This week, the stock market collapsed, the US government almost defaulted, the euro teetered, and – worst of all – the Beefeaters got accused of growing dope at the Tower of London. I mean…seriously folks….I knew things were bad, but growing dope at the Tower? It’s high treason! Thank you. I’ll be here all week. Read more…

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A key function of the state is to protect its citizens, particularly its weakest members – the sick, the elderly and children. And one of the challenges of the Big Society, which is seeking to replace the state provision of services with non-governmental service providers, is how to ensure these non-governmental service providers are abiding Read more…

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Psst! Want to hear…The Secret? Once you know it, you’ll become instantly successful, rich and powerful. So you want to know it? OK, first pay me $10, then I’ll tell you. Thanks. Alright, so what’s The Secret? It’s simple…Just tell everyone you know The Secret, and then charge them for it. That’s what Rhonda Byrne Read more…

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The New Yorker has a long, long, LONG (25,000 words! More than 900 fact checks!) piece on Scientology, including an interview with Paul Haggis, the Oscar-winning script-writer of films like Crash, Million-Dollar Baby and Quantum of Solace. Haggis (pictured right) has recently left the church. He says: “I was in a cult for thirty-four years. Read more…

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What happens when you send a Royal Marine to the Amazon and give him large quantities of hallucinogenic plants? He becomes a meditating hippy! That, at least, seems to be what’s happened to Bruce Parry, the TV presenter and former Marine, who went and lived with various indigenous tribes for the BBC series, ‘Tribe’, and Read more…

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