Posts Tagged ‘ the State ’

I Know There’s No Crying In Baseball…

December 10, 2014 2 Comments
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…but I didn’t think there was no political expression in football: The SNP politician was asked to respond to an incident at Tynecastle stadium before Sunday’s Hearts vs Celtic match. It was put to Mr Mason that a fan wearing a t-shirt with “Free Palestine” across it was questioned by police. He said: “I think that guy probably knew he shouldn’t be wearing that inside a football stadium. “We should…

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But Simon, The ‘Guardian’ Leads The Way On This Stuff…

December 6, 2014 11 Comments
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Simon Jenkins on the foetal alcohol syndrome court case: If poisoning your foetus with alcohol is a crime, why is it not a crime to abort it? If alcoholism in pregnancy is “attempted manslaughter”, as a QC told the court of appeal this week, surely abortion is murder. Well, yes. You aren’t the first to point this out, either. The motive for this week’s court case in London had nothing…

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Some Subsidies Are More Equal Than Others…

December 4, 2014 7 Comments
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Cheap TV licences will come to an end, under Labour plans – raising up to £1m a year for the region’s cash-starved police forces. The Opposition vowed to make applicants for TVs pay the full processing costs, after growing protests that they are being subsidised by taxpayers. Well, this won’t go down well with their voters, will it? Raising licencing costs for the poor, whose only pleasure in life is…

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Hey, Michelle, What Do You Think Of Hashtag Campaigns Now..?

December 2, 2014 4 Comments
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Hungry schoolchildren in the US are blaming the First Lady for their stomach-churning canteen lunches by hashtagging them under #thanksMichelleObama. Students have posted their photos of mystery slop and scant portions after Mrs Obama spearheaded the United State Department of Agriculture’s “Let’s Move!” initiative to crackdown on obesity by reducing fat, simple sugars and salt in school food. Oh dear, that went about as well as….well, as well as your…

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“Because If We Pass A Law, It’s ‘Problem Solved’, Right?”

November 30, 2014 2 Comments
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London Live asked every local authority in London if they are enforcing this, and their response ranged from the likes of Havering admitting they’re not keeping track, waiting for tenants to report rogue agents, to Merton and Richmond saying it’s only when they are made aware that they seek compliance. Astonishingly Kensington and Chelsea think the law is still going through the courts so it’s not clear to them which…

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What’s The Point In More Legislation When The Authorities Don’t Enforce The Existing Laws?

November 1, 2014 4 Comments
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A pensioner was hospitalised for three days after a crazed dog bit straight through his hand – and then savaged his beloved West Highland terrier. It was the second time that Henry Torz, from Kingstanding, had been attacked by bull terrier cross Bruno. Yup, of course, the authorities did the usual nothing when faced with a dangerous dog. On the first occasion, officers warned the animal’s owner to keep the…

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“We couldn’t be under that system any more.”

August 31, 2014 13 Comments
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Well, the system ain’t finished with you, Mr King… In the video, Mr King told how they had wanted to leave the hospital because the NHS could not fund the proton beam treatment that they wanted for their son. ‘We couldn’t take it any more – not knowing and not being able to question anything in fear that they say, “Sorry Mr and Mrs King, emergency protection order, you’re no…

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When You Pry It From My Cold, Dead, Cracker-Holding Hands…

August 21, 2014 8 Comments
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Many popular cheeses on sale in UK supermarkets contain high levels of salt, despite meeting government reduction targets as part of the drive to improve public health, campaigners have warned. This is, of course, our old friends CASH, aided and abetted by the BMJ. Cash called on the government to introduce much more challenging targets on salt reduction in cheese as a “cost-effective” way to improve public health and to…

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Why Worry? The Taxpayer’s Forking Out No Matter What!

August 5, 2014 9 Comments
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Queen’s Park councillor Salim Mulla said he was called to the scene, opposite the Tesco store in Hill Street, at midday. He said: “The protest group said the council had been instructed by the police to remove the banner. I knew nothing about it and merely came down to act for my constituents. “I spoke to the police and they confirmed the situation but said they were sorry it had…

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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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Why Isn’t John Pilger Shouting About This From The Rooftops?

April 7, 2014 2 Comments
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After all, he seems less than keen on stealing children when the Australian State does it. Or is it OK if the UK State does it? A unique High Court bid by social workers from Haringeyto break up a family by giving two young children new identities and banning their five older sisters and brothers from seeing them was stopped in its tracks by a judge today. Senior Family Division…

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They Are On The Run!

February 22, 2014 7 Comments
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The NHS delayed for at least six months a controversial plan to share data from people’s medical records on Tuesday following concerns from doctors and patients’ groups, acknowledging there was insufficient public confidence in the scheme. Well done to the campaigners, and I hope that Churchmouse’s blogposts on ‘Orphans’ helped in some small way. A delay so close to the proposed start of a major scheme is a significant embarrassment…

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Hitting The Ground Running On The Most Important Things…

February 18, 2014 Comments Off
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…that’s the newly-formed National Crime Agency: The National Crime Agency has issued a warning … About terrorism? Drugs? Fraud? … to users of “hook-up” apps like Grindr that they must take responsibility for checking the people they meet are above the age of consent. Oh. Right. Ummm…. …while the NSPCC said that it did not collect specific figures relating to such apps, it has seen a noticeable rise in calls…

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Yes, Yes, That’s What They All Say At First…

February 2, 2014 12 Comments
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…because they think we won’t remember all the other times the slippery slope yawned below us: …Ms Berger said Labour had no plans to widen the ban from cars to private homes. She said: “That’s not what we are saying, we are talking about the very specific issue of children in a car that don’t have a choice which vehicle they are in that are subjected to levels of toxic…

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I’m About To Do Something I Never Thought I Would…

December 28, 2013 15 Comments
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…and that’s defend David Cameron. The ‘Guardian’ gleefully recounts how he was ‘heckled’ as he visited a flood-hit village: Cameron was also heckled by Sean Matthews, 54, a tube driver who had given up on keeping his footwear dry and was striding around the village barefoot. “The people he is talking to, the Environment Agency and so on, they weren’t here,” he said. “I swam this road on Christmas Day,…

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