After a massively high-spending recall campaign, a controversial Republican state governor has held onto power with a slightly increased majority (while losing control of the state senate). Naturally, the oh-so-left-wing US media are spinning this as Terrible Democrat Defeat, Disaster Due for November, etc. To highlight the fact that this spin is absolute dingoes' kidneys, it's … Continue reading The sun is, most likely, still gonna shine in November
From Ian B at Tim's place: The problem with a society in the grip of a moral panic- an example is the Gay Panic that started in Victorian England- is that it does not recognise it. The hysterical and extreme behaviours exhibited by panickers are considered not only normal, not even just desirable, but effectively … Continue reading 100% true, 100% of the time
Just a quick one on the incompetent Mr Beecroft's attempt to take labour relations back to the 1830s... noting that in private sector workplaces in England & Wales without union recognition agreements, all of the following are the case: There are straightforward processes available to sack lazy/incompetent workers which, if you follow them correctly, take … Continue reading Sacking people is easy to do
Governments in both England and Scotland are planning minimum-pricing regimes for alcohol. These are a terrible idea, not only if you're a liberal, but even on their own terms. There are three main issues associated with minimum pricing, all of which are conflated by minimum price proponents (this article is a good example of their … Continue reading Why minimum alcohol pricing is a terrible idea
Via Tim, I find a very cool article on the Aussies who worked in Melbourne under Bletchley Park's command, breaking the Pacific Axis's codes during WWII [*]. Very cool, and - unlike the (shamefully underfunded, GIVE THEM MONEY) museum at Bletchley, not even remembered at all. Should be. This obviously gets me onto the history … Continue reading This little thing? Oh, it doesn’t matter; here you go
Shannon, who is aces, just came up with the best mashup concept ever. Civ + sex devices + Lulu + Lady Popular = "No, fuck YOU. This bling does look fabulous against my fur, because I am the queen of the Zulus, and you're still fucking an analog blow-up doll."
Just because people seem confused on all this (for some reason). Before 1535, England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland were legally separate countries. Following the English conquest of Ireland in the 12th century and of Wales in the 13th, England, Ireland and Wales had a single ruler, who was styled King of England and Lord of … Continue reading It’s another exciting British constitutional history post. Hurrah!