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11th September 2013: The world's gone mad and I'm the only one who knows
13th August 2013: Black is white. Fact. End of.
11th August 2013: Electric cars, not as green as they're painted?
18th June 2013: Wrinklies unite, you have nothing to lose but your walking frames!
17th May 2013: Some actual FACTS about climate change (for a change) from actual scientists ...
10th May 2013: An article about that poison gas, carbon dioxide, and other scientific facts (not) ...
10th May 2013: We need to see past the sex and look at the crimes: is justice being served?
8th May 2013: So, who would you trust to treat your haemorrhoids, Theresa May?
8th May 2013: Why should citizens in the 21st Century fear the law so much?
30th April 2013: What the GOS says today, the rest of the world realises tomorrow ...
30th April 2013: You couldn't make it up, could you? Luckily you don't need to ...
29th April 2013: a vote for NONE OF THE ABOVE, because THE ABOVE are crap ...
28th April 2013: what goes around, comes around?
19th April 2013: everyone's a victim these days ...
10th April 2013: Thatcher is dead; long live Thatcher!
8th April 2013: Poor people are such a nuisance. Just give them loads of money and they'll go away ...
26th March 2013: Censorship is alive and well and coming for you ...
25th March 2013: Just do your job properly, is that too much to ask?
25th March 2013: So, what do you think caused your heterosexuality?
20th March 2013: Feminists - puritans, hypocrites or just plain stupid?
18th March 2013: How Nazi Germany paved the way for modern governance?
13th March 2013: Time we all grew up and lived in the real world ...
12th March 2013: Hindenburg crash mystery solved? - don't you believe it!
6th March 2013: Is this the real GOS?
5th March 2013: All that's wrong with taxes
25th February 2013: The self-seeking MP who is trying to bring Britain down ...
24th February 2013: Why can't newspapers just tell the truth?
22nd February 2013: Trial by jury - a radical proposal
13th February 2013: A little verse for two very old people ...
6th February 2013: It's not us after all, it's worms
6th February 2013: Now here's a powerful argument FOR gay marriage ...
4th February 2013: There's no such thing as equality because we're not all the same ...
28th January 2013: Global Warming isn't over - IT'S HIDING!
25th January 2013: Global Warmers: mad, bad and dangerous to know ...
25th January 2013: Bullying ego-trippers, not animal lovers ...
19th January 2013: We STILL haven't got our heads straight about gays ...
16th January 2013: Bullying ego-trippers, not animal lovers ...
11th January 2013: What it's like being English ...
7th January 2013: Bleat, bleat, if it saves the life of just one child ...
7th January 2013: How best to put it? 'Up yours, Argentina'?
7th January 2013: Chucking even more of other people's money around ...
6th January 2013: Chucking other people's money around ...
30th December 2012: The BBC is just crap, basically ...
30th December 2012: We mourn the passing of a genuine Grumpy Old Sod ...
30th December 2012: How an official body sets out to ruin Christmas ...
16th December 2012: Why should we pardon Alan Turing when he did nothing wrong?
15th December 2012: When will social workers face up to their REAL responsibility?
15th December 2012: Unfair trading by a firm in Bognor Regis ...
14th December 2012: Now the company that sells your data is pretending to act as watchdog ...
7th December 2012: There's a war between cars and bikes, apparently, and  most of us never noticed!
26th November 2012: The bottom line - social workers are just plain stupid ...
20th November 2012: So, David Eyke was right all along, then?
15th November 2012: MPs don't mind dishing it out, but when it's them in the firing line ...
14th November 2012: The BBC has a policy, it seems, about which truths it wants to tell ...
12th November 2012: Big Brother, coming to a school near you ...
9th November 2012: Yet another celebrity who thinks, like Jimmy Saville, that he can behave just as he likes because he's famous ...
5th November 2012: Whose roads are they, anyway? After all, we paid for them ...
7th May 2012: How politicians could end droughts at a stroke if they chose ...
6th May 2012: The BBC, still determined to keep us in a fog of ignorance ...
2nd May 2012: A sense of proportion lacking?
24th April 2012: Told you so, told you so, told you so ...
15th April 2012: Aah, sweet ickle polar bears in danger, aah ...
15th April 2012: An open letter to Anglian Water ...
30th March 2012: Now they want to cure us if we don't believe their lies ...
28th February 2012: Just how useful is a degree? Not very.
27th February 2012: ... so many ways to die ...
15th February 2012: DO go to Jamaica because you definitely WON'T get murdered with a machete. Ms Fox says so ...
31st January 2012: We don't make anything any more
27th January 2012: There's always a word for it, they say, and if there isn't we'll invent one
26th January 2012: Literary criticism on GOS? How posh!
12th December 2011: Plain speaking by a scientist about the global warming fraud
9th December 2011: Who trusts scientists? Apart from the BBC, of course?
7th December 2011: All in all, not a good week for British justice ...
9th November 2011: Well what d'you know, the law really IS a bit of an ass ...

