"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Sunday Round-up

General Sir Richard Dannatt on Operation Moshtarak.Will it work?”, and then there is the very proper question: “Will it be worth the inevitable human cost?” The answer to both those questions has to be “Yes”, and I will explain why."

Brown briefs Hitachi against David Abrahams "Associates of the Tyneside lawyer claim that Brown's fear of being linked with Abrahams will cost the region a fortune as all profits from his park are to be donated to local charities."
Brown's remake of The Producers: "He tried to help film-makers, but instead created a £5bn tax avoidance scheme for celebrities and bankers. 'A lot of films were made where budgets were artificially inflated, producers charged higher fees or films were never released. It became about financial engineering rather than film production...'
DfID 'invests' in brainwashing Britain: "The UK schemes paid for by the Department for International Development (DfID) include the teaching of 'global citizenship' to two- and three-year-olds in Devon; the establishment of Brazilian dance classes in east London; and a photographic project costing £180,000 in Brighton to raise awareness of climate change and poverty."
71% of Union members want a divorce. "Union members are sick of leaders pumping millions into the Labour party - and are demanding they sever ALL links with Gordon Brown."

The Euro:
Will greater EU integration be the solution to the problems of the eurozone?
Andrew Gilligan has a nice turn of phrase: Acropolis Now "van Rompuy was one of no fewer than five presidents of Europe in Brussels – and the real power lay with none of them. The people actually in charge were, as usual, the chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, and the president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy – and they disagreed about what to do, representing the two sides of what threatens to become a fundamental divide."
Portugal's woes and why it's looking to Brazil not Brussels.
Why Greece won't return to the drachma .  Essentially, a country can't withdraw from the euro without also withdrawing from the EU.  "Withdrawal from EMU without a parallel withdrawal from the EU would be legally impossible". 

Climate Change:
More scientists disagree with 'consensus'“We concluded, with overwhelming statistical significance, that the IPCC’s climate data are contaminated with surface effects from industrialisation and data quality problems. These add up to a large warming bias...”
More u-turns: Professor Jones ... conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now – suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon. And he said that for the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming.

Cameron's short-lists:
Why must everything be labelled? From Blair's Babes to Cameron's Cuties.
Though there's no denying Cameron has problems. "Officials fear that a damaging row could erupt in any other part of the country where a Cameron Cutie is not popular with the local party. And with almost half the original A-list of 100 now in a key seat – 27 in targets, 18 in safe seats – that is a lot of potential flashpoints."
Imposed short-lists blogged about here

The 'it's alright for some' section:
Blunkett used political clout to gain upgrades
'It's just another tax'  multi-millionaire pal of Mandy tells students.
The National Policing Improvement Authority should have their feet held to a bonfire of the quangos for spending £750m on a folly.

Doctor Who and the anti-Thatcher remit
2011 census in doubt as 'too many people mislead or lie' (plus demography is changing so quickly thanks to immigration that it's out-dated before it's published).
Panda buggered
Psychiatrists make us all crazy
Supermarkets' jumbo deals aren't always best value
No paint allowed on buses
No tea-drinking allowed


  1. Where is the post

    All that Glisters etc?

  2. Back in drafts, my furry friend. Would you like it reinstated?

  3. Two reasons: first, I think I post too much 'stuff' so sometimes do a cull and second, er, no other valid reason really. Still, what a panda wants, a panda gets - unless, of course, it's the right of Tibet to exist as a sovereign nation.

  4. What do you have against Tibet?

  5. I'm not golng to continue to tickle your tummy for much longer.

  6. You will not have the opportunity to do so.

  7. And on St Valentine's day too

  8. Why do you remove your comments on your own blog thread?

  9. Because I was too rude to you.

  10. Don't be such a petty Panda - did you not read the Sunday Round-up?

  11. That has nothing to do with Obamalamadindong and The Dalai Lamadingdong and more to do with the "rental" charged and attempts to renegotiate it.

    Not the only Zoo to send Pandas back.

  12. If they're all as bad-tempered and argumentative as you, I don't blame them really. I reinstated the 'All That Glisters' post for you, you bamboo-shoot-eating Scottish friend - what more would you like? Just read the post and then digest your shoots.

  13. Eats shoots and leaves.

  14. Haven't found the All That Glisters post?


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