DEM not gonna CON dis NATION: Rolling UK politics in the short-lived post-Murdoch era

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CANNESED was genius, tracer

who shivs a git (darraghmac), Friday, 15 July 2011 13:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 15 July 2011 13:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, in a supposedly left-wing paper, sexist shit like that. ^^^^ "Grow some balls." I can't even...

Karen D. Tregaskin, Friday, 15 July 2011 13:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

she's standing on a stack of newspapers because women are short

so brycey (history mayne), Friday, 15 July 2011 13:29 (3 years ago) Permalink


40% chill and 100% negative (Tracer Hand), Friday, 15 July 2011 13:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

Gilmour kid reminds me of someone...

there is no dave only cool (blueski), Friday, 15 July 2011 13:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

also xp to a whole other thread but, y'huh, psyched for more caek scoops. i don't really understand journalistic practices on this kind of thing - isn't it the kind of thing that a la ryan giggs' marriage, should be being flagrantly discussed piecemeal on twitte?

Aa Bb Obscure Dull Blue (#000066) (schlump), Friday, 15 July 2011 13:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

Who is that? Surely not the pol. editor of The Economist?

that was the last arrow in my quiver of whimsy (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 15 July 2011 13:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

murdoch meeting the dowlers this a'noon...anonymous tipoff

LocalGarda, Friday, 15 July 2011 13:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

from me i mean

LocalGarda, Friday, 15 July 2011 13:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

Dowlers, please surreptitiously tape the meeting.

natalie imbroglio (suzy), Friday, 15 July 2011 13:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

Sometimes I wonder how anyone over 25 takes Laurie Penny seriously.[NB: the cenotaph incident wasn't what he was jailed for]

True but...

Passing sentence, Judge Nicholas Price QC accepted that Gilmour's behaviour at the Cenotaph did not form part of the violent disorder, but accused him of disrespect to the war dead.

Seems v. harsh - does he have any previous?

that was the last arrow in my quiver of whimsy (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 15 July 2011 13:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

friend of a friend who has a brother in the know just let me know that police have opened an investigation into r brooks' involvement in maddie abduction, also got me google plus invites

who shivs a git (darraghmac), Friday, 15 July 2011 13:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

None. Dumbfuck judge, my taxpayer friends and I really don't want to hear your opinion on matters outside the actual charge. Hope they appeal. xp

natalie imbroglio (suzy), Friday, 15 July 2011 13:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

Fair point. Judge had no cause to mention cenotaph at all.

Strictly vote-splitting (DL), Friday, 15 July 2011 14:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

The judge gave another student 12 months last week for throwing a stick.

that was the last arrow in my quiver of whimsy (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 15 July 2011 14:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

Judicial appointments
Senior Circuit Judge Appointment - Price QC

11 July 2011

The Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Kenneth Clarke QC MP has appointed His Honour Judge Nicholas Peter Lees Price QC to be a Senior Circuit Judge, Resident Judge based at Kingston Crown Court Centre effect from Monday 11 July 2011.


nakhchivan, Friday, 15 July 2011 14:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

They're charged with 'violent disorder' rather than criminal damage, which means the penalties are much more severe. Being part of a large group and being in a public place are aggravating factors.

The whole area of the law is extremely controversial as you're not really being judged on the acts you carried out but the wider context of the event. Someone got five years, a while back, for throwing stones at police during a 'riot'.

модный хипстер (ShariVari), Friday, 15 July 2011 14:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

i see that martin rowson still hasn't mastered the felt tip

Ward Fowler, Friday, 15 July 2011 14:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

3.47pm: Breaking: David Cameron hosted Andy Coulson at Chequers this spring after his resignation in January ... More details soon ...

natalie imbroglio (suzy), Friday, 15 July 2011 14:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

He was calling him his friend a week ago

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 15 July 2011 14:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

don't forget The Official Newscorp/UK end of season finale/Rebekah Brooks did 9/11 thread

probably not going to keep murdoch and uk politics completely separate (am i right?!?!), but started another thread because the newscorp stuff going international and it was drowning out good honest tory scum news.

caek, Friday, 15 July 2011 15:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

OK, to repost (which is disappointing) I notice that this thread has managed to spend even less time on the defense review than the mainstream media. Do people really have nothing to say? (I spent my afternoon with journos and people waiting to lose their jobs) It's another tory attack on Scotland, but this time it leaves British armed forces in an impossible position.

