Banditry

Corrigan FTW

David Mitchell is entirely correct on the wheelie bin pseudo-scandal, as one might expect: I can almost hear the Oxfam advert: "This is Andrea. Every week, she has to walk three bins all the way down the street, round the corner and into the backyard. It's either that or people will see her bins. It's … Continue reading Corrigan FTW

Strikes: yes; wildcats: no

From the list of 'things that don't get said very often', here's a very sensible comment from CiF on the Total refinery strike: I'm very sorry to say it, but these wildcat strikers are idiots. Nothing wrong with striking at all - but always, always, always make sure it is an official strike endorsed by … Continue reading Strikes: yes; wildcats: no

We write letters

Just sent this letter to the Observer's readers editor: Re: 'Light-touch' reforms raise fears of new bank disaster This article from Sunday 12 June has one of the most inaccurate sentences I've ever seen anywhere: "Critics point out that it was a subsidiary of Northern Rock, Granite, that contained the liabilities that led to the … Continue reading We write letters

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-06-14

Can some Eurologist like @nosemonkey explain how the BNP got a seat in NW on 8% of vote, but not in E Mids or NE on more than that? # RT @qwghlm In case you haven't seen it already, B3ta sums it up best http://bit.ly/I2LhG #theBNParetwats # Thanks everyone. Why on earth didn't they make … Continue reading Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-06-14

Old Crow from the archives

I think pretty much everything in my RMT piece from last summer still applies today. Note in particular: 1) Low turnout and non-spectacular majority indicating this is a Crow effort not grassroots; 2) Tories using the RMT's intransigence to lobby for (even) more draconian public sector anti-strike rules; 3) DLR, Thameslink, Overground are all working … Continue reading Old Crow from the archives

Isn’t this just obvious to everyone?

Clive has a good piece up on CiF on the way that internationally, David Cameron is going to be perceived as the UK's George W Bush, both for his buffoonery and his disdain for international agreements. Being a CiF thread, the comments spiralled into Europhobic lunacy. However, responding to a silly-ish question there did give … Continue reading Isn’t this just obvious to everyone?

Nobody who gets anything wrong should ever be allowed to do anything again

Let's assume you're an excellent journalist (yes, I know for most bloggers this would be a bit of a heroic assumption, but never mind). You spend 15 years working your way up through various jobs until you're editor of a national title. You do the job very well. Then the chairman of the large media … Continue reading Nobody who gets anything wrong should ever be allowed to do anything again