Saturday, February 25, 2006

Democracy - where?

An excellent article in the Guardian comments on two aspects of modern life, the appalling lack of service from many organisations and the encroachment of the police state.

On the first point, business spends a fortune on advertising that they are there for the punter and then treats the punter like dirt. Want service? Well, phone this hot line, probably based in India. What will happen when you do - nothing really, no-one knows what you are talking about and fewer care.

As to the police state, it goes hand in hand with the loss of democracy. What is the point of voting? You get the same rubbish whoever you vote for - and if you get someone you actually want, like Londoners voted massively for Ken Livingstone, an unelected quango (containing the former Chief Executive of East Riding - a man who is the byword for confrontation with workers) will suspend him for speaking his mind.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Up in Smoke

Predictably, there has been an outcry against the smoking ban in pubs as an infringement on liberty. The usual argument is that if you don't like smoke, don't go into a smoky pub. Well, here in Barnsley, virtually every pub is a smoky pub, yet often it is a minority of individuals who are creating this atmosphere. I like a pint in a pub, but I object to sore eyes and stinking like an ashtray at the end of the evening. If pub landlords had made a bit of effort at providing smoke free areas - real smoke free, not just a small area where people can't smoke but smoke can drift all over the place - then a lot of this issue would have been defused.

So tough, smokers - a little more consideration on your part could have avoided this, but as you all couldn't give a toss about my right to not suffer the effects of smoke, so I don't give a toss about your supposed loss of freedom.

Monday, February 13, 2006

How much more weird can it get?

Probably a lot! The past few weeks have seen more and more weirdness in the world. The Danish cartoons - yes, they were nasty and unaceptable but the reaction to them was out of all proportion.

Gordon Brown seems to be all ministers now. His pronouncements on security and terror are the province of the Home Secretary, but Brown sees it his place now. Not to mention he seems to be trying to place himself to the right of Blair....

Berlusconi likens himself to Jesus......

The US lackeys in the WTO tell the rest of us that we must accept GM products from the Yanks (fat chance). In the same week, the Land of the Free refuses entry to Jose Bove, anti-GM campaigner into the country to give a speech for which he had been invited...

Cheney manages to shoot a lawyer whilst out Quail hunting...

British soldiers behave disgracefully and are stupid enough to video themselves doing it...

People seem to think Pete Doherty is an important poet...

Middlesborough beat Chelsea 3-0...

Weirder and weirder - and as HTS said, "When the going turns weird, the weird turn professional".