April 13, 2009

The sun never sets on British FAIL

Mark Steyn wrote this over the weekend before Captain Phillips was rescued, but it's still woth a read, especially for this bit of Epic Britannic FAIL:

Meanwhile, the Royal Navy, which over the centuries did more than anyone to rid the civilized world of the menace of piracy, now declines even to risk capturing their Somali successors, having been advised by Her Majesty’s Government that, under the European Human Rights Act, any pirate taken into custody would be entitled to claim refugee status in the United Kingdom and live on welfare for the rest of his life. I doubt Pirates of the Caribbean would have cleaned up at the box office if the big finale had shown Geoffrey Rush and his crew of scurvy sea dogs settling down in council flats in Manchester and going down to the pub for a couple of jiggers of rum washed down to cries of “Aaaaargh, shiver me benefits check, lad.” From “Avast, me hearties!” to a vast welfare scam is not progress.
As they say, read the whole thing.

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April 07, 2009

Wow! Somebody In The British Government Must Really Love Japanese ProN

Here is where the Fail Britannia tag is appropriate.

"We were alerted today, we took immediate action, we removed the link and we are now investigating."

According to the BBC, the Home Office said the site it had initially linked to had since become defunct, and a new company had taken it over, without giving details.

The revelation is the second pornography-related embarrassment for the ministry in as many weeks.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was last week forced to refund expense claims filed on her behalf which showed her husband had watched two pay-per-view pornographic films.

Smith has said she was "mortified" to discover the pay-per-view movies had been submitted inadvertently as part of her expense claim for running her family home.

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April 06, 2009

Big Brother is watching you

No, seriously, the UK is going to now track every place someone in the UK goes online, and read every email.

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April 04, 2009

School for scandal

America may be the worldwide leader in ridiculously stupid ideas in the field of education, but our cousins across The Pond are rapidly catching up:

A British school was blasted Friday after kids as young as 11 were told to shout obscenities during a lesson in swearing.

Expletives like the f-word and c-word were written on a blackboard before a teacher explained their meaning to 30 seventh graders.

S.t Laurence School in Bradford on Avon, Wilts, claims it was part of a sex and relationship education program to "dispel" the myths of swear words.

What does that even mean? What are these "myths"? And how does shouting "FUCK" at a chalkboard "dispel" anything?

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