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Chelsea lose at home to Southampton and the Press being talk of Jose Mourinho getting the sack. Having seen his team defeated, Mourinho spoke with the Sky Sports, as he must. The Daily Mailsays Mourinho spat out a “seven-minute rant”.
Rant? Nothing of it. The man is measured. Here’s what he said in full:
Look, I think you know me and I think I don’t run away from responsibilities. I think, first of all I want to say that because we are in such a bad moment I think you shouldn’t be afraid to be also honest because when we are in the top there is quite a big pleasure in put us down but when we are so down I think it’s time to be a little bit honest and to say clearly that referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea.
Jose loves to establish the siege mentality. It’s Chelsea against the world. A for referees favouring Chelsea, well, they did beat Arsenal thanks to the kind of refereeing support that had Gunners fans looking for a Chelsea tattoo on Mike Dean’s throat.
The result 1-1 is a huge penalty and once more we don’t get and a penalty is a crucial moment in the game with the result at 1-1, and I repeat that if FA wants to punish me they can punish me they don’t punish other managers but they punish me, it’s not a problem for me.
Jose, as ever, tries to put the ME in TEAM. He employs an exemplum – an example that backs up his argument.
But I want to repeat because I think that my players deserve it, Chelsea fans deserve it. I am a Chelsea fan too and I want to say it again. Referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea. Why? Because when they give there’s always a question mark from you, there’s always a question there’s always a critique.
Quibbling. And dash of Metonymy, which takes one aspect of one thing and makes it stand for the entire. Of course, Chelsea have not had every decision go in their favour. No team has. But Mourinho wants us to believe that every error epitomises a wider conspiracy. But decisions don’t win games, goals and fine play does.
So you are always punished, we are punished because Diego Costa is suspended with images, in other matches we see the same thing and it doesn’t happen. Clear penalties are not given and it’s one and one and one and one and even in Champions League in a match you lose 2-1, even in the Champions League which is a game which is not three officials but with five you are not given a penalty in last minute and this penalty in this game today is more than crucial do you know why? Because for my team in this moment the first negative thing that happen, my team collapse.
The team mentally, psychologically, the team is unbelievable down it looks like good players are bad players and the first half was a game where we didn’t show our quality but we were in control, we were more than in control, and one mistake and lack of concentration, one goal and when you are having a good time.
In normal circumstances you come to the second half and you do your game, I told the players at half time no panic we are not losing 4-0 it’s 1-1, no panic, the team comes out with a good spirit we have a penalty and the penalty is a giant penalty and he is afraid to give like everybody is afraid to give so no penalty and after that the team lost even more confidence and you know that their second goal is an individual mistake, their third goal is another individual mistake. The team mentally, they try, they try, they try, they are in such a low moment that they collapse.
What Jose’s doing, of course, is dictating the conversation, or trying to. He tells you what to think. He tells you what to look out for. He is employing a rhetorical strategy. Jose wants us to take him out of the picture. His is disinterested in his own fate. This, he hopes, will encourage the audience to trust his opinions. His is the passive voice framing the terms of the argument. You may have seen no controversy at all in Diego Costa being banned after the match for slapping an Arsenal player in the face or the referee not giving Chelsea a penalty. But he seeks to sow doubt. He wants it to lead to consensus.
I can also know what you are thinking, what you are saying in studio, what people imagine, what is is going to happen, what is not going to happen, I want to let it clear. One, I not run away. Two, if the club wants to sack me they have to sack me because I’m not running away from my responsibilities from my team and from my convictions. That, be champions is obviously very difficult because the distance is considerable but I’m more than convinced that we finish top four, and when the season is so bad if you finish top four it is OK.
Third even more important than first and second, I think this is a crucial moment in the history of this club. Do you know why? Because if the club sacks me they sack the best manager that this club have, and secondly the message is again the message of bad result, the manager is guilty and this is the message that not just these players but the other ones before they got during a decade.
This looks like enthymeme. The enthymeme makers a claim and then bases it on commonly accepted opinion. Jose argument is filled with emotion but he pulls out his logic pack and flourishes it.
I think this is a moment for everybody to assume responsibility, I assume my responsibility I think the players should assume their responsibility and there are other people in the club that they should also assume their responsibilities and to stick together. And this is what I want.
The players they still have to play until the end of the season with the gold champions thing in their shirt and I want to work always, you know, I consider myself, I have a big self-esteem, a big ego, I consider myself the best, living the worst period of my career and worst results of my career, doing that as a professional hurts me a lot, doing it at Chelsea hurts me twice because it hurts me as a professional and hurts me because I like this club very, very much and was because of that that I come back so I want to carry on, I want to carry on no doubt, no doubt and I assume my responsibilities but I think it’s time for everybody to assume their responsibilities because when you go down to so many individual mistakes and fear to play, they have their responsibilities, they are players that are performing really, really bad individually, I can not come here and say you, and you, and you, and you, it’s not my job but I think it’s clear that we are being punished by too many individual mistakes and as I was saying sadness brings sadness, bad results they attract bad results, that first mistake is just the first because after that comes another one.
Jose is using a paromologia (Greek for “agree with”), conceding a point in order to make a stronger one.
This team needs to win the first-half two or three nil with the fears disappearing coming to play in the second half and play with a free brain, a free spirit. This is what this team needs and unfortunately for them this is not happening and again I repeat so I want to make it clear again, because I not want to be offensive, I don’t want to be none-polite I don’t want to put in cause the dignity of the people, but I repeat that the referees they are afraid to give the decision when you are top you want to see people come down when people is down give us a break and be honest and be loyal with us because the penalty is clear and 2-1 is a completely different story, thank you.
“I’m a bald man,” says Yann Marcotte, a swimmer at a pool in the Sainte-Julie suburb of Montreal, . “When I swim [with a cap on] it’s very, very hot … It’s very uncomfortable. I’m not a criminal. But it is not the law. It is just a pool rule.”
Those pool rules state that all swimmers must wear a cap in the water. Marcotte has thrice been thrown out of the pool for going bareheaded. The police have been called to escort him off the premises.
“There are more and more bald people,” says pool spokesman Éric Hervieux. “There are two types … those that I call the ‘real bald’ and the ‘false bald.’ The real bald are those that have naturally lost their hair. The false bald are those that shave their heads … When their hair starts to grow back, it becomes problematic. They’re used to not wearing the bathing cap – but then their hair comes back. It’s unhygienic.
Marcotte, ‘real bald‘ wonders why the man who swims in lane next to his can swim with a beard “like Fidel Castro’s” and not have to cover his face. Furthermore, women can wear loose-fitting shower caps, as long as they don’t dunk their heads in the water. And a boy with autism whose disability means he is uncomfortable in a tight-fitting cap is allowed in the pool without one.
