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The Royal Mint’s Battle of Hastings coin features a glaring error

To mark the Battle of Hastings (1066), the Royal Mint has produce a commemorative 50p coin. Over five million Battle of Hastings 50p pieces are expected to enter circulation. The Mint calls the Battle “the date that made history”.

So big is it that advertising a sterling silver version of the coin in the BBC’s History magazine, the Mint manages to get its facts wrong. The advert runs:

The Battle of Hastings altered the course of British history. This epic clash fought between two kings, and won by William the Conqueror, brought about huge social advancement that set the foundations for the nation as we know it today.

That would be King Harald and William, Duke of Normandy – one king and one wanna-be king.


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Posted: 26th, October 2016 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: is everyone dead yet?

Is everyone named, mentioned, implicated, saved, cleared and shafted by the Government’s inquiry into child abuse dead yet?

The inquiry rolls on and on and one. And gets nowhere. Pop out in a fast car and watch how soon the police nick you for DWB (Driving Whilst Black). Make a tasteless joke on twitter and listen for the copper’s knuckles at your door. Molest a child and chances are the wheels of justice will move slower than John Chilcot’s word-processor.

To date three inquiry heads have left. The most recent, shipped in Kiwi Beak Dame Lowell Goddard, departed the big desk in August clutching an £80,000 pay off and tickets for business class flights home.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is a huge job. The BBC describes it thus:

A major inquiry into historical child sex abuse in England and Wales is to examine claims made against local authorities, religious organisations, the armed forces and public and private institutions – as well as people in the public eye.

There are 13 strands to this massive process of writing everything down. And you could make it 14 – the final group comprised of everyone who heard a whisper and did nothing (and do include the media in that).

The good news is that some of the 13 headers have been prioritised.

The Inquiry has invited applications for Core Participant status, and has held one or more preliminary hearings, in relation to the following seven investigations:

Accountability and Reparations investigation
The Roman Catholic Church
Children outside the UK
The late Lord Janner of Braunstone QC
The Anglican Church
Lambeth Council
Cambridge House, Knowl View and Rochdale

One person is named on that list. And – get this  – he’s dead. The cynic might suppose others will get star billing when they are also no longer able to give reliable evidence in court.

And there there is this: If it takes so long to take seriously allegations of abuse in high places, when will whatever is going on today be exposed? Oh, things are going on now that will be presented as shocking and shaming in years to come. What are they? And why aren’t they front-page news and worthy of inquiries and the State’s resources?

Posted: 20th, October 2016 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Malaysian religious government says hot dogs are un-Islamic

Hot dogs are un-Islamic, says the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (MIDD). To receive halal certification,the MIDD, a religious government body, says hot dogs must be renamed.

MIDD’s Sirajuddin Suhaimee explains says: “In Islam, dogs are considered unclean and the name cannot be related to halal certification.”

Yes, but the hot dog contains no dogs, it being most often a composite blend of pigs’s scrotum, anus and lips.

“Malaysian halal food guidelines say halal food and halal artificial flavour shall not be named or synonymously named after non-halal products such as ham, bak kut teh, bacon, beer, rum and others that might create confusion,” he adds.

The Auntie Anne store has been refused halal certification unless it renamed its “Pretzel Dog”. Mr Suhaimee says it should be called a Pretzel Sausage”.

And in keeping with Islamic law, Auntie Anne might care to ‘circumcise’ the tip of its Fat Torpedo:


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Warts and all


Posted: 20th, October 2016 | In: News, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Harry Redknapp’s wife Sandra in freak car accident – Daily Mail digs up old horrors

Harry Redknapp was dropping his wife Sandra in Westbourne, a suburb of Bournemouth, when her coat got caught in the door of his Range Rover. The Indy says  the 69-year-old [Sandra] “screamed with agony on the pavement after being dragged along the road”.

An eyewitness tells the Sun:

“I was in a shop and a couple of people came in and said, ‘Crikey, there’s a lady who’s been dragged along the road’, then someone else came in and said it was Harry Redknapp who had just dropped his wife off.  I heard as he drove off she got her coat caught in the door. She was dragged along the road before he realised. I think she has been badly injured.”

The Indy says there was lots of blood.

The Telegraph identifies the car: “Harry Redknapp drags wife along road in ‘freak accident’ in his Range Rover.”

This private horror is then given the Daily Mail treatment. Can it be possible to attack a man who has been left “shaken” buy seeing his wife hurt? Yes, The Mail sees fit to include this in its report:

In 2006, the BBC’s investigative programme Panorama showed Mr Redknapp on camera expressing his interest in approaching a player illegally in order to arrange a transfer.
Following an investigation by HMRC in 2010, he was charged with two counts of cheating the public revenue, but was later found not guilty at a trial.

It then concludes:

Last night, representatives for Mr Redknapp denied that an incident had taken place.

Get well soon, Sandra.


Posted: 20th, October 2016 | In: News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Brexit: British federalists and ex-pats seek EU passports in other countries

Brexit is impelling some people to make a choice: stay in the UK or live in the European Union? The Guardian reports that many Britons are appealing to become citizens in other countries.

The number of Britons seeking citizenship in other EU countries has surged as a result of the Brexit vote, with some member states recording near tenfold increases on 2015 figures.

The British are not queuing up to live in Romania and Bulgaria. The report says they fancy new lives in Denmark, Italy, Ireland and Sweden, which all report “spikes” in “citizens eager to secure proper status in the EU”.

Between January and October 2016, 2,800 Britons applied for citizenship in other EU countries. This, says the paper is a 250% increase on numbers recorded in 2015.

Compared with last year’s figures, numbers have surged almost tenfold in Denmark and threefold in Sweden.

Denmark might not be best best option. Many Danes want their own EU referendum on what is dubbed Dexit.

Several applicants told the Guardian that it was the Brexit vote that prompted them to take action.

The numbers are not big, are they. Under 3,000 Britons have applied to be non-British citizens in other countries. And “several” said Brexit promoted the move.

The Guardian was in favour of the country remaining in the EU. So too was the Independent, which said: “Brexit prompts surge in Britons applying for citizenship in EU countries.”

In April the FT noted:

The German embassy in London told the Financial Times that 200-250 requests for information on how to apply for citizenship have been received per day since the referendum result was announced, compared with an average of 20-25 daily inquiries a month earlier.

The Hungarian consulate has received 150 inquiries since the vote, while it said it had received less than 10 during the rest of this year.

How do you qualify?

It is hard to tell what the chances are of the citizenship applications succeeding — people living in the UK depend on their ancestry to qualify.

The German embassy said UK residents would need a German parent. “There are certainly quite a number of people where it seems obvious they won’t qualify. We don’t have any figures for that though,” said Norman Walter, a spokesman.

Other countries have more liberal conditions. Italy, which has received around 500 email requests at its UK embassy since the Brexit vote, offers citizenship to foreigners who can prove that at least one of their grandparents was Italian.

The same grandparent rule applies to anyone seeking an Irish passport.

And less glamorous destinations?

Yet that has not deterred inquiries for a Bulgarian passport. The country’s London embassy has received 15 citizenship inquiries by British people since June 24. “We usually don’t receive such kind of requests so this is a new thing for us,” said a spokesman.

Bloomberg aded:

Estonia said it had seen a “notable” increase in residency requests and Lithuania reported a rise in applications to 34 since June 23, from a typical average of one or two per month.

Meanwhile, you can always just be rich.

Malta and Cyprus are both in the EU, and both offer a fast-track to citizenship for people who are able to invest a significant amount of money.

