Posts Tagged ‘ the State ’

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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‘Have You Got The Right Paperwork For That Rotting Corpse?’

September 21, 2013 2 Comments
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Groaning zombies will not be lurching along Brighton’s streets this year after an annual march was cancelled. The Beach of the Dead parade will not go ahead in October due to spiralling costs and safety fears. Sing it with me! ‘It’s ‘elf n’ safety gawn mad…’ Kate Amer, who led the first march in 2008, blamed an increase in stewarding and medical costs and event insurance for the decision to…

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Some Common Sense At Last?

September 13, 2013 2 Comments
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Finally, a welcome u-turn: Dog owners will be safe from prosecution under revised dangerous dogs laws if their pet attacks someone trespassing in their home – even if the “intruder” is doing a good turn. Ministers say dogs cannot be expected to “ascertain the intentions” of those entering a property before reacting. Quite. But the actual boundary of the property is, it seems, flexible: In a response to MPs on…

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Yearning For The Smack Of Firm Government..?

September 1, 2013 8 Comments
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Christina Patterson is, oh, yes, she is… We know what makes people fat. It’s bad diet and not enough exercise, not cooking properly and not eating enough vegetables, and eating too much sugar, and drinking too many fizzy drinks. And it’s growing up with parents who don’t care enough about what you eat. Philip Larkin was right, I suppose, Christina? Certainly the state should do more. Oh, I’ve no doubt!…

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Protecting Society From The Scourge Of….Flakes In Ice Cream?

August 20, 2013 6 Comments
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This is why you must pay your council tax, folks: Despite good weather, it has been a bad week for Sussex’s ice cream sellers. One trader has been warned he could face eviction unless he stops serving cones with a flake while another has been banned from playing his jingle. OK, yes, the jingles can be annoying, but…what is the issue with flakes? Alex Mills, 23, has operated milkshake bar…

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Give Us More Money Or Granny (And The Road) Gets It!

August 18, 2013 5 Comments
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Local authorities will be forced to cut spending on infrastructure and social care to support households losing out through the government’s welfare reforms, according to a study on the impact of benefit changes. Looking at the state of the roads in my local area, I fail to see just what ‘less spending’ might look like, frankly. Sharon Taylor, chairwoman of the LGA’s finance panel, said councils would be forced to…

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Well, It’s Rather The Same Problem As The ‘Just Say No To Drugs!’ Campaign…

August 16, 2013 5 Comments
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The British Heart Foundation is very concerned that the lifestyles of modern children are setting them up for serious health problems in later life. Large numbers are in danger of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) as adults if they continue to skip meals and sport in favour of watching TV and drinking fizzy drinks, it says. … The data, published on Monday, suggests there has been little improvement in eating,…

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Back In 19th Century Russia, They Went About Their Pogroms Rather Differently…

July 14, 2013 Comments Off
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…here, it’s all very…English: While the council insisted residents could choose to stay, a report drafted ahead of Monday’s cabinet meeting shows it expects all elderly tenants to have left by 2016. The projection is partly based on the assumption current tenants will opt to leave once families move in. Once they see the sort of families the council has in mind, I expect they will. Paul Phillips, secretary of Gillett,…

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Do Standards Even Matter Anymore?

July 6, 2013 6 Comments
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Do Standards Even Matter Anymore?

I was sent these two pictures by a friend who knows I love hate such things: These two professionally-deigned and printed, lovingly laminated signs were affixed to just about everything that didn’t move, totally oblivious to the grammar crimes committed therein. I guess first impressions no longer count? Intrigued, I looked up this bunch. It is, according to the website they’ve had set up, “A community led street redesign project with Sustrans in Barking…

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“We’re Sorry, All Our Activists Are Busy Celebrating The US DOMA Decision…”

June 30, 2013 2 Comments
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“…would you like to leave a message?” The pair met through Love Leap, a dating website. Although users must be 18 to register, Anthony was able to set up an account under the tag ‘young, sexy gay’. And met a man, which is the purpose of these sites. And exchanged texts. Which, unfortunately  were discovered by Anthony’s pregnant girlfriend. Detective Sergeant Richard Horton, of Lancashire police, said that although Anthony’s body was not found…

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