Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
"Rising all the time, I think is the answer," said Ms Alexander, adding: "Ten out of 10, 10 out of 10."
She added: "Frankly, as I look across the other benches in the parliament, I don't think the arrogance is on our side"
No real surprise here
"Of course the stall-holder said ‘no’. Oregano? In black pudding? I’ve never had a black pudding with oregano in it. I think when the elections come on 1st May, voters across the northwest will make their views on David Cameron very clear…
Managerialism and Mugabe
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Finest news story of the year so far
Cradock, an orchard worker, later called back to reassure the police operator that he was all right.
"I’ll retract the rape complaint from the wombat, because he’s pulled out. Apart from speaking Australian now, I’m pretty all right you know. I didn’t hurt my bum at all."
He pleaded guilty in Nelson District Court to using a phone for a fictitious purpose and was sentenced to 75 hours’ community work.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Chris Stringer told the court that alcohol played a large role in Cradock’s life.
Judge Richard Russell said he was not sure what had motivated Cradock to make the extraordinary claim.
In sentencing Cradock, he warned him not to do it again.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
The tragedy of a rigid ideology
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
The joys of advertising
But had you observed the name above the door on your way into the Ann Boal Inn in Killough, County Down, and promptly Googled it on your iPhone, you should now be piecing together information to support what you initially thought was a very tall tale
The joys of product placement eh?
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Another defunct political line
A phony line of attack
Polls and prophecies
Friday, March 14, 2008
Taking matters to extremes
Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple said it appeared the 35-year-old Ness City woman's skin had grown around the seat. She initially refused emergency medical services but was finally convinced by responders and her boyfriend that she needed to be checked out at a hospital.
"We pried the toilet seat off with a pry bar and the seat went with her to the hospital," Whipple said. "The hospital removed it."
Thursday, March 13, 2008
The State is not your friend
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
A cut-price Budget
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Tory splits on Europe
In other words, Brown still believes that the Tory leadership are being compelled to appease the Euro-sceptic back-benchers in order to avoid John Major's fate. But the truth is that the Tory party are more united on the question of the European Union than any other party - the only difference of opinion is just how sceptic they are. The Tory split was mostly a generational issue, with the pro-Europeans being men like Clarke, Heseltine and John Gummer - important figures in the Major days, but peripheral and isolated now. The new blood that has come in since 1997 has been overwhelmingly Euro-sceptic, and that includes Cameron and Osborne. If this wasn't enough, by making the debate about whether there should be a referendum, Brown ensured that even those Tories that are friendlier towards the EU were onside.
What divisions there are, are now on the Labour benches, and even more so among the Lib Dems. Brown remembers the bitter infighting among the Tories in the 90s, but what he doesn't realise is that one side won.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Spending and tax
A run-of-the-mill Heffer error
The clubs that still engaged in it would have separate commercial entities that played Twenty20, would be the sole shareholders in those enterprises and would use the dividends to support the traditional game. Grounds could be shared between the two competitions: cricket grounds are among the world's most under-used resources.
This plan would enable some players to be Twenty20 cricketers and others to be first-class and perhaps Test players, with no possibility of a clash of loyalties. Within a fixed time period - maybe two or three years - no player who had appeared in one code would be allowed to appear in another. That would bring stability.
A fundamental Heffer error
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Strauss down the order