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Shock as Tony Blair’s ‘offer’ to Palestinians is soundly rejected

by Flying Rodent     September 21, 2011 at 9:20 am

Tony Blair’s reputation for scrupulous impartiality has been rather compromised after he presented Palestinian leaders with his most generous proposal – namely that, in exchange for dropping their bid for statehood and recognising Israel’s right to do whatever the fuck it likes, they would earn the right to re-enter the same negotiations that have been so very productive these last few years.

After all, Benny Netanyahu may have built his career upon the solid bedrock of opposition to a Palestinian state, but who’s to say he won’t change his mind tomorrow?
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The Johann Hari controversy: a gift that keeps giving

by Flying Rodent     September 16, 2011 at 8:30 am

Oh, praise the Lord – this Johann Hari thing is the gift that keeps on giving, isn’t it? Sentencing the little arse to a year’s hard journalism studies is Just. The. Perfect. Outcome for this whole hilarious escapade – it ends nothing and ensures an ongoing mutual fragfest between some of the nation’s most tiresome hacks.

I can almost hear that little vein on Toby Young’s temple throbbing.

I mean, where to start?  The precious spectacle of British journalism up in arms over some grievous affront to its much-vaunted integrity, perhaps, a proposition akin to a career poledancer launching a crusade for public modesty?  Oh, please, continue!
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What are the chances parents will shop their kids to the police now?

by Flying Rodent     August 19, 2011 at 8:45 am

Let this be a lesson then – if your kid is out of control and needs a short, sharp shock, why not just trap them in their rooms and nail the doors and windows shut for a week, or debag them and chuck them out of your car in front of their school?

Hell, why not just beat them down with a rolling pin?

I’d take that over any amount of jail time, since prisons – for men or women, and young offenders’ institutions – are about the most godawful, dismal places in the country.
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Ban him? No, we need more of David Starkey’s idiocy on TV

by Flying Rodent     August 15, 2011 at 10:50 am

Oh my, the horror! A man who is notorious for making idiotic statements on television has made some more idiotic statements on television.

Specifically, he’s saying that white people are turning into criminals because they have been in some way Blackified by malignant osmosis with some black people, who aren’t themselves criminals due to biological or racial characteristics – oh, heaven forfend that anyone should take it that way! – but because of “cultural factors”.

Seasoned idiot-watchers will notice that Cultural Factors are the new Biological or Racial Characteristics that are okay to cite in the press.
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‘Propaganda’ has become an excuse for our failure in Libya

by Flying Rodent     August 12, 2011 at 8:54 am

Deborah Haynes, defence editor at the Times, writes these strange words in a piece bemoaning the snafu that is our latest war.

In a war of information and perception, the truth no longer matters. It is all about the message and in Libya, the regime is coming out on top.
(Times, 11th August)

It’s an odd column, listing the following points as presentational problems for Nato and the Libyan rebels:
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Confused on libertarians and hanging? You shouldn’t be

by Flying Rodent     August 5, 2011 at 8:47 am

Chris Dillow finds the internet libertarians’ campaign to bring back hanging surprising.

Guido Fawkes is confusing me. He’s campaigning for the death penalty on the grounds that the public want it… And here’s my confusion. Guido has also long claimed to be a libertarian. But libertarianism and democracy conflict, simply because public opinion is on many issues very illiberal.

Luckily, I’m on hand to clear up any doubts and set the story straight.
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What are people like Melanie Phillips calling for then?

by Flying Rodent     July 26, 2011 at 9:02 am

Melanie Phillips and the gaggle of paranoids that make up the internet’s nutty ‘Counter-Jihad’ movement are loudly insisting that they don’t advocate acts of violence or terrorism.

For now, let’s assume that’s true and move on from there.

What, exactly, do they imagine it is that they are advocating?
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Should lefties like Tescos?

by Flying Rodent     July 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Middle class lefties should pipe down when it comes to supermarkets. Decent, affordable food is an old socialist goal to be applauded, not opposed.

Thus starts New Labour pressure group Progress’ article on the joys of Tesco. And it continues in the same Guardian-baiting vein: Tiffany Rose designer wear… Sabatier carving knives… vegetarian restaurants… Hampstead liberals… chi-chi delicatessens… organic butchers… and so on and so forth, reminding us all that only the Hoorayest of Henries would harbour suspicions of Tesco’s benevolent schemes for the enrichment of humanity.

As I’ve noted before, arguments that come this heavily-larded with pre-emptive insults are usually attempting to smuggle some form of horseshit or other past the reader.
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Isn’t it time to re-think our (lack of) strategy in Libya?

by Flying Rodent     June 13, 2011 at 9:15 am

I’ve been putting off revisiting the points I made before we started bombing Libya, for two reasons – first, the situation there is so murky and indecipherable that it’s difficult to assess, and second… Well, I don’t feel very good about saying some of this stuff while people are fighting and dying for their families and homes.

Nonetheless, I think it’s worth looking at this again.

Recall the atmosphere at the time, which was thick with the implication that opposition to a fresh bombing campaign was a ridiculous, childish concept, far outside the boundaries of political acceptability, and quite possibly tantamount to de facto support for Gaddafi’s goons.
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But who will think about the kids?

by Flying Rodent     May 29, 2011 at 10:40 pm

What’s not to love about this story?

A Toronto couple are defending their decision to keep their infant’s sex a secret in order to allow the child to develop his or her own gender identity… The boys are encouraged to choose their own clothing and hairstyles – even if that means wearing girls’ clothes – and to challenge gender norms.

Now, the caveat – people are free to raise their rugrats as they see fit. If Mum and Dad want to encourage junior to develop his or her own gender identity, it’s certainly not for me to interfere. That said, why not go the whole hog and name the poor kid Gaylord MacWoofter, then spend the next eighteen years flushing its head in the toilet themselves?
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