Gone all Bleary

Just watching the debate on clause 3 of the Terrorism Bill which relates to websites, which has clarified for me how this will work – as opposed to how the government claims it will work… …well it’s now as clear as it ever will be given that Hazel […]

Have you no shame, Safety?

Just spotted this at the end of the same Guardian article on the Terrorism Bill in which I noted errors including provision of a link to the wrong Bill entirely. The human rights lawyer Geoffrey Bindman said existing legislation already outlaws the activities which ministers say the glorification […]

Daily Kos: New Abu Ghraib photos released

It appears that an Aussie TV station has got hold of another run of Abu Ghraib photos, reputed to be the one’s that US government is trying to avoid releasing to the ALCU. The article is here, you’ll need to scroll down for the new images, the first […]

The very definition of tyranny

The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny James Madison – 4th President of the United States of America and signatory […]

Thought for the day

Just a thought I’d like to pass on to everyone who’s crowing about the decision to ban smoking in public places. Even though this will shortly be banned, there will still be people who have never smoked in their lives who will develop lung cancer and die – […]

Freiheit ist immer Freiheit der Andersdenkenden

Why is it, I wonder, that whenever I see a senior member of my own party saying things like this: McCartney warns of party division Labour MPs should vote for the education reforms or risk division, chairman Ian McCartney has warned. He said the Labour by-election loss last […]

No Compromise

The BBC are reporting that ‘Ministers compromise on ID cards‘ Ministers have compromised on plans to introduce identity cards in an effort to head off a Commons defeat. The government has accepted that completely new legislation will be needed to make the cards compulsory, following defeats in the […]

Oh what a phoney war!

The Mohammed Cartoons get yet more attention today in Times, with Andrew Sullivan adding his ‘considered’ opinion on the matter, all of which amounts to: …much of the “offence

The New Apologistas

I really must wean myself off visiting Harry’s Place if only for my own sanity and sense of well-being, but then I have to admit that they views of its main commentators on the Mohammed Cartoons do have, for the time being at least, rather a compelling quality […]

Columnist traumatised by blogger?

Polly Pot on the Lib-Dem leadership contest: Huhne is the most knowledgeable of the three – an economist, ex-Guardian economics editor, founder of his own economic consultancy Yes, ok Polly. He’s a fucking economist. Is it me or is anyone else thinking that Polly’s finally snapped under Tim’s […]