Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Oh healthcare

Recently a lot of Americans have been bashing the NHS which has bemused me somewhat – I'm much more used to feeling sorry for them for their healthcare system ;-).

I do find the furore that this has generated in the US rather disconcerting though. Sometimes I'm reminded just how much we are 'two countries separated by the same language', with their foaming at the mouth at 'socialised healthcare' whereas for us, it's something that we moan about but are proud of really. And any party that tried to take it away in this country would get a swift kick in the ballot box. And that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Mad conviction overturned

According to The Register, the teacher who was convicted (for forty years) for displaying porn to children has been granted a retrial. This trial was completely shambolic (original story) and has been deconstructed in detail here and here. This was a case of people who failed to understand technology combined with a degree of fundamentalism and extreme prudery combining to make a mockery of justice. It just goes to reinforce my view that nobody should be allowed anywhere near a computer without having some sort of basic training first.

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Death by a thousand cuts

I wish I had something insightful or witty to say about this case, but I don't, other than shaking my head sadly.

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