You Do That Vince, You Set The LibDems As Arch Remainers

That people should set out their stalls before an election is rather the point. We out here, us Great Unwashed, get to look at what our desirous to be rulers think about the world and we get to choose. So, Vince Cable setting the LibDems up as the arch remainers stall is just fine. It’s even the purpose of the process.

The thing is though, having so stated that they’re the arch Remainers, are they going to then take the lesson of the election when we have had our say?…

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We Don’t Need To Change The Lyrics Much For Enola May, Do We?

Prompted by this:

I’ve just seen Theresa May derided as ‘The Enola May’ – have you heard of a better name based put down of her?

How much change do we need to this?

You should have stayed at home yesterday
Ah-ha words can’t describe
The feeling and the way you lied These games you play
They’re going to end in more than tears some day
Ah-ha Enola May
It shouldn’t ever have to end this way

It’s eight fifteen
And that’s the time that it’s always been
We got your message on the radio
Conditions normal and you’re coming home Is mother proud of little boy today
Ah-ha this kiss you give
It’s never ever going to fade away

It shouldn’t ever have to end this way
Ah-ha Enola May
It shouldn’t fade in our dreams away It’s eight fifteen
And that’s the time that it’s always been
We got your message on the radio
Conditions normal and you’re coming home
Is mother proud of little boy today
Ah-ha this kiss you give
It’s never ever going to fade away

Better versions of these lyrics are invited in the comments.…

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Solving Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Housing Woes – Abolish The Green Belt

It would appear that vastly rich young men like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are having problems in finding suitable housing. They’re in and around Manchester, Liverpool, there are at least four Premiership football clubs up there, there’re a lot of people on tens of thousands of pounds a week. And yet they’re not likely to stay up around there for more than a few years, thus buying doesn’t interest all that much.

They also want to rent, umm, well, not perhaps houses always in the very best taste.…

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TEACH Grants, Loans And Why The Hell Do People Want The Government To Do More?

An interesting little example of how government actually works here. No, not a story of how it should work. Nor of how we’ll all be sniffing unicorn farts if only the bureaucrats got to run more of our lives. Instead, the reality of how allowing the technocrats power actually works out.

The US Government has an unobjectionable little program to encourage people to become teachers. Their student loans become instead a grant if they agree to go teach in a low income public school for 4 years.…

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If Zero Carbon By 2050 Has No Costs Then There Are No Opportunity Costs

Slightly sad, Ambrose Evans Pritchard has gone off the deep end here. For he’s claiming that the UK going zero carbon by 2050 has no costs associated with it. The glory of lots of investment in all things Green will produce economic growth – which it might indeed, investment can do that – and therefore there’s no cost to us all of such a change in how we power our society.

This is of course tosh, utter colei*.…

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Will Peers Have To Declare Their Interests And Incomes From The European Union?

The Lords is talking about tightening up the rules about who must declare what interest in the House. All this Russian and Chinese money that might sway how people vote and all that. You know, as if peers are Facebook adverts.

One interesting question is how are they going to frame the rules in a manner which doesn’t catch the Kinnocks and Mandelsons, those who very definitely are receiving foreign money on a regular basis? Their EU pensions:

Ministers are to launch a sweeping clean-up of public life in an effort to stem the tide of “red money” from Russia and China swirling through parliament, lobbying firms and the City.

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Uganda’s Miss Curvy Contest 2019 Has A Winner – Belinda Nansaasi

A couple of months back there was a little disturbance in the space time continuum as Uganda decided to try to popularise itself as a tourist destination by running a “Miss Curvy” contest. Ample women having, so the local culture has it, ample charms so why not flaunt such to get people coming to the country?

To be sure, feminists didn’t quite see it as that:

Uganda has unveiled a new tourism strategy that focuses on promoting its “naturally endowed nice-looking women”.

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Female Exposure To Alpha Males Increases Marriage, Decreases Work And Education

Quite how to interpret this particular finding is, well, it’s open. But one viable comment is that when girls associate with, are exposed to, alpha males they’re more likely to marry, have children, than they are to get educated and go to work. This effect seems limited to the bottom half of the female population.

We could even put it that being around men who might be able to provide for children and a domestic life increases the chances of choosing children and a domestic life.…

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BAME Representation In Local Councils

This complaint seems fair enough at one level.

Councils in Portsmouth and Brighton have been accused by the Operation Black Vote (OBV) pressure group of being among the least representative authorities across England for people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. An analysis of 123 single tier councils shows that nearly one in every four councils – 23% – have no elected representatives from minority ethnic communities. When local authorities with just one BAME councillor are included, this brings the total to one third of councils.

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Someone’s Got To Pay The Taxes Even If Labour Councils Don’t Collect From The Favoured

If we’re going to have government that swallows a significant portion of everyone’s incomes – and some vast chunk like one third of everything everyone does – then non-collection of taxes from certain favoured groupings is going to mean more tax being paid by everyone else. This seems obvious enough. And of course this is an argument used over there on the left. That if the rich don’t pay their “fair share” then everyone else has to dig deeper.…

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