Bloggers disappearing content

It’s a strange feeling.  Almost like a part of the blogosphere has been amputated, excised, guillotined even. A quick trawl around Blogspot hosted blogs shows that content posted after 11th May has gone missing. Commenting is impossible unless comments are…

Blogger’s self-inflicted woes

I find it quite amusing that blog reading has just about stopped since that mighty engine of the internet and shining example of the power of cloud computing – Blogger, has been titsup.com for approaching 48hrs now. Yet tiny garage shoestring operations…

Re: Citizen’s Income

About six years ago, being mathematically minded and a simplification campaigner, I sat down and ground through all the dozens of welfare payments – some means tested, others universal, some conditional, some unconditional, some restricted to people over a certain…

Don’t worry, your charity money’s safe.

At the risk of becoming the bloke who moans about charities, here’s another one.   The BBC, that bastion of unbiased broadcast news, gives us a report that child poverty figures are falling in the UK. You may know my…

What’s it all about… money?

Still struggling to get my head around the concept of money. Not the normal everyday concept, in which I emulate the great Dylan Thomas’ economic strategy – I do some work, produce something, someone else gives me money for it…

Compare and contrast

Remember the guy who burned the poppy on Remembrance day? Unemployed (and probably unemployable) got a £50 pound fine and boasted that he’d pay it out of his £800 a month benefits. Well the guy who tried to stop him…

Oh, Great, Uniform Wars…Again!

Yes, it’s the return of the young rebel against the system: Chris believes that forcing boys to wear long trousers during the summer affects concentration and their ability to learn. Chris is twelve. I don’t know when he got his…

March of the disabled

Disabled people to march in London against cuts to benefits and services They can’t be that disabled then. Whilst the genuinely disabled to have a legitimate reason to be upset, what they should be angry at is governments who over…

The self-perpetuating charity

Twenty Seven years ago, Bob Geldof and a group of popular musicians formed the group Band Aid. Their aim was to raise money for millions of people in Ethiopia who were starving to death due to horrendous famine conditions. Raising…

Who Guards The Guardians?

There are many, many reasons to decry statism, and the building up of vast bureacracies. Some go for cost grounds, some argue against them because of the crushing effect on our freedoms. And then there’s the fact that, well, not…