Make Room! Make Room!

Guido has done a rather nice job of highlighting the hypocrisy of George Monbiot’s latest article suggesting that people should be “encouraged” to make sure as many people live in their house as possible. From his proposals I assume he’s recently discovered the works Harry Harrison, perhaps it was on telly over Christmas. So anyway I’m going to ignore the hypocrisy as that seems to be fairly typical of such pundits suggesting people be made to take actions they haven’t taken themselves. What puzzles me more is his idea of “housing footprints”, which he describes thus: “Your housing footprint is … Continue reading

Student tantrum revisited

As articles about the student protests/tantrums and the evil changes to their funding abound, I find myself increasingly confused by the whole matter. The Independent reports that only a quarter of the students are expected to actually pay off their loans, which would seem to put the whole change in funding firmly into the “book keeping trick” category, as the bulk of the funding will still come from taxes covering the loans but the government can at least claim it’s all loans. In the meantime apart from keeping the cost off the governments books for a bit it would seem … Continue reading

Dust settling on the student rampage

I’m afraid to say that the “small minority” of violent elements in the student protests and their “apologists and supporters have managed to remove what sympathy I had for their cause. I largely blame the students representatives and organisers who seem to have had no other campaign (at least in London) than walking on Parliament, and don’t seem to have had any plan on how to deal with and separate themselves from those amongst them that were intent on violence. Perhaps they might have had more luck if apart from marching they’d got friends and family to write to their … Continue reading