Category politics

The Beeb’s Breakfast

  The Beeb asked the Greens (Really quite reluctantly) Since Dave was being obstinate And really quite a pr*ck. We’ll put you out with Miliband Some Scotsmen and the UKIP lot, You can line up with the rest and say “I Disagree With Nick” The Greens said “Certainly” And went on the radio, Stuck their […]

The Age of the Individual

Where did it all go wrong? The age of the individual could have been a good thing. It was supposed to be a good thing, because the institutions the “individual” was supposed to be fighting against were giant soulless beasts and no one was rooting for them. The machine, the corporation, the oppressive state. So […]

Confirmation Bias

First thing you should know is that this is yet another post about being, you know, nice. Obviously, being nice isn’t very interesting and is rarely particularly amusing, so this post may struggle to achieve either. Apologies. Normal, cynical, hilarious service will resume soon. In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about confirmation bias. In case […]

Alas, Poor Google

I’ve kept pretty quiet about the whole data-theft-whistle-blowing-seeking-asylum-in-country-where-anti-government-journalists-just-get-shot mess so far for a number of reasons. Firstly, I’m not entirely sure where I stand on it. I’m not too bothered about my own personal data – hell, I hand it out like candy anyway – but I accept that other people have justifiable concerns about […]

Empathy, imagination and weakness

It’s so easy to laugh It’s so easy to hate, It takes guts to be gentle and kind…. I never thought I’d quote Morrissey here, but he’s right, isn’t he? When someone cuts you up on the motorway, or is noisier than you think they should be, or behaves in some way that inconveniences or […]

Stupid Stats

  A quick one this morning. The BBC is running a story about a campaign by road safety charity Brake to ban the use of hands-free mobiles on the road. They’ve a few studies and numbers to back up their campaign, and I’m not going to go into the rights and wrongs of it because in […]

Choice. Respect. Wibble.

This morning, the new London Gateway “super-port” opened for business. Lots of big ships will come and unload their fridges and cars and 50″ plasma TVs and rare and exotic potatoes, and because the population density is so high in the South-East of England, this will mean things arrive in the country that little bit […]

HS2? Don’t make me laugh.

You wouldn’t want to be running PR for HS2. Not these days. Every time you open your mouth to announce something good, it’s been spiked before you’ve got your first sentence out. So just last week, just as Government was sternly reminding Labour that the project needs cross-party support if it’s going to survive and […]

Press Baron Bingo!

Let’s play – PRESS BARON BINGO! Every time you hear one of the lies below, simply cross out the box. When you’ve got the lot, just comment below! Extra marks for getting them all from the same source – Roger Alton from The Times is off to a cracking start! The press weren’t consulted The […]

The beatification of the businessman

The world’s a very different place from the one I grew up in back in the late seventies and eighties. I’m not talking pace-of-life, or geopolitics, or technology, although obviously all of those things have changed beyond comprehension (which should give anyone who thinks they can predict what things will look like in thirty or […]