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The joyless council jobsworths strike again!

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What a joyless, pitiful, over regulated and petty country we’ve become. Okay, so this isn’t the most important, Earth shattering example of it but it is a bit of an real eye roller, of the “bloody typical” kind. The “happiest lollipop man in the world”, one Mr. Mdikane, ensures the pupils of Aitkenbar Primary school in…

Contracts for contracts (for contracts)

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The only proper role for government is a crucial one — to uphold contracts voluntarily entered into by consumers and businesses. Without such a role for government, there would indeed be chaos and anarchy. Advocates of “Net Neutrality” want us to believe that turning the Internet into a public utility will inaugurate this role, when…

The Duty To Avoid Tax

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For the first time ever, I walked into the Red Channel. There was nobody there, just a waist high white counter with a doorbell button. A laminated sign was sellotaped along side it which said “RING ONCE” and I pressed it. Nothing happened for the next ten minutes so I pressed the button again. Immediately a large man in a shabby…

Alex meets a Princess

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Our intrepid charity walker has gotten himself all the way to Wales and who should he bump into but Princess Anne? Did they discuss theories about the appropriate derivation of political authority? I’m thinking they didn’t. We last checked in on Alex when he’d just left Cornwall. His next stop was Clovelly, and very lovely…

Bringing knives to a gun fight

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What a mountain there is to climb. What an impossible task we have set ourselves. Earlier this week Simon wrote a piece wherein he made the very reasonable point, that an employer is not responsible (except in rare, and peculiar, circumstances) for his employee’s having a child. This was in response to an article by…

Ignorant Andy Burnham just insulted 700 NHS staff

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by ExxCeeWorking, as I do, in a political environment, you are exposed to a multitude of mangled ministerial speeches and botched press appearances every day. You almost become desensitized to the ridiculous drivel that some of them spurt out on a daily basis – but, once in a while, something catches your eye that makes…

The price we pay

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There was a turnout of 64% in the Greek general election, with 36% of those casting a winning vote, meaning only 23% of eligible voters actually voted for Syriza. Officially, less than three quarters of the population wanted to be ruled by Syriza and now will be. In other words, the Greek election was a…

Are you ready for some equality?

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The Superbowl is a noisy, bewildering event where, over the course of what feels like an eternity, teams of men dressed like medieval knights on a ‘dress down Friday’ from the waist up and Freddy Mercury on any given Friday night from the waist down, gather in a field to kick a ball/throw a ball/catch…