Posts Tagged ‘ warnings ’

Never Satisfied…

April 18, 2014 6 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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When You’re In A Hole, Stop Digging, Hans!

March 30, 2014 4 Comments
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The Nuclear Security Summit is taking place in The Hague today and tomorrow, and has brought leaders from 53 countries together to discuss ways of combating nuclear terrorism. The catering company responsible for feeding the leaders and delegates has made a controversial staffing decision: No female serving staff are working in the plenary room where the main talks are being held. Instead, only men over 25 have been given the…

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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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It’s All In The Definition, Maybe..?

March 14, 2014 5 Comments
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Violence against women is “an extensive human rights abuse” across Europe with one in three women reporting some form of physical or sexual abuse since the age of 15 and 8% suffering abuse in the last 12 months, according to the largest survey of its kind on the issue, published on Wednesday. And in some really odd places. Polly’s Scandi Heavens, mostly… The report ranks countries in order depending on…

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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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Why, Tanya? Because Godwin, Obviously…

December 30, 2013 5 Comments
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Tanya Gold, on the Roma: We know that some starved in ghettos alongside Jews; that some were gassed in death camps; that Anne Frank saw some Gypsy girls being herded to the gas chambers, and cried; that more, including very young children, were murdered in Josef Mengele’s grotesque “experiments” in Auschwitz, the details of which are too repulsive to detail here. The Roma call it Porajmos – the devouring. Why…

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Nice Try, But No Cigar…

December 4, 2013 9 Comments
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John Falzon on ‘inequality’: Disability advocates have long made the excellent point that the idea of “disability” largely depends on how we structure our society and our economy. If someone cannot walk up the steps we can decide as a society that it’s tough luck or even that they should be blamed for falling. On the other hand, we can be sensible and build a ramp. The same goes for other…

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These Are The Lives That Welfare Systems Create…

November 24, 2013 12 Comments
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Pity poor Lily, condemned to a life of drudgery by the welfare state’s tolerance of her mother’s failings: On Friday afternoons Lily commutes home from a boarding high school, a place for girls who have grown up in high-risk homes. It doesn’t get much more high-risk than where Lily lives, the Hunts Point section of New Yorks’ South Bronx. Walking, she remembers Jesse, her mother’s current live-in boyfriend, who is…

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Well,. Anyone Who Complains About This, Having Fled Their Home Country For Their Very Lives…

October 17, 2013 4 Comments
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…can be considered a false asylum seeker, can’t they? Some asylum-seekers have been waiting 16 years for a decision on their claim, the Home Affairs select committee has found, in a damning report on the state of the UK asylum system. Hmmm, 16 years in taxpayer funded accommodation in the West or torture and death in my home country? Tough call… The MPs said they were “alarmed” by the “sub-standard…

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Expect The Ratchet To Tighten A Little More

September 29, 2013 24 Comments
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The high court rejected the application by the man, known only as R, that he should not have to give a sample to officers working for Operation Nutmeg, which targets those convicted of serious offences before the collection of DNA records became routine. That operation is aimed, primarily, at clearing up unsolved historic crimes. This is a blow to true freedom, and a warning to us all. Yes, forget for…

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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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Well, You Have A Pretty Funny Way Of Showing It!

September 7, 2013 7 Comments
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Mr Szemalikowski said the school believes in freedom of speech … Right, of course. Sure you do. He’s free to speak, and you’re free to contact his prospective university and ‘alert the school’s on-site policeman’ (and just consider the implications of that!). Chilling effect? What chilling effect? … but he was prompted to act by other students who alerted him to the blog. Ah! An excellent body-swerve there! Someone else…

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Outsourcing Enforcement…

May 18, 2013 6 Comments
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Three cheers for the Black Horse Pub: … when hundreds of people enjoyed a fun day after a 5km walk to raise money for the Chartwell Cancer Trust. Among the revellers helping to pay for staff who work at the Chartwell Unit at Princess Royal University Hospital, Locksbottom, was 90210 television star Shenae Grimes. Three boos for the Black Horse Pub: Drinkers were casually enjoying a Friday night drink when…

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They Don’t Always Get Their Way

April 28, 2013 4 Comments
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At a licensing meeting held yesterday it was revealed how the authority area was now the second worst in Yorkshire and the Humber for such violence, with figures showing: Up to 40 per cent of arrests are associated with alcohol misuse – that is 140 arrests per month linked to alcohol abuse. Ah, those weasel words – ‘linked to’. We all know just how they use that phrase, don’t we? Of…

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But Phillipa, Doctor Doesn’t Know Best…

March 4, 2013 3 Comments
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Phillipa Perry (last seen whining about attitudes to disability) on those alcohol consumption figures and why we should just shut up and tell our betters the truth if we know what’s good for us: If we put to one side mistakes such as not knowing the actual size of a unit of alcohol, it is apparent that our concern to retain a certain self-image is more important to us than our…

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