Posts Tagged ‘ UK ’

Never Satisfied…

April 18, 2014 8 Comments
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I guess that’s why we call people like Frances O’Grady ‘progressives’ – it certainly isn’t their results! Employers told us it would cost two million jobs; rightwing politicians saw it as interference in the market; and even some trade unions thought the state should keep out of wage regulation. Not so long ago, the minimum wage was a minority cause. Fifteen years on from its introduction, politicians now compete for…

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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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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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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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They Don’t Like It Up ‘em!*

April 1, 2014 9 Comments
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Is this yet another CPS car-crash in the making? Dr Katrina Erskine, consultant gynaecologist and head of obstetrics at Homerton Hospital, Hackney, said she was angered by the case selected for the first prosecution because it gave a “misleading” impression of FGM, and risked deterring other doctors and midwives from giving appropriate care to affected women. This isn’t the usual ‘no! not us, we’re special!’ backlash from the medical profession,…

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Oh, You Shock Me. No, Really…

March 28, 2014 8 Comments
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Conflict is likely to grow between people using two pedestrian tunnels under the Thames and cyclists, skateboarders and rollerskaters breaching bylaws, a survey has warned. Well, really. Could have knocked me down with a feather. “Reducing ill-will between different users should be a priority in the newly-refurbished tunnels,” said the group’s media spokesman Dr Francis Sedgemore. “A bylaw prohibits cycling, skateboarding and rollerskating in both tunnels which are officially designated…

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Methinks They Do Protest Too Much…

March 26, 2014 3 Comments
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An item in the Daily Mail’s Ephraim Hardcastle diary has engendered a stiff letter of complaint from a leading academic. Hardcastle (aka Peter Mackay) wrote on Wednesday: “Newsnight’s Guardian-trained editor, Ian Katz, is keen on diversity. So, two women were invited to comment on the report about (white, male) American scientists who’ve detected the origins of the universe – giggling Sky at Night presenter Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Sri Lanka-born astronomer…

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Questions No Avid Book Reader Really Frets About…

March 22, 2014 10 Comments
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A week after publishing ‘The Public Voice of Women’, Mary Beard’s lecture on the silencing of women throughout history, the London Review of Books issued a pre-emptive defence of their own editorial policy on women contributors. The statement went out on an episode of Radio 4′s Open Book in which presenter Mariella Frostrup asked why women writers are reviewed less, and write fewer reviews, than their male counterparts. Who really…

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Dreamers…

March 20, 2014 5 Comments
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Peter Robinson on those irritating little things that are sent to try us… Once the transaction is complete, then comes the receipt. (And, in the case of WH Smith, numerous vouchers.) Would you ever return a coffee? How about a packet of Minstrels? Petrol? Bits of paper in my wallet right now, some dating back weeks, offer me this option. In the digital age the receipt feels like the most…

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Get ‘em Young…

March 18, 2014 4 Comments
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It’s a frequent theme in libertarian and right wing circles (pooh-poohed, of course, by the progressives) that the long march through our institutions is coming to fruition. This chilling little article in the ‘Guardian’ shows you just how deep the rot goes: Social justice is a topic ideal for use in the classroom as it touches on a wide range of themes including global citizenship, human rights and sustainable development.…

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Economic Reality: The Novel

March 16, 2014 3 Comments
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Weep! Weep for the authors! Ever since the credit crunch of 2008 writers have been tightening belts, cutting back and, in extreme cases, staring into an abyss of penury. Just like…everyone else? Yes, I believe so. Why should they be different, after all? Thomson remembers exactly when this party came to a stop. He was at a publishing do in the autumn of 2008 and had fallen into conversation with…

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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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Yes, Let’s All Become 18th Century Peasant Farmers!

March 4, 2014 13 Comments
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Mary Robinson (once president of Ireland, now full-fledged ecoloon) demands sacrifices for Gaia! Our planet is warming to a catastrophic extent, and the human race must step up. We must..? The divestment campaign – which originated in the United States and is now making its way across the Atlantic – is one shining example of what is needed to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Transforming our economic system to one based…

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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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