Millions in food and drink subsidy paid to Houses of Parliament


It must be a great life being a Parliamentarian. Nice salary, great expenses, employ all your family members too, fantastic pension and then probably a cushy seat in the House of Lords. Those perks are ten complemented by all the extra-curricular cash they can rake in from TV appearances, book deals and even journalism. So […]

Flying into a political storm


The political hot potato that is immigration and the coverage of the issue in the press is a classic case of the chicken and the egg – which came first. Are papers simply reflecting the angst of an indigenous population concerned their nation is being swamped with migrants on the hunt for jobs, benefits and […]

A penny for your thoughts

Door lock sign indicates facilities in use!

Some of you may have had the misfortune in the past to have been stuck at a railway station needing to use the loo. I’ve often arrived at Victoria and wanted to take a comfort break before the train ride back to the south coast to be confronted with the barriers. Those veterans of station […]

Perverts Knot wanted in the Scouts

Baden Powell

Somewhere out there in the digital world are a bank of computers that hold all the information relating to criminal convictions clocked up by the entire population.   After the case of Soham double murderer Ian Huntley, who managed to get a job as a school caretaker despite having a predilection for sex with underage […]

NHS pensions riding off with our cash


One of my first posts on this site was about an article in the Daily Mail which aimed to expose the excessive pay and pensions of some NHS executives. Taking my cue from that piece I fired in a Freedom of Information Act request to the NHS body that oversees their pensions seeking to find […]

20 Suicides “linked” to acne drug


A Government body called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is a body set up to make sure that drugs and medical appliances are safe for us to take. As we all know there are several drugs that down through the ages everybody thought were safe and then it turned out that the […]

Move over Mr Magoo

There are probably hundreds of Top Gear fans who would like me to be shackled and then hauled behind a speeding Vauxhall Nova for even thinking the thought, but I can’t wait for the day when the self-driving car arrives. I know that delivery drivers, cabbies and bus drivers may have other ideas but really, why […]

Top of the Class A

Congratulations all round for Class A

What I call an all-rounder has appeared in the Daily Mail today about the number of children being arrested at school for having drugs. Obviously it is a great topic for a Freedom of Information inquiry, yet experience has taught me it is not all together straight forward. Asking all the 43 police forces in […]

NHS “fat cats” looking forward to the Good Life


The Daily Mail have today published a big investigation into “fat cats” in the NHS by looking through all the accounts of the dozens and dozens of Trusts. Hidden away in these accounts there is always a section on the remuneration for the top bosses and a separate section on their pension entitlement. The Mail […]