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Inland Revenue Form: Application For Mercy

Application For Mercy

Bureaucratic Government Forms + Photoshop + Wit + Too Much Free Time =


June 21, 2005 in Humour | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Protest Against The Government Without Government Approval? Get Arrested!

In an astoundingly totalitarian move, the Labour government has made it illegal to protest outside Parliament, Downing Street, The Treasury, The Home Office, The Foreign Office and The Ministry of Defence, unless you have prior approval from the police state.

You have no right to protest. The police can choose not to approve your request to protest against the government. They may also limit the amount of time you can protest to, say, 4 seconds if they so choose and ban you from carrying a banner.

Anyone leading a peaceful protest involving more than one person, without prior police state approval, can be jailed for up to 51 weeks.

[via, c/o Non-Trivial Solutions]

June 20, 2005 in Illiberal Instincts, Police State Britain | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Boundary Changes To Cut Labour's Majority

Labour's majority may fall from 67 to 50 next time round, even if everyone votes the same way, due to proposed boundary changes, reports The Times:

NEW boundary changes in England will lead to the scrapping of six Labour strongholds and the creation of 11 constituencies in the Tory shires.

The Boundary Commission will recommend new constituencies in counties such as Hampshire, Norfolk and Wiltshire while abolishing seats in areas such as Birmingham, Sheffield and Manchester. The changes will come into force before the next general election.


The average size of the electorate in Labour seats is 65,000, compared with 73,000 for Conservative constituencies — an unequal division of voters thought to be worth at least 30 Members in the House of Commons. The overall result would notionally cut Labour’s 67-seat Commons majority to around 50.

June 19, 2005 in Misc | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BBC Shock Admission: City Technology Colleges Worked

The ever left-wing BBC has admitted that Thatcher's City Technology Colleges WERE A GOOD IDEA:

They may be a political anachronism but they are also highly successful schools. Moreover, unlike the academies, they now have a track record of well over a decade. The evidence is definitive.

I looked them up in BBC News website's performance tables. Excluding Djanogly College, now a city academy, all 14 have GCSE-level results well above the national average - with eight scoring above 85% of pupils achieving five A*-C's or equivalent qualifications.

No slowdown

On the even more telling value added score (charting pupils' progress from their tests aged 11 to their GCSEs), 11 scored above 1000, showing they had improved attainment by more than the national average.

All 14 had value added scores that were higher than the average for their local authority area.

Like the city academies, the CTCs are located in the cities. They admit pupils from the full range of ability.

They may have been an expensive experiment but they can, definitively, be said to have raised attainment.

Naturally, the BBC only admit this in an attempt to justify the Labour government's flagship education policy. Still, regardless of their motives, let us savour this rare (if limited) conversion of the BBC to Thatcherism!

June 19, 2005 in Education | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

France: We Want A Gesture From Britain

France wants Britain to give up the £3bn per year EU rebate won by Margaret Thatcher.


Jacques Chirac:
The time has come for our English friends to understand that they have to make a gesture of solidarity for Europe.


Tony Blair:
"Britain has been making a gesture, because over the past 10 years, even with the British rebate, we have been making a contribution into Europe two-and-a-half times that of France.

"Without the rebate, it would have been 15 times as much as France. That is our gesture."

Chirac wanted a gesture from Britain. He's got one...

June 9, 2005 in Humour | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack