Posts Tagged ‘ Self righteous pricks ’

Gary Blasi Is Shocked, Shocked, To Find Hypocrisy Is Going On…

April 20, 2014 No Comments
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…over the proposal to criminalise sleeping in cars in some US areas: One finds the “vehicularly housed” in virtually every neighborhood, including my own. But the animus that drives anti-homeless laws seems to be greatest in the wealthiest cities, like Palo Alto, which has probably spawned more per-capita fortunes than any city on Earth, and in the more recently gentrified areas like Los Angeles’ Venice. Goodness me! How odd. You’d…

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To Be Sure, ‘tis A Rare Old Ding-Dong…

April 16, 2014 6 Comments
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Popcorn and a pint of Guinness please! The Equality Authority and travellers group Pavee Point have both called for the article to be withdrawn. However journalist Brenda Power this afternoon defended the article on RTE’s Liveline, condemning the Equality Authority for attempting to ‘shut down debate’. This’ll be good! Martin Collins of Pavee Point defended the group’s criticism of the column. “The article is full of generalisations, assumptions and stereotypes.…

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Private Property Is Private Property No Matter Who It Belongs To…

April 12, 2014 8 Comments
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There was a great deal of unwarranted hysteria on Twitter yesterday over this case: The abuser, a church-going professional in his 50s, has requested the return from police of his computer and phone which are understood to contain family photographs taken during the eight years that he was in a relationship with the victims’ mother.The children are said to be highly distressed at the prospect of the images being returned…

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More Collective Punishment! It’s For Our Own Good!

April 9, 2014 8 Comments
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Supermarkets and off-licences are being banned from selling alcohol in areas where ambulances are frequently called to drink-related emergencies. And we all know how having a small sherry before tripping over a kerbstone magically logs you as having had ‘a drink related incident’, don’t we? Sainsbury’s had an application to sell alcohol from 8am-11pm at its store at 91-93 St John Street refused last April. Residents complained of revellers “pre-loading”…

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You’re Right, Unnamed Harrow Resident, It Is ‘Utterly Barmy’…

April 5, 2014 1 Comment
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…but not for the reason you give: One Harrow resident said: ‘We live in a society where a cabbie can be told not to fly the St George flag in his car or people can’t display them in offices. And yet this guy gets away with posting a picture of Saddam Hussain in his window. It is utterly barmy.’ You should be standing firm with him and demanding the same…

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Pointless Gestures, For The Children!

March 12, 2014 10 Comments
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A council has banned new takeaway businesses from opening near secondary schools before 5pm on weekdays. Town hall bosses say they have acted to protect youngsters as some single meals from takeaways can contain almost an entire calories allowance for an adult. Only some youngsters, clearly. No need to worry about the others: The change to planning regulations applies to new businesses opening within 400 metres of high schools and…

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What’s To ‘Respect’, Tom?

March 10, 2014 6 Comments
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Tom Ballard demands ‘respect’ while not showing any. As usual. …I’ll be thinking about those words as I tear up at the many thousands of punters who travel across the country and the world to line Oxford Street, brandish rainbow flags, cheer and try to avoid being hit in the face by the free condoms that rain down like lubricated hailstones. The event is Mardi Gras in Sydney, and it…

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#FirstWorldProblems Are Going Down The Pan…

March 6, 2014 9 Comments
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…literally, as Emma Brockes relates: Many years ago, I went to Venice to interview Meryl Streep about her role in The Devil Wear’s (sic) Prada. The film festival was on and the city overrun with attendees wearing wristbands, permitting them varying levels of access to venues. One of these was a toilet in the suite reserved for the interview, which, Ms Streep was assured as she entered the room, was…

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“We’ll Riot If You Try To Prevent Us Rioting!”

March 2, 2014 14 Comments
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A classic response from that great thinker of our time, Diane Abbott: The introduction of water cannon to the streets of London would be a public order disaster. If politicians were perturbed by the violence they saw on the streets in urban areas in 2011, it would be as nothing compared to the disorder that agreeing to the request by the Metropolitan police for water cannon could provoke. Ummm, yeah.…

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Sorry, Helena, But The Judges Have Spoken…

February 26, 2014 2 Comments
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Helena Kennedy (Labour peer) spouts off: Our riled security services’ transparent intimidation and interference with Miranda is shocking. But it’s also important that we use his case to shed light on the murky everyday reality of schedule 7. The power is consistently used to target minorities – you’re 42 times more likely to be stopped if you’re Asian than if you are white… All those poor Chinese/Thais/Vietnamese, eh, Helena? Yesterday’s…

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Almost Half Of Londoners Are Cretins Then…

February 24, 2014 6 Comments
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Despite an announcement by the Mayor that “rogue lorries” will be stopped from entering London or fined if they do not have compulsory side guards and cyclist-friendly mirrors, 45 per cent of those living in the capital think there should be blanket ban on all HGVs in the busiest parts of the city. Which has drawn the expected scorn. How do these people think deliveries get made, essential work gets…

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Maybe You Should Have Checked Out A Book On Property Rights?

February 8, 2014 Comments Off
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An Oxford college has been accused of cultural vandalism after a pop-up library was allegedly destroyed and thousands of donated books left strewn in the street. Well, if they were all copies of ’50 Shades Of Grey’, no harm done… But what’s a ‘pop up library’ anyway? The community hub, which included book shelves and a gazebo, was set up outside Kensal Rise Library two years ago after Brent council…

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Oh, Miranda, Who’ll Read You In 50 Years Time?

January 31, 2014 8 Comments
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Miranda Carter on ‘colonial’ literature (translation – all those cracking books you read as a child): Adventure stories set in the British empire are now so unfashionable they don’t even have a name, even though they are a distinct genre. These stories told big, primal tales from the frontier, or what Arthur Conan Doyle called in The Lost World, “the big blank spaces in the map”. They provided a vast,…

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The Real Reason, Or Just A Hidden Benefit?

January 27, 2014 9 Comments
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Henry Dimbleby on the implementation of his ‘free’ school meals for all idea, the School Food Plan: My co-author, John Vincent, and I visited more than 60 schools while writing the plan and saw what a huge difference extending free school meals can make. … “Our children did better in exams,” one County Durham head told us. “At the same time, the culture in the school improved in subtle but…

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“Little Boxes, Little Boxes…”

January 25, 2014 7 Comments
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Owen Hatherley frets over housing space: How much space should we be expected to live in? Some institutions – the Homes and Communities Agency, the Greater London authority – have talked about resurrecting minimum space standards, which, like rent control, is entirely normal in the rest of Europe. … What has been lost in all of this is the idea that space is a right, a good in and of…

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