“I think the only thing I can do now is a legal proceeding,” says Marcotte. “It’s like David versus Goliath.”
Jasemin Stephenson says she never order 800 rounds of 9mm ammunition for Toys R Us. She only wanted the Minecraft Foam Diamond Sword. But when the order arrived to her Virginia Beach, Virginia, home, the free ammo was with the sword.
“It is very shocking. You are ordering from a Toys “R” Us store, you don’t expect to get ammo in a box of toys.”
The story of VIP paedophiles is sliding from the top of the news cycle. Today the Times, has more bad news for peado hunters:
A man who claimed to have been sexually abused as a child by a VIP paedophile ring now alleges he was manipulated and controlled by the news website which first reported his story. Known as Darren, the man has complained on social media about his treatment by the ExaroNews website as well as other media outlets and police.
The Daily Mirror has been tight with ExaroNews, reporting stories like this from January:
Westminster paedophile ring: Top Tory MP ‘murdered girl at vile orgy’ claims new witness…
We are calling the man Darren, although that is not his real name because he lives in hiding, fearing for his own life. He is the third alleged victim of the gang to come forward. Darren told us: “I would never have gone to those parties willingly. It was fear that led me to Dolphin Square.”
Now the Times notes:
Investigations into Darren’s claims that he was abused at the Dolphin Square apartment block in Westminster and in Suffolk were dropped last month when detectives concluded they were unsubstantiated.
Writing on Twitter, Darren maintained that all his allegations were true but said his treatment at the hands of the police and the media was “harrowing and abominable”. In messages directed to Exaro, he said: “Your behaviour lately towards me and others has been controlling and manipulative, wrong [and] morally reprehensible. There’s to be no more of it, no more controlling or manipulation”.
The Times also mentions Esther Baker, who “thinks she was taken to Dolphin Square by child abusers. Ms Baker said on social media in January that she had never ‘met a politician in my life’. However, in May she told police that a long-serving backbench MP was among a group of men who had abused her as a child in woods at Cannock Chase, Staffordshire.”
Asked about the apparent discrepancy, Ms Baker said her tweet was a reference to never having met a politician nor MP in a professional capacity. She said she had explained herself fully during more than 80 hours of interviews with Staffordshire police.
What about the other side?
The politician accused by Ms Baker said that he expected to be interviewed under caution by police and would strenuously deny the allegations. He said that Exaro and “a small number” of Labour politicians were promoting lurid allegations against public figures without examining their credibility. “Just because someone is willing to make allegations publicly and on video does not mean that they have any element of truth. Proper police investigations take time,” he added.
Barrister Blogger wonders where this leaves Exaro, writing::
“Either Exaro actually has stumbled across the story of the century, or it has been muckraking on a grand scale, exploiting a possibly vulnerable ‘witness’ and exposing innocent people and their families to a grotesque and seemingly endless trial by internet.”
Louann Clem of Trenton, New Jersey, is suing her employer Case Pork Roll Co., for firing her husband Rich for excessive farting. The Clems told the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), but they weren’t interested. Farters are not yet a recognised minority group.
So the Clems are suing. Their law suit says Rich’s gastric bypass surgery led to “extreme gas and uncontrollable diarrhea.” They allege company owner Thomas Dolan began giving them a hard time. The Clems say he told them:
“We have to do something about Rich. This can’t go on.”
“Why is Rich having these side effects?”
“Is Rich following his doctor’s recommendations?”
“We can’t run an office and have visitors with the odor in the office.”
“Tell Rich that we are getting complaints from visitors who have problems with the odors.”
The company’s owner says the Clems weren’t fired. They say the Clems refused a pay cut when the company’s fortunes declined.
Jose Mourinho will not be banned, censured or fined for his criticism of Dr Eva Carneiro, her removal from first-team duties and finally her decision to leave the role of Chelsea doctor. The FA said there was no evidence Mourinho made discriminatory comments towards Carneiro.
End of, then. No. We live in an age where everyone wants to be righteous and to be seen as such. Mourinho is innocent. But Greg Dyke, the FA chairman, is pure. He writes to the FA councillors:
“There have been some well-documented issues of late around equality and inclusion in the game, an issue where it is vital we continue to show clear leadership. I felt the handling of the case of the Chelsea doctor, Eva Carneiro, was a good example of this. We supported Heather Rabbatts’ [an FA board member] strong statement on the matter earlier in the month. Personally I don’t think Mr Mourinho comes well out of the whole saga. He clearly made a mistake in the heat of a game and should have said so and apologised. Instead he has said very little and Miss Carneiro has lost her job. Our regulatory team have investigated this and, whilst Mr Mourinho has breached no rules, it was clearly a failure of his personal judgment and public behaviour. This should be seen as such by the game.”
Dyke ignores the fact that monocular Mourinho meted out the same treatment to Jon Fearn, the Chelsea physio who also dashed onto the pitch to treat an injured Eden Hazard, having been waved on by the referee.
Fearn accepted his demotion and got on with his job. Dr Eva cried foul.
The Women In Football group alleged that Mourinho directed abusive and discriminatory language at Carneiro from the touchline. The FA investigation said Mourinho swore at no-one in particular. Women In Football described the FA’s ruling as “appalling”. Rabbatts says: “A highly respected medic, a woman at the top of her profession in football, has been mistreated, undermined, verbally abused and yet no one part from Dr Carneiro has faced significant consequences.”
No-one? Poor old Jon Fearn, football’s Mr Cellophane…
Welcome to the Brook Estate in Eltham, south east London. The breeding ground of four of the five men accused of stabbing Stephen Lawrence to death as he waited for a bus a short walk away on the eve of St George’s Day six years ago.
Five products of a twisted philosophy drummed into them from birth. “If they’re black, stab ’em in the back.”…
A way of life passed down from father to son. You see the link emerge in the fading white graffiti sprayed 30 years ago on the walls of the old railway bridges around the estate, written by the last generation of Eltham Boyz. In three feet high letters: “SKINHEADS.”…
Give me the father and I’ll give you the son who will give you the son who will abuse, persecute and even kill another human being for committing the heinous crime of not being born white.
Racism was inherited. Get the killers and purge the land.
This is White Man’s Gulch… This is E-reg Escort-land.
So much for the snobbery. What else does Reade know about Rooney?
Gary Lineker is letting it be known that next Monday’s documentary on Wayne Rooney is so touching it will radically change the nation’s perception of him. That’s why the BBC released previews about how Rooney is a sensitive soul who writes poetry for his wife.
Cue would-be satirists’ rhyming couplets running over as they imagine the literary outpourings of someone it has been assumed can barely write a cheque.
