The Minister said: ‘It is perfectly reasonable to make the argument that we should just let the virus rip; I just think that the hundreds of thousands of deaths that would follow is not a price that anyone should pay.’ Mr Hancock, whose grasp of fact seems to me to be sketchy in general, has no reason to say that ‘hundreds of thousands’ of deaths would follow a wiser, more proportionate policy. … [Read more...] about PETER HITCHENS: The greatest power we have is to refuse to vote for people who insult us – so save democracy and vote for my None Of The Below Party
Why representative democracies are called liberal democracies
"The argument is that if we went to the popular vote, candidates would spend all their time in the largest population centers. They would just spend their time in the biggest cities and would ignore the rural areas of the country. It's a little more complicated than that. They ignore vast portions of the rural areas of the country already — it depends on if you are in a rural area in a swing state. Then they pay attention to you," says Kollman. … [Read more...] about US Electoral College: Ensuring representation or arcane filter on democracy?
Jihadists celebrate Nice terror attack as ISIS and al-Qaeda supporters call for more attacks against France in sickening online propaganda Online jihadists celebrated the latest terror attack on France today after three people were murdered by a knifeman in Nice on a day which also saw a gunman killed in Avignon and a guard attacked at a French consulate in Saudi Arabia. … [Read more...] about Pictured: Tunisian migrant Islamist terrorist, 21, who beheaded woman and killed two more Catholics in Nice church rampage – after ‘Al Qaeda’ press release called for ‘jihad’ over Hebdo cartoons
He was a huge man, 6ft 4in tall, and built as a rugby forward and was widely regarded as a bit of a political thug. When asked in court once (in a libel case he brought against Robert Kilroy-Silk): “Would it be unkind to describe you as a political bruiser?” he replied: “It would be cheap, but it would not worry me particularly.” He walked the corridors of Westminster wearing a permanent hangdog expression of sheepish guilt, as if expecting retribution for some piece of mischief, but in reality he was an introspective man, a humanist who loved Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms and, according to Dennis Skinner, what many interpreted as arrogance was actually shyness. “It’s lonely being a rebel,” Sedgemore observed once. … [Read more...] about Brian Sedgemore obituary
Showman Michael Harrison told me exclusively that, because we're all 'going to need a laugh at the end of the year', he's signed up a cavalcade of stars led by Julian Clary; including special guest Beverley Knight, plus Ashley Banjo and Diversity, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot. Young stars Charlie Stemp and Jac Yarrow will be there, too; mainly to serve as the butt of Clary's ribaldry. … [Read more...] about BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Oh yes it is! Pantomimes are set for a West End return in time for this Christmas