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Kittens vs UKIP

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geek / politics

Per the excellent suggestion of Marina Isaac, UKitten is a Chrome Extension that replaces all images of Nigel Farage or related to UKIP with images of kittens from Tea and Kittens. It’s available now from the Chrome Web Store. UPDATE: Now also available for Safari – click here to download, then double-click that file to install.

No, Jeremy Hunt has not saved Lewisham A&E

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I’m putting this online to preempt the inevitable Evening Standard headlines claiming that Jeremy Hunt has today spared Lewisham Hospital’s A&E department. From his statement today: On the emergency care proposals, Sir Bruce was concerned that the recommendation for a non-admitting Urgent Care Centre at Lewisham may not lead, in all cases, to improved patient care. While those with serious injury or illness would be better served by a concentration of specialist A&E services, this […]

On Republicanism, and kicking puppies

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This Sunday I attended the Jubilee Protest, organised by the Republic campaign for a democratic alternative to the monarchy in the UK. And so this week I have had, on a couple of occasions, been asked to explain just why I support the Republican movement (no relation to the GOP). This is actually rather difficult, because: A) If you believe that the monarchy is fundamentally undemocratic, and you’re asked why, it’s a little like being […]

Restore CSS Justice!

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fuckwittery / politics

Restore Justice is a fairly odious campaign to distract popular attention from the numerous failings of the coalition government obtain a parliamentary vote on the possible restoration of the death penalty in the UK. It has a website at http://www.restorejustice.org.uk, which looks like this: So. Quite apart from crimes against Photoshop and dubious politics (and the total absence of information on who’s behind it, and the lack of a charity number, and the soliciting of […]

The Lewisham Riot

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So, about the riot: I saw tweets suggesting it at 8am. I saw the BBM messages encouraging it at 4pm. By the time I got home, there was a police cordon around most of Lewisham. Shops in Hither Green were shut. On Manor Park, a group of kids (really, kids) swaggered with a huge bottle of Pimms. I wondered where the hell they’d got that from. When I got to the A20, I saw which […]