Archive:
May 2006

Immigration: who is trying to avoid competitive wages?

Immigration seems to be a big issue in America at the moment. Many economists from many points of the political spectrum have signed an open letter on immigration, outlining “the hard-won consensus that economists have come to” on the issue. While it might be a hot topic in America right now, here in Britain it […]

Teaching to the test

If you’ve ever wondered why more and more pupils are passing exams, yet the British public remains as boneheaded as ever, you need look no further than this report. Too many schools are “teaching to the test” in mathematics, stifling genuinely stimulating thinking about the subject, a report suggests. The report is wrong. In actual […]

The science of economics?

My dad is disappointed in me. He tries to restrain it, but every so often he lets it come out. He thinks I shouldn’t have chosen to do Economics at University. “It’s not a real science,” he says. He is a chemist, you see. Sometimes I find it difficult to disagree with him, although I […]

My non-expert opinion on an actual expert opinion

Okay, this is my first politics / amateur psephology post in a while. Brace yourselves! Professor John Curtice has been making predictions, and I think the clearest message there is that Labour are in big trouble. I really like this cute Labour quote though: However, a Labour spokesman dismissed Prof Curtice’s forecasts yesterday. The spokesman […]

Eurovision’s scoring procedure has been ruined!

Did you see that programme about the Eurovision Song Contest last night? Quite funny I thought. It’s interesting to see how the competition has evolved. In the 1950s it was more like an experiment than anything else. “Look at us, we can broadcast all round Europe!” Back then the acts mostly seemed to be singers […]

MySpace launches IM client; I reach for gun

Just as it was beginning to look like we would only need to use MSN Messenger and Google Talk to be able to talk to just about anyone (nobody uses ICQ any more, right?), MySpace have decided to create their own IM client. And just because it’s MySpace, it will be huge. Let’s face it, […]

Freedom!

I have just come home from my final exam of the summer. Hoorah, etcetera. It’s been a pretty bad couple of weeks. The politics exams were easy enough — you can bluff your way through them easily. But I think I actually died during the Economics exam. I’m not certain about that though — I […]

2006 Spanish Grand Prix

Last week I correctly predicted that the Spanish Grand Prix would be boring. I was right. Somebody wake me up when something interesting happens?

They aren’t fairies; they are rich bastards

Straight in at number one in the Journalism Cliches chart is Gretna’s “fairytale” cup run. Rubbish. There is nothing fairytale-like about being a rich bastard. It’s just Chelsea in black and white. They just happen to be in the Scottish second division. (My friend Alan agrees. Of course, we are unbiased and our views have […]

Biased BBC making monkeys out of Labour

For all of those shitting themselves at the BBC’s ‘Ascent of Tory man’ graphic last week: From Armando Iannucci’s late-1990s satire-a-thon, The Friday Night Armistice, broadcast on BBC Two. I actually have vague memories of this. Brilliant. What a fantastic programme it was. Images snaffled from James O’Malley, via TV Forum.