Monday, April 26, 2010

As part of my long running series – what I like to call my “police are Fuckwits” series here’s one from the BBC News – they actually believed the Loch Ness monster was real and committed resources to protecting it.
The letter from William Fraser, the chief constable of Inverness-shire, to the Under Secretary of State at the Scottish Office, raises concern about the arrival of a hunting expedition in Fort Augustus in 1938.
It says they are "determined to catch the monster dead or alive".
The document goes on to describe how the party claimed they were having a special harpoon gun made and would return with 20 "experienced men" to track the monster down.
"That there is some strange creature in Loch Ness seems now beyond doubt, but that the police have any power to protect it is very doubtful," the letter concludes.
"If you have any suggestion to make or can offer any guidance in the matter, I shall be grateful."

Oh no. everyone’s panicking about there being a hung parliament. We’re being led to believe that the country will grind to a halt in the event of such an outcome. Really? Do politicians have that much day to day influence on the way the country operates? Do politicians have to turn a key to start the trains and buses? Do they have to sign their permission before commuters can set of to work in their car or by bike? Do civil servants await orders for their every action? Do the courts, and the police require political affirmation before they can do their job. I’m hard pushed to think what a politician does that can impact on a day to day basis; that will cause the country to grind to a halt.
I accept that eventually, after some months, if you haven’t picked a prime minister then there will be some problems. But again, I’m hard pushed to think exactly what those will be except in the area of public relations and interfering with the business of others. In the British system politicians micro manage – and can get involved with minor planning decisions in, say, Okehampton, or overturn a judge’s decision because the Daily Mail didn’t like it. But in that case surely the system will work better without an executive branch of the government?

When teachers snap! I’ve seen it myself – they can take only so much and then – well, it’s not pretty.
"Mr Harvey grabbed him by his collar and started dragging him out of the classroom.
"He threw him to the ground and armed himself with a 3kg dumbbell and began to hit the boy about the head with it.
"He struck at least two blows to the head which caused serious injury, really serious injury.
"At the time the blows were being struck Mr Harvey was only heard to say one thing.
"What he was saying was 'die, die, die'."

Goodbye floppy diks, I mean disks. I have a box of them in my office full of information, which I had the forsight to copy onto a hard drive a couple of years ago, but I’m still struggling to get rid of the discs. I’m putting a few into the bins most weeks. They’ll all be gone by xmas.

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