PJ White

No asterisks in clever dicks

Last week two news outlets quoted sections of an email by a Conservative MP to his party’s chair. They blanked with asterisks the middle letters of a five-letter word. Here is the extract…

Whole lotta smoothing going on

Smooth is a good word—if you want to describe flattening something, getting rid of lumps. It’s not such a good word when it’s used instead of something more accurate. As it increasingly is….

Burgernomics says pound wasn’t overvalued

The pound was not overvalued before it tanked against the dollar and euro. Pundits ranging from the IMF to the Guardian’s Larry Elliott say that sterling’s price was too high on foreign exchanges…

Cameron’s new job is PR for quango

Shortly after leaving parliament David Cameron took a job with a charity. Except he didn’t. Various sources, including a specialist civil society website and the Sun newspaper, reported that the former prime minister…

Council recycling sites ban walkers and cyclists

You need a car if you want to take rubbish to the tip. Not a van. Not a trailer. But also not a bicycle. And you can’t go on foot. There are reasons…

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