I posted here in December and suggested that the ‘digital media’ strategy of the Johnston Press (JP), owners of a big chunk of the UK’s local newspaper market, might simply be a superficial cover for swingeing staff cuts which could be disastrous for journalistic quality and, in the end, the business too. I’d been struck.. read more →

Tonight’s Evening Standard flags the risk, apparently, of people returning from jihad in Syria to follow through in the UK. It’s the biggest ever risk, an expert says. I’m not belittling the risk of terrorism – its effects go wider than death and injury, of course. I guess that’s why it’s called ‘terrorism’. And yet, the.. read more →

A few days before Christmas 2009 I went onto the BBC Africa website and came across a headline and discussion flagging a programme to be broadcast a couple of hours later that afternoon. The discussion was entitled; ‘Should homosexuals be executed?’  I spend a lot of time on African issues and my blood was boiling… read more →

17 Feb 2014
February 17, 2014

UK/EU citizenship-stripping party game


My post (here, scroll down to 16th Feb) about how the UK government and EU wouldn’t, couldn’t, strip citizenship from anyone in the event of a pro-independence vote in Scotland brought dissenting responses on Twitter from a few folk who certainly know a thing or two about government. Their primary arguments were so weak, though, that.. read more →

I only have a moment to write this post, but I really do have respond to Barroso’s comments about how an independent Scotland couldn’t join the EU and, perhaps more significantly, the utter nonsense that pro-union folk have been following on with. A simple and significant point to remember is that no-one can be stripped.. read more →

The Independent has been running a ‘Save the Elephants’ campaign for a couple of months. To mark today’s London conference on the same theme, the paper’s run a piece thanking donors to the paper’s ‘Elephant Appeal’. The donor who gets by far the biggest name check – the last three paragraphs, indeed – is a man.. read more →

11 Feb 2014
February 11, 2014


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Above is one of my my daughter’s London Zoo membership card. Now, what’s going on here? Why, it’s two photoshopped pictures of a giraffe. In one image, s/he’s cutely eating a big leaf; in the other, s/he’s going; “hello darlin’, what’s your name then”?  I wonder what the giraffe’s name is – we can be.. read more →

02 Feb 2014
February 2, 2014

Michael Gove and the cheeky inspector


Scotsman Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education for England and, you know, a politician, is being ‘accused’ by the Liberal Democrats of being ‘political’ in the way he does his job. Politicians close to politician David Laws, Gove’s Lib Dem departmental no.2, have been saying stuff. Laws “is furious” about this whole business of.. read more →