A fish rots from the head

Following on from The Snowolf‘s excellent article, the telegraph today also has an excellent piece comparing the self serving (though often strictly legal) behaviour at the top of society with the behaviour of the looters in the recent kerfuffle. Whilst those at the top may be found not guilty (often on technicalities and one suspects due to better lawyers) they are people expected to set a better example – and yet often get away with “having made a mistake” or “technical breach of the rules” and then just pay back the relevant sum – with no interest paid and no … Continue reading

Two appeals

The London looting, I’m really not sure it should be dignified as riots, destroyed many homes and businesses and London cleanup have links to many ways you can help. In the meantime here are two appeals by people whose probity I’d vouch for. Mark Thompson has opened a pledge bank to help rebuild Reeves the 150 year old family business that was burnt down in Croydon. Archbishop Cranmer has turned over his collection plat to help out Mr Biber, an 89 year old barber in Haringey whose shop was ransacked and looted. Mr Biber wasn’t insured. If you can I’d … Continue reading

Servants of the people?

A bit of not so local news, which really isn’t terribly surprising but that’s worth highlighting anyway. News reaches me that due to police objections Strawbery fair is to be cancelled this year. The organizers say: “Cambridgeshire Police have made it absolutely clear they do not want the event to go ahead and have put an incredible amount of time and resource into preventing it. We feel the police action shows just how far out of step they are with the people of Cambridge, who have shown overwhelming support for the event; and had the same enthusiasm been spent on … Continue reading