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This morning on the Radio 4 Today programme Ed Milliband was questioned with some thoroughness by Evan Davis and you could almost hear the collective jaws of the nation hitting […]

Yobbish behaviour and intimidating groups taking over public spaces

Currently in Britain we have around a million NEETs (youths not in education, employment or training) which are a direct result of our education system failing to prepare these people […]

The disparate elements that make up Libya

So Colonel Gaddafi has lost, it is just a matter of time to his departure day. Militarily the ground forces against him are singularly unimpressive and fire most of their […]

Julia Roberts plays a prostitute in the film Pretty Woman

It is pretty uncivilised that unliberated, Victorian, repressive and prudish legislation is still enforced in this country, whilst in more enlightened countries with the legacy of our legal code, like […]

Small oil well in America

The BBC is currently obsessing about petrol prices, they obviously see it as a way of having a go at George Osborne. So let’s look at what is behind this. […]

Nick Clegg, George Osborne, David Cameron on front bench

The best budget, by a huge margin, for something like 14 years, and maybe much longer. A tour de force. With no manoeuvre room due to the immense economic hole […]

Gordon Brown and Tony Blair.

Some people try and make out that New Labour was not socialist, mainly because they didn’t nationalise everything in sight. But the reality is that this is just about the […]

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit "Stealth" bomber, 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.

Thus far, militarily, this has been a perfect campaign. The alliance have acted in a measured and restrained manner to implement the UN resolution to the letter, they are implementing […]

Two dictators, one Libyan and one Russian, walk together

Yesterday Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, in a typical piece of silly, misguided, macho posturing, said that the UN intervention in Libya was analogous to a “mediaeval call for crusades”. Just how […]