Tories, speed cameras, and Voluntary Idiot Tax

There are mild signs of upset at the Coalition opting to cut the number of new speed cameras. There shouldn't be. For one: speed cameras are, entirely, a voluntary tax on idiots. Most non-urban speed limits are far lower than the safe speed for the average vehicle on the road in question driven by the … Continue reading Tories, speed cameras, and Voluntary Idiot Tax

‘Newspapers are doomed’ forecast of the day

From a media expert: The future of national newspapers is in doubt [...]: the purveying of 'news' (which is only one of a newspaper's functions) is in several respects more interesting, more immediate and more dramatic on-screen. The greater part of all newspapers is given over to advertising [...] which keeps them alive, and to … Continue reading ‘Newspapers are doomed’ forecast of the day

Tories stitch up Lib Dems on civil liberties

Sunny at LC reckons he has a copy of the Libservative agreement. Libertarians, of both left-and right- varieties, have been getting super-excited on Twitter about section 10, which is dedicated to reversing ZaNuLieBore's Evil Police State, freeing the dissidents from the gulags, etc: A Freedom or Great Repeal Bill. The scrapping of ID card scheme, … Continue reading Tories stitch up Lib Dems on civil liberties

Well, I called that one wrong

I've got my reaction up on LC. In short, Nick Clegg has destroyed the Liberal Democrat party because he wants to be a minister. The country benefits in the short term, very very slightly - the Libservative government will be slightly less socially nasty than a Tory plus Ulsterite minority government - but it's still … Continue reading Well, I called that one wrong

Charlotte Gore is absolutely wrong

Nominal Liberal Democrat Charlotte Gore, who oddly seems to spend more time hating the Labour Party than actually supporting the Liberal Democrats, has a very odd post-election post. She thinks that if the LDs were to prop up a Labour administration in exchange for the introduction of proportional representation (which is required - if you … Continue reading Charlotte Gore is absolutely wrong

Update for Brits who’re just waking up

Overall, we know about as much about what's going on as when as we did when I woke up eight hours ago. Things we do know: the Lib Dems got screwed, probably by the sustained 2-week barrage of media lies about them. Troll-like ex-home secretary Charles Clarke lost his seat, which is delightful. Pro-science campaigner … Continue reading Update for Brits who’re just waking up

Semi-informed Northern Ireland poli-blogging

It's lovely to see Peter Robinson, the head of Northern Ireland's DUP (the Paisley-ite, hardline Unionist party), losing his Belfast East seat to non-sectarian Alliance candidate Naomi Long. Anything which makes NI less sectarian-driven has to be a good thing... The thing which makes it even funnier, by which I mean "if I was properly … Continue reading Semi-informed Northern Ireland poli-blogging