PRIVATISE THE RIVER THAMES? A woman throws herself in front of a horse = a heroine. A man swims across the Boat Race = a subversive criminal. I’m sure racegoers at the 1913 Epsom Derby would have been as angry as viewers of the 2012 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race if Emily Davison had merely [...]
Author Archives: Antoine Clarke
FRENCH SOCIALISTS APPROVE 14 PRIORITIES FOR EUROPEAN ELECTION IN 2014. Initial thoughts: the hard left got some concessions but not enough to prevent the “Notre Europe” document from being opposed by 10% of delegates at a special convention in Paris. The main plank seems to be no austerity in France and someone else must pay [...]
TAKING NO CHANCES IN ISTANBUL. Having bulldozed a protestor camp overnight the Turkish government reports the arrival of thousands of riot police from all over Turkey (including Kurdish areas). And there’s this: Municipal workers could be seen planting flowers as police maintained security cordons. (BBC) This is either a sign of thorough image management or [...]
JESUS ON A HARLEY… Pope Francis blesses hundreds of Harley Davidsons and their riders on the 110th anniversary of the iconic motorcycle company’s founding.
GOVERNMENT ATTACKS PROTESTORS IN TURKEY. Background from a libertarian perspective here. On the other hand it started as an eco-socialist protest: The protest started as a campaign by environmentalists to save what they say is one of central Istanbul’s few green spaces. But it spiralled into the most serious show of defiance against Mr Erdogan [...]
ONE IN NINE PEOPLE ADMIT THEY WOULD COMPLAIN ABOUT NHS to regulator. Regulator says… The NHS might “only” be nine times worse than the number of public complaints suggests. Assuming that 90% of the people who SAY they would complain aren’t just telling the regulator what they think it wants to hear (which would mean [...]
HOW PRISM WORKS. Because the program was set up by George W. Bush’s administration, with first the “Terrorist Surveillance Program” (which copied ALL emails going through US internet servers!) then the Star Chamber (which doesn’t seem to have an official name), it seems fair game for the otherwise comatose media to report. Where President Obama [...]
CHINESE WINE STUDENTS ATTACKED IN SW FRANCE. Le Monde reports “persons well known to the Gendarmerie” have been arrested [link in French]. Round up the usual suspects?
MARGARET THATCHER IS DEAD.
AMAZON SHRUGS. [With apologies to
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