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”
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”
The ‘progressive’ movement – the result of the left abandoning real politics in favour of a focus on rights, ‘sensitivity’ and ‘identities’ – has certain features. One of the main ones is a unique single-mindedness which cannot tolerate any kind of difference of opinions. There is a single truth and everyone must subscribe; or they are an an unspeakable bigot. Another feature is the absence of serious argument; ‘truths’ are bandied about as if incontrovertible, when, in reality they are a point of view in a discourse which is far from resolved. For adherents of this ideology their truth is the truth and everyone else is to be denounced and, ideally, eliminated from the social sphere altogether. This is very immature. People used to transition from being a student to being an adult. Now they don’t bother and public discourse takes place at the level one would expect from a meeting of the most facile of first-year undergraduates. Continue reading “Faked cries of ‘racism’”
The ‘gay rights’ movement initially seemed consistent with the values of tolerance and liberalism. However it (and the associated ideology which even extends to ‘transgenderism’ and some seemingly rather confused notions around gender) has mutated into an ideology which is far from the values of freedom and tolerance. Continue reading “When tolerance becomes totalitarianism”
This post is about two trends in UK Society. On the one hand a childrens’ Summer Camp where games include “children wearing their pants on their head at dinner” which seems to show an attitude of lack of awareness of dignity in connection with children which hasn’t changed one jot since the 1920s. On the other hand; Operation Midland, a recent police operation in which establishment figures were investigated for grave crimes of child sexual abuse and murder – purely on the word of a single phantasist. Continue reading “Pants on your head at dinner & Operation Midland”
This is a threat from a senior police officer in the UK to journalists. The context is the leak of diplomatic cables which showed that the UK Ambassador to the USA has a low opinion of Trump and his presidency. But it could be any other leak of information from the government to the press. Continue reading “Free Press?”
One strand in the current hysterical ideology which grips Britain is the belief that the victim is always right. If someone says they are a victim then, they are. This flies in the face of ideas which have taken centuries to evolve and which have their roots in the traditions of our Anglo-Saxon forebears as concerns juries, witnesses, due process etc.