Tim Fenton
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Tim Fenton has worked, lived and travelled across the UK and Europe. He is of liberal stance but not allied to any one party, sceptical of politicians and particularly of a media that serves itself before its audience. He follows politics and media both across Europe and the USA. He mostly succeeds in retaining his sense of humour, tries not to take himself or anyone else too seriously, and values listening and quiet contemplation highly. He has been known to enjoy conversation at the bar or over a meal.

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Gaza Shelling Has To Stop

(12) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 6:26 AM

Apart from noting the distinctly OTT behaviour of some pundits, and the questionable behaviour of others, I had not thus far ventured into discussing the unrest in Gaza. My mind was forcibly changed yesterday afternoon when a UN school being used as a shelter by hundreds...

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Philip Seymour Hoffman and Heroin

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 7:09 AM

There was an atmosphere of disbelief yesterday when the news broke that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman had been found dead in his West Village apartment. He was just 46 years old. That he may have recently fallen off the wagon and taken refuge in...

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Boris' Bus Is A Criminal Waste Of Money

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 12:56 PM

Transport for London (TfL) has this week owned up and made public the actual purchase price of the New Bus For London (NBfL), aka Boris Bus or BozzaMaster. And that price, at £354,500 per vehicle, makes the NBfL around £50,000 more expensive than a comparable off-the-shelf hybrid double...

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Iraq - Ten Years After

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 2:02 PM

A grim anniversary was celebrated yesterday, and that is the passing of a decade since the invasion of Iraq. To illustrate the new and more peaceful state of the country, the eve of that anniversary was marked by a wave of bombings that left 65 people dead. The...

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Leveson: Statutory Underpinning Really Does Mean A Free Press

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 10:47 AM

Yesterday morning, the editors -- less the not-insignificant presence of the legendarily foul-mouthed Paul Dacre -- fetched up on Downing Street and filed in to see Young Dave, with the supposed intention of setting up a properly independent regulator without the statutory underpinning that Leveson proposed. Cameron is...

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Michael Gove, Rote Learning, And Sad Reality

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 9:26 AM

Education is one subject that sets the cheaper end of the Fourth Estate off readily on one of its why-oh-why riffs with next to no prompting. This may not be unconnected to many hacks and pundits having never been near a state school, though it doesn't stop them from giving...

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Ferrari On Rails? Not Just Yet

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 2:04 PM

A number of overexcited hacks are getting themselves into a premature state of enthusiasm over a very new and very red train that has just taken to the rails in Italy. This may be because of their having been given a freebie by the operator, and that this new beast...

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How Safe Can You Get?

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 11:42 AM

Travelling by train is, statistically, far safer than travelling by car - in terms of distance travelled, around ten times safer - but some persist in pushing the line that somehow the railway does not care about safety, or at least that it does not take it seriously enough. This...

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9/11 - The Way We Were

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2011 | 8:55 AM

Today has dawned bright and clear, just as it did over New York City ten years ago. What the weather was like where I found myself then doesn't come readily to mind: it was just after lunch and I was secreted away in a large computer room, proving an unattended...

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Taxpayers Alliance - Let Them Eat Whoppers

(1) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 11:08 AM

Matthew Sinclair, chief non-job holder at the so-called Taxpayers' Alliance (TPA) has demonstrated his expertise and versatility by bringing out a new book called Let Them Eat Carbon. And he has secured a few column inches from the usual suspects within the Fourth Estate. Seasoned TPA watchers, though,...

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Taxpayers' Alliance - The Why and The Wherefore

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2011 | 7:00 PM

Those who look in on the website of the so-called Taxpayers' Alliance (TPA), the grassroots equivalent of the Peoples' Front of Judaea, may have noticed that the output of knocking copy aimed at Government - any Government - has fallen recently, although there are still regular attempts to...

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Phone Hacking - The Nixon Parallels

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 4:22 AM

Across the north Atlantic, Newsweek magazine has a contribution on the phone hacking saga from one of the two reporters that brought the world the original "gate": Carl Bernstein's piece is headed "Murdoch's Watergate?" and in it he draws parallels between the fall of Richard Milhous Nixon, and...

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Phone Hacking - A Lack Of Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2011 | 12:15 PM

As David Cameron ends his press conference - and finds that the questions about his hiring of Andy Coulson are both well informed and incessant - he is discovering that condemning the behaviour of the Murdochs and their hangers-on is one thing, but swimming away from the pull...

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Drugs War - An Unhappy Anniversary

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2011 | 9:02 AM

2011 is to be the year that the Huffington Post makes its debut in the UK.

The year also marks an anniversary on both sides of the north Atlantic, that being 40 years since both the UK and USA began what Governments in both countries now call the "War...

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