Nick Cohen on scathing form on The Strange Death of Liberal England (Again) in the forthcoming Spectator (it is not online, but there is more via Alex Massie here):
The Liberals have no right to be surprised. Conservative-minded readers may think that the British liberal-left is good for nothing, but, trust me, we are world leaders [...]
1984: The title of George Orwell’s dystopian novel, featured in the lyrics of The Arctic Monkey’s hit I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor, and perhaps most significantly of all (for my mum anyway), the year that I was born. But from a topical point of view, it was the year that the Home International tournament was killed off.
The exchanges at Prime Minister’s Questions were evenly balanced, if you like that kind of Punch and Judy thing.
The news that Salman Taseer, the powerful governor of Pakistan’s most populous province, had been gunned down by his own security guard for standing up against the country’s draconian blasphemy laws, came as a bleak reminder of political fissures that divide the country.
48% of GDP? 40% of GDP? Oliver Kamm and John Ross can’t both be right. And it’s not a small difference, particularly in the context of a raging debate about Labour’s handling of the economy.
There was much to enjoy at the BARLA Lancashire Cup final last Friday, not least a familiar face proving that rugby league is not always a young man’s game.
I am an England fan of many years. This is an occupation that has caused me great grief, regret, and – above all – envy of those countries that always seem to make it further in major tournaments than we do. Sadly, being a football fan does not pay my bills, which is why in recent years I have been working at the Institute for Philanthropy, which aims, among other things, to increase the amount of charitable giving in the UK.
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored”, said the author Aldous Huxley. When it comes to our collective impact on the Earth’s natural environment, however, ignoring the facts seems to be quite the normal thing to do.
The Copa Del Rey is the only chance these two teams have of domestic silverware and you can be sure both will field strong teams – a ‘must’ when you are betting.
Carlile’s views should be taken seriously. And he has shown his independence of mind by his willingness to criticise the police’s over-use of stop and search. Yet I don’t think his analysis on control orders should be uncritically accepted.
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