Tim Worstall

Martin Jacques

This is weird:

The question is not whether Tibet should be independent but the extent of the autonomy that it is allowed. Tibet has been firmly ensconced as part of the Chinese empire since the Qing dynasty\’s military intervention in Tibet in the early 18th century.

The British conquered Mallorca in the 18 th century: should the discussion be only how much autonomy it should have? The Union between England and Wales and Scotland happened at the beginning of the 18th century: should the discussion be only about how much autonomy Scotland might have? The British were in control of large parts of India in the 18 th century: should Calcutta only be allowed to discuss how much autonomy they have?

Or is there something different about slitty eyed Johnny Foreigner conquering an Empire and lily-white Anglos doing so?

The result is that China has little conception of difference. The Chinese think of themselves as one race. Their historical experience is one of slow and steady assimilation and absorption, with population settlement often a crucial instrument in pacification. In this light, the Han Chinese migration to Tibet and Xinjiang province in northwest China is nothing new: on the contrary it has been an age-old characteristic of Chinese expansion (a large majority of those who now live in Mongolia and Manchuria, for instance, are Han).

Ethnic and cultural genocide is fine as long as it\’s not Anglos doing it to Amerinds, Aborigines or Maori?

We\’re really well into double standards territory here, aren\’t we?

Susan Ager

Women elected to high political office do not have sex scandals.

A woman governor would not pay what amounts to weeks of day care fees for one hour of sexual stimulation. Women know how to take care of themselves.

Is she really stating that the reason women politicians don\’t get caught up in political scandals is because they own a Rampant Rabbit?



David Paterson

The new Governor of New York:

"Just so we don\’t have to go through this whole resignation thing again," one ballsy reporter asked, "have you ever patronized a prostitute?" Patterson thought for a minute. "Only the lobbyists," he said.

Ashley Alexandra Dupre

Ashley Alexandra Dupre is of course the name of the prostitute at the centre of the Eliot Spitzer sex scandal.

This post is here as a test.

Governor\’s prostitute was a \’homeless runaway\’
Ninemsn – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
She now goes by Ashley Alexandra Dupré, although it is unclear if this is her legal name. Now 22, she describes how she moved to New York and worked the
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Spitzer run over by Mack truck
National Post – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
AFP, Getty ImagesA photo from her MySpace page shows Ashley Alexandra Dupre, 22, the prostitute former New York governor Eliot Spitzer apparently hired.
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New York Gov. Spitzer resigns amid sex scandal
Reuters – USA
The Times said she had been born Ashley Youmans but now is known as Ashley Alexandra Dupre, and that she was expected to be a witness in the case against
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Ashley Alexandra Dupré\’s MySpace profile
Salon – USA
Ashley Alexandra Dupré is 22, an aspiring R&B singer, the product of "a broken home," and, of course, gorgeous. But she\’s so much more.
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Kristen aka Ashley Alexandra Dupre
KNX1070 – CA,USA
KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO is a favorite radio station in Southern California trusted for Los Angeles / Orange County / Ventura County / Riverside County / San
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Meet \’Kristen\’, star of the Client 9 scandal
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
The faces of Kirsten … or 22-year-old Ashley Alexandra Dupre, who had a rendezvous in a Washington hotel with disgraced New York governor Eliot Spitzer,
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AP Top News at 9:35 pm EDT
The Associated Press –
woman — identified as "Kristen" in court papers alleging that Gov. Eliot Spitzer paid more than $4000 for prostitutes\’ services — is Ashley Alexandra Dupre.
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Woman at the Center of Governor’s Downfall
New York Times – United States
Born Ashley Youmans but now known as Ashley Alexandra Dupré, she spoke softly and with good humor as she added with significant understatement: “This has
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"Report: The Girl Behind the Spitzer Scandal"
WKBW-TV – Buffalo,NY,USA
Taney According to the New York Times the escort Federal Officials say lead to Governor Eliot Spitzer\’s demise is 22 year old Ashley Alexandra Dupre.
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Spitzer Call-Girl Revealed
WBNG-TV – Binghamton,NY,USA
By WBNG News It reports the real name of the woman, identified as "Kristen" in court papers, is Ashley Alexandra Dupre. Dupre is said to be the prostitute
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[email protected]: Ashley Alexandra Dupre-What We Want
By maxwellpage
If you don’t know who this is, read the front page of the New York Times web site today. I am not trying to take advantage of this girl or her situation or appear exploitive in any manner, but this is a music blog. So here it is:
If It\’s Good, It\’s Good – http://ifitsgood.wordpress.com

Ashley Alexandra Dupre and Governor Spitzer
By witz
Meet the lovely young lady who brought down otherwise (we think?) fine Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Apparently a budding pop star, our guess is we are witnessing the creation of yet another Monica Lewinsky. Drats. Myspace: Ashley Alexandra Dupré
witz.org – http://witz.org

Ashley Alexandra Dupre at center of Spitzer scandal
By broadcatching
March 12, 2008 Ashley Alexandra Dupre has been named as the woman named in the Eliot Spitzer scandal. Click for more pictures >>> Dupre is a 22-year-old would-be singer from New Jersey, the New York Times reported Wednesday.
::BROADCATCHING:: – http://broadcatching.wordpress.com

Eliot Spitzer’s “Kristen” Revealed: Ashley Alexandra Dupre
By Free Britney
According to the New York Times, Ashley Alexandra Dupre made a brief appearance in court Monday as a witness in the case against four people charged with operating the infamous prostitution ring known as Emperor’s Club VIP
The Hollywood Gossip – http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com

Eliot Spitzer’s Hooker Is Ashley Alexandra Dupré
By J Koot
Ashley Alexandra Dupré is the name of the now infamous Kristin that all men across the nation wanted to get a look at. Well, as is custom nowdays, Kristin has a MySpace page and provides us with these great shots to get to know her
Busted Coverage – http://www.bustedcoverage.com

Google Indexing

Hmmm. It\’s happened again.

