Local taxation: a question of context

One of the typical con tricks perpetrated by chuggers and others trying to part you from your money is to break down an otherwise unpalatably large figure into a smaller monthly, weekly, or even daily figure, thus allowing charity CEOs to be grossly overpaid.And by...

Portugal: creating the withdrawal clause

Well, we’re here in Lisbon staying in a hotel literally just round the corner from where the Lisbon Treaty was signed, at the historic Jeronimos Monastery (pictured above). That is why we are here, of course – to do the filming on the Lisbon Treaty and Article...

EU Referendum: the charade continues

We picked up yesterday the determination of the media and the political classes to maintain the charade that negotiations with the EU on a new “relationship” were a realistic option.Now, to continue with the pretence, the Financial Times is bigging up the...

EU politics: Tory weakness on parade

From the front page of the Sunday Times yesterday, the coprophagic tendency of the legacy media ensures that the story of a “below-the-radar” operation to undermine UKIP politicians gets extended coverage in other newspapers.There is a certain...

Water: a democratic deficit in action

The Observer is going big on a story of how the most persistent and frequent polluters of England’s rivers and beaches are the nation’s 10 biggest water companies.They have been found guilty of causing more than 1,000 incidents in the past nine years, with...

In the post

At Bovington Tank Musuem recently, I noted a pristine example of the French EBR Panhard armoured car. Explaining my interest in this machine, I told North Jnr, who was with me, that it had very great personal significance.When I was a very young sprog, the then North...

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