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Jacqoff Channel

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Playboy TV gives the Government a Hand.
more at El Reg

Troughers Win Right to Edit Receipts!

MPs will be given the chance within days to edit receipts submitted to justify their expense claims before they are made public.

Details that identify individual suppliers, as well as any items on bills not paid for by the taxpayer, can be blacked out by MPs during the next month, Commons officials said.

MPs opposed to full publication of the receipts say that the information could be used to identify their homes and could put themselves and their families at risk. They will be invited to check receipts submitted for the past five years within days and edit out identifying details. Some plan to use the process to delay release well beyond the planned publication date this summer.

Talk about "them and us!"

Fuck the Fucking lot of you. You're troughing in the last chance saloon and you are too far removed from reality to realise where this is heading.

Dan Hannan had you down to a tee. "You know, and we know, and you know that we know that it’s nonsense! "

Your time o…

G20 Special

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With apologies to David Bowie.

Dear Jacqui, Quit While You Are Still Behind.

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The Times has learnt that MPs are expected to call in the police today over how a copy of an invoice from her Virgin TV and internet account, submitted to the Commons as part of an expenses claim, came to be published in a Sunday newspaper.
Some MPs believe that digital images of all MPs’ invoices, which have been scanned for release later this year, may have been stolen and are being offered to newspapers for money. The suggestion will cause anger and fear among MPs, who have been campaigning against the release of this information. 


Dear Jacqui, do you remember these words?

The plans I am publishing today inject a new momentum into the delivery of the scheme and its benefits. Our plans will now provide both the protections and the convenience of the scheme more quickly than previously expected. As the latest public attitudes analysis I am releasing today shows, public support for our proposals has remained broadly steady - at nearly 60 per cent - even after a series of high-profile gov…

Going for Broke Before The G20.

Kneejerk Reaction From Prime MonsterDespite growing resistance to new measures from the Treasury, the Bank of England and the CBI, Mr Brown is determined to not be put off announcing new spending plans in next month's Budget.The Gorgon insisted on "targeted" plans for parts of the economy, extending to the mortgage market.However, George Osbourne said:Via Iain Dale

The President of Chile is right to point out, as we have done, that countries that put aside money in the good years are the ones that can afford to spend that money now without adding recklessly to national debt. Gordon Brown is getting lessons from the Latin Americans about sound public finances.
Iain doesn't believe this bodes well for Gordoom, the busted flush.

Hain and Morgan do Obama.

From Devils Kitchen comes this fucking piece of execrable defecation from AnuerysmsRus.Warning, Warning,I had to have my brain vaccuumed after listening to this for less than 17 seconds, it having proved impossible to block both sound and vision simultaneously.




Join Glyndwr's army!We're looking for contributors - we want to hear from Labour-minded people from across Wales who would like to get involved.

Hmmm, this lot may be interested. They have a similar approach to music and their presentation skills are just as faultless.
If it's not too late, maybe you could persuade Gordon to book them for the opening of the G20 bash on April Twats Day. Get both singers to duet and you wouldn't need riot police to clear the streets of protesters, they'd be begging to be led away from the horror, with ears bleeding and eyeballs rotating out of control!

Tom Harris, Dan Hannan and Vaclav Klaus.

Tom Harris (who?) thinks that Dan's speech on Brown was in someway unpatriotic.
Gordon Brown isn’t just Labour’s prime minister; he’s Britain’s prime minister, and for any UK politician to launch such a disgraceful, personal attack on his country’s leader — in a foreign country — is nothing short of disgraceful. Well, I snitched this from Dan's latest post
Awareness of their unpopularity makes [them] frightened and tetchy which in turn makes them lash out at opponents. Last month, Klaus came to the European Parliament and made a moderately Euro-sceptic speech. The EU had been a great success, he said, but it was in danger of drifting away from its peoples. All polities worked better when there was an opposition, he added. We should all listen to dissenting voices. The response of MEPs? To shout abuse and then storm out. Deliciously, they staged their walk-out just as Mr Klaus reached his point about listening to different points of view, thereby neatly vindicating his critique.W…

Dan Hannan on Glenn Beck Prog.

Don't do as we do because we're turning into Zimbabwe.

The Jonah Effect.

