Thursday, 30 April 2009
I seem to have a trapped nerve somewhere in my hand which renders 3 fingers pretty useless so no posts until some feeling comes back but I may put up something that can be done with one-finger typing in the meantime I'll leave you with this pic which gives food for thought:
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
I've done the leg-work in the past so I'll leave it to you, Gentle Reader, to do your own detective work:
The Fabian Society
The Origins of The Fabian Society
The Origins of The Fabian Society 2
And while you're doing that you can also check out how many MPs were Trotskyites and Marxists in their student days; here's one to be going on with:
Whoops! Looks like it's been deleted from the Google archives. It was a pic of the Right Hon Jack Straw when he was President of Leeds University Student Union breaking up a meeting from the highpoint of a tabletop. Still, a leopard can't change it's spots, eh Jack? Once a Marxist, always a sh*t.
I've been rather bemused lately at the number of YouTube videos pulled. I had, naively, thought that once on the internet, always on the internet...but not so. I've had reference articles and pics in my favourites for years but now find that many of them have been deleted, or have embedding and/or comments disabled. We are already being censored. This NWO, whatever and whoever it represents, is already re-writing history with the collusion of Corporations.
Verdict: Clegg outperformed Cameron in taking the PM to task; to listen to Cameron you'd think we already had a Government of National Unity. Brown was let off lightly. Best questions from backbenchers: Bill Cash ('Any plans for further YouTube appearances?'); Anne Main ('Accept responsibility for removal at short notice of funding for post-16 education?); Nicholas Winterton ('The govt must be less restrictive on entry conditions for Gurkhas.'). There was also a reassuring touch of class warfare from Clive Efford who seems to have assumed the mantle of Dennis Skinner.
Overall: PMQs should be re-named PM's Soliloquy.
I missed this - Gordon Forgets He's The PM:
Yet another Labour MP, Peter Hain, has written an article for today's Grauniad vehemently denouncing the BNP and calling on the public to vote Labour, support the UAF, RAR etc etc. What seems to have completely passed him by is the fact that the BNP has flourished in the last twelve years because of his government's policies. We have a government incapable of acknowledging its own culpability in any circumstances, instead always blaming 'stupid voters' who lack the brains to understand issues. Labour: a know-nothing government who have brought about their own downfall by taking the electorate for mugs.
Here's one of the comments from someone using the pseudonym "Moveanymountain" which is fairly typical so far:
"So let me see if I have got this right. You have f*cked up the economy and the government of this country, perhaps beyond repair, with the inevitable result that the Hard Right are on the rise, and you want us to repair the mess you made by, what?, voting for you all again?
Frankly I view the BNP winning three seats in Brussels with utter indifference. Swine belong in pig sties. There are already so many Fascists there, what can one or two more possibly do to make it worse?
It is hard to believe that even the BNP could be worse than the bunch of clowns we have at Westminster today. Bring on a national election."
The only thing I'd take issue with in the comment is that the BNP's policies are Left-wing and they're not 'fascist swine'. HAIN GETS TANGOED
Labour Backbenchers grow a backbone
"The High Court last year declared that preventing Gurkhas who had served in the British Army before 1997 from living in this country was unlawful. In response, the Home Office last week issued fresh criteria for allowing Gurhkas into the UK, but set the bar for entry so high that campaigners say that only a few hundred veterans will ever qualify."
GURKHA JUSTICE CAMPAIGN
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Monday, 27 April 2009
If you have access to Sky you'll find it on Channel 504.
It's time Labour 'sleaze' was called by its rightful name: corruption.
Gordon Brown is offering MPs a bribe of up to £5,000 to back his failing bid to reform their expenses
Helicopters and holiday homes on the taxpayer
"Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil'd this sacred place, and turn'd the Lord's temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress'd, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors."
