A Bradford banker

Mr Paul Flowers was until the other day an apparently entirely respectable member of the elite. A Christian minister, Chairman of a bank and insurance group, a former councillor, a senior member of various charities and the Advertising Standards...

Rich are persecuted, says Boris

London's mayor, Boris Johnson, claims that rich people are an oppressed minority, just like homeless people. Mr Johson claims that the rich are bullied and bashed. He claims that it is his duty to stick up for every put upon minority in the city. And...

On the war on drugs

The US war on drugs is well known. But it is so ineffective, it makes one wonder.   Take Afghanistan. The US invades and opium production increases. And it keeps on increasing. This year, Afghanistan is set to produce ninety per cent of the...

On the mysteries of modern Physics

Newtonian Physics were quite good enough to put men on the moon and bring them back safely. But, use Newton's Physics for your satnav and you will soon be taking the wrong turn. For GPS, you need Einstein's Physics.   The theory of relativity...

On parliament and spooks

Yesterday, the United Kingdom's three chief spies were questioned by a parliamentary committee. MI5, MI6 and GCHQ all being held publicly accountable. A great day for democracy, one might expect: unfortunately that was not the case.   The...

Just providing a public service

The pay day loan companies claim they are simply providing a public service, meeting market demand. Yet in a few short years, the pay day loan business has been transformed by the power of advertising from a tiny niche market into an institutionalised...

On the mote

Life is full of ironies. Take the case of Andrew Mitchell. Over a year ago, there occurred an incident, which realistically could be called nothing more than a spat. Mitchell was verbally abusive to a couple of police officers. He shouldn't have done...

Snooker moving east

The game of snooker was invented by British army officers in the days of the Raj. And the game has always been dominated by the people of the British Isles. A mere glance at the list of World Championship winners should be more than enough to convince...