Browsing All posts tagged under »recession«

The Bin Collecting Theory of Getting Freelance Work

September 4, 2011

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It’s been a while since I last updated the blog – mainly because I’ve been swamped with work for other places. None of it has been prestige work; you won’t find my byline anywhere, but it has kept the writing fingers and neurons ticking over and kept a steady stream of income coming into the […]

Besmirching the good name of rioting

August 9, 2011

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I can sort of get why there was unrest in London. A policeman shot another guy, and there was a protest, and people supposedly got angry. But that was Saturday night. It’s now Tuesday morning, and all the pictures are showing residential premises (homes, that is, with people in them) being set on fire and […]

Quantitative easing, 3rd century BC style

July 22, 2011

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Dionysius the Elder was sort of a dick, really. It’s what you’d expect from the ruler of a city-state (Syracuse) that allied itself with Sparta and Corinth, both of whom prioritised the state over the people. They pretty much tortured male children in order to ensure that they became good soliders; huge numbers of female […]

Not quite sackcloth and ash…The Comprehensive Spending Review

October 20, 2010

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Comprehensive Spending Review…oh how we’ve longed for you. 19% of spending over four years will be cut, with some of the high(read: low)lights being the Home Office (and policing) taking a 25% cut – fewer police will be out on the beat as a result – and a 20% cut in frontline prison and judicial […]

To stick it to George Osborne, only eat pre-slaughtered horses and unshelled nuts

June 22, 2010

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I don’t mean to alarm you, but I’m going to show you how to overthrow the government. Forget the fact that the Greeks can’t afford to do, well, anything anymore and that the Spaniards are hoping that closing their eyes, putting their fingers in their ears and shouting “lalalalala” very loudly is going to make […]