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Illogic is Free (and Plentiful), in The Guardian

Illogic is Free (and Plentiful), in The Guardian

“Comment is free, but facts are sacred,” wrote C.P. Scott, legendary editor of The Guardian. But what about logic? When it comes to rational argument, writers for The Guardian tend to take too many liberties…

Preston Dirges and the New Day

Preston Dirges and the New Day

The last episode of Preston Dirge’s office saga featured Tina, working on her comic, drawing her alter ego as she battles her demons. Now events return to Preston, and to Valerie, who is dreading the morning after the night before…

Preston Dirges and the Hero’s Secret

Preston Dirges and the Hero’s Secret

In the previous installment of Preston Dirge’s office saga, he revealed that he is a father – to a drunk and sleeping Valerie. Now we move on to the next day at work, and Tina, who arrives early…

Primeminister Complains to God Over Middle East Policy

Primeminister Complains to God Over Middle East Policy

Last week, the Bishop of Leeds sent a letter to David Cameron, complaining about some of his policies toward the Middle East. That made me think about who the British Primeminister should lobby, when he is dissatisfied with the strategy pursued in the Middle East…

Suicide: A Genuine Epidemic of Violence

Suicide: A Genuine Epidemic of Violence

Our society exaggerates the threat of violence, whilst ignoring the violence that people inflict on themselves. Suicide is an epidemic, and it disproportionately kills men. Here are the stats that prove it, and a call to abandon our passive tolerance of the quietest killer, in favour of active political engagement.

Criado-Perez Bogus Abuse Claim Deleted by New Statesman

Criado-Perez Bogus Abuse Claim Deleted by New Statesman

Today can we celebrate a partial victory for truth, but the battle is not over. Two weeks ago, I wrote how feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez cited a made-up statistic about domestic abuse in an article for the New Statesman’s website. She stated that British women are suffering an ‘epidemic’ of…

Krugman on Cars; an economist knows nought of people

Krugman on Cars; an economist knows nought of people

I enjoy reading the New York Times blog of economist Paul Krugman. I imagine the thrill is similar to that enjoyed by a bloodthirsty crowd of Romans, watching gladiators fight in the Colosseum. When reading Krugman, I know there will […]

Did Caroline Criado-Perez Deliberately Exaggerate Abuse?

Did Caroline Criado-Perez Deliberately Exaggerate Abuse?

Caroline Criado-Perez describes herself as a journalist, though she is famous as a feminist campaigner. Did she intentionally violate the ethical code of journalists, by citing a bogus statistic about domestic violence?

The Russians Are Lying; we all must demand truth

The Russians Are Lying; we all must demand truth

A baby’s body lies in a Ukrainian field, fallen from the sky. The world mourns her death, and that of the other 297 people killed when Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over East Ukraine. They were killed by…

The Seven Hopes of Preston Dirges, Castaway

The Seven Hopes of Preston Dirges, Castaway

We left Preston Dirge’s office saga with Preston forced to drive Valerie home. His intoxicated subordinate demands that Preston joins her for a nightcap. Will a few drinks loosen lips?