What Leveson said about the press

Here’s a few snippets of what Lord Justice Leveson said about the press, in what he described as “the most concentrated look at the press this country has ever seen”. He says he knows how vital the press is, and a press “operating freely and in the public interest” is one of the “true safeguards”…

Minister for Magic: Chris Grayling can see the future

What’s the point in doing studies if you know better than the studies? The Government did something clever: it started a few small-scale pilot trials of a new policy. It was a policy with clear goals, so outcomes could be easily measured. If the trials improved those outcomes, they could be reasonably sure that it…

You could never lose Mr Bean in translation

From Thursday’s paper: Satire does not cross language barriers easily – as the bizarre Kim Jong-Un case proves This week a Chinese newspaper, the People’s Daily, noted that the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un had been named “the Sexiest Man Alive For 2012” by The Onion, a US website. The Communist Party-affiliated paper’s website quoted…

I was wrong on cannabis while in government, says Jacqui Smith, raising questions about why she was on cannabis in government in the first place

Very, very quickly. I’ve written more times than I can count (eight times) about drugs, evidence and government policy. Once about evidence-based policy; once about David Cameron being a coward; once about Peter Tosh, because why not; once about California’s Proposition 19 on legalised marijuana; once calling the Government a bunch of chickens; once about…

In America, A Barrage Of Thunderingly Dull Headlines

I love The New York Times. I love its calmness and reasonableness and breadth of interest and, of course, its adherence to the grand global socialist conspiracy of which I am myself a minor but loyal proponent. All hail Gramsci! Nate Silver the Math Witch, bless us with your communist number-magic! Sorry. Anyway. As I…