Ananko: The Evil Profit Motive

The other day I was having a debate with a friend about the NHS, I said it ought to be privatised and she said it shouldn’t. Responding to this I asked why not, and she said: ‘because people will try to make a profit out of others’ illnesses. The implicit assertion in her phrase and [...]

Ananko: Sophisticated Signs

You know how it is, you’re driving along the motorway, and you see a big illuminated sign that hangs over the hard shoulder which has a message for you. They usually have a message actually, and it’s often different, because the signs are so sophisticated that they’re run by a team of people who monitor [...]

Gates’ Galling Hypocrisy

This week’s geek insanity news kicks off with arch and nauseating hypocrisy. Bill Gates, the Microsoft Billionaire, sniffed, when asked about Edward Snowden, “You won’t find much admiration from me“. Uh Huh? You won’t find much admiration from geeks in the know about Microsoft’s act of collaborating with the NSA on the NSA PRISM program. [...]

RIP Tony Benn – the last great working class hero!

MARX ON MONDAY Kevin Marx – a view from the left.   I don’t know about you but I was so upset upon hearing of the death of Tony Benn that I decided to pay a fitting tribute to the veteran Bollinger Bolshevik by treating myself to dinner at London’s most expensive restaurant, Launceston Place, [...]


This week’s geek insanity news kicks off with a  >SCREAM<  Facebook horror. A schoolgirl’s Facebook post cost her dad a smooth 80,ooo bucks. He won an Age discrimination case against his former employer and his hapless daughter promptly posted a triumphal SUCK-IT-former-employer post on Facebook. Sadly, this violated the non-disclosure clause and a small fortune [...]

Russell Taylor: A chance for salvation?

One of the greatest obstacles to meaningful change in Britain is the belief that the two main political parties are separated by an ideological gulf. The idea that the Tories are positioned far to the right of Labour sets a boundary for mainstream conservatism, beyond which everything is considered extremist. Thus, George Osborne’s tax and [...]

Clegg v Farage – Round Two

MARX ON MONDAY Kevin Marx – a view from the left   I popped into the Strangers Bar in the House of Commons last week as a guest of my old mate Michael Gove. We were enjoying a quiet glass of wine when who should walk in but Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP, carrying [...]

Clegg prepares to kick Farage’s arse!

MARX ON MONDAY Kevin Marx – a view from the left   I was enjoying a few days skiing last week at the millionaire’s playground resort at Klosters in Switzerland when I foolishly decided, after a good lunch, to ski off-piste to get back to my chalet in Davos. Half an hour later I was [...]