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Religion of Peace?

I find it difficult to reconcile claims made regularly that Islam is a 'religion of peace' when a mainstream Muslim country like Saudia Arabia can jail a man, and potentially put him to death, for the crime of apostasy - a charge which includes the heinous crime of pressing the "Like" button on a Facebook page for Arab Christians. Show More Summary

Chelsea Morons

One of the Chelsea fans involved in the racist incident on the Paris metro has been identified as Richard Barklie, a former police officer from Northern Ireland who now works for a human rights forum, presumably after retiring from the PSNI. Show More Summary

New charges for Launceston car parks

After a massive battle Launceston has come out with a set of parking tariffs which will help support shoppers, workers and businesses – including the new shops which are now opening their doors.Cornwall Council had proposed to scrap our £1 all day Saturday parking and £1 for 2-hour parking, and put up season ticket prices to more than £300. Show More Summary

Immigration threatens to overshadow Tory housing week

It’s supposed to be the Tory housing week, with David Cameron setting out plans to double the number of discounted starter homes to 200,000. It’s an important, salient issue to… Continue reading The post Immigration threatens to overshadow Tory housing week appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: Straits times

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 6 March 1915: THE advance made during the week by our naval force in the Dardanelles has been most satisfactory. As we write our… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: Straits times appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Why framing constituency battles on choosing individual MPs is the best defensive strategy for the LDs

The widespread presumption that the election is about parties is not always applicable There is an almost total obsession that the vote on May 7th is about parties reinforced by the fact that almost all the polling asks WHICH you will be supporting rather than WHO. In fact for many voters the primary consideration is […]

Is a married clergy on Pope Francis’ agenda? I hope not

Pope Francis, is, according to Cardinal Walter Kasper – a Swabian formerly responsible for ecumenism – neither a traditionalist nor a liberal – “both of which categories have become rather… Continue reading The post Is a married clergy on Pope Francis’ agenda? I hope not appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Nigel Farage hints at another Tory defection to UKIP

Nigel Farage hints at another Tory defection to UKIP, who should you be betting on? http://t.co/0v2XsQ5Wga pic.twitter.com/Um7zgGX438 — TSE (@TSEofPB) March 1, 2015 Today it is being reported Asked if he was in talks with Tory MPs about more defections, Mr Farage said: “The last time I spoke about this I said I would be […]

Who paid for that?

One of the things that even its critics, such as myself, have to concede that the European Union has been good at is making clear what it has funded. By… Continue reading The post Who paid for that? appeared first on Spectator Blogs...

Melody Festival’s ‘Heroes’ shows why Sweden rules the pop world

The world’s most-watched cultural event takes place in two months time, but for Eurovision affectionados the entertainment has started already. Britain and Sweden are the continent’s two greatest exporters of pop… Continue reading The post Melody Festival’s ‘Heroes’ shows why Sweden rules the pop world appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

How do you tell a sturdy vagabond from a submissive pauper?

The number of people sleeping on the streets has risen by 55 per cent in the last five years. New statistics show that London had 742 rough sleepers on the… Continue reading The post How do you tell a sturdy vagabond from a submissive pauper? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Farage wants to learn American campaigning techniques — just weeks after lambasting them

Was Nigel Farage ‘absent on the job’ this week, addressing a conference in America instead of focusing on the immigration figures and Ukip’s spring conference? He defended the trip on the Sunday Politics today, arguing that… Continue reading The post Farage wants to learn American campaigning techniques — just weeks after lambasting them appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: Something cut off

From ‘On Commas’, The Spectator, 27 February 1915: I CAN picture the development of the misled reformer who introduced the comma into the languages of men. His laborious finger lost… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: Something cut off appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

North Lanarkshire Update

A number of readers from North Lanarkshire have been in touch to ask what will happen if the Council fails to sign-off on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) next week? Well the answer to that is very simple - without a binding legal agreement (which has been under discussion for months now) all of the equal pay cases will go back to the Employment Tribunal. Same as before.

NLC Update (28/02/15)

My sources in North Lanarkshire tell me the Council is making arrangements next week to seek approval for the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which has to be agreed before there is any resolution of the long running equal pay dispute. Show More Summary

Mafia State

OK, I know it's bad for me, but occasionally I look in on Russia Today to check that it's still a propaganda tool of a Mafia-like Russian state. The RT segment I caught was a news programme which featured the Mafia-style execution of Boris Nemtsov, an opposition politician in Russia and a fierce critic of President Putin. Show More Summary

TUC News

I had no idea that the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union was in such dire financial straits, even though the prospect of a merger with Unite has been on the cards for some time. So this article from Private Eye, the UK's best and only fortnightly satirical magazine, was a bit of an eye opener, for me anyway. Show More Summary

Driving Bans

Saudi Arabia continues to make itself look completely ridiculous when establishment figures like Dr Saleh al-Saadoon, an educated historian allegedly, try to justify the country's ban on Saudi women being allowed to drive. Talk about...Show More Summary

Oregon Owl

I liked this news story from The Scotsman which tells of an owl which is snatching the headgear of unsuspecting joggers in Oregon which I'm due to visit later this year. But this sounds like another good excuse to resist the temptation to go out jogging in case a territorial owl makes off with my hat. Show More Summary

Profound Socialist

I had no idea who Greg Wise was until the other day, but apparently he's the husband of actress Emma Thompson. Anyway, apparently he's a full-throttle socialist and in response to the HSBC tax avoidance scandal he had a full-blown rant...Show More Summary

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