This Spectator piece brings a couple of conjectures to mind: 1) Anyone who uses the phrase 'pie in the sky' is an idiot who should be ignored. 2) Anyone who believes absolute national debt, rather than national debt as a proportion of GDP, is a figure with any relevance to anything is an idiot who … Continue reading Conjectures
Read a selection of grumpy middle-aged Tories and Libertoonians slate 18-year-old kids for being pompously grumpy about getting a
Lewes = pretty town. A23 between Croydon & Elephant & Castle = road to, from & via hell. Glad to be back in N19 # RT @PreachyPreach Germany does its best to ensure a long prolonged recession. http://bit.ly/h9XE6 # "Miners and police unite in beating the crap out of Greenpeace anti-coal protestors" #worldwithoutThatcher # If … Continue reading Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-06-28
I've a new piece up at Liberal Conspiracy on happiness, tolerance and migration data. Which is fun if you like that sort of thing.
Frank Dobson spoke nothing but truth last month: ‘Be warned,’ he said, ‘the Lib Dems and the Tories have not abandoned party politics.’ There was, he alleged, a three-part strategy. When they had disposed of the Speaker, they would demand Gordon’s resignation. If they got that, they would demand an immediate general election on the … Continue reading Yes, it’s fucking political
Here: Let's be clear: the international economy almost stopped dead last autumn. We were within days of cashpoints throughout the Western world refusing to cough up money and of automated transactions, including payments of wages, simply freezing. Really? Anyone? Davies?
The Economist's Charlemagne blog has a good piece on why Vaclav Klaus is being utterly ridiculous when he claims that the reassurances being made to Ireland and the UK over the Lisbon Treaty mean that he should hold off ratification: Imagine that an internet rumour had started that Marmite (or baked beans, if you cannot … Continue reading Banned Katie Perry upskirt video [*]
Lunch & wine are required. # The Last Boleyn Girl seems about as terrible as that sort of shit usually is. Hoping Jess will tire of it before we miss House # Sorry, director, The Other Boleyn Girl was OK. Scarlett Johansson was heartbreakingly beautiful, but I suppose that's what she's for. # I love … Continue reading Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-06-21
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
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