After driving with drugs in his system and pleading guilty to a misdeamanor charge, Irsay will be barred from team functions six gamesNFL announces strict suspension rules for offencesThe NFL has suspended Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for the first six of his teams games this season and will fine him $500,000 after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor driv […]
Cameron: killing of Sotloff disgusting and despicableIsis video purports to show beheading of second US journalistRelease falls two weeks after killing of US journalist James FoleyA few Americans still held by group, state department saysRead the latest blog summary Continue reading...
'Months of hard work' behind publication of more than 100 stars' private photos as hackers ask for bitcoin and go underground Can we learn not to gawp at degrading material online?A gang of hackers who collected and traded nude pictures of female celebrities by routinely breaking into Apple's iCloud system were the source of private photo […]
Tough laws have been challenged by the Obama administration but a decision is not expected until after November electionsA federal judge on Tuesday began reviewing tough new Texas voter ID rules challenged by the Obama administration in a trial that could threaten the polarizing law, although a decision isnt expected before the November election.Texas is the […]
To everyone who whined about this free-market crusader from DC joining liberal hippies in the desert: listen to the Burners!What is Burning Man? It is a larger version of ... what? Woodstock? That was a bunch of teenagers coming to watch artists perform. At Burning Man, everyone is expected to be a participant. Burners bring their art work, their art cars, t […]
The Independent's Partrick Cockburn writes: "West poised to join forces with President Assad in face of Islamic State". This is absolute rubbish. Not one British official is quoted saying they would work with Assad against ISIS. Not even anonymously. When the British Foreign Secretary was asked on Friday by the BBC if the UK was planning to wo […]
Let's get two caveats out of the way first: I'm neither a Muslim and nor am I religious in my daily life. I come from a Sikh family. Secondly, anyone who's read my writing knows I have zero sympathy for religiously motivated terrorists. In fact I even supported the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 to take out the Taliban. Now to the main point. […]
There are three common rules when people discuss politics: 1) they are willing to believe anything on the internet if it confirms their prejudices 2) they don’t want to accept people of their tribe do awful things 3) they find a way to blame America or the UK for most of the world’s problems A recent example: the claim that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - the self pr […]
In the Observer today, I debate Nick Cohen on whether the Tricycle Theatre in London was right to ask the UK Jewish film festival to 'reconsider' its funding from the Israeli government. There are two additional points I want to make that I didn't have the space for.
If I had a penny for every time someone said this to me on Twitter, I'd have bought myself a min-island in the Bermuda by now. Yes, the United States supports Israel with military aid every year. It also licenses American companies to sell Israel military equipment every year. But Israel won't collapse tomorrow if the US cut off their aid. Let […]
Having been on holiday all week in Norfolk I am finding it slightly difficult to think of what to write about this week, so bear with me. * I am given to understand that while on his summer holidays in France, labour leader Ed Miliband has sprouted facial hair. How I would love it if he retained it. He would be the first party leader since Keir Hardie to spo […]
This more or less sums up my response to the Ice Box challenge. When it started I thought it was fun, and it was. It raised awareness of Motor Neurone Disease and that is a good thing. But it’s gone on too long now. So enough already. And yes I have donated.
If each part of this diary column had its own headline, this one would be titled ‘Mayoroplane’. Back in 2008 in those halcyon days when Boris was a virgin mayor of London, he attracted his very own stalker. At every public event, or mayor’s questiontime, the same man would appear, muttering in a rather nasal tone. Boris could never quite make out what he was […]
He has doomed major companies. He has doomed whole towns. He has even doomed Wall Street. Surely he couldn’t doom the ‘No’ campaign’s huge poll lead as well… When Gordon launched the United for Labour ‘No’ campaign on 3 June, the ‘Yes’ campaign trailed by 18 points. Today the gap is just 6%… Tagged: Freedom for Scotland, Gordon […]
The Operation Alice report revealed that The Sun’s political editor Tom Newton Dunn refused to co-operate with officers, even though he was himself threatened with arrest for aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office. Journalists are protected under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights from having to reveal their sources and Tom […] […]
Tried to make a Point of Order to the Speaker, but #Bercow hurriedly left the Chamber! So had to ask Deputy Spkr why he had "scurried off".— Michael Fabricant (@Mike_Fabricant) September 02, 2014 Is the Speaker now going to avoid Points of Order every day???? #Bercowcrisis— Michael Fabricant (@Mike_Fabricant) September 02, 2014 That must be […] […]