Category: UK

If at first you don’t suck…

Well, Kerry’s cheerleaders the far side of the Atlantic haven’t quite given up hope yet, it seems. They’ve admitted defeat this time round, of course – although they do have an interesting take on which Democrat Senator actually lost…

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Bein’ Gay as Hell in Jolly Ol’ England

I read a figure a number of times during the trip to England, regarding the overall gay-ness of the population. That figure was “three quarters of people are straight.”
Now, of course, no actual figures were given, nor were any studies cited. But apparently, the 3:1 straight:gay ratio has entered the public perception at some level, therefore it’s true.
Oh well, assuming the truth of that figure, we’ve gone from a 3% gay population, to a 10% gay population, to a 25% gay population, since around 1990. At that rate of increase, 200% of us are going to be utterly queer by 2009.
Either that, or Britain is simply the gayest country on Earth by far. Which isn’t a stretch, given the number of men who are impeccable dressers, amazing gardeners, knitters, and tea-drinkers.

Trust me, it can only help

Britons are taking so much Prozac that traces of the antidepressant are finding their way into British rivers and resevoirs.

The government’s chief environment watchdog recently held a series of meetings with the pharmaceutical industry to discuss any repercussions for human health or the ecosystem, it said.
The drug found its way into the water supply from treated sewage water, the paper said.
However, the government’s Drinking Water Inspectorate said Prozac was likely to be found in such a “watered down” form that it was unlikely to pose a health risk, The Observer reported.

My anecdotal opinion? Why not? It’ll help relax that famous collective stiff upper lip. And folks who are worried about it can help support their local plumbers by having a filtering device installed on their sinks and showers. And they can champion their local or otherwise favorite bottled-water brands. (No points for weasel-water from Evian or Perrier, similar only in their flat taste and inability to quench thirst.)
A profoundly un-libertarian position perhaps, but an uncomfortably personal one that I will gladly stand by.

Red Ken

So, Red Ken is spouting off again and as is usual, it is utter and complete b.s. that he pulls straight outta his keyster.
What exactly did he say, you ask? He called Bush the greatest threat to life on the planet and said that his policies would doom us all to extinction.
Admittedly, Bush has done some things wrong (tariffs, for one) but come on. Where the hell did this come from?

British sycophants?

Peter is rather miffed that some Brit-bloggers are so keen on the 4th of July. What has resulted is a lively discussion about the war of Independence. One commenter asked what was so wrong about Mel Gibson’s “The Patriot”. A few of us have tried to set him straight.


from: ePolitix
– London critically needs another 300 GPs, with 80 per cent of surgeries in
some areas closed to new patients, says the GLA.
– Railtrack’s state-sponsored successor, ‘Notwork’ Rail, says it will be 2010 before punctuality gets back to 2000 levels. Season tickets will go up by 4 per cent, jobs will go, can can we have another 58 billion quid please?
– The number of complaints against the NHS has reached an all-time high, from 2,660 in 2001/02 to 3,994 in 2002/3, says the health ombudsman.
– Left-wing think-tanks have seen a big fall in company donations (no surprise when they have to shell out 6 billion a year on new regulations).
– Half of the 750 million pounds spent on 50 regional aid projects went to firms that have since closed or are failing to create new jobs, says the FT.
– Government borrowing in May was the highest level since Labour came to power. Meanwhile, high-street sales fell.
– Britons admit to being among the most dishonest people in Europe, says the
Readers Digest. Mind you, the others were probably lying.
– The Inland Revenue chairman told MPs 250,000 families are still waiting for the first tax credits, two months after the policy came into effect.
– UK social security, council housing, NHS and schooling will be available to the 73 million people in countries that are about to join the EU.
– The Audit Commission says many outpatient appointments are cancelled
because staff don’t give enough notice of their intention to take holidays.
– Parents are deserting state schools in record numbers. The number of
independent school kids has gone up from 413,130 in 1999 to 432,687 today.
I’m reminded too that it was a House of Commons committee in 1883 which
pronounced the light bulb as ‘unworthy of the attention of practical or
scientific men’. Nothing changes, indeed.

From: ASI Newsletter