Fun with facts

Apparently Channel 4 are showing yet another poverty porn series, which seem rather the fashion these days. This one is called “Benefits street” and has caused something of a stir – which is probably why they chose the title. After the first episode there has been all sorts of people claiming that the program is either highlighting a really important issue or cruel evil exploitation of honest working class people. Many people are claiming that it’s just fueling hatred and dividing people as some part of an evil Tory scheme, and that the program is distorting the facts. This has … Continue reading

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A tale of two walks – pt 2

It’s taken me a while to get back to this, but as promised previously here’s an account of the gathering of the “Million mask march” which took place later in the evening on the 5th. I first became aware of the plans for this march when I saw a post on FB which sadly I’ve lost the graphic of as it was rather amusing, calling for people to gather and re-enact a scene from a popular film. The virtual flyer tied it into a hodge podge of causes such as campaigning for a “chemical free Britain”, I’ve ranted before about … Continue reading

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There’s something about UKIP

I was going to write a different article, but then I read more articles from various political pundits and changed my mind, so instead you have a slightly rambling article which probably isn’t going to say anything new. We are thankfully now out of political conference season, not quite sure what purposes these conferences do any more other than raise funds and get the select parties free TV time but anyway. What’s been interesting is how much time the political punditry (which as I’m writing this, should include myself) have spent talking about UKIP. Every other parties conference seems to … Continue reading

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I feel a flyer/poster campign coming on

It’s Friday and this amuses me, really quite tempted to get a few posters and flyers printed for leaving around, would anyone want some? +1220   

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Puzzling about UKIP

Having recently been on my regular holiday to the lovely town of Whitby where I spent an awful lot of time in a pub, danced like an idiot and then got lightly singed (in short had a damn fine time) I’ve been way behind on the news and this whole local election malarkey. However I’ve now sort of caught up on all my news feeds and blogs and that sort of thing, and thus I’ve been reading an awful lot about those UKIP chappies. One interesting thing about catching up on about two weeks worth of news at once is … Continue reading

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Blog off

Following a rather dubious bit of political chicanery in the early hours, but not in a smoke filled room, our glorious leaders along with friends of Mr Huge Grunt have cooked up a typical mess of a piece of legislation to regulate “the press”. Of course this ignores that everything the press supposedly need to be regulated for was already illegal, and the editors and such could probably have been done on conspiracy charges, nope new legislation was needed #hackedoff insisted on it, and they got it and it went far beyond what Levesson proposed. It’s voluntary except if you … Continue reading

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Purile amusement

Not got anything terribly insightful or clever on this one (so no change there) but the juxtaposition of these two links on the book of face to day amused me terribly. Via a feminist connection we have: A campaign against page 3 – or more specifically naked breasts in the Sun. I do think the Sun is missing a trick by not just renumbering their pages so that they go 1,2,4 and thus satisfy all those campaigns against page 3 but that’s just my surrealist side talking. However the other link that was posted in close proximity was… The Sun … Continue reading

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Leveson calls for more pointless legislation

There’s been an awful lot written about the Leveson report, and I’m sure you’ve already read a fair chunk of it, so I don’t intend to say that much. The pointlessness of the whole investigation was summed up for me by this tweet from “The bard: The Bard (@TwitTwotBard): “Can anybody name one press wrongdoing identified by Leveson that wasn’t covered by existing laws? A law to say the press must obey the law?” As far as I’ve been able to determine, there’s not a thing the press are in trouble for that wasn’t already covered by existing laws. So … Continue reading

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What would Stalin do?

Over at Dizzy Thinks, there is a rather fine article asking if it’s time to apply the Stalin test once more. It’s well worth reading the whole thing, but it poses this very simple question, which I’ve paraphrased as “What would Stalin do?” being more eloquent he sums it up as: “The purpose of the question is to ask ourselves what the potential future enabling power of our actions might be. In fact, we don’t have to use Stalin. We could as easily use someone closer to home, our own authoritarian and totalitarian dictator, Oliver Cromwell and his puritanical zeal. … Continue reading

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The British tax system hate it or hate it

Thanks to other people posting things to the book of faces I stumbled across two rather differing views of the problems with the UK tax system. One from the Gaurdian that puts the blame largely on companies trying not to pay more tax than they have to and the other from the Telegraph who see the problem as being the system itself. From here I’d say the Guardian is doing an excellent job of describing the symptoms of the problems described by the Telegraph – I’m not sure I agree with what they seem to think is the cure though. … Continue reading

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