Thursday, 8 September 2011


Banks Enjoyed '£46bn Taxpayer Subsidy' In 2010

Commented Sep 8, 2011 at 06:34:53 in UK

“That's about £1000 per person, or £1500 per worker.
Unfortunat­ely, like most welfare recipients­, the banks regard this as their right rather than something they should be grateful for.
D.C. Public Schools Revises Controversial Teacher Evaluation System Implemented By Rhee

D.C. Public Schools Revises Controversial Teacher Evaluation System

Commented Sep 7, 2011 at 05:43:59 in Education

“I love the morality implicit in the sentence: "Some have argued that the system could drive teachers to cheat..." Note: it is the system, not the cheaters, who are at fault.
     I also like the idea of keeping "minimally effective" teachers in the classroom, so that the next cohort can also be denied a decent education.
    As we sow, so shall we reap
Why Are Tories Having Dinner Tonight With Son Of Syrian 'War Criminal'?

Why Are Tories Having Dinner Tonight With Son Of Syrian 'War Criminal'?

Commented Sep 7, 2011 at 05:31:21 in UK Politics

“Why indeed - Shouldn't the sins of the father be visited for at least 7 generation­s?   Who cares if he is a critic of Assad's regime - that's only since he left Syria.  Who knows what he got up to before he was 9?
Crown Prosecution Service Defends Approach To Assisted Suicide Cases

Crown Prosecution Service Defends Approach To Assisted Suicide Cases

Commented Sep 6, 2011 at 07:19:45 in UK Politics

"...he appears to be interpreti­ng his own prosecutio­n guidance very liberally indeed," Nice to see the CPS is doing something right.”
Policy Exchange Suggests Police Wear Uniform When Travelling To Work

Policy Exchange Suggests Police Wear Uniform When Travelling To Work

Commented Sep 5, 2011 at 11:40:07 in UK

“I see no problem with that, as long as we pay them for the time spent commuting.   If we want them to do as they're told and want them to be seen, then they are working - don't try to pretend they are "off duty." People who are off-duty can wear what they darn well please.
Rebecca Leighton: Police Could Face Claims For Damages

Rebecca Leighton: Police Could Face Claims For Damages

Commented Sep 4, 2011 at 03:47:25 in UK

Don't like her chances: hard to get wrongful arrest where there is reasonable suspicion.   Still, the police arrested her too early because the media hounded them into doing something - anything. Will this give anyone in the media pause? 
    Nah. We get a story baying for the cops to be hasty, then we get a story admonishin­g the cops for being too hasty. What does this do to justice and our society? Who cares? It sells soap
, innit.
Joe Walsh To Skip Obama Jobs Speech, Calls President 'Idiotic'

Joe Walsh To Skip Obama Jobs Speech, Calls President 'Idiotic'

Commented Sep 3, 2011 at 10:48:15 in Politics

“Yeah, why talk about jobs when you can attend a seminar with potential donors to your next election campaign?”
South Dakota Can Require Doctors To Tell Women Seeking Abortions That They Have 'Existing Relationship' With Fetus, Court Rules

South Dakota Can Require Doctors To Tell Women Seeking Abortions That They Have 'Existing Relationship' With Fetus, Court Rules

Commented Sep 3, 2011 at 10:45:27 in Politics

“Do they have to tell patients the same thing about tape worms?
Obama's Ozone Standards Retreat Angers Environmental Groups, Ignores Science

Obama's Ozone Standards Retreat Angers Environmental Groups, Ignores Science

Commented Sep 3, 2011 at 10:43:43 in Green

“Single issue groups are always outraged and angry. 
They don't understand that politics is the art of the possible.”

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