Tuesday, 6 April 2010

They're off!

Finally, finally, the general election has been called. Standing in Downing Street outside No. 10, flanked by his ministers, Gordon Brown has fired the starting pistol, and pleaded with middle-class voters not to desert him.

So where does that leave voters like me? I welcomed the election of Tony Blair in 1997, tired and disgusted after nearly two decades under the Conservatives, but started some weeks ago to notice the various Labour ministers not quite telling it like it is. (You'll wonder perhaps what took me so long.) As for the Liberal Democrats, they're always on the brink of that breakthrough into the corridors of power but they never quite make it -- same old story every election for the last three dozen years.

It is said this will be one of the closest elections in a generation...

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Paper-shuffling bankers

Lord Mandelson says that the chairman of Barclays Bank is the unacceptable face of banking – he does nothing but shuffle paper around and gets paid £63 million per year. Barclays have disputed what he gets paid.

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Breaking news

Star Japanese student returns home from class...

Bad news

I am a bit of a news junkie. The TV channel I watch most is BBC News 24 (is it still called that?). I've become increasingly concerned over the years at the quality of news on offer in the UK, so I only watch the BBC. Even so, news bulletins seem to be mostly taken up with who's murdered whom, who's in court, that sort of thing. The only useful news bulletins seem to be on the BBC World Service, on the radio, which I listen to at 4 or 5 a.m. Yesterday I watched a bit of the coverage on BBC News 24 of Tony Blair's evidence at the Chilcot inquiry, but was staggered to see a "breaking news" item which interrupted the sports bulletin to show Blair returning to his house. This is news?