Making New Crimes

I think that we have quite enough laws. Elected or appointed politicians think that the answer to a new threat is to make new laws. I suppose that is perfectly natural way to think if you have law making powers, especially if you are elected to have law making powers, but if the answer to new threats was to make new laws, then there would be no new threats, ever. Continue reading

Tesco’s Black Holes: Accounting and dealings with suppliers

It has been rather astonishing. Tesco, for year the doyen of the UK stock market made mistakes in its accounting which overstated its profits by £250 million. The mistake was published by Tesco, whose share price fell by about a quarter.

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September Ends

This September, 2014, has been a very dry September in London and in most of the United Kingdom. The grass is still firm enough for cricket, and the days are warm and pleasant. The first two weeks of September have been the driest since 1960.
Dry summers and wet winters is what we can expect in future; Springs and Autumns will be unpredictable.


I work a great deal. I have not always worked so hard; my youth was relatively light on work but those halcyon days are long past and I now know that everyone has great amounts of work to do, whether they does it or not, from day we is pulled from our mother’s womb until the day we returns to dust and ashes. Continue reading

The Doors of Perception.

It is easy to misunderstand poets. It is easy to hang on a few words of a poem and misuse them. Huxley used the phrase “doors of perception” which Jim Morrison shortened further to “the Doors”. In fact the originator of the phrase was William Blake who wrote in the Marriage of Heaven and Hell Continue reading

How did ISIS Manage to Grow so Quickly?

I am not sure whether I should refer to them as the Islamic State or the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq or as IS or as ISIS because I do not know what they call themselves. They seem to have grown into what is a de facto state, controlling certain areas of Iraq and Syria. Under traditional rules of recognition the British Government (and many other governments) would have recognised them as a state once they controlled two thirds of the land that they claimed, but these days the international recognition of a state depends more on political convenience rather than practical rules. Continue reading

Abu Qatada is Not Guilty

Mr Abu Qatada, who spent twelve or thirteen years fighting extradition to Jordan where he faced criminal charges, and was finally extradited, has been tried in Jordan and found not guilty. the gentleman has been the focus, perhaps unnecessarily so, of the British Establishment, and the British media, who have defined him as a supporter of terrorism and responsible for many crimes. the courts in Jordan have found him not guilty of any charge, and so the narrative about Mr Abu Qatada now changes.  Continue reading

The Banks Are At It Again

The banks are at it again. Barclays has been fined £38 million for failing to separate investment clients’ funds from its own money. This is the second fine in three years. Apparently the previous fine of £1 million was not enough to encourage Barclays to comply with its legal obligation to separate clients funds from its own money. Continue reading

It is Not Complicated

It is not complicated, although some claim it is. A constitutional convention is not needed. Whatever settlement is thought right and appropriate for the Scots, then exactly the same settlement should be right and appropriate for the English, the Welsh and the Northern Irish. Sauce for the goose is very much sauce for the gander.  Continue reading

It’s about time

Today is the theoretical  equinox; the angle of the earth to the sun is such that at most latitudes we will experience a day divided nearly equally between daylight and night time. It’s about time, In the northern half of our planet the daylight will get shorter for three months as the year progresses and we will see the sunshine less and feel fewer of its warmth on our faces.

In fact the actual equinox this year occurs on 23 September,  later than usual.

These celestial forces continue to operate regardless of what we do on earth, and our wars, our politics and our referenda cannot change or affect them.