‘None of the above’

Mark Wadsworth highlights a new political survey called Take The Quiz. Along the lines of the utterly pointless Political Compass, but slightly more worthwhile [*], it takes (paraphrases of) manifesto commitments and other policy statements from the major UK-wide [**] political parties, and asks you to pick the one you most like / least dislike … Continue reading ‘None of the above’

Hacking mobile phones is hard to do

This Wired piece about some techies who discovered a major flaw in the DNS systems that underpin the Internet, and co-ordinated a mass surreptitious effort to fix it, is worth reading if you like That Sort Of Thing. However, there's one aspect of it which strikes me as utterly bizarre: "The first thing I want … Continue reading Hacking mobile phones is hard to do

Save, borrow, whatever

So the fairly essential cuts in interest rates are hitting savers. As a net saver, I can only say this is a good thing. There are approximately four sorts of people in the UK, financially speaking: 1) people with no assets or liabilities. "The poor". 2) people with houses and mortgages. "Hard-working families". 3) people … Continue reading Save, borrow, whatever

Constitutional clarification

Parliamentary privilege, as traditionally viewed in the UK constitution, grants MPs freedom of speech on what they say within the House of Commons. It doesn't: a) give them the right to run spies in the civil service; or b) cover what they say or do outside of the House of Commons. Its relevance to the … Continue reading Constitutional clarification

Always follow the Herring Convention

Richard Herring has come up with an excellent solution to the problem of 'person in your way, what to do?', and backed it up with impeccable Science and Logic. In short - go left, and slate anyone who doesn't, and all will be mathematically fine. Now, if Mr Herring can also solve the issue of … Continue reading Always follow the Herring Convention