60,000 bodies lie in the way of HS2, now in the hands of failed minister Chris Grayling. The history of the Ministry of Justice is littered with the bodies of Grayling policies which failed. The most recent is UNISON's success over Employment Tribunal fees. Read more
Detail of the Cloth Hall at Ypres after restoration (a project not completed until 1967). On Instagram.
Many videos show disasters-in-the-making ending with the foreseen disaster actually taking lace. Most of us see Brexit as an obvious potential disaster - indeed, its malign effects are being felt already. This video from a construction site provides a good parallel. Read more
Tired of Brexit, I turn to the story of the little girl fined for selling lemonade in Tower Hamlets. It reminds me of stories I wrote years ago about “small-minded officials with powers disproportionate to their intelligence”. Read more
Brexit dominates one of my occasional articles on the follies of politicians and others. This one is called Malice, stupidity or something else? The mixed motives behind political posturing . University fees, Grenfell Tower, Jeremy Corbyn, the Tory leadership manoeuvres and Andrea Leadsom ("the dimmest bulb in the Cabinet") all turn up. Read more
A look at the mixed motives which lie behind some of the issues of the past few days. Malice or stupidity may explain some of it, but there are other reasons why politicians and others behave as they do. One of a series of chronicles of the continuing follies of our times. Read more
Photographs of Holborn Viaduct, Temple Bar and St Paul's made from multiple photographs, allowing both broad views and fine detail. Read more
The aftermath of the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower brought out the best and worst of people - brave fire-fighters and generous volunteers on the one hand, and much ignorant shouting from social media and from politicians and others who ought to know better on the other. It also brought one sensible article from a... Continue Reading →
As Theresa May props up her weak shambles of a government with help from the DUP, Twitter does at least give us a few decent jokes. Read more
In which I suggest that the French revolutionaries got the idea for their little red caps from a chicken like this. Aux armes les citoyhens
In which I confuse the crooks from The Producers with Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, and note that Theresa May is now so tainted that even Andrea Leadsom gets sent out to cover her back. Read here.
A data protection conference near Dublin, preceded by a few days in County Clare, with added reflections on the first anniversary of the Brexit referendum. By me. Read more