Monthly Archives: July 2009

Every PM needs a Willie…

At the risk of sounding like I’m continuing a theme… Lord Mandelson displays a gift for comic timing after being asked by Tory MP Peter Luff if he is Gordon Brown’s “Willie”. Mr Luff, chairman of the Commons business committee, was referring to Margaret Thatcher’s famous comment about her deputy prime minister William Whitelaw – […]

Are homosexuals still Toryphobic? (with bonus RDM* sprinkles)

Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw has said “a deep strain of homophobia still exists on the Conservative benches”. Mr Bradshaw, one of three gay men currently in the cabinet, made the comments as a new poll suggested more gay people were turning to the Tories. Chris Bryant, another gay minister, said: “If gays vote Tory they […]

Crabs in a bucket

In comments on my post on Michael Jackson, Su mentioned the “crabs in a bucket” syndrome that affects race relations in the US – the notion that those who were trying to escape from bad circumstances undermined others in the same predicament to further their own escape. Such a vivid metaphor for anyone who has […]

He’s NOT the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!

Councillors in Glasgow have lifted an unofficial 30-year-old ban on the Monty Python film The Life of Brian. The council’s licensing and regulatory committee approved a request on Tuesday from Glasgow Film Theatre to show the biblical satire under a 15 certificate. Glasgow was one of 39 local authorities in the UK that refused to […]

The spam filter, she is touchy

I’ve just had to let about four bazillion people out of the spam can, and since it was eating comments across three threads, an apology across all three seemed a bit redundant, so here’s a general apology for anyone who’s been stuck for however long. We’re not doing it deliberately, and I’m sure it will […]