Maltese citizenship is available to those who invest €1.15m (£965,000; $1.3m) there; the country added a one-year residency requirement after EU pressure. The scheme is aimed at “ultra-high net worth individuals and families worldwide”.

The Cypriot government offers citizenship to those who put €5m (£4.2m; $5.6m) into approved investments – this is reduced to just €2.5m for those taking part in a collective investment. Applicants need to have a property in Cyprus but do not need to live there all of the time. Family members are included in the application, which can take as little as three months.

Should you stay or should you go?

Posted: 20th, October 2016 | In: Broadsheets, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Kelvin MacKenzie and the Sun beat Channel 4 News and a hijab

On July 18, the Sun featured a column but its former editor Kelvin MacKenzie in which he asked, “Why did Channel 4 have a presenter in a hijab fronting coverage of Muslim terror in Nice?”.

That the question was rhetorical became apparent in the next line: “Would C4 have used a Hindu to report on the carnage at the Golden Temple of Amritsar…of course not.”

And again: “Would the station have used an Orthodox Jew to cover the Israeli-Palestine conflict? Of course not.

Hundreds complained to Ipso, the press regulator. This meant lots of people were talking about the Sun and MacKenzie – and so both became relevant.

MacKenzie posed more questions:

…I could hardly believe my eyes. The presenter was not one of the regulars — Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Matt Frei or Cathy Newman — but a young lady wearing a hijab. Her name is Fatima Manji and she has been with the station for four years. Was it appropriate for her to be on camera when there had been yet another shocking slaughter by a Muslim?

Was it done to stick one in the eye of the ordinary viewer who looks at the hijab as a sign of the slavery of Muslim women by a male- dominated and clearly violent religion?

So why did they do it?

With all the major terrorist outrages in the world currently being carried out by Muslims, I think the rest of us are reasonably entitled to have concerns about what is beating in their religious hearts. Who was in the studio representing our fears?

Questions upon questions. And like all good columnists, MacKenzie triggered a heated debate.

Manji called MacKenzie’s words “ill-informed, racist and Islamophobic”.

Ben De Pear, who edits the Channel 4 news show, said:

“Whilst we agree that freedom of expression is a fundamental right, we do not believe that it should be used as a licence to incite or discriminate. His inflammatory comments on Fatima Manji’s professional status, which were widely condemned, and his attempts to equate the wearing of a hijab with support for terrorism, have no place in a properly informed and tolerant society… We employ reporters based on their journalistic skills, not their ethnicity. We see no reason why a Muslim journalist should be prevented from covering any story and Fatima will continue to report and present the news on the issues of the day with impartiality and depth. We are grateful for all the support shown to Fatima during this difficult time.”

Difficult time? Really? (See those questions are catchy.) Channel 4 is hardly a fan of the Sun and its readers. Surely the broadcaster got some satisfaction from MacKenzie’s rant? Prejudices, you know, we do so love them when we can back them up with evidence. Manji did not like it. But Ipso has rejected her complaints.

“There can be no doubt that this was deeply offensive to the complainant and caused widespread concern and distress to others. This was demonstrated by the number of complaints IPSO received.

“The article was highly critical of Channel 4 for permitting a newsreader to wear the hijab. It also contained pejorative references to Islam. But the essential question for the committee was whether those references were directed at the complainant.

“Clause 12 seeks to protect individuals while respecting the fundamental right to freedom of expression enshrined in the preamble to the code.

“The article did refer to the complainant. But it did so to explain what triggered the discussion about a subject of legitimate debate: whether newsreaders should be allowed to wear religious symbols.

“While the columnist’s opinions were undoubtedly offensive to the complainant, and to others, these were views he had been entitled to express. The article did not include a prejudicial or pejorative reference to the complainant on the grounds of her religion.

“Clause 3 seeks to protect individuals from harassment. In the light of its findings under Clause 12, and given that the course of conduct complained of was the publication of a single article on a matter which, while sensitive, was the subject of legitimate public debate, the Committee took the view that it did not amount to harassment under Clause 3.

“The columnist’s view that Islam is ‘clearly a violent religion’ was a statement of his opinion. This view, however extreme or offensive to many, did not raise a breach of Clause 1.

“The suggestion that the complainant was a ‘pawn in this tv news game’ was clearly conjecture, and underlined that the author’s criticism was directed at Channel 4 and not at the individual newsreader. There was no breach of Clause 1.”

Kelvin MacKenzie and newspapers are still relevant after al these years. Who knew?

Posted: 19th, October 2016 | In: News, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Ched Evans lets the knowing elite give football a kicking

Ched Evans continues to excite the Press. In the Mirror, David Kidd writes beneath the headline “Ched Evans acted like a scumbag, but that’s no excuse for this systematic kicking football is getting.”

Kidd says mixing with lots of footballers has not left him with “the impression that they are a group of men who are contemptuous of women”. Adding that “footballers are easy scapegoats for an establishment dominated by inherited wealth and private schooling which dislikes their game.”

Ched Evans, a lowlife innocent of rape, no more epitomises the game any more than Jimmy Savile is a typical children’s entertainer. Evans represents himself only. So why does Kidd use him to support his own prejudices against those who went to fee-paying schools and are lucky enough to have well-off parents?

It’s not just toffs in positions of authority who, when not parading footballers as role models for inept and slack-jawed football fans, want to give footballers a good kicking.

When Chelsea fans prevented a black Frenchman from boarding a train in Paris, Nick Clegg told one and all, “I was so ashamed.” It is pretty much the only evidence we can find of Clegg expressing shame for anything.

Footballers and football fans behaving badly gives the elite what they want: someone to make them look good.

Giving football a shoeing is nothing new. In 1985 a Sunday Times editorial called it “a slum sport watched by slum people in slum stadiums”.

Of course, Clegg did go to public school. so let’s hear form someone who did not. Get this from Caitlin Moran in the Times, who in 2014 through Evans was forced to reconsider her belief in redemption:

Perhaps young, rich, fit, unrepentant men who have raped do need to see their lives reduced to ash – without prospect of forgiveness, employment or absolution – until the day they die. I’m starting to see the sense in choosing, say, a hundred rapists and making their lives publicly, endlessly awful – unrelentingly humiliating, without prospect of absolution. Of making them famous for being appalling; regarded as untouchable. So that men become terrified of raping, in the same way women are terrified of being raped. So that rapists spend their lives dealing with the night they raped in the same way women currently do.

Perhaps the only way society can be good – to progress; to change – is to stop believing in redemption for a while. Perhaps redemption does women no good at all.

One law for the rich footballer – who, it must be said, was unrepentant because he always maintained his innocence, something now on the law books as fact – and one law for all other kinds of criminals and crimes.

Posted: 19th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Tory MP: electrocution and dental X-rays are just part of being British

Teenagers are all over the tabloids. The Mirror leads with the 14 years olds who murdered a mother and her daughter. Katie Edwards, 13, and her mother Elizabeth Edwards were murdered by the 14-year-old girl and her boyfriend in Spalding, Lincolnshire. The children broke in and grabbed their victims in the next as they slept.

The other teenagers on the front pages are those trying to reach the UK for a better life. Some are older than they claim to be. So one Tory MP wants them to be X-rayed to see if their teeth are under age or over age. The Home Office says: “We do not use dental x-rays to confirm the ages of those seeking asylum in the UK. The British Dental Association has described them as inaccurate, inappropriate and unethical.”

And useless.

