There (might) be a new blog!

What occurred to me is that most of those looking to make a contribution share a characteristic in common. They are able, willing and opinionated writers on issues that matter to a lot of people. I have on occasion used some of their material as blogs. But that is only occasional: I am well aware that, for better or worse, this blog gets its character from the fact that it is my own stream of conciousness. What, though, in that case if those who write here regularly were to create a parallel blog? I would promote it here, with links. I might even, if permitted, write for it on occasion. The aim would, though, be to give others a bigger voice.

What to call it? That’s a detail to be sorted out, although I have some suggestions (well, one, actually).

It would need an editorial team and some people willing to moderate it.

It would require a modest budget to get it going, but I think a little crowd funding could sort that.

A budget. Yep, someone should pay for Carol Wilcox and Ivan Horrocks to write at each other. Why, this could be the start of an entirely new political party!

But it would be essential that editors undertake due diligence on writers: the chance that someone would try to infiltrate would be very high.

Don’t worry, I really wouldn’t bother.

“This is where neoliberalism has got us (amongst many other shite situations):

‘In parts of Croydon, south London, where developers have been given a free-for-all to convert old office towers into residential units however they like, some are just 15 sq m. The idea that you can fit a bedroom, kitchen, eating area and bathroom into 12ft by 14ft is frightening. I was told many years ago by a private developer in London to only buy a three-bed home with a garden, because that’s the one thing families want, and the one thing they were no longer building. Demand would soar because supply was non-existent. I took his advice, and he was right.

Today’s young adults are effectively being told that they must live in ever-smaller homes without gardens. Those in their 20s are already earning less than those in previous generations. They must put off starting a family until later in life. They cannot expect to buy their own home and must rent, instead. They must work until 70 to pick up a pension. And that pension will be less generous than their parents enjoyed.”

Horrocks hasn’t realised that it is the Curajus State insisting upon ever higher housing density.

Next non-Spud comment is inevitably from Wilcox.

27 comments on “There (might) be a new blog!

  1. “The idea that you can fit a bedroom, kitchen, eating area and bathroom into 12ft by 14ft is frightening.”

    It’s called a bedsit. The first place my wife bought when she left University back in the mid 80s was pretty much that spec. It did her for a few years until she’d earned enough to buy a semi. Yes, it was a bastard for the couple next door with a kid, but for a single person just starting out it was fine. WTF does he expect someone in their early twenties to have as a home, Belvoir Castle? The man’s certifiably mad.

  2. A lot of millenials don’t actually want a garden, unless it is covered in astroturf. A balcony with pot plants is just as good for them

  3. Andrew K
    Thanks for that. I see what you mean about his demeanour. I call that type of facial expression The Guardian Sneer. And, with a BA in Public Administration from Nottingham Trent, he’s evidently an intellectual colossus.

  4. “The idea that you can fit a bedroom, kitchen, eating area and bathroom into 12ft by 14ft is frightening.”

    I think that was the size of my+my wife’s flat in Hong Kong: the top floor here.

    Digs through notes…. yep, 10ft by 14ft.

  5. A professor writes: “Now it’s time to float one.

    Actually, he’s talking about ideas rather than visiting a space even smaller than 12ft by 14ft.

  6. “The idea that you can fit a bedroom, kitchen, eating area and bathroom into 12ft by 14ft is frightening.”

    If one’s family of four is living in a caravan; a 12ft x 14ft indoor home would be luxury.

  7. Will Erich Mielke, Lavrentiy Beria, Leni Riefenstahl, Dr Peter Venkman and Roger Mellie be writing for this new blog?

  8. I’ve just asked Erich and he’s definitely up for it! (He says he’s touched to have been remembered and sends regards)

  9. So basically he is all out of ideas, is tired of being mocked for what passes as his ideas, and he wants other people to provide him with content – and context – for free?

    I can see that working for him. After all, I have no idea how Sunny Hundal managed to turn complaining from his Mum’s basement into national prominence, but he did. Perhaps he could start with this professor on how slavery is just peachy and raping your sex slaves isn’t that bad:

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/georgetown-professor-defends-islam-slavery/

  10. He wants a website he can point to and say “Look over there, all those people agree with me”.

    As for the housing, he’s suffering from the psychologist’s fallacy, as he often does. He wants a house and garden, therefore everyone else must want the same.

    It’s one of the most common but least named fallacies…
    “‘psychologist’s fallacy’. This arises from the fact that the experimenter is apt to suppose that the subject will respond to a stimulus or an order in the same way as he himself would respond in the circumstances.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychologist%27s_fallacy

  11. So Ivan Horrocks is a lecturer in technology management. Does anyone know what the Hell Technology Management is? Is it the study of putting tools in a box?

    And what is Public Administration? The study of filing cabinets and the best ways of losing forms?

  12. He wants a website he can point to and say “Look over there, all those people agree with me”

    Yes and one where he can be insulated from criticism.

  13. Coincidentally, my wife and I just moved over the weekend from the three bedroom house on a 300m2 block we sold last year to a three level unit. It’s luxury compared to the 12’x14′ they’re talking about (one car garage and tiny study downstairs, approx 3 metre x 7 metre living/kitchen plus balcony on the second level, two small bedrooms on the third), but it’s hardly huge. One of the main attractions of it for us is precisely what Diogenes pointed out above – we’ve gone from 150m2 of backyard which I was absolutely hopeless at maintaining to a balcony with two large potted roses. And we’re not even millennials! (both 43)

  14. It would require a modest budget to get it going

    Question for our host (if it’s not a personal question 🙂 ) – ballpark, what does it actually cost to run a blog? Domain registration, hosting, and that’s it isn’t it? I would have thought a collective group of contributors could manage that pretty well on their own without crowdfunding. Sure, have a tip jar, but you shouldn’t need any upfront budget. Perhaps I’m missing something?

  15. I pay The Devil £150 a year for hosting. And you might pay that amount again to get someone to set up a nice script for you.

    What Ritchie is talking about is more than that, he thinks there should be (paid!) editorial and monitoring staff. You know, to stop Sr Siffredi popping up to talk about his latest movie with Polly etc.

  16. Ah. I wondered if that was the case. So we’re talking about a serious wedge. I wish him luck in getting lefties/statists to cough up any of their own money, rather than protesting for a grant.

  17. The supercilious Horrocks should be directing his ire at Murphy.

    Murphy lives in an end-terrace house in Ely. Although generally an unimpressive property in an unimpressive location, it does I think have 3 or 4 bedrooms) which he, as a single man (I think he is separated), does not on any reasonable measure require and it could be occupied by a family with children. Probably one of the rooms is occupied by his model railway. What a capitalist cvnt the man is.

  18. Question for our host (if it’s not a personal question ) – ballpark, what does it actually cost to run a blog? Domain registration, hosting, and that’s it isn’t it?

    Yup, that’s it. Somewhere around £80-100 per year tops. Maybe even as low as £60.

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