Michael Gove is a no-nonsense sort of chap, unafraid to shake his fist at the Human Rights Act. In 2011, the Education Secretary vowed to crack down on unruly pupils, whatever Europe said about their rights, and last year he led the cabinet's huffing and puffing when it looked as if Abu Qatada couldn't be deported. So how surprising to learn he is the trustee of a charity dedicated to promoting, er, human rights! The Charity Commission lists Gove as one of only two trustees of something called the European Freedom Fund. The other is the neocon writer and activist Douglas Murray. Their objective is "the promotion of respect for human rights as set out in the European Convention of Human Rights and fundamental freedoms adopted by the members of the council of Europe on 4th November 1950 and the convention's five protocols". This could put Gove in a tricky position when the Tories come to replacing the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights. Still, the EFF hasn't been too busy: no money has gone in or out since it was founded in 2007. Molto strano!
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Tuesday 31 August 2010
More than a million revellers were thought to have attended the Notting Hill Carnival yesterday, making it Europe's largest street festival, which has been held every August bank holiday since 1966.
Wednesday 18 August 2010
More than 100 leading figures from the literary world will take up residence next month amid the majestic surroundings of Blenheim Palace for The Independent Woodstock Literary Festival 2010.
Tuesday 17 August 2010
Monday 16 August 2010
*Nina Conti was a curious choice of headliner for the gimmicky 'Comedy in the Dark' at the Gilded Balloon. Somehow ventriloquism with the lights off loses a little of its magic.
Friday 13 August 2010
For most of its existence, the experimental theatre company Elevator Repair Service (formed in New York in 1991) has used found texts and improvisation as the basis for its productions. "Anything that wasn't literature" says the group's founder and director John Collins.
Friday 30 July 2010
Friday 16 July 2010
Monday 28 June 2010
Whitehaven in Cumbria has at last had some good news after several months of being in the news for all the wrong reasons.
Thursday 24 June 2010
Sunday 20 June 2010
Friday 11 June 2010
As the diary pointed out (1 June), Heather Brooke spoke recently at the Hay Festival about her new book, The Silent State, and her work uncovering the MPs' expenses story. We understand from Ms Brooke that this was not an all expenses paid trip as was suggested but the costs were covered by her and her publisher.
Wednesday 09 June 2010
In terms of setting you'd be hard-pressed to find somewhere more idyllic: a collection of rustic cabins nestling around a frothing creek in the mountains. Were all this not enough, the sun decides to shine. All weekend.
Saturday 29 May 2010
Thursday 27 May 2010
The price of beer at Munich's Oktoberfest will rise by nearly 2.5 per cent this year – but the annual increase is less frothy than in 2009.
Wednesday 19 May 2010
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