The Shirt Campaign has come to the notice of the msm - the Sunday Times no less. Info further down the page or you can nip across to OLD HOLBORN
UPDATE: 4hrs later and it's gathered at least another 2,000 (almost 12,400). We have to wait more than a year for the General Election so take the opportunity to let them hear your voice now.
Sunday, 26 April 2009
About ten days ago I posted on two health warnings in the day's papers and expressed a fair degree of cynicism: HERE and HERE.
I may have to quit blogging about politics for a while since it's obviously not doing my mental health any good at all. Either that or I've morphed into Mystic Meg. Btw, exactly when was it that Jonah Brown visited Mexico & Scotland?
BBC Radio Manchester:
Q: What's 11 squared?
A: I don't know.
Q: I'll give you a clue. It's two ones with a two in the middle.
A: Is it five?
Richard & Judy:
Q: Which American actor is married to Nicole Kidman?
A: Forrest Gump.
Q: On which street did Sherlock Holmes live?
A: Er. . .
Q: He makes bread . . .
A: Er . .
Q: He makes cakes . . .
A: Kipling Street ?
Q: Which is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world?
A: Barcelona .
Presenter: I was really after the name of a country.
Contestant: I'm sorry; I don't know the names of any countries in Spain.
National Lottery (BBC):
Question: What is the world's largest continent?
Contestant: The Pacific
Rock fm (Preston, Lancs):
Presenter: Name a film starring Bob Hoskins that is also the name of a famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci.
Contestant: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
"THE full extent of Britain's public debt led to a devastating collapse in the nation's face.
As chancellor Alistair Darling read out a series of enormous and terrifying numbers, people across the country, who until now had assumed it was not their problem, curled up into a ball and let out a faint, pathetic squeak.
Roy Hobbs, a plumber from Doncaster, said: "Oh sweet ***** ******* ****** almighty on a tricycle."
As Mr Hobbs stared into the bottomless chasm which had opened up beneath his feet, his wife Jane pulled her knees up to her chin and rocked back and forth while whispering: "Cold... so cold."
In what will, surely to God, be his last Budget Mr Darling confirmed that Britain was now essentially insolvent and that the best idea might be to ease the country quietly into the middle of the Indian Ocean and leave it unlocked so that it could be stolen by Somalian pirates.
He added: "We then act all surprised and bung in a claim to the Norwich Union. But everyone has to keep shtum."
Mr Darling said the alternative was to gradually wind the country down over the next three weeks and then go our separate ways.
If taxpayers decide to close the country, Mr Darling said £2 billion would be made available to train Britain's under 25s in how to switch everything off and cover it with a tarpaulin."
Brown embarrassed online
"By mid-afternoon yesterday it had attracted 6,500 signatures and if it continues at the same rate it is likely to become the site’s biggest petition next week."
The number of signatories now stands at 8,380: SIGN THE PETITION HERE
The end of the peer show
The bad mix of immigration & welfare
News of The World: Fraser Nelson: Change of government - or personnel?
£20bn secret tax hike
The Telegraph: Michael Caine: "We've got three-and-a-half million layabouts laying about on benefits, and I'm 76, getting up at 6am to go to work to keep them."
Mail on Sunday: Tessa Jowell's Olympic 'bribe' controversy
Sunday Express: James Purnell: Profligate with taxpayers' money
Frank Field: A new house needed every six minutes
Saturday, 25 April 2009
Friday, 24 April 2009
Chris Galley leaked info on 11,000 illegals being issued with 'security guard' licences, so can we now expect a mass deportation? The Home Office isn't working; Borders & Immigration isn't working. How many documents did they have to show in order to get a licence? Were they checked sufficiently? Were they fake documents?
I understand it will take an estimated ten years to deport all illegal immigrants in this country even though the Home Office says it doesn't know how many there are or where they live, despite having given 11,000 of them licences. This trafficking must be stopped at our borders. And, just out of interest, where is our 'border' these days? France? Spain? Holland? North Africa? Voices are being raised about an amnesty. Well it's worked nowhere else in the world it's been tried so we may as well give it a go in England eh, Boris?
