader that the scriptures do allow capital punishment.
My debate with Mr Schrader took an interesting Biblical turn, which I want to make the main thrust of this argument. A few things beforehand:
Mr Schrader suggests that capital punishment supporters carry a card Continue reading
The need to gain work experience and complete internships makes it difficult for many young people to enter their chosen profession. The absence of payment in many positions – especially in politics – forces many young people away from the career they aspire to. Ben Wood cautiously suggests introducing a minimum wage for work experience seekers and interns.
Work experience and internships are key ingredients in any society, Continue reading
Five years on from An Inconvenient Truth and the explosion of environmental concern, Lena Miteyko provides a timely reminder of why we need to return to Al Gore’s message and save our environment from disaster – even if it means deprioritising the economy.
Which side do we take? Do we veer towards maintaining the beauty and well being of the Earth, or do we concede to the attraction of Continue reading
Yingluck Shinawatra is Thailand’s first female prime-minister. She has a difficult job to do. Claire Porthouse reports.
Thailand has just achieved the feminist milestone of its first female prime minister – and finally the media coverage has its priorities right.
Having a female leader is a milestone in feminist terms. In fighting for equal rights for women, most feminists would also fight for an equal chance to have a female leader as they would a male one. Much of the coverage about the US elections that brought Barack Obama into power Continue reading
With the recent government announcement of a pilot cull will occur in England and the subsequent petitions that have been launched against it what is the reality behind the calls for a general cull on badgers and the manner in which it will be implemented? Harry Raffal investigates.
Firstly I should state that I am not opposed on principle to a cull on badgers. If there is evidence there are too many of any species for the Continue reading
These riots present David Cameron with the opportunity to convince us that Britain is broken and to do something about it. We should help Mr Cameron and not hinder him by complaining, writes Olivia Jackson.
As a nation, we don’t tend to go in for rioting and looting: it’s not our style. But several very British aspects of the disorder seem to be emerging. Continue reading
The riots in London are abating, but the thuggery has spread to other big cities around the country. Luke Graystone recommends arming the police and giving them carte blanche to fire.
Well, I’ve held my tongue for far too long already.
This unprecedented outbreak of violence, particularly in London, has Continue reading
I wonder what our friends in the Middle East and the Maghreb are calling the riots that are diffusing through London and now the other cities of the country? The Albion Spring? The Rose Revolutions? Seeing as the English people are so unhappy with their government, would it not be fair to expect the Syrians or the Continue reading
Reporting from Manchester, Alex Patnick examines the rioting that has broken out in the North West.
By now, you may be bored of reading about the riots but I would like to ‘throw in my two cents’ as the Americans say. This site, and most of the press, has been concentrating on the London riots, but what about the rest of the country? There were riots in Birmingham on the last two nights, Manchester and Salford, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton. Continue reading
The August riots prove that David Cameron is right: Britain is broken. The question is this: how do our politicians fix it? David Vaiani reports.
Judging by the scenes of mayhem on our television screens, it is probably safe to assume that David Cameron will not be feeling the urge to hug a hoodie any time soon. Nor, one suspects, will he be exhorting others to do so, as he once did. All the same, David Continue reading
The Tottenham riots diffuse throughout London. The cause of the riots – the killing of Mark Duggan by an armed officer – is almost forgotten. We are seeing that these riots have no political agenda. Rather, it is just low thuggery and criminality. Our politicians need to get tough, writes A.P. Schrader.
As I write this I am very tired. In fact, tired is not the right word really. Continue reading
The police are being criticised for the killing of “gangster” Mark Duggan. Claire Porthouse presents the case that the police were right to shoot Duggan and that the rioters were wrong and unjustified in their actions.
The Tottenham riots have done nothing to protest against the police shooting on Thursday; instead, all the ‘protestors’ have done is to outline, very clearly, why the police are so badly needed in this country. Continue reading
Someone from the government should be engaging with the agitators. And those who are just attending the riots for criminality should be dealt with harshly. Harry Raffal offers his take on this week’s biggest story…
With the latest violence being described as horrific by the police, politicians on all sides of the spectrum seizing the opportunity to Continue reading
With the American debt crisis dominating most of the front page headlines at the beginning of the week followed by a dramatic slide in major stock markets you may have been fortunate enough to avoid stories involving Newcastle’s Joey Barton quoting Nietzsche and a Polar bear killing a school boy on an expedition in Norway but amongst this detritus, Harry Raffal reports five of issues which have been left knocking around. Continue reading
Financial crisis has been with us since 2007. Not much is changing. Have the established forms of capitalism failed? Chris Smith urges us to think about the economy from a progressive perspective.
