Merry Christmas one and all
...and if anyone's offended - tough!
An Englishman who went to live in Philadelphia only to be amazed on his return at how little Britain seemed to trust people. Now back rambling, ranting and winding up lefties...
There's nothing I can add to this. Read it. I agree with almost every word (bar the last paragraph).
So it seems that Labour's new year's resolution will be to give up spin and negativity.
And who said degrees should be Government-funded in the UK?!
If this is the best argument they can come up with in support of ID cards then I am convinced that I am right.
The Conservatives have made a monumental error over ID cards. As I have said time and again on this blog it represented an ideal opportunity to define what the Party stood for and to put clear space between ourselves and Labour, on an issue fundamental to traditional British civil liberties. It would have allowed the Party to put itself on the side of reducing Government interference not increasing it, and carve out a real strategic position of freedom from the state for your pocket and your personal life.
At the risk of sounding like an apologist for the vile and horrendous BNP, I am slightly concerned by the arrest of Nick Griffin. If he has broken the law then he, of course, deserves to be locked up. I will be much happier with him off the streets and with him not spouting his vile rubbish. That's not the point though, for I'd quite like to see Tony Blair and Tony Benn in the slammer too - but I don't think they should be and I don't think I have the right to decide on it.
I am disgusted at Conservative support for ID cards in the UK. Words cannot convey my seething anger. I shall post much, much more on this I am sure. At the moment finals dominate. Let it just be said I am very, very, very angry.
I love America. I absolutely adore Philly. So don't get me wrong as I could see myself staying here. There are still many things which both amuse and perplex me. From this comes the first of a new series...
This article irritated me. Obviously sexist abuse is wrong, but apart from Gillian Shepherd's anecdote, which clearly comes from some other age when she was first elected, is there anything actually sexist in there? Yes, there's abuse and banter, but is that all to be outlawed now? Were a female colleague to whisper to me, as I stood to make a maiden speech (God forbid) "You're flying low", I wouldn't take it as sexist. Irritating, maybe. Childish, maybe. But sexist!?
"And in news just in British comedians are speaking out about a law to outlaw jokes. It finds that people laughing could cause offence in communities that prefer to castigate themselves for enjoyment and blame all the ills of the world on that lot in the east/that lot in the west/ George Bush/sex [delete as appropriate]. This was not Not the Nine O'Clock News"
It's just a pity they couldn't have come up with a snazzier, more appealing name. Still, all in all a mighty triumph. The challenge, of course, is to use the efficiencies this bought to ensure all feel they're better off.
And they say we have to have identity cards as the only way to keep us safe in Britain...
Check out this spoof of the Scottish Parliament website: the website all in "Scots". No, that's right, not Gaelic, but Scots! It really is hilarious and shows the waste, in my view, of devolution to a body on too high a scale.
Interesting survey of British academics on the BBC website about who they think the best PM was. Not the most eloquent contribution in the history of the world, I must say, but I wonder who Edward from Philadelphia is?!