“We work closely with the French authorities and their partner agencies to ensure all those who come to the UK from the camps in Calais are eligible under the Dublin regulations.

“All individuals are referred to the UK authorities by the France Terre d’Asile [charity] and are then interviewed by French and UK officials. Where credible and clear documentary evidence of age is not available, criteria including physical appearance and demeanour are used as part of the interview process to assess age.”

Mr Davies reasons that refugees keen to reach the UK won’t mind being examined. “Someone who is willing to throw themselves on to an electrified rail line or jump into a moving lorry isn’t going to be terribly worried about having an x-ray,” he reasoned on BBC Radio 4 Today. He stopped short of suggesting electrocution and being run over should be part of the entry process.

“We must not be naive about this. It’s no good Lily Allen turning up with tears in her eyes and all the rest of it. We need to be quite hard-nosed here,” he added. “People are desperate, I understand that, and they will say what they need to say to get in. When I was in the camp in Calais there were caravans with notices on saying, ‘Come here, we will coach you in what to say to get into the UK’.”

Entrepreneurs are everywhere.

He adds: “People in Britain, I think, want to help children but we don’t want to be taken for a free ride either by people who seem to have got to the front of the queue even though they clearly look, in some cases, a lot older than 18.”

Forget dentists. Hire school bus drivers to appraise age. Some of those kids are massive.


Posted: 19th, October 2016 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The Ched Evans witch-hunt is entertaining housewives on Loose Women

The Daily Star leads with news that Ched Evans could take libel action against Gloria Hunniford and ITV after “she expressed doubt over striker’s not guilty rape verdict on Loose Women TV show”. “Ched to sue Loose women,” thunders the front-page headline.

Ched, reduced to one name like all top TV entertainers, is not a rapist. But his case is a talking point on daytime telly. The Mail notes:

The family of cleared footballer Ched Evans are set to engage lawyers to look at libel action against Gloria Hunniford and ITV following comments made on Monday’s Loose Women programme.


Chesterfield and Wales striker Evans, 27, was found not guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman at a hotel near Rhyl in 2011 at a Cardiff Crown Court retrial on Friday.

His age now is used against her age then. He was 22 then. Both were young adults. The Mirror does the same: “The 27-year-old was found not guilty of raping a woman, then 19, in a hotel room in Rhuddlan, North Wales, in May 2011, following a retrial.”

Back to the Mail:

However, 76-year-old Hunniford hit out at the former Manchester City and Sheffield United striker on the popular daytime show on Monday afternoon. Despite the not guilty verdict, Hunniford expressed doubt over the jury’s decision. She later added: ‘I wouldn’t send my grandchildren to him for sex education.’

Well, no. It’s unlikely he’d answer the door to them, let alone get out the whiteboard and ask Gloria’s grandkids to take notes as he pontificated on fidelity, honesty, love, reproduction, and consensual sex. Ched Evans will have to look elsewhere for a celebrity to endorse his sex ed classes.

The Mail adds:

Hunniford may not be alone should lawyers decide to take action, with Evans’s representatives considering launching proceedings against a number of parties including Sheffield United, who released the player when he was originally convicted of the offence in 2012, and Brabners, who represented him at his original trial.

Father-of-one Evans served half of a five-year prison sentence. He had always protested his innocence and a retrial was ordered by the Court of Appeal earlier this year. A spokesman for ITV’s Loose Women said: ‘We’ve received a complaint from the father of Ched Evans’ partner, to which we are responding.’

Ched Evans is innocent.

Allison Parson writes in the Telegraph:

An online feminist lynch mob – and even Gloria Hunniford on ITV’s Loose Women – have chosen to ignore that decision, with possible libel actions to follow. They seem to think that “not guilty” doesn’t mean that Evans, who served two and a half years in jail, is off the hook, despite what the Court of Appeal says. Right. I mean, what would they know?

Expect to hear lots more about this.


Posted: 19th, October 2016 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Child refugees taught to fear the dentist

How can you tell a migrant’s age? The tabloids lead with faces of child refugees heading to the UK. “THE ‘CHILD REFUGEES’ DEBATE” is the Mail’s lead story. You can tell the paper has suspicions about the age of these children because it uses inverted commas to cast doubt on their status.


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Over pages 4 and 5, we see men – only men – “Mature Beyond Their Years”. One child migrant has the “features of a 38 year old”. No, not a 38-year reality TV star – rather one with crows’ feet around his eyes and skin that moves. This 18-year-old from sunny and bucolic Afghanistan “says he has an older brother living in the UK”. So says an unnamed “source”, who claims to have access to such information, although apparently not the authority to check the child’s/man’s claims.

The Mail says two thirds of child migrants “quizzed” about their age were fund to be adults. Yeah, who knew that people desperate enough to look for a new life in the UK could lie about their ages? Shock of shocks, indeed.

As Tim Worstall notes:

Many will read that as two thirds of so called child refugees are not children. No. Two thirds of those that officials suspected were not children, and thus investigated, were found to be adults.



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So how do well tell a person’s age?

David Davies, the MP for Monmouth (not to be confused with “Brexit” secretary David Davis, says the Indy) says: “I hope British hospitality is not being abused”. He wants migrants to have their teeth checked to determine their ages. If teeth are covered in a film of Coca Cola, they belong to a child. If shards of butterscotch are stuck to their stumps, they are adults. Simple.

CAUTION: If the kids have black teeth full of holes, they are most likely British children and unless Afghanistan wants them, should be allowed to remain.


Posted: 19th, October 2016 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Ched Evans: The Guardian ignores the facts in favour of an agenda

As the Sun vies for the woman’s story, the Guardian continues to focus on Ched Evans, a man jailed and vilified for a crime he did not commit. A depraved young man? Yes. A criminal? No. The Guardian’s Opinion column tells readers:

The verdict of a jury last Friday that found Ched Evans not guilty of rape appears to be a devastating setback for justice for rape victims. The footballer admits that he had sex with a woman he barely knew, who was drunk, and to whom he addressed not a word. He was convicted by the first jury to try him in 2011. But at his retrial, the jury decided they could not be certain that the woman had not consented, a verdict they reached after they had heard evidence that she had behaved in a similar manner with two other men at around the same time.

You could stop reading right there. She was not a rape victim. The jury heard the evidence, we did not. But let’s read on. And see if you can spot any prejudice at work.

Everything about this case stinks.

Yes. Everything about this ugly case is desperately awful.

A rich young man who on his own admission behaved in a way that most people would find unacceptable is found not guilty, while his victim, a young woman who was only 19 at the time, has had to move house five times, change her identity twice after Twitter trolls outed her on social media, and now has her alleged sexual history spread over the tabloids.

On small thing: he went to prison for over two years, having been sentenced to five years inside and getting out early for good behaviour.

The Guardian fails to mention that.

Second big thing: she was not his victim. He did not rape her.

As for unacceptable behaviour, this was rape. We can all agree, that rape is a hideous thing to be accused of. He was not charged with unacceptable behaviour. It was rape. Put that against your name and see how it looks on CVs, obituaries and family albums.

As for his wealth, would it have matted less if the women had been rich, or if he’d have been poor? What did cash have to do with it? The Guardian’s round-up smells of prejudice. And wasn’t he young at the time of that awful night, too, “only” 22 years old.

It is true that not all the evidence that Mr Evans’ legal team finally won on was available at the first trial.

In a criminal case evidence matters. And if he only “finally” won when all the evidence was in, wasn’t he unfairly jailed when it wasn’t? Why not mention that?

