J K Rowling: we pay taxes in order to live in a civil society (video)


The UK is a great nation. I am not joking. Despite what you may have read in the Daily Mail, by and large, the UK is an advanced, civilised, law-abiding country and it is a wonderful place to be born … Continue reading

Iain Duncan Smith’s Tinker Bell statistics (video)


Regular readers of this blog will know that Iain Duncan Smith is a notorious liar.  There is no point being euphemistic about it because the facts are clear. When confronted about his lies his excuse is that he “believes” that what he … Continue reading

Thomas Piketty – Why we need a global wealth tax (video)


Jeremy Paxman discusses wealth inequality and a global wealth tax with Thomas Piketty author of “Capital In The 21st Century” on Newsnight (30 April 2014).   Video © BBC *********************************************** Wealth inequality and other things we don’t have to learn from … Continue reading

Do you want the truth from your government or just what a minister says he ‘believes’ to be true? (video)


“The Prime Minister doesn’t want the truth, he wants something he can tell Parliament” (Sir Humphrey Appleby, Yes Minister) First published 27 July 2013 Last week David Cameron made the most of the opportunity to claim that his party’s policies on … Continue reading

Wait: What? How Could You Possibly..You’ve Got To Be Kid… There Is No Way… I Can’t.. Oh My God!


The Trayvon Martin verdict is shocking and depressing (a timeline of events from CNN is reproduced towards the end of this post*). The system worked as it was supposed to and that is something that should shame the gun loving … Continue reading

Wealth inequality and other things we don’t have to learn from America (video)


It is said that what happens in the US happens in the UK shortly afterwards. This clip of the Daily Show was broadcast in August 2011 and touches on many of the same arguments used by the Conservative Party in the … Continue reading

If you thought that 1,700 applications for 8 coffee shop jobs was bad you ain’t seen nothing yet! (video)


The Conservative party often looks to the US (and especially the Republican party) for ideas about how to drag Britain back to its 19th century glory days. For example, over the years they have brought us (or have tried to bring … Continue reading

Lord Saatchi: Capitalism isn’t working (video)


Thatcher’s advertising guru Maurice Saatchi agrees that “capitalism isn’t working”, that Karl Marx may have been right and that the UK energy market is run by a cartel. Whatever next? Related articles If Robert Peston thinks that it’s time to stop … Continue reading

Police say Grant Shapps’ firm sales “may constitute offence of fraud” but refuse to investigate (video)

Is this the true quid pro quo for plebgate?

So the police have decided that, even though they have prima facie evidence and legal advice that confirms that a fraud “may” have been committed by a firm of which a current senior member of the government was a Director and key figure … Continue reading

Truthiness: The Telegraph is guilty of lazy and biased journalism but, as ever, it’s all the fault of the BBC (video)


For the second consecutive Sunday (and several days in between) the Telegraph decided to lead it’s news agenda with what it and the Conservative party have decided is BBC liberal bias.  Claims of liberal bias at the BBC have been … Continue reading

Truthiness: “Whipping-up a frenzy” about benefit tourism (video)


In October 2005, in the first ever episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert introduced the world to a new word – “Truthiness“. Password: imincorrigible Colbert clip added 26 Jan 2015 © Comedy Central Now you may be asking “what does any … Continue reading

Irrational debate and a misinformed public: “Red Ed” – is it really “back to the future?” (video)


To any sensible person that has bothered to study a little modern world history, socialism in the sense of the Marxist philosophy, was a great idea but not a practical one.  In the UK, especially in the 1970’s, we had … Continue reading

Evidence not ideology: benefit tourism the problem only fruit loops and Tories can see


David Cameron and the coalition are having a bit of a bad time. Last week the UN’s Special Rapporteur, Raquel Rolnik, called for the abolition of the ‘bedroom tax’ saying: “I was very shocked to hear how people really feel abused … Continue reading

Hard evidence: How biased is the BBC?


By Mike Berry, Cardiff University Welcome to Hard Evidence, a series of articles that looks at what the data say about some of the trickiest public policy questions we face. Academic experts will delve into the available research evidence to … Continue reading

Migration myths


From time to time I have found myself cornered or chided into a debate about immigration with the fruitloops and (occasionally closeted) racists in the increasingly pernicious UKIP or the Tea Party wing of the Conservative’s.  It can be frustrating to hear the same … Continue reading