Imagine being a manic fan of Michael Jackson.
Then imagine that this unusual man who you have blindly defended for months and years is eventually found guilty of indecency against children. How could you live with yourself? I guess by denying it and saying it was a fix up.
I suppose that all I'm trying to say is that it's madness to proclaim someone's innocence in a case like this when you have absolutely no idea of what the truth is. It happens all the time, this failure of thought.
- comment from a Malian official, referring to the massive trade in people accross the Sahara. BBC News
Is it possible that the marginalisation of Britain and other small countries will actually prove a benefit?
President Bush and the US have refused to listen to Tony Blair over policy in the Middle East: but perhaps this will help us make the move away from the now obvious single-mindedness and two-facedness of an Atlantic coalition and approach what must surely be our destiny as a partner in Europe.
We'll never be on an equal footing in a relationship with the USA. We still have that chance with a relationship amongst smilarly sized countries in the EU.
:: listening to too much Derek and Clive (you stupid …. etc) (caution!)
:: have launched a plot to download all of the best albums ever before being arrested
:: as things go from bad to worse in Iraq, John Humphreys yesterday questioned the governments failure to speak to the BBC at all. Is the corporation striking back at the horrifyingly undemocratic betrayal it suffered earlier in the year by the 'fixed' Hutton report?
A mouseover, a spotted mistake, a blog post.
Click _here_ to try it for yourself.
–actually, a very interesting story, bound to feature in debates elsewhere.
(ok not that funny or relevant, but I love witnessing mistakes, even on websites. TV's better… when they leave the channel logo spinning for five minutes, or the newsreader's microphone isn't working….)
Is there a clear difference between faith and belief? (this was today's office argument).
Answers on a postcard to the usual address.