Archive for November, 2010

Exclusive: Michael Gove’s new plan for schools

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

After announcing the £162 million cuts in sports funding for schools, Michael Gove’s next winning move is to appoint American supermodel extraordinaire and sometime benefactor of education Derek Zoolander as a ‘kitchen cabinet advisor’. Gove was particularly inspired by Derek’s visionary plan to create a series of educational institutions called ‘Zoolander Centers For Kids Who [...]

‘Nick is a Bad Clegg’ (student protest poster yesterday)

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

The students’ anger is rightly directed on Corporal Clegg, the smoothy who said one thing before the elections and did something else after, when he joined the Conservative Animal Farm. It will be difficult for him to be reelected in Sheffield. His political career could be in ruins, the City of Blades does not like [...]

The history of all hitherto societies…is not the history of class struggle. Part One

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

As things hot up on the streets, with the students leading the way, orthodox Marxism will once again seek to find an audience for its ideas. The simplistic analysis from the usual suspects, with the solution to the crisis found in ‘the furnace of the class struggle’ promises even more mess and confusion. The so [...]

Postcard from Ireland

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

A new word has appeared in Ireland: Banksters, combination of gangster and banker. That will get alot of people going. All that half baked critique of money which envelopes everyone of all political hues, red, green yellow and blue. The Greens were quick to put the boot into ‘Biffo Cowen’ – as if they could [...]

Voodoo Ray

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Ray Wilkins was recently dismissed as assistant coach at Chelsea FC. The decision came from the owner, the oligarch from Russia. Since then Chelsea have lost every game. The misery of it’s football is clear – bring back Ray!

Stench rises from Hungarian sewers

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Nazi goons in Hungary last week Images here from the demonstration held on Sunday at the statue of Count de Károlyi, the first president of a Hungarian Republic (Oct 1918). The statue was defiled by Nazis last Tuesday. The EU should make it clear that paramiitary uniforms are not allowed in the EU ZONE. Such [...]

Existential turmoil in Essex? He’s pulling our plonker

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

The Financial Times‘ Peter Aspden bends the stick to breaking point in comparing the recent TV show The Only Way is Essex with Rome, Open City director Roberto Rossellini’s oeuvre: “The Only Way Is Essex has distinguished antecedents. Sometimes, actors simply won’t do. The Italian neo-realist movement in postwar film-making came to similar conclusions about [...]

Inventories of the ruins of the commodity economy

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

A biography of the artist Patrick Keiller and his latest work reviewed here

Irish meltdown

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

BBC TV’s Newsnight (18 Nov, 2010) found two people to comment about the Irish crisis. They did not add clarity, but brought more fog with them. Edna O’Brien ought to stick to writing steamy novels. Her comprehension of the banking crisis in Eire was a bit thin on the ground. She felt shame, humiliation, guilt, [...]

News from The Animal Farm

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

As reported on Radio 4 (BBC, 20th Nov, 2010) it appears that Simon Heffer is not too pleased that some people have criticized the forthcoming wedding. Heffer who scribbles for the Daily Telegraph is a keen royalist. Verdict (a British economic research outfit) has predicted that the royal weeding will bring in 726 million euros [...]