The prime minister is a godawful cricketer, and the way you can tell is that he’s trying to show technique when just moving your feet and whacking the fucker would do far better. https://twitter.com/Number10press/status/303477789837910017/ His head isn’t over the ball, his eyes aren’t on the ball, he’s forward while playing a back foot stroke, his…Read More In the style of a national newspaper columnist
This is the post Tim Montgomerie wouldn’t have In London alone, the annual flow of Local Housing Allowance into landlords’ pockets is over two billion pounds. The taxpayer is forking out with no expectation of getting anything for it. But the policy of radically reducing the LHA valuations, from the 80th to the 30th percentile…Read More A Tory Case for the Simple Plan
OK, so this is the extended 12″ jacking tech-house hot wax remix of the piece at Liberal Conspiracy. It’s October, 2013. As unseasonable snowfall turns the streets into a fairy wonderland and the transport system into a Pratchettesque mess, police are herding the last holdouts out of the Elthorne Estate in London, N19. Homeless shelters…Read More The Simple Plan: The Definitive Statement
So I searched for the following address on several popular mapping sites: Dos Trece, Calle Carme 40, Barcelona, Spain OpenStreetMap‘s gazetteer search is reliably hopeless and this occasion was no exception. It returned nothing. Microsoft’s Bing Maps did worse than that, much worse, as you’ll see if you click the link – it directed me…Read More Whoops, there goes the Chinese embassy
Fraser Nelson apparently believes he has some standing to complain about other people’s accounting. He is very angry about a Tory party political broadcast in which he says David Cameron “tells porkies”. In fact I count 12 occasions in which he accuses the prime minister of lying. Further, he says: Financiers are, quite literally, prosecuted…Read More Fraser Nelson: Hack
Speaking of political reptiles, here are some more, dinosaurs this time: One female Conservative MP tells a story about how, in the weeks after the influx of new female Tories into the House of Commons at the last election, some of her male colleagues struggled to tell them apart. Instead they resorted to calling any…Read More The Guardian is not a good newspaper, it is merely the least bad newspaper
Sunny Hundal has a go at this rather floppy interview with Paul Staines. The interesting bit is right at the finish: “I think the internet means you can raise funds online in a different way. Labour goes to the union barons to get big cash-flows; the Tories go to the City. But I think the…Read More Paul Staines Has a Website
If this government had an aesthetic, it would be the YBAs’; sheep chopped in half in formaldehyde, everyone I’ve ever slept with, yadda yadda. Being “shocking”, in a highly conservative and derivative way. I submit that it is no coincidence that their biggest patron was Maurice Saatchi. Of course the great threat to the professionally…Read More If Damien Hirst was in government nothing would be at all different
So, reading the LSE Growth Commission report. There’s the usual stuff about infrastructure, and they want both an infrastructure bank and an infrastructure planning commission (I remember that!) and crappy provision for small and medium-sized firms’ financing needs, hence a KFW-analogue. So far, so radical consensus. There’s also a weird fetish for academies; apparently we…Read More Our economic future: Other.
The woman who I am obliged to call “Crazy” Janet Daley is making sense: So what must we conclude? That, if anything, he [the prime minister] may be too facile with language and arguments? That, like a very bright but vaguely lazy student, he can pull out a gifted verbal performance when it is absolutely…Read More this is grass. we’ve been eating grass!