Public Hatred Blamed on Harriet and Co.

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Politicians are to blame for whipping up public hatred.
Commentary: Ian King, Deputy Business Editor 

So, John Prescott, Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and others, I hope you are proud of yourselves. Even as the Prime Minister was lecturing Wall Street on morality, the clean-up was beginning at the home of Sir Fred Goodwin, where windows had been smashed by vandals. 

Well done, everyone. Well done on whipping up public hatred. Well done on ensuring that his children have been picked on at school. On ensuring that the man’s life is now so miserable that he may have to go and live overseas. You may not have lobbed a brick through Sir Fred’s plate-glass window yourselves but, in inciting public anger over his pension, you might as well have done.Watch out for ricocheting nokias Harriet. Gordon and Prescott aren't likely to take the blame for this one. Best hope this induced vigilante behaviour doesn't result in someone being killed.
The "Summer of Rage." It all Started in Sco…

Dan Hannan For President.

The video of Dan's speech has struck a chord the other side of the Atlantic.Over 160,000 views of his videoMore than 1,600 commentsFront page on Drudge.Suggestions that he be invited to take over as President in the comments on youtube.The MSM busily ignoring the whole affair.James Forsyth at the Spectator wonders if the Internet will make this into a story.

Islamist Training Camp Found in British-Run Orphanage in Bangladesh

The madrassa, or Islamic seminary, was a British charity financed by “Faisal”, who they said had lived in Britain for 25 years.Four arrests were made after a raid yesterday on the Green Crescent madrassa and orphanage on the remote southern island of Bhola, Lt Col Munir Haque, an officer involved in the operation, told The Times.“We found small arms – about nine or 10 in total – plus equipment to make small arms, about 3,000 rounds of ammunition, two walkie-talkies, two remote control devices and four sets of army uniforms,” he said. 

“We also found enough explosives and other equipment to make several hundred grenades. We found some ordinary Islamic books, but others that are in line with extremists like bin Laden.” 

He said that there were about 11 children between the ages of 7 and 8 at the compound at the time of the raid, but no other adults.
The charity, which is registered in the UK under the number 1099233, was founded in 1998 by students in Britain and Bangladesh, and is based i…

Well Done Harriet.

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The Edinburgh home of former Royal Bank of Scotland boss Sir Fred Goodwin was attacked by vandals overnight. 

Windows were smashed and a Mercedes S600 car parked in the driveway was vandalised. 

There has been widespread public and political anger over a pension payout worth about £700,000 a year to the 50-year-old bank boss.Well that's constructive, isn't it. Will you be condemning this behaviour Harriet? After all, isn't this what you hoped for, in a roundabout sort of way.

E-borders Fucking Rocks!

Pakistan has monitored more than 20 Britons believed to have spent time with radical militant groups and then returned to the UK

The tracked men are said to have trained with extremist outfits linked to al Qaeda and the Taliban and are thought to pose a potential threat to British security.

The dossier of names is expected to be handed over to British anti-terrorist teams soon and is being seen as a big leap forward in the sharing of intelligence between the two countries.

British authorities may wonder why the names were not handed over before the suspects re-entered the UK.Eleven of the Britons claimed they were studying in Pakistan while seven said they were visiting relatives.
Pakistani security source We know the number of Britons engaged in what we would call suspicious activities is much higher - probably in the hundreds - but this isn't a Pakistani priority.
One said he was working for a charity with links to Britain and others said they were on holiday.Eborders, working to ens…

Gordoom Savaged Twice in One Day

Farrage Hitting Where it Hurts.Good Things Come In Threes!Can't wait for the next revelation.H/T Daniel1979

Brown Smirks at The Truth From Dan Hannan.

Dan Hannan Kicks the Crap out of McSnotty  Download from Here What A hero Dan is. H/T Guido and Old Holborn.

Archers Brewery in Administration.

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Swindon brewery Archers has gone into administration. 

The company, which produces specialist beers such as Golden and Crystal Clear, blamed a downturn in the pub trade for its difficulties. 

Insolvency practitioners Monahans have been appointed to act for the brewery and is seeking a buyer to keep the firm in production. 

The business has had to shed several staff recently to meet overheads and currently employs seven people. 

Administrator Paul McConnell said: " The company has been in decline for a while because of a drop in sales. 

