February 2004

God Hates Shrimp

Heres a site that made me grin, God Hates Shrimp.

Shrimp, crab, lobster, clams, mussels, all these are an abomination before the Lord, just as gays are an abomination. Why stop at protesting gay marriage? Bring all of Gods law unto the heathens and the sodomites. We call upon all Christians to join the crusade against Long John Silvers and Red Lobster. Yea, even Popeyes shall be cleansed. The name of Bubba shall be anathema.

Ever got the impression that Christians like to pick and choose the laws they believe in?

(via SEB)

Unfair and Unjust

From European Voice (Registration required)

Plans to restrict new members� workers denounced as unjust

Moves to curb the ability of workers from new member states to take advantage of their EU citizenship and seek jobs in another country of the Union were this week branded �unfair and unjust�. The restrictions, which come in response to fears of a huge influx of workers to the present EU states after 1 May, have been staunchly attacked by accession states� politicians.

The European Commission announced it would check whether bans introduced by member states were in line with EU law.

Although initially several EU states pledged to open their labour market to new countries� workers, all of them made a U-turn in recent days, following popular concerns and media pressure.

Placing restrictions on the EU wide freedom of movement for citizens of the ten new members is discriminatory, it is unjustified and it does represent a reneging of the agreements made by the existing members during the accession negotiations.

These restrictions exist because the various European governments are more concerned with pandering to populism than with embracing the economic opportunities that enlargement presents.

Quote of the Day: Put up or shut up

This is part of Clares political agenda to undermine the prime minister, and it is damaging both to the government and to the party which gave her all the privileges she enjoyed in government.

She should now put up or shut up.
- Former Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook on bonkers backbencher Clare Shorts bugging allegations.

One less reason to go back

Channel 4 in merger talks with Five

Channel 4 and channel Five are said to be discussing a merger, a move which would dramatically alter the British television industry.

Whenever expatriates start talking, one of the topics of conversation that invariably crops up is what do you miss from home?

One of the things I always mention is Channel 4 which, at its best, is innovative, original and well worth watching.

I sincerely hope that any merger will not result in Channel 4 trying to emulate the pointlessly bland programming of Channel Five.

One less reason to go back

Channel 4 in merger talks with Five

Channel 4 and channel Five are said to be discussing a merger, a move which would dramatically alter the British television industry.

Whenever expatriates start talking, one of the topics of conversation that invariably crops up is what do you miss from home?

One of the things I always mention is Channel 4 which, at its best, is innovative, original and well worth watching.

I sincerely hope that any merger will not result in Channel 4 trying to emulate the pointlessly bland programming of Channel Five.

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A lesson in timing from Clare Short

UK spies bugged UNs Kofi Annan

British spies were bugging UN Secretary General Kofi Annans office in the run up to the Iraq war, former UK cabinet minister Clare Short has claimed.

The ex-international development secretary said she had read some of the transcripts of his conversations.

Ms Short said she recalled thinking, as she talked to Mr Annan: Oh dear, there will be a transcript of this and people will see what he and I are saying.

which must be why she didnt see fit to say anything at the time.

Blunkett Backs Down

Downing Street forces Blunkett to back down over secret terror trials

David Blunkett backed off yesterday from controversial proposals for a draconian strengthening of anti-terrorism laws in the face of opposition from Cabinet colleagues.

Its certainly good news that Blunkett isnt going to get his police state just yet.

[Blunkett] admitted he had been surprised by the ferocity of the reaction he had provoked.

One sentence that speaks volumes about the illiberal and authoritarian instincts harboured by Britains current Home Secretary.

Gotta have a hobby

A licence for good TV

Scrap licence fee, Tories urged

Having seen some of the TV available in countries where there is no tradition of public service broadcasting, I do favour retaining the TV licence as the main form of funding for the BBC.

It is this entirely non-commercial form of funding that allows the BBC to experiment and take risks with programmes which wont neccesarily appeal to advertisers. Comedies throughout the years - from Monty Pythons Flying Circus to The Office - owe their existence to the fact that the programme makers are not bound by the demographics of the marketing people.

In general, commercial television is blander, safer and less interesting than the output of the BBC.

Scrapping the licence fee would put the UK on a path that ends with Neighbours being seen as quality drama output.

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