Over at the other blog, had a piece insanely successful, about a certain Ms. Ashley Alexandra Dupree. It\’s not all that fascinating, being simply a link to a number of news stories. But it was a first page Google result for the search term and was bringing in the traffic (some 15 k page views yesterday).

Today it\’s not even in the Google index. But I think it probably will be again tomorrow.

What I think is happening is that Typepad isn\’t serving up the page fast enough when the Google Bot comes crawling by. If a page is getting a lot of traffic (as this one was) that is.

Anyone got any other explanations?

Phillip Pullman

As part of their own small contribution to the war on global warming, Pullman and his wife are having a ground-source heat pump installed in their home, a 17th-century farmhouse near Oxford: “It’s costing a fortune, but it will eventually mean that we burn much less fuel. I can only afford to do it because I’ve got enough money. There should be one in every house in the country – and there would be if the government had the sense to invest in such things. But they lack the courage to break away from this insane obsession with the market. They worship the market. It’s desperately destructive.”

His solution is both drastic and nostalgic, harking back to the era of his birth in 1946: “In the second world war people wouldn’t of their own accord have restricted their eating, so we had rationing. And it worked, because it was universal and everyone had the same rations and you couldn’t buy and sell someone else’s rations.” So we should bring back rationing and to hell with the market? “Absolutely.”

And that, folks, is why we don\’t get our economic ideas from children\’s novelists.

On the heat pump issue he seems to think that government has some magic pot of money, that they can spend upon things without having to take the money from elsewhere.

And abandoning the market in favour of rationing? Well, does anyone actually need to me to detail why this is insane?


Primary school children should be eligible for the DNA database if they exhibit behaviour indicating they may become criminals in later life, according to Britain\’s most senior police forensics expert.

This is laughable. Eligible? So it\’s a privilege to be registered with the State?

Come on guys, Minority Report was a dystopian vision, not an operating manual.

Scum, Scum, Scum

How glorious, our Brussels Lords and Masters sacrifice a charity upon the altar of the Great Game:

No charity would be better placed to save lives in Chingai than ApTibet, of which the Dalai Lama is the patron. It has carried out more than 150 aid projects in India and Tibet, funded by many well-known trusts and individual donors, more than 50 of them co-financed by the European Commission (EC).

But this is no longer possible. Two years ago, after China and Europe became "strategic partners" under an agreement signed by Tony Blair, the EU\’s acting president, in December 2005, the Commission suspended ApTibet\’s operations because of its link to the Dalai Lama. Since then, it has done all it can to close the charity down, such as demanding repayment of €451,000 (£340,000) it had given ApTibet for a project in Chingai which it had approved, inspected and signed off as satisfactory.

The EC has become so ruthless in its desire to appease its "strategic partner" that it is now threatening to recoup a further £1.5 million from the charity it has already bankrupted, for other completed aid projects with which it had previously expressed satisfaction. It is also demanding legal costs of £75,000 for a court case brought by ApTibet\’s trustees in fighting for the charity\’s survival.

This is what soft power and aspirations to influence upon the world stage mean.

Scum they are.

Giving Away Tax Money?

He said: "When the money\’s piled up in the pot, then you give it away in tax cuts. It only makes sense to look at this over an economic cycle. You can\’t look at it in a single year, or even necessarily in a four-year parliament."

That\’s the new Tory Policy. Something of a sadness that it\’s informed by such an odd idea of whose money it actually is.

Cutting taxes isn\’t "giving it away", it\’s refraining from confiscating the money in the first place. The Shadow Chief Secretary still seems to be labouring under the misapprehension that it is the government\’s money which the supplicant taxpayer might be lucky enough to have showered upon him.

As long as you approach taxation from that point of view you\’re never goingto get policy right, are you?

That Pesky Gender Pay Gap

The G:

But this week, TUC research found the difference between men and women\’s pay still more than trebles once women reach their 30s, prompting the accusation that bosses enforce a "motherhood penalty".

Eh, it\’s the evil capitalist bastards enforcing a penalty?

How about it\’s people taking time out of the labour force, reducing their human capital, increasing the cost of employing them by demanding flexible working, part time working and career breaks, that causes the drop in pay?

Ooooh, Dear.

Mark Braund.

allowing privately owned banks to create money at will

I may well be wrong here but I take it as a basic guide to the opinions of others that when people start complaining about fractional reserve banking that rants on the Rosicrucians and the Bilderbergers aren\’t far behind.

It\’s not quite Grey Aliens and the Lizardoids territory, milder than that, but as a rule of thumb it\’s not failed me yet.

Readers Elsewhere

So, is this Our Kendrick then?

Dear Economist,
A single Milky Way costs 20p in my local corner shop. A twin pack costs 47p. I’ve made a habit of checking the prices in other shops and a twin pack invariably costs more than two singles. What could be the cause of this apparent madness?
The madness in pricing, that is, not the madness of a twenty-something compulsively checking the price of children’s sweets.
Kendrick Curtis, via e-mail


The swap spreads on Lehman Brothers rocketed to 465 yesterday, mirroring the moves in Bear Stearns debt days before. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – the venerable agencies created by Roosevelt that underpin 60pc of the $11 trillion mortgage market – had a heart attack on Monday. Their bonds were in free-fall, threatening to set off another cascade of bank writedowns.

Monday mornin\’s gonna be interesting. 11.30, 12 am UK time. As the US debt markets wake up.