therealpm: (A tolerable tipple)
At 5:30 am tomorrow morning, the northern hemisphere will be at its furthest point away from the sun; henceforth the days shall be longer and brighter until the summer solstice in June. Today is therefore the shortest day of the year.

Time to set the yule log alight...



John, if you try and stick bits of holly to me again, I will not be amused.
therealpm: (Thinking)
The coalition government's "enterprise zones" seem to be as nebulous and ineffective a concept as their "big society". It is disappointing that the Tories should run back to one of the great failures of the Thatcher years, but with an economic policy so lacking in strategy, it is possible that they see no option for the future but to repeat the mistakes of the past. Perhaps a "natural pause" to "reflect" and "reconsider" is in order?

IMF

May. 20th, 2011 01:35 am
therealpm: (Thinking)
An interesting suggestion, but one that I doubt will come to fruition damn it.

It would mean spending rather less time at home than I've grown accustomed to, but no doubt the look on Gordon's face challenge of the role would more than compensate...

Hmm...
therealpm: (Thinking)
Interesting suggestion from the meetup:

A post for anonymous (or non-anonymous) con crit and suggestions for the rp-ing of this character; both in terms of tone (e.g. whether speech patterns are right, whether it's getting OOC) and basic fact checking ('What do you mean by writing his favourite colour as being mauve?! In this 1986 interview he clearly says it's maroon.').

Attlee

Apr. 5th, 2011 01:04 pm
therealpm: (Default)
I can't say the man and I ever enjoyed much by way of conversation, but it was a pleasure today to unveil a statue of one of the Labour party's all-time greats.


In other news, it appears that yet another yougov poll has been doing the rounds,this time about who is the nation's most irritating politician. In no particular order the results are:

 IrritatingNot IrritatingDon't Know
Ed Balls513118
John Bercow361846
Lembit Opik631819
Baroness Warsi391744
George Osborne523018
David Cameron48457
Vince Cable393824
Nick Clegg52418
Ed Miliband523711
Gordon Brown58338
Peter Mandelson651816
Harriet Harman542817
William Hague504010
therealpm: (Default)
A change of politicians does not appear to necessitate a change in policy.

I find it interesting that the coalition government accuses Labour of lacking policies whilst simultaneously adopting them.
therealpm: (Default)
Time to clear up a few misconceptions about my views on Mr Miliband.


In other, unrelated, news. I can confirm that contrary to media speculation, Coulson will not be joining 'Global Counsel'. We do have standards to maintain, after all.

#26

Feb. 24th, 2011 11:47 am
therealpm: (Machine)
Progress of The Machine: Optical bench cleaned and recalibrated for optimum identification and quantification of venom components, with the objective of eventual a-diabolical synthesis from common thaumaturlogical precursors.

This might take a while, I may have to consider adding this to my voicemail.

#24

Feb. 21st, 2011 02:53 pm
therealpm: (Default)
I really shouldn't allow The Machine to run unattended overnight. It seems to have become infested with these little monsters:



Transported most of them to Venezuala. An arch-mage there still hasn't returned my grimoire; perhaps a few demon-frogs will refresh his memory?
therealpm: (Pleased)
All in all an excellent and informative week with some significant labour victories and the prospect of more to come.

Progress on The Machine: sucessfully uninstalled previous system.  Considering switch to germanic rune set; elder futhark rather unwieldy.

Now where's everybody got to....?
therealpm: (Default)
Phase two of testing going ahead, despite the obstructionism of certain worry-warts.

#17

Jan. 29th, 2011 06:09 pm
therealpm: (Plotting)
Machines can evolve.

Fascinating.
therealpm: (Thinking)
I will be appearing in a documentary by the BBC about the narrow educational background of our current government. It will be presented by Andrew Neil.

No capering involved, Alastair. Watch and learn.
therealpm: (Default)
It appears statistics may be useful for world domination.


...Vince?
therealpm: (Pleased)
Labour - 14718
Liberal Democrats - 11160
Conservatives - 4481
UKIP - 2029
BNP - 1560
Green - 530
MRLP - 145
English Democrats - 144
Pirate - 96
Bus Pass - 76

Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] polietics

Misc.

Jan. 8th, 2011 06:54 pm
therealpm: (I don't think so)
For those interested in international trade, I have written a small article in the FT.

Hydration update: in progress. John and Alastair have much to answer for.

Journal #5

Jan. 7th, 2011 03:38 pm
therealpm: (Plotting)
Progress on The Machine: subject was sucessfully put to sleep for an extended period of time. Remote waking unsucessful, but manual methods adequate. Propose to expand trials to larger and multiple test subjects. Possibly during PMQs.

Journal #4

Jan. 6th, 2011 08:30 am
therealpm: (Thoughtful)
A most amusing New Year's party last night, somewhat marred by certain disagreements and Cameron's escape refusal to visit The Machine.

Status of The Machine: saved the world from Toryism again, but had to erase everyone's memory, so no credit for it as usual. Hopefully will be able to feed in Cameron new data soon for a procssing test run. Set the throb of John's hangover to the tune of 'Build me up Buttercup'. Seems to make him somewhat nauseous. Interesting.
therealpm: (Cup)
Been rather busy recently, just enough time to do a brief interview with the FT.

I've also stumbled across a charming worrying deeply disturbing interesting little thing called the lolitics meme. It possibly bears further investigation, not least for the novel perceptions of several parlimentary colleagues.
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