The London Fire Brigade Commissioner has explained that more research is needed into “buildings that fail”. This, apparently, is intended to be a credible response to the failings of the London Fire Brigade to evacuate a tower block when the whole building was in flames. Even by the ordinary standards of blasé dereliction of responsibility by British public officials this is outlandish. Continue reading “Grenfell Tower – a fatal case of institutional paralysis”
This really follows on from a post on a similar theme last week. In that post we commented how stories about Libya in the UK press somehow seem to manage to skate over the recent history of Libya. Anyone reading these reports could be forgiven for not realising that NATO attacked Libya in 2011 – an event which preceded the current chaos in the country. In that report Gaddafi simply “died”. No mention of the NATO attacks and assist at his ‘death’ at all. Continue reading “UK media and elisions”
The Court of Protection has ruled against a Local Authority who was trying to prevent a young man ‘with’ autism in their charge from being in a position where he could have sex with another person. Continue reading “Autism and consent”
In 2011 NATO attacked and destroyed Libya. The functioning state of Libya was turned into a disaster zone. Now the country is split between rival governments and militias. Aid agencies describe a desperate humanitarian situation.  Continue reading “Propaganda on Libya”
The under-occupancy Penalty was introduced by the 2012 Welfare Reform Act. It is known as the “bedroom tax” by agitators who want to misrepresent the penalty as a tax. It sounds better to be campaigning against a tax than against a penalty for under-occupying social housing. Continue reading “The Bedroom Tax and the Market”
There are two Guardian “journalists” stationed in Moscow (as far as I can see).
Neither of them can, it seems, open their mouths without telling lies. Not little spins or fibs to help the “Putin is a bad man and Russia is a dictatorship” fairytale along – but outright lies. Continue reading “Guardian lies on Russia”
There are perhaps two main systems of political governance – dictatorship and democracy. Democracy insists on the principal that the governed govern themselves – in general through the election of representatives. In a dictatorship one group or person usurps political power and rules – without asking anyone’s permission. Continue reading “Democracy”