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The Grauniad on UKIP

September 20, 2012 12 Comments
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Martin Kettle waxes on about the rise of UKIP. There’s nothing sensational about what he says. UKIP’s success is primarily down to the failure of the Tories to look after their core vote. EU Scepticism is not so outrageous as the media would have us believe, so the drift from a party that has moved to the left and exhibits subservience to the EU project is hardly surprising. Farage’s party…

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Whodathunkit?

September 16, 2012 3 Comments
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More people would support a political party that pledged to stop all immigration or promised to reduce the number of Muslims than one that encouraged multiculturalism, a survey conducted in the wake of the Olympics reveals. This is news, apparently Tags: statement+of+the+obvious, no+shit+sherlock, immigration, muslims, islam

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Protectionism, Yeah, That’ll Work

September 16, 2012 3 Comments
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One of the ways in which you can recognise a statist is that they will always see the state as the answer to all the world’s problems. And so it is with the apparent unfair treatment of British hauliers over their continental counterparts. Foreign lorries are to be charged up to £1,000 a year to use British roads – in a bid to benefit domestic hauliers. The fee will also…

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Some Good News

August 27, 2012 12 Comments
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Police chiefs have admitted there are flaws in a “big brother” surveillance system that enables them to track and store the daily journeys of millions of motorists. The police chief who co-ordinates the growing network of more than 5,000 roadside cameras, which records the whereabouts of 16m vehicles, said the network was patchy and left”large gaps in coverage in various parts of the country”. I suppose we should be thankful…

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And This is a Bad Thing?

August 26, 2012 10 Comments
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“New technologies,” Sunstein has suggested, “including the internet, make it easier for people to hear the opinions of like-minded but otherwise isolated others.” This from another whingeing journo complaining about the Internet poisoning public debate –  this time Peter Beaumont in the Observer. I don’t see Sunstien’s observation as a problem, although the creatures over at the Groan clearly do. Anyway, as far as teh interwebs is concerned, they are…

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Must Do Better

August 22, 2012 7 Comments
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More than 100 quangos have been axed and a further 90 merged into other bodies since the coalition came to power, ministers have said. That leaves about 800 still to go. What is taking them? Tags: quangos, bureaucracy

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More Than A Third

August 20, 2012 15 Comments
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Apparently, more than a third of Britons support draconian government censorship a plan to block porn. Wow! More than a third, eh? Sound like a lot of folk really are happy to have hmg decide what an adult may view on his or her laptop. Well, not necessarily, cobber: The survey, which polled 2,000 UK adults… Okay, read no further; it’s statistically insignificant bollocks on stilts. More than a third…

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Thank God That’s Over

August 12, 2012 27 Comments
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Or is it? That corrupt junket, Lord Coe’s appalling, expensive and wasteful vanity project, may have finally come to an end, sparing us the wall to wall coverage, but the “legacy” is to continue. Not that we want a “legacy”, but we are going to get one because the politicians; venal, corrupt and vainglorious little shits that they are, like to hang on the coat tails of such unpleasant events to…

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In Which I Disagree With TNL

August 8, 2012 11 Comments
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The Nameless Libertarian and I share opinions on many things libertarian. We agree on such things as liberty, religion and all that 9/11 stuff. However, today he takes a pop at OoL over at DK’s and I just have to offer a riposte. He is taking issue with Sackerson’s post regarding drugs. I agree with him that Sackerson’s position is not only illiberal, it defies the lessons of history and is…

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All of a Twitter

August 5, 2012 30 Comments
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Calls for Twitter to clamp down on so-called “trolls” sending abusive hate messages via the social networking site intensified yesterday after a string of high-profile attacks on famous names including the diver Tom Daley. Coronation Street’s Shobna Gulati, and the Conservative MP Louise Mensch. Even the father of Daley’s internet abuser said the company needed to take action to stop the disturbing practice. Sigh… The hard of thinking are out…

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Unexplained?

July 29, 2012 9 Comments
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Det Con Rachel Jackson said officers were treating the man’s death as unexplained. Really? He took an angle grinder to an oil drum full of fumes. Entirely expected, I’d have thought. One for the Darwin awards. Tags: humour, general+silliness, sunday+sillies

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Tax Twaddle

July 26, 2012 8 Comments
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Colm O’Regan is a comedian, apparently. If his writing is anything to go by, he isn’t very good at it. It’s been a taxing few days. Advisers who promote “aggressive tax avoidance” have been berated by the British government. Meanwhile a new report claims there could be $21tn (£13.5tn) stored away worldwide in offshore accounts. My reaction to this story is twofold. Firstly, it is likely to be nonsense on…

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Morally Wrong?

July 24, 2012 8 Comments
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Paying cash is morally wrong according to the morally bankrupt politicians. Treasury minister David Gauke has said it is “morally wrong” to pay tradesmen such as plumbers, builders and cleaners in cash in the hope of avoiding tax. He argued the practice came at “a big cost” to the Treasury and meant other people had to pay more. Where to start with such utter cack, eh? Firstly, if I choose…

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Salt of the Earth

July 24, 2012 13 Comments
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Barely a day goes past without the food fascists berating us over our eating habits –  as if it is any of their business anyway. Once again, salt is on the menu. It causes cancer, apparently –  along with all the other scary things it does. eventually, everything reduces itself to causing cancer. It’s the big scary monster the health fascists always use when scraping the barrel tying to petrify…

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Mass Medication on the Menu Again

July 19, 2012 9 Comments
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There is a trend that has been bubbling away for a long time now and every so often the news agencies publish a puff pieces about it; mass medication of the old fogeys. Every year up to 200,000 people die of cardiovascular disease but if everyone in the UK over 50 took the pill that number could be more than halved, according to scientists from Queen Mary, University of London.…

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