Reverend Fraser can be most irritating, and as sanctimonious as one would expect of a cleric. But here he skillfully articulates an argument which surfaces now and again but which is never confronted on intellectual grounds, only ever tackled on an emotional, partisan basis. It is an uncomfortable position which reminds us that sometimes the difference between […]

A tale of two careers: Michael Gove and Iain Duncan Smith | Politics | The Guardian. via A tale of two careers: Michael Gove and Iain Duncan Smith | Politics | The Guardian.

I don’t much care for Toby Young either, but this won’t be the first time he’s said something I grudgingly agree with… or the last. Labour’s love of inherited privilege shows a lack of class – Telegraph Blogs. via Labour’s love of inherited privilege shows a lack of class – Telegraph Blogs.

I don’t like Owen Jones, but at least he – like most decent folks of all political persuasions – has come down on the right side of this terrible story. Mocking an Eton boy’s death is the worst politics of envy | Owen Jones | Comment is free | The Guardian. via Mocking an Eton […]

An interesting case study in the conflicts that result when two elements of an unwritten common law constitution find themselves at odds. Compounded further by the expectations of a public and a commentariat who perhaps don’t know as much about our system of government as they should. Civil service job document attacked by minister | […]

The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats – Nick Hanauer – POLITICO Magazine. via The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats – Nick Hanauer – POLITICO Magazine.

I keep meaning to write a post on this topic, but here’s another foray from The Telegraph. Should drug possession be legalised? – Telegraph. via Should drug possession be legalised? – Telegraph.

In my blogging, I have often written on subjects or re-blogged articles concerned with religion. In GibberLog, I might be interested in how religion interacts with politics and policy on such matters as education. In BlatherLog, the concern will be the role of religion in history, or its engagement with the sphere of science (often again touching on how […]

The ‘contracting out’ and privatisation of public services is a very divisive issue – errr… perhaps the understatement of the year. Personally, I believe some services can be legitimately delivered by private enterprise. Airports, automotive manufacturers, rail services, natural resources and energy providers can, in my view, be delivered privately as long as adequate regulatory frameworks […]

I’ve supported Chuck’s right to speak out on issues that concern him before, but that was on the understanding that he would respect constitutional conventions and shut up once he gained the throne. I support the constitutional monarchy (I believe it has evolved into a curiously effective and stable system for which embedding inherited wealth […]