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“Lyrical terrorist”? More like terrible lyricist.

The first woman to be convicted under the Terrorism Act appears to be more of a deluded fantasist than a threat to national security. Samina Malik, a 23 year old shop assistant from Southall, West London, was found guilty of

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The "Independent" and Afghanistan

Speaking of Afghanistan and the Taliban, it was interesting to see The Independent run a front page (link now hidden behind a subscription firewall) on Tuesday highlighting the plight of women in that troubled country. Interesting in that the Indie

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At last, something good happens in Iraq

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the serial beheading, Islamofascist barbarian leader of the Iraqi franchise of al-Qaeda, has been killed in a US air strike. This is great news for the Iraqi people, their fledgling government and anyone who wants to see

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Tone down?

One should always be open to new experiences. Tony Blair had one yesterday when, after eight and a half years of whip-managed, on-message, look-at-the-size-of-our-majority Parliamentary dominance, he was defeated in the House of Commons by a significant margin. The bill

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Habeas corpus and all that

A torrid week for the government. First there was the whole David Blunkett soap opera. Hot on the tails came rumblings of dissent and a very palpable prospect of a party revolt. Then today The Guardian began serialising DC Confidential,

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It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Don’t Feel Fine)

The world’s gone mad! Citizeness Sane, on many occasions Is it me, or does the whole world seem to be imploding? I’m usually quite rational when it comes to the craziness that passes for everyday existence on this troubled planet,

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The Grapple In The Big Apple

Hitchens versus Galloway went ahead and, by all accounts, didn’t disappoint. The whole thing can be streamed in video here. It’s just under two hours long, so I haven’t had time to watch it all yet, but the hour or

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