Iain Duncan Smith says he “would encourage” elderly people who can well afford to pay for their their own heating bills, bus passes and television licences to return the money to the state.Sounds appropriate. We don't have those benefits here, and I can't see why you'd want them in the first place. (The heating allowance has clearly created a Moral Hazard situation. It removed the pressure to insulate houses properly, and allowed the Carbon Cult to jack up energy prices without limits because the old folks were supposedly 'protected'.) He makes another good point, but again overly kind and gentle:
In the interview, the Work and Pensions Secretary also hit out at the BBC over its coverage of his major welfare reforms, including the way the corporation has reported ministers’ moves to remove extra benefit payments for households with bedrooms which are not being used. “We’ve had a lot of moments with the BBC,” Mr Duncan Smith says, while accusing the corporation of “misrepresenting” the reforms. “They have always tended to to look at the welfare reforms from the jar that is marked, and it’s a very leftist jar, 'less money bad, more money good’. So if you are reducing welfare you must be doing something rather nasty.”Looking from a jar? Weird. You don't need any metaphor to describe BBC. Objectively and precisely, BBC is Satan. That's all.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.