August 7th, 2013

Strike Confirmed at the Indy


  1. 1
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    Do you think anyone will notice?


  2. 2
    Bob Crow's Gut Feeling says:


    Judging by their circulation figures they could take the month off and nobody would notice.


  3. 3
    Kettle, Pot, Bl@ck? says:

    Just enough time for a three bottle lunch.



    • 6
      Puzzled says:

      What is hypocritical about someone recommending a more useful activity than writing for the Indy?


  4. 4
    A Plagiarist says:

    This is terribly sad.


  5. 5
    Bongo PR troll says:

    Vote Bongo!


  6. 7
    Johann Hari says:

    My sources tell me their could a strike at The Independent. It might only last a few hours. I gather it could be on a Friday.


  7. 9
    UKIP says:

    Bloom on LBC in 2 minutes


  8. 10
    small change you can believe in says:

    Indy paying student interns?

    Perhaps news gleaned by a paid second year student is a sight cheaper thsan regurgitated rubbish spouted by their own professional hacks


  9. 11
    Dweeb says:

    If the Indy journo’s read other papers, they might discover that their own is losing money hand over fist. They’re lucky that any of them have a job.


    • 87
      Jeff Bezos says:

      Say, do you think I might be able to pick up the Indy on the cheap?

      Y’know, to go along with the other budgie cage liner I just bought…


  10. 12
    Len McClusterfuck says:

    Trouble in paradise?


  11. 13
    NUJ says:

    Knowledge is Power, Unity is Strength!


    • 92
      The natives are restless tonight says:

      Quite so, but it all turns just the teeniest bit awkward when nobody buys your output.


  12. 15
    Hey Lefties: Looking for Bongoland ? says:


  13. 20
    Oh F*ck says:

    Burleys off on one, Sky now.


  14. 21
    hot metal says:

    Two hours on a Friday?
    Bunch of posh twats who lack the courage of their alleged convictions.


  15. 22
    Is he a UKIP voter? says:


  16. 28
    Ed what do I stand for Miliband says:

    I have had a fantastic idea, I’m going to make a speech at conference and use no notes at all. I have only a few weeks to memorise the speech but with some sound coaching I should be o.k.
    This is a great idea and will surely win over my doubters.


  17. 31
    Owen Jones says:

    Oh goody. I can start my Metalwork NVQ resit early on Friday.


  18. 32
    Owen Jones says:

    I’ll be down Old Compton Street on Friday afternoon.


  19. 36
    Mehdi Hasan says:

    “From the moment I picked up”Chavs” by Owen Jones until the moment I put it down, I could not stop laughing. One day I might decide to read it!”


    • 46
      Diane Abbongo-bongott says:

      That book was a seminal work about something or other..its a masterpiece of erudite thinking on the plight of whatever it is about..

      I never read it either. But in lefty circles its compulsory coffee table material.
      I’ve got a signed copy.

      But signed by Bobby Davro for some reason.


  20. 37
    Fat racist falls over says:


    • 45
      Bongolese National says:

      Have lefties never heard the rhyme ‘sticks and stones’?


      • 50
        Fat racist falls over says:

        Er…you DID see it was the fat racist who attacked first, right?

        Specsavers perhaps? Or literacy remedial?


  21. 40
    David Cameron was my fag at Eton says:


  22. 42
    Owen Jones says:

    Just because no one reads the paper and no one buys it is no reason to cut jobs. Ok, so its only still existence as a vanity project for a billionaire..but…


    {but I would never mention that in my column or 99% or all my arguments would be invalid..}


  23. 44
    Oliver Cromwell's Mum says:

    I quite like the Guardian but I much prefer Andrex.


    • 49
      Owen's mum. says:

      Owen!! Have you done your homework? SDon’t leave it all until the night before you go back.
      It seems like a long school holiday but we’re halfway through it already. And we’re visiting Nana for a week up in Chester, don’t forget.


    • 59
      Great Britain says:

      Andrex is a brilliant British invention, the processes for which were designed and developed at a time that the Germans were regularly bombing the paper factory in Walthamstow. 2ply tissue meant showing 2-fingers to nazism.


  24. 47
    Minister for corruption says:

    Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni buying a £30 million jet with foreign aid cash

    The Department for International Development spending £500m on consultants and £20m on hotels in 2011 “most of which were five star”

    Foreign aid currently costs the average family £500 per year. This is a strain on the nation’s finances that is ill-thought and unsustainable. It is time for a proper debate on this issue.


