Author Archives: .foXinternet

Housing benefit

The argument about the housing benefit issue continues unabated. There are said to be “very real concerns about poorer families being forced out of central London into the outer boroughs” and the Children’s Minister thinks “that’s a very legitimate concern“. … Continue reading

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IFS, etc

The detailed progressive vs regressive analysis that has dominated the debate recently seems a bit over-complicated. The starting point was whether in cutting spending we were going to mostly reduce benefits and services or mostly increase taxes. As soon as … Continue reading

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Text spam?

Got a text message at 8:43 this morning from a mobile number that I do not recognise, reading as follows: Hi. Sorry. Having a shocker on the trains. Can we move our meeting to 2 instead? Thanks I have no … Continue reading

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Housing benefit cap

One of the items on the BBC Politics Show for London yesterday was the proposal to cap housing benefit at £2,000 a month. Apparently, this may force 82,000 families in London to move. An eye-opening story, that I must confess … Continue reading

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Libel reform?

I’m starting to come around to the idea that libel law may be being misused on occasion. Initially, I had assumed that the libel reform campaign was all a put-up job by the press and various ego-maniac authors and smug … Continue reading

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Tagline

I was confused as to why I had started getting emails attaching resumés and requests for temporary IT staff for short term contracts, but I just wondered whether the change of tag-line to “.foXinternet: a personal website, since 2001” is … Continue reading

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Twitter joke trial

So it’s the appeal on the #TwitterJokeTrial tomorrow (details here). It is interesting how when discussing Mr Chambers’ original twitter posting, many are careful to refer to it as “ill-conceived”, “misjudged”, and/or “admittedly not very funny”, before going on to … Continue reading

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Consumer victory

Result! The company from which my parents purchased a summer house for their garden are going to compensate them in full for the wasted costs of workmen sat idle on site that arose due to delivery being late. I have been … Continue reading

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What are the odds of that?

My Dad was driving past a golf course this week in his retirement present to himself – a brand new car, which he’d only picked up 10 days ago. Yes, you guessed it, an errant drive at that precise moment … Continue reading

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How to get water out of your ear

Right: two days in and back with a vengeance with some seriously useful content. You know when you have a shower in the gym at work and get water stuck in your ear that won’t come out, no matter how … Continue reading

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