• Cities,  Cycling,  Environment,  Ethics,  Tossers,  Transport,  UK Politics,  UKIP,  Zeitgeist

    Incidental nonsense, bicycling nonsense

    When the Plebgate story broke, cyclists were staunch. Though it’s neither big nor clever to swear at the police, a cyclist’s right of way had been unreasonably impeded. According to the law books, there is a right for all Her Majesty’s subjects at all seasons of the year freely and at their will to pass and repass the public highway without any let and hindrance. (Read the rest for how the police have taken control of access to Downing Street). Everyone was partisan about Plebgate. As one of Radio 4’s misnamed comedians said on last night’s News Quiz, it was a hard choice between the Tory toff, and the Sun…

  • Espresso,  Ethics

    Social Media, Deleted and Should Have Been Deleted

    Perhaps it is a good thing that BtL comments on HP are archived after seven days. Considering the bun-fights which ensue on a regular basis, there could be endless material to embarrass authors years later; especially if they were applying for public sector work, such as Adrian Smith whose casual comments on gay marriage led to his demotion by Trafford Housing Trust, later thrown-out at tribunal. Or, even more dramatically, the farce over the Robin Hood Airport tweet. (Although, post-Disqus it may be possible to track-down an author via their profile.) More poignant is the lag-time of the death of a family member, when correspondence and other official reminders trickle…

  • Disability Rights,  Ethics,  Galloway,  Rape,  Rapists,  Utter Clowns,  Wikileaks,  Wingnuttery

    Bradford Muslim women against Galloway

    A detailed account in the Guardian’s Northerner Blog of a Galloway ‘sermon’ to Muslim women in Bradford. Galloway used the meeting as an attempt to rebuild his support among Muslim women, following his appalling comments about rape. It seems Muslim women, like most women and must people in general weren’t particularly impressed by G.G’s view that “not everybody needs to be asked prior to each insertion.”. Evading the issue of an apology, and appealing instead to our Muslim sensibility, Galloway continued: “Rape is a vile crime. Mass murder is worse. The invasion and occupation of one Muslim country after another by the United States is even worse.” Despite assertions from…

  • Britain Today,  Employment Rights,  Ethics

    Ethical Shopping (for the benefit of employees)

    After discussion of one free-marketeer wide-boy enthusing over the principles of economic self-sufficiency in which his workforce is paid the least he can get away with legally or practically whilst relying on a work-base trained at someone else’s expense, I see Left Foot Forward is cogitating on the living wage; which, depending on the area of the country, between £1 and £2.20 more per hour than the minimum wage of £6.08 per hour Organized according to sector, the included graphic projects the percentage increase of the wage bill for companies implementing a living wage. A clear conclusion to take from this is that sectors more likely to acrue a higher…

  • Ethics,  Law

    War crime in the Falklands?

    The Heresiarch draws attention to a shocking piece in the Daily Mail, in which Tony Banks describes how, while serving in the Falklands, he took part in an engagement in which the troops were ordered to ‘take no prisoners’, an order which is – or seems to be – contrary to international law, and thus a war crime. Previous investigations into possible British war crimes concluded that there was insufficient evidence: A terrified young soldier stood up with his hands in the air jabbering away in Spanish and obviously wanting to surrender. He looked like a teenager — a boy, much like ourselves.He was pleading for his life. We looked…

  • Ethics

    Indy Spanks The Monkey

    No, this is not another story about Johann Hari. I am against unnecessary animal testing. Well, it’s easy to be against ‘unnecessary’ anything, but one has a duty, I think, to be strongly so if whatever it is causes pain, distress or death for no reason: be sure what you mete is not murder. However, and article appearing in The Independent this morning made me quite cross. Naturally, since The Independent is increasingly the Daily Mail for people who recycle, I don’t actually buy it. I read this online, so here’s the link. The story, obviously, is about animal testing. Here’s the headline: “Nearly one in 10 monkey tests has…

  • Ethics

    Intern Affairs

    Well, I thought I’d weigh in on the subject of unpaid internships after my blogging colleague Michael Ezra’s recent posts. I disagree with Michael’s stance and believe it is counter productive and quite harmful to young people embarking on careers. Moreover, Michael seems to lump multinationals, investment banks and struggling niche publications together. Naturally I agree that huge corporations should not use interns as “slave labour” and should at the very least cover reasonable expenses, including travel, but this must be balanced against several considerations: A business is not a university or college. It has no obligation to transfer skills and experience to third parties, especially if it gains little…

  • Ethics,  Utter Scumbags

    Words Fail

    I often wonder if my recollection of hearing on 10 September 2001 of Ahmed Massoud’s assassination is a planted memory. I now wonder if my recollection of hearing about speculation that Milly Dowler was alive in the days after her disappearance on 21 March 2002 – due to signs of activity on her mobile phone account – is a planted memory. She cannot have been, as it has been established that Levi Bellfield murdered her on the night of her abduction. Any suggestion to the contrary would have instilled hope in her family and investigating Police because it is virtually unheard of for opportunistic abductions with the intention of murder…