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August 29, 2015

Dystopia

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voxpoliticalonline.com

voxpoliticalonline.com

There are marginally fewer books and films depicting the future breakdown of civilisation than there are infinite possibilities in a multiverse that can only be explained using string theory via the voice box of Stephen Hawking. It was Thomas More who coined the word “Utopia” way back in 1516 and was subsequently separated from his head by an unhappy Henry VIII. A mere 350 years later, no less than John Stuart Mill came up with the antonym “Dystopia” to describe a very bad government. (more…)

August 12, 2015

Rich

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Four across - Caped Crusader in a Kaftan - ends with d something h

Four across – Caped Crusader in a Kaftan – ends with d something h

It`s a bit rich for a government that allows George Osborne to dole out billions of pounds of public money to his wealthy friends to then accuse a charity of financial irregularities. Kids Company, you may recall, once provided care and support to some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people abandoned by a callous government that regards yet another Lamborghini for an investment banker as more of a priority than social care for the victims of abuse. (more…)

August 2, 2015

Hakuna Matata

Filed under: Media,Politics,Rights,Society,World — theplastichippo @ 2:15 am
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The Lion sleeps tonight

The Lion sleeps tonight

There is no easy way to accurately define cruelty when the main motive for inflicting suffering is either a notion of misplaced necessity or some form of perverse gratification. Indifference to distress, anguish and pain is the province of governments who invariably spout the need to take “difficult decisions” before filing in the expenses claim. Imposing agony, torment and pain for no other reason than for personal pleasure is the warped and inhumane world of the sadist. (more…)

July 5, 2015

It`s in the post

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Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

There comes a time when you realise that a bad debt is never going to be paid and the only options available are to either litigate or forget about it. Some work undertaken about a year ago resulted in a Mr Micawber situation of misery rather than happiness when the bastards didn`t cough up the dosh that they owed me for doing something that they were incapable of doing. The response from the debtors ranged from “Oh dear, it must be an accounting problem” to “payment in the next three working days” to “sod off”. I gave up and although bruised, put it down to experience. (more…)

June 13, 2015

Couldn`t escape if I wanted to

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Copyright John Harris reportingdigital.co.uk

Copyright John Harris reportingdigital.co.uk

Next Thursday, June 18th, is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and, coincidentally, the 31st anniversary of the Battle of Orgreave. Wellington`s victory will undoubtedly be commemorated with solemnity and pride but with very little mention of Field Marshal Blücher. Orgreave, on the other hand, is being commemorated with bucket loads of official whitewash.

In June 1984, at the height of the miner`s strike, the Orgreave coking plant near Rotherham was subject to an NUM picket. It seems that some of the striking miners were playing football when mounted riot police launched a baton charge. The pickets tried to run away and as the re-grouped forces of Marshal Blücher were unlikely to appear over the horizon, the miners attempted to defend themselves. There were numerous injuries on both sides. (more…)

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