Alex Massie

A Mad World, My Masters

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Clive Crook pops back to Blighty and finds himself pining for the sanity and phlegmatic common-sense of life in the United States. Can't say I blame him. Consider this story, for instance: plans for a Christmas ice-rink in Bath have been abandoned after complaints that the temporary rink would be a magnet for paedophiles who could take advantage of it to "groom" children.


Not to get all Daily Mail on you, but not for the first, nor I fear last, time there's not much you can do except wonder what on earth is wrong with this country.

[Hat-tip: Mr Worstall]

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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