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Monday, 18 July 2011 19:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

As a lily-livered pacifist type, I'm not entirely unhappy that cuts are being made in defence spending, but yes, this whole thing sounds like it has fucked an entire community over. DOn't seem to be any real plans for creating new jobs there.

scraping wheatus off the wheel (NickB), Monday, 18 July 2011 19:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

I come from an air force family btw and spent my childhood on various bases, so I appreciated what a huge thing this is for the people that live there.

scraping wheatus off the wheel (NickB), Monday, 18 July 2011 19:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, me too - I've lived my whole life on or near RAF bases (and I'm a lily-livered pacifist too, though I've recently decided on certain revolutionary exceptions). But Fox even referred to the SNP's (very unlikely to succeed) threat of independence as a reason for the decision. He's punishing communities for how they vote.

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Monday, 18 July 2011 19:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hadn't caught that aspect of it, but Fox has always been a huge cock.

Should say best wishes to you and yours dowd, dunno what you do but I hope yr okay.

scraping wheatus off the wheel (NickB), Monday, 18 July 2011 19:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's kinda up in the air at the mo, but cheers.

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

i had thought the scots wanted uk armed forces off their patch??

so brycey (history mayne), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

Doubtless some of them do - the minority who support independence. But no-one in communities around these bases wants them to go. We should have found another of Ewen MacGregor's siblings to protect Leuchars, as they (thankfully) did Lossiemouth.

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

Quite sad about this. I worked at Leuchars for 8 years and had a great time, still know a few people there and hope things will work out ok for them.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

Brooks's husband Charlie says bag belonged to him not Rebekah. Spokesman says: "A cleaner thought it was rubbish and put it in the bin.

What cleaner throws a computer in a bin? loool

prolego, Monday, 18 July 2011 20:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

scotland hates tories, tories hate us. this will never change.

you've got male (jim in glasgow), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

also the nats don't want rid of the brit armed forces, salmond campaigned against this iirc.

you've got male (jim in glasgow), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yes, he did - he gave a speech n the village hall across the road from my house. The SNP's position was that we've already lost a base, so expecting Scotland to bear 2 of it's 3 bases closed was ridiculous, so both Lossiemouth and Leuchars should stay open.

At least it will be quieter here - the Typhoons are noisy as hell. Now it'll just be rifle drills and the odd helicopter (assuming the vague ideas about an army barracks come to fruition, and even then it'll probably be about five years)

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

imo the defence review is classic osbornomics, ie unserious. it wasn't a real review: if they don't want the uk to be one of the big clubs, they should make that case, but doing it as part of a defence review *and then launching into a new war* was just derrrrrrrrrrrrp.

so brycey (history mayne), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

Fox kept responding to questions by saying things like 'in order to achieve a regular/reservist proportion similar to the US we have to...' but he never explained why such a ratio was desirable. Of course, it's all about the £££'s, but he should have the guts to say so.

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

November 2006:

Shadow Olympics minister Hugh Robertson said: "The secretary of state has admitted to a 40% increase.

"She has failed to disclose the true cost of VAT, contingency, building cost inflation and security, much of which was entirely predictable at the time of the bid.

"Today's increase is just a starting point. While the figures remain ambiguous, we can only expect further increases."

July 2011:

The Olympic Delivery Authority has announced 88% of the building programme for London 2012 is now complete.

It has also been announced the anticipated final cost of the project fell by £16m during the last quarter.

This has prompted Sports Minister Hugh Robertson to say for the first time he is "confident" the project will come in under its £9.3bn budget.

He said: "With one year to go construction is 88% complete, ahead of time and under budget."

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 13:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

NHS services opened to competition

stet, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 14:59 (3 years ago) Permalink


natalie imbroglio (suzy), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 15:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

Wheelchair services an interesting choice for the first round, given Cameron's been talking about his troubles with them.

stet, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 15:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

Seriously, fuck these guys. They know it's completely buried.

emil.y, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 15:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

I hear Champneys in Tring treats people in wheelchairs well...

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 15:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

Interesting choice of day to announce this eh?

a million anons (onimo), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 15:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

The Guardian has the Lansley announcement story on page 15, the Independent on page 21, The Times on page 17 and the Daily Mail on page 31. And that's your lot.

