Quote of the day

From the comments here: Starting an illegal war and allowing the banks to ruin the economy, neither of those is sufficiently serious to bring down a government. But a couple of free dinners‚Ķ The original piece is interesting as well - the Telegraph smearing a couple of Lib Dem MPs, one for letting his daughter … Continue reading Quote of the day

A thing of beauty

Charlie Brooker sums up Britishness with t3h excellence: I was born in the 70s and grew up in a tiny rural village. There was, I think, only one black kid in my primary school. One day, someone pushed him over and called him "blackjack". The headmaster called an impromptu assembly. It involved the entire school, … Continue reading A thing of beauty

Evidence-based policymaking

The shouty left are far more likeable than the New Labour 'left' or the Tory right in general, and their opinions on the things that really matter - murdering foreign civilians, locking people up without charge, banning freedom of speech, and such like - are generally spot on. However, one way in which they drive … Continue reading Evidence-based policymaking

What sort of people do we want in the UK?

Doctors? Engineers? Refugees from torture? No, the consensus is apparently that the people we most want are third-world mercenaries. Not quite sure why 'being a mercenary who signed up in the full knowledge they'd get a giant sack of money and no British passport' ought to put one to the top of the 'British passport' … Continue reading What sort of people do we want in the UK?

Top words

In an example of 'embarrassing lack of imagination', I'm going to post the top words that my phone believes I want to type when presented with a given letter. Maybe this could be a new meme, if people are really that bored. NB I use my phone to blog, Twitter and send work emails, as … Continue reading Top words

Whatever it is, it ain’t murder

In light of recent events, and some people's comments on them, it's worth clarifying English law on murder. The current direction on when an act can be classed as murder was handed down by the House of Lords in R. v. Woolin: Where the charge is murder and in the rare cases where the simple … Continue reading Whatever it is, it ain’t murder

In Australia, it means ‘food poisoning’

People appear to actually be slightly surprised, shocked, and even upset that Gordon Ramsay's gastropubs use pre-made food. People are silly. Absolutely everyone in foodservice, outside of the very top end (which gastropubs charging ¬£15 for a main course are, obviously, not) uses pre-made, bought-in dishes. Indeed, Ramsay is a step higher than most: at … Continue reading In Australia, it means ‘food poisoning’