Would-be satirists like the, er, Daily Mirror’s Polly Hudson, who opines:
Depriving the public of enjoying these Rooney masterpieces is basically a crime… so it’s lucky that I’ve managed to get my hands on Wayne’s notebook…
Have snarked at Rooney, Hudson offers:
By Wayne Rooney, age 29 and 7/8
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
You are well hot.
So you’re probably more like a summer’s day abroad then,
Cos the weather here is usually rubbish.
So much for the satire.
It’s not that he’s a multi-title winner with a century of caps who has broken England’s all-time goalscoring record and become an extremely wealthy man. It’s that he has survived, and flourished, against all the odds in a class-obsessed country which loves nothing better than seeing council-estate kids who make good, very publicly self-destruct.
We get examples:
Think of George Best, Paul Gascoigne and Alex Higgins and how certain sections of our society have taken pleasure in pointing at them in the gutter and warning other working-class talents that serious life-enhancement should be left to their betters.
Would that be the same Paul Gascoigne whose phone the Daily Mirror hacked? Gazza told the High Court:
“I knew I was getting hacked by the Mirror. This continued for ages. Phone calls to my father and family were getting blocked so I changed my mobile. It happened again so I kept on changing mobiles, five or six times a month… I couldn’t speak to anybody, I was scared to speak to anybody… my parents, my family and kids, it was just horrendous. And people can’t understand why I became an alcoholic…. At the time I was going through a bad time because I knew I was getting hacked, 110 per cent. Of course (people) wouldn’t believe it – my family and Mr McKeown (therapist Johnny McKeown). As I was speaking to him on the phone, it clicked again. He told me I was paranoid, I was going through a mental disorder. I said ‘No, there’s fuck-all wrong with me’. I knew, I knew. I put the phone down… I’ve never told a lie, nothing to lie about, nothing. Disgusting. Crap… I have waited 15 years to be sat here so I am disgusted, really. I would like to trade my mobile phone in for a coffin because these guys have ruined my life. I have no life.”
In May the ex-England footballer was awarded £188,250 in damages.
Back to Reade:
Rooney came up across horrendous snobbery right from the off.
And back to Polly Hudson in the Mirror:
As celebrity adulteries go, this one is particularly bad, even by footballers’ standards. Coleen was pregnant at the time. But the only reason Wayne and his hooker didn’t get it on at the Rooney marital home was because SHE thought it out of order. When a prostitute has better morals than you, it’s probably time to worry.
Wayne may be known for being completely thick but his recent actions still beggar belief.
And Fiona Phillips in the Mirror:
Almost overnight, Coleen the innocent A-level student disappeared and Coleen the Queen of Chav arrived. It was disappointing
Chav? Yeah, that’s what the Mirror has called Coleen over and over
THE style bible of the fashionistas, Vogue, has asked Coleen McLoughlin to be a cover girl.
I don’t know what thrills me more. The idea of the curvy, chav girlfriend of Wayne Rooney on the cover of the world’s poshest magazine. Or the thought of Victoria Beckham’s face when she heard the news.
The Mirror told readers what a chav is:
YOU may know them as Kevs, Slappers, Neds, Townies or Scallies – but a new Internet website has branded them Chavs, from an old gypsy word for child…
Female Chav: When not wearing her baseball cap, you will notice her DIY facelift: badly-dyed hair scraped back into the tightest bun possible. She loves denim and shops at New Look, Pilot or her local market stall. Top Shop is too sophisticated. The classy female Chav wears t-shirts with slogans she finds witty – “Friendly when drunk”, French Connection’s FCUK or the “F*** You” one Britney Spears made famous. Her skirt is more like a belt, barely covering her mottled blue thighs and flabby midriff.
And they are thick:
For most of us cinema is an art form which enriches our lives. For Chavs it’s the place to text your mate and snog your bint. They love sequels because an original idea is something to be feared. Any flicks with an R&B star such as 50 cent, Aaliyah or Ice T is almost enough to make a Chav wet their pants in excitement. A good example is Romeo Must Die featuring Aaliyah and DMX. Don’t try telling them the plot is influenced by Romeo and Juliet. You’ll get a blank look.
Oh, and Wayne is also a chav:
For girls it’s Chelsea, Chardonnay, Kayleigh, Crystal or Britney. Boys are Jay, Wayne, Jake, Romeo or Dean.
But Reade makes no mention of his own paper in any of this snobbery. He just points the finger at a rival:
In a Daily Mail article which suggested he could be Gazza Mark II, a leading commentator asked: “Is there some hidden vice, some secret in Rooney’s psyche, which is yet to emerge? Drink, drugs, wife-beating?” It was a perfect summation of a country which judges people on their accent and background without getting to know their character.”
For just £500 a month, you can live in a cupboard in Clapham, south London.
Alex Lomax, who travelled from Nottingham to view the property, says:
“There was a landlord and I was shown the kitchen and the under-stairs cupboard – he seemed deadly serious, which is the worrying part. He said, ‘You would be sharing with three others people’, and I just wanted to get out of there, so I made my excuses and left. I wish I’d been more angry because it’s clearly ridiculous and I’m annoyed at myself for basically just making my excuses.”
More news on Cathriona White, who died earlier in what looks a lot like a suicide. Having pretty much ignored the body to focus on the fact that White once dated Hollywood actor Jim Carrey, the Sun today writes:
EXCLUSIVE: Carrey suicide ex-girl was missing family
JIM Carrey’s tragic ex-girlfriend Cathriona White had become embroiled in the bizarre Hollywood cult of Scientology, pals revealed last night.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says he’s not an anti-Semite, but some people he’s associated with are. Happily for Corbyn, Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger has accepted the invitation to join his cabinet of all the boxes ticked. Corbyn had floated the sinister idea of a “shadow minster for Jews”, a Judenrat to help the State deal with any little Jewish problems. That hideous plan was dropped. Instead Corbyn looked round and offered a ministerial post to Berger.
And she accepted the role of shadow mental health spokeswoman.
In other news, Corbyn’s all-inclusive Labour Party could well welcome former LibDem MP Baroness Jenny Tonge. Tongue told the Sunday Times:
“I know that lots of Lib Dems are contemplating supporting Jeremy Corbyn, including me. I like and admire Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell (the shadow chancellor). I think they are some of the most honest people you could come across. On defence and foreign policy, Palestine and the bomb I agree with them and they are very green. I am not sure on Europe. I think the rich should be paying for the recession.”
“I have met Hamas leaders both in Damascus and in Gaza. So has Jeremy Corbyn. We were all favorably impressed by those people. We all feel it was very very important to listen to their point of view. They said a lot of wise things.”