No-one can blame anyone for aspiring to a better life because that's what we all do. Don't forget, not all illegals are young, single men; many have wives and children too. What must it take to drag yourself across continents to live in England? (Apart, obviously, from the most generous welfare benefits system in the world). Unfortunately, the sheer incompetence of this government has ensured that not a flipping thing works as it should: the infrastructure has gone to pot; the NHS is over-funded yet under-performing under the weight of quangos and admin; the police grow more Continental day-by-day thanks to ACPO and the Home Office; business chokes on metres of red tape; people are criminalised before the act. This really can't go on: nothing works and this government is fit for jack.
And, no, I don't believe Jacquaay Smith when she tells me that this is why I and my children should be fingerprinted and have iris recognition on ID cards to be produced when asked by a person 'of authority' or, if I don't carry it on my person, report to a police station within a week.
How many children in our schools have been encouraged to be finger-printed in order to access their Dining Hall or School Library? Ask around; you'll find it's more than you think. Watch out next for the chipping of children (an optional extra in America, just in case your child is stolen - a tooth is the favoured site). In the UK we already chip Alzheimer's patients, another 'optional extra'. 'Chip the children: breed the new generation'.
A well-worn Labour Party mantra is, 'We must protect the weak and vulnerable' but bear in mind that State protection is never benign.
No government of any stripe owns me.
Someone give this man a job!
I thought there were laws in place to protect whistle-blowers? He leaked four documents to Damian Green about lax practices within the Home Office (including employing an illegal immigrant as a cleaner in the HoC and up to 11,000 security guard licences being granted to illegal immigrants). Even the DPP said it was in the public interest.
New law to impose a duty on public bodies to help reduce inequality caused by class disadvantage
"Education authorities would have a duty to encourage parents from poor backgrounds to apply for successful schools in their area.
Strategic health authorities would be able to allocate money from their budgets to a separate funding stream targeting areas with the worst health outcomes.
Regional development agencies could amend criteria for grants so that there were more successful bids from deprived areas."
The country is choking on legislation and red tape. Leave us alone!
Thursday, 23 April 2009
The Telegraph:Gordon Brown declares class war
The Telegraph: A savage & pointless attack on Middle England
The Guardian: Darling's great financial squeeze on the rich
The Daily Mail: Back to the future
The Daily Express: They've ruined Britain
The Sun: At least it's sunny
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Format nicked from Private Eye.
Paxman: What is another name for 'cherry pickers' and 'cheesemongers'?
Paxman: No. They're regiments in the British Army who will be very upset with you.
Bamber Gascoigne: What was Gandhi's first name?
Beg, Borrow or Steal:
Q: Where do you think Cambridge University is?
A:: Geography isn't my strong point.
Presenter: There's a clue in the title.
Contestant: Leicester .
Q: Who had a worldwide hit with What A Wonderful World?
A: I don't know.
Presenter: I'll give you some clues: what do you call the part between your hand and your elbow?
Presenter: Correct. And if you're not weak, you're...?
Presenter: Correct - and what was Lord Mountbatten's first name?
Presenter: Well, there we are then. So who had a worldwide hit with the song What a Wonderful World?
Contestant: Frank Sinatra?
Thanks to David Cameron for the post title! Well, you'll get good, in-depth analysis on other blogs so I'll leave that except to say the country's essentially scr*wed.
Darling's speech comprised words and figures magicked from the air and assembled into well-known phrases and sayings. Cameron's response put some fire into the proceedings and he used language the Man on the Clapham Omnibus can understand (which is always preferable to leftie nu-speak). Higher taxes, higher borrowing (more in two years than all the British governments of the past 300 years have borrowed collectively, which gives some sort of perspective on the extent of our 'scr*wed-ness'). At the time of this post, the FTSE is heading down. Let's hope it's a temporary blip.
