Archive for month: August, 2015

Bang to human rights

31 August, 2015 (22:07) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

I’M torn about this one: on the face of it, the news that the United Nations is to investigate the lying liar Iain Duncan Smith’s reforms of welfare payments to disabled people because his vile legislation violated basic human rights is splendid news. I can think of several things that would cheer me up immensely: […]

Stormy weather

24 August, 2015 (21:15) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

The end of the century of relationship between the national broadcaster and the national weather service could not be more symbolic of the sad decline of our price-of-everything-value-of-nothing dumbed-down Britain. The BBC has ended its contract with the Met Office because the BBC is obliged to undergo a competitive tender process. Decades of loyalty, of […]

Holiday schmoliday

17 August, 2015 (21:32) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

I hope you will forgive me this week: I have been on holiday, and therefore I have been far, far too busy to produce the usual rant. Once upon a time, in days gone by, I had a little holiday ritual. I’d drive to Ashburton and the best little second-hand bookshop in the world, browse […]

Take me to your leader

10 August, 2015 (20:58) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

I am enjoying Jeremy Corbyn’s bid for the Labour Party leadership, I really am. I don’t know what I like the most: The Tories who registered as Labour supporters to vote for him and cause trouble, only to realise they were lending a helping hand to a burgeoning movement among young people who have been […]

Nobody for tennis

3 August, 2015 (23:47) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

IN a small Dorset coastal town there’s a perfect symbol of the little England about which we’ve been talking. It’s a tennis club festooned with ‘Private, Members Only’ signs. You can spot it easily: it’s the big site with, I think, five courts and a car park festooned with more ‘private: keep out’ signs and […]