A blog by Patrick Crozier


November 22, 2002

The fire strike - don't blame the unions
Patrick Crozier

The firemen (don't expect me to use the virtue fascist term "firefighters") have kicked off an eight-day strike. The Evening Standard (and I am sure a whole host of other worthies) have chosen to single out the unions for blame.

Poppycock. It is the sole responsibility of the government to provide firefighting services. If it fails to do so then it is it (the government) and no one else who is at fault. If they find that they can't sack striking firemen then that is again their fault for either signing no-dismisal agreements or making such action illegal (I am not sure which, if any, applies in this case.)

I think (but I am damned if I can find the quote) Enoch Powell once described unions as "pure as the driven snow". He was right.

In expectation of an obvious comment... Yes, I know ultimately it is our individual responsibility to provide ourselves with fire-fighting services. I do not know if it would be legal or not to do so but the fact that the state usually provides one and taxes us for the privilege tends to crowd out the alternative.

Tokyo
Patrick Crozier

Another instalment of holiday snaps. I always like to know what a city looks like. These were taken in Tokyo on 10 October.

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November 21, 2002

Crime: what London can learn from New York
Patrick Crozier

Excellent article from the Telegraph

November 12, 2002

Blogging will be light over
Patrick Crozier

Blogging will be light over the next few days.

November 07, 2002

CrozierVision pejorative term of the day
Patrick Crozier

National Hell(th) Service - Alice Bachini

November 06, 2002

CrozierVision quote of the day
Patrick Crozier

The implosion of the Tory party is worthy of The Office, where David Brent tries to appear competent and trendy and fails dismally at both. - The Telegraph

BNP Watch
Patrick Crozier

I have just finished watching a web broadcast by Nick Griffin of the British National Party on the sacking of their youth orgnaiser, Mark Collett (link via Liberty Log).

There are a number of things that struck me. First of all, it's not just conservatives and libertarians who see the internet as their salvation.

Second. It is difficult to work out just where Griffin is coming from. He goes out of his way to condemn Nazism but seems to have difficulty in articulating just what the BNP does stand for. If I were being charitable I would say that he is basically a traditional conservative who is uneasy with immigration without actually hating immigrants. At the same time he finds himself in a party with a large number of members who really do hate immigrants and who think that Hitler was right. He has to be careful what he says.

Third. He's a very good performer. He must not be underestimated. The market for an opposition party is very open right now. He might just fill the gap.

November 05, 2002

CrozierVision new word of the day
Patrick Crozier

Fusspotocracy - BEdBlog

November 04, 2002

Blog roundup
Patrick Crozier

I'd sort of given up on this sort of thing but it's been something of a bumper day in Blogland today. I really cannot a remember a day when there has been so much good writing.

Let us terrify those whom reason cannot reach - Natalie Solent

Vote Briffa - Public Interest

What should we learn from Diana - LPITC

To the rest of us, he seems more like a real life Inspector Clouseau - Stephen Pollard

State schools are immoral - Liberty Log

Ironically, the British left struck the best notes when it sounded like the force more devoted to conserving the social bonds and duties that their own doctrines had destroyed - Conservative Commentary

November 03, 2002

Queer-bashing... Democrats
Patrick Crozier

According to Mark Steyn in The Spectator. He also mentions how the Libertarian Party is reaching out to people of colour. Blue in this case.

Why I don't like Ms
Patrick Crozier

As in Ms Alice Bachini. (By the way, Alice, if you are reading, this has nothing to do with you directly. I don't know which title you prefer. This came from Liberty Log.)

Ms (in preference to Miss or Mrs) grew to prominence in the 1980s. The argument was that... actually I can't remember what the argument was. Come to think of it I think it was that Miss or Mrs revealed a woman's maritial status. Many women (and I agree with them) did not wish to be judged by their marital status but on their merits. Therefore, they needed a new title. Shame that they couldn't have come up with a better one but never mind.

Anyway, towards the end of the 1980s the Economist magazine got itself into trouble when it reported on the wife of the then Spanish Prime Minister, Felipe Gonzalez. It referred to her as Miss Sanchez (actually, I can't remember her real name but it illustrates the point). Queue much gnashing of feminist teeth.

The Economist made a spirited defence. It pointed out that the titles Miss and Mrs do not indicate marital status. They merely indicate whether the bearer is using her maiden or marital name. Thus the Iron Lady would have been entirely within her rights to have called herself Miss Roberts. They also pointed out that in Spain (of all places) married women keep their maiden names.

There is something rather ironic about all this. Because I am not aware of a single case of a woman using Ms with her married name. In other words Ms now means exactly the same as what Miss really means. It's just that Miss sounds better.

November 01, 2002

The future of the Conservative Party
Patrick Crozier

The kerfuffle over recent days about challenges to IDS's leadership makes me wonder what the Conservative Party's problem is.

I suspect it is paralysis. There are four directions they can go in:

Social Democratic with Ken Clarke
Liberal with Michael Portillo
Authoritarian with IDS (or at least that was the option)
Do nothing.

If they take one of the three "doing something" options they risk a definite split and probable electoral extinction. It is interesting to note that in the last leadership election each candidate got almost exactly the same number of votes.

If they do nothing they may also risk extinction but then again something might turn up.