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.

Is This… Nostalgia?

So, I checked my Wikipedia watchlist, to make sure that nobody was dicking around with any of the articles that I watch, and saw that somebody had (legitimately) edited the article on the 2013 horse meat scandal and I was hit by a wave of… what? Nostalgia?

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April 19, 2020. COVID-19, Food, Silly. Leave a 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.

Self-improvement?

Everybody else: Reading improving books. Learning languages. Searching for meaning in the dark chaos of these troubled times.

Me: Binge-watching UNHhhh, because I am trash.

April 4, 2020. COVID-19, Media Picks, Personal, Silly. 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.

Thoughts on Unity and Forgiveness

As we approach the fateful hour when all British people lose our rights as EU Citizens, and we skulk off to face our bleak future alone, I feel the need to type something. If nothing else it stops me from punching the wall. And I do have some thoughts. They might even make some sense…

Unity and forgiveness are often portrayed as universally good things. The reality is a bit more complicated.

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January 31, 2020. #Brexit, Politics, Sensible, Social Media. 3 comments.

War with Iran: What you need to know pt2

Six months ago I set out some very obvious basic facts that any six year old with access to Wikipedia could have worked out:

(Yeah, I know. Real genius level stuff.)

To this I would like to add one more thing:

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January 3, 2020. Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Happy? New? Year?

It’s that time of year again, when I apologise to everybody that I was supposed to send holiday cards to for being too disorganised and depressed to do so. In my defence, this has been a fucking depressing trip round the sun and, while I do genuinely wish everybody a happy new year, I think we all know that it won’t be.

What year is it next year, anyway?

The same year as it always is. 2016.

So, as we face our fifth consecutive 2016, I don’t really think that happiness is the correct thing to wish you all. Sure, if you can find any happiness then grab it with both hands but I doubt that most of us will see much happiness until November at the very earliest, and even then I don’t think it is wise to get our hopes up too much. Instead I will wish you all fortitude.

Survive Brexit. Survive the end of the UK. Survive Boris. Survive Trump. Survive all this and help eachother to survive it.

Or, to put it another way:

“Seest thou yon dreary Plain, forlorn and wilde,
The seat of desolation, voyd of light,
Save what the glimmering of these livid flames
Casts pale and dreadful? Thither let us tend
From off the tossing of these fiery waves,
There rest, if any rest can harbour there,
And reassembling our afflicted Powers,
Consult how we may henceforth most offend
Our Enemy, our own loss how repair,
How overcome this dire Calamity,
What reinforcement we may gain from Hope,
If not what resolution from despare.”

Hold on. Did you just quote Satan?

Well, its actually Milton, but, you know… It seems appropriate to these benighted times…

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December 22, 2019. Personal, Sensible, Xmas. 2 comments.

UK Election Winners and Losers

So, let us see how this “landslide” slid…

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December 13, 2019. #Brexit, Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Last chance?

We go into a defining week for the United Kingdom in a terrible state[1]. On Thursday we face an election which could lead to economic ruin and the end of the UK. None of the parties look good and it is very easy to give in to apathy and despair. It is important to remember that not all the parties are the same. Even in this sick joke of an election, our votes do matter, if we care enough to make them matter.

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December 8, 2019. #Brexit, Money, Politics, Sensible. 1 comment.

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