...for its glorious living-up-to-stereotypes-ness: The latest unemployment figures could not be released today because statisticians are on strike
I've got a post up at Liberal Conspiracy on the EU's new ECRIS system. Under ECRIS, local criminal records agencies will categorise crimes and sentences against particular headings (so 0801 is murder; 0403 is trafficking people for their organs; while on the sentencing side 1002 is life imprisonment and 3017 is confiscation of your hunting … Continue reading Those who will not see
The Tories have failed before they are even in office. (from here)
No. Or: Britain is not Iceland. Iceland is the size of Coventry. Britain is the fifth-largest economy in the world (although it also has the third-largest current account deficit). The pound is still a reserve currency that people want to buy, despite the efforts of the speculators. We are bankrupt only in the sense that … Continue reading Is Britain really going bankrupt?
Microsoft Songsmith has taken some flak for being the worst and most evil thing ever. But the clip below more than makes up for its sins. Mediocre near-forgotten Britpoppers Oasis, with their dull hit about some kind of wall... but TEKNO!
I really like Mock The Week; it's one of my favourite TV shows. Frankie Boyle is perhaps the best comic of the last 30 years; Dara O'Briain is hard to spell but excellent; Hugh Dennis was the funniest one in the Mary Whitehouse Experience and remains so; Russell Howard is remarkably entertaining for a small … Continue reading Worse than Nicholas
I'm normally good at trying, and even enjoying, weird and wonderful and mildly gross-looking foods. However, following a lunchtime experiment today, I can honestly say that this does not apply to jellied eels. I've already made arrangements to move away from East London in shame.
Buy sterling. Buy lots of sterling. 1.40 is an insanely low rate; anyone who believes it to be sustainable is, quite literally, mentally ill. (also, our banks are less fucked than yours; our government is just less dishonest than yours about it...)
Sad (and the best tribute ever). Happy: ...although this is better: ...and, as discussed previously, this is best:
Hooray for Obama's America. I don't have enormously high hopes that everything will become groovy, excellent, liberal, etc, and I know that the President's impact on what happens in the states is somewhat limited - but the fact that the Californians have taken a cop who shot a harmless, unarmed civilian, charged said cop with … Continue reading Yes we can