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Jack Straw is On Message But Out of Step With Reality

Yesterday, Jack "The Strawman" wrote an article on CiFI occasionally ask the asylum seekers at my constituency surgeries why they made the very long journey to the United Kingdom rather than a much shorter one somewhere else. The answer is almost always the same: it is better here. People have more rights and greater protection.

What do you think they're going to say? Because the UK is a soft touch? You need our votes? You're fucking mad and we hate you? What would happen to them, would you let them stay in the country? How many have told you the truth and then been exited?
The climate in a post-9/11 world is much harder than anyone imagined, even in the immediate aftermath of that outrage. I do not pretend we've got everything right. We haven't. Take the data-sharing measures proposed in the coroner's and justice bill. Their aim is good, but parliamentary scrutiny has thrown up justifiable concerns that the powers provided could be misused. It's not ou…

And There's More.

Lawyers examine payoff of banker blamed for losing billions at HBOS
Apparently eyebrows in the Treasury were raised over a £660,000 parachute and £5.9 million pension for Peter CummingsAs a top City legal firm was appointed to examine the “obscene” pension award to Sir Fred Goodwin, it emerged that the Treasury had already asked for assurances about the package that Peter Cummings received when he left his post as head of corporate lending at HBOS.
More to come?

Miss Whiplash in river car ordeal

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Duck Farmer and former brothel keeper, Lindi St Clair, has been rescued after being trapped upside down in her car in a river for almost 24 hours. The Home Office has yet to deny any involvement. No blunt penknives have been found at the scene. Personally, I have my fingers crossed and wish her a full recovery to her former vital self.

Gordon's "End of Days." The Beginning.

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In The Beginning was The pamphlet.Let me remind the right hon. and learned Gentleman also of the statements that have been made in the Centre for Policy Studies' Conservative agenda pamphlet, which recommends: 


"Give the Bank of England its independence, and a statutory responsibility for meeting certain targets in terms of inflation and economic growth . . . remove the political risk premium on interest rates . . . the Bank will . . . need reform. The current autocratic structure gives the Government too much power . . . interest rate decisions should be taken by a Council". 

Those are the very arrangements that we have introduced. The author of that pamphlet was the ex-Chancellor's own former political adviser, Tessa Keswick. 

There is widespread support for what we have done. The Confederation of British Industry has welcomed it; the Institute of Directors has welcomed it; and the chambers of commerce have welcomed it--just about everyone except the six contenders fo…

Jonah Visits Oxford.

A most stirring and powerful interview with Our Glorious and Exhalted Leader, on Radio Oxford today.BMW will be saved and tractor production will be increased. We are all to become engineers. No more will we lay with capitalist financiers. Cancer will be eradicated.  Jobs are to be protected. New Laws are in the pipeline!Hurrah For Gordon!

Creep.

It has been pointed out to me - quite rightly- that my previous musical interlude post may have caused some confusion, regarding my feelings, toward convicted Peers of the Realm.I hope the latest offering clears up any possible misunderstandings.This has been a Public Mis-Information Broadcast for the Flying Pig Party.No pigs were hurt or mistreated during the production of this message.However several Peers may have unfortunately been crapped on.If you have been affected by this broadcast, please feel free to complain to the Charity/Quango of your choice.Every home should have one.

Lord Ahmed Appealing?

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Not to me.A Labour peer who sent and received text messages minutes before he was involved in a fatal crash on the M1 has been jailed for 12 weeks. Outside court Lord Ahmed's solicitor, Steve Smith, said he thought his client had been used as a "scapegoat" by those attempting to drive home the message about not using a mobile phone while at the wheel.I'm sure those who got stiffer sentences feel they are the ones being "scapegoated" by the Criminal Preference Service.
He said he was launching an immediate appeal against the sentence. I hope that others are considering an appeal to the Attorney General regarding this "Appalling Vista"He said: "I've been with him. He's very philosophical. He's approaching it with great dignity." 
Members of Mr Gombar's family said they were not happy with the sentence.Mr Justice Wilkie made clear the texting incident had no bearing on the fatal collision. 

But he added: "It is of the grea…

Another Musical Interlude.

Free Mr Big.

Straw Decides To Veto FOI Act on Iraq.

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Well done Jack. Your "Precious" is safe again. Now scurry on back down that deep, black hole and hide beneath your damp stone in the Ministry of Injustice and your Palace of Denial.
Your Full Weasel Statement to Parliament can be viewed by the people who pay your wages hereWith permission, Mr Speaker, I should like to make a statement on use of the ministerial veto under section 53 of the Freedom of Information Act, in respect of minutes of two cabinet meetings in March 2003 relating to Iraq.

