Why pointless parliaments don’t and shouldn’t exist

Something which surprised me when I first researched moving to Sydney was that the city (in the sense of "wide urban area") has no governing authority: the CBD and some of the inner suburbs are called the City of Sydney, but the vast majority of the city (including places that are only 10 minutes' walk … Continue reading Why pointless parliaments don’t and shouldn’t exist

A point of view, albeit not a good one

In the comments at CiF, a commenter called Heyone summarises their supposed 'non-racist' objections to immigration: It's ridiculous that whenever immigration is talked about there's always people shouting "racists!" and everybody starts debating what's racism. This is just counterproductive. These people have all missed the point. The majority of people are not concerned what race … Continue reading A point of view, albeit not a good one

Those British Airways strikes

While there's been a lot of commentary on the British Airways strikes, the analysis (whether pro-company or pro-union) tends to miss two major points. The business model is unsustainable - but that's the management's fault, not the unions' BA’s model before the global financial crisis was to charge a fortune for excellent service in Club … Continue reading Those British Airways strikes

What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-03-28

#ebz waiting for my new phone to be delivered requires a certain degree of timewasting, hence http://fallenlondon.com/c/38970 # Self-professed 'libertarian' argues for increased public spending on people living abroad: http://bit.ly/bpJCHU # Boo! The hitherto excellent Daily Mash channels Richard bloody Littlejohn with rubbish "PC gorn mad" nursery rhymes: http://bit.ly/d1a4zI # Alex Massie is ace. I … Continue reading What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-03-28

Financeblogger playground spat

When I grow up, I wouldn't object to being an incredibly rich, disgraced, highly influential, not-proven-guilty-of-fraud Wall Street figure and would-be press baron. However, unlike Henry Blodget, I don't think I'd devote a day's worth of output to slating other financial commentators for being insufficiently productive, hard-working, etc. Worrying about the productivity of people who … Continue reading Financeblogger playground spat

This blog may be of some use after all

Someone found the blog yesterday by Googling for "my right testicle is as big as a kiwi". I hope the story they read had the desired effect - but just to reiterate, if your right testicle is as big as a kiwi, then go see a goddamn doctor RIGHT NOW. Indeed, even if it's only … Continue reading This blog may be of some use after all