Cleaning the Augean Stable

CSM EDITORIAL BBC Director General Tim Davie’s squirming in front of a committee of MPs a couple of days ago was embarrassing to watch. Reminiscent of a schoolboy making up ridiculous excuses for not doing his prep rather than just admitting to the truth and acting contritely. Davie’s excuse for the organisation’s fading impartiality was flimsy to say the least:   “I think the culture … Continue reading Cleaning the Augean Stable

Ex Optimal

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN I am acquainted with two talented painters. Both have failed. One paints works that appear unfinished and vague. The other paints pieces that seem beyond optimal – like the drawing rooms of clutterers, who display too much porcelain or dangle trinkets from over-decorative curtain finials, he overpaints past the point of optimum into an unrealistic and ragged chintz. By the former artist … Continue reading Ex Optimal

Afghan Arrivals Trash Accommodation

BY NICK PEARCE Loyal translators and interpreters from Afghanistan who worked with British troops merited their flight out of Afghanistan to Britain. No question about it. But those British soldiers who toiled in Afghanistan know that many of those on the recent airlift to the UK didn’t work for us because they had our values and believed in our country – they did it for … Continue reading Afghan Arrivals Trash Accommodation

Tis Seven Years Since

BY EFFIE DEANS I used to write something on the anniversary of the independence referendum as a sort of parody of Scott’s “Waverley; or, ‘tis sixty years since”. Indyref; or, ‘tis seven years since. The idea was to compare grieving Jacobites toasting their lost cause and their king oer the water with the Scottish nationalists celebrating the fact that they got 45 (actually 44.7) and … Continue reading Tis Seven Years Since

Delectable Duck Curry

BY RUCHIRA GHOSH For  spice powder: Cinnamon – 1 inch 2 sticks Green Cardamon – 3 pieces Cloves – 1/2 teaspoon Whole black pepper – 1/2 teaspoon Whole fenugreek  – 1/2 teaspoon Whole coriander – 1/2 teaspoon Whole cumin – 1 teaspoon For  the curry: Duck – 1.5 kg  boneless  and skinned Plain yogurt  – 1/2 cup Ginger paste – 2 teaspoon Garlic paste – 2 teaspoon Cumin paste – 1 teaspoon Coriander powder – … Continue reading Delectable Duck Curry

Honour, Virtue & Life

BY CAPEL LOFFT It increasingly occurs to me how utterly pointless most of what passes for political debate is. While contemporary politics is conducted within the parameters of a certain set of debased spiritual, moral and cultural norms, engaging in the transitory arguments of this or that ‘debate’ makes no more sense than arguing about the architectural plans while the ground you are preparing to … Continue reading Honour, Virtue & Life

GB News

BY JON ALEXANDER And there we have it, arriving with all the grace and charm of Katie Hopkins gate-crashing a Weightwatchers meeting 4 months ago, GB News loses its Chairman and Lead Presenter Andrew Neil. Of course, this was preceded by rumours of a rift with senior management, senior management departing, a leave of absence for Neil within weeks of the channel launching and the … Continue reading GB News

PayPal a Lifeline for Scamming Sabs

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Like with most companies which Peter Thiel is linked to, PayPal is a seriously impressive operation. Certainly, it has no need to be supporting hunt saboteurs’ insipid grifts, which are so clearly bogus that one wonders how idiotic the sabs’ useful idiot following has become. Take two recent examples: PayPal has been told of these recent scams as have the UK authorities. … Continue reading PayPal a Lifeline for Scamming Sabs

A Vaccine Too Far

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE To whom does a child belong, the parent or the state? The government seems to have quietly dropped the inane maxim which once concluded their every demand, ‘follow the science’ – perhaps because the science stopped following them. According to the JCVI, the potential benefits that the Pfizer vaccine offers 12-year-olds are too minimal to justify exposing them to its risks. Still, … Continue reading A Vaccine Too Far

Doth Protest Too Much

BY EFFIE DEANS A Conservative MSP got into trouble this week for suggesting that Nicola Sturgeon might be anti-English. Sturgeon was pointing out that everyone who lived in Scotland was at home here, to which Tess White replied “except the English”. For this White was forced to apologise or else be suspended from Holyrood. Woe betide anyone who suggests Popes are Catholic or that bears … Continue reading Doth Protest Too Much

Abuse of Courts Needs Punishing

Dear Editor, You will have noticed the sharp rise in crowdfunded legal actions by fringe leftie activists. The Good Law Project is one such activist-run operation, laughingly named. There are dozens of other cases funded by animal rights extremists and their charitable arms. They tend to operate with the tank-chasing variety of legal firms, who are happy to accept their silver. The recent Quorn Hunt … Continue reading Abuse of Courts Needs Punishing