Best Of The Web November 22 2017

Paperchase turned to mush by pious Stop Funding Hate campaign by Iain Martin in Reaction

Sarah Baxter, Deputy Editor of The  Sunday Times was also brilliant on this on Tuesday’s Newsnight.

Available for a few weeks only- the antidote to the stupid, trivial film ‘The Death of Stalin’ by Peter Hitchens on his blog

Also check out his radio interview on this subject here.

Politics is now a digital arms race, and Labour is winning by Robert Peston in The Spectator

Image Credit: The Gulag

The Enthusiasm For Big Tech Has Turned to Fear and Loathing

Oh how the mighty are fallen.

It has been interesting to see how out of favour the once beloved tech giants now are. Just a quick search of “Mark Zuckerberg” in Google News today immediately yields critical headlines in two influential newspapers. A piece in The New York Times says, “Hey, Mark Zuckerberg: My Democracy Isn’t Your Laboratory”, and, in the FT, the columnist Edward Luce writes, “The Zuckerberg Delusion: The co-founder of Facebook might be a digital superstar, but he has poor human skills”. Read More…

People Accused Of Sexual Harassment Should Remain Anonymous

Today, the shocking news came out that Carl Sargeant, a Welsh Labour MP who was accused of sexual harassment and suspended from the party, has taken his own life.

The sex pest furore has now turned tragic. Before a proper investigation had been carried out, the claims against Sergeant were made public and he was fired from his position as cabinet secretary for communities and children. Read More…

Sexual Assault Must Be Taken Seriously, But Not Tried In A Kangaroo Court

Sexual assault is a serious crime. It is not some form of salacious entertainment on social media, nor should it be used to score political points, which is exactly what is happening now with the current “sex pest” hysteria.

People who prey on others are sick and depraved. It is not a trait inherent to masculinity, as some on the identitarian Left absurdly claim, and Hollywood is not rife with paedophilia, as vengeful Trump supporters would like to believe. Read More…

Why Should Uber Have To Apologise? The Regulators Don’t Have The Moral High Ground

I wasn’t happy to see that the CEO of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi, has issued a public apology to London for the “mistakes” the company has supposedly made.

In a letter posted to The Evening Standard on Wednesday he wrote,

“While Uber has revolutionized the way people move in cities around the world, it’s equally true that we’ve got things wrong along the way…On behalf of everyone globally, I apologise for the mistakes we’ve made.”

I don’t think that Uber has anything to atone for. The decision to revoke their London license is more because of effective lobbying of TFL by the black cab industry, than safety. There is no evidence that Uber has an especially poor safety record in London, compared to other minicab services. I don’t know a single person who is afraid to take an Uber. It has also consistently passed regulatory muster before the ban. Read More…