A subsequent appeal against conviction was dismissed. Only after a new legal team was employed was the original evidence reconsidered and the witnesses re-interviewed. A new defence was presented to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. The court of appeal considered the new evidence and decided that it met the condition of “similar fact”: that meant there could be a retrial, and the new evidence of sexual behaviour could be introduced. Explaining her reasons, Lady Justice Hallett admitted she did so with “a considerable degree of hesitation”.

And there’s another miss in the Guardian’s monocular round-up. His conviction was quashed.


Posted: 18th, October 2016 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The myth of racism in football and a need to trial The Rooney Rule

The Daily Mirror’s headline is unequivocal: former Manchester United and Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke is a victim of racism. The headline states: “YORKE: I’m Being Held Back By Racism.”


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To further drum the point home, the Mirror adds: “Wannabe manager Dwight Yorke insists racism is stopping him even getting INTERVIEWS for jobs.”

The story begins:

“You keep hitting a wall, keep constantly not getting anywhere” says ex-Man United star who has the coaching badges but cannot get his foot in the door

That’s a pretty big claim. Football is just about the least racist industry in the UK – a quarter of Premier League playing staff are black. Why should Yorke, discovered by the then Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor on a tour of the West Indies in 1989, think racism is stopping his career?

The Mirror is adamant:

Ex-Manchester United striker Yorke insists racism in football has stopped him and other retired stars breaking into management.

Only racism has prevent Yorke from becoming a manager? No. Reading on we get a qualifier:

He says he has completed his coaching badges but is convinced his colour has played a part in stopping him from building a career in England.

The Mirror did not get the story. It is repackaging Yorke’s words to beIN Sports, in which he said:

“I’m still looking to get in. I’ve done all the coaching badges at St George’s and the one thing I find very difficult, let alone get a job, is to even get an interview. I’m finding it very, very difficult at the moment. Yes, you are doing all your coaching, all your badges, but then when it comes to getting a job, you are not even getting an interview. It’s all about who you know as well, that has to play a role. Despite all my experience of being a player, I’ve never had the experience of being a manager which is a different concept from being a coach.”

So a lack of experience and not knowing the right people are factors in his failure to secure a managerial job.

BeIn Sports not Yorke brought up race. Yorke responded:

When asked whether it was down to his lack of managerial experience or his colour, Yorke replied: “I think there’s a bit of both there. I genuinely think there’s a bit of both. It’s often been discussed, no-one has really taken it up, but I do have a tendency when I speak to everybody, certainly black players who are trying to break into managerial department are coming up against the same concept because of your race.”

There are no black managers in the Premier League. There are, however, many foreign-born managers. Only six of the current crop are British.

Yorke adds:

“You keep constantly hitting a wall, keep constantly not getting anywhere and even with all the noises that I’ve made, I’ve even tried to get in at Villa at this point. What I’m saying is that it would have been nice to just have your thoughts heard.

“OK, maybe you will never get a chance to be a manager but it would be nice to go in there, present yourself, get to know that person and [have them] say, ‘OK, Dwight, we like your concept, but you’re not experienced enough. Go away and do this or do that.'”

It’s hard to comment on York’s efforts to get a managerial job without knowing to which clubs he’s applied. Were Villa ever likely to take on an ex-player with no managerial track record to be their figurehead?

The Indy twists Yorke’s words a little to deliver the headline:

Dwight Yorke says being black is stopping him becoming a manager after missing out on Aston Villa job

To link Aston Villa with racism is absurd and unfair. And it wasn’t simply missing out on the Villa job that shaped his thoughts.

The Indy adds:

Ryan Giggs does not have a large managerial history to fall back on though, and the fact that he was installed as the bookmakers’ favourite for the Swansea job when Francesco Guidolin was sacked does support Yorke’s argument, given he has not been able to secure an interview at clubs in the lower tiers of English football.

Again that’s absurd, too. Giggs didn’t get that job. He tried and failed. Swansea appointed a foreigner. The bookies made Giggs the favourite because, well, he’s Welsh. What other reason was there? Swansea is owned by Americans – and they appointed one of their own. Gary Neville scored his first managerial job at Valencia on the strength of coaching a poor England side and being mates with the Spanish club’s owner.

Worse than that is the hype that misrepresents Yorke, who was circumspect and measured in his words. The tabloid twist makes for sensation. Rather than investigating racism in football’s boardrooms, they could look at racism on what passes for Fleet Street. See any top-flight editors, chairmen of the board, managing editors, new editors and so on?

But Yorke’s views do make us wonder why with so many black players there are so few notable black managers?

Former player turned media pundit Jason Roberts said it was due to “unconscious bias” at best or “possibly racism” at worst.

Cyrille Regis opined: “As a player, it’s tangible. You can hear the racist chants, you can see the bananas on the pitch and you can react to it, but when you are going for jobs and interviews and putting your CVs in, you can’t really tell somebody’s heart where they’re coming from, what prejudices they have inside of them.”

The football league is looking to introduce The Rooney Rule:

The ‘Rooney Rule’ was established in 2003 and named after Dan Rooney, the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the chairman of the NFL’s diversity committee. It requires NFL teams to interview at least one black or ethnic minority candidate for head coaching and senior football operation opportunities that become available, as part of a transparent and open recruitment process

Brian Collins noted in the New York Law Review: “A decision-maker harbouring unconscious bias is forced to confront his own partiality by meeting face-to-face with a candidate he might never have considered.”

Time to help black managers and would-be black managers – and with it encourage more black faces to consider a role in management.

Posted: 18th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Cliff Richard and Rod Stewart unite to give the Savile-spiking BBC a kicking

After the televised witch-hunt, Sir Cliff Richard has come out fighting. Angered and upset by the BBC’s antics in filming a raid on his home in August 2014, Cliff is suing Aunty for £1m. You will recall how the BBC saw fit to scramble the newscopter to broadcast live footage of South Yorkshire police raiding the singer’s home in a sex abuse investigation.

The police and BBC have form with this high-profile shaming.  In 2013, comic Jim Davidson was arrested at Heathrow airport on the eve of filming Celebrity Big Brother. He was flying into the country not out of it when police pounced. They could have waited and nicked Davidson at his home. But the cameras were there and the police fancied a spot of PR. So Davidson was put in the stocks and paraded for our pleasure and reassurance. Operation Yewtree was here to help.

Hang the fact that allegations against an innocent Davidson had nothing to do with Jimmy Savile and child abuse. The Celebrity Police Force had a new old face. They never even charged him.

So to Sir Cliff. After the raid and 22 months of investigating claims made against the singer, the police dropped it. Again, no arrest made.

You might wonder how the BBC knew Cliff was under investigation and his home was to be raided? How they were there at the exact time the police swooped?

Cast your minds back further and recall how the BBC spiked its story on Sir Jimmy Savile but saw fit to broadcast allegations against former Tory party chairman Lord AcAlpine. The BBC was forced to apologise to the innocent Lord and pay him £185,000 libel damages. Savile went to his grave a hero. It was only later he was dug up and beaten with sticks.

He’s rarely on the telly these day, Although the BBC News at Six saw fit to broadcast footage of the depraved knight of the realm with – yep – Sir Cliff. A report on Dame Janet Smith’s investigation into sex abuse at the corporation featured tape of Savile’s voice saying Cliff Richard’s name.

The BBC and police are damaged.

This is why so many take pleasure in micturating on investigations into historic sex abuse and VIP paedophiles.

A judge will put a number on the damage inflicted on Sir Cliff’s good name.

