Monthly Archives: September, 2012

Worth Reading 68: The whole world is watching

What happens to stolen bicycles? – Interesting post from the Priceonomics blog – because there’s so little risk attached to bike theft, it makes it worthwhile for criminals despite the low rewards. Tom Harris is not a nice man – And the Pope is Catholic, but it’s good to be reminded that the Labour Party […]

And this is how we do it in the Great White North

This year’s contender for ‘Oddest thing to base your leadership bid on’: Trudeau had initially said earlier this year that he was not interested in the leaders’ job, but that position began to soften after he defeated a Conservative senator in a charity boxing match in March. And this is in Canada, which is not […]

On ending coalitions

Earlier this week, I linked to James Graham’s piece on Clegg and the coalition, in which he mentioned my post on ending the coalition. This isn’t just incestuous blogging back-patting – James made some points about my post which I promised to think over and respond to. He wrote: But Lib Dems who imagine that […]

Worth Reading 67: Baseball in Montreal

Take a number – Outside magazine reports on some of the deaths to have occurred amongst people climbing Everest this year. (via) Policing The Land – in honour of #ldconf – Sarah Brown rewrites The Land to make it fit the brave new world of accreditation and security theatre. Clegg and coalition six months on […]

Castle Ward planning applications, up to 21st September

Apologies it’s been so long since the last update, but there have been very few applications in the last few weeks. 121520: Creation of parking spaces, East Bay. 121594: Two story extension, Cowdray Avenue. 121633: Advertisement consent for new signage, High Street. 121660: Change of use from office to restaurant, North Hill. 121630: Alteration of […]

It’s not the pledge, it’s the policy

As Jonathan Calder thought earlier, when you get an email from someone with the subject ‘There’s no easy way to say this’ you normally expect the body of it to include some form of ‘it’s not you, it’s me’. However, the video this email from Nick Clegg linked to didn’t include that, but it was […]

Worth reading 66: Geoff Hurst takes an arrow to the eye

Wind turbine syndrome: a classic ‘communicated’ disease – I’m shocked – shocked, I tell you – to discover that something James Delingpole and other contrarian trolls believe in has no evidence to back it up. 10 myths of the UK’s far right – Daniel Trilling in the Guardian outlines some widely-repeated opinions about the BNP […]

Worth reading 65: Tomorrow, the static ends

All sorts of link-based goodness for you. Atos: A Privatised Service Provider In A Post-Satire World – Chris Coltrane on what is actually happening behind the mask of cutting DLA ‘fraud’. Doctor Who Bechdel test – Some very interesting results here, though I’m sure most people won’t be surprised to learn that the number of […]

Now the games are done

So, unless they suddenly remember a third set of sporting events they’d agreed to hold in London this year, that’s it for the 2012 Games. There’s been a lot of talk about how we can carry forward all the good feeling and the spirit of the Games, but rather than go into a general ‘why […]

Worth Reading 64: Troughton to the power of Colin Baker

Another gathering of things people have said better than me: I Hate It When Politicians Talk About “Hard-Working Families” – Jennie Rigg points out the flaws in a bit of politician-speak. Democracy 2015 – The Independent’s new campaign – I was thinking of pointing out some of the flaws with this campaign, but A Dragon’s […]