Fun on Twitter…

“Corbyn’s policies will reduce hate crime in this country” Yes indeed, Corbyn, being a Marxist & anti-Semite, will nationalise hate crime & it’s well know that natio… | Continue reading | 16 hours ago

Correct priorities

Viewers upset as BBC One replaces Homes Under the Hammer with Theresa May’s resignation speech Fans of Homes under the Hammer were upset after the BBC replaced the show to make way for Theres… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

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It really is astonishing. For quite some time, the Tory leadership’s bizarre actions made me suspect May & the party grandees knew something we didn’t. They were playing a diabolica… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

The trouble with “political theatre” is that life imitates art

“This Milkshake Spring isn’t political violence – it’s political theatre”, wrote Aditya Chakrabortty in the Guardian the day before yesterday. From Nigel Farage to Tommy Robinson and Ca… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

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Happy City UK are one of a whole host of astroturf groups supported by government in order to lobby government for more government. – Perry de Havilland | Continue reading | 3 days ago

As annoying?

We’re confident that North Carolina’s politics will annoy us from the right as much as California’s does from the left, but we’re equally confident that center-right North Carolinians won’t try to … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

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In the internet age, for a political party to get their message out, talking to the Old Media is an option, not a necessity. – Perry de Havilland | Continue reading | 4 days ago

A foretaste

Over the last two days there has been a spate of milkshakes being thrown at UKIP and Brexit party candidates. It has become a meme. Many Remainers have spoken out against this, but others are lovin… | Continue reading | 5 days ago

“It was billed as the climate change election, and the climate lost.”

So says the first line of the Guardian’s report on the unexpected victory of Scott Morrison’s Liberal-National Coalition party in the Australian federal election. The election was frame… | Continue reading | 7 days ago

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“In the past few decades, digital pornography has been blamed for—well, pick a noun and add the word sex. It’s been named as a culprit for both sex addiction and sex abstinence. It’s been bla… | Continue reading | 8 days ago

A very British attitude to tax

Here is very British YouTuber Dr Jake explaining the tax implications of monetising a YouTube channel: On having to pay an accountant, file paperwork for self-employment, spend hours finding and fi… | Continue reading | 9 days ago

Putting names to the faces of a parcel of rogues

A month late, I found this video by “Change Britain”, a pressure group founded by leaders of the Vote Leave campaign: Brexit Betrayal montage: “2 minutes of broken promises!”… | Continue reading | 9 days ago

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Stephen Fry isn’t part of the alt-right. Nobody in their right mind believes he is. Anybody who says something this stupid is just virtue-signaling, performatively reminding the other members… | Continue reading | 10 days ago

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BBC should be abolished, not because of blatant bias but because the whole idea of a state broadcaster was a terrible idea on day 1 of the BBC’s existence. And in the internet age, it is now … | Continue reading | 11 days ago

Dominic Frisby needs another week to get the video up

I did the blogging equivalent of buying shares in Dominic Frisby quite a while ago now. More significantly, from Frisby’s point of view, Guido Fawkes has been boosting him, most recently by r… | Continue reading | 12 days ago

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In between the torturous Brexit process, May’s government has been busy implementing her interventionist vision. Take the minimum wage, first introduced by the Blair government in 1999, which the T… | Continue reading | 12 days ago

I seek a software or sporting metaphor to explain why a second referendum would be wrong

When discussing Brexit I am often asked, not always disingenuously, “What is so wrong with having another referendum? Is not another vote more democratic by definition? Now that we know more,… | Continue reading | 13 days ago

Moral blindness

“Danny Baker’s excuses don’t cut it – the impact of racism is inseparable from the intent”, writes Kuba Shand-Baptiste in the Independent. Or rather her headline writer does, since the … | Continue reading | 15 days ago

What answer were you expecting?

Diana Darke, writing in the Guardian, asks, Britain used to ask Muslims to move here. What happened to us? In the current climate of Islamophobia, I wonder how many British people are aware of a se… | Continue reading | 16 days ago

John Lewis Gaddis on good versus evil in the Cold War

One of the particular pleasures of twenty-first century life is that it is now easy to purchase interesting books which have been around for quite a while, cheaply and easily rather than expensivel… | Continue reading | 17 days ago

“Added impotence …”

Tweet of the day. That’s what Julia Hartley-Brewer says. She’s Tweeting about this Tweet: Theresa May’s spokesman says the local election results “have given added impotence…… | Continue reading | 18 days ago

A distant mirror

“Turkey officials order re-run of Istanbul election, voiding win for Erdogan opposition”, reports the Independent. Turkish authorities on Monday ordered a redo of an election won by an … | Continue reading | 18 days ago

