Jeremy Hunt: ‘12,000 unnecessary NHS deaths a year’. Is that a lot?

Apparently, at a Press Gallery lunch earlier today, Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, said that there were 12,000 “unnecessary deaths” in the NHS every year. My only source for this is our correspondent Christopher Hope, who was at the lunch, and tweeted it – I haven’t yet seen any news stories based on it. So…

Why it pays to be narcissistic

Tony Blair has been accused of it; Charles Saatchi has admitted it. But is it really a problem that some people fall in love with themselves, asks Tom Chivers Narcissus was a beautiful youth. So beautiful that a nymph, a spirit-creature, fell in love with him; when he rejected her, Nemesis, the goddess of retribution,…

Britain is both a Christian country and not

One of the more frustrating things to watch is two people who are having an argument and talking past each other. They’re using the same words, but not quite referring to the same thing. I’ve been having that sense in the last few days, as everyone gets more and more upset and angry about whether…

Quisling Euro-BBC apparatchiks have given the Channel Islands to France

I bet they thought they could get away with it, too. Look at that, the swine. In last night’s Farage-Clegg Euro-debate, the BBC declared the Channel Islands to be part of France. You can’t see? Here’s a closeup: What’s that poking off to the west at the top of Normandy? Normandy doesn’t do that: There’s…

There’s nothing wrong with looking for ‘gay genes’

The Left loves to tell the Right that it’s anti-science, pointing (not without reason) to the correlation between conservative beliefs and a failure to come to terms with the scientific facts of evolution and human-caused climate change. But there’s a subtler tendency on the Left; a fear of research into human nature, in case the…