Category Archives: Woeful England!

Aunty BBC or the wicked stepmother? Mind where you step!

This is the BBC’s fault, as is made perfectly clear in this excellent article by Dana Nuccitelli for The Guardian, which hits all the right nails bang on the head. …the BBC has habitually undervalued expert input from scientists and academics. In an … Continue reading

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Benefits Street – wrong storm, wrong teacup

Benefits Street seemed to be causing quite a storm in the Graun and the title itself was provocative, so I decided to take a break from climate change and the cricket (England’s women lost last night, by the way, but … Continue reading

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Police State UK

Most people have a mistaken idea of what a police state is and how to recognise it. They think it’s about policemen stomping around in jackboots, beating people up at will and running their own protection rackets. But it’s much … Continue reading

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Hollande and Merkel cornered, Cameron still blustering

The timing is perfect – an absolute delight. No stand-up comic could do better; and the comparison is perfectly appropriate because that’s what they’re all starting to look like, all the European so-called leaders — a bunch of fucking clowns. After … Continue reading

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Plus ça change…

This is hilarious! In France, Germany and Spain beleaguered US ambassadors are being hauled over the coals, Obama has to explain himself over the phone to Hollande and Merkel, in the UK former members of the establishment are queuing up … Continue reading

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“The Snowden files: why the British public should be worried about GCHQ”

The title is in quotes because I’ve taken it straight from this article in the Guardian. When the Guardian offered John Lanchester access to the GCHQ files, the journalist and novelist was initially unconvinced. But what the papers told him … Continue reading

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The Mail on Sunday and The Telegraph are still at it

In a post hosted by the Guardian, Abraham and Nuccitelli make a good job of shredding two articles that are at best inaccurate, at worst criminally misleading. When it comes to climate science reporting, the Mail on Sunday and Telegraph are only … Continue reading

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The Met is still defying the IPCC

This statement by the IPCC was dated 25 August: “The IPCC has written to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) again this week reminding it of its statutory obligation and informing the MPS that we are prepared to take the matter to … Continue reading

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Miliband “like a satnav stuck on a roundabout”

I’ve just looked up this clip of an interview with Ed Miliband. It went viral at the time (two years ago already) and he must shudder every time he thinks of it, knowing it’s still out there in the Web, … Continue reading

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Patronising mumbo jumbo from the Met

It pains me to say so but the police detention of David Miranda at Heathrow airport on 18 August was in fact entirely legal. That surprises you? That the police should be acting legally? Me too. And our surprise is the … Continue reading

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