Quote of the Moment
"All really great things happen in slow and inconspicuous ways." Leo Tolstoy

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Five things the student unions didn’t protest against in the last 13 years…

Stolen from the Coffee House Blog.

Five things the student unions didn’t protest against in the last 13 years…: "

1)    That Labour cut the number of schools each year.

2)    That pupils were shepherded into ever-larger schools.

3)    That, although the budget trebled, class sizes hardly moved.

4)    That the attainment gap between private and public schools grew to become the largest of any country except Brazil (Source: OECD )

5)    And all at a time when the supposed funding per pupil was soaring…

Moral: cash doesn’t help schools. Reform does.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Drunkenness is a Britishness problem not an economic one | ResPublica

If you are interested in reading an eloquent defence of 'Britishness' you can look no further than the link below.

Drunkenness is a Britishness problem not an economic one | ResPublica

Indeed it says something else to me. That identity - be that national or regional or family or whatever - is vital to the psyche of individuals. Without this sense of a greater self enveloping and supporting the individual self society breaks down and individuals are lost to a downward spiral of reduced aspirations and bad lifestyle choices.

Friday, 19 November 2010

BBC Agenda Today

From Guido Fawkes blog.... Hardly seems like a recipe for balanced reporting to me...

BBC Agenda Today:
Ring, ring…
Guido Fawkes : Hello
Beeboid : Hello just wondered if you had seen the Lord Young comments?
GF : Yes, he’s right about interest rates being low, but that indicates economic weakness, not strength.
BBC : So you support his view?
GF : No, I think the previous generation had it better.
BBC : We’re really looking for a right-winger who backs his line.
GF : Sorry.
BBC : OK, thanks anyway.
GF : Bye.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

The Moral Maze

A very interesting edition of the moral maze last night with regards the student protests. Worth a listen especially for the utter idiocy of Brendan O'Neill right at the start who believes that violence is an inherent part of Democracy and should be both supported and encouraged even if it includes violence towards individuals.

Be More Productive by Waking Up Early

Something I need to work on...

Be More Productive by Waking Up Early

  1. Set an exact time to get out of bed.
  2. Move up your bedtime in sync with the time you plan to get up.
  3. Get out of bed immediately.
  4. Expose yourself to sunlight.
  5. Develop a routine for your morning.
  6. Stick with it.

Not exactly something I disagree with. Its just I'm not very good at part 3. :S

Friday, 12 November 2010

Second Extinguisher Wielding Yob Sort

This is a campaign by Guido that I fully endorse.


Second Extinguisher Wielding Yob Sort: "

Do you know the name of this extinguisher carrying individual? He seems to be a different yob from the one pictured in the wanted poster yesterday, carrying a different extinguisher, more likely to be the one that was tossed at the police.

Your information will treated as in confidence and you do not have to give your name…

Tagged: Crime


Thursday, 11 November 2010

Some unseen images from the student protest

For my sins, I tend to agree with the idea that University should be free. But at the same time the numbers going to university should reduce. I can only think that society is being decidedly dense not thinking of alternative funding routes similarly in line with the latest web based pricing structures (see Freemium for example).

The reality of now though is disgusting and shameful. The pictures below are from Total Politics, but a whole host of alternative sources could have been used. There is nothing that is achieved by this, in fact, it sets back the cause that was being promoted by the protests.

The understanding that I have here is that people - and young people acutely - have no concept on how they can be involved in politics, or indeed, how they can support a group or party in defending their own interests (which incidentally they don't know themselves). The available narratives of Left vs Right just don't ring true, but at the same time its hard for people to search for real alternatives. Academic politics has failed in this respect. There are no alternatives, so people feel the need to turn to either apathy or the extremities. The protests below are a example of the latter and the beginnings - I fear - of a wave of violent protests that will begin again to sweep the country.

Some unseen images from the student protest:

All photos taken by Jon Stone.


Tuesday, 9 November 2010

End of the evenings...

'And it would be nice to have holiday homes and healthy bank statements and fat little kids,
And I guess you can be happy to dream all your dreams as camcorder records of the things that you did,
But as soon as your sleeping does it really matter what mattress you happen to be sleeping on?
As long as your living and your having fun; he always laughed at the drop-outs, that he could never live that way.
But the truth is Mr Richards was a coward, he was afraid.'

Mr Richards - Frank Turner

Picture of the day: opening of Wootton Bassett field of remembrance

Picture of the day: opening of Wootton Bassett field of remembrance: "

Prince Harry attends the opening of Wootton Bassett field of remembrance in Lydiard Park, Wiltshire. The park is dedicated to the men and women killed in Afghanistan. Prince Harry (pictured) plants a cross for his friend, Lance Corporal Of Horse, Jonathan Woodgate, who was killed on foot patrol in Sangin, Helmand, on March 26, 2010.