Print Story Fascism in the UK - All Labour's Fault?
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By DullTrev (Wed Jun 10, 2009 at 10:02:50 AM EST) politics, labour, BNP, europe, elections, fun loving cowwqas. (all tags)
I am now represented in the European Parliament by Nick Griffin. That's not a good feeling. But like it or not, the BNP now has as many MEPs for the North West as the Liberal Democrats. Over in Yorkshire, the former leader of the National Front was elected, giving the BNP the same number of MEPs in that region as Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

The various talking heads have said how awful this is, how the BNP will claim this gives them and their views legitimacy. And, well, the BNP will claim that. And, well, they'll be right.


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Print Story May you live in interesting times
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By DullTrev (Wed Oct 08, 2008 at 11:32:31 PM EST) credit crunch, bailout, astronomy, fun loving cowwqas. (all tags)
We are living through momentous times.  In the US, $700bn of taxpayer's money has been made available to buy bank assets no-one wants.  In the UK, £500bn is being made available to provide short term loans to banks, to guarantee loans between banks, and even to buy into banks.  The ideas of Thatcherism and Reaganomics that arose on either side of the Atlantic in the 1980s have reached their inevitable conclusion, with the era of individual greed collapsing into the era of shared debts.  The profits were privatised, and the debts are being nationalised.

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Print Story Unfeasibly long for a comment
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By DullTrev (Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 08:29:35 PM EST) there are no, fun loving cowwqas. (all tags)
This is pretty much a reply to TheophileEscargot's comment to his diary but it got a bit long.  Plus, I am always willing to have my irrationality mocked by as wide an audience as possible.

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Print Story Lessons learned

My last contract ended on 31st March. I haven't had any paid work since then.

It feels great.


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Print Story Lots of change
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By motty (Sun Jul 20, 2008 at 08:48:06 AM EST) busking, blogging, fun loving cowwqas. (all tags)
Arguably too much, even for a busker.

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Print Story The big Brown mess we're in - part 3
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By DullTrev (Mon Jul 14, 2008 at 07:11:58 AM EST) politics, Brown, New Labour, hope, vodka, fun loving cowwqas. (all tags)
You may want to review Part 1 and Part 2.

So if I think there is something wrong with British politics, what is it?


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Print Story The big Brown mess we're in - Part 2
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By DullTrev (Mon Jul 07, 2008 at 04:14:06 AM EST) politics, Labour, Brown, flashback, general election, fun loving cowwqas. (all tags)
So where do we go from here?

Well, there is the question.  But first of all, I'm going to bring it down to a very personal question - the one that set me off writing this (now you know who to blame).  Can I bring myself to vote for Labour again at the next general election?


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Print Story The big Brown mess we're in - Part 1
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By DullTrev (Fri Jul 04, 2008 at 04:36:00 AM EST) politics, Brown, Labour, trust, fun loving cowwqas. (all tags)
This is a personal view of the past year, coloured by emotion.  This is from memory, so the timelines may be mixed and confused, and facts may be completely wrong.  I don't care.  This one is about the visceral side of politics, about my emotional response to all this.

A year ago, I wrote a lament for socialism.  Brown had secured the leadership of the Labour Party without an election, and so became Prime Minister.  I predicted he would be the same as Blair, only with different presentation skills.  Well, I suppose he tried to be the same as Blair, but his lack of presentation skills of any sort scuppered that.


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Print Story Who are you people?
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By DullTrev (Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 07:46:41 AM EST) super bonus section, fun loving cowwqas. (all tags)

Hello fans and admirers! How have you all been?

Ah, who am I kidding, like I care.

Inside: Old school diary! Why yes, I am a filthy capitalist pig-dog! Summer days...!


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Print Story I'm not dead
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By DullTrev (Tue Sep 11, 2007 at 01:42:21 PM EST) train, London, fun loving cowwqas., meta, totally non-gay way (all tags)

Hell, it's been a long time since I actually sat down and wrote one of these. But now we have new people, how could I resist?


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By motty (Tue Sep 11, 2007 at 10:21:12 AM EST) fun loving cowwqas., cd, cd baby, gigs, acoustic venues (all tags)
I have some questions. Questions regarding Paypal, regarding CDs and regarding acoustic venues outside London. Also, sofas.

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Print Story Crowd-surfing? Crowd-ploughing
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By DullTrev (Tue Jun 12, 2007 at 02:36:43 PM EST) politics, london, rambling, fun loving cowwqas. (all tags)

Ah, London. Visiting you in high summer is such sweet sorrow.

Inside: London. Attractive young women.


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Print Story Rambling

Don't worry, almost no politics inside.


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Print Story The Death of Socialism
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By DullTrev (Thu May 17, 2007 at 02:39:55 AM EST) socialism, Labour Party, Blair, fun loving cowwqas. (all tags)

Socialism died in England today, after a long illness. There were no celebrations, there were no mourners. Its passing will excite no tearful column inches, and only a few mocking ones. It passes not with a bang, not with a whimper, only in silence. No flowers.


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Print Story Free Association
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By DullTrev (Thu May 03, 2007 at 06:29:45 AM EST) rambling, work, escape, doctor who, fun loving cowwqas. (all tags)

Just a little rambling.


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By DullTrev (Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 07:34:54 AM EST) notebook, writing, ranting, rambling, fun loving cowwqas. (all tags)
I have a black notebook.  It's about A5 size.  It has a hardback cover, bound in a soft fabric.  It's pretty thick, an inch or so, about the size of a novel.  It has nothing to tell which is the front and the back since I took the barcode sticker off it.  It has plain white pages inside it.

I have a black notebook.  And it scares me.


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By motty (Tue Feb 20, 2007 at 04:41:42 PM EST) fun loving cowwqas., cheese, soup, yum (all tags)
I had no idea how easy it was.

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Print Story In Praise of Doubt
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By DullTrev (Mon Jan 29, 2007 at 02:59:23 PM EST) doubt, vodka, fun loving cowwqas. (all tags)

You know, this article started out as a calm scholarly examination of the nature of belief and religions. But then the vodka came out, so you get a bit more of a rollicking rant. Forgive me...

So, anyway. Here's the thing - we're living in a world which is becoming increasingly obsessed with certainty. This obsession is manifested in a number of ways, but the one thing they all have in common is an almost evangelical zeal around them - because it is a certainty, anyone who disagrees is wrong, is foolish, is evil. For someone to know that their certainty is, well, certain, different views cannot be allowed.


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Print Story So, it's 2007.
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By ana (Mon Jan 01, 2007 at 09:04:13 AM EST) New Year, Retrospective, fun loving cowwqas. (all tags)
Stuff. With a few things intermixt.

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