UPDATE: Reaction from CityUnslicker: "All the hard decisions have been ducked and left to the next Government which Darling knows won't be him. It is the most political budget ever, Labour have betrayed their own country."
UPDATE II: "The CBI, FSB, Liberal Democrats and accountancy firms PricewaterhouseCoopers and BDO Stoy Hayward respond with disappointment to the Budget.
“The key question for this Budget was whether it set out a credible and rigorous path for restoring the public finances to health. The CBI’s preliminary judgement must be that it does not."
UPDATE III: THE YORKSHIRE POST has a very good overview of the speeches + reaction from various mainstream institutions.
There'll be no further Updates unless I find a positive reaction.
but I know a man who does ...
FRASER NELSON: The IMF's damning verdict
UPDATES: The govt has disputed the IMF's figures
"They've managed to bludgeon the IMF into the extraordinary act of expunging an embarrassing forecast from a paper already published"
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
"The only place where people can buy things has made a huge profit again, it has been confirmed. 'It provides everything that it tells me I need', said one shopper.
Despite the recession The Shop made more than £3 billion last year, 10% up on the previous year, thanks to its successful strategy of bulldozing absolutely everything and then putting a shop on it.
The last 12 months have also seen The Shop diversify into a wide variety of new services including mobile cardio-vascular surgery, landscape gardening insurance and political assassinations.
Meanwhile The Shop has continued its popular advertising campaign of pretending there are other shops where all the things are more expensive.... ..."
H/t: The Daily Mash
Perhaps this post title should be 'Targeting the Little People'?
Eight Police Officers and three Council employees arrived at a local cafe to serve a closure notice on its owners whose crime was to open within 400m of a school and a park before full planning permission had been granted.
"The action is intended to combat child obesity by reducing the number of shops selling unhealthy fast food near schools and parks"
"... broke new council rules which ban fast food outlets from opening near schools, parks, leisure centres in a bid to battle childhood obesity"
When can we expect the Council to take on the likes of MacDonald's or Pizza Hut, or is it only the soft prospect of targeting small independents that makes their mouths water?
Monday, 20 April 2009
"The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon,
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers,
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not. Great God! I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn".
Clip from the show
UPDATE: Leaked Labour Party Media Strategy document
One of their aims is: "To use the nexis [sic] of new and old media to better convey our message and shape the media narrative. Increasingly the old media take their cues from new media ... ..." On and on it goes; if only they spent a little more time concerning themselves with the country rather than the Party - it's a pile of badly-written rubbish as well.
- Laughable windbaggery with some amusing comments
- Jackie loves DarlingMandy
- Georgia Gould: the Labour Party's hypocritical, demented and pseudo-egalitarian approach to education
- "I always took the view that I should stay and fight within, but New Labour have done such a good job of demolishing our democratic structure that I realised there was nothing I could say or do to change things from within"
- Reasons to be cheerful
- "In many countries, the conservative parties have been less enthusiastic about the growth of finance capitalism and tougher on regulating the financial sector than the left"
There are some pretty excoriating words for Brown, his Ministers and the rest of the PLP from Trevor Kavanagh in The Sun this morning:
"The PM stands revealed as an insecure bully who relies on ruthless and unscrupulous henchmen to poison his rivals... ...People accused Tony of telling lies but Gordon is the biggest liar in modern politics."
To his credit, and unlike some other journos, Kavanagh does not underestimate the damage done by Guido's 'Smeargate' revelations.
Darling, move over
The Sun sets on the Labour Party
Sunday, 19 April 2009
It seems Dolly owes thousands of dollars in traffic fines in America. A US official said an arrest warrant could be issued if the fines remain unpaid. His media company Countrymouse Media also owes £98,000 from a loan.