Ambushed with the news on the Today programme, [Labour Deputy leader] Tom Watson said the woman deemed too beyond the pale to remain in the LibDems is “welcome” to join Labour.
Here are a few “wise words” from the Hamas Covenant:
Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious. It needs all sincere efforts. It is a step that inevitably should be followed by other steps. The Movement is but one squadron that should be supported by more and more squadrons from this vast Arab and Islamic world, until the enemy is vanquished and Allah’s victory is realised…
“The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).
The BBC says of Hezbollah:
The party’s rhetoric calls for the destruction of the state of Israel. It views the Jewish state as occupied Muslim land and it argues that Israel has no right to exist. The party was long supported by Iran, which provided it with arms and money…
Hezbollah’s aim is not to “end the occupation of Palestine,” or even to “liberate all of Palestine.” Its goal is to kill the world’s Jews. Listen to the words of its leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah: “If Jews all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.” (NY Times, May 23, 2004, p. 15, section 2, column 1.)
As for Tongue, she lost credibility with the LibDems for a few comments of her own:
Tonge resigned as party whip of the Liberal Democrats in early 2012 after saying that Israel would not survive for long in its present form.
Tonge’s remarks, made at a meeting at Middlesex University, included the observation that the American people would soon “get sick” of the billions their government sends annually “to support what I call America’s aircraft carrier in the Middle East — that is Israel.” Party leader Nick Clegg called on Tonge to apologize, but Tonge refused and resigned instead.
Tonge has a well-known history of making inflammatory comments about Israel. In 2004, as a member of Parliament, she was fired as the children’s spokeswomen of the Liberal Democrats after she said she might consider becoming a suicide bomber if she were forced to endure the same conditions as Palestinians.
In 2006, she said, “The pro-Israeli lobby has got its grips on the Western world, its financial grips.” That comment also was condemned by the party leadership.
She was sacked as a health spokeswoman in 2010 after she claimed Israeli troops sent to Haiti after the earthquake there were trafficking organs.
Baroness Tonge, the Liberal peer, said this week that Israel should set up an inquiry to disprove allegations that its medical teams in Haiti “harvested” organs of earthquake victims for use in transplants.
Her call has been sharply criticised by fellow LibDems, but party leader Nick Clegg has refused to act against her.
The organ theft claims were published last week in the Palestine Telegraph, an online journal based in Gaza of which Baroness Tonge is a patron.
In a statement to the JC, she said the Israel Defence Forces were “to be commended for their fantastic response to the Haitian earthquake”. But she added: “To prevent allegations such as these — which have already been posted on YouTube — going any further, the IDF and the Israeli Medical Association should establish an independent inquiry immediately to clear the names of the team in Haiti.”
If she joins the Labour Party, what will Berger do?
For many it was as sure as eggs is eggs when Rupert Murdoch reappointed his Ginger Tabby Rebekah Brooks as chief executive of the revamped and financially challenged new version of the UK media giant News International.
That is correct. Rupert’s losing money but not quite cash-strapped.
Murdoch’s flag ship The Sun is even now quietly selectively lowering the web Pay Wall it so proudly erected only to find hiding behind hedges meant fewer readers and further losses. The Times and others are sure to follow.
Four years after her resignation, following the revelations of thousands upon thousands of examples of bugging and phone hacking involving the newspapers she edited, Rebekah Brooks is back at the helm.
The woman who clawed her way from making the tea to the pinnacle of the UK Red Top tabloids plunging to become the most reviled journalist in Britain is again ascendant.
All may not be as it appears. Murdoch’s Empire is in decline. Like local newspapers before them, Red Tops and heavy National newsprint are all in free fall.
Rupert either has a remarkable insight into Brook’s financial skills and ability to digitise the failing Empire or is handing her the poisoned chalice because of past misdemeanours.
Flame-topped Brooks, former CEO of Murdoch’s UK Print Division, News International, was said to have received a severance deal worth close to £16 million when she resigned as CEO in 2011.
– so said the Independent back in July last year when it also gleefully announced:
Rupert Murdoch did not know Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson had been having an affair for years, and allegedly “went nuts” when he was given details before the phone hacking trial started. His alleged reaction to learning that two of his former executives, who had both edited The News Of World, had been involved in a physically intimate relationship for up to seven years, was initially to order that neither of them would ever work for a Murdoch-owned company again.
That 2011 deal was said to have included fees to run a private office, funds for private staff, and a designated sum for anticipated legal fees to fight the charges that were brought against her on hacking, paying public officials and an allied cover-up.
In June last year a jury at the Old Bailey cleared Mrs Brooks, her husband Charlie, and her former secretary Cheryl Carter of all charges.
The legal costs for the eight-month hacking trail were described by the judge, Mr Justice Saunders as “astronomical”. Mrs Brooks’ substantial defence team, led by Jonathan Laidlaw QC, was the most expensive of all the defendants in the trial.
Murdoch has a stranglehold on British print media and many politicians were less than openly beholding to him. (Blair’s rise to the top job as Prime Minister of the UK owed more to persuading The Sun to back him than the creation of the now transparently fictional New Labour).
During this time Rebekah was also soaring through the ranks and was said to have had three former or current Premier’s direct phone numbers and David Cameron’s personal number on speed dial.
Carl Mortished is a Canadian financial journalist and freelance consultant based in Britain
He writes in Canada’s Globe and Mail:
“She was editor of News of the World when the Sunday paper was bugging and hacking its way across Britain, into not just celebrity bedrooms, but also the phone of Milly Dowler, a missing teenaged schoolgirl, later found to have been brutally murdered. News of Ms. Brooks’s resurrection provoked cries of shock and dismay among her many enemies. Chris Bryant, Labour MP and shadow culture secretary, said it was “two fingers up to the British public.” However, her return should surprise no one. At the height of the phone-hacking scandal and even after closing the profitable News of the World, Mr. Murdoch declared that Ms. Brooks’s future was his No. 1 concern.
“Even so, her judicial escape and corporate rescue may turn out to be a less than glorious career move. She is now leading an organization that is smaller and facing trouble on many fronts. The hacking scandal is far from over, with the Crown Prosecution Service considering charges against News International (now renamed News UK). But the real problems lie much deeper than the prospect of a second round of legal fisticuffs before a judge. While Ms. Brooks was dealing with juries and parliamentary select committees, the tabloid newspaper world was quietly falling apart.
“As the hacking scandal ballooned, Mr. Cameron’s political embrace of Mr. Brooks became a huge embarrassment, not least because he was persuaded to hire as his press supremo Andy Coulson, once editor of News of the World and a former lover of Ms. Brooks.