"It is a victim of a decline in pub trade, the price of speciality beers and the smoking ban." 

"Lots of people have expressed an interest in the business, but only time will tell." 

Archers previously went into administration in May 2007, but was sold as a going concern. 

A message on its website said the company, based in the town's Penzance Drive, was "saddened" to announce the collapse of the business.

Now It's Dawn Butler and a Second-home Allowance

Labour minister criticised Dawn Butler, a junior whip, claimed almost her entire £23,000 allowance to help to pay for a second home in her constituency in northwest London. Opposition MPs demanded to know why she needed the taxpayer to help to buy another property when she could stay overnight in her family home in East London.Ms Butler, who has a family home in Stratford, East London, and another in Wembley, in her Brent South constituency. The Stratford property is eight miles and a 24-minute Tube ride away from Westminster. The Wembley house, bought after the election, is nine miles and a 32-minute Tube ride away from the Houses of Parliament.There are 24 MPs with seats in Greater London   who have claimed  nearly £400,000 to fund second homes in the latest year for which figures are available.

McNulty Whitewash Promised.

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Brown writes a letter to watchdog "Urging MP's expenses probe"
Sir Christopher Kelly: Committee will review the rules, not McNulty 

19:10 | 23/03/2009

Sir Christopher Kelly, Committee on Standards in Public Life Chairman
Channel 4 News

Sir Christopher Kelly said the inquiry into MPs' expenses would not investigate Tony McNulty over second home expenses but would review the rules upon which claims are made.

"We are certainly not investigating Tony McNulty. We are not an investigatory body," he said.

He suggested that if something is within the rules but reprehensible, we ought to question if it is a "good" rule. He also questioned rules which couldn't logically be justified to the public.

Sir Christopher claimed the inquiry was launched both "in light of recent events" and as a matter of course - the scope of it, whether it will include the Lords, not yet known.

"There are issues about the Lords. Whether it will come within the scope of t…

Poetic Justice?

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Worthy of a Darwin Award? always assuming he gets the death penalty.A US man who thought he was dying and confessed to having killed a neighbour in 1977 has been charged with murder after making a recovery, US media say. 

James Brewer could now face the death penalty over the unsolved killing in Tennessee 32 years ago, reports say. 

Convinced he was dying after a stroke, Mr Brewer reportedly admitted to police he shot dead 20-year-old Jimmy Carroll. 

The 58-year-old, who had fled Tennessee after the killing, was arrested after his condition improved, reports say."He wanted to cleanse his soul, because he thought he was going to the great beyond," said police detective Tony Grasso, who interviewed Mr Brewer in an Oklahoma hospital.Well he may just be getting that thought into reality now.

Phil Woolas Has No Idea.

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Douglas Carswell asked:a) "How many illegal immigrants are resident in the UK?"


The minister says he doesn't know...


b) "Ministers will recall that thousands of illegal migrants have been found to work in the security industry. Last month, it was revealled a mere 35 had been removed. Would the minister please tell the House how many more have since been removed?"


Minister says he doesn't know...
From epolitix this:"Ministers also admitted that the government was not able to give an accurate assessment of the number of illegal immigrants residing in the UK. Immigration minister Phil Woolas told the Commons that the government aims to be able to count 95 per cent of illegal immigrants in and out of the country by 2010, hitting 100 per cent by 2014."That will be 100% of the one with less sense than you then Woolarse. All the others will just creep in through the backdoor you forgot to shut.Phil Woolas is Minister of State for borders and immigration.

MCB says Blears is Mistaken.

The Government has severed relations with the UK'S leading Muslim organisation, and has said a senior member is a supporter of Hamas, the Palestinian military organisation. In a letter leaked to The Independent on Sunday the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Hazel Blears, wrote to the Muslim Council of Britain, calling for Dr Daud Abdullah to resign.

A spokeswoman for the department said: "We are concerned that the statement calls for direct support for acts of violence in the Middle East and beyond. We are also aware that a senior member of the MCB may have been a signatory to this statement. If it is proven that the individual concerned had been a signatory, we would expect the MCB to ask him to resign and to confirm its opposition to acts of violent extremism."

