On helping Americans to steal your pension

Let's assume that, like most UK workers, you have a pension fund with a substantial part of its investment in FTSE companies, usually weighted by value. What should you care more about: 1) the fact that the US government is attempting to steal a sizeable proportion of your money? 2) some fucking cormorants? Clue: if … Continue reading On helping Americans to steal your pension

Jealous petulant snipery and the Labour leadership

There seems to be a fair amount of grumpiness and sarcasm going on around the Labour party leadership election. Much of this is for sensible reasons (broadly "the only one of the candidates who isn't a dull clone has no experience of managing anything ever, and David Miliband is a war criminal"). However, there's also … Continue reading Jealous petulant snipery and the Labour leadership

What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-06-06

#ebz The Stolen River that flows into the Unterzee - the one they used to call the Thames - passes thr... http://fallenlondon.com/c/98148 # I wonder how many of the people fulminating about Laws are aware that if he'd come out and claimed for sharing with partner, he'd've been... # ...entitled to *more* money than he … Continue reading What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-06-06

What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-05-30

Haha, enjoying @BPGlobalPR - this is why having a real social media presence of your own is important... (via @Rooney83) # I'm officially bored of factors driving premium product consumption. And it's bloody 9PM, and I'm not done for today yet... # "The war may be staged, but the murder is real" #classicHoratioquotes #CSIMiami # … Continue reading What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-05-30

Fear and West Lothian

It occurs to me that a major reason why a Lab/Lib coalition was a complete non-starter is simply that it would not have commanded a majority of seats in England, and the regional parties it would have required for support don’t vote on England matters. Hence, it couldn’t have passed any domestic English legislation without … Continue reading Fear and West Lothian

Quiz time, wahey!

OK, so what links The Pit And The Pendulum, Richard Dawkins, and the Botswana national football team? The usual prize of a Simply Red album and a broken wireless router to the winner. Extra bonus points to be gained from suggesting the fourth clue. Unrelatedly, which punk song contains the lyric "I'm looking for you, … Continue reading Quiz time, wahey!

Danny Finkelstein: not a journalist

Rory Cellan-Jones has a good article on the BBC site about Murdoch's paywall. Well, I say "good"; being on the BBC site and hence subject to Strict Impartiality Etc, it's far too neutral about the paywall's prospects of success (which are zero). But it's informative. Most informative of all is the final proof that Times … Continue reading Danny Finkelstein: not a journalist