B3ta's Question of the Week is on banks and banking. Oddly enough, the consensus is 'against'. However, someone called 'Star Wars' has a rather nice post going against said consensus, which distills most (not all) complaints that people make about retail banks and penalty charges: I opened a bank account once in the full and … Continue reading How dare you provide me with goods and services
Says Railway Eye, a cynical and Tory-leaning transport blog: There is certain information that voters and taxpayers might reasonably expect a Government department to know. Or at least have a reasonable stab at. Such as just how risky NatEx's very aggressive bid for the East Coast franchise was; bearing in mind that the previous operator … Continue reading Rewriting history, recession edition
A lot of moaning about corporation tax in leftie-blogland today, for no particularly discernible reason. How about this as a 'no big corporation tax dodging' principle to adopt at G8: * All countries adopt the current UK system of charging the parent company tax at the national rate for its home country, with all tax … Continue reading Tax proposal
That joke isn't funny any more:
This Spectator piece brings a couple of conjectures to mind: 1) Anyone who uses the phrase 'pie in the sky' is an idiot who should be ignored. 2) Anyone who believes absolute national debt, rather than national debt as a proportion of GDP, is a figure with any relevance to anything is an idiot who … Continue reading Conjectures
Read a selection of grumpy middle-aged Tories and Libertoonians slate 18-year-old kids for being pompously grumpy about getting a
I've a new piece up at Liberal Conspiracy on happiness, tolerance and migration data. Which is fun if you like that sort of thing.
Frank Dobson spoke nothing but truth last month: ‘Be warned,’ he said, ‘the Lib Dems and the Tories have not abandoned party politics.’ There was, he alleged, a three-part strategy. When they had disposed of the Speaker, they would demand Gordon’s resignation. If they got that, they would demand an immediate general election on the … Continue reading Yes, it’s fucking political
Here: Let's be clear: the international economy almost stopped dead last autumn. We were within days of cashpoints throughout the Western world refusing to cough up money and of automated transactions, including payments of wages, simply freezing. Really? Anyone? Davies?
The Economist's Charlemagne blog has a good piece on why Vaclav Klaus is being utterly ridiculous when he claims that the reassurances being made to Ireland and the UK over the Lisbon Treaty mean that he should hold off ratification: Imagine that an internet rumour had started that Marmite (or baked beans, if you cannot … Continue reading Banned Katie Perry upskirt video [*]