James Mitchell, Wednesday, 20 July 2011 07:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

iirc this was something that was going to happen. and now it has happened, kind of thing.

only bad dog on the street (history mayne), Wednesday, 20 July 2011 08:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

Osborne's lost his (Jonny) marbles?

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Thursday, 21 July 2011 11:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

Dorset County Council is closing 9 of its 34 libraries, with 11 of those left to be run by unpaid volunteers and community groups.

Apparently it's OK because 75 per cent of Dorset residents never set foot inside a library.

Wonder what the percentage of primary school age children is. Oh.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 21 July 2011 14:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

They all vote Tory down there anyway, so fuck 'em, they're getting what they voted for

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Thursday, 21 July 2011 14:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

and lj i was reminded of those classes you were teaching here too

'gifted education', which is no more dreadful than any other euphemism circulated for it, at least in the humanities should be more about encouraging reflexity of thought, of getting to engage as early as possible in something like 'critical thinking'

the objective would be to bind something like conscience, to consider value systems rather than the sort of mimetic redeploying of tropes that you know will get you, or rather force the examiner to give you an a* which is virtually all most clever kids are doing at school

this is already achieved to some extent in mathematical subjects where the approach to 'gifted' kids begins by getting them to use the material of the normal syllabus in non-obvious fashions

Nothing less than the Spirit of the Age (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 3 September 2014 21:10 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

absolutely agree, and ftr my courses largely do require some consideration of the metaphysical-educational, the process of study and induction itself. even with my primary tuition client i'm trying to ensconce some level of critical thinking, of close analysis of terms that transcends the dull presumptions appended in the classroom

imago, Wednesday, 3 September 2014 21:14 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

Private schools absolutely stream, they re also highly selective, so they are streaming within whatever strata they have chosen. I went to an elite public school and even there streaming can be very restrictive and divisive. I needed up in the bottom set for French and was basically told that I was no good at languages. I persevered, took on german as well and got a teacher who taught rather than drilled language. That unlocked my I can speak three non-english european languages with reasonable and varying degrees of fluency, read a newspaper in a few more and I'm now making great strides in Mandarin.

Streaming only serves to tell students that they are no good at something, and sends the message to teachers (in many cases) that they don't need to bother because those children aren't worth the effort.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 4 September 2014 02:39 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

Panic stations

Looks like a desperate attempt to cling onto power for a bit longer. I don't see the issue - you can't legislate on the basis that Labour *might* win the election and *might* be dependent on Scottish MPs for a majority (even if both of those things are the most likely outcome as things stand). There's no reason you couldn't have the general election in 2015 and if Labour end up with a majority while they have Scottish MPs, but then lose this majority a year later, then they either have to form a coalition then or we have another election in 2016.

Turtleneck Work Solutions (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 4 September 2014 08:50 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

I persevered, took on german as well and got a teacher who taught rather than drilled language

Stokes or Rees?

imago, Thursday, 4 September 2014 08:56 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

(and yeah, your experience sounds about right)

imago, Thursday, 4 September 2014 08:57 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

There is no way in hell the Conservative Party would keep Cameron in the event of a Yes vote. The fury from Tory backbenchers will be so intense it would lead to a vote of no confidence / calls for his resignation or a level of rebellion that would break the coalition. He might be able to hang on but he would be severely weakened. We could be in for a year of complete chaos.

Matt DC, Thursday, 4 September 2014 09:41 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

The No approach in Scotland is now turning towards "Cameron's going to lose, don't worry about it, you can vote No in safety". Which is the weirdest thing to see Tories saying.

stet, Thursday, 4 September 2014 11:57 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

education policy - across the political spectrum - seems to be more beholden to some kind of assumed folk wisdom than almost any other aspect of government in the UK

Pretty sure this is also true for science, health, drugs... seems that any policy area which actually has a strong evidence base will have its own team of qualified independent experts whose advice is routinely ignored.

michelin star cross'd lovers (ledge), Thursday, 4 September 2014 12:03 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

description on cameron on a friend's facebook status:

"he's like C3PO made out of ham"

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:39 (1 week ago) Permalink

that's (c) Caitlin Moran i believe

kinder, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:45 (1 week ago) Permalink


Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:45 (1 week ago) Permalink

he wasn't claiming to hve coined it, i just assumed he had.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:46 (1 week ago) Permalink

funny as fuck though

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:54 (1 week ago) Permalink

Two MPs down for the Tories in one day.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Saturday, 27 September 2014 20:56 (5 days ago) Permalink

What's happening with the bedroom tax?

cardamon, Sunday, 28 September 2014 01:50 (4 days ago) Permalink

ppl being forced to move out of homes, committing suicide & so forth

intelligent, expressive males within the greater metropolitan (Bananaman Begins), Sunday, 28 September 2014 02:20 (4 days ago) Permalink

Don't worry though, Brooks Newmark will send you a picture of his cock, if you ask him nicely.

