Melanie Phillips is rightly outraged by the grotesque decision of a Hove jury to acquit seven activists who caused £180,000 damage to an arms factory. The reason: because they were anti-Israel protesters.
As she points out, it's the judge's direction which is deeply worrying:
There's a must-read interview with Tony Blair in the Jerusalem Post (which I was alerted to by Melanie Phillips). I'd suggest you read the whole thing, but his comments on Hamas and the increasing cry for Israel to negotiate with them are particularly good. Such as:
Absolutely every commentator even vaguely left of centre says that
the fiscal contraction (ie, the combination of spending cuts and tax
rises) is going to devastate the economy. We’re going to get a double
dip recession, unemployment will go over 4 million etc.
JC columnist Martin Samuel has - of course - the best joke of the World Cup so far, in today's Mail:
Good news from the England camp. Robert Green has now faced 900 shots
in training and has not conceded a single goal. Fabio Capello is so
pleased he says that from tomorrow he is going to let him and Emile
Heskey train with the rest of the squad
Forget all the analysis you've read about Rob Green's fumble. I know the real reason we screwed up on Saturday: it's all Neil Warnock's fault. The man admits it himself:
When Gerrard scored we were still finishing our dinner. And being
superstitious I felt we shouldn't move from the table. We went for the
comfort of the sofa and armchairs, though, and the rest is history.