An MCB spokesperson said: "The MCB will not be dictated to by Hazel Blears. We do not take orders from Ms Blears. She is mistaken if she thinks the MCB will dismiss people at her say-s…

The Court Of Public Opinion v Lord Myners.

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THE government minister in charge of stamping out corporate tax avoidance has himself set up a business in the tax haven of Bermuda. Lord Myners, already under fire for approving Sir Fred Goodwin’s massive pension from Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), was part-time chairman of an offshore company which avoided more than £100m a year in taxes.Myners’s involvement in Aspen Insurance Holdings (AIH) have emerged as Gordon Brown seeks to win the backing of heads of government to prise open tax havens.Myners, earned nearly £200,000 from AIH in one year.Myners held 318,338 share options. The shares, which are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, closed at $21.64 on Friday.Myners, financial services secretary to the Treasury and former chairman of the Guardian Media Group, was awarded the majority of the share options at an exercise price of $16.20 a share in August 2003, a year after he helped to start the company.Myners declined to say whether he had exercised the shares. (a spokesman sugges…

Tots Warned of Police Action

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Three children under the age of six have been accused of verbal abuse and anti-social behaviour by Lincoln police.



Mum Shelly Hubbard (24) was shocked when a letter arrived on official police notepaper saying that complaints had been made about her kids.

In the hand-delivered document, PCSO Tony Kennedy stated: "Children from your address are involved in incidents of anti-social behaviour and nuisance problems.

"We have received a number of complaints over the past few weeks regarding these youths being abusive when asked to stop playing football in the street and there are also allegations regarding possible damage to property."


Miss Hubbard, of Halton Close, Birchwood, Lincoln, said there was no way little Olivia (five), Megan (four) and Lennon Poyser (two) could be involved in anti-social behaviour.

"I thought it must be a mistake," said Miss Hubbard. "So when I got the letter I rang them because I thought they must have the wrong address, but they checked …

D Day Veterans Reject National Lottery Offer.

Peter Hodge, honorary general secretary of the Normandy Veterans Association, said:"There is no way in the world I am going to agree with the National Lottery standing up and saying they sent our veterans to Normandy in the 65th anniversary," 
"The people of this country have put the money together and the veterans this year will be going to Normandy with the blessing and the appreciation of the British people and there is no way, that 10 weeks before the kick-off, that they are going to take the credit for this."The Normandy Veterans Association said it would not accept the money at this late stage.
It said it had almost raised enough with the help of a national newspaper.

Fool's Overture.

Last One from Supertramp tonight.

Better Days.

I love the video for this. It sort of reminds me of something.Nearly as good as Pink Floyd!

Crime of The Century

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Student Faces Trial For Chalking On Pavement
Paul Saville, 23, a second-year sociology and criminology student at the University of the West of England, Bristol, was arrested, locked in a cell for two hours and forced to give DNA samples. 

His "crime" was simply to write on a pavement "Liberty. The right to question it. The right to ask: "Are we free?" in protest over what he says in the "loss of civil liberties" in Britain.The Guardian have made him their Liberty Central "Hero of The Week"After Henry Porter wrote of the ironic nature of the arrestWith a wonderful lack of irony, the officers told him to stop writing. When he added one more letter they arrested him for criminal damage. The second year sociology and criminology student told the Daily Telegraph: "The whole reason I was writing in chalk was because I wanted to get my message across without causing lasting damage.Lucky he wasn't using paint, as they probably would have sh…

Siôn Simon's Attempt To Beat Record of Lammy.

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Nicked from Iain Dale's blog:John Humphrys: That was Sue Rimmer ending Kim Catcheside’s report.
And with me is the Minister responsible, Siôn Simon. They’ve got a problem and it’s basically your fault isn’t it?
Siôn Simon: Well they, they have got a problem and I mean let me say I really do, I understand and I sympathise with the frustrations of colleges in this kind of position. There, there, there will be colleges who’ve invested money, who’ve borrowed money, even some that have started doing building works. And it’s, it’s right to say that the LSC has given in principle approval to seventy nine colleges which totals three billion pounds, would total nearly three billion pounds of Government money and that it’s clear that that level of expenditure can’t be funded in the current spending round.
And we’re quite clear, as Ministers quite clear, that that’s not acceptable. We, that we shouldn’t be in that position and that’s why we, we’ve appointed Sir Andrew Foster, the former Chief E…

This EX MP is Appealing (apparently)

Helen Clark, the former Labour MP accused of being drunk and disorderly in a hotel, has told a court how she descended into "the third circle of hell" after being arrested. 

