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South Yorks – initial analysis

October 31, 2014 11 Comments
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Friday, 13:19: Britain Elects ‏@britainelects  13:02 Current vote share w/ Rotherham left to declare (South Yorks PCC): LAB – 52.3% UKIP – 28.9%

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So What’s Stopping You From Setting Up Your Own Start Up, Jess?

October 30, 2014 4 Comments
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Jess Zimmerman on social media and the awful companies who make it: I don’t mind if social media companies profit from users, as long as everything is transparent and above-board. That’s nice of you… (I mean, I mind it as much as I mind capitalism in general, but I don’t find it unusually evil – or notably different from, say, TV stations profiting from viewership.) Ah. Of course. I forgot…

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An interview with Mr. and Mrs. Blob

October 29, 2014 13 Comments
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Guardian: On the upside for the Tories, the lack of a bill means that Cameron will be able to claim that the Tories are the only party committed to legislating in the new parliament to deliver a vote. The row over the bill came as Nick Boles, the Tory business minister, broke new ground by admitting that Britain would be unable to fully control its borders as long as it…

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Spectacularly Inappropriate Timing, PlodFed!

October 28, 2014 10 Comments
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Victims of crime are suffering a poorer service because of police budget cuts, a survey of detectives indicates. Not only do the results published on Monday highlight the continuing pressure officers are under, they show that detectives believe victims and witnesses of crime are getting a sub-standard level of service as a result, the Police Federation of England and Wales said. Oh noes! Teh awful Tory cutz! Whatever shall the…

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The masters of discrimination strike again

October 28, 2014 5 Comments
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The masters of discrimination strike again

Yesterday there was the Private Eye cover which made no bones about its bias against one particular party. Wiggia points out: The front page was not the worst go at UKIP in that issue.  All political parties are fair game but PE seems to be setting a new low standard where UKIP are concerned.  In the same issue, despite a letter criticizing a previous anti UKIP cartoon as being base, this…

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Bring it on, Mr. Hislop, bring it on

October 27, 2014 18 Comments
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Bring it on, Mr. Hislop, bring it on

Who’ll be more clever on the day – the ordinary man and woman whom you’re insulting … or you clever clogs? You’re braver than me, that’s all I can say. I don’t fancy getting on the wrong side of the British public, for all our faults.

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1000 points of light

October 27, 2014 7 Comments
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1000 points of light

This is what happens when you follow something through you ordinarily wouldn’t, plus you have a folder of files on the general area of Them. Here was the pic on Twitter: With a U.S. Senate election coming up, why should that concern us this side of the pond?  Well, I followed the link, noting in passing the words Points of Light, a trigger to  my mind but we’ll come to that. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/389864/michelle-nunns-eeoc-problem-andrew-johnson…

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Well, We Know It’s Not A Bug…

October 26, 2014 3 Comments
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…the jury’s still out on whether it’s a feature or just a fortunate byproduct, though: Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming, who campaigns for open justice in the family courts, said that the injunction could prevent wrongdoing by public bodies from coming to light. ‘The strict injunctions that sometimes apply in family court proceedings often act to protect public officials from allegations that they have not done their job properly rather…

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An open letter to British readers of all parties …

October 24, 2014 17 Comments
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An open letter to British readers of all parties …

… but you others are welcome as well. Some of you who are regulars here disagree fundamentally on politics with many of us.  Some of you can’t stand UKIP, I like them. Some of you are for staying in the EU, many of us are not.  Tomorrow there’ll be some more political posts.  All of that is OK, it’s what we do. What is NOT Ok cuts across our internal party…

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St Helens, the soldier and the ciggies

October 24, 2014 6 Comments
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St Helens, the soldier and the ciggies

Don’t know if you saw this: http://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/11554900.Crowds_gather_at_Hardshaw_Centre_amid_Facebook_allegations_uniformed_soldier_was_refused_service_at_newsagents/?ref=fbshr A uniformed British soldier was refused cigarettes by an Indian shopkeeper, there was a Facebook storm, people were urged to boycott the shop, a crowd gathered, police came in.  Here’s the result: 1.  The notice from the shop’s management read: “We were under the impression that by law we were not permitted to serve under 18s and army personnel in uniforms cigarettes. BS,…

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