Some things I've learnt and considered over the past few days.
Whereas I've never though very much of Mark Oaten, at least I now know that that particular activity is technically called coprophilia.
Is the gaoling of Abu Hamza a success or a failure for Tony Blair and Charles Clarke? Surely it demonstrates that there is sufficient law to achieve their stated aims, without adding their 'Religious Hate' stuff? Which suggests, to the cynic, that there may be more than meets the eye to their agenda. (Consider the ever-changing reasons why we really want and need an ID card scheme, oh yes we do, and I'll put you in prison if you don't, at undetermined cost and with even more undetermined regulation and accountability.) Now, it's not my intention to frighten people here, so please, sleep easy tonight, knowing that we're all that little bit safer in a country where the Government has rapidly centralised power, the Prime Minister has fully exploited the Royal Prerogative, where the right to trial by jury is now being eroded, where the accused's previous record is put before a jury (only the prosecution can ever gain from that), and where you can now be locked up without charge, trial or recourse to a lawyer of your choice. Because you present a threat. But not such a threat that there's sufficient evidence to prove it. Because if we had that evidence, we'd have you in front of jury, wouldn't we? Oh, and if you don't like any of this, you can be arrested for protesting your distaste, because that is terrorism.
It's happening folks, and I feel just as hopeless and helpless as you. So let's not all be fighting each other, 'cause that's just what the bastards want.
And, because we need something to cheer us up, and 'cause I just can't stay away from things lovely, check out this lot - paintings.