Clark represented Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, between 1997 and 2005 She has described how she was "bundled" into a van, made to strip and forced to don a "suicide suit" at a police station. She told Peterborough Magistrates' Court that the episode caused her to have nightmares.It appears that she was forced to wear "yesterdays clothes" and had on her dirty knickers from the previous day,  and all becaues of this  captured on video. ( This vid keeps disappearing on Youtube)"I was bundled in the back of the van," said Clark. "I didn't have time to put on fresh underwear or tights. I was wearing yesterday's dirty clothes to compound my humiliation." 

She added: "I had to take my clothes off in front of police officers. I had to strip. I was …

LA Gobbledegook Exposed.

The Local Government Association has published a list of 200 jargon terms that councils should avoid.Scroll down for the full list I've used the first 30+ in a memo, in the order the Times provided below. I got bored and decided to watch Taggart (without subtitles), as it was more stimulating. Maybe someone with a longer attention span could use all 200 and blog the result? 

Across-the-piece this LA has Actioned for Advocate Agencies who have an Ambassador who is Area based and Area focused.

Autonomous Baseline decisions have provided Beacon Benchmarking and established Best Practice via Blue sky thinking.
Achieved from Bottom-Up decision processes and CAA's with a Can do culture and Capabilities.
Capacity and Capacity building has been Cascading down and while this should be Cautiously welcome, the Challenge Champion, who enables Citizen empowerment for the Client in Cohesive communities is still needed to encourage Cohesiveness and Collaboration. 

Commissioning Community engageme…

There's A Little Bit Of Irish In All Of Us!

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Police Protection For Luton Protester.

Islamic extremist who abused British troops is given 24-hour police protectionDaily MailYousaf Bashir was part of a gang that hurled abuse at 200 members of the Royal Anglian Regiment as they marched through Luton last Tuesday after a second tour of duty in Iraq.

The moves comes after the semi-detached home Bashir shares with his parents was attacked on Friday.
Two downstairs windows and the glass in the front door were smashed, and the rear windows of two cars parked in the driveway were shattered.

Two police officers have been stationed in a marked car outside the property since the attacks and a CCTV camera has also been installed.
***************************************************A more positive way of showing your feelingsThe Royal Anglian Regiment Museum AppealDonations in support can be made online at www.justgiving.comFundraising target: £360,000.00
Donations so far: £ 136,030.00



Call for Vaz to Resign.

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Enlarge Image. Labour MP Keith Vaz tried to halt a court case involving a firm which had lavished hospitality on him. He says the matter has been dealt with and has nothing further to say.But co-signatory to the letter, fellow Labour MP Virendra Sharma, has since complained that he was not told by Vaz of his acquaintance with Mireskandari.Yesterday there were calls for a new sleaze investigation into the affair. An inquiry, launched last autumn by Parliamentary Standards Commissioner John Lyon, cleared Mr Vaz of any wrongdoing. It was condemned as a whitewash.The Tory justice spokesman, Dominic Grieve, said:"If true, the fact that Keith Vaz wrote as chairman of the home affairs committee must cast real doubt on his continuing as chair."

Sir Alistair Graham, the former chairman of the committee on standards in public life, said: "I am really surprised that an experienced chairman of the home affairs select committee should seek to use his position in such a way when he cl…

Majority 'want Iraq war inquiry'

The survey, conducted by ComRes for the BBC, found 72% of those questioned believe there should be an official inquiry into the UK's role in the invasion of Iraq in 2003. 
This figure increases to 81% in the 18-24 age group.There were fresh calls for an inquiry last week after documents showed that intelligence chiefs were urged to make a key dossier on the Iraqi threat as "firm" as possible.
Last month, Justice Secretary Jack Straw vetoed the publication of minutes of cabinet meetings discussing the legality of the war in the run-up to the invasion.

Brown Set to Block Liam's Cunning Plan.

Ministers look set to block a call from the Government's most senior doctor for minimum alcohol prices to curb binge drinking. 

