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Fighting out of the Fringes: private Law, Arts

Fighting out of the Fringes: private Law

These last three days have marked the nineteenth (after some conference debate that it was the twentieth or even twenty first) National Independent Schools’ Drama Association Conference.  One word in this title will already have some of the left wing amongst us wishing to raise points but to the politics of private education we shall [...]

By | Arts | Sunday, 5 June 2011 at 6:37 pm

I admit I was wrong, Eagle Eye

I admit I was wrong

If there is one group of internet commenters that rivals the Blair-haters for vituperation and dogmatism, it is the cannabis-legalisers. My article in The Independent on Sunday today, in which I argue (against the Cardoso Commission, right) that drugs that are illegal should stay illegal, has provoked them.
Several commenters have angrily demanded (a) that I [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 5 June 2011 at 5:29 pm

Is this a secret space station on Mars?, Eagle Eye

Is this a secret space station on Mars?

The Daily Mail storybot generated this automatic headline on the website’s front page (copied, right, because it will presumably be taken off the front page soon), but put a straight headline on the story itself. Still, a worthy number 617 for my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No.
Thanks to Paul McConville.
And here [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 5 June 2011 at 3:35 pm

Were the Smurfs Nazis?, Eagle Eye

Were the Smurfs Nazis?

Number 616 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by Tim Karan at Newser.
The Smurfs were socialists and “the embodiment of a totalitarian utopia, steeped in Stalinism and Nazism,” says Antoine Buéno, a French sociologist, in a new book, Le Petit Livre Bleu.
Thanks to Andrew Scheuber.
And number 615 was [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 4 June 2011 at 10:16 am

Prom – Trailer, Film

Prom – Trailer

At Prom, every couple has a story and no two are exactly alike. Several intersecting stories unfold at one high school as the big dance approaches.

By | Film | Saturday, 4 June 2011 at 6:00 am

Anonymous strikes again: Iranian and UAE governments hacked

Hackers have broken into the networks of both the Iranian and the Dubai governments, stealing more than 10,000 email messages as well as system usernames and passwords and releasing them online.

By | Science & Technology | Friday, 3 June 2011 at 5:57 pm

Top of the posts, Notebook

Top of the posts

Our top posts and bloggers of the week

By | Notebook | Friday, 3 June 2011 at 4:13 pm

Tim Westwood the war-monger, Notebook

Tim Westwood the war-monger

So, what’s next for the Big Brainwashing Challenge for Black and Brown Children?  You’ve guessed it kids; it’s your favourite hip-hop and R ‘n’ B radio DJ, Tim Westwood, broadcasting LIVE from a British military camp in Afghanistan!
The day after I wrote an article on the BBC’s disgraceful censorship of a Bigz freestyle on Charlie [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 3 June 2011 at 3:36 pm

Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court judges?, Eagle Eye

Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court judges?

James Grant in this month’s Prospect has raised the issue again of the composition of the Supreme Court (new chamber, right), what we know of the judges’ ideological leanings, and whether we should have American-style confirmation hearings on their appointment.
Alexander Horne, in his paper last year on the problems of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 3 June 2011 at 1:45 pm

Your police force needs you! Time to take Police and Crime Commissioners seriously, Notebook

Your police force needs you! Time to take Police and Crime Commissioners seriously

Despite its recent defeat in the Lords, the Government is determined to introduce elected Police and Crime Commissioners.  Elected police chiefs were a key Tory policy, with which the Prime Minister is personally associated – and given what is happening to the health reforms Tory MPs are in no mood for a U-turn on policing. [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 3 June 2011 at 12:38 pm

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