Court papers filed in California show that he owes $2,413 (£1,633) from his time studying there ('in' Berkeley not 'at'). A friend said last night: "Derek was unaware of these tickets." ARTICLE
While the attention of the Schools Secretary, Ed 'So What' Balls, is ELSEWHERE, a Freedom of Information request has discovered that Police are called to incidents in schools about 100,000 times a year. However, not all Police Forces responded:
"13 of the 39 English police forces responded to the application for data on the number of occasions on which they were called to reports of offences at schools from the start of 2007 to this year.
Officers in these areas were called out 104,781 times. Based on the proportion of the population covered, this equates to more than 260,000 incidents across the country."
If he can tear himself away from spinning for his own politicial future for a minute perhaps he'll find time to actually do something to improve the futures of our children.
You can see Mr Twatson HERE in Brown's Bunker, chatting amiably to McBride just behind the man who said he took 'full responsibility'.
Saturday, 18 April 2009
More at: Frank Fisher: Enemies of the people #1, Journalists
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Friday, 17 April 2009
"Labour’s polling has at last picked up that many people hate their surveillance society. They tell us today they will look at their much hated Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to try to stop Councils using snooping powers against us for “minor” offences. Why not repeal it, and the rest of the surveillance society they have introduced, including ID cards and email snooping? Because they are not serious about this.
They just don’t get it. We hate this government’s abuse of state power. We loathe its bullying and harrassment of our daily lives. We dislike its thought police. It wants to poke and pry into every facet not just of our lives but of our minds. It forces people to use politically correct language, deals aggressively with anyone who disagrees with it, intercepts emails and conversations, arrests an Opposition Spokesman for doing his job and misrepresents or lies about its opponents. It has placed so many cameras on the streets. It constantly tries to frighten us by talking up the terrorist threat. It wastes our money on intimidating adverts to tell us what latest tax we have to pay or what latest law we have to obey.
Now they think they can spin their way on to the good side of the Surveillance society debate by blaming Councils for over eagerness to do on a local scale what this government does so often on a national scale. It has the advantage for their spin machine of letting them tell people they do understand that we are angry about the absue of power. It brings the added advantage that as Labour is so unpopular many Councils now have a Conservative majority. I have no time for any Conservative Council that uses the powers disproportionately. This government has so over centralised that if local government is now too prying and unpleasant it may be because this government gave the powers and often makes them use them. It has put Councils under its control with their endless regulations,circulars, star system and threats of central intervention if Councils do not comply.
I never recall problems with the rubbish collection service before this government and the EU was let loose on it. Now we have the battle of the bins with Council after Council under the impression they have to go over to fortnightly collection, a policy hated by most of the angry Council taxpayers.
This government decided to wage a war against the motorist. This government went on the attack against employers and small businesses. In their passion to spend more of our money and dictate to us what we should think, they forgot that the public might see through the spin. That is why they have been trying to find a way of “turning” the websites and blogsphere. Infuriatingly to them the world of the web wont agree with the Labour way of looking at and talking about a problem as the BBC so often obligingly does." John Redwood's Diary
Thursday, 16 April 2009
"Well, it might look alright to some" = Rubbish.
"Rubbish" = That's good.
"That's good" = Fanflippingtastic.
"Where there's muck there's brass" = Where there is hard work, there is financial reward.
"Fair t'middlin'" = Thank you for asking; I'm quite well, and how are you?"
"There's nowt so queer as fowk" = People can be rather strange.
"Silly kipper" = You're loved.
And the one that no Tyke has said since the days of my great-grandparents: "Ee bah gum" = Oh, my God!
Other words: mithered, jiggered and fettled.
To Mr Twatson I dedicate this Yorkshire phrase: " If 'e fell int' midden e'd cum aht smellin' o roses" = That man is so lucky that if he fell into a dungheap he'd come up smelling of roses.
The best of all Yorkshire sayings, of course, is: "T'truth nivver 'urt anyone."
Home Sweet Home
"...undoubtedly touched on matters of legitimate public interest."
"...not secret information or information relating to national security: it did not relate to military, policing or intelligence matters. It did not expose anyone to a risk of injury or death. Nor in many respects was it highly confidential."