Please don’t tell Nicola Roxon

July 19, 2012

From James Paterson

This is scary – your fridge might be about to become the latest weapon of the Nanny State! (Please don’t tell Nicola Roxon).

Barack Obama says “If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Yeah, I guess it’s kind of like winning the Nobel Peace Prize, or killing Bin Laden.

Last week we told you about a new government website, ‘Tell me something I don’t know’. Here’s a tip: if you’re going to set up a website with such a presumptuous name, make sure you get all your facts right, like how many faces a dodecahedron has. (The correct answer is here).

Here’s another thing I bet you didn’t know: The Shire is all John Howard’s fault (what would we do without The Conversation?)

But this should come as no surprise – the so-called ‘food miles’ movement makes food more expensive, less environmentally friendly, less nutritious and taste worse.

One of the most impressive reforms of the Cameron government has been the establishment of free schools. This excellent piece by Toby Young, who helped set one up, explains why they are working.

Last month’s New Statesman had a great review of Memoirs of a Revolutionary by Victor Serge with this key line: “Totalitarian repression was not a regrettable departure from the high ideals of socialist philosophy”. And the current edition of Standpoint has this wonderful essay by Nick Cohen on free speech and press freedom.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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