“The Sun’s readership is dwindling fast. It remains the country’s top-selling newspaper, at about 1.8 million copies, but circulation is falling at a rate of more than 10 per cent a year. It was hurt badly by its decision in January to scrap the Page 3 topless models, and the Daily Mail is snapping at its heels, selling 1.6 million copies and occasionally outselling The Sun’s new Sunday edition.
“If Ms. Brooks can’t find a place for The Sun, there may come a day when it rises no more.”
A cynic may even be forgiven for wondering if a chief executive was totally unaware of criminal activity in the organisation four years ago…what has changed?
Sweden’s feminist foreign minister Margot Wallström should be all over the news. If you value free speech and equal rights you’ll be interested in what she said (or didn’t say) and the reaction to it.
In March, Ms Wallström was scheduled to address the Arab League in Cairo. A friend to the Arabs, Wallström was a leading voice behind Sweden’s decision to become the first Western government to recognise Palestine as a state.
No Arab state complained about Sweden ‘interfering’ in a foreign country’s affairs. Not then. Not until Wallström turned her eye to Saudi Arabia did things become problematic. Her speech, described as “rather anodyne” in the Economist, was never heard. The Arab League banned it. Saudi Arabia intervened. Wallström was disinvited
“The explanation we have received is that Sweden raised the situation with regard to democracy and human rights and that’s why they don’t want me to speak,” said Wallström.
On February 11th, Wallström had told the Swedish parliament that Saudi Arabia was not all that enlightened. She reminded everyone that Saudi women were banned from driving alone, their human rights are violated, the country is a dictatorship and that the “medieval” punishment meted out to Saudi blogger Raef Badawi – he received 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for the cover-all offence of “insulting Islam” – was a “cruel attempt to silence modern forms of expression”.
All true. As Nick Cohen notes, “Margot Wallström is that modern rarity: a left-wing politician who goes where her principles take her.”
But not everyone shares her resolve and clarity of vision. Sweden has an agreement with Saudi Arabia to supply the theocratic dictatorship with weapons. In any diplomatic row it’s always useful to follow the money. The Guardian explains:
Saudi Arabia is Sweden’s fourth biggest export market for arms and defence materials outside the EU, and in 2014 total exports to the kingdom were worth SKr11bn (£900m), according to Dagens Industri, a financial daily. Swedish arms exports to Saudi Arabia peaked at SKr2.9bn in 2011 after the sale of Saab’s Erieye radar system.
The detailed memorandum instructs each party to trade arms, surveillance technology and military expertise, and “establish mutual projects to assemble or manufacture military products in the other party’s country”. Since Saudi Arabia does not produce weapons in Sweden, the agreement was understood by Saudi Arabia as encouraging Swedish arms manufacturers to operate in the kingdom.
She was to return to the theme of Saudi Arabia’s oppression of free speech and women at the Arab League event. But the sensitive Saudis took great offence at her ‘interfering’ in a foreign country’s policies. Their outrage proved to be contagious. The New Yorker reports what then happened:
On March 9th, Saudi Arabia withdrew its ambassador to Sweden, saying that Wallström had “unacceptably interfered” in the country’s internal affairs. The United Arab Emirates followed suit a week later. Due to Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic wrangling, Wallström was also condemned by the Gulf Cooperation Council (which consists of Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the U.A.E.), The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which includes fifty-seven countries, and the Arab League itself. Finally, Saudi Arabia leveled a more serious charge against Wallström: that by commenting on the punishment of public flogging, the Swedish foreign minister had criticized Sharia law and Islam.
The day after Wallström was supposed to have appeared in Cairo, on March 10th, the government announced its decision not to renew a bilateral arms agreement with Saudi Arabia. No official explanation followed, but the subtext was clear both in Sweden and to Riyadh (which had likely received some advance notice): Saudi Arabia was no longer viewed as an acceptable buyer of Swedish weapons.
Saudi Arabia stopped issuing Swedish business travellers with visas. The Saudis refused to accept four pygmy marmosets monkeys from a Swedish zoo. “They didn’t want the monkeys anymore because of the political situation,” said Skansen zoo manager Jonas Wahlstrom.
Jenny Nordberg makes a point:
Sweden hardly constitutes a threat to anyone, but Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic show of force against the small Scandinavian country may indicate that it would prefer for Wallström’s ideas not to spread beyond Stockholm. As for other countries, they likely will not want to follow Sweden’s example of angering the world’s largest oil exporter and one of the most important players in the Middle East. But there is an obvious double standard in how Western leaders stress the importance of both human rights and women’s rights but mostly fall silent on these issues as soon as immediate economic interests and political alliances are at stake.
Others are less silent:
More than 30 of Sweden’s business elite, including Jacob Wallenberg of Investor, Annika Falkengren of SEB bank, and Stefan Persson of the clothing multinational H&M, signed an open letter calling for the memorandum to be continued. “Sweden’s reputation as a partner in trade and cooperation is at stake,” they wrote.
This is the letter (translated by Google):
Respect the agreement. Trade exchange is an important opportunity to promote human rights and democracy. Moreover, Saudi Arabia, Sweden’s most important trading partner in the Middle East. Breaking trade agreement would jeopardize Sweden’s reputation as a trade and cooperation partner, writes 31 Swedish business representatives.
Sweden’s free trade line has for many decades served Sweden, the Swedish trade and employment well. With a focus on world-class products and solutions, Sweden, even though we are a small economy through international trade built wealth and openness to the world. Sweden and Swedish companies have a high degree of credibility and long-term trade and cooperation. What we say and do mean something in our partner countries.
Sweden has a large number of trade agreements with countries around the world. These agreements are often a prerequisite for our Swedish companies’ opportunities for relationships and business. Now there is intense political debate on one of these agreements, between Saudi Arabia and Sweden.
Sweden is an export-dependent country, one of the most export-dependent countries in the world. Nearly 45 percent of the value of everything produced in Sweden last year was exported. That Sweden succeeds in maintaining and developing this position is crucial for our ability to maintain our welfare. Several countries are major export markets. Saudi Arabia is Sweden’s 18th largest exporting nation and fourth biggest outside Europe. It is our single most important trade partner in the growing Middle East.
In the 1970s and ’80s helped Swedish companies to build Saudi Arabia and beyond, many Swedish companies contributed to the development of the country, including industrial and service companies. Swedish construction industries, telecommunications equipment, machines for the energy and power distribution, automotive, medical equipment, IT services and other services have all helped to modernize the Saudi Arabian infrastructure and social structure. Saudi significant investments are also made in Sweden, particularly in the property sector and the financial sector.
Saudi Arabia is a major player in the Middle East, but also in the world economy. Saudi Arabia is a member of the G20 and ten years is also a full member of the UN trade organization WTO.
