Monthly Archives: April 2009

Credit crunch contrition from the commentariat

April 29, 2009

This morning an Editorial Intelligence (EI) briefing on ‘The Credit Crunch Commentariat‘ debated whether the media had talked us into recession or had downplayed the crisis and thus exacerbated its impact. “What, pray, is all the fuss about?” wrote Ex Economist editor, Bill Emmott, in the Guardian in August 2008. “Unemployment is down, the economy is growing. If we call this financial meltdown, we’ve been leading pretty gilded lives.” (The Economist also unequivocably supported Bush and the Iraq invasion). Times columnist and Illuminatus Emeritus, Anatole Kaletsky, ‘confidently predicted’ in January... More

What part of surveillance society don’t you understand, Jacqui?

April 27, 2009

It almost beggars belief that the UK government, rebuffed in its anti-democratic plans to use the EU Data Retention Directive as a cover to create a database of all communication between citizens, is ploughing the same sordid furrow, using public data from social networking sites to to create ‘profiles’ of potential subversives. We wrote about this last month: Your-mentally-challenged-sociopathic-big-brother-is-hacking-facebook so I won’t go over old ground, but today’s BBC news rehash of the argument shows that the government is so far removed from reality and public opinion that it is... More

A bankrupt budget for a bankrupt country, from a badger and a pixie

April 23, 2009

I can’t be bothered to go into detail about the UK budget, other than to say that fat man and his friend the badger have taken us all to Carey St. It’s our fault for letting loonies run the country into the ground. Or am I being a tad too harsh again? This is NOT a ‘budget for jobs’ as Treasury Secretary Yvette Cooper – who took over the job, on merit, of course, from her husband Ed Balls – himself married to Gordon Brown, claimed with absolutely no supporting... More