Jeez the Telegraph needs subeditors

Life in prison for the only British citizen on death row in America

Whut? The sentence has been commuted?

No, it’s “The life in prison of” not “life in prison for”.

Subs being the people who write the headlines – in places that have subs – and it’s a specialist job. Clarity being one of these important things.

Seriously Polly, seriously

How’s the economy? Graphs for growth, per-capita income and public spending are too depressing to go on reading. But he notes there are twice as many billionaires as a decade ago, and 30% have avoided tax by keeping their cash offshore.

The link is to a piece saying that 30% of the billionaires have gone – with their cash – to offshore. that is, the billionaires are no longer here….

Whoo, boy, journos and numbers

The End Violence Against Women coalition (EVAW) cites a 23.1 per cent fall in the number of rape cases taken on by the CPS in the 12 months to 2017/18 from 3,671 to 2,822. This was despite a 16 per cent increase in police recorded rapes to 56,698.

It said this meant that women now have a four per cent chance of their case being heard in court compared with one in five in 2014.

3,648 trials in 2014. And I doubt that means a 20% chance….

A lovely find by BiG

>Aristotle distinguished between friendships based on communal interests and those of soulmates who bonded out of mutual affection. The vast majority of people signed up for MySpace, Rupert Murdoch’s phenomenally successful networking site, fall into the former category. But on present showing that won’t stop its continuing expansion which, as the MySpace generation goes into employment, could eventually extend Murdoch’s influence in ways that would make his grip on satellite television seem parochial.

It was said at the time of purchase that if Murdoch tried to mess with MySpace’s “sharing” culture by commercialising it, punters would simply switch to one of the dozens of clones it has spawned from to the upwardly mobile, which has taken South Korea by storm and is now taking the battle into MySpace’s backyard in the US. Cyworld points to research showing that MySpace is a “rites-of-passage” site that kids will grow out of while Cyworld is a “real you” experience. It is an interesting, almost Aristotelian, distinction but some argue it may already be too late for competitors to dislodge MySpace, except in niche markets.

John Barrett of TechNewsWorld claims that MySpace is well on the way to becoming what economists call a “natural monopoly”. Users have invested so much social capital in putting up data about themselves it is not worth their changing sites, especially since every new user that MySpace attracts adds to its value as a network of interacting people.


Twonkeys! Donkey gives birth to Britain’s only known living twins who have now been named Ronnie and Reg after the Kray twins

Well, it’s true that Ronnie and Reggie are no longer with us but I’m really pretty sure there are other twins out ther………

Oh, you mean twin donkeys?

Pendantry lives!


Journalism is on trial here. Times editor John Witherow has been accused in open court of being a prejudiced bully who intimidates staff who disagree with him. An editor who sets an agenda and then tasks staff with proving his hypotheses.

Isn’t this what an editor is supposed to be? The person who decides the line the paper will take? The staff being those who do what he tells them?

And yes, for the avoidance of doubt, I do – very occasionally – write for that paper.

It’s astonishing how wrong The Guardian can be

Ah, so. The report is to either landlords or tenants of retail properties. And where – whichever you are – would you like to have your property? Where there’s lots of cash available from aspirational buyers? Or where there’s lots of community but bugger all money?

Tough one, eh?

But then the Daily Mash did get the paper right, didn’t it? The Guardian, wrong on everything. All the time.

Err, Polly?

Britain may be in the mood for a nationalist prime minister who is prepared to see minorities lose out, according to an alarming poll on populism in Prospect magazine. The poll mines a worrying seam of anti-democratic, anti-civil rights instincts on the right, with Conservatism moving rapidly rightwards.

By 61% to a meagre 18%, voters agree with the sentiment that “a prime minister should always put the British majority first even if it means minorities lose out”.

The people getting what the people want, good and hard, is democracy. It may well not be civil liberty, that’s true. But then that also goes for all those other sorts of democracy too, like economic democracy…..

How do you amputate thieves?

In a four-page letter to MEPs, the kingdom’s mission to the EU called for “tolerance, respect and understanding” with regard to the country’s desire to preserve its traditional values and “family lineage”.

The new penal code, which also provides for the amputation of thieves and whipping of people wearing clothes associated with the opposite sex, was brought in on 3 April, despite international condemnation.

An amputation upon a thief perhaps, the amputation of a hand of a thief, but an amputation of a thief?

The Telegraph might need a new Senior US Technology Correspondent

This is, well, umm:

The British founder of Bebo has emerged as one of the winners from Pinterest’s $10bn (£7.7bn) flotation after backing the photo sharing app eight years ago.

Michael Birch, who sold the now-defunct social network for $850m in 2008, first invested in Pinterest in 2011 when the company was worth just $52m.

The San Francisco photo-sharing app’s listing on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday valued it at more than $10bn, and its value rose to almost $13bn after shares rose by 25pc in early trading.

Pinterest as a photo sharing app? Well, no, not really. The usual American phrase for it is “scrapbooking”. And, well, sure, piccies do get shared but that’s not a useful description of what is being done there.

Seriously, buck up Telegraph.