Archive for July, 2010

Weekend tunes

Nothing to post today, so I’ll wimp out and drop you a tune.


I don’t care what the words of this song mean or signify, I’ve no clue. I do know that I was hopelessly in love with Harriet Wheeler, from afar you understand, and although that they were oft regarded as the wimpy, commercial end of indie music at the time ~ not something a Spaceman Three fan would admit to his friends, I loved Reading, Writing & Arithmetic to bits.

I got laid to this album on more than one occasion. What’s not to like?


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“This was very black and white: Two of your officers who, despite the fact that I know you have given them guidelines because I have a copy of it, who totally disregarded them and were either so completely ignorant of the law, or decided to ignore the law – they were just going to say they knew the law better than the person they were talking to – they were very seriously intimidating. I find it quite worrying that I don’t think you are taking this quite as seriously as I think you should be.”

Anna Raccoon is right. If indeed he cannot ‘..guarantee photography guidelines will be rightly interpreted’, one of the following must happen.

  1. He should stand down, and be replaced with someone who will guarantee that officers will be sufficiently knowledgeable of the law, and be able to demonstrate a level of sufficient self discipline to respect that law, or
  2. Officers who continue to illegally harass innocent people should be sacked and replaced by those who don’t.


It isn’t difficult. Of course, if we had elected police commissioners, instead of ACPO protected bureaucrats, then the pressure to do this would increase.
Update ~ It appears that we can add ‘Rail Enforcement Officers’ to the list of petty thugs who like to intimidate and illegally detain innocent photographers. Jolly good.

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Erm, OK.

They have found two. In the same area, from the same ‘batch’, which I assume will be the spider equivalent of ‘brood’ or ‘litter’. And how do they know this?

“It is likely they came from the same place.

“It would be too much of a coincidence otherwise for two breakouts and they cant survive in the wild for long with the UK climate.

Not going to be much of an invasion, is it chaps? I am only slightly less surprised that the spiders didn’t appear to have read their Napoleonic history than by the lack of any mention of this being caused by AGW.

Or, perhaps the RSPCA are aiming for some new bans and restrictions. They like promoting them, you know.

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I had basically given up this blog stuff ~ after having to kill off the Nation of Shopkeepers, and then being able to return here, I found I had said all I had to say. I knew where my politics were after a long journey, and the election just killed me off. Shite all round. I was so wrong with my predictions that it was painful. Not painful because pride ‘was fucking with me’, but because I wasn’t prepared for the Tory hating Fibbers to do such a U turn, abandoning their civil liberties policies as quickly as Dave’s promise not to hand over any more freedoms to the EU was burnt to light EU wide DNA swapping fucktardary. I never claimed to be a sage, just a man with a few rants. Fuck me, my mates are bored of them, so I didn’t see the need to bore you all endlessly.

I was also pissed off with LPUK, if I’m honest. I’ve met Chris Mounsey a couple of times and he is a genuinely smashing chap. Can’t hold his wine after a long session drinking ale in the pub, and he should have made an effort to live nearer St Pancras so I didn’t have to endure a piss ant trip on public transport with the mother of all hangovers on a Sunday morning, but these small things I can overlook. Joking aside, and perhaps one shouldn’t criticise a man who will open his residence to a total stranger who has missed the last train back to Nottingham by one pint, I do think his decision to lead LPUK was wrong. He could have guided LPUK to write a manifesto that made ‘Road to Serfdom’  look like an ‘A’ level Politics fail, and he would still have been ambushed on the Daily Politics. Jeremy Clarkson, P. J. O’Rourke, and Penn Jillette could all have been similarly ambushed, and I’m sure many of you may think that they hold some pretty decent opinions of the wrong handedness of the state.  The Devils Kitchen was fantastic in a similar way, and thus, ironically, made him poor choice for leader.

But that aside, I don’t like little childish shits re-writing history to gain a few more vanity hits. So, messrs Boatang & Demetriou, I say to you this.

Allow me to start with a quote from one of your latest ‘let’s kick the bees nest’ posts.

Much of the firestorm that started all this off was because we left the LPUK (Libertarian Party UK) and levied some criticisms over that party’s direction and manifesto, and the lack of the development and democratic discussion of the manifesto. Amongst other reasons.

That is one of the most dishonest comments visa vi LPUK I have ever seen. However, more of that in a bit.

You fell out with a number of libertarian bloggers, some of whom have nothing to do with LPUK whatsoever, and then posted on LPUK’s members forum a combative post entitled ‘what’s the beef with B&D’, if my memory serves me correctly. Many people gave you perfectly polite advice that you were overly sensitive and rude to people who disagreed with your position, and that you both appeared to accuse anyone who felt that your proposed solutions were too state heavy as ‘extreme right wing anarcho capitalists’ or some such nonsense. You had a go at me, ffs, for arguing on your blog, that planning permission should be abolished and replaced by property rights courts. Your reply was along the lines of that ‘I wanted a free for all, blaa blaa blaa, x doesn’t have a right to do what he likes if it effects y’s property’, which despite my best efforts to explain (and it is pretty bloomin’ obvious if you think how a ‘court’ works), you defaulted to your standard position that I was some kind of extremist nut job.

You take criticism appallingly, however well articulated and argued, you often retreat to abuse, not just to swear bloggers but to many, many people who share different views to you.

You hijack the word ‘libertarian’ to the extent that anyone who doesn’t take your exact views (which you have just described in the same post as both ‘libertarian’ & ‘minachist’ which mean very different things to different people), as some kind of rude extremist (who you invariably then call a ‘cunt’ or some such).

Frankly, it would be funny, yet for the statement I’ve quoted at the beginning of this post.

I am no longer a member of LPUK, but I was there from the very start. I saw how the manifesto was developed, in full site of members, I have seen how policies were developed, again with full member input, they have all been voted on at AGM’s, or put out through the LPUK forum, etc, etc, and they are all broad, minachist policies so far removed from anarcho capitalism such that they are probably one of the most moderate collections of policies that any libertarian party anywhere has put out.

And yet you still bitch and moan, on and on and on and on and on. Boo hoo, we weren’t treated fairly, Boo hoo, everyone but us is an extremist, blaa blaa blaa.

Sirs, you are the most persistent trolls I have come across in my 16 or so years on the internet. Christ, you are more self obsessed than some of my old sparring partners on Usenet. But hey, you know what?

You’re just not very good at it, as is self-evident when you have to make completely false statements against people and organisations that have been demonstrated to be nonsense time and time again.

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