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Sunday, 22 November 2009

Money Money money

Brown has pledged £1 million to help Cumbria after the floods. Children in need raised £20 million.

A secondary school operating budget (80% spent on salaries) is £6 million

Brown's offer to Cumbria is a flyspeck, it wouldn't begin to replace a fallen bridge.

I can see that ordinary people can't get their heads around the sums of money involved in govt but Brown should have got it by now.





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Saturday, 21 November 2009

Anti-democratic bastards

1. Hugh Orde - elected commisioners will make police "political" and less democratic. WTF

2. Windbag Kinnock - Europe is too big and complicated to hold an election for president, it would be chaos.
America manages it!


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Paul Clarke - another thought

If I found a sawn off shotgun in my garden, I'd call 999 straight away, not touch it and wait for the boys in blue go come and take it away. I'm guessing 2 nice boys in blue would knock on my door and I'd escort them to the garden, they'd take it away and thank me for reporting it.

It strikes me I might be nieve here so here's the scenario Paul Clarke may have thought of: I call the police and report a sawn off shotgun has appeard in my garden. Two van loads of armed police in riot gear break down my door at 2am, handcuff me while naked having dragged from bed and roughed me up a bit. I protest and fight back, so they shoot me.

Perhaps I can see why Paul Clarke preferred to present it to a senior officer.


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Breaching a taboo

There is a lot of upset following Terry Henry's handball assisted goal that put Ireland out of the world cup.

Rules in football are broken all the time, especially considering what may or may not be a dangerous tackle, or whether a foul is professional or not. But handball is taboo, the foundation of the game. If other rules are changed, and they do get changed from time to time, remember screaming "Steps" at the ref when an opposed goalie took more than three paces while holding the ball? Doesn'tstter now. But handball is different, without the handball rule, football would be a different game, rugby maybe.

Is this is why the wailing is so loud?




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Sunday, 1 November 2009

Fraser in the NOTW on benefit culture

http://j.mp/eVamc Fraser Nelson on the welfare trap. The readers comments on the accompanying article show that folks don't get it - it is, as Deming would say, the system that drives the behaviour of the people. Hopefully this view of the welfare state and it's clients is gaining a foothold.

(shame about FN's idocy re AIDS)