With all that’s going on in the world (and I suspect that a certain David Cameron’s financial affairs have driven steel from the top of the news agenda) this story from The Scunthorpe Telegraph might just have gone unnoticed outside of North Lincolnshire. It’s reported that Greybull Capital (whose website seems to consist of a single page – wouldn’t you find that a little odd? I do.) are asking for a 3% pay cut from the Scunthorpe steel workers to aid them in their attempt to buy Scunthorpe’s last remaining steelworks. I find this a bit weird. A steelworks is an industrial behemoth in terms of size and required funding. There’s nothing small about these places and that includes the running[…]

Tonight the coalition government of the UK got a bloody nose over Syria. Why? Because Ed Miliband actually showed some political leadership. Instead of taking the easy option Ed took a stand against a jingoistic and ill concieved policy of military intervention against Syria. Good for him and the Labour Party Don’t get me wrong, watching kids dying from the effects of a poison gas attack makes me as sick as the next man. But I suspect that Western military intervention (US missile strikes) might not be the answer. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Western missile strikes kill more Syrians than the gas attacks. I also think that many UK citizens, me included, don’t trust our political leaders one[…]

David Miranda has gone from being a relatively unknown person to a global media sensation in the last week. Why? Because he made two mistakes. The first was being in a relationship with a Guardian journalist who has been the proverbial thorn in the sides of the UK and US governments. The second was to attempt to use a UK airport for a connecting flight. The result of this combination is known to us all. Nine hours of interrogation by the UK’s finest anti-terror experts and the confiscation of his electronic devices. Why? As far as I, or anyone else, knows Miranda isn’t a terrorist. He hasn’t been a terrorist nor does he preach a terrorist gospel to a baying[…]