When Judges And Councillors Makes Fools Of Themselves On Matters Of Religion

February 12, 2012

When Judges And Councillors Makes Fools Of Themselves On Matters Of Religion

Thomas Mathew writes from London: Well, guess what: we’ve been told by a High Court Judge that the common practice in Christian Britain to say prayers at the beginning of a formal local authority county meeting is unlawful, under the Local Government Act of 1972. Mr Justice Ouseley, sitting in London, ruled that under the Act local authorities had no power to start their meetings with a period of reflection as it had nothing to do with the business of the day. The case against Bideford council was launched by former councillor and a devout atheist Clive Bone Members in the summer of 2010, on the ground that he felt embarrassed when prayers were said at formal meetings. Unsurprisingly his case was picked up by the National Secular Society that found the time and the money to persue it through... 

Newspapers Dumbing Down The News. They’re Digging Their Own Graves

February 8, 2012

Newspapers Dumbing Down The News. They’re Digging Their Own Graves

Adam Lovejoy writes from London: This is getting seriously out of hand: newspapers are filling their pages with celebrity gossip and endless articles about programmes on the box, pretending that this constitutes news. It’s a farce, a cynical ploy to cut corners, writing million of column inches about things that should be left for stupid glossy mags and tabloids that report about celebs as if they matter. Let me tell you something about the press: when newspapers start covering trashy TV shows, competitions and sit-coms on the box, in all their inglorious detail, it means that they’ve gotten so lazy and incompetent that they don’t even bother to send their reporters out in search of proper stories. No one needs this sort of coverage. It’s only suitable for people who wouldn’t be able... 

Will The UN Be Sanctioning Wars And Regime Change From Now On?

February 2, 2012

Will The UN Be Sanctioning Wars And Regime Change From Now On?

Anton Goryunov writes from New York: Let’s be controversial about Syria for a change. Serious goings on continue, in and around it, with the West and the dictators from the Arab League rubbing their hands in anticipation of another triumph of democracy and all the benefits that come with it for everyone concerned. Apart from the locals, that is, who would be paying the price for years to come. How do I know this? Well, I only need to cast a glance at Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, to figure out what awaits the Syrians if democracy is exported there. The beauty of the whole thing is that since Libya every invasion of a country would from now on be blessed by the United Nations that is run by a bunch of corrupt and incompetent diplomats who would do anything to keep their cushy jobs for as long... 

Sex Scenes In Movies Are A Total Waste Of Time. Time Fillers, Nothing Else

January 31, 2012

Sex Scenes In Movies Are A Total Waste Of Time. Time Fillers, Nothing Else

Chris Gray writes from Hollywood: You know what I think? I think sex scenes in movies are just a waste of time. Name me a single movie that had improved with two people rolling in bed in it, doing all that insincere moaning and groaning. I bet you wouldn’t be able to name a single bloody one. And you know why? Because sex in films is introduced to lure complete idiots with an attention span of five seconds, who find it hard to follow the plot but would watch on anyway if they know that there’d be something resembling intercourse or nudity in it at some point. Remember Basic Instinct? Well, if you take out Sharon Stone showing off her fanny and the supposedly intense bedroom scenes, it would not get any worse. It would be shorter, which would be an improvement, but it would lose absolutely... 

Is China Really Set To Dominate The World In This Century? No, It’s Not

January 30, 2012

Is China Really Set To Dominate The World In This Century? No, It’s Not

Anton Goryunov writes from Beijing: I’m really getting fed up with hearing all sorts of ‘experts’ on China telling us that the 21st century would be ‘China’s century’ and that it is quickly turning into an economic superpower while beefing up its military arsenals. Some keen fans of China are even predicting that Mandarin would become the official language in many parts of the world by 2050, give or take ten years both ways. The idea is that China has managed to flood the whole world with its cheap goods, while buying up assets here and there, supposedly in preparation for a global take-over. Lots of praise is showered on the way the Chinese communists have adapted themselves to the new realities of a limited market economy, having realised that if they continue to have the monopoly... 

