Archive for month: September, 2013

On the money

30 September, 2013 (15:17) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

Who couldn’t applaud George Osborne’s admirable idea that people in receipt of state handouts should do something in return for the money? I imagine he isn’t including any of the things that so many people in receipt of state handouts already do – they help out at school, for example, or do Granny’s shopping for […]

For rage, press 3

23 September, 2013 (19:24) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

After eight minutes of automated messages and telephonic queuing this morning, a real person answered the phone at Cornwall Council. Yes, that’s right, the council to which I pay hundreds of pounds a month. Clearly, it doesn’t spend any of that on common courtesies like answering the phone by, for example, employing Cornish people to […]

For sale: something you already own

16 September, 2013 (15:54) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

It was brought to my attention last week – it’s brought to our attention every week – that state ownership of essential services is a bad thing because we tried it once and it didn’t work. Hmmm. Lots of things overseen by the state didn’t work once, but do now. Computers in schools. Brain surgery. […]

Basic instincts

9 September, 2013 (17:19) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

I really value the primal elements within us, deep beneath the accretions of time and sophistication. This business of gathering food now Autumn is here: the ooze of blackberry juice, the scent of tomato bushes, the trail of apple peel on fingertips. I like to plant seeds and dig crops with my bare hands given […]

You can call me cross

3 September, 2013 (10:20) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

Life is full of mysteries. Here’s one: how can looking after a houseful of small children, some of them my own, take up so much time? By the time I’d hurled the sods into their various bedrooms last night, the will to write a column  – precious near the will to live – was but […]