Crime – are policies based on fact or fiction?

Crime fiction is popular I write fiction in which my heroes fight crime, like so many in print and on TV, but in real life, the fight is not just about individuals. It involves the whole criminal justice system, which includes the police, the courts, the probation...

Police heroes: creatures of fiction?

Police heroes occur often in crime fiction Police heroes appear on our TV screens every night and they appear in print in whodunits and thrillers. Most of us would like to think their real-life counterparts have much in common with these imaginary heroes. Books and TV...

Back to normal – what normal?

Back to normal is coming soon Back to normal aka Freedom Day is promised for the 19th of this month, when the government will lift all, or nearly all, legal restrictions to control the pandemic. The government that imposed these is making this sound like a victory. It...

White working-class children ignored?

White working-class people are suddenly in the news White working-class people were once the bread and butter of news and current affairs. Apparently, they have been overlooking them for some time due to the emphasis on racial and other minorities. Suddenly some...

Gestures & virtue signalling: empty & meaningless?

Gestures and gesture politics: what is it? ;Gestures’, ‘gesture politics’ and ‘virtue signalling’ are expressions Pretty Patel and others have used recently. They were commenting on people who had taken the knee at football matches. Such...