is a strange and confusing entity. On one hand, it reports serious news as one would expect but it devalues itself by allowing a number of God-awful so-called journalists to promote their own personal opinions or agendas in the form of asinine prattle.

One particularly detestable exponent of the banal is Anthony Sharwood, who takes every opportunity to openly insult anyone and anything related to the British Isles. I mean, is that not what a personal blog is for?

Perhaps I am simply overly judgmental having been spoilt by a lifetime of The Times and the BBC setting journalistic standards.