And Rod Stewart’s is here to help. “Pay attention please, Cliff. You’ve been persecuted, mate, and we all know it,” said Rod at a charity event he and Cliff were performing at. “We are one hundred million per cent behind you. You sue those b*******  – I’ll give you half.”

Heads will roll.

Posted: 17th, October 2016 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Bank-robber daughter tricked dad into being her getaway driver

Other Parents spots this story from Florida. When Chelsea Wilson, 24, was arrested in connection with a bank robbery in Fort Lauderdale, she told the teller: “You have exactly one minute to give me all your $50 & $100 bills from both your drawers or I will shoot you! No dye packs, no alarms follow these instructions and no one will get hurt, act normal.”


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Wilson then walked off with $300 in cash and got into a waiting car -a vehicle registered to Wilson’s father, who was in the driver’s seat.

“I drove her to a job interview and waited for her to return,” said dad. “I thought the cash was advance payment for her job.”

Wilson has admitted to robbing the TD Bank branch and the three other banks, presumably in her role as security assessor.


Posted: 17th, October 2016 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Ben Needham: excavations end, forensics take over and speculation is rife

The latest hunt for Ben Needham has ended. Police have stopped excavating work ends on the Greek island of Kos. Ben vanished on 24 July 1991. He was 21 months old.

British police have sent “items of interest” to forensics in the UK. The Times says there are 60 such items.

Det Insp John Cousins, who is leading the investigation, tells media:

“I’ve got the confidence that we have done exactly what we can, given the plans we had before we came out here so that I can give an answer, whatever that might be, to Ben’s family… It has been a difficult job, the conditions have been extremely hot and very dusty and they are long hours they have been working.”

The BBC report end with one fact and one theory;

Ben vanished from a farmhouse, which his grandfather was renovating, in the village of Iraklis.

Officers are working on the theory that Konstantinos Barkas, who died of cancer in 2015, might be responsible for Ben’s death.

The BBC keeps things open. Sky News has a more precise guess:

Ben may have died on the day he disappeared, run over by a local digger driver, who was clearing land near the spot where the toddler had been playing.

After the guesswork, the speculation:

If nothing significant has been recovered, it will be a bitter disappointment for the Needham family…

But the prize for reporting goes to the Star:


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Ben Needham dig called off as family told missing tot will ‘NEVER be found’

Is that what a cop said?

The Star has read the words of one Greek officer in the Mail:

“The British police will never find anything. We thoroughly investigated all the areas that the British investigators are searching now at the time and nothing was found. We examined all scenarios of the disappearance of the young English boy and a full report of our findings was compiled and sent to police HQ consistent with an allegation of the abduction of a minor. The investigation and the whole saga continues because the British have provided the money. But the whole operation is futile.”

Such are the facts.

Posted: 16th, October 2016 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The Ched Evens interview: the role model explains everything

Sat with his fiancée, Natasha Massey, and two dogs, footballer Ched Evans – not a rapist – talks to the Sunday Times about his ordeal.

He says:

“This has never been about me as a footballer but [about me] as a person, a human being. A father who wants to take his son to the park knowing that no one can look at me and say, ‘He’s a rapist.’ That’s why I wasn’t going to stop until I was proven innocent. From the first day, I would have agreed never to kick another ball in return for people accepting I was not a rapist.”

But to many it was about his role as footballer. Why else was the news on the front pages? One line stuck. Evans told police: “We could have had any girl we wanted … We’re footballers.”

The woman?

“I have got mixed emotions really. The fact is I cannot say she has ever accused me of rape. She hasn’t. She went to the police, believing her bag had been stolen. When me and Clayton got arrested [Clayton McDonald] we told the truth straight away and still to this day five years on she has never claimed that she had been raped.

“My belief is that it got put to her that she had been raped by two footballers. But my feelings towards the girl involved is that I can’t actually say I am angry, because – if she genuinely doesn’t remember – it doesn’t mean that we raped her. It doesn’t mean she didn’t consent. It just means that she can’t remember.

“I’d be lying if I said I feel some hatred towards her. I don’t. It would probably be more [correct] to say I feel sorry for her because of what she has been put through.”

The sex?

‘I have gone in the room and at the time Clay is having sex with the woman. As soon as I walked in, and I will never forget this, the door bangs behind me and they have both looked at me…

“It escalated into sex and as soon as I did that, I started to think, Tash [girlfriend Natasha] was coming up the next day and I’d better get home because I couldn’t have explained why I’d stayed in the hotel. Clay decided to come with me and he stayed at my house.”

The lover?

“Tasha’s life would have been easier if she just cut all ties with me the moment I told her I cheated on her. She knows me, she knows I wouldn’t commit a crime like that. She didn’t stay with me for money, that’s for sure… My behaviour that night was totally unacceptable but it wasn’t a crime.”

Evans has also been talking to the Mail on Sunday.

Ched the activist?

“I was young at the time and I was stupid and I wasn’t aware of the situations you could potentially find yourself in that would land you in trouble. I have never been taught about anything like that. You get your gambling and drinking training but nothing else on top of that. In this day and age people need educating on alcohol and consent.

“I read somewhere you would have to get signed consent. That wouldn’t be realistic but someone needs to come up with something. The best thing is just to be educated. And when they are drunk to think twice about it. How would it look in a court of law?”

This was big news because footballers are portrayed as scum. When you have one whose depravity is manifest, he gives lie to the top-down use of footballers as “role models”. Evans appears to have fallen into the trap of believing the hype. The Guardian notes: “Footballer acquitted this week of raping waitress says he wants to speak to young players about risks they face.”

No. Young footballers can speak with their mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters. Thanks but no thanks, Ched. Save it for your book.

Ched Evans is not a criminal. That much is fact. Why the police and CPS pursued him and sought his conviction is debatable.


Posted: 16th, October 2016 | In: Broadsheets, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Dame Shami Chakarbarti was wrong: MPs say Labour is a haven for anti-Semites

We know there is no anti-semitism in Labour because Jeremy Corbyn commissioned an investigation led by Shami Chakrabarti, and she found only a “minority hateful or ignorant attitudes and behaviours”.

Hatred of Jews was bundled in with all other forms of racism. Chakrabarti has since become a Labour peer and shadow attorney general. As Nick Cohen muses: “Can’t think of anyone who has destroyed her good name as thoroughly as Shami Chakrabati has? Paying for peerage would’ve been less shameful.”

Today a committee of MPs says there is anti-Semitism in Labour. The Home Affairs Select Committee says Corbyn has failed to display “consistent leadership”. Corbyn’s acquiescence to bigots has aided the spread of “vile attitudes” towards Jewish people.

But isn’t Corbyn just the head of a group that do the same, a representative of the liberals who turn a blind eye to anti-Semitism, who consider disliking Jews an acceptable part of normal, polite dinner-party chatter? The enlightened don’t like Jews. So what?

Corbyn’s Labour Party has “consistently and effectively to deal with anti-Semitic incidents in recent years risks lending force to allegations that elements of the Labour movement are institutionally anti-Semitic”, says the MPs’ report.

Are they right? The Anti-Semitism in the UK report says (via the BBC):

Labour MP Luciana Berger received more than 2,500 abusive tweets in three days in 2014

Since walking out of the launch of a report on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, the Jewish Labour MP Ruth Smeeth has reported more than 25,000 incidents of abuse

Police-recorded anti-Semitic hate crime in England and some parts of Wales increased by 29% between 2010 and 2015, compared with a 9% increase across all hate crime categories

A fifth of British Jewish people responding to an Institute for Jewish Policy Research study had experienced at least one anti-Semitic harassment incident during the last year, with 68% of incidents taking place online

What says Corbyn?

