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Lord Janner: DPP, FGM and shuffling across the carpet to genital abuse

DPP Janner

 

Lord Janner: a look at reporting on the Labout peer in the news.

The Sun: “CRONY PROSECUTOR”

DPP worked at same firm as peado rap Lord she let off

It’s about Ms Alison Saunders, the head of the Crown Prosection service. The Sun says she “started her career” at 1 Garden Court Chamebers  – where Janner…was a top QC.”

Thsi is an “exclusive”. Well, it is to anyone who has never read the Saunders CV or other news sources days ago.

The upper echelons of the judiciary are incestuous places.

Daily Telegraph: “CPS chief’s husbands is member of ‘tax loophole’ film investment scheme”

The knives are out for Director of Public Prosecutions boss Saunders.

Neil Saunders, whose wife is the Director of Public Prosecutions, is a member of a controversial scheme being investigated by the taxman, The Telegraph can disclose.

A lecture from the Daily Telegraph on the wrongs of legally exploiting tax loopholes might make you roll your eyes, but is it valid?

Neil Saunders, a defence barrister, is listed by Companies House as a member of a film industry investment scheme which is being pursued by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

How are the husband’s tax affairs relevant to Sauncders’ decicion not to send Janner to court? We’re not told. It’s just out there. As are these facts:

• DPP Alison Saunders took legal advice on Greville Janner from former colleague of his son
• DPP Alison Saunders spent £7,000 on business class flights while CPS headed towards crisis

The Press Gazette: “‘Eight officers stormed into my bedroom shouting Met Police': Reporter’s three-year ordeal ‘for writing story about a fox'”

As well as looking at what cases Saunders did not think fit for court, it’s worth looking what what cases she has approved.

The Sun’s online news editor Vince Soodin has has condemned the Met Police for turning Operation Elveden into “a probe into unauthorised leaks to journalists – whether they were paid for or not”.

Soodin, along with former News of the World reporter Lucy Panton, was officially cleared at the Old Bailey yesterday – nearly three years after his initial arrest.

Good.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph today, Soodin, 40, said Operation Elveden has been “pursued without any sense of proportion” by the Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe and Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders – who he said “must resign”.

On his 7 August 2012 arrest, Soodin wrote: “I was set to go the London Olympics; instead I was woken – at 6.06am – by my doorbell. I was confronted by eight police officers; detectives stormed past me into my bedroom, waking my girlfriend, who was unaware I had gone to the front door, shouting ‘Met Police’ before I was allowed to explain to her what was happening. We were in shock.

“Officers bagged up our computers. Seized our belongings. They went through our clothes and underwear, personal diaries, everything. Almost anything connected to my job was tagged and taken. They still have my Sun contract of employment – as though this is damning evidence that I am a criminal.

“Detectives stood over us as we dressed. Then I was taken away from my girlfriend and thrown into a cell at a north London police station before being questioned by two detectives.”

Snodin then nails Saunders.

“Set alongside the Lord Janner scandal and February’s ludicrous prosecution of a doctor – on charges of female genital mutilation – who had stitched up a woman bleeding after childbirth, Operation Elveden has destroyed confidence in the Crown Prosecution Service under Alison Saunders. There is only one proper course of action now. She must resign.”

The FGM show trial was a disaster for the CPS. It was a victory for the jury which found Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena not guilty of carrying out female genital mutilation on a newly delivered young mother. Another man was cleared of abetting Dr Dharmasena. Both men was used to showcase the authorities’ commitment to combatting FGM.

But what of calling for someone to lose their job? Is that fair?

The Indepedent: “Lord Janner: How the Director of Public Prosecutions should have handled the Labour peer”

In hindsight:

What most angers her critics is that after taking the trouble to consult widely on the decision, Saunders has chosen to deny Janner’s alleged victims any chance of having their day in court.

What angers her critics is that Saunders came to the conclusion they didn’t want.

Lord Janner’s mental capacity – he is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s – is not in question.

It is the question. It is very much the question. And many have sought to answer it. If Lord Janner was well, he would be charged with 14 indecent assaults on a male under 16 between 1969 and 1988; two indecent assaults between 1984 and 1988; four counts of buggery of a male under 16 between 1972 and 1987; and two counts of buggery between 1977 and 1988.

…she seemed to perfectly understand what is at stake by deciding not to prosecute. Saunders explained: “There has been considerable public interest, and media coverage, of the fact of the investigations including identifying Lord Janner as the subject of them. Indeed, concern has been expressed publicly of a cover-up.”

And she went on: “The allegations that have been made against Lord Janner are extremely serious. Those who have made them are, entirely understandably, vociferous in urging the taking of action against Lord Janner.”

But what Saunders woefully failed to address was the possibility of a trial on the facts alone, so that the victims would at least have their allegations tested in a court of law. It would have required Lord Janner to be charged and then for the judge to officially rule that, although he was unfit to plead, a jury could still hear the issues.

No. She did not fail to address that. As David Pannick QC explains:

The critics have also referred to cases under the Criminal Procedure (Insanity) Act 1964 where a criminal court does decide the truth of allegations against a person suffering from a mental incapacity. But, as confirmed by the Court of Appeal in a judgment, R v Wells, in January, such cases are heard, despite the mental incapacity, because consideration is being given to imposing a hospital order or a supervision order on the defendant for reasons of public protection, or because treatment is required, and it is in the defendant’s interest that the facts are found before such an intrusive order is made. In the present case, and as the DPP has explained, the medical evidence is again unequivocal that Lord Janner poses no current threat to anyone.

