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May 20, 2010

Remember Labour aren't The Good Guys

I have a few Labour supporting friends. They’re already getting misty-eyed about the government that’s just gone. I agree with them that they were probably better than Dick Clemaron’s lot are going to be, but look at what they did while they were in power …

anti-terrorism laws
student top-up fees
against a transparent Parliament
against laws to stop climate change
the Iraq war
against an investigation into the Iraq war
ID cards

Of the people standing to be the next leader, all of them were behind most of those things above, which makes them scum, obviously. The exceptions are Diane Abbott who only fails on half, but is still a total tosser for being into magic beans http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Abbott#Support_for_homeopathy

Only one of the candidates seems to be one of the few politicians to be not-scum and that’s John McDonnell. http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/john_mcdonnell/hayes_and_harlington

Here’s an excerpt from his maiden speech.

“Despite my respect for the conventions of the House, I shall not perjure myself by praising my immediate Tory predecessor… He was a stain on the character of this House, the Conservative party which harboured him and the good name of my constituency. He brought shame on the political process of this country by his blatant espousal of racism and his various corrupt dealings. He demeaned the House by his presence, and I deeply regret that the Conservative party failed to take action to stem his flow of vile bigotry. Thankfully, my constituents can now say good riddance to this malignant creature.”

How cool is that?

It looks like Labour has one chance to stop being the utter dickwads they were over the past 13 years. What’s the betting they won’t take it?


April 30, 2008

Game Over

Writing about web page http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/apr/28/games.censorship

The Today Programme’s “Thought for the Day” (usually a misnomer because it usually contains nothing that approximates any thought) was on GTA IV. Actually it was pretty balanced. Yes GTA IV is violent, but it’s 18 certificate. Yes if you’re playing games all day, you need to get out more, but there’s good stuff about them too. Go Mona.

Apparently, though, not all of The Establishment has been quite so considered in their comments, if this backlash is anything to go by (see weblink). You know when someone says something so spot on you just want everyone to hear it? How about this quote

“Call them social inadequates if you like, but when they have more friends in World of Warcraft than you have in your entire sad little booze-oriented culture of a real life, the most you’ll get from them is pity.”

That’s Richard Bartle’s contribution. Here’s mine: Games don’t kill people. Politicians kill people.


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