Simon Jenkins: No good is served by incarcerating an illiterate drugs "mule" in Holloway for 14 years for a first offence when she had no clue what she was doing and has left four children on the streets of Jamaica. She will be sent back in seven years, after Britain has spent £250,000 turning her … Continue reading If you disagree with this, you have no soul and no brain
Diamond Geezer's coverage of the mayoral race has been entirely on fire. The latest, possibly last, and definitely funniest summary of the campaign I've so far seen, is the London Mayoral Hustings 2012: Paxman: Ahhhhh yes, transport. What are your priorities for the next four years? Boris: Crossrail, yes, er, that's something I'd really like … Continue reading Final mayoralty
If you think that Gordon Brown carried out a tax raid on pensions in 1997, which was the main cause of the end of final-salary pension schemes in the UK private sector, then you are wrong. In 1997, the government did indeed abolish the tax relief on dividends paid by firms into pension funds. But … Continue reading More clarifications of the obvious
David Aaronovitch is one of the few Decent-ists that I like and respect. So it's good to see him stating the obvious truths that more or less everyone (whether left or right) has forgotten as we descend in to a Cassandrine orgy of unwarranted gloom: Taking modern Britain, for all that any country is beset … Continue reading Reality check
As one ought, I've been looking up my ancestors (well, people with my not-especially-common surname) on the Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674-1913 website. There's a disappointing lack of criminality among my lot. Only three Bands were prosecuted at the Old Bailey over the whole period, and one of them was acquitted, whereas we seem … Continue reading Just as well they didn’t have t’Internet back then
Diamond Geezer has an excellent piece on the sterling work that Boris Johnson has done in eradicating crime, misery, poverty, racial disharmony, etc from the town of Henley, and how useful this experience will be if he's elected Mayor of London... Would throbbing multicultural London (population seven and a half million) be a better place … Continue reading Ready to face any challenge
Whatever else it may be, a walk-out among well-educated civil servants over not getting the same large pay rises they've received for most of the last 10 years is not The Workers Sticking It To The Man.