Charity

Quote of the Day

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From Diogenes in the comments (I’ve added some links):     For yet one more example of WTF is a Conservative Govt doing by supporting such an odious thing, take a look at this so-called charity – Fairshare Educational Foundation [HD: aka ShareAction]. The main areas of charitable activity are in campaigning and education of […]

Government

Loose change for trains

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There was a lot of excitement on Friday over the news that the Conservatives say they’re going to reverse Dr Beeching’s railway closures: Boris Johnson will reinstate local railway lines axed under the Beeching cuts in the 1960s as part of a package of measures to rejuvenate provincial towns. Some said it was a great […]

Culture

Coalditz

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I’m right behind all these people who want the coal mines opened again. Open all the old ones, and hundred new ones, I say! Ignore the climate change objections, they’re bollocks. Only question is… who’s going to work in them? Most of the old miners have got better jobs now, and they ain’t going back. […]

Government

Bang bang, lie down, you’re dead

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This is actually a good idea: German soldiers used broomsticks painted black instead of guns during a joint Nato exercise last year due to severe equipment shortages, it has emerged.   The incident took place during exercises for Nato’s rapid response force, formed in reaction to the Ukraine crisis, which is supposed to be ready […]

Government

How not to argue for HS2

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The Chairman of the Midlands Industrial Council, one Johnny Leavesley, tries to present a case for HS2. And does a piss-poor effort. He starts off acknowledging that the case against seems pretty good, admitting, for example, that “The sums involved are vast”. So what’s he got in favour? Our economy needs rebalancing. It is a […]

Government

The sideswipe

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I’ve now got around to responding to a question asked of me by commentator Penseivat in regards to the discussion about getting roads open quicker after accidents. (Penseivat seems to be a generally sound and sensible fellow who has posed me some genuine questions , so I owe him a proper response.) So, if you were […]

Culture

The modern primary school

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I visited a primary school today. Do you want to know if it lived up to the stereotype of a modern school or not? Well, the first thing I saw when I came in was climate change messages everywhere. Then I saw a noticeboard titled ‘STEM’, with a lot of papers pinned up on it. […]

Brexit

My EU

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I’ve come across a wonderful EU website that tells you all about the money they’re spending on their amazing projects in the UK, region by region. What a great resource. An alternative viewpoint is that what we have here is a useful website for showing you how the EU is wasting your money in the […]

Arts

Boomerang logic

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The working class insists on the middle-class ‘sharing the wealth’, without most of them realising that this means that the middle-class oversees the sharing of the wealth, which results in an awful lot of it going to the sort of middle-class people that the overseers like, and the feckless poor, and foreigners. There’s very little […]

Government

The King Kept Setting the Prince Impossible Tasks. (Actually, they were easy tasks. But the fat bastard couldn’t do shite.)

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Another Theresa May government minister starts preparing the way for more government intervention in the private sphere: Highly-addictive video games risk having a “damaging” impact on children’s lives, the Culture Secretary has warned after parents raised concerns about a hugely popular multi-player “survival shooter”. I propose the fairy tale response. You want to talk to […]