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All Cash Monday

Starting Monday 21st June, every Monday is #AllCashMonday. By paying with cash we can all help those – who mostly earn cash – escape the digital creep, and to give hospitality a boost through better margins (banks pocket fees from digital payments). The hospitality sector and workers have had a traumatic 15 months of restrictions. […]

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Project Ostracise

Having worked in marketing communications for most of my career I can spot the start of a new campaign a mile off. Yesterday, Monday, I’m pretty sure, was the start of Project Ostracise. (In fact, governments prefer less obvious campaign titles that have a fair degree of public-school machismo and obfuscation: like Operation Warp Speed […]

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Electile Dysfunction

Tomorrow, across Britain, many elections are taking place. These are elections that, mostly, are about a year too late because of the Covid “emergency” of 2020. As a result, the Mayor of London, for example, has been in office – unelected – a year after his sell-by date.  Scotland and Wales will have elections for […]

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Long Memories

My mother, who is 91, used to have quite a few routine items in her weekly diary. She attended a Pilates class – specially for elderly people – which helped her, she claimed, to remain supple. She used to meet friends for coffee, and she liked a flat white, sometimes two, if the gossip was […]

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Certificates and Passports: Lockdown 2

Tim Martin, boss of the pub chain, Wetherspoon, has said vaccine certification (or passport schemes) would be ‘the last straw’ for struggling pubs. Today the government closes its consultation on certification – and there’s a strong chance it’s being actively lobbied to roll out a passport “solution” to continue its theme of coercion and control […]

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On Liberty and The Left

Prior to lockdown and the various paraphernalia of anti-freedom Covid laws, I’m not sure that Dr Naomi Wolf and I would have as readily agreed on so much. Covid response policies have brought together many from disparate ideologies who are united in our contempt for authoritarianism – and our belief that Covid is a handy […]

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Playing a Blinder

Saturday’s anti-lockdown protests were an incredible success. Judging by the turnout in some of Europe’s major capitals – especially in London, Amsterdam and Brussels – the organisers played an absolute blinder in terms of communicating in stealth mode until the very last minute. But people who needed to be informed were informed. In London it […]

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Science and Cummings

Rumour has it that Dominic Cummings, the former Vote Leave joint supremo, and ex-Number 10 super-SPAD, has a new Twitter account. I’m not sure if this is true. But the signs are there that it might be. The account had just a few hundred followers yesterday and now has a few thousand. The profile pic […]

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Times Columnists and Duff data

Daniel Finkelstein, in The Times, yesterday, asked whether we were too ready to sacrifice our freedom. He asked the question a year after the government implemented house arrest (also known as lockdown). Finkelstein also acknowledges that lockdown as a policy was inspired by China. But despite all of this Finkelstein, bizarrely, implies that the government’s […]

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Freedom Back?

There are signs that people-power is beginning to flex its muscle. This coming weekend the World Freedom Alliance (WFA) is organising a series of ‘demonstrations for freedom and democracy’ – literally across the globe, with especially large ones planned for the major Western capital cities, including London. The idea that governments can tell us to […]