It may be a cynical electioneering ploy to distract us all from Iraq and the whole ‘detention without trial’ thing, but hey, a little manipulation is only to be expected during an election campaign
Minimum wage to increase to £5.05, and then most likely £5.35 in October 2006. One of New Labour’s most popular policies, it’s especially satisfying after all the shit spouted by the Tories in 1999. “Millions of jobs lost” whine whine whine, and this from the ‘economically challenged’ party which has a special, imaginary friend called £35bn. “Just cause no one else can see it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist!”
Still, they’re managing to climb the polls, after returning to the traditional Conservative stomping-ground of Immigration. (They share the space with the BNP) And this is the party headed by a man who wouldn’t even be here under his own rules. And they say Labour’s cynical!
In other news: the Church is tearing itself apart over homosexuality, again, which is wonderful to watch. Seeing the Pope’s “I’m alive, no I’m not, yes I am” routine is more trying. He’s got an awful lot to answer for, that man, but you can’t exactly attack him when he struggles to speak. Well, OK, you can, but I’ve insulted enough people tonight.
Anyways – I got my nice shiny new ‘Chip and Pin’ enabled Solo card today. Months after my 12 year old sister got hers, but hey. What I don’t quite understand though, is that surely the system is useless until they stop you being able to sign for things instead? When will that happen?
On a different tack, many thanks to Joshua for lending me the brilliant Derren Brown DVD. After watching a depressing programme on Channel 4 a few weeks ago about a Russian girl who had ‘X-Ray vision’ (and a good capacity to lie) it’s always nice to see someone do breaktaking magic without claiming to have physic powers.