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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • once upon a time Britain had a better than competent Civil Service that successfully managed the entire, sprawling British Empire.

    Now, we have a government that doesn't trust its civil servants, a civil service that spends far too long chasing pointless paper whilst cutting back on the people who actually do things, and important services like the railways chopped up a ludicrous fashion and handed out to a bunch of private companies that are losing money hand over fist whilst signally failing in their duty to make the fucking trains run on time.

    If one were feeling particularly uncharitable one could probably lay the blame for a large chunk of the woes of the Indian sub continent at our door. And those of Africa. We can probably pass the buck to Spain and Portugal for the woes of South America...

    But, at least Blair knows the difference between eating and breathing and can manage to chew his snacks before swallowing. (I still don't understand why Dubya has been bragging about his 'mom' (how much do I dislike that spelling?) always telling him to chew when it's apparent that he was too arrogant/stupid (delete as applicable) to actually pay attention. Doesn't really strike me as something to be proud of)
    • If one were feeling particularly uncharitable one could probably lay the blame for a large chunk of the woes of the Indian sub continent at our door. And those of Africa.

      Let's not forget the lands of the Levant...

      But, at least Blair knows the difference between eating and breathing and can manage to chew his snacks before swallowing.

      At least Tony Blair didn't have the misfortune of being elected to Parliment in a year ending in zero...

      • Let's not forget the lands of the Levant...


        Oh bugger, there is that almighty fuckup to deal with isn't there. Though the general British approach to atoning for that one is to sympathize with the Palestinians without actually going so far as to do anything for fear of pissing off the Americans.
    • 'mom' (how much do I dislike that spelling?)

      Maybe that's because you think of it as a spelling. It's not a different spelling of "mum" (if it were, it'd be pronounced that way) -- it's a different word. "Mom" is no more the same as "mum" than "mama" is.