“The report’s political framing and disproportionate emphasis on Labour risks undermining the positive and welcome recommendations made in it.

“Although the committee heard evidence that 75% of anti-Semitic incidents come from far-right sources and the report states there is no reliable evidence to suggest anti-Semitism is greater in Labour than other parties, much of the report focuses on the Labour Party…

“Under my leadership, Labour has taken greater action against anti-Semitism than any other party, and will implement the measures recommended by the Chakrabarti report to ensure Labour is a welcoming environment for members of all our communities.”

The committee says:

“Clearly, the Labour leader is not directly responsible for abuse committed in his name, but we believe that his lack of consistent leadership on this issue, and his reluctance to separate anti-Semitism from other forms of racism, has created what some have referred to as a ‘safe space’ for those with vile attitudes towards Jewish people… The result is that the Labour Party, with its proud history of fighting racism and promoting equal rights, is seen by some as an unwelcoming place for Jewish members and activists.”

And on Dame Shami, the MPs say:

The promotion of the human rights activist Shami Chakarbarti to Labour lawmaker shortly after she penned a report clearing Labour of institutional anti-Semitism has “thrown into question her claims (and those of Mr Corbyn) that her inquiry was truly independent,” read the Home Affairs Committee report.

The Telegraph is scathing:

Taking a peerage undermined the integrity of her own inquiry into racism in the Labour Party. She was ennobled after her recommendations absolved Jeremy Corbyn of any responsibility. The report acknowledges Mr Corbyn’s history of campaigning against racism but condemns his inability to recognise the unique nature of post-war anti-Semitism. In recent years, anti-Semitism has operated under the cover of anti-Zionism, to the point that denial of the right of Israel to exist can be a way of articulating hatred for Jewish people. The report concludes that failure to see this and to take action has helped create a “safe space” for anti-Semites in Labour.

By way of final word, Labour List quotes Corbyn:

“Commissioning Chakrabarti was an unprecedented step for a political party, demonstrating Labour’s commitment to fight against antisemitism.”

Demonstration over.

Such are the facts.

Posted: 16th, October 2016 | In: News, Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

When Hillary Clinton spread ‘negative’ news about Obama being a Muslim

Hillary Clinton has to do nothing to win the US Presidential race to the bottom. The media are obsessed with reality TV creation Donald Trump and accusations that he molested women. But what about those leaked emails, the ones WikiLeaks has published about Clinton?

First a few words about the sex. Jonah Goldberg is impressed by the double standards: “I honestly can’t get my head around the fact that Hillary Clinton’s closing ‘argument’ in this election is sexual harassment. Bill Clinton’s lifelong enabler has managed to turn this topic into a deadly weapon against a Republican nominee. This is like Godzilla turning public safety into a winning issue in the Tokyo mayoral race.”

And now for those emails on Hillary’s secret server that got wiped – whoops!

Kimberley Strassel writes in the Wall Street Journal:

Start with a June 2015 email to Clinton staffers from Erika Rottenberg, the former general counsel of LinkedIn. Ms. Rottenberg wrote that none of the attorneys in her circle of friends “can understand how it was viewed as ok/secure/appropriate to use a private server for secure documents AND why further Hillary took it upon herself to review them and delete documents.” She added: “It smacks of acting above the law and it smacks of the type of thing I’ve either gotten discovery sanctions for, fired people for, etc.”

Clinton staffers debated how to evade a congressional subpoena of Mrs. Clinton’s emails—three weeks before a technician deleted them. The campaign later employed a focus group to see if it could fool Americans into thinking the email scandal was part of the Benghazi investigation (they are separate) and lay it all off as a Republican plot.

…Worse, Mrs. Clinton’s State Department, as documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show, took special care of donors to the Clinton Foundation. In a series of 2010 emails, a senior aide to Mrs. Clinton asked a foundation official to let her know which groups offering assistance with the Haitian earthquake relief were “FOB” (Friends of Bill) or “WJC VIPs” (William Jefferson Clinton VIPs). Those who made the cut appear to have been teed up for contracts. Those who weren’t? Routed to a standard government website.

But the big bangs are to do with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. In 2008 Hillary was vying with Obama to be the Democrat Party’s presidential nominee. Her team produced a list of “negatives” to attack her rival.

One of these “negatives” as  to accuse Obama of being a Muslim.


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CNN explains it away:

According to Tom Matzzie and Paul Begala, two Democratic consultants advising the 2008 polling effort by Progressive Media USA, it was simply an effort to test Obama’s vulnerabilities in a potential general election against John McCain.

Begala and Matzzie told CNN that the group also tested arguments against Clinton, a claim that is backed up by a separate hacked email available on WikiLeaks as Document ID 2187.

“This is Campaigning 101,” said Matzzie, an Obama supporter in 2008 who was the president and executive director of Progressive Media USA. “You test the vulnerabilities of your candidate — something (Republicans) should have done for Donald Trump.”

But Obama and Clinton were rivals, right?

And in another leak, Hillary apparently said:

The main reason behind successful immigration should be painfully obvious to even the most dimwitted of observers: Some groups of people are almost always highly successful given only half a chance (Jews*, Hindus/Sikhs and Chinese people, for example), while others (Muslims, blacks** and Roma***, for instance) fare badly almost irrespective of circumstances.


What did Hillary Clinton say at the last debate? Oh, yes: “They they go low, you go high.” But not as high as Obama, allegedly.

Posted: 15th, October 2016 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Ched Evans: The witch-hunt continues

Former Sheffield untied footballer Ched Evans is innocent. You might not like him. You might think him a scumbag, a low-life or hard done by. But one thing he is not is a rapist. A conviction for rape was quashed on appeal. A retrial found him not guilty. End of. What might have been a typical night out has damaged lives.

So how do you report on the Evan’s acquittal?

The Star goes for his apology and crying.


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The Sun goes for his balls.

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An innocent man – one guilty of committing no crime – is branded “GUILTY” on the front page.

Is this part of a ploy to woo the woman Evans was accused of raping? She is now able to sell her story. The Sun would surely buy it.

The paper follows an attack on him with another story about idiots on Twitter who rush to judgement.

‘A DIRTY LITTLE B****’ Ched Evans’ supporters troll his accuser as footballer is found not guilty of rape

THE teen waitress who accused Ched Evans of raping her in a hotel room has been viciously trolled on Twitter in the wake of his not guilty verdict. The woman – who cannot be named – was subjected to a barrage of online abuse after Evans was sensationally cleared of rape this afternoon.

Her life has been damaged. She has a new identity and has “moved far from her North Wales home”. Do not name her. It is a criminal offence to do so.

The Sun picks out a few quotes from bleeding hearts in the Twitter mob who want the woman to suffer more.

One wrote: “Hope the stupid s*** who is guilty for getting for getting Ched Evans sent to prison and ruining his life gets named and shamed for life ruined.” Another added: “Poor Ched Evans. The girl who accused him of rape should be locked up. She basically ended his career that piece of s**t.”

The case against Evans was approved by Crown Prosecution Service. Their task was to prove guilt beyond any reasonable doubt. They failed.

In the Daily Mirror, Alison Phillips writes: “What woman in her right mind would go to the police this morning if she were raped last night after too much to drink? I wouldn’t.”

Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Wales Ed Beltrami says:

“We respect the decision of the jury today. This case hinged on the issue of sexual consent – that someone consents if they agree by choice and have the freedom and capacity to make that choice. Being drunk does not mean a person relinquishes their right to consent, that they are to blame for being attacked or that they were ‘fair game’.”

The trial judge words should be noted. Ms Justice Nicola Davies instructed the jury:

“Your decision must be made calmly, objectively and without emotion. You are not here to judge the morals of any person in this case and this includes the complainant and the defendant. You are to try this case on the evidence you hear in this court in this trial and nothing else.”

She directed the jurors to consider three questions:

Question 1:

Are you sure that when the defendant intentionally penetrated the vagina of the complainant she did not consent to it? If you are sure that she did not consent, go to question two. If you conclude that she did consent or may have consented your verdict is NOT GUILTY.

Question 2:

Are you sure that the defendant did NOT genuinely believe that the complainant consented? If you are sure that the defendant did not believe the complainant was consenting, your verdict is GUILTY.

If you conclude the defendant did believe or may have believed that the complainant was consenting go to question three.

Question 3:

Are you sure that the defendant’s belief in the complainant’s consent was unreasonable? If you are sure it was not a reasonably held belief then your verdict is GUILTY. If you conclude that it was or may have been a reasonably held belief then your verdict is NOT GUILTY.

Matt Dickinson nots in the Times: “Just because it isn’t rape, doesn’t mean it isn’t misogynistic and nasty.”

In the Telegraph, we read: “‘Team Ched’ show just how sick football culture in Britain is.”

The established facts of what happened at the Premier Inn near Rhyl on the night of May 30, 2011, are sordid enough: Evans lied, as he admitted in court, to obtain the key that gained access to the bedroom, did not speak to the young woman before, during or after sex, then left the hotel by a fire exit…

As for the impression of contrition, forget it. His statement on Friday that he “wholeheartedly apologised to anyone who might have been affected by the events of the night in question” does not square with the fact that he has stood by while a website has published horrendous character assassinations of the woman concerned. Her life, to a greater extent even than his, has been ruined. If a man such as Evans is now to be made a martyr, then the culture of football in Britain truly is sicker than we thought.

The Indy has more:

Robert Brown, a partner at Corkerbinning, told The Independent: “In a jury trial, as in this case, it is for the prosecution to persuade the jury beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty.

“The verdict means that a particular jury was not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt of [Mr Evan’s] guilt. It is not the same as saying the woman has lied.

“Saying she should be prosecuted for perverting the course of justice is a complete non sequitur. The Crown Prosecution Service could prosecute her if there’s evidence she was deliberately lying, but there is no evidence of that.

“The fact that the jury don’t give any motive for their decision is one of the reasons why you cannot say this woman should be prosecuted. “Because it may be that the evidence from the woman was not the deciding factor in the case.”

Do you believe in the rule of law? Do you believe a person is innocent until proven otherwise? If you do, you can read about Ched Evans and move on. If not, you can continue to use an ugly story to support your own pet theories, businesses, causes and prejudices. You can join in the witch-hunt.


Posted: 15th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, News, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Liverpool move to lower footballers’ obscene wages

Liverpool are keen to prevent the “too much, too young” culture that infects professional football by bringing a wage cap for younger players.

The Telegraph says Liverpool will not allow a footballer age 17 or under to earn more than £40,000 in their first season as a professional.

Too often players go off the rails when they are given the financial power that comes with being a professional footballer, and Liverpool are looking to try and reduce the risk of young and talented players going to waste.

The youngsters will be allowed to boost their salaries with performance-related bonuses and breaking into Under-23 and senior sides.

Is 40k too low? Too high? In 2016 the Daily Mail reported the average wages paid in British football.

Last season, first-team average salaries were around £1.7million a year

Average basic pay in the Championship was £324,250 per player per year

Figure dropped to £69,500 in League One and £40,350 in League Two

Would you prefer to earn £40,000 playing for Liverpool youth sides or the Plymouth Argyle first team in League Two?Should wages be more performance-related?

In 1960, Jimmy Hill was embarked on in his campaign to abolish the Football League’s maximum wage which stood then at just £20 a week. Hill won.  A wage bill from August 17, 1960, shows that Liverpool’s Roger Hunt took home £22 after bonuses, tax and insurance. He’d go on to be part of the England team that won the World Cup in 1966. What would he earn in these post-Bosman times?

In The Football Man, Arthur Hopcraft says such wages were “derisive in comparison with what could be earned by entertainers performing in front of much smaller audiences in, say, the theatre or cabaret… [and] small beer to what could be earned on the production lines of the country’s post-war, streamlined factories.”

Nowadays players earn a fortune. In 2009, Premier League clubs spent £1.2 billion on players’ wages in 2007-08, so passing he billion mark for the first time.

The game is rich with TV cash and owners’ money. But if the players don’t get the cash, who will? Will club owners use it to reduce ticket prices or pay dividends to shareholders?

Oliver Kay writes:

It is obscene, obviously, but it would be more obscene to see the money generated by the Premier League — whether through television, sponsorship or ticket sales — simply sit on the balance sheet as profits go up and up. Football clubs do not exist to make profit. They exist to give something back to communities. Unless the clubs’ intention is to give more and more back to the grassroots, which sadly seems unlikely, then it would be indecent to suggest that the benefit of this latest television deal would not be felt by the players.

He’s right. Footballers can get paid very well. But so do many other workers, top talents in their fields. Do we know what others earn a week, like TV’s Ant and Dec or a soap opera actor? Why do footballer always have their wages discussed in terms of what they earn a week?

Simon Barnes:

The first thought on hearing a player’s weekly earnings is to measure it against your annual salary: why, that little bastard makes more in a week than I do in a year.

The second reason is snobbery. Wherever there is an anomaly in British life, check out snobbery before anything else. The wages of working men — rough types from the working class, you must have heard of them — have always been calculated in weeks.

He notes that the wages are paid by us, the fans who buy the TV packages, tickets and tat.

What do we get from all this money? Not much. Only beauty. Only incomparable skill. Only great bravura performances of mental and physical strife. Only individual and corporate levels of brilliance and defiance. Only the chance to identify with such people, to revel in the fact that they belong to us, that we are part of them and they are part of us.

Only the opportunity to watch as the myths and legends of our times are forged before us. Only the chance to participate in great dramas of will against will, skill against skill. Only anguish, only elation, only inconceivable joy, only the chance to taste despair without any actual suffering. Only the chance to drink down Life in great big gulps.

Do young footballers get too much too soon? Yes. Some do. But we enable them to get it. We invest in them because unlike most of us, these tyros have a chance to shine at something many of us would pay to do.

Posted: 14th, October 2016 | In: Liverpool, Manchester City, Money, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Ched Evans: not guilty of hotel rape

The verdict is in and Ched Evans, 27, is innocent. The former Sheffield United striker did not rape a woman at Premier Inn in Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, on 30 May 2011.

In 2012, Evans was found guilty of rape at Caernarfon Crown Court. In April 2015 that conviction was erased.

A statement is read aloud:

“In the early hours of 30 May 2011, an incident occurred in north Wales that was to change my life and the lives of others forever. That incident did not involve the commission of a criminal offence and today I am overwhelmed with relief that the jury agreed. I would like to thank my legal team… for their tireless efforts upon my behalf.

“Thanks go, too, to my friends and family; most notably my fiancee, Natasha, who chose, perhaps incredibly, to support me in my darkest hour. Whilst my innocence has now been established, I wish to make it clear that I wholeheartedly apologise to anyone who might have been affected by the events of the night in question.”