There’s Just Too Many People Going Places These Days. Way, Way Too Many

January 19, 2012

There’s Just Too Many People Going Places These Days. Way, Way Too Many

Ted Obvious writes from Rome: You know what? There are just too many people going places these days for no apparent reason, making a nuisance of themselves, causing pollution and creating overcrowding. It’s all about travelling for the sake of travelling – nothing else. Well, apart from making stupid holiday snaps while standing in front of buildings and monuments – to bore friends and neighbours afterwards with stories of supposedly ‘exciting days’ spent sightseeing. The sight of people dragging their suitcases on wheels behind them has become so common that you might be forgiven for thinking that half of the world is on the move. Public transport in all major capitals is now overwhelmed by people with suitcases and huge backpacks – on their way to or from the... 

The Current Mess In The Economy Tells Us One Thing: Money Men Rule The World

January 17, 2012

The Current Mess In The Economy Tells Us One Thing: Money Men Rule The World

Anton Goryunov writes from Moscow: Say what you will about the current world economic crisis, dubbed ‘sluggish recovery’ by slimy politicians, but one thing comes out of it loud and clear: money men rule the world. Otherwise, how can you explain the ease with which they got away with causing all that gigantic mess in the first place, receiving hundreds of billions of taxpayers’ money from their respective governments to keep going, and are still at it: gambling vast amounts away on dodgy deals and paying themselves huge bonuses? Need I tell you that they will receive more money next year? OK, I’m telling you here and now that bankers will get more bail-out money when the next financial crash happens – probably in mid 2012. Because once they’ve got into the... 

The Con Behind The Eurodebt Crisis. And The Mugs Who Are Being Taken For A Ride

January 12, 2012

The Con Behind The Eurodebt Crisis. And The Mugs Who Are Being Taken For A Ride

Anton Goryunov writes from Brussels: In an ideal world the EU leaders should have been by now helping the police with their inquiries for the way they have been handling the Eurodebt crisis. And hacks of the free media should have been untangling the web of deceit that hangs over the whole of Europe, spun by the money men and all sorts of dodgy lenders and speculators, who have been making a fortune out of the current crisis that they themselves created. But alas, we don’t live in an ideal world. We aren’t even allowed to think in terms of common sense anymore, risking to be accused of offending some else’s feelings or infringing on their human rights. As in the rights of bankers to suck blood out of millions on the grounds that it’s what the free market is all about, or the rights... 

You Know What Sucks? Advertisers Turning Kids Into Shopping Junkies

January 8, 2012

You Know What Sucks? Advertisers Turning Kids Into Shopping Junkies

Chris Gray writes from London: You know what really sucks? The way advertisers turn kids into sexed up shopaholics, hooked on junk food, designer clothes, violent computer games, idiotic pop songs and celebrity mags. Yep, that’s what these creeps, who sit in advertising agencies and smoke dope all day, get up to when they get companies to run advertising campaigns to promote some shitty goods that are made in China. The ad men know that they have to target young consumers, and future ones as well, and so they use all sorts of tricks to get youngsters interested, forcing them to pester their parents to buy them stuff – before they grow up and start buying it themselves. The whole bloody content on the box nowadays has been turned into one big advertising campaign, with children... 

Nice Little Coup The EU Pulled Off In Italy. It’s Soviet Union All Over Again

January 5, 2012

Nice Little Coup The EU Pulled Off In Italy. It’s Soviet Union All Over Again

Anton Goryunov writes from Rome: That was a nice little coup that the European Union pulled off in Italy last year. A bunch of unelected technocrats and businessmen, headed by former EU commissioner Mario Monti, got into power simply because the bureaucrats in Brussels wanted Silvio Berlusconi out of the way. He wasn’t too enthusiastic on the European federal dream, you see. Even had ideas about leaving the Eurozone. And that is blasphemy for the ears of Eurocrats who are bent on building their Tower of Babel – whatever it takes. Any way you look at the new lot running Italy it’s crystal clear that they are all loyal federalists, who would be doing everything the way EU wants it to be done. Not that Monti and the gang actually have any idea how to get Italy out of trouble, apart... 

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