Trying to be cheerful

My New Years message wasn’t exactly a barrel of laughs so I’ll plug a few wholesome things that actually make me happy.

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January 2, 2022. Links, Media Picks, Sensible, Xmas. Leave a comment.

Groundhog Year?

I was trying to think what to write in this year’s New Year’s message. In fact, I’ve been trying to think what to write more generally. My thoughts are (in)coherent enough for Twitter but not for proper articles/blogs/posts or whatever these things are called.

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December 25, 2021. #Brexit, COVID-19, Politics, Sensible, Xmas. Leave a comment.

The Stench of Death

Before I start ranting, let me be very clear that this is just an uncorroborated rumour at this stage.

And with that we proceed to the rant…

This had better just be some vicious little wank fantasy. The death penalty is an absolute moral evil! If the Government were to bring this forward, even if it were defeated, then any possible path to redemption for the UK would have to include the abolition and proscription of the Tory Party.

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December 27, 2020. Law, Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Happy? New? Something?

Last year I wished you all a happy new year in a very downbeat message but I underestimated how bad it would be by several metric fucktonnes. What an utterly godawful year it has been!

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December 24, 2020. #Brexit, Art, Personal, Politics, Sensible, Xmas. 2 comments.

On losing and losers

The world is full of people who dream of being Dictators, Absolute Monarchs, Sultans, Potentates, Tsars, Grand Viziers, Crown Princes, Pharaohs, Doges, Emperors, God-Emperors, Fuhrers, Duces, Presidents For Life, Messiahs and sometimes even Antichrists. Such people rarely end well. Such rulers may resent democracy for removing them from power before they can fulfil the great mission for which divine providence has apparently somehow ordained them but… Democracy is actually a pretty sweet deal for them.

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November 5, 2020. Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Gratuitous Schadenfreude

We live in a world that seems to be sliding ever closer to outright fascism. That is deeply depressing but we also live in a world where teenage K-Pop fans can successfully troll the imbecile President of the United States of America, from the comfort of their own homes, and leave him flailing around with absolutely no idea of what actually happened. Trump is currently blaming everything on a completely nonexistent mob allegedly besieging his half arsed attempt at a combined Nuremberg Rally and plague party.

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June 21, 2020. Tags: , . COVID-19, Politics, Sensible. 1 comment.

Harry Potter and the Gobshite of Ire

Well, Pride month is not exactly a barrel of laughs this year, is it? Everything fun is cancelled and then there is… ugh… this…

I feel for all the Harry Potter fans. If it is any help, I share your bewilderment that somebody who wrote characters who argued so well for inclusion and against prejudice could fall headlong into one of the most dangerous targeted hate movements currently around. There had been clues for quite a while that this was coming but I’m sure that many fans had no idea about this until very recently and many others were just hoping against hope that it wasn’t what it seemed to be.

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June 11, 2020. Books, History, Politics, Sensible. 1 comment.

Where Fascism Ends

As we celebrate, no, not “celebrate”, but mark, VE day, it is worth reflecting on where Fascism inevitably takes its adherents.

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May 8, 2020. History, Politics, Sensible. 1 comment.

There is no prioritisation of the elderly

You will no doubt have received hundreds of very similar emails from various companies telling us all about what they are doing “at this difficult time” making a big deal about prioritising the elderly and vulnerable and generally auditioning for sainthood.

This is all bullshit and I’m calling bullshit on it. I’m naming names. There is no prioritisation of the elderly! It is all just PR! I give all this corporate autohagiography a D-. It is unreadable drivel. More to the point, it isn’t helping anybody!

(Oh, yes. And there will be swearing. I guess I should have mentioned that before.)

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April 17, 2020. COVID-19, IT, Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Soylent Groan

I am not an economist. Nonetheless I would like to start with an economic point so basic that it should be completely uncontroversial irrespective of your economic philosophy:

The idiots who are saying that we should sacrifice people to save the economy are economic illiterates because they fail to grasp that the economy is made out of people.

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March 31, 2020. COVID-19, Money, Politics, Sensible. 1 comment.

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