On the most perverse of all human endeavours

What is the most perverse of all human endeavours? I would like to offer the suggestion that cycling is easily the favourite candidate for this much coveted accolade. For those of you who find the assertion less than entirely credible, I can only...

A modest proposal

This may well be a historic moment. Suddenly, everyone is talking about the need to reform politics. The leaders of New Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats compete with each other, desperately trying to catch up with the public mood....

The New Paradigm - part three

Here is the third instalment in this satire on contemporary life.   Geoffrey Laud, the Director of Communications, terminates the connection and swiftly makes his way towards Mr Barker’s office. In his late thirties, with blue eyes,...

The New Paradigm - part two

Here is the second instalment of this satire on contemporary life. 2 It is now with an overwhelmingly bewildering sense of incredulity that one remembers how very different everything was less than a mere eighteen months earlier. The...

The New Paradigm 1

The New Paradigm is a satire on contemporary life. Here is the first instalment: 1 The Alain Bilker Institute of Learning sits starkly in the landscape. All glass, concrete and steel; it is a fashionably incongruous...

MPs living in poverty

Philip Davies, my local Member of Parliament, has yet to have his expenses claims revealled by the Daily Telegraph. Nevertheless, he saw fit to issue a defence in the local newspaper (May 21 2009). There he claimed that the scandal was shameful and...

They just don't get it

As the Daily Telegraph continues its expose of Members of Parliament expenses claims, the political class demonstrates its complete detachment from the country at large. Again and again, we hear the defence that claims were within the rules. Party...

Where are the green shoots?

Japan, the world's second largest economy, reported a decline in gross domestic product of four per cent for the first three months of this year. Toyota, the world's largest car manufacturer, has reported its first ever loss. Here, in the United...