I need first to set out some necessary background.

The FoI Act has profoundly changed the relationship between citizens, and their elected representatives and the media on the one hand, and the government and public authorities on the other.
Too Right it has, we can see you for what you and your comrades are now.
It has, as intended, made the executive far more open and accountable.
Apparently not after today.

The act provides a regime for freedom of information which is one of the most open a…

Normal Service Will Resume As Soon As Possible.

In The Meantime There Will Be A Brief Musical Interlude.Please Be Patient

Don't Even Think About It.

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Don't even think about watching the Simpsons. You may well be breaking an unwritten law.
It may be illegal to even look at images, in order to possess them. Even if they are cartoons on the TV.From the Register:Miss Willott has clearly done her homework. She noted that whilst the Internet Watch Foundation focuses on images that can be downloaded – the traditional web route – images accessed through other means, such as streaming, are not within its remit.

She asked Mr Starmer: "If someone is watching streaming images online, there would be no actual copy on their computer, so they would not technically be in possession."

He replied: "It would be for the courts to interpret the meaning of possession. We would proceed on the basis that there should be no such loophole."

Well done Kier, Playing Safe Behind The Law of Unintentional Consequences.

I'm Drinking To New Liebore On Gordo's Birthday.

Binge-drinking 'fuelled by work pressure'
Published Date: 20 February 2009

THE pressure to be "perfect" at work is fuelling the boom in binge-drinking, a psychologist has claimed.
Professor Anna van Wersch carried out a study of drinkers and found they struggled with the stress of having to control their emotions in the workplace.

Instead, they let off steam at weekends. And, despite government warnings about keeping to recommended weekly alcohol units, she did not believe bingeing was entirely unhealthy.

Prof van Wersch, who is from the Netherlands, said: "People in England are more high achievers than the Dutch. The quality of their work has to be perfect and their performance is much higher. There's a lot of pressure to do well, and to behave appropriately and control one's emotions, and that can be stressful.

"That's why I think the British put so much emphasis on having something to look forward to at the weekend: a chance to let off steam and le…

Gorgon's Birthday.

Gordon's Birthday.Here's How The Great Gordo Is Viewed.

Today, Gordon the Maroon said:

Everywhere I go in Britain, I sense and share the anger and dismay of millions of hard-working people who have watched in disbelief during a year in which irresponsible practices in global banks have brought the world's financial system close to collapse.

Because this has had an impact on every high street and in every home in Britain, anger alone is not enough - only bold action to protect those endangered through no fault of their own will do.

First, there must be no reward for failure. In practice this means that anybody associated with a loss cannot receive a bonus. That's not a special system designed to punish the bankers, but normal commonsense business practice.


Guess what? I ain't sending you a birthday card. You don't deserve one. 
Now Fuck Off and take a dose of the medicine you have prescribed for real hardworking families.
You're nothing but a figment of your own im…

Anti-Photography Law is A "Pig's Breakfast" (allegedly)

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Jacqui Smith failed to consult over new anti-photographer law
Pic originally posted to IhatejacquismithAlex Singleton writes:"The Royal Photographic Society - established in 1853 - ought to have been at the top of the list of organisations consulted of how the law would work in practice. Yet the society, which has a Royal Charter, tells me that it has unsuccessfully been trying to meet Miss Smith over the past year, despite the encouragement and help of a backbench Labour MP."Jacqui, it would seem, still has friends she can call on however, as some comments, made on this subject, on the Telegraph site have been "disappeared".A slew of comments sticking up for the home sec (from Bob Roberts or a Mr Timney) are expected shortly.

The Lambs Have Turned.

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Lamb 'head-butted golden eagle'

"A lamb was seen head-butting a golden eagle, one of Scotland's largest birds of prey, according to a new report on island birdlife.
The lamb head-butt incident is recorded in an official report" Well Jacqui and Co, I guess you may be starting to appreciate just how confused and bewildered that eagle felt! Some of Brighton's Finest are also getting an idea of what it's like to be bitten in the butt by the "Surveillance State."  "One policeman, who did not want to be named, said: 'This is taking things too far. We use CCTV to catch criminals, not officers who take a quick break from a punishingjob." Well if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear, eh?
Maybe you could give some support to this landlord whose livlihood is threatened by similar behaviour by you masters? "A prospective pub landlord says the police insistence on him installing CCTV cameras to film everyone entering his pub threatens …

The Cost of Government Paranoia.

Paranoia now stalks the streets.

