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For Megson, read Roeder…

Different club, different manager (although Gary Megson worked his magic at City too in the past), same story.  This article says it all. 

 Is there a pithy phrase for the way waste spirals down the toilet bowl – it might be more appropriate than ‘managerial merry-go-round’.

Still, ticket prices might be cheaper in League One…

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I worry about my son…

Just been chatting to young William on MSN Messenger.  This is part of our conversation (I asked about the Garlecs thing – apparently they are like Daleks only more garlicky).  If I was a responsible parent I would probably tell him off… 

William (called “Get to the retardeth, the Garlecs are coming”  for some unknown reason) said:

i spent the whole day being chased by chavs

Ed says:u shouldnt wind them up Quick! Get To The Retardeth! The Garlecs Are Coming!!!! says:

its funny they all have anger problems

Ed says:he he Quick! Get To The Retardeth! The Garlecs Are Coming!!!! says:i was wearin my skinnies today and they shouted nice trousers and i shouted back at least i dont have a pink polo shirt and my mum is 14

Quick! Get To The Retardethh! The Garlecs Are Coming!!!! says:

so they chased us Ed says:you didnt? omg you are mad!!!!!!

Quick! Get To The Retardeth! The Garlecs Are Coming!!!! says:

i like to think so Quick! Get To The Retardeth! The Garlecs Are Coming!!!! says:

it was well funny but they all smoke so we easly out ran them

A Fine City…

A day in Norwich for work yesterday, and a night spent at the home of the Hon Norman Lamb MP and his family.  Most of the evening was spent laughing hysterically as Mary Lamb attempted to transform a bath-towel into a man-sized nappy for teenaged son, Ned.

Did you know that there are dozens of web-sites devoted to giving advice on how to fold a nappy?  There are.  But surprisingly few of them offer practical guidance on how to fit the nappy on to a 16year old…

In the end, Ned looked resplendent with nappy, dummy, teddy bear and bottle as he set off for school this morning.  Oh, the reason why?  Red Nose Day , of course…

Ego’s wherever you ask ‘im to…

On campus at Sussex Uni today – spotted a poster advertising future speakers for the Politics Society.  It included Lib Dem Home Affairs spokesman Nick Glegg…

No honours for those politics students then but it could have been worse – they could have invited Norman Glam…or Ed Gravey… or Lembit Opik…

Paddy O’Connell is God but Bonnie Greer is just wrong

Paddy O’Connell is without doubt the best presenter on national radio.  I’ve been warming recently to Nicky Campbell (I’ve always felt Campbell was lot less clever than he thought, while Simon Mayo was a lot cleverer than he thought, but Campbell is winning me over.)  But O’Connell is just brilliant.  I love his super-dry wit such as the classic sign-off to his Broadcasting House show this morning:  “and if you want to see what web sites looked like a few years ago… visit ours…” (it’s all in the delivery, you’ll just have to listen to the download 🙂

But his show did create one ‘Victor Meldrew, shouting at the radio’ moment for me.  Bonnie Greer, who often talks sense when she is not talking politics, said the Government shouldnt have allowed the super casino to be built because people don’t need to gamble.  Sorry Bonnie, but (thankfully) the Soviets lost the Cold War.  It is not the role of the state to decide what people do with their time and the rewards of their labour based on someone else’s opinion of what they need to do.  Lots of people have concerns about the corrosive effect of gambling but deciding what people should or should not based on the state’s assessment of what they need to with their lives is not my definition of liberalism…

Do local councils fund street gangs?

Interesting question from my sister.  She was refering to local authority pension funds investing in the arms trade.

I was involved in a lively discussion among Hampshire Lib Dems last year about the position the County Group should take over the issue.  The argument against stipulating that pension funds should invest in ethical funds is that Councils are under a legal obligation to deliver ‘Best Value’.  Unfortunately, of course, businesses in ethical funds will not be able to match the performance of wider funds if they are not given access to investment resources – all a bit circular and self perpetuating. 

Now, I realise that most street gangs supposedly get their hand guns from Eastern Europe via the ‘parrallel economy’.  But can it really be the case that Councils are delivering best value to their electorates if they are investing in products that could be used to kill them…?