A cross-party group of Green, Labour and progressive Conservative MPs have finally seen the light and are demanding deficit reduction

I thought this day would never come! New laws should be checked against a “compassion threshold”, to ensure they will not harm future generations or the most vulnerable in society, a cross-party gr… | Continue reading | 19 days ago


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Chinese tech, Five Eyes, and The British Establishment

The UK government led by Theresa May really is quite something, is it not? Huawei is already embedded in Britain’s elite: in 2015 it appointed to head its UK board Lord Browne, the former chair of … | Continue reading | 22 days ago

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At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not… | Continue reading | 22 days ago

The UK has declared a “climate emergency”, apparently

Jeremy Corbyn on Twitter: Labour has just forced the UK Parliament to declare a #ClimateEmergency. Real politics comes from the ground up, and that’s what today has shown. An emergency does n… | Continue reading | 23 days ago

Lego vs Lepin

I like Lego. It is nostalgic. It is a good quality product: the bricks fit together just so. It has a certain feel to it. I like the product design. I like the Ninjago and the Technic. I like the m… | Continue reading | 24 days ago

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It is not without significance that the socialist Labour Day is celebrated in the Spring, at the time of planting and promise. It is full of hope of what might be achieved. By contrast, the capital… | Continue reading | 24 days ago

This is not yesterday’s post about the NHS killing several hundred people

Today’s post about the NHS killing several hundred people is quite different from yesterday’s and should not be confused with it. They have nothing in common except both being about tim… | Continue reading | 25 days ago

Can you imagine what would happen if Trump did this…

This is pretty damn funny, in a painful and excruciating way. But just for fun, now just imagine it was Trump, not Trudeau. It would be all you read about on the front page of every major newspaper… | Continue reading | 26 days ago

The cruelty of those who think themselves virtuous by definition

The error was bad enough… Hospital infected teenager with HIV then kept diagnosis secret An NHS hospital kept a teenager’s HIV diagnosis secret from him after accidentally infecting him with … | Continue reading | 26 days ago

Samizdata retort of the day

Mr Putin said people living in Donetsk and Luhansk who considered themselves Russian were entitled to Russian passports. On Saturday, he said: “We’re considering providing a simplified … | Continue reading | 27 days ago


THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: New York Times international edition prints anti-Semitic cartoon of Trump, Netanyahu. I found the term used in this Instapundit article as… | Continue reading | 28 days ago

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An awful lot of climate change people are not climate change people in the sense of people interested in mitigating climate change effects (which almost everyone is I hope). They are climate change… | Continue reading | 29 days ago

And they wonder why we do not trust the media

What Roger Scruton actually said in an interview with George Eaton, Deputy Editor of the New Statesman: “I think there are difficulties around the corner that we are ignoring, like the rise o… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

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They are listening to a 16 year old. This is like some kind of weird surreal art house movie in which a lunatic asylum’s inmates break out, sneak into Parliament, throw the MPs into the basem… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Environmentalism’s philosophical black hole

This below is from an essay that was produced in 1990 by US economist George Reisman. (I also have his immense tome, Capitalism, which is excellent.) The idea of nature’s intrinsic value inex… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Cry God for Harry, England, and Saint George!

Much beer will flow today… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Some questions about US politics…

I have been fixated on UK politics lately and have perhaps not given the ‘Trump and Russian Collusion’ affair the attention it deserves. Simply put, if the report exonerates Trump and h… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

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To a great extent, the threat to free speech posed by iPlod will depend upon how its employees exercise their discretion and whether they’re politically neutral. Unfortunately, it will be staffed b… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

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Just as Gutenberg’s printing press awakened the masses to the wisdom of the ancients, and the desktop computer put enormous computational power into the hands of ordinary people, low cost, off-the-… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

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Canute’s point wasn’t that he could control the tides and waves. Rather, that fawning courtiers needed to learn the lesson of the limit to State competence. A thousand years later we’re still waiti… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Corporate social responsibility – is it socialism by the back door?

“When I hear businessmen speak eloquently about the `social responsibilities of business in a free-enterprise system,’ I am reminded of the wonderful line about the Frenchman who discov… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

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The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design. – Frederick Hayek, The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Book Review: Capitalism In America by Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge

Capitalism in America: A History. By Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge. I recently read this book, published a few months ago, and it is written by a senior journalist who is political editor of… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

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In his 1968 book The Population Bomb, biologist Paul Ehrlich from Stanford University wrote that “The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

What do people think of Open Rights Group?

The White Paper expresses a clear desire for tech companies to “design in safety”. As the process of consultation now begins, we call on DCMS to “design in fundamental rights”. Freedom of expressio… | Continue reading | 1 month ago