The Count has shot himself (Tom D.), Monday, 29 September 2014 11:24 (3 days ago) Permalink

What a name.

cardamon, Monday, 29 September 2014 15:34 (3 days ago) Permalink

really confused about why this dude has to resign?

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 29 September 2014 15:35 (3 days ago) Permalink

i mean besides the fact that he's an idiot

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 29 September 2014 15:36 (3 days ago) Permalink

p unedifying entrapment tactics from the mirror

lex pretend, Monday, 29 September 2014 15:38 (3 days ago) Permalink

I'm not really sure whether the Tory MPs defecting to UKIP actually realise they're decreasing, rather than increasing, the likelihood of an In/Out EU referendum?

Matt DC, Monday, 29 September 2014 17:06 (3 days ago) Permalink

They think Cameron is a liar.

The Count has shot himself (Tom D.), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 09:46 (2 days ago) Permalink

Look at him, David Came-wrong, in his house cooking up lies. Mmm, David, what's that smell outside number 10? Is it dinner? No it's just lies... Lies for dinner. Hope you enjoy your lies David.

Non-Stop Hongrotic Cabaret (dog latin), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 09:50 (2 days ago) Permalink

jesus. this is beyond a joke.

A college wearing a sweater that says “John Belushi” (stevie), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 10:15 (2 days ago) Permalink

David Came-wrong

pretty weak name in the shadow of "bliar"

^ 諷刺 (ken c), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 12:20 (2 days ago) Permalink

omg it's just so...petty

lex pretend, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 12:20 (2 days ago) Permalink

hahahaha he's just saying things to make him seem more traditional

Ƹ༑Ʒ (imago), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 12:25 (2 days ago) Permalink

and also progressive. he's having his cake and fucking it too

Ƹ༑Ʒ (imago), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 12:26 (2 days ago) Permalink

Surely if you're heading down the immature nicknames road for that ham-faced dickhead, it'd be Camoron?

resting rich face (suzy), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 12:35 (2 days ago) Permalink

progressive reaction

intelligent, expressive males within the greater metropolitan (Bananaman Begins), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:18 (2 days ago) Permalink


Mark G, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 15:56 (2 days ago) Permalink

• Respond to the Ukip threat by pledging to scrap the Human Rights Act, which will be replaced by a new British bill of rights that would transform Britain’s relationship with the European court of human rights. The prime minister also said that he would put restrictions on the freedom of movement within the EU at the heart of his renegotiation plans before his planned referendum in 2017.

Oh, yay!

Neither of those things are likely to be remotely achievable though.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Wednesday, 1 October 2014 18:08 (Yesterday) Permalink

Nicky Morgan on Radio 4 this evening: "people in the UK are sick of human rights"

Chimp Arsons, Wednesday, 1 October 2014 18:15 (Yesterday) Permalink

Can see why they made her minister for women and equality.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Wednesday, 1 October 2014 18:19 (Yesterday) Permalink


glumdalclitch, Wednesday, 1 October 2014 21:53 (Yesterday) Permalink

Create jobs for everyone TICK
Safeguard the NHS TICK

cardamon, Wednesday, 1 October 2014 22:15 (Yesterday) Permalink

'English votes for own laws' propaganda from non-dom aussie newspaper mogul

A college wearing a sweater that says “John Belushi” (stevie), Wednesday, 1 October 2014 22:35 (Yesterday) Permalink

People on £10,000 gain £0.00 from this tax cut (but have their benefits cut/frozen)
People on £50,000 gain £1600.00 from this tax cut (and continue to receive child benefit)

Guinness on your moustache (onimo), Wednesday, 1 October 2014 23:09 (Yesterday) Permalink


piscesx, Thursday, 2 October 2014 02:07 (17 minutes ago) Permalink

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