 

 
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Apparently TV watchdogs are to investigate the treatment of Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent after a flood of complaints from viewers. The 48-year-old singer, who has learning difficulties, was last night being treated at a private clinic after suffering an emotional breakdown in the aftermath of the show.
 
Nineteen million viewers watched the beginning of Miss Boyle's meltdown on Saturday night as she was beaten to first place by dance group Diversity. Within 24 hours, police officers and TV producers had forcibly escorted her to The Priory clinic in north London.
 
Media regulator Ofcom is considering an investigation into whether ITV has breached the broadcasting code after viewers flooded phone lines with a 'large number of complaints'. Section eight of the code states: 'People in a state of distress should not be put under pressure to take part in a programme or provide interviews, unless it is warranted.'
 
Radio phone-ins and internet chatrooms have been buzzing with claims that Miss Boyle should never have been allowed to compete in the final after a week of disturbing behaviour in the lead-up to the show. The Priory group's chief medical officer took the unusual step of speaking out to criticise TV production companies responsible for making stars of ill-prepared individuals. Professor Chris Thompson said: 'I would want to know that people being exposed to such pressures are actually looked after. I think I know what TV companies would say - they would say "these people are willing volunteers ..."
 
'The fact that there is consent between the TV company and contestant does not prevent the TV company having a duty of care once that consent has been given.'
 
One of the show's judges, Piers Morgan, said the singer from West Lothian had been in a 'state' all week. 'I think she was exhausted mentally, physically, emotionally and she had had no proper sleep in days and hadn't been eating,' he said.
 
Ofcom would not reveal how many complaints it had received about the Miss Boyle controversy, but was expected to release a general figure for complaints concerning the last week of Britain's Got Talent later.
 
Let's just look at the plain facts: she came, she surprised everyone by being not half bad, she competed, she lost. Simple as that. The show is a competition, so someone has to lose. Actually, almost everyone has to lose, because there's only one winner and personally I thought the result was a good one - I'd bet any amount of money that the winning dance troupe had put far more dedication and hard work into their performance than any of the singers (even the enchanting Hollie Steel, who must not only be an unusually good little songstress but a stunning actress if the accusations that her tears were put on are to be believed. Which they aren't).
 
Of course many schools up and down the country already know, and put into practice, the idea that all forms of competition are inherently damaging because it's bad for people to lose. We look forward to the day when this principle is applied to the Premier League or the Olympics. Let's face it, all we need is another term for Nu-Labour and 2012 could look very different ...
 
But what seizes my attention is the sheer ignorant hypocrisy displayed by so many people. Can you imagine the fuss these self-same bleeding hearts would have made if the woman had been prevented from competing in the first place because she was a bit flaky? Yet they see no paradox in bleating because having competed, she didn't win!
 
Either disabled (sorry, differently-abled) people want to be treated like everyone else or they don't. I suspect most of them do. But sadly those who take it upon themselves to speak on their behalf don't want that at all - they want preferential treatment. They want them to be able to compete on level terms with everyone else, but then they must be allowed to win in case they get upset.
 
Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. And as I've said before in these pages, why should the same principle not be applied to everyone? I have a handicap in life, which is that I'm a really rotten cricketer, but I love the game and would like to be selected for England. I'm differently-abled, you see, and you ought to let me have what I want in case I get upset.
 
And if I don't get it, I think I ought to have the right to treatment at The Priory. It costs 3,000 a week, but someone else can pay that for me. It's the least they can do.
 

 
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