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

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d-cam is editing the next issue of the big issue o_0 o_0

whose ideas was that?

[Big Issue founder, John] Bird revealed in 2010 "My guilty secret is that I’m really a working class Tory. There, I’ve said it. I’d love to be a liberal because they’re the nice people but it’s really hard work – I can’t swallow their gullibility and I think their ideas are stupid. I’d love to be someone who wonders around in a kind of Utopian paradise seeing only the good in everybody but I just can’t. I support capital punishment for a start. I know this will destroy my reputation among middle-class liberals but I’m 64 now and I should be able to breathe a bit. Wearing the corsetry of liberalism means that every now and then you have to take it off."

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 22 July 2011 10:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

My guilty secret is that I’m really a working class Tory

Form what i've seen of this guy over the years I wouldn't exactly call that a secret

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 22 July 2011 10:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

"working class"

graveshitwave (Noodle Vague), Friday, 22 July 2011 10:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

Is that the British meaning of 'liberal' or the American definition?

natalie imbroglio (suzy), Friday, 22 July 2011 10:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

US I imagine, I assume the sneer used when saying it is the same in any case

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 22 July 2011 10:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

Getting people to sell your product without having to worry about if they have enough to pay their mortgages...

Mark G, Friday, 22 July 2011 10:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

Plus, of course, being pure 'profit-share' means the minimum wage doesn't apply, right?

Mark G, Friday, 22 July 2011 10:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm not slagging the whole enterprise, just defining it.

Mark G, Friday, 22 July 2011 10:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

I used to write for the Big Issue in the '90s. I seldom see people buying them with the same enthusiasm today.

natalie imbroglio (suzy), Friday, 22 July 2011 11:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yes, it's only middle-class liberals who wonder around in a kind of Utopian paradise seeing only the good in everybody who seem to buy it these days

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 22 July 2011 11:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

The rest of us have taken our corsets off and say "no thanks"

Mark G, Friday, 22 July 2011 11:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

Huhne's a naughty boy then?

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 22 July 2011 13:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

Re: RAF Leuchars

Dowd / Billy Dods - please email me at albaba at gmail dot com if you're interested in writing a short blogpost about the closure for this series:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/series/the-cuts-get-personal

... or could put me in touch with someone who might be.

Cheers

Alba, Monday, 25 July 2011 16:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

Does ilx just not have a norway massarcre thread? Or am I being dense looking at sna?

I am Louise Boat (a hoy hoy), Monday, 25 July 2011 17:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

2011 Oslo/Utoeya Norway attacks

Gukbe, Monday, 25 July 2011 17:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

Cheers.

I am Louise Boat (a hoy hoy), Monday, 25 July 2011 17:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

What an amazing old duffer:

A DISTINGUISHED barrister has called on Theresa May to ban “left-wing” marches in Piccadilly after damage to the Ritz at anti-cuts protests earlier this year.

John Beveridge QC (pictured) co-founder and chairman of amenity group the St James’s Conservation Trust, said such marches attracted “ragtag” protesters who “become violent and urinate all over the place”.

He added: “I have written to the Home Secretary, who has responded in the usual pusillanimous and ambiguous way, that these marches should be sent on routes that don’t take them past Fortnum and Mason and Cartier and the Ritz, that pass ordinary shops that won’t so inflame them. There’s no fun for them in attacking Safeway or Costcutter, but they love beating up the Ritz.

“The Home Secretary should have a bit more political guts and say that this type of march must be diverted elsewhere.”

http://www.westendextra.com/news/2011/jul/keep-activist-protests-away-ritz-says-john-beveridge-qc-common-sense-restrict-marches

James Mitchell, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 06:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

ahem, safeway haven't existed in the UK for a decade or thereabouts?

i'm not a lawyer, but i play one on a messageboard (stevie), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 07:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

Think the 73 year-old barister might be a little out-of-touch.

James Mitchell, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 07:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

Personally I want my protesters to be urinating everywhere!

I am Louise Boat (a hoy hoy), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 08:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14315442

Once Were Moderators (DG), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 19:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

can't wait for the next series of the thick of it:

Steve Hilton, David Cameron’s enigmatic strategy director, has startled colleagues by proposing the abolition of maternity leave and all consumer rights legislation, as part of an initiative to inject life into Britain’s sluggish economy.Mr Hilton’s crusade against employment legislation also saw him suggest that Mr Cameron just ignore European labour regulations on temporary workers, prompting an exasperated exchange with Jeremy Heywood, Downing Street’s permanent secretary.
“Steve asked why the PM had to obey the law,” said one Whitehall insider of a meeting in March to discuss the government’s growth strategy. “Jeremy had to explain that if David Cameron breaks the law he could be put in prison.”
Mr Hilton is highly admired by Mr Cameron for his original thinking, but the shaven-headed policy guru’s friends admit that three-quarters of his ideas fail to get off the drawing board – to the relief of colleagues.

even the FT raising an eyebrow there.

joe, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

but they love beating up the Ritz.