Global capitalism continues to lurch from one crisis to the next, just as any good Marxist account of reality tells you it is destined to do. The US, the world’s largest economy and lynchpin of global capitalism is having its credit rating downgraded for the first time in its history. Whether this downgrade by one ratings agency turns out to be as universally damaging to the workings of Continue reading
Seventy years on from the holocaust and the conviction that this must never happen again, Jewish people are suffering persecution and prejudice all over the globe. Often the hostility towards Jews is masked as a hostility towards the politics of Israel. Daniel Willis tells us why this is a dangerous attitude.
It has not yet been seventy years since the liberation of the European Jews from the catastrophe that was the Holocaust. Yet now, it would seem many countries in the West are witnessing (and promptly neglecting) the return of an overwhelming sickness of the mind; a new breed of Anti-Semitism for the twenty first century, and it bears an uncanny resemblance to the old one. Continue reading
For those of us hungry for something substantive in our contemporary fiction, Heartland, Anthony Cartwright’s second novel, elegantly crafts a deft lyrical realism that’s given shape by a tightly woven, elliptical narrative argues Wes Brown.
Like Don DeLillo’s classic Underworld – Cartwright, cubist-like, uses sport to draw together disparate strands of fragmentation:
“Beckham’s face filled the screen, filled the room. Rob had driven past the giant hoarding over the motorway a few weeks ago. He’d driven for miles, worrying about the game against the mosque and the election, worrying about his dad Continue reading
On the 5th of August, James Garry wrote a piece outlining his support for the reinstatement of the death penalty. A.P. Schrader cares to disagree and tells us why Garry is wrong and also why it is wrong to kill people for their crimes.
A rather distressing development has occurred. In its infinite wisdom, Her Majesty’s Government launched a new ‘e-petitions’ site. The obviously fatuous (one might almost say ‘Blairesque’) idea behind this innovation is that any ‘e-petition’ that secures over a hundred thousand signatures will be “eligible for debate in the House of Commons”. It is a mind-bogglingly stupid idea and, one Continue reading
A meritocratic society is often lauded as the best sort of society. But it seems too hard for politicians to implement. Until we become truly meritocratic we will get shoddy services and inept bureaucrats. Christopher Wheeler explains.
The money may be on China soon becoming the world’s biggest superpower, but is the future as rosy for the Chinese as is commonly predicted? Luke Cahill examines China’s success with caution.
After the US debt deal was passed just in time, Congress rightly came in for heavy criticism. China, through its official news agency, Xinhua, questioned the US political system. Many in Chinese government see the debt deal, exemplifying the problems the United States faces, as Continue reading
Incest is wrong whether looked at from a religious viewpoint or from a scientific one. So why are acts of incest, while rare, occurring with more frequency? A.P. Schrader investigates.
Earlier this week, a 47-year-old man and his daughter were both gaoled for the second time for having sex. Sentencing the pair for their latest offence, Judge James Burbidge said : “There appears to have been a relationship that involved genuine affection, but it was also an illicit relationship, a relationship that is regarded as abhorrent to society at large.” Continue reading
Should British people have the right to bear arms just like our American friends? Or is it just too… un-British? Paul Brannon suspects the latter.
On seeing the breaking news about a “shooter” being spotted on the campus of Virginia Tech, the American university which saw 32 of its students gunned down in 2007, my colleagues and I began postulating about America’s obsession with guns, and the culture which underpins it. Continue reading
The capital punishment debate is back. If Guido Fawkes can collect 100,000 signatures for an e-petition, politicians will be forced to debate it in Parliament. James Garry puts forward the case in support of its reintroduction.
I support capital punishment and I am pleased to see that, via the endeavours of the blogger Guido Fawkes, the debate has returned to the public forum. Mine is already one of the signatures on the e-petition on capital punishment debated in Parliament – not that I think the Continue reading