The BBC won’t let ET phone home

November 8, 2012

From James Paterson

Obviously crime has been eradicated entirely in the UK. That’s the only way to explain three people being arrested every day for posts on Facebook and Twitter. Some have even been jailed for as long as three months!

But then again the UK is a weird place: the BBC won’t even let the Brits listen to aliens from outer space because it might violate health and safety regulations.

Our 75 (now 100) radical ideas for Tony Abbott attracted some criticism. But nothing could prepare us for this stinging editorial in The Guardian, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of Australia.

Everyone knows Greece is in serious trouble, as explained in this excellent piece last week by Nick Cohen in the other Guardian (I can see how you’d get mixed up). But would you believe America’s debt per person is actually much worse?

Some Hey readers might be disappointed by the election results from America yesterday. But not James Delingpole – he offers 10 reasons to be happy about an Obama win! So how did Obama do it? Time magazine has an interesting back story on the Democrats’ data-crunching machine. Personally I think it came down to the National Dance for Obama Day.

During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, retailer Wal-Mart famously came to New Orleans’ rescue long before the US federal government. What could possibly beat that story of free enterprise efficiency over government bureaucracy, you ask? How about Victoria’s Secret saving the day during Hurricane Sandy? I promise it’s true.

If you’re looking for something lighter to read, try this wonderful essay by Simon Schama on James Bond’s 50th anniversary from Newsweek.

Finally, if you’re in Sydney next week you can see the IPA’s Tim Wilson and Peter Costello debate Bob Katter and Alan Jones on foreign investment. Tickets to this Spectator Australia debate can be purchased here.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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