Monthly Archives: June 2011

Hari kari

*+-Hari kari In yesterday’s Independent, prize winning journalist Johann Hari admitted that he had inserted earlier texts into ‘interviews’ without indicating their origin (“My journalism is at the centre of a storm. This is what I have learned”, Wednesday 29 … Continue reading

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The Columbine Pilgrim – Andy Nowicki’s new novel

*+-The Columbine Pilgrim – Andy Nowicki’s new novel Here’s my review of Andy Nowicki’s excellent new novel, which is in the July issue of the New English Review http://www.newenglishreview.org/custpage.cfm/frm/91749/sec_id/91749 Derek Turner 30 June 2011 Free Google Ad cialis drugs no … Continue reading

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The Human Rights Act – the gift that keeps on giving

*+-The Human Rights Act – the gift that keeps on giving Good old Tony Blair, who incorporated the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law with the 1998 Human Rights Act – although he modestly declined to take any … Continue reading

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Sycophancy in Soweto

*+-Sycophancy in Soweto Amusing how supposedly hard-bitten journalists go all weak at the knees and pre-pubescent girlish whenever any of the following magical spells are uttered –  Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13872735 Yesterday on the ITV news the … Continue reading

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When free trade fails to deliver

*+-When free trade fails to deliver This is my latest article, this one in The University Bookman, Russell Kirk”s journal. http://www.kirkcenter.org/index.php/bookman/article/when-free-trade-is-not-fair-exchange/ My view on free trade has always been that it is a good thing between countries on comparable socio-economic … Continue reading

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G4S and the vexatious vacationers

*+-G4S and the vexatious vacationers The BBC has been excited today by a report that “more than 700 complaints” were made by illegal immigrants against G4S, a company which polices immigration removal centres. Shock, horror, UN resolution, send in the … Continue reading

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The truth about US “isolationism”

*+-The truth about US “isolationism” This is a letter QR American editor Matk G. Brennan  sent to the New York Times today June 15, 2011 Dear Mr. Zeleny: I am writing in reference to your (mis)use of the word “isolationism” … Continue reading

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Stopping the trafficking – or perhaps not

*+-Stopping the trafficking – or perhaps not Iain Duncan Smith’s think-tank the Centre for Social Justice is examining the issue of human trafficking, which apparently affects 6,000 unfortunates every year. BBC report here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-13775276 This is just one of … Continue reading

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The LSE – Held to Account, part 2

*+-The LSE – Held to Account, part 2 Shami Chakrabarti, the Director of Liberty, which supposedly supports freedom of speech, has maintained a studied silence in the case of embattled LSE lecturer and alleged racist Satoshi Kanazawa. But Dr Kanazawa … Continue reading

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R.I. P. Patrick Leigh-Fermor

*+-R.I. P. Patrick Leigh-Fermor Very sorry, if not surprised, to learn of the death of Patrick Leigh-Fermor, at the age of 96. He did history’s most enviable walk, and wrote about it in two of the 20th century’s greatest travel … Continue reading

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