This is an absolutely superb generator of ignorant nonsense. It's nominally a tribute to the BBC's Have Your Say, but is quite an effective simulation of most right-wing blog comments. Sample: Twas ever thus. here come the pc brigade and the nanny state! Gordon Brown is going to put us all in Death Camps. It … Continue reading Automatic comment generator
Yes, I know that I'm 29 years old, middle class and white. But fuck it, this is awesome: (yup, it is indeed from this. How did you guess? And yes, I am indeed quite grumpy that I've got to go out every night this week. Can't people leave me alone for, ooh, a month or … Continue reading It goes e-e-e-e-ow e-e-e-e-e-e-blaow
Local press exclusives on specialist topics are seldom the most reliable or accurate commentaries you'll ever find on anything ever. Nonetheless, I'm concerned by the East London Advertiser's current alleged scoop on Crossrail. The ELA claims that: Crossrail chiefs fear the deteriorating economic climate, spiralling Olympic costs and the election of Tory Boris Johnson as … Continue reading Don’t axe Crossrail – double it!
I'm not sure Boris would approve: (photographed by me at Kings Cross St Pancras station, 14/5/08 at 2215) Update 19/5 - Veroniq has come up with a much better headline: "And the London Underground is not a political movement"
You'll be delighted to hear that The Sharpener is back online and that I have a new post there on why it's right to treat politics as a trivial and irrelevant sideshow. Also, now that the Sharpener is back up, I'm going to try and get back into the habit of putting my political stuff … Continue reading Good news, everybody
A comment on this Guardian thread, about the prospect of extending the insane Tube drinking ban to - even more insanely - cover all public transport expresses confusion over why this is a problem: "I haven't lived in the UK for some time but where I live in Europe I frequently see people drinking in … Continue reading On antisocial behaviour
Two possibilities: 1) you believe that people should go to jail and be registered as sex offenders for owning pictures of consensual bondage; or: 2) you should sign this petition.
It ought to be pretty obvious that banning drinking in a place is completely different from banning drunken louts from a place. If you ban drinking in a place, it prevents people who aren’t louts but fancy a beer from having one, while doing absolutely nothing to prevent louts who are drunk from causing a … Continue reading If we ban harmless things, then harmful things will magically disappear
A non-Londoner asked me on Saturday what I thought Boris Johnson would be like as London mayor. I said that I really didn't know, which was the main reason I hadn't voted for him (I also can't stand his Wooster-ish public persona, but I'm quite happy to vote for someone I don't personally like if … Continue reading How big is Boris’s tent?
Justin is looking for constructive suggestions on what Labour could possibly do to get over their steamrollering. Mine include: 1) keep the 21% basic tax rate; abolish tax credits; and use the money saved by abolishing the 10p band to raise the personal allowance; 2) abolish NI and raise the basic and higher tax rates … Continue reading 100% hindsight, 100% of the time