Archive | August, 2006

Tough on Crime, tough on the causes of crime

31 Aug

Blair has finally hit on the real causes of crime, and he intends to tackle it too.

He plans to stop chavs shagging.

From the BBC:

Tomorrow’s potential troublemakers can be identified even before they are born, Tony Blair has suggested.

Mr Blair said it was possible to spot the families whose circumstances made it likely their children would grow up to be a “menace to society”.

He said teenage mums and problem families could be forced to take help to head off difficulties.

He said the government had to intervene much earlier to prevent problems developing when children were older.

Ok, ok. It’s a gross misrepresentation of a story for comedic effect. But let’s be honest, it’s still the silly season and if New Labour can’t make up a load of new pretend policies, then we may as well all carry on with the parliamentary merry-go-round through the summer.

Imagine how boring that would be?

Me bad.

31 Aug

Been very quiet today on the blog. I have been busy at work and went to mums for dinner – good boy that I am. And to be honest, I’m a bit engrossed in this book.

Anyway needless to say normal service will resume soon enough; and anyway, what are you doing skulking around the blogosphere? Go outside and get some fresh air. Bloody vegetables.

Rummy says you’re intellectually and morally confused

31 Aug

Irony is not your strength, is it Donald?

Read Keith Olbermann’s post, here.

Hat-tip – Nosie, she knows who she is.

The truth behind Katrina

30 Aug

I may be late on the scene, but don’t miss this excellent article by No Logo author, Naomi Klein.

Also, one should read Klein’s seminal essay on Iraq, here.

Terrorist attack in San Fran?

30 Aug

Have the media missed a terrorist attack, or was it just some crazed loon in an SUV who happened to be a Muslim?

You decide, here.

Tories attack Labour over number of Press Officers

30 Aug

The Tories, spurred on former-Nazi-fanzine The Daily Mail, have criticised the number of press officers the government employs on the public purse. The Tories claim there are some 3,200 press officers employed by the state – Labour argues that many of these press officers are not just press officers, but do various other tasks such as carrying out ‘road safety and crime prevention campaigns’. (source: BBC)

Labour admits there has been an increase in the overall number of press officers since 1997, but that it is no where near the number quoted by the Conservatives.

But, as the Tories forget to mention, the media is vastly bigger than it was in 1997, and with 24-hour rolling news, online news outlets, and the blogosphere, the government must react quicker and savvier than ever before. It’s another cheap shot from a Conservative Party light on polices yet big on rhetoric.

Knowing this administration, it probably does employ too many press officers, but someone has to employ all those feckless media studies students, because the media certainly won’t. If they weren’t spinning the government line, they’d be begging on the streets. Consider it a public service.

Annan: Israel must lift blockade

30 Aug

From The Guardian: –

Israel must lift its air and sea blockade of Lebanon, which the Lebanese people see as a “humiliation and infringement of their sovereignty”, Kofi Annan warned today.
The UN secretary general renewed his call for the end of the blockade in Jerusalem after meeting the Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert.

Mr Olmert rebuffed the call, making no commitments on the blockade and sidestepping the issue during a press conference.

Have Israel ever listened to the international community?