Culture

A tale of modern London life

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From a removalist review site: I am absolutely livid with a removal company we used after receiving a referral from an online site [removed] and i believe it is important to let you know before someone else experiences what we went through in the hope that you may be able to stop these cowboys. After […]

Comedy

No, I will not just ignore what Jo Brand said

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There are  lot of libertarians on the internet at the moment saying ‘We have to have free speech, so leave Jo Brand alone, just as we should leave Danny Baker and Count Dankula alone. Stop being a right-wing snowflake, butt out, and let people say what they want’. (See, for example, most of Spiked’s tweets […]

Police

Quote of the Day

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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, […]

Culture

From the department of ‘How dumb?’

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Woman complains about a dating agency. The complaint is reasonable. The naivety, however, is astounding: I spent £2,795 with a dating agency called Attractive Partners, which after five months has not found me any decent men.   I took the more expensive “headhunting” package because its excellent sales person told me there would be a […]

Commies

The Tiananmen massacre

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Communists are great people, aren’t they? Here’s a declassified cable from a British diplomat describing what happened (at least according to his sources) in Tiananmen Square in 1989: 5. FACT. ON ARRIVAL AT TIANANMEN TROOPS FROM SMR [Shenyang Military Region] HAD SEPARATED STUDENTS AND RESIDENTS. STUDENTS UNDERSTOOD THEY WERE GIVEN ONE HOUR TO LEAVE SQUARE […]

Politicians

Club World

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The Conservatives’ current head-in-the-sand mentality reminds me a lot of what happens sometimes when people are in a club, and the club becomes so big and important in their lives that everything is measured against it, and success means doing well in the club. If you become president of the club, for example, then you […]

Politicians

Pushing the envelope

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1922 executive committee is considering changing the rules again: Tory chiefs are considering changing party rules to prevent so many candidates standing in the race to succeed Theresa May …   The Conservative party board – its governing body – and the 1922 executive committee will meet on Tuesday to discuss raising the number of […]

Brexit

LibDem mania?

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The LibDems, until recently as useless as ever, will be getting all excited about this poll: Westminster voting intention: LDem: 24% (+6)Brex: 22% (+4)Con: 19% (-5)Lab: 19% (-5)Grn: 8% (+2) via @YouGovChgs. w/ 17 May — Britain Elects (@britainelects) May 30, 2019 They may be thinking that they can replace Labour as the prime left-of-centre […]

Humour

Rory Stewart emergency

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Rory Stewart is in my front room asking me questions in Arabic, and he won’t leave. Please send help. The children are terrified of him. Update: One thing I’ve discovered from our little chat is that Rory’s full name is Roderick James Nugent Stewart. That means that really we should be calling him Rod Stewart.

Education

Reasons not to be a tiger mum

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Anonymous pushy mother in the Telegraph: since Connor started his A levels, I’ve turned into one of those terrible ‘tiger mums’, micromanaging him 24/7. He goes to a good state comprehensive and hopes to study geography at university Geography? Why are you bothering?