Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Lazy, uninspired, so a quiz again:
|You Are Midnight|
You are more than a little eccentric, and you're apt to keep very unusual habits.
Whether you're a nightowl, living in a commune, or taking a vow of silence - you like to experiment with your lifestyle.
Expressing your individuality is important to you, and you often lie awake in bed thinking about the world and your place in it.
You enjoy staying home, but that doesn't mean you're a hermit. You also appreciate quality time with family and close friends.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Any readers of mine who happen to be in Berlin this Sunday might one to consider this:
Saturday, January 20, 2007
The Beeb has just secured itself some big happy funding increases, and inevitably there’s been some debate about the future of the corporation.
Needless to say the increase is funding is completely unjustified, but it’s worth reiterating why this is so.
So, how should public services be funded? There are two ways. Either we decide this is a general, indivisible social good and then it should be free at the point of use and paid by general taxation (see defence, policing, the NHS). Alternatively we could decide that a given service is inherently monopolistic and then the state is the most efficient provider, which would then mean that its users simply buy the service directly from the provider/state as in a market place.
And talking of biases, the BBC will also have to sort its political and cultural biases as documented en masse by Biased BBC.
All in all these changes would make the BBC one the great British institutions again.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Not really surprising I gues . . . .
|Your Political Profile:|
|Overall: 70% Conservative, 30% Liberal|
|Social Issues: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal|
|Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal|
|Fiscal Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal|
|Ethics: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal|
|Defense and Crime: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal|
Thursday, January 18, 2007
I can’t quite rid myself of the feeling that I am the only one who feels 300 years of British unity is something good and worth being happy about. There’s been so much bad blood been flowing about the future of the nation these past weeks and monthy, with a level of ill will towards each other I wouldn’t have thought possible. So I am heartened to see that not everything is perhaps quite that dire: Peter Riddell and Nick Robinson both suggest that may be less appetite for ripping the Kingdom apart than superficial glances would suggest. Yay to that!