Final mayoralty

Diamond Geezer's coverage of the mayoral race has been entirely on fire. The latest, possibly last, and definitely funniest summary of the campaign I've so far seen, is the London Mayoral Hustings 2012: Paxman: Ahhhhh yes, transport. What are your priorities for the next four years? Boris: Crossrail, yes, er, that's something I'd really like … Continue reading Final mayoralty

More clarifications of the obvious

If you think that Gordon Brown carried out a tax raid on pensions in 1997, which was the main cause of the end of final-salary pension schemes in the UK private sector, then you are wrong. In 1997, the government did indeed abolish the tax relief on dividends paid by firms into pension funds. But … Continue reading More clarifications of the obvious

Just as well they didn’t have t’Internet back then

As one ought, I've been looking up my ancestors (well, people with my not-especially-common surname) on the Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674-1913 website. There's a disappointing lack of criminality among my lot. Only three Bands were prosecuted at the Old Bailey over the whole period, and one of them was acquitted, whereas we seem … Continue reading Just as well they didn’t have t’Internet back then

Ready to face any challenge

Diamond Geezer has an excellent piece on the sterling work that Boris Johnson has done in eradicating crime, misery, poverty, racial disharmony, etc from the town of Henley, and how useful this experience will be if he's elected Mayor of London... Would throbbing multicultural London (population seven and a half million) be a better place … Continue reading Ready to face any challenge

Gun crime is getting worse

No, not "more severe", just "less effective": Firearms offences also increased, up 4% in the whole of 2007 to 9,967... however, gun deaths fell to 49, seven fewer than in the previous 12 months. What's wrong with kids today? I'm fairly sure that even when I was 15, I could have achieved a better-than-0.5% hit-rate... … Continue reading Gun crime is getting worse

A lie has a good ending

Today's "this is what the Internet was invented for" site is the automatic random proverb generator. Favourites it's given me include: Blood is thicker than the eye of the beholder. He who lives by the sword shall die by a vacuum. A little learning is money. Quality stuff. From B3ta, obviously. As is this link: … Continue reading A lie has a good ending

Sky in ‘not falling’ shock

Here is a table showing projected growth in real GDP per capita [*] for 2007-08, according to IMF data released this month: 2007-082008-092009-10 Canada0.0%0.6%2.0% France0.8%0.7%2.0% Germany1.5%1.1%1.9% Italy-0.1%-0.1%0.4% Japan1.4%1.6%1.8% United Kingdom1.3%1.4%2.1% United States-0.5%-0.4%1.9% In other words, credible independent people who understand economic forecasting (note: not people who couldn't tell GDP from a CDR but who think … Continue reading Sky in ‘not falling’ shock