Twisted logic


BY THE River Swincombe, on Dartmoor, are the ruins of John Bishop’s house. The tumbled-down building has been empty since, well, to look at it hundreds of years. Actually, it was occupied until 1911, and renovated in 1969 as a film set. So what? Well, to put it another way: there are many fine and…

Barclays and the price of dishonesty


British and American financial regulators have fined Barclays £290 million for attempting to manipulate Libor, the benchmark interest rate that is used globally to set the price of everything from credit card fees to corporate loans. What’s the point of that? Customers and shareholders will have to pay the fine, not the wrongdoers. And if…

I’m speechless


“Upgrading rural broadband is a waste of taxpayers’ money because only rich people live in the countryside and all they will use it for is internet shopping.” So says labour MP Graham Jones, according to the Telegraph. What shocking arrogance and prejudice, even if it were true. The countryside has worse poverty than the city,…

Belgium


A politics-free zone YOU SHOULD expect the unexpected from a country occupied largely by Flemish and Walloons. I’m sorry if this offends any Belgian readers, but to my English-speaking ear “Walloon” sounds like something out of Monty Python – and the country’s record 541 days without a government could have been scripted by a satirist…

The enemy within


This article first appeared here in The Herald on October 28, 2011, and seemed to generate some interesting debate online. Good. A BUNCH of pinko liberal whingers may have won the vote on a European Union referendum in Parliament this week, but we’ll be back. And back. And back … until we get our way.…