Tag: Just bloody think about it will you?

Worms Start Turning…

Peter Preston on the double-standard relating to school attendance: Parents are responsible for making sure their children go to school. Headteachers say so; ministers say so; the law says so. If your child is registered to attend a school, then…

When Is It OK To….

…sneer at the names children are given by their parents? I ask, because, on occasion, I hold my nose and take a peek at the ‘Guardian’ educational pages, where one sometimes finds articles like this one: In my roles of moral icon,…

“Freeze Dirtbags! Decency Squad!”

“Ya’all play nicely on this here ‘Twitter’ thing, OK?” …a comment attributed to an account called KevinRooney1 appeared online. It said: “After what Villa fans were singing about Aliou Cisse’s family when majority died on a cruise I couldn’t care…

It Was The Adverts Wot Dun It!

The Riots, Communities and Victims Panel, set up by David Cameron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg in the wake of the riots, will highlight the role of big business in creating a damaging consumerist culture in some of the…

The Arrogance Of ‘The Artiste’

Dorian Lynskey (music writer for the Guardian) cheers on the rude, bite-the-hand-that-feeds ‘artiste’: Ten days ago a concert-goer at the Cedar Cultural Centre in Minneapolis made the mistake of shouting out a sarcastic request for the Knack’s 1979 hit My…

More Bonkers ‘Research’

Dr Chris Chambers, from the University of Cardiff’s School of Psychology, said the results should be viewed with ‘extreme caution’. He said: ‘We don’t know whether the drug influenced racial attitudes only or whether it altered implicit brain systems more…

The Law Works Like This For A Reason

…terribly sorry if that inconveniences you in your day-to-day work, but hey, that’s just too bad: Frustrated police officers are being forced to give stolen goods back to suspected thieves because they can’t prove they have been taken. That should…

Quote (and other things) of the Day

From, not surprisingly, The Daily Mash. Ed Miliband cost Britain the best part of a billion pounds yesterday. The Labour leader’s brave, popular stance against RBS bonuses led directly to the bank losing £900m of its value as investors reckoned…

So easy to become that which you hate

From Wikipedia: The Nazi book burnings were a campaign conducted by the authorities of Nazi Germany to ceremonially burn all books in Germany which did not correspond with Nazi ideology. From The Telegraph: Virgin Megastores have been forced to remove…

Climbing Aboard The Media Tiger (Pt II)

An angry mob gathered outside Jonathan Bloomfield’s home in Stanley Street, Grimsby, after footage of him abusing 18-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier Butch was posted on Facebook by a neighbour, as reported. And last Thursday, Grimsby magistrates banned him from keeping…

Climbing Aboard The Media Tiger (Pt I)

A teacher at the Ashcombe School has been criticised for comparing a deprived region of Romania to a Dorking housing estate. Oh..? Pupils were watching a video about the school’s charity work, which includes sending Christmas shoeboxes full of gifts…

Can Cameron really be this stupid?

Content warning – much like my last one this post has again been written under the influence of a descending red mist and contains more bad language and horrible oaths caused by the latest dribblings of the British Prime Miniscule.…

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…