In my opinion

Are we really this stupid?

I’ve been saying for some time that, as phones get smarter, people seem to get dumber. The Powers That Be clearly agree with me, because I am increasingly bombarded by messages from those in authority that seem to assume that I am, at best, intellectually challenged and at worst a sociopath. The prime culprit is […]

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Where will the #MeToo madness end?

Once upon a time, it was OK to think for yourself. It was even considered a Good Thing. You analysed the facts of the matter, weighed them against your experience of the world and came to an opinion that you were free to express. No longer. The conflation of two dark forces has brought about […]

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Democracy is on life support…

When it came to writing songs, Leonard Cohen would not be rushed. He would start a song, tinker with it then put it away for years at a time. Out it would come again, more tweaking and maybe a second hibernation before he’d deem it ready to bring to the studio. One of the longest […]

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Virgin on the ridiculous…

How pathetic of Virgin Rail to say it would ban the sale of the Daily Mail on its trains because ‘its opinions don’t fit with our brand’. As a regular Virgin Rail traveller, I would suggest that the attitude of many of their staff and the quality of much of the food they serve to […]

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Will this be the year that Uber becomes a grown-up?

2017 was not kind to the cab-hailing app that is Uber. It’s London operating licence was suspended, its founder was sued by major investor Benchmark Capital, rival Waymo has taken it to court over self-drive car secrets and its US market share declined. Oh, and a minor technical point that boring old farts like me […]

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HMRC is now above the law – IFS report

I’m getting worried about the justice system in this country. Whether it’s Operation Yewtree wasting millions of pounds, thousands of police hours and scores of trashed reputations on the say-so of a fantasist. Or the publication of confidential police evidence by an embittered copper in the Damian Green case. Or the withholding of 40,000 texts […]

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