Although they gave a polite response, saying that the proposal by Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, the chief medical officer, would be studied, the word in Whitehall was that it would not happen. 

Even though the health select committee is expected to consider the idea, all the signs are that ministers have no appetite for such an unpopular move, less than a year before a general election.Gordon Brown was said this morning to be very cool on the proposal, and his work and pensions secretary later went even further, claiming that the Government would not punish the responsible majority of drinkers.James Purnell:“We want to focus on the irresponsible minority rather than I think punishing everyone equally,” he (Purnell) told BBC1’s The Politics Show.

Liam's Cunning Plan.

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Due to constant bleating by NHS managers who fear their days of troughing may be over:Professor Sir Liam Donaldson will tomorrow recommend a ban on drinks being sold for less than 50p per alcoholic unit when he delivers his annual report on the state of the nation’s health.The move would be welcomed by many medical professionals, with alcohol-related illnesses costing the NHS £3 billion a year. Some 400,000 people are admitted to hospital each year with drink-related problems, including 1,000 children below the age of 14.HoweverMany Labour MPs are also likely to argue that it would not be in the party’s interests to alienate voters who are responsible drinkers by introducing huge price hikes, especially when households are already struggling to make ends meet because of the recession.And, From The Telegraph George Pitcher says:The wonderful news to which I refer and which sparked all this self-improving joie de vivre is that a report from the House of Commons' select committee on …

Honest Pete's Motors

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Mandleson will give you £2,000 for your old banger.Trust him, he's a politician.Lord Mandelson is preparing to put a £2,000 bounty on used cars in an attempt to stimulate the motor industry.

Control by Database.

Cluster Fuck One:Ministry of Justice IT project that is three years overdue and double its original cost has been condemned as a “masterclass” of sloppy Government management. 
Now, instead of one system - the cost of which has more than doubled to £513 million - there are to be five as the ministry attempts to cut the costs of the C-Nomis programme. The system(s) were intended to give prison and probation officers real-time access to offenders' records, but now will only be available for use by the prison service.Edward Leigh, chairman of the Commons Public Accounts Committee,called the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) project a “spectacular failure” and a “masterclass in sloppy project management”. He said: “Following blunder after blunder by senior managers, the programme clocked up delays of three years and forecast project costs had trebled.” 

He added: “All of this mess could have been avoided if good practice in project management had been followed.” The system was…

I Want Sharia Law In UK says Anjem Choudary.

I want to see flag of Allah flying over Downing St


from the Evening Standard. Muslim fundamentalist leader told of his vision of Britain under Sharia law.

Anjem Choudary said he wanted the “flag of Allah” flying over Downing Street, all women wearing burkas and caning for drunkenness.

The self-proclaimed Sharia judge admitted his followers had organised protests against British soldiers in Luton this week, waving placards which called them “murderers” for their conduct in Iraq.

He said his “alternative morality” would mean “a pure Islamic state with Sharia law in Britain” and added: “Every woman, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, would have to wear a traditional burka and cover everything apart from her face and hands in public.” Choudary, self-proclaimed Sharia judge admitted his followers had organised protests against British soldiers in Luton this week, waving placards which called them “murderers” for their conduct in Iraq. Meanwhile, Ex-Met chief Ghaffur says the Luton chants and placards …

Information Commissioner Reports on CCTV in Pubs.

From I hate Jacqui Smith blog"Nick Gibson said police insistence that he set up cameras to film every customer entering and leaving the premises would threaten drinkers' civil liberties.

The Information Commissioner's Office intervened, writing to the Metropolitan police to warn that the blanket introduction of CCTV in pubs "raised serious privacy concerns".

Yesterday it emerged that the police had dropped their conditions and Gibson was granted a licence for his pub - the Drapers Arms in Islington, north London"


The below, as far as Gloucestershire is concerned, seems to comply with the ICO's judgement, but it would appear that a great deal more Local Authorities do not.Pubs say CCTV is business threat 

Pub landlords in Gloucestershire are warning that installing CCTV could force them out of business if they have to have the cameras to get a licence. 

