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Posted at 5:00pm Wednesday 11th February 2009
As Valentine’s day fast approaches, there is seemingly no end to the stream of press releases using the occasion to plug their businesses, promotions or causes. Of course, Valentine’s day was created by satan in a pact with florists and PR people (you try telling that to the missus), so they are entitled to savage it.
Posted at 7:00am Thursday 5th February 2009
What have Heurelho Gomes, Sharon Shoesmith and Sir Fred Goodwin got in common? Well, they have all been paid a lot of money for doing their jobs, and they were all particularly bad at them.
Posted at 5:43pm Wednesday 17th December 2008
“The status quo is not an option,” announced everyone’s favourite Lord, Peter Mandelson, last night as he defended the impending privatisation of Royal Mail to Jon Snow. Now where have we heard that before?
Posted at 5:19pm Thursday 27th November 2008
Amid the furore over the billions the Government will borrow to fund its tax give-away this week, Lib Dem treasury spokesman Vince Cable repeated his oft-voiced call to end the tax breaks for the super rich. Why this does not get a more sympathetic hearing, or form a much stronger part of the debate over ways to provide a cash-boost to the economy, is almost beyond me.
Posted at 6:34pm Thursday 20th November 2008
The vice-president of Columbia has attempted to instill a sense of social conscience in the middle-class, casual users of cocaine, a drug which has torn parts of his country to shreds.
Posted at 12:51pm Thursday 13th November 2008
Barack Obama's triumphant election has captured the imagination in some unlikely corners of Barnet.
Posted at 4:22pm Friday 24th October 2008
There’s something about the Mandelson-Osborne-Rothschild story that truly captures the imagination. It’s just all so utterly, inescapably filthy. Everyone is trying their best to remain aloof and come out of it whiter than their crisply-starched holiday polo shirts. But they all come out of it coated with the lustre of filthy lucre.
Posted at 8:00am Thursday 16th October 2008
Yesterday morning I looked on as dozens of armoured police officers, backed up with dog handlers, raided an East Finchley flat. They thought they might find four or five dogs, each easily capable of killing a child - in someone’s home.
Posted at 1:55pm Thursday 2nd October 2008
In 2004 the then Prime Minister Tony Blair - remember him? - had this to say on the definition of national security: “There is no statutory definition of national security. The courts accept that the interpretation of what is national security is, within a wide margin of appreciation, a matter for the Secretary of State to determine on a case-by case basis.”
Posted at 11:30am Tuesday 23rd September 2008
One of the finest characters I’ve come across in my travels around the borough is an elderly fellow by the name of John Frost.
Posted at 4:00pm Thursday 11th September 2008
As Barnet Council gears up to 'nudge' us into being better citizens, the theory is holding sway with policy makers at Conservative HQ.
Posted at 7:40am Wednesday 27th August 2008
Regular readers of this blog will recall how buses became the ideological battleground for Brave New Barnet during the election campaign for the Mayor of London and London Assembly. Proponents of routmasters did battle with those of bendy buses - or pragmatism, as would say - as the fight for City Hall reached fever pitch. It was a striking example of the blandness of the political landscape.