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In conversation with the ghost of Sir Robert Peel

It was a boozy sunny day last week when I met the ghost of Sir Robert Peel, twice prime minister, founder of the Conservative Party, and most importantly, the father of modern policing. Sauntering down middle Meadow Walk with my back to Victor Hugo, opposite the great queue for focaccia in an assortment of corduroy […]

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Keir Starmer is no Thomas Hobbes, but he doesn’t need to be

When Starmer was first elected leader of the Labour Party, the libertarian commentariat rejoiced: finally, an exacting, methodological needle to prick Johnson’s pomposity. His early PMQs had a laser-like focus – the perfect antidote to the braggadocious Boris. And yet now it seems the tide has turned. His failure to call for Matt Hancock’s resignation […]

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The Khashoggi report: an appalling non-response by the West

Recent events have exposed the twisted logic behind arms deals to Saudi Arabia. A principle isn’t a principle unless it costs you something Some events in this article may be entirely fictitious. On 2 October 2018, journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where he was murdered, then dismembered. A US intelligence report, […]

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GB News will pour gasoline on the ‘post-truth’ fire

Spring this year will see a new competitor to the BBC, SKY and all the rest of them: GB News, chaired by Andrew Neil. It has been forecast by many, including The Guardian, to be the British equivalent of Fox News. This has been rejected by GB News chiefs, who claim that it has a […]

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Britain’s chumocracy: an affront on democracy

The NHS Test and Trace System, run by Baroness Dido Harding of Winscombe, is an abhorrent failure. If we had a functioning system it might be that Covid-19, which has now caused over 100,000 deaths in the UK, could have caused less sorrow. So, given this miscarriage, who do we look to blame? Cronyism is […]

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100,000 dead at the hands of the butcher

Johnson and his inept cabinet let your loved ones die, remember that when you hear his hollow apology: The UK has now passed a tragic covid-19 milestone: 100,000 total deaths. That is more British civilians than died in both world wars combined. It is also the highest death toll in Europe, and one of the […]

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Stay at home: forsaking the homeless

Last spring, when the first national lockdown was announced, the ‘Everyone In’ initiative was enacted. This was hailed as one of the government’s few successes in relation to the covid-19 pandemic, as it took roughly 29,000 rough sleepers off the streets and helped them start to move into more long-term and safe accommodation. The campaign […]

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University of Edinburgh called upon to stop ‘behavioural despair tests’ on mice

CW: depression, suicide The Ferret (an investigative journalism outfit) has reported that animal rights groups, including Peta, have urged Edinburgh University to stop using the ‘behavioural despair test’. Behavioural despair tests, or Porsolt swim tests, which from now on will be called Forced Swim Tests (FST) are a widely used experiment to measure the efficacy […]