Russell Taylor: In Praise of Prison

The standard do-gooder’s verdict on prison is that it doesn’t work as a deterrent and fails to rehabilitate criminals. As proof, they point to how many people are currently in jail and how many reoffend following their release. Apparently, we should spare people prison time for minor offences, and try to rehabilitate the rest by [...]

Rocco: Leg or breast?

There’s been some outrage these past weeks over an NHS Trust that paid for an aspiring glamour model’s breast augmentation, but refused funding for a girl with cerebral palsy to have an operation on her spine so she could learn to walk. Now, I like boobs. And I like legs, too. But which is better? [...]

Russell Taylor: Abortion and the American Left

Abortion isn’t a major talking point in Britain. Few people want it outlawed altogether, although opinions differ on how late it should be possible to terminate a pregnancy. Personally, I abhor the idea of abortion, but understand that we can never be without it. I recognise it as a prickly philosophical issue that no amount [...]

Gates’ Galling Hypocrisy

This week’s geek insanity news kicks off with arch and nauseating hypocrisy. Bill Gates, the Microsoft Billionaire, sniffed, when asked about Edward Snowden, “You won’t find much admiration from me“. Uh Huh? You won’t find much admiration from geeks in the know about Microsoft’s act of collaborating with the NSA on the NSA PRISM program. [...]

Hickling: Sanction Brussels, not Moscow

Of all the displays of hypocrisy and double-standards in the on-going Ukraine/Crimea dispute, one of my favourite came from US Secretary of State John Kerry a few weeks ago. In his words: “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text”. Damn right [...]

Rocco: Right wing, satire.

Oh man, have you heard? Adolf Hitler has died. I can’t believe it. Man, I fucking loved Hitler. Hitler was totally rad. Not that I agreed with him about anything. Like any decent person I hate everything he stood for. But still, it’s sad, you know? I’m really gonna miss him. He had principles – [...]

RIP Tony Benn – the last great working class hero!

MARX ON MONDAY Kevin Marx – a view from the left.   I don’t know about you but I was so upset upon hearing of the death of Tony Benn that I decided to pay a fitting tribute to the veteran Bollinger Bolshevik by treating myself to dinner at London’s most expensive restaurant, Launceston Place, [...]