Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Alibhai-Brown: A Dangerous Moderate?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 11:26 473 Comments

I read an article by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown in yesterday’s independent. I presume she’d describe herself as a moderate as she states she’s against the burkha. But while I found the article she had written to be interesting, and indeed thought-provoking, I found its conclusions to be somewhat dangerous. Basically, her premise is that many Islamic [...]

This was posted under category: Faith & Forteana, Life, Politics

Wootton And Co

Friday, January 8, 2010 7:50 14 Comments

Okay, there’s been a lot of things in the media recently about Muslims — it’s just a bit of a shame that the whole “protester” and “terrorist” aspects seem to have been shoved together by some sources who don’t seem to be able to tell the difference between those who want to raise a perfectly [...]

This was posted under category: Faith & Forteana, Media, Politics

ThePickards Awards: Parliamentary Tache Of The Year 2009 Finalists

Thursday, January 7, 2010 7:03 11 Comments

Tom Watson MP made a throwaway comment on twitter yesterday which introduced me to the idea of the Parliamentary Tache of the Year. So, at a time of year when politics seems to be even more back-biting and bitter than usual, and political bloggers are desperate to put the knife into someone on “the dark [...]

This was posted under category: Oddities, Politics

2009 Roll Of Shame

Friday, January 1, 2010 7:56 3 Comments

A lot of websites, magazines, bloggers, and indeed everyone else under the sun appears to be doing some sort of “celebrity death list 2009″ where we are all given the opportunity to laud Michael Jackson’s musical achievements whilst conveniently glossing over the accusations which dogged him for a number of years. And now 2009 has [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Politics, Ranting

**** The World, I Wanna Get Rich

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 7:11 4 Comments

Also known as the Copenhagen Summit. I’m not going to go into the scientific evidence for man-made global warming here. I’ve read arguments from both sides, and for me the crucial factor is that the vast majority of scientists, while they might disagree about the amount of man-made global warming, all seem to think that [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Politics, Ranting, Science

Politics, Sport and Sexuality

Saturday, December 19, 2009 13:24 16 Comments

I’ve covered the issue of homophobia in football before in quite some detail, and so was interested today to see someone in another sport come out as being openly gay. This is the former British Lion Gareth Thomas, who is something of a high-profile player (ninth highest ever test try scorer) even if at 35, [...]

This was posted under category: Equality, Newcastle United, Politics, Sport

Council Resigns After Blogger Criticism

Friday, October 30, 2009 1:08 183 Comments

Yup, pretty much what it says on the tin. Eleven of the fifteen members of Somerton Town Council have resigned, because they are fed up with being criticised by a blogger, leaving the Council without a quorum (and therefore new elections are required before any council decisions can be made). On his Muck&Brass blog, resident [...]

This was posted under category: Blogging, Politics, Public Sector, Standards

MPs Expenses Back Date Gate

Monday, October 19, 2009 10:57 4 Comments

I think on the whole point of whether or not our MPs were able to claim expenses that they should not have been able to has been done to death. These people are public servants, yet in some cases (because let’s be clear: it wasn’t everyone) were acting as public ‘masters’, claiming expenses out of [...]

This was posted under category: Politics

The TaxPayers’ Rebel Alliance

Monday, October 12, 2009 7:20 22 Comments

You’ve heard of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, right? They are the group who claim to represent the taxpayer, and whenever any publicly funded organisation spends any money on anything, they have something to say about it, usually complaining about the waste of public money that is coming out of the pocket of the taxpayer. Well, there’s [...]

This was posted under category: Media, Politics, Public Sector

A little bit of politics: if you want my vote…

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 21:15 6 Comments

…you need to have policies supporting tutu wearing space aliens. No, that’s only a joke, and besides which, I don’t think it actually made it as far as becoming a Manifesto commitment for the Liberal Democrats. It was just that now that we’re towards the end of party conference season, and the major parties have [...]

This was posted under category: Politics