Archive for August, 2011

Quote of the Week

“Insurrection is an art, and like all arts has its own laws.”

Leon Trotsky

August 10, 2011 at 10:38 pm Leave a comment

The door revolves…again

Joy unconfined at the news that the former chief medical officer (for England) has joined a global lobbying firm working in the private health industry.

Sir Liam Donaldson retired last year and now works for APCO Worldwide as a member of its “international advisory council”. The company’s UK healthcare clients include Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and the British Association of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers.

So another senior civil servant has slid into a comfy berth in an industry he was previously monitoring! Sir Liam will doubtless splutter that he had no thoughts of future employment when he was responsible for the nation’s health. But, honestly, how does he know about his own subconscious motivation??

While the new broom is out for the Murdoch empire, how about jamming it in this dodgy revolving door?

August 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm Leave a comment

Norwegian Thoughts

I’m among the thousands of people who’ve been crying in front of the TV as the dignified Norwegians show us all how to behave in these situations.

But there’s a much smaller group, apparently comprising Charlie Brooker, me, and about three other people. Charlie and I have reservations – and then some – about the way events were reported. I’ve no desire to bang on for ages about this, but could someone from the mainstream media answer these 2 questions:

  • Why are you continuing to give the Norwegian Nazi exactly what he wants?
  • How many revolting little nutters do you think are currently preparing their own atrocity? Whatever the number, I’m sure they’ll have a nice manifesto and airbrushed photos ready for their ascent to global superstardom….

 Why is it only Charlie who can grasp this incredibly obvious point?

August 2, 2011 at 11:01 am Leave a comment


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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.