Posts Tagged ‘ bureaucracy ’

Well…Yes. Yes, It Does. What’s The Problem?

March 26, 2015 6 Comments
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A human rights lawyer has claimed that a potential ruling that would force a Christian bakery to bake a same-sex marriage cake could set a sweeping precedent – that could see a Muslim printer ordered to print images of the Prophet Mohamed or an atheist web designer forced to create a website about God. Oh dear. The inevitable angst as politicians suddenly realise that the laws they have campaigned for…

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If You Feel ‘Tricked’, You Must Be A Moron…

March 12, 2015 7 Comments
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…but don’t worry! Big Nanny State will sympathise and tick off the nasty company that dared to assume you were an adult capable of making their own decisions! There’s some small solace for all those who feel tricked into inadvertently taking out a £79 annual subscription to Amazon Prime: today the company has been rapped and accused of being “misleading” . Oh, good grief! The most high-profile victim was restaurant…

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But Maybe We Don’t Need The BBC Any More?

March 6, 2015 13 Comments
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Setting out the BBC’s stance ahead of negotiations over the renewal of its Royal Charter in 2016, Lord Hall said: “We’ve always said that the licence fee should be updated to reflect changing times. I welcome the committee’s endorsement of our proposal to make people pay the licence fee even if they only watch catch-up television. The committee has suggested another route to modernising the licence fee – a universal…

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How To Lose The Goodwill Of The British Public…

February 16, 2015 9 Comments
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A cat stuck up a tree, a seagull trapped in brambles and a cow stranded in a ditch may not get a free rescue from firefighters in future. Changes to the Localism Act now allows fire and rescue services to introduce fees and charges to animal rescue jobs – and faulty lift callouts – as long as they consult the public first. I’m confident that – should they carry out…

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When Art Goes Wrong…

October 12, 2014 6 Comments
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It was supposed to be a temporary celebration of Snowdonia and its local sheep-farming communities. But a 100-foot mural of a poem painted onto a cliff face which was supposed to come off in the rain, has now been described as nothing more than “graffiti” after it became “cooked on” after a hotter than expected summer. *chuckles* Permission was given by the National Trust, which owns the land, on the…

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I’ll Take ‘The Ministry Of Defence’ For Starters….

September 16, 2014 5 Comments
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An inquest heard the 28-year-old left a note stating he felt he had slipped through the net, while a worker for the Ministry of Defence admitted only 10 per cent of marines returning from duty were being invited to mandatory meetings to assess their health and well-being. Hmmm…. On August 28 this year, the newspaper was informed by Google that the story, published February 20 2012, had been removed from…

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Tough On Crime, Tough On The Causes Of Cr… Wait, This Is Actually A Crime?

April 26, 2014 3 Comments
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James Cranfield, 26, of Napier Avenue, Southend, denied seven charges accusing him of using photos of exotic animal specimens for commercial gain when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday. The pictures of three sea turtle skulls, a tiger head, a small and large mount of a leopard, an elephant foetus and five sawfish saws appeared on his Instagram account, a photographic social network, between May 1 and June…

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When ‘Inclusion’ Means ‘Takeover’…

August 12, 2013 10 Comments
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Parents of pupils at Rose Hill Primary School, in The Oval, were angered by a letter they received from headmistress Sue Mortimer. It informed them the halal meat, which involves slaughtering animals in a special way for consumption by Muslims, had been used in all school meals as part of the school’s inclusion policy. That’s…a rather strange idea of ‘inclusion’ isn’t it? More like… homogeneity. The letter said the reason…

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“Let’s Hold The Show Right Here!*”

April 6, 2013 12 Comments
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Friends of Joe Porter, 16, pictured, who died in February from a rare form of bowel cancer, had planned the charity event in Nailsea’s Somerset Square on April 13 to raise money for the #skydive4joe appeal. Around 100 people were expected to take part in the Harlem Shake which would have been filmed and shown on YouTube. How heartwarming! How noble! How…doomed to failure. Organiser Emma Robbins, a family friend,…

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A Multi-Agency Strategy Meeting! That’ll Solve Everything!

March 26, 2013 6 Comments
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Today one parent, who did not want to be named, said: “I am disgusted. I can’t believe she was allowed to live with a man who would do something like that and then come in to work with children. I don’t know if he has been into the nursery, but it is terrifying. It’s terrifying that this is a free country, one can have a relationship with whoever one wishes?…

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The ‘Guardian’ Never Met A Statist Intrusion They Didn’t Like…

December 30, 2012 10 Comments
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…especially if it’s for the chiiilldreeeeennnn! As the government prepares to introduce the new system, do you feel it is a positive step towards rooting out child abuse, or are you more concerned that the database will breach your and your children’s privacy? Bit of a loaded question, as the answers fall mainly into the ‘nothing to hide, nothing to fear!’ camps, gleefully monstering any dissenters as being incipient child…

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Now, How Can It Possibly Benefit The Mandarins To Have A Clueless Minister?

October 4, 2012 3 Comments
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New Culture man-at-Westminster Ed Vaizey: To emphasise this point he has decorated his office with items that signify his areas of responsibility; a framed tribute from the Brit music awards, a painting by John Hubbard and, in pride of place, the Oscar won by Cecil Beaton for costume design for My Fair Lady in 1964. He would like to make a further addition but, to his chagrin, his requests for…

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Anyone Who Thinks It’s ‘A Slim Chance’ Must Have Lived Under A Rock For The Last Twenty Years…

August 28, 2012 20 Comments
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…along with those slugs: The home-made solution contravenes regulations on pesticides, say officials.It means there is a chance – albeit a slim one – of vegetable growers receiving a visit and a heavy fine from the police. Has the ‘Mail’ gone mad? Chase bank robbers or catch burglars, or harass Mrs Miggins at No.25 on behalf of the EU? Hmmmm, it’s a tough decision… And just why has this edict…

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Microchips! Are They The Answer?

July 15, 2012 5 Comments
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Bullseye, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, fled his home in June last year. Every pet owners nightmare. But luckily, Bullseye was owned by a responsible owner: Mr Reid had his pet micro-chipped by Petlog so he would be reunited with Bullseye if he ever went missing. /cheer He was picked up by the RSPCA months after disappearing… Whew! A lucky escape for Bullseye and a happy ending. But…no. Far from it:…

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Never Mind War, James Brown. What Are Councillors Good For?

July 9, 2012 1 Comment
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Certainly not for serving their constituents: Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of Councillor Stephen Padmore, who has attended only two of the 33 meetings he was expected at from June 1 2011 to June 1 this year. And then there’s Cllr Madeliene Long… In the last six months of 2011, Cllr Long attended just three out of her 10 meetings, though she has upped her appearances this year.At last week’s meeting,…

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