Archive for November, 2003

DSW, #6

November 30th, 2003

Guy Debord, b.28 December 19831, d.30 November 1994.

Andy for Wesley

November 29th, 2003

My friend Andy Sabl explains why he’s supporting Wesley Clark for President over at Open Source Politics. [Via Calpundit.]

Bad Writing

November 28th, 2003

Here’s an exceptionally interesting and very, very long post from John Holbo on the Bad Academic Writing kerfuffle.


November 28th, 2003

Chris Lightfoot is sceptical about the Big Conversation and the journalists who write about it.

Hang the Rich from Lamp-posts / But don’t hang me

November 28th, 2003

While on the subject of politicians’ verse (see below, and the comments board for my poetic opinions about Mr Marsden), and political verse more generally (over at Harry’s Place), I thought I’d post this fine song, which has not, I think, appeared anywhere in cyberspace. It’s sung to the tune of “Keep the Home Fires Burning“, and the fourth line in particular is quite moving.

Put the thing through quickly,
Wage the class war slickly,
Hang the rich from lampposts
But don’t hang me…
Stick to Marx, my hearty,
Damn the Labour Party!
Keep the hellfires burning
For the bourgeoisie.

Someone once told me that it was first sung many years ago during a rent dispute at Ruskin College, though I don’t know whether that’s really true or not.

Paul Marsden, Bard

November 27th, 2003

If you haven’t already, do go and read Lib Dem MP Paul Marsden’s poetry before he sees sense and takes the page down. The one about Gladstone is quite McGonagallesque; the sex poetry is just grim.

Virtual Stoa agrees with Michael Howard shock!

November 26th, 2003

But this time they’ve gone further than any civilised government should go. Earlier this week we read in our newspapers that the Government proposes to use the children of asylum seekers as pawns to cover up their failure to get a grip on their asylum chaos. Children of asylum seekers are to be taken into care in order to force their parents to leave the country. The Prime Minister and the Home Secretary should be ashamed of themselves. We shall oppose any legislative provision that seeks to give effect to this despicable provision. And I have no doubt that when we do so we shall be joined in the lobbies by the many Honourable Members on the Government benches who, unlike the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary, still retain their self-respect.

– Mr Howard, responding to the Queen’s Speech earlier today.