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Happy birthday Harry Leslie Smith – an unreliable witness to history

I am a great admirer of Harry Leslie Smith’s (HLS) generation, not least because my Dad is just less than a year older than him and spent the war fighting the Japanese in Burma as an artilleryman with the 17th … Continue reading

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Brendan Cooper – Professor Shut Up

One of the attractions of Twitter is that it gives people the ability to have a dialogue with people who are generally used to broadcasting. One of the downsides is that you can engage with people in a civil way … Continue reading

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Full Fact fails to spot Jeremy Corbyn’s dishonest data picking first time

I have a lot of time for Full Fact, the independent fact checking charity. We need them. Yesterday though they cocked up and fell for one of the oldest tricks in the book – it is called data picking. Choosing … Continue reading

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The Labour MP going after the Grenfell inquiry judge has some questions of her own to answer

It seems new Kensington MP, Emma Dent Coad, is one of the pack of Labour politicians going after Sir Martin Moore-Bick who has been asked to lead the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster. I find it strange that … Continue reading

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Labour’s Land Value Tax would be excruciating for London

On page 86 of its manifesto Labour raises the prospect of a Land Value Tax (LVT): A Labour government will give local government extra funding next year. We will initiate a review into reforming council tax and business rates and … Continue reading

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The Royal College of Surgeons is an unreliable witness

I don’t blog so much nowadays – trying to get on with the rest of my life. But, a story I heard on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning piqued my interest. A 24% increase in dental extractions … Continue reading

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The EU’s poor record on free trade agreements

I quite often listen to James O’Brien on LBC. He can be quite entertaining in spite of his reflex leftism. This morning I heard O’Brien roasting some bloke on Brexit and talking about the EU having 50 free trade agreements … Continue reading

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Labour pushed up rail fares much faster than now

For the last couple of days Labour and its fellow travellers in ostensibly neutral campaign groups such as Campaign for Better Transport have been complaining loudly about rail fare rises in line with longstanding government policy. In particular Labour is … Continue reading

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Brexit fun and games in Ealing last night

Rather than doing something useful our councillors are discussing this tosh tonight https://t.co/a4bTBMPCJi pic.twitter.com/NVqc7zhRPe — Phil Taylor (@philjvtaylor) December 20, 2016 I was unimpressed by the Ealing councillors choosing to spend their time debating Brexit at the year’s last full … Continue reading

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Onkar Sahota’s £7 million property portfolio

Labour Assembly Member Onkar Sahota defended himself and his 11 properties at the CCA Hustings last week by saying that he had “worked hard to get them”. I am sure he did, or at least his tenants did. .@DrOnkarSahota finished by … Continue reading

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