Friday, 24 September 2010

Bloggers Ground Down?

I see that we've lost or about to lose or at the very least suffer long bouts of inactivity from yet another blogger: Obo is wiping off the pancake and saying goodbye for a while. It wasn't long ago the Rantin' Rab did a dissappearing act too.

I can understand. There has been a change of government and very little of anything has changed. Why carry on, why bother blathering about the state of the world when words don't get the job done. Its just different idiots in suits asking the taxpayer to be bent over and fucked. As a blogger its very hard to carry on given that you can't see any reason to continue. I've been there, taking a short hiatus when I couldnt be arsed.

I think the time has come for the blogosphere to recognise that mere words alone won't do. There needs to be action: whatever form this action takes is irrelevant, but there needs to be something tangible in the real world to go along with the virtual blogging. Otherwise what are we all doing this for?

At the very least, there needs to be some sort of organisation, to collate and promote blogs and blogging. Organisation also strengthens our resistance against attack, which will inevitably come. Better to be organised now than have to react in an emergency.

So, maybe 2011 is the year that blogging needs to come of age: to broaden the reach, to increase the effectiveness of what us as bloggers do.

Without that, then all of us are sat at our computers typing away for nothing.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Anti-Social Government.

There have been lots of noise today about anti-social behaviour and the Police's response to it. Aparrently (so the news tells us) the Police rate it very low on their priority list.

To be honest, I think the Police are right and those clamouring for the state to do something are wrong.

There was a time when ordinary citizens dealt with anti-social behaviour by clipping the offender round the ear. It cost the taxpayer nothing, it didn't involve the state. In fact it was our civic duty to punish minor infractions in this way.

Now, no-one dares to intervene in case they themselves get charged with breaching any one of a number of laws brought in by do-gooder, righteous knobheads. We are hamstrung by petty rules that prevent us from doing what should be our civic duty. Instead, we cede responsibility to the Police because they're the only people able to safely negotiate the minefield of rules and regulations. This comes at huge cost to the taxpayer.

Additionally, the day after the righteous finish pissing our money up the wall and the hangover kicks in, the money runs out and cuts start to bite, one of the first things the Police do is downgrade anti-social behaviour to a low priority as it wasn't their job in the first place.

So, we are hamstrung by petty rules and the Police don't have the resources to deal with the problem. WHat do you think is going to happen? I for one hope the righteous get a close encounter with a young thug, as he kicks the living shit out of them. Because thats what they deserve for ruining this country.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Today in Politics.

Several blokes said several soundbites that will be reported in tomorrows papers.

But not one fucking solid, concrete thing has changed in politics since the change of government.

None of the heinous laws passed by Labour has been repealed.

We still have troops in Afghanistan despite it being an unwinnable campaign.

The banks are pissing too much of our money away in bonuses instead of lending it out to customers.

The government is still borrowing at a phenomenal rate, actually up on the earth-scorching spanding levels of this time last year if you can believe it.

Several people will make several speeches over the coming weeks during conference season. However words aren't enough. Where are the deeds to go along with them? Where are the actions, the changes, the concrete chnages that will change this country for the better?

Sadly, they are lacking, like they've been lacking for decades now.

Just who will sweep away the window dressing of the past and start to govern, rather than bluster.

Or is this an indication that we've eneterd a new era, where Westminster politics are largely irrelevant? Is the real power, the real engine of change, the real deed-doer now ensconsed in a building in Brussels or Strasburg?

I do wonder why there's a lack of actual action. Is our government so hamstrung by EU legislation that they can't even sneeze without approval from the EU.

Next time you see an MP, just ask them what have they actually, physically done (not what they've promised and failed to do) to make this country a better place for its residents?

For the life of me I can't think of any MP, anywhere in government that has for a very, very long time.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

No Free Speech in America After all (If you're a Brit that is).

A young lad has been permanently (yes, for life) banned from entering America after sending Barack Obama an email in which he called him a p**** (I assume the word is prick, but the news report censored it, so I can only guess.

I assume then that America's first amendment (the one that guarantees free spech.. yeah right) either doesn't apply to foreigners who are a bit pissed off with their head of state, or its dead in the water.

Either way, a lifetime ban is a bit excessive for some teenage high jinks. Not only that, how will they enforce it? Will America now automatically prevent anyone called Luke Angel from entering their country?