Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Goodluck Politics of Faith

Goodluck Jonathan Sets Precedent

Dismal Dave and Foolish Nick have taken a leaf from the precedent set by Goodluck Jonathan, the Nigerian President, in naming conventions.

It is thought Attrociousluck Ed may also follow suit in what may well become the most fashionable political trend of the decade.

Looking at the map of the Nigerian results, I’d say the country was ripe for splitting into an Islamic north and Christian south.

Alternative Party Leader

Chairman Bill asks; “If the AV system is so hideously anti-democratic, why do all the parties use it to elect their leaders?”

The No campaigners are protesting that the system would be undemocratic as it could result in the second or third choice candidate becoming MP. This is a logical fallacy, as the selected candidate under AV would by definition have greater than 50% popular (if possibly grudging) support and thus be the de facto first choice of the majority.

Under FPTP, a candidate with the most votes, yet under 50% of them, would not necessarily be the candidate with the most popular support. If he subsequently garnered the supporting votes of the losers in the race, then he may well end up the most popular.

The No campaign seems to gathering the support of sports stars, which is hardly surprising – a race is not exactly a popularity contest; politics, however, is. To compare a political race with an athletics race is disingenuous, to say the least.

The news today suggests that pensioners are twice as likely to vote ‘No’ as students, which surprises me.

God Botherers at it Again

Some Christian with a death wish has fallen foul of his company rule that company vans should not have any personal property on display.

Rather than abide by the rule, this chap decides to exhibit a whacking great 8 inch cross on his dashboard, claiming it’s a display of his faith. Display of his faith? More like a display of his self-righteousness.

Why can’t he just wear a cross, a crown of thorns or a nail through his hand, rather than deliberately flout company rules which everyone else manages to abide by?

Andrea Williams, CEO of the self-righteous Christian Legal Centre said: “When a man can't display a palm cross in his van in a historically Christian country, it should give people serious pause for thought." She just doesn’t get it.

Why do these people constantly feel the need to push their religion into others’ faces? Are they so unsure that they need constant reminders?

If I, as an atheist, were to put nothing on display, would that be a display of my faith and thus contravene the rule?


  1. You, my friend, put your rational arguments and good sense on display : what more can be said.

  2. We're a "historically" witch burning country too. What with her deep seated belief in magic Andrea Williams seems eminently qualified not to be tolerated.

    I think *not* putting replica Roman instruments of torture in your car windows says more about your intellect than your lack of delusion CB.

  3. "oh lots!"
    And I look forward to it being said over the coming months

  4. That's a sizable dashboard icon. I love the term "god botherers".

    Over from Alan's blog, btw.

  5. Delightful, and thank you for being the voice of (most) reason!