Truth and Consequences

There once was a little boy called Boris who really, really, really wanted to be Head Boy. This didn’t seem very likely until one of Boris’s friends, David who was Head Boy, made a very bad mistake. David called for a popularity contest when he didn’t need to.

So Boris lied and lied and lied and lied some more, trying to be picked as Head Boy. But people realised he was lying, so he didn’t become Head Boy. And David found out that he wasn’t as popular as he thought, so he had to give up being Head Boy.

Much to everyone’s surprise, Theresa was picked as Head Boy. But it was even more surprising when Theresa picked Boris as one of her assistant prefects.

Boris was supposed to make friends with the prefects from all the other schools in the area, so they could hold parties together.

Unfortunately, Boris was so convinced that his school was the best that he wanted all the other schools to pay to come to his parties, but to let Boris and his friends into their parties for nothing.

You will not be surprised that the prefects at all the other schools told Boris to “fuck off”.

A Week of Whoppers From Donald Trump

Virtually all of Mr. Trump’s falsehoods directly bolstered a powerful and self-aggrandizing narrative depicting him as a heroic savior for a nation menaced from every direction. Mike Murphy, a Republican strategist, described the practice as creating “an unreality bubble that he surrounds himself with.”

Source: A Week of Whoppers From Donald Trump – The New York Times

Working on the principle that, if you say it loud enough and often enough, some (or even quite a lot of) idiots will believe it… just like the Brexit lie that the UK sent £350 million a week to the EU.

The most thorough, profound and moving defense of Hillary Clinton I have ever seen.

Source: The most thorough, profound and moving defense of Hillary Clinton I have ever seen.

Fascinating read.

Recipe for Homemade Limoncello


1 litre vodka
6 oz simple syrup (1:1 warm water:sugar)
6 oz Sherry or 4 oz dark rum
30 lemons
0.5 litre distilled water [Read more…]

Daring Fireball: The iPhones 7

Five days with the new iPhone 7 (in jet black) and iPhone 7 Plus (in black).

Source: Daring Fireball: The iPhones 7

Good stuff from John Gruber. I’m definitely upgrading my iPhone 6 to a 7+. I just have to wait until the end of my vacation.

The Atheist Pig – American discourse

Brexit: the Case for a Parliamentary Vote – Jolyon Maugham QC

Say Yes 2 Europe - Remain in the EU

[The following was commissioned by Counsel Magazine and is also published here.]

I’ll take some things as read.

You’ll know there’s a legal challenge to the Government’s position that it is for it and not Parliament to decide what action to take following the result of the Referendum. And that the challenge will be heard in the Divisional Court in October with a likely leapfrog appeal to the Supreme Court in December.

You’ll be aware that the challenge raises a question about the nature of the limits to the Royal Prerogative. Will triggering Article 50 denude the European Communities Act 1972 of content? Will it deprive UK nationals of their rights as an EU citizen? Is it Theresa May’s finger on the trigger? Or is must it be by Act of Parliament?

Published alongside this piece is another arguing that these are political questions – and that the courts…

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