Archive for October, 2004
While I’ve been uncharacteristically silent, the discussion in one of the comments threads below has wandered off from the West Lothian Question to the Schleswig-Holstein question.
All you need to know about that one, as far as I remember, is that Lord Palmerston is supposed to have said that only three people every understood the Schleswig-Holstein question. Prince Albert was dead. A German professor once did, but then went mad. And he himself did once upon a time, but had forgotten all about it.
With the baseball out of the way (and with me not having to say “Wait till next year!” to anyone, for once), we can turn our attention to next year’s Tour de France…
… You can study the route here…
(Critics are saying it’s a route designed to stop Lance Armstrong winning again, but (i) I’m not quite sure how you’d design a route to do that: he’s that dominant; (ii) if you did want to mess Armstrong around, you’d want to abolish the team time trial again, which US Postal always manages to win, and they haven’t tried to do that; and (iii) there still seem to be quite a lot of mountains, even if there aren’t quite so many high-altitude finishes as usual. But that’s all very first-impression-ey.)
ALDS Game 1: @ANA, W9-3
ALDS Game 2: @ANA, W8-3
ALDS Game 3: vs ANA, W8-6
ALCS Game 1: @NYY, L7-10
ALCS Game 2: @NYY, L-1-3
ALCS Game 3: vs NYY, L8-19
ALCS Game 4: vs NYY, W6-4
ALCS Game 5: vs NYY, W5-4
ALCS Game 6: @NYY, W4-2
ALCS Game 7: @NYY, W10-3
World Series Game 1: vs STL, W11-9
World Series Game 2: vs STL, W6-2
World Series Game 3: @STL, W4-1
World Series Game 4: @STL, W3-0
Yes, it’s the latest press release from Tim Collins:
MPs from north of the border should be stopped from voting on issues which affect Cumbrian but not Scottish voters according to South Lakes MP Tim Collins…
Read the rest here.
Arthur Henderson, one of the founding fathers of theBritish Labour Party, born 13 September 1863, died 20 October 1935.
Samora Machel, FRELIMO leader and independent Mozambique’s first President. Born 1933, died 20 October 1986.
A question: Do readers agree with me that all four of the daily broadsheet newspapers in the UK are less good than they were, say, five or ten years ago?
The Telegraph was less good under Charles Moore than it was under Max Hastings, and has been less good under Moore’s successor (whatever his name is or was) than under Moore. The Independent is approaching a travesty of a newspaper. The Guardian has more bad writing in it than it used to have; and the Times, well, the Times just carries on ploughing the dismal furrow it’s been ploughing for a couple of decades now, declining slowly but exceptionally persistently.
Or am I missing something? Or just getting older?
(Supplementary question: if so, why?)
Sorry about the silence here over the last few days. The usual reasons: start of term, lectures on Hegel, moving house, those kinds of things.
I’m very pleased to learn over at SIAW that “Britney Spears” is an anagram of “Presbyterians”.
I don’t really know why, but I am.
His opposition to new Labour was absolute and unforgiving. Though he refused to defend the hereditary right of the Lords – “I can’t get up and assert that hereditary peers are legitimate and I’m not going to” – he believed that the House of Lords system worked more often than not to temper the excesses of Parliament. When Tony Blair proposed that peers should give up their speaking privileges in return for lunching and dining rights in the House, Russell was withering. “He is literally asking us to sell our birthright for a mess of pottage,” he said. “This does no more than confirm me in my opinion that he is a smooth man. Were he to ask me to sell my birthright for a House of Commons elected by a voting system that makes it truly representative of the people, he might get a different answer.”
One of the Virtual Stoa’s favourite Liberal Democrats.