Export and establishments in other parts of the world have long been part of the Swedish business success strategy. By competing in the world, our industry has been forced to become more efficient and competitive. Thereby, they have gained market share that promoted employment in Sweden and other countries. Swedish prosperity has grown rapidly as a result of export success in growing international markets. It’s solid support Swedish industry have had free trade and exports in Swedish society has been instrumental in several of our businesses today remains the world leader.
As a company we have a responsibility to ensure that our operations comply with laws and regulations are followed, and that human rights are respected. Saudi society is large and well-known shortcomings regarding human rights, but it is a society in constant flux. State Department’s own report on the situation of human rights in Saudi Arabia illustrates this well, including some progress made.
The core issue is whether we believe that we achieve development, greater openness and prosperity of the people through increased trade and partnerships – or if we believe in insulation and trading halt. For us, the answer is as obvious today as it has been historically. Through international trade, meetings between people, partnerships and collaborations we can increase understanding of each other and to correct deficiencies in the communities. Trade is a fundamental human activity and one of the foundations of our civilization.
Through dialogue and exchange, we can convey understanding and disseminating basic values regarding legal, civil rights and sustainable enterprise. Through business contacts, we have unique interfaces to other communities. Without trade miss Sweden the opportunity to make their voice heard in a globalized world, and to achieve real change. Our company has been operating in Saudi Arabia for many decades.
Now, the question of Sweden’s agreements with Saudi Arabia unilaterally terminated as a reaction to the lack of human rights for the Saudi population. We believe that it would be the wrong way to go. Given that we know the trade impact on social development and we know that dialogue and the strengthening of relations is a positive force, it would be a step in the wrong direction to terminate the contract. For Swedish industry’s part, it can also have major consequences. Sweden is an attractive partner is nothing we can take for granted. It is based on that we are a credible long-term party. Our actions in a country, a region or an industry echoes in other countries, regions and industries. In that sense we Agreement between Saudi Arabia and Sweden not only about defense. It will have repercussions for Swedish companies operating in the country and most probably also for Swedish companies in other countries.
Sweden’s reputation as a trade and cooperation partner is at stake. We therefore expect that the government handles the issue of Sweden’s continued cooperation with Saudi Arabia in terms of Sweden and the Swedish business’s long-term international credibility. Instead of suspending cooperation, the focus should instead be on dialogue and talks on an extension or possible changes, taking into account both sides’ common interests. Sweden will develop as exporting nation, respect for signed contracts safeguarded. The basic Swedish position has been and should remain that trade is an important tool to promote human rights and democracy. A careless handling of contractual agreements may risk jeopardizing this tradition.
Dag Andersson, CEO Diaverum Carl Bennet, Chairman Carl Bennet AB, Gunnar Brock, Chairman of Stora Enso Christian Clausen, CEO of Nordea Danielson, CEO, SKF Börje Ekholm, CEO of Investor Annika Falkengren, CEO SEB Faxander, CEO Sandvik Leif Johansson, President of Ericsson Johnstone , incoming chairman. Husqvarna Carola Lemne, CEO of Swedish Enterprise Ronnie Leten, CEO of the Atlas Copco Martin Lundstedt, CEO of Scania Keith McLoughlin, CEO of Electrolux Anders Narvinger Anders Nyrén, CEO of Industrivärden Stefan Persson, chairman of H & M Olof Persson, President of Volvo Lars Renström, CEO of the Alfa Laval Cristina Stenbeck, Chairman Kinnevik Hans Stråberg, President of Atlas Copco Karl Henrik Sundström, CEO of Stora Enso Carl-Henric Svanberg, President of Volvo Johan Söderström, CEO of ABB Sweden, Michael Treschow Björn Wahlroos, chairman of Nordea Jacob Wallenberg, chairman of Investor Lars Wedenborn, CEO of FAM Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson, Lars Westerberg, Chairman of Husqvarna Leif Östling, President SKF
Nick Cohen is aghast:
As the theocratic kingdom prevents women from travelling, conducting official business or marrying without the permission of male guardians, and as girls can be forced into child marriages where they are effectively raped by old men, she was telling no more than the truth….
The Wallström non-affair tells us three things. It is easier to instruct small countries such as Sweden and Israel on what they can and cannot do than America, China or a Saudi Arabia that can call on global Muslim support when criticised. Second, a Europe that is getting older and poorer is starting to find that moral stands in foreign policy are luxuries it can no longer afford. Saudi Arabia has been confident throughout that Sweden needs its money more than it needs Swedish imports.
Finally, and most revealingly in my opinion, the non-affair shows us that the rights of women always come last. To be sure, there are Twitter storms about sexist men and media feeding frenzies whenever a public figure uses ‘inappropriate language’. But when a politician tries to campaign for the rights of women suffering under a brutally misogynistic clerical culture she isn’t cheered on but met with an embarrassed and hugely revealing silence.
Here is the speech by Foreign Minister Ms Wallström that was stopped by Saudi Arabia:
There is nothing in the speech that you have not already heard or to mention any specific country. Had the number is not preceded by discussion of the agreement I do not think it had caused any problems, says Thord Janson, Saudi connoisseur of Gothenburg.
It was when contents became known as Saudi Arabia no longer wanted to Margot Wallström, would participate in the meeting of the Arab League, where she was invited as guest of honor.
Read more: Wallström’s speech to the Arab League is set.
According to Wallström halted century due to losses of democracy and women’s rights.
Thord Janson believe instead that Saudi Arabia’s behavior towards Ms Wallström associated with the media image of the country that has been going on for some time in Sweden on military weapons agreement. Saudi Arabia is described as women’s oppressive and undemocratic, which has made one feel irritated and offended.
– You are aware of the tone in Sweden and that it has already said that it does not prolong the contract or that Saudi Arabia considers it to be short and therefore is clearly annoyed, says Thord Janson.
Neither the lines that take up the position of women may have angered Saudi Arabia to stop speech, he believes. However, the differences in approach between countries vast. From Saudi horizon is one not to understand the Swedish criticism of their society that sharia law and outdated punishment.
– Saudi Arabia sign and say they respect human rights but removed define certain things, for example, that you do not treat the genders equally. They say that they are with everything, but not for women who are minors.
Why choose to act now if the protest is really concerned with weapons agreement?
– It is difficult to know. Saudi Arabia will not communicate why you are doing as they do. You also do not know if they were informed before Sweden would come to the meeting. They may have found out about it afterwards and not wished that Sweden would bask in their glory, says Thord Janson.
This is Foreign Minister Wallström’s planned speech at the Arab League Foreign Ministers meeting of the government website:
“Cairo, Egypt, March 9, 2015
Secretary General, excellencies, dear friends,
It is a great honor for me to be standing here today. To be here in Egypt, in Cairo, in this building – the House of Arabs, is special. Egypt HAS always played an indispensable political, economic and cultural role in the region. And it is here That the Arab World, Africa and Europe meet.
