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Today’s bank stimulus explained in full

There are sophisticated arguments to be made, I’m sure, regarding the Bank of England’s decision to launch two new stimulus packages. But the Chancellor is intellectually lazy ideologue George Osborne, so here I suspect is the bottom line:

  • We now beginning to realise that in a deep and wide recession, austerity doesn’t work and the state must step in to get the economy back on track
  • Because I’m a politician, I won’t actually admit that in so many words
  • Because I’m a Tory, I will only act in such a fashion as to channel state funds through private sector financial institutions, which makes easy money for my kind of people

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The four main problems with the Draft Communications Data Bill

I was kindly given a hard copy of the Draft Communications Bill, the Snoopers Charter, yesterday evening by the inestimable Dr Jenny Woods. A brief review of the contents suggest four main problems: the foreword, the beginning, the middle, and the end.

Yes, it’s that bad. As a first reaction, here’s a key point from each section to highlight the authoritarian, statist thread running through the document. Read more

Caption Competition

Sometimes photos are begging for a tagline. The important thing to know about the photo below is that off to the left stands Dave. I feel the expressions on Chez and my face need an explanatory caption. Just what is Dave up to?

Caption Competition

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Thank you, Mike Croshaw Photography

Full Band Shot

The Shinfield Parish Jubilee Bash

It’s not easy, getting a decent photo as a band, if all you’re doing is having fun in your spare time. A pro would be a bit of an indulgence, but getting the right shot takes too much time to do casually. So it was good when guitarist Dave turns out to know photographer Mike Croshaw.

Mike’s only just getting started with photography, and is still at the dedicated amateur stage. Which means we get to be a test exercise for him. That gets us some nice cheap shots! I’m rather fond of the composite above, stretching across the entire stage.

A nice little bit portrait work on his site, too. It’s cool to see someone really diving into something new. But enough of him, here’s a little selection of the pics he kindly took of my lot: