Monthly Archives: July 2004

Where we are

OK. Tony Blair got off in the commons, partly because Robin Cook makes a much more credible spokesman for the opposition than Michael Howard. But on MOnday James Meek in G2, and Fisk in the Indie (links later: there’s something … Continue reading Continue reading

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Where did all the money go?

The admirable “Billmon”:http://billmon.org/archives/001604.html has a statistic I don’t understand and can’t really believe: %(sane)All told, real wages dropped more than 20 _per cent_ between 1972 and 1992. I’ve often wondered what the political fallout would have been if that same … Continue reading Continue reading

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Freudian eyes

I caught sight of the “Conservative party’s logo”:http://www.timcollins.co.uk/img/interface/header/img2.jpg on a web site that people were being “invited to mock, “:http://www.timcollins.co.uk/pressrelease/viewrelease.cfm?ID=530 and I thought it represented some kind of delta-winged craft crashing after an erratic flight. Only later did I remember … Continue reading Continue reading

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acid slug drool

There was a scare last weekend that gardeners would be prosecuted if slugs can be shown to feel pain. As far as most gardeners are concerned, the problem with slugs is that they don’t feel enough pain: compared to the … Continue reading Continue reading

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wholesale spam slaughter

Last week I finally tired of the 2000+ spams a day that were coming into darwinwars.com. My lovely little Python script showed that about 75-80% of them were dictionary attacks so I fixed things so that all mail was refused … Continue reading Continue reading

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meet the neighbours

From time to time, I like to post photographs of people who comment on this blog. This is Sean (the man kneeling behind him is his ghost writer). Continue reading

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Death penalty for abortionists

I know they do things differently on Fox news; I know this report comes from Tulsa, Oklahoma where, again, things are different from Saffron Walden. Even so, if a candidate for the United States Senate told me he favoured “the … Continue reading Continue reading

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The great thing

about working for the _Guardian_ is that you get to hear really improbable rumours about Rod Liddle’s sex life. Continue reading

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The Butler Report

In full, in PDF, is “already online.”:http://www.official-documents.co.uk/document/deps/hc/hc898/898.pdf Continue reading

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Actors and whores

The bar in the new Rada building is one of the least depraved places I know: full of hard-working good looking young people drinking healthy coffees and smoling healthy cigarettes. But whenever I sit there, I remember a story about … Continue reading Continue reading

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