I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the Secretary General for inviting me to address this meeting. Your invitation is proof of the excellent relationship between the League of Arab States and Sweden – a longstanding relationship built on respect and commitment to serve the interests of the States and peoples That we Represent, also in times of huge challenges.
In 1933, a time of crisis and depression for Europe as well as for the Arab world, a young Tunisian poet wrote about “The Will to Live”:
“Those without passion to climb up the mountains,
must live forever Among Holes in the ground ”
I have always been inspired by the passion and energy that i see in the many bright and highly motivated young people That I meet during my trips, especially in this region.
It is our responsibility, as leaders of our respectively the communities, to sacrifice young members of our population the Means to fulfil Their dreams and the Possibility to live Their lives in freedom, peace and security.
The League of Arab States is a key partner for Sweden, as are your members. I highly appreciate the Accreditation to the League of Our Ambassador in March 2012.
The Swedish Government will put Increased emphasis on the Southern leg of the European Neighbourhood Policy That is beingdeveloped. North Africa and the Middle East are our neighbors and we will work together with the EU partners, and with you to make this shared region prosperous and peaceful.
Our destinies and paths are intertwined, through geographical proximity, history, economy and family ties. One fifth of all Swedes have a background outside the borders of Sweden. We have for example a large Iraqi diaspora – close to 2 per cent of our population – that is a vibrant part of our society.
Sweden is overpriced Extending a hand in Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance throughout the region. Palestine, of course, is a case in point. So are Those Affected by Conflict in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and elsewhere.
We have in relative terms received more asylum seekers from Syria than any other Western country – Approximately 65,000 in the last three years. Yet, of course, this is nothing Compared to many of your countries. I especially admire the Responsible approach of Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey towards Syrians fleeing the war. Efforts of others are equally important.
As you are all well aware of, as the first EU member state, Sweden Recently Decided to Recognise the State of Palestine. The Swedish government took this decision with joy and pride.
Our decision to Recognise Palestine fully comp lies with international law. It is a natural step to meet the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people to self-determination. The hardwork of the Palestinian Government, state-building and Reforms have made Palestine ready to perform the Duties of a state.
The recognition AIMS at making the parties of the conflict less unequal. IT AIMS at Supporting moderate actors In Both Palestine and Israel. And it AIMS to Provide a positive injection to the Middle East Peace Process.
Some say our recognition was premature. I say it May havebeen too late.
Young women and men in bothering Palestine and Israel are about to lose hope. They need to see thatthere is an alternative to violence, to a depressing status quo and to a Continuously negative development on the ground.
I am heartened by the fact That our step is inspiring a renewed debate in Europe and beyond on what the international community can do to Provide them with preciously needed hope.
We are very Concerned to see how the economy of Palestine is being squeezed from Several ends. Jointly with other EU member states we will do our utmost to try to alleviate the burden and to convince Israel to change its actions, in Particular to fulfil Their legal obligations to transfer Palestinian money to the Palestinians.
And we will work hard, with other members of the EU and the international community, and with you, to do what we can to bring the peace process back on track and to arrive soon at a two-state solution with Israel and Palestine living side by-side in peace and security.
Together we face growing extremism and radicalization. ISIL or Da’esh perform the count in the extreme. We need to work together to fight this scourge, to identify and deal with its root causes and to do this while paying full respect to human rights and international law.
I wish to express Sweden’s solidarity with all innocent victims, in so many of the Member States of the League of Arab States, thats every month, every week, every day – suffer from the brutal violence That Da’esh and other terrorist organization create.
Terrorism and foreign terrorist fighters Illustrate That the problems we are facing have no boundaries. International cooperation is Crucial while we still need to address These issues in parallel on local and national levels. Tirelessly.
Democracy, Security and economic development are interrelated. Without progress in One of These fields, sustainable results in the other can not be expected.
Inclusive socio-economic development of ice Particularly important. Educational and economic empowerment is the best antidote to radicalization and terrorist recruitment.
Employment is Crucial, especially for our youth. Youth unemployment is a key challenge, in Europe and in this region.
Human rights are a priority in Swedish foreign policy. Freedom of association, assembly, religion and expression are not only fundamental rights and important tools in the creation of vibrant societies. They are indispensable in the fight against extremism and radicalization. So is a vibrant civil society.
Yesterday was International Women’s Day. This is a day to celebrate women’s achievements, Recognise challenges, and focus attention on women’s rights, women’s representation and Their adequate resources. Our experience Is that a women’s rights do not only benefit women, but society as a whole.
More than 20 years ago, in 1994, the International Conference on Population and Development met here in Cairo to DISCUSS various issues, including education of women and protection of women from all forms of violence, including female genital mutilation and sexual harassment. Many of These issues are still very much in play today and I urge you to Contribute to upholding the agreements made here in Cairo 20 years ago.
Many of you here today have the privilege of representing large young population. They are a valuable asset. It is for Their sake, and Their children’s sake, That All Our Efforts Must Be Concentrated.
Many of them were not born 15 years ago When my predecessor and friend Anna Lindh came to inaugurate the Swedish Institute of Alexandria together with you, the Secretary-General, in your previous capacity of Foreign Minister of Egypt. Let me invite you to commemorate Anna Lindh and celebrate 15 years of the Institute this autumn. It will be a great opportunity to Strengthen our ties and make use of this unique platform for dialogue and instruments to dispel the dangerous ignorance.
Let us together break the negative spiral of war, conflict and terrorism into a movement towards democracy, respect for human rights and socio-economic development. We have to continue to create hope.
Thank you. Shukran.
Foreign Minister Wallström “
“It’s time to become a little braver in foreign policy,” says Wallström. “Does anyone seriously mean that Sweden should apologize for what we say about democracy and human rights? We’re not backing down from that.”
Bone defended those who attacked the Cereal Killer Cafe with paint bombs and graffiti because they had helped publicise the movement across the globe. “Everyone on that march, who are so pissed off with the lot they’ve got in life, was fighting back. I totally understand and support it,” said Bone, who founded Class War in 1982.
So you hit the Honey Monster’s pals? You attack people who set up a legal business? Is the Cereal Cafe the epitome of the rich’s taunt to the poor? The huddled masses have been so very quiet as the government reduces their paltry incomes to a pittance. But is larking about in central London, rather than Sunderland, Blackpool or Knowsley, about class war or adolescent priapism. Look at the demo’s name. Surely it should be the ‘Fucked Parade’, but what cool kids keen to run about with their genitals flapping around would come to a mobile Glastonbury come down?