And the other party – the woman? Do not name her. She has lifelong anonymity. Supt Jo Williams from North Wales Police warns: “People need to be aware that they could find themselves being arrested and prosecuted. This was done previously, people were prosecuted and heavily fined.”

Now read:

Ched Evans: A Tale Of Love, PR And A Victim Who Wants To Forget

The Persecution of Ched Evans: slum player in Hillsborough ‘fury’


Posted: 14th, October 2016 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Wonder Woman is your new UN women’s champion

Wonder Woman has been awarded the role of honorary UN ambassador, promoting women’s empowerment and preventing domestic violence through, smiling and bullet-repelling bracelets.

Wonder Woman promises to nail, punch in the throat and re-educate 2D women-haters the world over.


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Says one real woman: “KAPOW!”

Posted: 14th, October 2016 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Pixelating faces to protect the underage and women in burqas

To pixelate or not to pixelate? That’s the question editors have to face when publishing news items featuring minors in criminal matters. The Telegraph, for instance, fell foul of the new IPSO Press watchdog when it published a Facebook picture of footballer Adam Johnson’s underage victim. The paper had taken care to alter her face but left her hair, pose and clothing unchanged.

It is an offence under the Sexual Offences Act to identify any alleged victim of a sexual offence unless that person has waived their right to lifelong anonymity. The press is prohibited from publishing any details that might lead to identification.

The Telegraph Media Group was fined £80,000 and ordered to pay the teenager £10,000 in compensation. That followed an earlier fine for the Sun, which had used the same picture, although it had taken great care that, in the judge’s words, “no facial features [were] identifiable from the photo, the hair colour has been disguised, the hair length has been changed, and the background to the photograph has been altered and indeed there have been other changes relating to, for example, clothing”. The paper was fined £1,300 costs and paid £1,000 in compensation to the girl for any distress caused.

So to Sydney, where two local teenagers have been arrested for allegedly preparing a terrorist attack. As Tim Blair says, “It’s against the law to identify charged children, which also means we can’t identify older relatives in case that leads to the children becoming known by association.”

One of the teenager’s mothers appeared in the Daily Telegraph. Dressed in a full burqa, the Daily Telegraph published her image unaltered. But Fairfax media erred on the side of caution and pixelated her eyes:

pixelated face court Muslim

The case continues.

Posted: 14th, October 2016 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Donald Trump branded a peado pervert, Bill Clinton a ‘rapist’ and Hillary an immigrant deporting divider

Donald Trump is mired in sex stories.The Telegraph says Trump is the subject for “sexual assault allegations”. These are “claims made by women against the Republican presidential nominee”.

Trump has not been accused of rape. Others have been  such as Bill Clinton, aka Mr Hillary Clinton.

Roll up voters and tell the world which sexist old man do you dislike the most.

The latest accusation levelled at Trump appears in the The New York TimesJessica Leeds alleged on camera thatMr Trump “grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt in the first class cabin on a flight to New York in or around 1980”. Rachel Crooks alleges Trump “kissed me directly on the mouth” in 2005 outside the elevator in Trump Tower in Manhattan. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that,” she says.

The New York Daily News adds that Trump the “perv” “had eyes for a 10 year old girl”.


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Trump is a peado?

Donald Trump, exposed Wednesday as an alleged serial groper, once said he’d spotted his future girlfriend on an escalator — when she was only 10.

He was older:

The would-be sexist-in-chief made the stomach-turning joke in 1992 when “Entertainment Tonight” taped a Christmas special in Trump Tower. Trump, then 46, makes a brief appearance and asks a group of 10-year-old girls if they’re going to take the escalator, according to the footage, reported by CBS News Wednesday. One girl pipes up with a happy “Yes!”

“I’m going to be dating her in 10 years,” Trump leers. “Can you believe it?”

Leers. Or jokes?

Is any of this stuff going to make his supporters think again about giving Trump their vote?

Thomas Sowell writes in the National Review:

Donald Trump’s gutter talk about women shows yet again that he is bad news. The problem is that Hillary Clinton is far worse. Trump’s talk is indefensible. But Hillary Clinton’s actions as secretary of state, carrying out the Obama administration’s foreign policies, have cost many lives in many places, including the American ambassador and others killed in Benghazi.

Is this Trump stuff – emerging at the 11th hour – a good way to bury bad news about Hillary’s missing emails and her record?

Women have a right to be offended by Trump’s words. But women have suffered a far worse fate from Secretary Clinton’s and President Obama’s actions. Pulling American troops out of Iraq, despite military advice to the contrary, led to the sudden rise of ISIS and their seizing of many women and young girls as sex slaves.

A message from one of these women urged the bombing of ISIS. She said she would rather be dead than live the life of a sex slave. Some women who tried to commit suicide and failed have been tortured for trying…

Make no mistake about it. Neither party has a good candidate for president. The choice is between bad and disastrous.

Green Party’s Jill Stein is no fan of Hillary:

And the scary things, the horrific things that Donald Trump says, Hillary Clinton has already done. Whether it’s massively deporting immigrants, whether it’s threatening nuclear warfare. …

Put it this way: I will feel horrible if Donald Trump is elected, I will feel horrible if Hillary Clinton is elected, and I feel most horrible about a voting system that says: Here are two deadly choices, now pick your weapon of self-destruction.

And the Clinton sex scandals?

Cellphone toting protesters with handmade T-shirts scrawled with “Bill Clinton is a rapist” interrupted President Obama mid-joke in Charlotte on Tuesday.

“Oh, no,” he let out, grinning and chuckling as the crowd booed and the protesters were let out. The chants started “Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!”

He said, “You know, this is the great thing about politics in America. It takes all kinds. Folks will just do . . .”

“Anything” the riled up crowed screamed back.

“Do all kinds of stuff,” Obama finished. “Now where was I?”


Bill Clinton “rape” protesters were pushed and shoved during two Florida rallies on Tuesday.

Clinton was speaking in Fort Myers, Florida Tuesday afternoon when a man wearing a “Hillary for Prison” t-shirt began shouting “rapist” as Clinton was talking.

America – how did you get to this? How weak can this election get? Policies are rarely mentioned. Clinton says she goes high when Trump goes low. Oh, puh-lease. She has focused on Trump’s behaviour and character. She wants us to believe all the accusations made against boorish Trump – but when they were made against her husband she smeared the accuser. Hillary does not go high. Hillary says millions of Americans are “deplorable” and “irredeemable”.

It’s hard to know which of Trump or Clinton is least likeable and shames America most.

Over to you…

Posted: 13th, October 2016 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Quick thinking hotel manger saves dog with lead caught in a moving lift

Here of the day is Ben Duke, who saved a dog’s life when its leads got trapped in an elevator. “I happened to walk out at the right time and save the dogs life,” says Ben, general manager at The Roadway Inn in Greenville, South Carolina.

“The doors closed, and I guess he didn’t realise that his dog had wandered off,” Ben adds. “I just grabbed the lead, and struggled with it, then I guess adrenaline set in or something, and I snapped the leash right above my hand. The dog was scared, and fought me pretty hard. In fact, he scratched me pretty good on my face. I don’t blame him. It was pretty scary.

“The owner  was crying and was so grateful. He just came up and hugged me. It was pretty crazy. I was just reacting and doing what I was supposed to do in that situation. People are calling me a hero, but I can’t imagine the other outcome. I just did what you are supposed to do in this situation.”



Boo Boo the dog is fine.

Posted: 13th, October 2016 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0