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Police reputation under pressure as ‘Plebgate’ enters new phase

Many years ago, I met up for a drink with a friend who had just become a pupil to a junior barrister. I should perhaps explain that the latter was actually the wrong side of fifty, but – because he had never ‘taken silk’ (become a QC) – he was still technically a ‘junior’. My pal [...]

November 27, 2013 // 1 Comment

It’s that time of year again!

The shortlist of ten nominees for BBC Sports Personality of The Year were exclusively announced on the BBC’s The One Show shortly after 7.00pm last night. They are as follows: Justin Rose (golf) Hannah Cockcroft (paralympic cycling) Chris Froome (cycling) Leigh Halfpenny (rugby union) Christine [...]

November 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

One more dialogue of the deaf

This week’s threatened Tory backbench revolt – and its political ramifications – over the Ministry of Defence’s plan for the reduction in size of the regular Army from 102,000 to 82,000 to save money, to be compensated for by an increase of the ‘Reserve’ (territorials) to 30,000, up [...]

November 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

Diplomatic advice

When I emerged from sleep this morning, as ever to the sounds of Dotun Adebayo’s Up All Night on Radio Five Live, one of the first items I heard was a report on the latest from the Commonwealth Conference taking place in Sri Lanka. The headline was that presiding Sri Lankan president Mahinda [...]

November 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

McCririck and the knacker’s yard

John McCririck, the former Channel Four racing pundit – and now losing employment tribunal ‘age discrimination’ litigant – is an acquired taste for most of us.  A deliberate eccentric in fashion sense, attitude and the social niceties, over the past three decades he had carved a [...]

November 14, 2013 // 0 Comments


Officially launched on 30th July 2009, the Chilcot Inquiry into the UK’s conduct of the Iraq War was originally intended to conduct its business and publish its report within twelve months. Nearly four and a half years later it is still some way short of being able to do this because of what [...]

November 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Matter With Politics

Yesterday, on his LBC radio show, the Lib-Dem leader Nick Clegg entered the political ‘debate of the moment’ by describing ‘NEWSNIGHT’ presenter Jeremy Paxman as someone who made nearly £1 million per annum from politics by sneering at it. This after Paxman’s entertaining interview joust [...]

November 8, 2013 // 2 Comments


Today the newspapers report on a piece in ‘NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’ magazine in which eminent scientists have projected what would happen if all the ice on planet Earth – some five million cubic miles’ worth – had melted. Normally, I’m not a fan of ‘What if?’ scenarios. As a parlour [...]

November 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

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