Michael Binyon

"Is this Russia? Or the Middle East? I remember the list from 40 years ago, when I first went to the Soviet Union: no bridges, no junctions, no railway stations, no government buildings, no soldiers and, above all, no police. Point your camera at any of these and you were under arrest."



"Forget the West's former easy tolerance. Paranoia now stalks the streets and shopping centres of Britain. From this week, any unauthorised photograph, even inadvertent, of a policeman could land you in jail for up to ten years. Ten years! What madness is this? And it's not just the police. Under Section 76 of the 2008 Counter-Terrorism Act, any picture “likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism” is prohibited. That means almost anything: railways, public buildings, government offices, monuments, parades, communications centres. Every officious jobsworth now has a right to stop you, tear out the film o…

The Police State Marches Ever On

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From Katabasis Blog"On Monday 9th February this week a friend and work colleague found police at his door at 7am in the morning. They searched through his house, took all of his computer equipment and then arrested him. He was then grilled for several hours before finally being released on bail.His "crime"? Allegedly he has been arrested under "suspicion of incitement", or more specifically, "inciting people knowing a crime is going to be committed". This is under sections 44, 45 and 46 of the Serious Crime Act 2007. The fact of the matter is though, he has done absolutely nothing wrong and is simply being set up as the fall-guy for someone else's misdeeds. And all of this on the basis of some painful abuse of recent legislation."Katabasis would like help in building a counter case. Please visit his blog for a better understanding of why this needs to be counteracted as quickly as possible.

Home Secretary Saves Britain from Her Sister's Spare Room.

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Ms Smith told the BBC she did not feel under pressure - after newspapers speculated she could face the axe.Asked if she was concerned people were briefing against her, she told the BBC: "I'm home secretary. I quite often feel under pressure but not from things like that - from things like keeping the country safe, making sure the police are back on the streets, protecting this country from terrorism and keeping our borders safe."There's an excellent post on Jacqui's fall from grace on the Ihatejaquismith blog.

ACPO What do They Stand For?

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Dunno What All The Fuss Is About Really.

Details Here

Gordon Studies DVDs

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Gordon Takes Leaf Out Of The Fonz's Book.
Government Aides have denied rumours thatThe "Ponz" has been watching re-runs of Happy Days in an effort to saythe words  "I Was Wrong" . So far with limited effect, although Sarah said she loved the results so far.

Jacqui Smith May Soon Be Out of a Job.

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Looks like the writing may be on the wall for Jacqui.
From the Sunday Times
"THE home secretary, Jacqui Smith, has privately indicated that she fears for her political future, amid Tory claims that she is “out of her depth” and speculation among MPs that Gordon Brown may want to replace her.
People who work closely with Smith are now openly casting doubt on her track record and her chances of surviving an expected summer cabinet reshuffle."

Is Labourlist really Labours Pissed?

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From Labourspissed THIS.Well, all I can say is, Gordon said "No Reward For Failure."  Remember: There Is No Reward For Failure. Gordon said, so it must be right.Also, ICBW, but.... Isn't threatening to harm someones livelihood actionable?Twitter may have something to say on this as well.You really aren't doing anything to help Labour Derek.

Where Have All The Bloggers Gone? (updated)

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What's going on?

Tractor Stats, Lord Elvis, Electro-Kev all Missing in Action.

Geert Wilders banned from entering the UK.

Free Speech is now non existent.
As Douglas Carswell MP said today "We are a lesser country than I thought we were"

Daniel1979 has a post on Freedom of Speech in which he says

"So, if we look at the world, and in particular the UK this week, have we taken a step closer or a step back from this Universal Declaration?

Let me offer something close to some quotations, for censorship in the UK is not an original tyranny..."

And Prodicus seems to be inviting a similar fate to Lord Elvis' blog in an oblique reference to the last post on the 10 Drowning Street blog.

It's been an interesting few days since I started this blogging lark.
Nice to have known you, even if for such a short time!


Jacqui Off The Hook, Penguin Goes on Attack!

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Full Story Here

Jacqui Smith Denies She's Chicken.

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Jacqboots Smith Denied She Was A Chicken And Attempted
to Duck The Issue When Questioned on Her Expenses.
Paxo Said "She's Stuffed Now,
Wait Till She Puts That Bill In Front Of Parliament."

Where is Tractor Stats?

Just saw this on Obnoxio's blog!

Tractor Stats blog inspired me to start my own.
Come back Mr Stats!!

Update: More bloggers are worried here


From The Onion "SPOSTDW".

Domestic Plotter Uncovered in Westminster.

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Gordon runs out of opinions after
Peter does a runner with the smoothing iron.
Jacqie laughs like a pig and Harriet bans
Lap dancing.