If you're blue and you don't know where to go to
Why don't you go where lefties have fits
Beating up the Ritz.

Keep shouting sir, we'll find you (DavidM), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 23:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

holy shit the thick of it best come back now

I am Louise Boat (a hoy hoy), Thursday, 28 July 2011 07:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

That Thick of It special must have been thrown off course so many times in the last 18 months or so. The level of rewriting going on must have been ridiculous.

Matt DC, Thursday, 28 July 2011 08:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2011/07/blue-labour-conservative-mood

These people are the most appalling cocks.

Matt DC, Friday, 29 July 2011 10:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

who? the SWP, Blu Labor or Mandy?

i'm sorry for whatever (Noodle Vague), Friday, 29 July 2011 10:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

i know what the answer is really :)

i'm sorry for whatever (Noodle Vague), Friday, 29 July 2011 10:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

'all of them' iirc

only bad dog on the street (history mayne), Friday, 29 July 2011 12:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, who was at Oxford University at the same time as Mrs Mensch, insisted he had only ever witnessed her enjoying a "small glass of sherry".

MY WEEDS STRONG BLUD.mp3 (nakhchivan), Saturday, 30 July 2011 02:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

Presumably the stern, disapproving glare of Jacob Rees-Mogg's nanny ensured that she behaved appropriately when in his vicinity.

HIS BODY IS FAT BECAUSE HE HAVE BIG HEART (ShariVari), Saturday, 30 July 2011 07:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

class bigotry is a terrible thing so i take no pleasure in wanting to set Jacob Rees-Mogg's tweed suit on fire

i'm sorry for whatever (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 30 July 2011 07:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

"I saw her taking snuff occasionally but what's wrong with that?"

a more annuated ilx user (Ned Trifle II), Saturday, 30 July 2011 07:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

oh jacob she was never gonna share her coke with you ;_;

lex pretend, Saturday, 30 July 2011 07:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

MY WEEDS STRONG BLUD.mp3 (nakhchivan), Sunday, 31 July 2011 14:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

tottenham appears to be burning

lex pretend, Sunday, 7 August 2011 01:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

needs more 'comedians' with pies.

Mark G, Sunday, 7 August 2011 01:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

i agree, they are needed, right in the middle of the flames

lex pretend, Sunday, 7 August 2011 01:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

all of them

lex pretend, Sunday, 7 August 2011 01:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

the guardian article on it is so (maybe understandably on account of haste &c) weirdly written and sorta funny? it has lots of parts that are like Some were sighted with a television and an electric guitar, and quotes some guy being all 'looks like this is going to get pretty tasty'

(oboe interlude) (schlump), Sunday, 7 August 2011 01:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicohogg

nakhchivan, Sunday, 7 August 2011 02:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

caek, Sunday, 7 August 2011 03:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

caek, Sunday, 7 August 2011 03:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

RIP Wood Green Shopping City.

James Mitchell, Sunday, 7 August 2011 05:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

80s revival complete then.

Meanwhile:

A government minister has claimed that opposition to proposed planning law reforms is driven by "left-wingers" within pressure groups "picking a fight with the Government".

Organisations like the National Trust and the Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) have spoken out against the planned changes.

The National Trust has signalled its "grave concerns" over the planning reforms, warning that the proposed changes "could lead to unchecked and damaging development in the undesignated countryside on a scale not seen since the 1930s".

And the CPRE has warned that the planning system is "under attack from the Government's planning reforms", which would lead to the protection of precious countryside being "seriously weakened". The reforms are designed to streamline the rules surrounding new developments, cutting the current 1,300 pages of national planning policy to just 52. Councils will be told there should be a "presumption for development".

The CPRE has warned that the changes represent "the biggest shake-up of planning for over 50 years" and will "place the countryside under increasing threat and leave local communities and planning authorities largely powerless in the face of developer pressure".

Asked about opposition to the changes, planning minister Bob Neill told the Daily Telegraph: "This is a carefully choreographed smear campaign by left-wingers based within the national headquarters of pressure groups. This is more about a small number of interest groups trying to justify their own existence, going out of their way by picking a fight with Government."

First that one dude wants to abolish maternity rights, now this guy thinks the National Trust are Marxist insurgents. Shaping up to be one of the great Tory governments.

i'm sorry for whatever (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 7 August 2011 07:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol Nick Cohen

James Mitchell, Sunday, 7 August 2011 07:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

haha yeah

caek, Sunday, 7 August 2011 07:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

events dear boy, events

Neil S, Sunday, 7 August 2011 09:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol poor nick cohen, i kind of feel for him (but not that much cuz it was a dumb argument to be making in the first place)

lex pretend, Sunday, 7 August 2011 09:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

like, nothing about this should remotely come as a surprise.

lex pretend, Sunday, 7 August 2011 09:28 (3 years ago) Permalink


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