11/11/11 11:00

While today’s time and date offer the potential for some light hearted fun with binary I’m more inclined to stick with the altered background theme of my own blog this week and go for something a bit more reflective. In…

Cameron and the Vichy UK

OoL is this evening reprinting an article by Edward Spalton, posted without comment below: With the approach of Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday our local paper ran a doubtlessly sincere article which attributed peace in Europe since 1945 to the…

And the Creatures Looked…

…from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which. –George Orwell, Animal Farm (1945) One of the things that makes us different from those…

Do they think they are stupid?

When the Tories came to power, they promised that they would do something about getting rid of criminal immigrants clogging up the jails. Well as ever, you can count upon the fingers of my nose exactly how many have actually…

The Micawber principle

“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.”   Which seems like a sensible way to run a household and even a country, however…

A perfect storm of stupid

So we’ve just had the Greens’ carbon tax rammed through with the support of the minority Labor government, and now it’s the plain tobacco packaging, which I read… …will pass the Senate with the support of the Greens. Is it…

Hey! Leave My Reserve Of Protected Species Alone!

Matthew Pennycook (Labour councillor in the London Borough of Greenwich and a trustee of the Fair Pay Network) on the government’s awfully ‘unfair’ ideas about social housing: If the coalition government, ostensibly wedded to the creation of “sustainable, inclusive, mixed…

GdF – EU Politburo

First hat-tipped by Witterings from Witney, the Telegraph bought in and this was an interesting one on the GdF: Spot the odd one out: Greek politicians defenestrate George Papandreou. Italian politicians prepare to defenestrate Silvio Berlusconi. In private, opposite politicians…

There oughtta be a law against it

Oh yes, a law. God forbid that we should sit down and think an important decision through rationally. That would never do, so having done something remarkably silly that we now regret we should demand that the state protect us…

A Poem for the Poppy Abusers

This land was built from Blood and Tears The sacrifice of 2000 years, The Romans came, the Vikings, too, So why would we be afraid of you? But mark my words and mark them well, It was 1066 since we…

Puzzle Corner #2

This is a fill in the missing word or phrase puzzle, and yes, being a deeply cynical sort of person will help. Put your ideas for what’s missing from the second paragraph in the comments, and no naughty googling for…