The Guardian adds:
He promised the movement, which has so far organised three Fuck Parade protests in London, would seek to expand. He said: “They’re going to take place all around Britain. I’m going up to Scotland now to talk to some people in Glasgow and Edinburgh about possible ones there.”
Bone was asked about attacking independent businesses. He replied:
“We’d be mad to go for Pret a Manger and Foxtons. A broken window at Foxtons isn’t going to get any publicity at all, whereas we’ve seen what happens with independent shops. We’d be stupid not to.”
So much for ideology, vision and anarchy. It only matters if the Fourth Estate take notice. This is class war with a black hoddie doffed to middle-class stability and nostalgia.
Bone’s Parade had been protesting against 1 Commercial Street, a new block of luxury flats:
“We were campaigning outside 1 Commercial Street for 10 months last year, which is quite funny when people are now saying we should concentrate on property developers. There’s was lots of stuff going on there – arrests, burning effigies – and not a peep in the press. Then someone throws a couple of bags of paint at a cereal cafe and it’s in the newspapers from Italy to New Zealand.”
The Cereal Killer Cafe… You attacked a cafe selling cereal. Was that planned?
“No, it’s just what happened. The way the Fuck Parade works, people are there and then they wander off. It’s 1,000 or so anarchists and other people – it’s very hard to tell them to do anything. We just happened to be going past it. Anyway, I must have been one amongst many people astounded to see a cafe flogging cereal open at nine o’clock at night. If I’d have put money on us going for anything it would have been Foxtons, and it wasn’t.”
No. You picked the softest target you could find.
“Everyone keeps saying: ‘Wrong target, you should have done the City, you should have done parliament, you should have done Pret a Manger, Foxtons.’ It doesn’t work. You don’t get any publicity. We had a riot virtually every night outside 1 Commercial Street, and it doesn’t get a dicky bird.”
But it wasn’t a riot, was it. It was drums, whistles and shouting at bricks and glass.
“We wouldn’t have got any publicity if it hadn’t been for the cereal cafe. But I give those two brothers their credit. They’ve milked this brilliantly. They’ve run a masterful campaign. I salute them for that.”
Milked it? Is that a joke? Is that the intentionally funny bit?
Police and miners at a demonstration at Orgreave Colliery, South Yorkshire, during the miners’ strike, 2nd June 1984. (Photo by Steve Eason/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
If you want a class war, you need to look back at the minsters’ strike, when the State smashed the organised working class.
…the striking miners were not just victims. They were fighters. The problem was that they were not organised enough for the Battle of Orgreave, not properly prepared to meet the police army’s force with force. Their leaders saw the mass picket at Orgreave as a symbolic stand. The other side saw it, in Thatcher’s words, as ‘mob rule’, and acted accordingly to smash it. Many of the miners did fight back, and hard, but it was too little too late. The BBC news infamously edited its film of Orgreave to make it appear that the miners charged the police lines first, rather than waiting to be attacked. Some might think, if only they had…
So to today’s moralising class warriors, taking on the all-day cereal business in the fight for a global ideology.
She is barred from every Boots store in Britain but still went into the company’s branch in Lytham and stole £514 of perfume… Lord’s boyfriend David Buckley was removed from proceedings by District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court after shouting “ Hello Gorgeous” at Lord as she came into the dock from the custody cells.
Earlier Buckley had sung” We are in the money” outside court and said:”We don’t want to talk about it we don’t want the scrotes to know.”
Lord also admitted an earlier theft of clothing and shoes worth £377 from Marks and Spencer. She is currently on licence after serving eight months in jail.
The judge was told how Lord had a drugs issue. He gave her a 24 week suspended jail term and ordered her to pay £1330 in costs and fines within 35 days after being told by defence lawyer that Lord was due to receive a life changing amount of money within that time.
Lord should know that if you want to be invisible whilst stealing, shopping or breathing, you need to be only one thing: old.
Happy Traveler “all Natural” calming chews reduces your nervous or anxious cat or dog. What’s in this “all-natural herbal calming formula for stressed, nervous, or anxious pets?” And where can we get some?
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Is the next Liverpool manager to be Jurgen Klopp? If it is then changes will need to be made says the Daily Mail:
Klopp will only take Liverpool job if transfer committee is scrapped
Joe Bernstein writes:
Jurgen Klopp would demand the end of Liverpool’s transfer committee if he is to succeed Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager.
That’s not exactly new news is it. Back in May, the Metro said the same thing:
The German would demand FSG remove the current four-man committee that decide which players Liverpool decide to buy or sell, leaving Klopp himself to have more influence on the club’s transfer targets.
But is that even correct? In August Klopp said he wasn’t keen on doing transfers:
“The Premier League is very exciting. And we do not only think about the top four because there are some other great clubs below them. In Germany there is a clear separation between manager and sporting director and I think in principle this is very good. Jürgen does not like to speak to players’ agents or to carry out a transfer. So we have to see which is the most useful arrangement.”
But none of it matters because Liverpool don’t want Klopp. talkSport told us that:
The Sun wants readers to know that BBC DJ Steve Wright is not slim. The paper’s Bizarre columns notes:
RADIO 2 favourite Steve Wright appears to have increased the bandwidth of his trousers again.
Look, everyone, it’s Steve Wright from the show Steve Wright In The Afternoon, aka the Sun’s…
It’s Steve Wright CHIN the afternoon
Not too long ago the Sun’s “Head of Showbiz” Dan Wootton – read him every day in Bizarre – was cheering on his ‘No More Skinny’ drive, calling for fatter models and the end to the skinny obsession “madness” that does “so much damage to our body-conscious youngsters”.
Wootton wanted to end the cult of skinny models. He invited not-skinny reality TV star Gemma Collins to tell his readers:
“Encouraging girls to be thin is no way to produce a generation of confident healthy women”
Singer Alexandra Burke added:
Beauty should not be defined by waist inches.
The Sun told us that what went for women was true for men:
Around 15-20 per cent of those affected by eating disorders are male. Over 300,000 men were hospitalised with an eating disorder last year. For help and support, visit Men Get Eating Disorders Too at Mengetedstoo.co.uk.
Despite being a Sun man through and through, I’m also about as far from the tabloid stereotype as you can get. I only moved to the UK from my homeland of New Zealand when I was an adult. I’m also gay – something I’ve been open about since my first job on Fleet Street when I was 23.
I’ve also very openly struggled with my weight for the last decade, with fluctuations of up to four stone across a 12-month period pretty normal for me. As a result, when I became a showbiz columnist I made it a policy to never comment negatively on the weight of a celebrity. This was a sea change from previous male showbiz columnists who didn’t have the same background as me.
So why does the Sun’s showbiz teamthink it fine to mock Steve Wright?