It’s been reported in the press that the Government will withdraw benefits from people who refuse to undergo drug treatment. First of all, it should be noted that this story refers to questions in today’s Home Office’s Drug strategy consultation paper. The key word being consultation.
My dear friend Johann Hari and I have been having a little discussion on Twitter about the death toll in Iraq. It’s a bit like one of those email exchanges pioneered by Prospect magazine, only less intellectual. Anyway, I’ve cleaned it up and turned it round (one of the peculiarities of Twitter being that things [...]
The penny may not have dropped at the David Kelly Conspiracy Daily, but it is slipping. Today, the green-ink paper has started to turn on Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General, as it begins to realise that he is not, after all, about to announce a new inquiry into the death of the weapons inspector. (Something politically-correct and pinko about [...]
At some point, the Catch-Up Service will reach the end of July. But first, number 379 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No. This was asked by the BBC on 29 July, and includes the immortal quotation from Hawley Crippen upon his arrest:
I am not sorry; the anxiety has been too [...]
Right, we have fallen a little behind. The Chilcot Coverage Rebuttal Service has not yet had a chance to comment on the reporting of the evidence given by John Prescott, the former Deputy Prime Minister, on 30 July.
Worst offender was, again, my own newspaper, The Independent, which saw fit to devote its front page to a [...]
I’ve raised an eyebrow at the Spectator magazine’s screeching reversal on the Coalition and the Lib Dems’ place in it before, but this is really too good to ignore.
Actually, all anyone needs to do to catch up with anything that they missed during August is to go back through Ian Leslie’s superb blog, Marbury.
On 28 July he gave us this:
On 1 August he summarised the state of Ed Miliband’s campaign to be Labour leader. The most likely explanation for his claim to have [...]
The Catch-Up Service was about to resume, but I see that my colleague Amol Rajan has paid me the compliment of taking it over and putting it in The Independent today. It’s not online, so I reproduce it here.
The truly remarkable news breaking over the holiday period is the death of a fish (inset right [...]
Jun-Jun Sotto is a Filipino politician who understands expectations management:
Thanks to Le Café Witteveen and Peter Watt.
The coalition’s greatest achievement in its first 100 days may be invisible and unthanked. Although we will never know for sure, it is perfectly possible that they rescued the nation form a Greek style sovereign debt crisis.
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