  25. 58
    Racist bitch gets ridiculed says:


  26. 60
    Never seen north of Watford says:

    Is the “Indy” still on sale ? I thought it had folded. I never see it in our local newsagents


    • 103
      Billy Boy says:

      Yip– every day the ; INDY ;-is delivered to my wee shoppie, in Northants, by WH Smiths-at 3am ( 1 copy )-next day collect the same— then refund the money the following day— Still it makes work for the working man to do.


  27. 61
    Bongo Ryan says:

    Indy guys, take the whole week off … what’s left of the Independent is a serious embarrassment …


  28. 65
    Mehdi Hasan says:

    Owen Jones (The Independent) urges Washington to bankrupt Hamas. If Uncle Sam engages in a little arm-twisting with Qatar, Turkey, and the Palestinian Authority, the Egyptian army will take care of the rest.

    The Egyptian Army’s ongoing operations against the subterranean tunnels connecting Egypt to the Gaza Strip, which have long served as key arteries for bulk cash smuggling, are wreaking havoc on Hamas’s finances. One senior Isr*eli security official told me that, in the current environment, an additional reduction of 20-30% in Hamas’ revenues could “destroy” the movement . . .

    Ala al-Rafati, the Hamas economy minister, recently told Reuters that these operations cost Hamas $230-million — about a tenth of Gaza’s GDP.


  29. 66
    Politically Correct Deprogramming Done Right says:

    Politically Correct thought requires that the subject becomes less critical in their evaluation of arguments put to them, and instead that they respond without thinking. This is a Pavlovian technique.

    In order to exit the circular arguments of politically correct doctrine one can start by examining some of the constructs which have been impressed, and evaluate them critically.

    The revulsion to the label ‘rac!st’, and the immediate desire to socially isolate and shun someone who has been so labelled, as well as to be in constant fear of perhaps having the label applied to yourself is a powerful social conditioning which is worth looking at when deprogramming.

    Firstly: Can you safely reconcile with yourself what is rac!sm. Each of us has a feeling of what it means, but can you discriminate safely as to what it can be applied to ?

    Then: Note that once labelled as rac!st the politically correct doctrine would have you isolate that individual or group of individuals. This you may react to in a Pavlovian way without really stopping to understand what led to the point being made. In particular, there is no hearing given to the apparent ‘victims’ and their views on the matter, and absolutely no critical evaluation of what harm was committed by the accused – if indeed they had in fact caused harm.

    Finally: The embedded reaction is designed to cause maximum harm to the accused. In many cases that is disproportionate to the alleged transgression.

    Where this breaks down completely is when the rational behind politically correct thought is looked at.

    The doctrine is apparently meant to prevent harm in society by curtailing the freedom of expression of the individual, and uses negative associations to artificially suppress quite normal and ordinary human instinct.

    This is on top of an already well established criminal code which has a long tradition of dealing with such harm in as just a way as possible.

    The subtle difference is that politically correct doctrine is unaccountable, and encourages individuals to be unaccountable in their actions and reactions to what at the end of the day is a slanderous label which is not clearly defined.

    Furthermore, given that rac!sm is derived from man’s tribal instinct, and the PC aversion to it is apparently meant to help promote social harmony and cohesion, it should be noted that dividing the population into ‘rac!sts’ and ‘non-rac!sts’ is of itself self defeating.

    The social isolation can be equated with the old practice of banishing transgressors from the tribe or the village: That in itself harks directly to the tribal instinct from which the notion of rac!sm stems.

    A most tautological paradigm.

    This does not mean to say that it is fine to act irrationally against people, for whatever reason.

    Replacing politically correct dogma with the libertarian maxim of ‘Do no harm’, developing the habit of critical thought and recognizing that you the individual have a responsibility to act is a certain way is much less oppressive to the individual, and would yield much more positive results.


    • 79
      Anonymous says:

      “given that rac!sm is derived from man’s tribal instinct”

      FAIL AGAIN. This is an impossibility. A race was created because it was divided by physical barriers from another group of humanity.

      If it was divided there was no visibility, therefore if tribal instincts were formed, there would be no other races present to form the instinct. For selection of a survival instinct to take place, the ability must be exercised. This could not have happened.

