The North Koreans are attention-seeking again, flaunting the possible launch of some sort of rocket that possibly might be the putative Taepodong-2 ICBM. And, apparently, the US government is thinking of shooting it down with their ballistic missile defence system. Well, system. Experimental test rig would be more accurate. This is incredibly stupid. Fortunately for…Read More Missile Defence and Deterrence
Back in the 1990s, before foreign fighters and eye-catching initiatives, one of the catchcries of the Labour Party as it arrived in government was “evidence-based policy”. This meant, as far as anyone knew, that the government’s activity would be subject to review on the basis of results, and that choices would be made according to…Read More Evidence-based stupidity
Tapped has a useful suggestion: why not export Tony Blair to a Democratic Leadership Council thinktank? He’ll be happier there, and will do less damage. They suggest we might want Joe Lieberman in exchange. Not so sure about that. Apparently, Subhas Chandra Bose is not buried on Taiwan as previously thought, and the grave that…Read More Links Now, Content Later
I don’t usually engage with the “decent left”/”pro-war left”/whatever gabble, but this is ridiculous. Sadly, the Evening Standard‘s web presence is still too impossibly dire to link to, so this has had to wait. Kelly said she wouldn’t change the way social housing was allocated in response to the success of the BNP in using…Read More Nick Cohen
What a reshuffle it was, too. Despite all the pre-election expectations management (it’ll only be serious if it’s a loss of 400), it looks like the local elections really perturbed Blair’s systems. Take a look. So, after all the stand-by-your-man stuff, it’s the Angolan option after all, as Alan Clark would have put it. The…Read More Chainsaw Reshuffle
Well, after almost a full fortnight of semi-frantic canvassing and leaflet dropping around the streets of Englefield Green East, that’s it. I was not elected to the council. No surprises there. I polled some 282 votes, compared to 165 for the Lib Dems last time out. The two Tory candidates got in with 591 and…Read More Runnymede Report Back
Well, those of you who are taking part in today’s protest against the Serious and Organised Crime & Police Act, aka the Brian Haw Act, may get to meet…me, as I’m quite likely to come over to the camp at Runnymede from the TYR operations centre in fabulous Egham. Beware.Read More Demon Strate!
So there’s this mad scientist! who’s designed a machine that subjects people to a really strong magnetic field until they perceive – wow! – the presence of god. No, really. Then they tested it on..wait for it..Richard Dawkins! Let me guess – it cranked up to a high-pitched chattering whine, sucking in so many prayer-watts…Read More Further tests on the Religionatron
Does anyone else feel that General Jackson really shouldn’t be sending out press releases to demand more fawning from a hostage his soldiers have rescued? Isn’t it part of the tradition that you do your duty not because you expect adulation but because it’s your duty? I remember Jacko being interviewed by the BBC just…Read More Who’s Bad?