Selling education by the pound

After the strenuous effort of laying into Blair in my last piece I’m rather too tired to go for mcuh more in the way of spittle-flecked invective, deserved as it is by the government’s education white paper other than to note that I would have rather in not […]

The Privilege of the Harlot

The sure and certain knowledge of your own impending mortality affects people in different ways. For some the surety of knowing that they have started on their final slow walk into the arms of the Reaper sets them to quiet contemplation and a conscious effort to make peach […]

Bird Flu – the answer

Right, as it now appears that the Bird Flu virus that the press are panicking about originated in Scotland, the solution should be obvious… Just coat all chicken in batter and deep-fry it – its as good an explanation for why its had no effect up there in […]

A Letter to the House [of Lords]

24 October 2005 Lord Holme of Cheltenham House of Lords London SW1A 0PW Sir: Re: Identity Cards Bill I note with some considerable interest and agreement your comments regarding this bill, as reported by BBC on-line today [24 October 2005], not least of which is your assertion that: […]

On torture and evidence

In case you’ve missed it there’s an excellent debate on the subject of torture and its justifications or otherwise – mostly otherwise it should be said – which is well worth catching up with. I suppose [modestly] it started here with my own take on comments by Lord […]

Getting nasty

After all the talk of Cameron, Osbourne and their [alledged] mate Charlie, now it looks as though Fox is on the receiving end of a major smear. Apparently, in an interview with the London Evening Standard, Fox was questioned about his sexuality – questions to which he didn’t […]

So you think you want an ID card pt2

Neil’s responded to my piece of yesterday here and, again, there are several points worth responding to: Firstly the price tag of £30. You are right, it may well be inaccurate. But by the government coming out and stating this figure so loudly, aren’t they making it more […]

So you think you want an ID card?

I feel a bit guilty about this as I’ve generally got quite a bit of time for Neil from the Brighton Regency Labour Party blog, but as its ID cards and Neil’s comments exhibit clear naivety as to what all the fuss is about then not only is […]

e-Gov head talks bollocks and the database state

e-Goverment is apparently dead and we should all be getting ready for ‘t-government’ – at least that’s according to e-Government supremo Ian Watmore. ‘t’ in this case, appears to stand for ‘transformation’ which will be at the ‘heart of the government’s new vision and strategy for technology in […]

ID don’t add up and meaningless concessions

First, if there were any doubt, let me point you to this article in The Register which demonstrates exactly how the Safety Elephant’s claim to have fixed the price of an ID card at £30 works – or rather doesn’t work as his assumptions on costs are a […]