I am not sure which rumour I would prefer to prove true. This one, or the recent one about bin Laden's death. Given the track record of this government on taking responsibility for its actions, I imagine he will refuse to resign, even if convicted. I can quite imagine the odious fake entertaining George W. Bush in his prison cell.
Theodore Dalrymple, as I fear I must do, has given up on his native land and retired to France. He writes eloquently, as always, on the causes of his disillusionment.
Does anyone really believe the government cares if speed cameras reduce accidents? They are so wedded to their automated tax-collectors that they would build more even if they increased road deaths.
Link: EU Referendum.
Any new medium, for a while, unites those who use it. Years ago, I had a pre-internet email account on a client’s global private network. We happy few “users” played with the new informal conventions of electronic communication. They were, in those days, shaped largely by the fact that most people “important” enough to have email had never learned to type. I could type and my emails were, in consequence,
famously notoriously long and grammatical.
Even after the internet made email commonplace, for a while it by-passed the employees who usually screen the “important” from the world. No longer. Now it is just as likely as the Royal Mail to bring garbage into your home or office.
Does anyone remember the CB radio craze? People with literally nothing to say could be heard on the airwaves saying precisely that. The medium was the message for a while, but eventually died for lack of content.
It seems to me that Kirsten Harms has profoundly insulted the religion of peace by assuming that a scene in the opera Idomeneo, in which the King of Crete brandishes the severed heads of Poseidon, Jesus, Buddha and Mohammed, would lead to Muslim violence.
Inspector Gadget has a 14 day grace period, but it seems his employers have discovered his blog. Why not head over there and leave some words of encouragement? I am very impressed by his reaction. Most wage-earners would have gone quiet until this was resolved, especially as his employers are obviously (as you should consider when composing words of support) now reading his blog.
Why don't we have TV interviewers like this?
The debate about "What is the point of the Green Party?" continues over at the Newsnight site, with toys being thrown out of Green prams at mild challenges to their orthodoxy. All quite amusing. My latest contribution is below the fold.
I am no Sun reader, but this is an article everyone should read. Well done Jeremy, and good luck with your fight.
Only in the blogosphere can one find quite such robust political imagery; Gordon Brown's appeal to the English electorate compared memorably to the unsubtle antics of a pig on heat, for example...