Ten things I’m very tired of saying

These are things I’ve had to repeat over and over, in a variety of different forums, over the last few weeks. At this point I don’t expect anyone at all to believe me, but the following are all true:

The NHS Bill, as it currently stands, does not privatise the NHS, and will probably impact the average patient not at all. (Doesn’t make it a good bill, but this is true).

The government is not privatising the police force. That article you read that you thought said it was didn’t say that. And the evidence the article provided didn’t even back up the claims it *did* make.

The Monkees had more hit singles after they took over making their own records than they did before.

When Van Dyke Parks and Mike Love disagree, Van Dyke Parks is always right.

There actually *are* legal rights belonging to married couples that civil partners don’t have.

There is a difference between something being morally right and legally acceptable. Notably, DC Comics having the legal ability to produce Watchmen prequels or sequels doesn’t make it either morally or artistically right for them to do so.

There is also a huge difference, both ethically and aesthetically, between the Watchmen prequels and what Moore does with Kevin O’Neill on League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and being unable to see the difference should pretty much disqualify you from ever having an opinion listened to again.

Having ‘supported’ an artist by buying their work does not mean they owe you anything. You engaged in a commercial transaction, and got what you paid for. Specifically, if the Beach Boys don’t play the UK on their reunion tour, that’s not them failing to keep an obligation, that’s them making decisions about where they want to play.

Amazon’s KDP Select programme is a conscious attempt to build a bubble that will benefit them and nobody else. In particular, it is a phenomenally bad business move for any author to take it up.

The SDP did not cause Margaret Thatcher to win the 1983 election.

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8 Responses to Ten things I’m very tired of saying

  1. Liberal Neil says:

    I agree.

  2. Rankersbo says:

    The legal/moral argument applies to individuals as well as corporations. Kids were saying “There’s no law against it” to justify behaving badly in the playground, and it’s there that justification belongs.

  3. James says:

    Just out of interest, what are the differences between civil partnership and marriage? Not trolling, just did a quick google and I couldn’t find any details.

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      Among other things, it can’t be carried out in a church, and if you travel abroad to a country that has both civil partnerships and same-sex marriage (as some do) your relationship gets counted as the former rather than the latter. There’s also the question of rights and obligations in contract law – if you signed a contract which talks about the event of your marriage, does a civil partnership count, that kind of thing.

      There’s also the mere fact of them being ‘separate but equal’ – which as we all know is never actually equal. That they’re not equal in law is shown by the fact that if one partner is transsexual and wishes to have their correct gender recognised by the government, they have to divorce/break the partnership, and then get civil partnered/married. I can’t, myself, imagine how awful it must be to have to get divorced on the orders of the government, but there are people who’ve had to do just that, because Labour brought in a half-measure rather than actual same-sex marriage.

  4. “The SDP did not cause Margaret Thatcher to win the 1983 election.”

    Are people still going on about that? I blame the Argentine air force. If they’d managed to sink a few more of our ships Thatcher would’ve just been another Anthony Eden.

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      Oh yes, people go on about that all the time. In this particular case it was actually someone saying Thatcher won because of the Falklands (to which someone else then replied “she would have won anyway because of the SDP splitting the vote”), but it’s also been the reason given by my mum, for example, to explain why even though she preferred the Lib Dems’ polices she voted Labour in 1997, 2001 and 2005 and didn’t vote at all in 2010. “I’d have voted for them if they’d just been the old Liberals, but the SDP kept Thatcher in.” (Of course her reason for the *next* thirty years will be “they got Cameron in”…)

      Labour supporters as a group have a ridiculously long memory for any failures that can be blamed on traitors, and a ridiculously short memory for anything bad that Labour do themselves.

      (That said I also know a few former members of the Liberal party who are also still annoyed at the SDP, for internal party matters I can’t even begin to unravel, so it’s not as if this is something that’s exclusive to Labour.)

      • Iain Coleman says:

        One of most startling phenomena of recent political history is the way that in May 2010 the entire previous thirteen years were apparently completely erased from the memories of Labour voters

        • Andrew Hickey says:

          What do you mean? Don’t you remember the glorious socialist paradise we were living in up until that dreadful day the evil ConDems with their lack of democratic mandate took over despite no-one voting for them at all? The wonderful 50p tax rate that was introduced as early in Labour’s glorious rule as April 2010? The way they protected all our freedoms, supported full LGBT equality not weird, annoying, half-measures? The way they reformed the House Of Lords and introduced a fairer voting system like they promised in their 1997 manifesto?

          We might have to send you to the re-education camps if you keep talking like that. Why, the way you’re talking, anyone would think that we’d spent the years from 1997 to 2010 being run by a bunch of psychopathic war criminals who’d introduced most of the elements of a police state while comprehensively wrecking the economy because of their intense love affair with the worst kind of rent-seeking plutocrats. Surely that could be the only reason that anyone could want to forget the previous government, and that clearly never happened…

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