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From the comments: As a zoology undergrad & postgrad in Oxford from 92-99 I can confirm that Anderson was a first-class shit. Dick Southwood had created a world class group of ecologists and evolutionary biologists in the department. Giants of the field. Bob May, Paul Harvey, Bill Hamilton, many others. Being taught there was simply […]

Charity

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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 […]

Civil service

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From Bloke in North Dorset, in the comments on my post on Diane Abbot’s son James Abbott-Thompson: From my observations as a technical consultant for about 4 years, the fast-track scheme is about identifying women and ethnic minorities who might have potential and then testing them on different projects as a way to get more […]

Commies

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From Wood Elf in the comments: I actually did that ! Well, not as much seize the means of production, but rather, through work and thrift over 25 years I bought the means of production. And now this little person is the sole owner of his very own furniture workshop, full of machines and high […]

Environment

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From formertory in the comments: I know nothing of Messrs Momoa and Pratt (but I did watch GoT and so Khal Drogo) but I like to think I can generally spot a possible scam. So, to my eternal shame, I admit to Googling “Jason Momoa Chris Pratt friends”.   Lots of photographs of two bosom […]

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Jim, in the comments, with more on modern young people:     MYP: Its an abuse of my human rights that Brexit means I can’t travel freely round Europe. MYP: Climate change will kill everyone if we don’t stop all unnecessary travel.   MYP: Austerity is terrible and the poor can’t afford enough to eat […]

Boris Johnson

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Formertory in the comments: The continuing clearout of the Conservative Party puts me in mind (without wishing to be indelicate on a Sunday morning) of an episode many years ago when I had a colonoscopy. For 24 hours beforehand I had to drink a disgusting liquid intended to, ah, clear me out. The unpleasantness of […]

Politicians

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From Ducky McDuckface in the comments: [Ross Clark in the Telegraph:] “While Oswald Mosley may have gained some traction in the 1930s, he never came remotely close to power.” Oh, really? [From Wikipedia:] “Mosley then made a bold bid for political advancement within the Labour Party. He was close to Ramsay MacDonald and hoped for […]

Commies

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Aaron Lake Smith: The Soviet Union, it must be remembered, was a regime founded by freelance writers and editors. In other words, a nightmare. Nice. And there’s more: Pamphleteers, autodidactic theoreticians, critics, publishers of small journals, hot-­take artists, takedown artists, and failed poets who’d reinvented themselves as labor organizers—fractious and at constant war with one […]

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Martin, an empathetic, touchy-feely defender of Rory Stewart reaches out in the comments to heal the divide: “You won’t like Rory when he’s angry. Actually, you won’t like him when he’s not angry either, as he’s a prancing ninny.” What a pathetic caption , fuck off Social media

Police

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From Jim in the comments (regarding the inordinate time taken these days to reopen roads after road accidents, and the excuse that this is partly because so many agencies are involved): What you seem to have described is a lot of middle class people making work for each other, at the expense of the taxpayer, […]

Brexit

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Once again Jim in the comments saves me some time by expressing my own thoughts well: UKIP’s day will come, strangely enough Brexit is not its real issue now. The Brexit party is what is required to get Brexit, it’s a one issue party, it won’t survive that campaign regardless of whether we leave or […]

Brexit

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From Sam Duncan in the comments: I’ve thought for about three weeks that our only hope is for the EU to refuse an extension and, effectively, kick us out. Clearly the PM doesn’t want us to leave, or she’d have let us.   I thought it would happen with a veto at last Thursday’s Council, […]

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From Jim in comments: Social ostracism. Being ‘Anti-Eu’ when there was zero chance of us being anything other than in it was a position that held no danger for the people who these turncoats socialise with. ‘Oh Matthew, you and your Euroscepticism, you’re so funny, we’ll have to start calling you Nigel! More champers and […]

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Bloke on the M4 in the comments at Tim Worstall’s blog: I want a delay because every day, every vote, the Conservatives are going to lose people who will never return. 2 years would be perfect. Give Farage a nice bit of breathing space to destroy Conservative councils up and down England and Wales. Really […]

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John Duckett in the comments: Parliament rules because we give it consent through the electoral process. We gave quite clear instructions that the UK was to leave the EU. If they cannot or will not comply with those instructions then we must withdraw our consent to be governed by them. I am not advocating violence, […]

EU

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Jim makes it very difficult not to make his comments into a Quote of the Day… I was involved (as a farmer) in an EU funded scheme to try and develop a market for flax fibre in the UK, an early renewable resource if you like, this was 20 odd years ago. Some company got […]

Commies

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Jim again, from the comments: I’m convinced that the fall of the Eastern Bloc is responsible for a lot of this. I think a lot of the people who like controlling other people, who don’t really care what the ideology is they have to espouse, just that espousing it puts them in charge of other […]