Category Archives: Media & Culture

The anachronism of public service broadcasting

In last week’s Spectator, Charles Moore bemoaned the dumbing down of BBC Radio 3. In this week’s issue, several letters to the editor make the same point. Now, you may dismiss this as the snobbery of classical music afficionados. Or … Continue reading

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The Tea Party tendency

In his speech at the Liberal Democrat Party conference yesterday, energy secretary Chris Huhne declared: “we need no Tea Party tendency in Britain”. My view is completely different – I would argue that a Tea Party tendency is precisely what … Continue reading

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Dealing with trolls

On Tuesday a man called Sean Duffy was jailed for 18 weeks for “internet trolling”. He was convicted of an offence under Section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act, which reads as follows: (1) Any person who sends to another … Continue reading

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CNBC: Cameron Defends his Record

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Is the West history?

I am enjoying Niall Ferguson’s new Channel 4 documentary, Civilization: Is the West History?which identifies and explores the ‘six killer apps’ of Western civilization. These qualities, which have set the West apart from the rest of the world, are competition, … Continue reading

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Contracting out libraries

The Sunday Times (£) contained an interesting article concerning the ongoing debate about library closures. Library Systems & Services (LSSI), America’s fifth-largest operator of public libraries, says they can take over British libraries and cut costs by 35 percent, while … Continue reading

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