More police forces insist on CCTV in return for supporting a licence application but Gloucestershire only r…

Householder cleared of murder after shooting dead intruder

Kenneth Batchelor, fired a shotgun at “very close quarters” to 42-year-old Matthew Clements, after Clements had climbed the scaffolding of Batchelor's home to try to force open an upstairs window.The jury at Maidstone Crown Court took just one hour to unanimously acquit Mr Batchelor of the murder of Mr Clements, from Ashford in Kent, who was “well known” to police, had  settled disputes by violence and had once turned up at a garage to threaten the manager with an Uzi submachine gun.Mr Batchelor,  legally owned the shotgun which killed Mr Clements with one shot to the chest, and told the court that it had discharged accidentally as he stood terrified at a top floor window which Mr Clements was trying to open.The Prosecution said:“In the circumstances, Mr Batchelor was entitled to defend himself and his property. You will hear Mr Batchelor told police the shotgun was discharged by accident in the heat of events. 

“The case enters that very difficult area – the degree to which a hous…

Gordon Tries For "Yoof" Vote.

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Gordo and Mandy duet in surprise stage performance!
Reprise of "I got You Babe" as Gordon realises that his Prime Monster Days may be over.

The Royal Anglian Regiment Museum Appeal.

The Battalion suffered nine men killed and 58 wounded in action during its six months operational tour in Helmand Province, Afghanistan last year.The Regiment is to raise a Memorial at the Imperial War Museum's site at Duxford and The Regimental Museum.More details at the Link below:The Royal Anglian Regiment Museum AppealDonations in support can be made online at www.justgiving.comFundraising target: £360,000.00
Donations so far: £ 136,030.00

Gordon is a Twit.

Gordon Brown is using Twitter.Well, that's Twitter fucked then.

Second Home Secretary Ambushed by Nasty Woman.

Sandra Holey, chief executive of Refuge laid the boot in at High Profile launch of the Home Secs latest piece of divisive and authoritarian bollocks.“The Government is hoping to get away with useless initiatives like this register and it is hypocritical to sound tough and do little.” 
Ms Smith attempted to interrupt the tirade but she was shouted down and Ms Holey continued, insisting that the recent case of Sabina Akhtar showed that not enough was being done. 

"I’m afraid this is just spin and PR. . . The majority of violent men don’t come to the attention of police and it won’t keep women safe. 

“Police can’t be expected to monitor relationships and love lives of offenders.”It's okay though, The Solicitor General saved her from further assaults.
This Quote:And those of us with brains can see this shit for exactly what it is, vote grabbing. Sexist vote grabbing. Sexist vote grabbing by females. It’s just shite. From mummylonglegsMight give you a bit of clue where you're goin…

Preventing Violent Extremism.

Policy Exchange have released an authoritative analysis of Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE), the £90 million centrepiece of the government’s effort to stop the radicalisation of young Muslims.

“PVE is thus underwriting the very Islamist ideology which spawns an illiberal, intolerant and anti-western world view. Political and theological extremists, acting with the authority conferred by official recognition, are indoctrinating young people with an ideology of hostility to western values. This strategic error on the part of officialdom is born of a poverty of aspiration: the belief of the authorities that they cannot reasonably ask angry Muslims for much more than a pledge not to use violence in Britain. The effect has been to empower reactionaries within Muslim communities and to marginalise genuine moderates, thus increasing inter-community tensions and envenoming the public space.”

An extreme policy failure by the government according to James Forsythin his Coffee House blog.
The pdf…

Law Of Unintended Consequences.

More sneakiness and subterfuge from our so very loving non authoritarian leaders.From The Times: Branding on cigarette packs under fire from MPsLord Patel of Bradford, Baroness O'Cathain, Lord Walton of Detchant and Lord Faulkner of Worcester have tabled amendments to the Health Bill at the committee stage in the Lords that would allow the Health Secretary to ban or restrict the sale or supply of tobacco products if they are sold in packaging that does not comply with regulations. 

If passed, the Health Secretary would also be allowed to dictate the colour of cigarette packs, their shape, the trademarks displayed on them and any labelling.The proposals will strike fear into other consumer goods producers, who believe that, having imposed the measure on tobacco, the Government would seek to clamp down more aggressively on producers of alcohol, fast food and confectionery. 

Tobacco companies — for whom branded packs are the only remaining form of advertising in the UK — have always ar…