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With all this Returning Officer business, I’ve become rather an expert in the art of being impartial. And this groundswell of experience has enabled me to notice that one of my lecturers isn’t exactly neutral.
I’m not going to provide their name, but if I drop the hint that they lecture in International Relations and that they’re a far-left nutter, I think you’ll probably guess. (No I won’t. -Ed.)
He also opined, “The end of capital controls was akin to inviting Hitler and Stalin over for dinner” (I do love comparisons between monetary policy and genocide), and, “You may say the death penalty is awful but it’s a very effective method of economic management.” Yes. I do.
However, you’ll be pleased to hear that the seminar is a source of balance and counter-argument, and my seminar tutor is a even-handed, objective lady whose reasonableness knows no bounds: “Honestly, I can accept substantiated arguments but not something based on Milton Friedman. For Christ’s sake…” Yeah; I hate it when people quote Nobel Prize-winning academics in a university.
In other Sussex news, one of my professors used a lecture about the European Court of Justice to tell some long, meandering anecdote which ended with the punchline:
“I am thinking, how many more species of cheese may have vanished throughout the EU because they did not have the good fortune to be tasted by the Director-General of Legal Services?”
What a terrifying thought.
Eastleigh fallout latest
Whatever David Cameron says, it looks like the Conservative Party sat-nav is saying:
The Justice Secretary hopes that by withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights, we can avoid giving prisoners the right to vote as Strasbourg judges ordered us to in 2005.
I actually have zero sympathy for these whining prisoners who think it’s unfair that the state forces them to choose between committing crimes and voting – they’re no more victims of a human rights abuse than members of the House of Lords, who, just like criminals, have also made a voluntary lifestyle choice which resulted in them losing the vote – but clearly, if the European Court of Human Rights has told us to change this then we have to.
Or did Britain sign up to the Convention only on condition that it wouldn’t affect what we were going to do anyway?
There’s nothing left
Last week this blog received a couple of comments from someone who, in an attempt to preserve their incognito, used an email address belonging to an organisation called Riseup, a shadowy front which “provides online communication tools for people and groups working on liberatory social change.”
All quite laudable, in principle; liberatory social change is a perfectly decent goal, naming no Police Commissioners.
But Riseup’s terms of service contain one rather unusual clause: “We ask that you do not use Riseup services for any of the following: […] support for capitalism.”
I’ve been a bit short of time this week so have just adapted a news article from last week to fit new circumstances. Sorry for any confusion.
Liberal election victories? (II)
My heartiest congratulations to Mr Michael Thornton of Eastleigh: serving as a Liberal MP is not the easy experience that it used to be, and if I am to be truthful I did have several non-specific concerns about whether our gallant party would win last week’s by-election at all.
The news reached me on Friday evening with my Indian take-away, my Indian take-away being a native of Pondicherry whom I took away with me after my last tour of duty to assist me with my literary endeavours such as this.
Many men have asked me how it is that I became involved in politics. Well; it may surprise them to hear that my career has not always been an unbridled success. Strange indeed that someone who has governed swathes of India should encounter difficulties in securing a seat in Parliament, but behold the tale of My First General Election: