Sunday, July 09, 2006


It's been a strange week for Tim. He's been spamming himself, wronging alleging that Polly Toynbee didn't tell the truth about her mother's death, and getting more of his facts muddled. Major apologies for failing to Watch successfully, but at the moment I don't think it's necessary.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

A modest man...

Our Tim has been, in his usual modest way, telling the Press Gazette why he 'pulls columns apart'. Apparently it is:

as someone specialising in jeering at economic illiteracy, I know I'm never going to run out of material.

Much the same could be said about Tim's output. In that very piece he says:

[When Toynbee] thinks that minimum wages do anything other than lower the incomes of the working poor

Of course minimum wages do other things than lower the incomes of the working poor. In fact they often raise the incomes of the working poor, as the report he quotes from says, "It has brought higher wages to many low-paid workers."

Furthermore his website is littered with economic illiteracy. Who can forget the claim that if inheritance tax, which takes in about £4bn a year, was abolished then in a few generations there would be no need for a welfare state? Not a single justification was given.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Lots of days in May

Falling behind here, and sadly this isn't going to be a proper post either. However at present our analysis is not needed, as the commenters are doing a good job in keeping Tim's occasionaly lunacies in check.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006


Apologies for the lack of posts, this reflects I think as much of a lull in Tim, and especially Scott's, posting as my own. Obviously there is nothing more exciting than:

What I'm interested in doing is moving from something that was primarily and narrowly concerned with criticism of the news media (and, for the most part, just two newspapers) to a broader perspective of cultural criticism - looking at the arts (the Whitney Biennial review represents a step in that direction), TV, books, movies etc. from the warped Ablutionist perspective.

But there's clearly no rush.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Ablution Watch

Over to the Daily Ablution, where Scott is showing us his rigorous research techniques in a story about a fire station not being allowed to show the English flag:

Further confirmation of the story [in the Telegraph] is to be found in the local Barking and Dagenham Recorder:
As if it's not possible, or even probably, the original source is the same for both articles. To be fair, however, in this instance he did actually ring the Fire Station at the centre of the story, but it was the wrong Watch (they're spreading, aren't they?).

Anyway, his take on the story:

Can you think of any other nation in the entire world in which a display of the national flag would be prohibited for fear of causing offence? Is there any society as craven as this one? I am, for once, rendered almost speechless.

Almost, but not quite, as he manages another 398 words. All of which of course are missing the obvious point - that the English flag has a recent history of being appropriated by the far-right, who are not unknown in Barking. This is so well known that I can only assume Scott is deliberately missing the point to allow him the mock outrage. The reasons why the far-right were able to hijack the flag would be worth an article - I would suggest it was partly because of a lack of flag-waving tradition, and because of the use of the Union Flag in more official settings allow the English flag to be associated with English nationalim. These however are only ideas.

To some extent the flag has been reclaimed in recent years, particularly for sporting events. Nevertheless pace George Orwell I doubt it is only English intellectuals who had problems with it. I was in a coastal town where the propery seem cheap a few months back, and friends of mine were looking to buy a house. All seemed nice enough, until we saw a house displaying the English flag. Then another one, and another. This really did set alarm bells ringing, and later these were confirmed when we saw a large army barracks. So dislike of the English flag and dislike of our Brave Boys. Truly an Ablution nightmare.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Up to April 30th

Bit concerned that Tim has referred to me as his 'stalker', as I had assumed the first time he did he was joking. To ensure there is not misunderstanding, this blog no more stalks Tim Worstall than he stalks Polly Toynbee*.

* Assuming he doesn't stalk her. If subsequently we find out he hangs around her apartment block in Clapham then the comparision was wrong.

Thursday, April 27, 2006


This post is going to be in defence of Tim Worstall. Andrew Ian Dodge has said that our Man:

has a dress sense right out of Starsky & Hutch

That's right. Andrew Ian Dodge is commenting on someone else's dress sense. What can you say?