Blind Eye to Racism

23 05 2011

Category: Anti-semitism

Fraser Nelson

Fraser Nelson thinks the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) does a great job. His endorsement comes just as the PCC has rejected a complaint against the Spectator, which he edits.

Here’s what Nelson has had to say about the PCC:

As an Editor of a magazine, the PCC come onto us all the time; it takes it very seriously. If you contravene their code you’ve got to apologise for it. They hold you to account…it works.
Fraser Nelson, Newsnight 13 May 2011

You have to what? Oh, apologise. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stockton Syndrome and the Savoy

4 04 2011

Category: Media, Anti-semitism

Sir Alistair Horne CBE made a mistake recently; he went to a restaurant he knew 70 years ago, hoping it would be as it was.

Horne was reviewing the restaurant for The Spectator. Unfortunately they published it – click here to read it.

Newly re-opened, the glitzy refurbished Savoy Grill is owned by a Saudi Arabian and operated by Gordon Ramsay –  see here. It’s a little like going to Versailles and discovering the café there has changed since Marie Antoinette ran the place.

Horne chose to channel his disappointment into some casual anti-semitism. Here is an excerpt from his review, the block letters are added: Read the rest of this entry »





This is what a political minefield looks like

1 09 2010

Category: Law, Politics

The Equality Act is booby-trap legislation; strapped under the bridges in the closing days of Parliament as Labour retreated from power. I wrote of its awfulness soon after it had passed: bureacratic, high-minded, divisive, wasteful and corrupting

One facet of its awfulness has already been slapped in the face of the coalition government: The recent budget faces judicial review because it may not have adequately considered “what action they can take to reduce socio-economic inequalities“.

It’s surely bad form to quote myself, but here’s what I said about that duty:

How much time will that take? How much diversion from real work will be taking place while everyone at every level in public services performs back-covering exercises over everything.

How long do they have to consider it? How do they ‘consider’ it? Whose socio-economic inequalities? What priority should they have? When should that goal be compromised?

As Fraser Nelson points out in the Spectator there is a right stipulated in the Act  for absolutely anyone to seek judicial review of any of the Government Ministers, departments and key public bodies such as local authorities and NHS bodies listed in the Act.

It is a licence for legal mayhem and a seized-up executive. The scope for opponents of the government, and anyone with an axe to grind, to create governmental chaos, is absolutely, explicitly and legislatively unlimited. Read the rest of this entry »





Fair Comment

30 03 2010

Category: Media

This blog does not have a comment section. Have you ever read the comments people leave on websites? That’s why.

The Press Complaints Commission has, for the first time, censured a blogger; Rod Liddle. Liddle writes for a magazine, and the blog was hosted by the magazine which is why the PCC got involved.

He put up a nasty post which was factually inaccurate. Liddle has bought into the idea of the web as a place you can say what you like and his posts are suitably rude and bilious.

The net is an immature medium, hopefully the viciousness that permeates its discourse is something it will grow out of. Some of the posts from this blog are cross-posted by other sites which have comments enabled; they quickly descend into exchanges of abuse and threat… Read the rest of this entry »