      The only instinct we have is the extension of the family group and the ability to share within a known group. The size of this group is determined by the human capacity to remember and recognise distinct people. This is the size limit of a community that shares and feeds itself. A tribe if you want. It has nothing to do with genetic background.


      • 88
        To assume makes an ass of you and me ;-) says:

        There isn’t any mention of genetics above – is that an assumption you are jumping to ?

        Remember that the lefts label seems to apply a little more generally.

        The above chappy I think has Ayn Rands essay in mind.

        Now, notions of tribalism stemming from the instinct to protect and group with the family – that is interesting to draw attention to.

        Particularly as Frankfurt School / Left appear to be hell bent on destroying the traditional family unit.

        The institution of marriage is currently under serious attack.

        Could their crusade be in order to eradicate racism by destroying peoples identity and the authoritarian figures in their formative years – particularly fathers ?

        One is on some very dangerous ground if one is subscribed to those schools of thought.


        • 99
          Anonymous says:

          Race is a division of genetic information caused by isolation from another groups. It is not nurture that separates races. Therefore race references imply genetics.

          Then you go on to all sort of issues that relate to only one problem. The lack of freedom.

          To me freedom is the ability to do what you like without actively disrupting another. That means extreme beliefs, are a freedom as long as they are not used to hurt or cause fear in others. Passive observance is a choice for the observer.

          Freedom is not the ability to impose one persons view on another.


  30. 70
    Lord McCluskey of North Korea says:

    Perhaps the Left’s flying pickets could come “dressed as a worker” in solidarity?

    They can all feel good about themselves for a while and then head off to the wine bar…


  31. 71
    Mornington Crescent says:

    So, now that Charlotte Green is going back to work for the Beeboids, will she be handing back her redundo…?


  32. 72
    Dream On Dave says:

    Can I get an anti-Cameron filter which will block out anything that smug, privileged, wealthy, sanctimonious, boring vanilla tw*t has to say?


  33. 74

    “And the workers looked up at me, their tears running down their faces; bewildered, confused, desperate, lost. I didn’t volunteer for this, but I couldn’t turn away from these troubled souls.


    A cheer rose from the work floor, but later on we all agreed that we should strike after lunch on Friday, because we get cakes on Friday mornings.”


  34. 75
    Anonymous says:

    Carneys first action and the FTSE drops like a bloody stone. Plonker.


    • 77
      Econotwaddle says:

      Trying to set interest rates by linking them to unemployment statistics was a bit silly. He may as well have decided he’d only raise them when Australia gets the Ashes back.


      • 84
        A view from atop the Pyramid says:

        It is somewhat more serious.

        He has given a big dis-incentive to employers not to hire.

        Reduce unemployment, the cost of your outstanding debt will go up ?

        That is not sound monetary policy and a logic designed to keep unemployment at a certain level.


    • 81
      Anonymous says:

      Carney first statement linked his work to an statistic that is not under his control or even the governments. The EU now controls the interest rate.

      So why not just send him home without any supper. He just made himself redundant.


      • 93
        The natives are restless tonight says:

        Golden socks methodology to a T… Better batten down for some rough weather ahead with this Canadian GS puppet at the helm.


    • 97
      Universal Hiss says:

      To Build A Fire.


  35. 83
    One Fat Lady says:

    I’ve just won a tenner at Bingo Bingo Land!

    House with a bamboo door… 54!


  36. 91
    Penfold says:

    A strike would save money………….

    So close the useless rag.


  37. 95
    Universal Hiss says:

    I’ve never bought the paper.

    Looked at the web site a few times. Hideous.The layout & colours are a nightmare.

    Orange? Orange in a website should be banned.It’s a fucking fruit not a fucking colour in a childish font.

    I’ve yet to see original content either.Fucking orange………….


  38. 98
    Raptor says:

    Carney isn’t really a Canadian. His family is of Southern Irish Catholic extraction.

    And we all know what their grasp of economic reality is like.


    • 100
      Long John Silver's parrot says:

      I have read the Canadian guy’s little missive.

      Frankly the City have factored in that interests rates will stay below inflation until 2016. The sum total of what he now says is exactly the same.

      Why we have to pay him millions of pounds must remain one of life’s great mysteries as is the puzzle that we employ even more people now to produce roughly the same GDP as before.


  39. 101
    Julian the Wonderhorse says:

    This is terrible… means 15 people won’t get to read a paper for a day


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