Archive for the ‘Torywatch’ Category

Rejoice

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Roaches

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

That urban myth about cockroaches. You know the one about them being the only living thing to survive a nuclear war. The belief that their immense tenacity and success in colonising the most inhospitable habitats renders them indestructible. Their sheer staying power and irremovability no matter what you throw at them. The seeming fact they just won’t fuck off.

Schools crisis – what schools crisis?

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

This is the lead item on BBC News Education just now. It’s a report about the ex Headmaster of Eton suggesting that private schools should offer free flights as a ‘thankyou’ to parents. This, presumably, is the most important education story in the United Kingdom right now in the view of the BBC.
Meanwhile The Independent details the report of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee which is heavily critical of Government spending priorities that it cites as wasteful, poor value for taxpayers money and ‘incoherent’. Amongst numerous examples of a severe funding crisis in state education it documents that: 85 per cent of schools are known to have asbestos in their buildings, there will be a 6.5% real-terms cut in spending per pupil between 2015-16 and 2019–20. The report paints a damning picture of huge disparities in funding between un-needed free schools which duplicate existing provision and local authority schools which are being starved of resources.

Strangely, this scathing Parliamentary report features nowhere on the BBC Education page.
Obviously the ‘free flights for private schools kickback’ story is more important.

Project Hope (in hell)

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Sauce

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Middle class morons: no2

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

“I won’t cut the NHS” – yeah right.

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Steve Bell at 60

Thursday, May 26th, 2011
“I came to realise, while drawing her over the first year of her government, that she was deranged, but in a very controlled way, and this was expressed in her eyeballs. Her utter self-belief, her total conviction of her own rightness, went way beyond arrogance. She was mad. Perhaps I subconsciously empathised with her for this. Even so, I hated her more than any other living being. Within a couple of years, she had managed to triple unemployment, slash services and lay waste to vast tracts of British industry.
…Tory audiences are well turned-out, shiny and simple-minded, and in all the years I have been studying them, nothing whatever has changed.”

Steve Bell, Cartoonist on That Woman

Smoke gets in your eyes

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

With massive cuts to public services in train what is the lead item on the news today?
Proposed changes to the law of royal succession. The issue which has gripped the nation for, er… never.
Alongside the present impending marriage of another pair of over-privileged inbreds, this is the latest in a steady drip-drip of dross, thinly disguised as news.  How gratifying to know that the projected progeny of prince and princess privilege will ascend to power irrespective of pudendal arrangements.
Not.