Grow the economy…

I was more nuanced in my sodding explanation of daffodil bulbs to Rachel, when we filled the planters. She is 5. This cannot be mainstream discussion about the economy. Really.

Murdoch Newsnight…WTF?

I am watching it, open mouthed. I think he has misunderstood. Now that this has been exposed, it doesn’t mean he can so obviously treat our elected representatives as extensions of his communications team. The point was, we know now, you have to sort it out. Not, oh well, they already know so Louise Mensch…

Originally posted on sturdyblog:
Equality is too important to be used as a detachable beard. For a solid eight hours yesterday – and a few besides this morning – Louise Mensch went around every television studio that would have her, grasped every microphone on every lawn around Whitehall and voiced her support for Rupert Murdoch. She…

Uncritical normalcy.

A term to remember when trying to describe how our media approached this period of our history.  

Niall Ferguson

Sulking cos the US is showing signs of moving away from savagery. Bless.

‘Death of the liberal class circa 2012’

Toby Young getting #sunnyknifedken trending on twitter, because Sunny Hundal changed who he votes for howevermanyieth time…..and it worked…. Boris should start his victory party now… The Liberal Class was always a handy catch all term to describe a section of our political class who fulfill a function. In 2012, we get to watch the…

To be fair to the left…

…misogyny had to define them, so they could play at opposing within a misogynist political system. They were never any use to neo liberalism without it, which would have made it a useless media and politics entry ground. You can see why self – preservation led them to putting it on the backburner. Besides it…

Getting angry at patriarchy…

I really don’t have the energy to be angry at patriarchy on top of everything. I am going to chuckle, patronise it, and tell it to toddle off from now on. Louise Mensch has just found herself at the end of what happens when the left let their innate tribal misogyny loose. I don’t like…

Editing, links, and facilities.

My internet is still off, so am writing at home. This may mean some posts need editing, links adding. I will get round to them eventually, but a bit of a forgiveness probably wouldn’t go amiss fora few weeks…

Syria. The end of war pretexts supplied and delivered by media.

The economic sanctions that have been imposed on Syria, are apparently insufficient to turn the Syrians into revolutionaries. Businesses and people are accepting they have to work around them, obtaining goods from China and other parts of the world. The sanctions stand accused of causing a decline in the value of the Syrian pound, and…

Random thought about ‘the left’ and ‘Islamist parties’ in the Middle East.

A new favourite has surged forward in the race for the Egyptian presidency. Abdel-Moneim Aboul Fotouh, who is an Islamist moderate and former Muslim Brotherhood group leader, from a group once outlawed as militant. I don’t obviously know anything about the candidate, but something struck me. The Muslim Brotherhood have been the happily function wheel…

Bureaucracy, soup and supermarkets

To sell soup on a local market here, you need to undergo a variety of (reasonable in more balanced circumstances) checks as a catering provider. After filling out a carrier bag full of forms which reduce every recipe you may possibly use, down to each possible ingredient and cooking technique and process, you may be…