Wednesday, May 30, 2007
What is Osborne up to?
Close but no...
One final thing
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
The only straight in this bar
Reasons I don't often get taken to the movies I
The souls of the unquiet dead
Friday, May 25, 2007
Who's afraid of the big Brown wolf?
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Lets go fly...
Cheering if true
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
If the aim is to improve overall standards of education, they might also be the answer. If, however, the aim is to alleviate or prevent the creation of an educational subclass, then they may very well not be. The FSM figures demonstrate that where grammar schools exist, they are dominated by the children of the middle class. I have no problem with this - I'm middle class after all - but it's not then about broad social mobility: it's then about blurring the distinction between people like me and the DK and people whose parents weren't quite able to afford private schooling.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
The death of the grammar school
End of the road
- Mr Hague said Mr Prescott would be "missed" by the Tories and "wished him well in his retirement" after 37 yeas in the Commons. He asked if the government would apologise for mistakes made over the computer system for junior doctors' jobs.
- Mr Prescott hailed Labour's record on employment and help for pensioners, compared with the previous Tory government, adding "can I say I am the longest serving deputy prime minister" and had seen off five Tory counterparts.
- Mr Hague said his question had been about junior doctors. He asked who was responsible in government for the "fiasco" of the online recruitment system.
- After a pause, Mr Prescott said: "Tories". He said Labour had to increase the number of medical students when they came in.
The man's a fool. At Ruskin his tutor said he had a burning desire for knowledge reminiscent of Jude the Obscure. I wonder when this turned into playground bullying and indifferent ignorance.
Reasons to hate London
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Satisfying but untrue
Most unpleasant image
It's significant that most of the younger Brownites - Ed Miliband, Douglas Alexander, Yvette Cooper and Ed Balls - are backing Harman. That's not because she's one of their tight inner circle - she's not.
A tight Brownite inner circle? She's talking out of her....
Legal principle #1
The next time you guys go into a tizzy in your little chatrooms you ought to ask yourself one question. Do you feel lucky? Well, do you?
Monday, May 14, 2007
Not too shabby
Pollard talks balls
Friday, May 11, 2007
Quick! Act natural!
Since he had his teeth whitened and straightened, you hardly see Gordon Brown without a grin stitched all over his face. Clearly aware of his reputation as the gloomiest thing to come out of Scotland since salted porridge, the Chancellor has been making strenuous efforts to acquire the same sort of lightness of touch that Blair retained right up to the end. References to his personal failings, from 'character flaws' right the way up to 'Stalinist tendencies' haven't helped matters - the public image is one of a nail-biting, grudge-bearing obsessive.
So we have been treated to an extended 'get to know you' session. He has a near-permanent smile on his face, and has been ready and even eager to talk about his family life and personal tragedies, such as the loss of his first child - again referred to during his campaign launch. Simultaneously, of course, the spin has been put out that the new Brown regime will be a new world devoid of such shallow fripperies. There's something almost zen about this: an aggressive spin policy to show that in the future there will be no spin.
It's also missing the point. The reason Blair (and Cameron) have an easy rapport with the press and the public is because they are, inherently, beau dans ses peaux - at ease with themselves. it's the same reason that John Major had a difficult relationship with the press. Brown is the epitome of a man ill at ease with himself - look at the tortured body language and the mangled fingernails. Grinning widely and talking about your dead child - however affectingly - is not enough to transmogrify yourself into a man comfortable with himself. In fact, since we are told so often that the Chancellor is intensely private, and hates discussing family matters, it might make him less comfortable.
Leaving the last word with a character who seemed intensely comfortable with who she was, Mrs Thatcher said (about power as it happens, but it applies more widely) "Having power is like being a lady, the louder one protests that one is, the less likely is it to be the case." There is, after all, something profoundly odd about anyone protesting loudly about how normal he is.
Studies in patriotism
Thursday, May 10, 2007
As for derivative traders, we simply don’t need them. Gambling isn’t smart.
An ounce of prevention...
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Mice, men etc
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Of springboards, breakthroughs and other nonsense
Friday, May 04, 2007
Why they need the Gipper
When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.
Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement.
But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.
The Tebbit Test
In the Beginning
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Fascists under the bed
Mbissing the point