politics


Help! Help! I’m being repressed

(This is another archival repost of something written on the old blog a few years ago.) I’ve been catching up with about a month of blogosphere this weekend, after travelling, and other distractions. I managed to catch a discarded copy of G2 with Ben Goldacre’s homeopathy article, so I was […]


New blog: At War With The Motorist

At War With The Motorist reports from the front line of the civil war for Britain’s city streets.  We will uncover the bollocks public transport, bullshit cycling infrastructure, bad town planning, and injustice, given out by the Motorist government and local authorities.  We’ll also be taking a skeptical, evidence-based, sometimes […]


Cotch: Tough on crime in fantasy land

The first post on the new photography-oriented cotch dot net is up.  It’s a quick review of the police stop-and-search policy, in place across London as a counter-terrorism measure, and in particular the decision to consider photography to be a suspicious activity worth stopping.  Of course, it takes the skeptical […]


Later, Simmons goes out of business because his sandwiches are disgusting and his chicken noodles are grey

This is a re-post of something that occurred to me at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival at the weekend, and threw together on the Billy Bragg Forum on Tuesday. A dozen smiling happy people stand in a scruffy queue. The low evening sun sets a warm glow on their eclectic collected […]


Sunday syndrome #6: Welcome to life

This is another archival repost from the old blog — this one from january 2008. This post is part six in a series. The series so far can be found here. Cogito, ergo sum. René Descartes, 1637. I’ve given five posts and several thousand words over to introductions to principles […]