Thursday, November 29, 2007

A nice little earner

Crime does pay:

A lay preacher who bought himself a lordship has been jailed for 10 years for a £51m VAT scam and stealing from personal injury claimants.
Wat Tyler does the maths:
So that's five years inside, equals £10.2 mill pa.
And this is precisely the calculation which ran through my head (kerrrching!) when I heard the story on the news while I was driving today.

In my current wretched financial circumstances, I'd cheerfully do a year inside in exchange for £10m. Heck, I'd do it for just £1m (I may be desperate, but I'm not greedy).

HMP Leyhill in South Gloucestershire (open prison, pleasant location, and not too far from home) would fit the bill nicely. Plenty of time to catch up on some reading, and perhaps do a bit of gardening. That, and savour the prospect of liberation from wage slavery for the rest of my days. What's not to like?

Well, I can dream, can't I?

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Carry On Rocking

And he calls this 'just messing around'.


Sunday, November 18, 2007

A very un-British coup

How have we allowed this rolling putsch against our freedom? Where are the principled voices from left and right, the outrage of playwrights and novelists, the sit-ins, the marches, the swelling public anger? We have become a nation that tolerates a diabetic patient collapsed in a coma being tasered by police, the jailing of a silly young woman for writing her jihadist fantasies in verse and an illegal killing by police that was prosecuted under health and safety laws.
From Henry Porter's latest swingeing critique of the erosion of civil liberties in Britain under NuLabour, in today's Observer. Please, go and read the whole thing.

UPDATE 21/11: Henry Porter's personal website, complete with RSS feed of his latest articles, is here.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall...

Who is the fairest blogger of all? Why, 'tis you, Neil Clark! Yes, really, it is. No question about it. None at all.


DK comments in uncharacteristically restrained terms, while Matt Wardman delivers chapter and verse.

Saturday, November 17, 2007


Pick Me Up, 14th November 2007.

Welcome to the weird and ever-so-slightly-disturbing world of women's magazines.

My brain hurts.