Of course the decision is disappointing to the complainants. But the criminal process does not exist to give a platform for the making of allegations against a defendant who is incapable of defending himself. The gravity of the allegations makes it especially appropriate to protect such a defendant from unfairness, particularly when he denied the allegations in the past while able to do so.

The Indy goes on:

This would have been highly unusual, and may have broken new legal ground, but this is a highly unusual case in which the police and CPS have failed three times to do their job.

Saunders’ inability to anticipate the political backlash left her badly exposed.

So. Justice should be dictated by fear of the public mood?

Sir Clive Loader, Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner, described the decision as ‘not just wrong’ but ‘wholly perverse’ and ‘contrary to any notion of natural justice’.

The police are now on the side of the angels.

Daily Mail: “The rape of justice: Damning new evidence of Labour peer Lord Janner’s child sex abuse covered up by police and social workers for over 20 years”

Police and social workers were told more than 20 years ago that the peer took a vulnerable boy to Labour Party offices and Parliament before molesting him in his marital bed.

What did the caring. child-friendly police do back then?

A ten-page witness statement details the alleged victim’s harrowing ordeal at the hands of Janner. But all references to the politician were removed from the child’s social services file, according to legal papers obtained by the Mail.

A children’s home manager told bosses she feared he was having sex with the child but her concerns were ‘swept under the carpet’. The scale of the cover-up helps explains how the former Labour MP repeatedly escaped justice.

Over to Guy Adams, who dramatises the story:

The middle of the night at a large family home in one of North London’s most genteel residential neighbourhoods. In one of the upstairs bedrooms, a teenage boy lies awake. It’s eerily quiet, and he’s a long, long way from the children’s institution that has in recent years been home. The house is dark and shadowy. Scary, even. He feels frightened, confused and very much alone.

But this boy is not alone. In the gloom, he picks out an unmistakable figure shuffling across the carpet. It’s the middle-aged father-of-three who owns this house where he is staying…

With sickening inevitability, this vulnerable and frightened child, who only recently reached his 14th birthday, is then subjected to a sexual assault. ‘He touched my penis and asked me to touch his. He then simulated sex with me as I could feel his penis rubbing against my body, but after a while he got up from the bed and went out of the room. I must have fallen asleep, because when I awoke it was morning.’

This attack, carried out in December 1974, is one of several described in chilling detail in a ten-page witness statement prepared several years later by a firm of Leicester solicitors called Greene D’Sa. According to the document, which was passed to me this week, it marked the start of an abusive ‘full sexual relationship’ that endured almost two years.

The attack was also the culination of a lengthy grooming process which had begun when the boy’s abuser, a high-profile MP, visited a secondary school in his Leicester constituency. That MP was Greville Janner, then 46, a Labour backbencher…

Titilated? The story then alleges who knew of Janner and the boy:

It tells how his relationship with Janner was known to everyone, from his friends, to his social worker, children’s home manager and the then-director of Leicester’s social services. Yet nothing was done to stop it….

In a second, 1993 witness statement, again passed to me this week, the same boy recalls in 1989 and 1991 meeting detectives investigating a historic paedophile ring said to have included Janner. The relatively junior police investigators were apparently convinced that this man had, indeed, been ‘buggered by Greville Janner’ during childhood. ‘They needed me to include that information in my statement before they could arrest Janner,’ it notes.
But, soon afterwards, the two junior detectives were forced to drop their investigation into the MP, apparently at the behest of senior figures within the Leicestershire constabulary.

The boy isn’t the only person to make this claim. Indeed, his 1993 statement appears to confirm a similar version of events made public last year by one of those two officers, Mick Creedon.

Should you wonder about the veracity of Mr Creedon’s recollection, it is illuminating to learn that he is now Chief Constable of Derbyshire.

Mr Creedon deneis any wrong doing. Lord Grevillw Jannwr and his family deny any wrongdoing.

Right now all we have are stories.

Leicester Mercury: “Alleged child sexual abuse victim will seek review of decision not to prosecute Greville Janner”

A man who alleges he was sexually abused by former Leicester MP Greville Janner says he will seek a review of the decision not to put the politician on trial. Paul Miller claims 86-year-old Lord Janner abused him when he was nine years old during a school trip to the House of Commons.

Mr Miller, 52, from Aylestone, said he had not yet received her letter, but would both seek a review and take up the offer to meet Ms Saunders…

He said: “I will meet her, but she had better pin her ears back because I am an angry man. I will tell her face to face she has got this wrong, and I will be asking for the review. I don’t think I will be the only one.”

Ms Saunders has stood by her decision not to try Lord Janner, despite saying there was enough evidence to bring charges against him in relation to 22 alleged offences between 1969 and 1998.

She said there was evidence that could have seen him charged in 1991, 2002 and 2007, but now he was suffering from dementia so severe he was unfit to stand trial.

Such are the facts…

Posted: 25th, April 2015 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lord Janner: the fight to be anti-Establishment, tea and nonce-sense

Lord Janner: a look at reporting on the Labour peer accsued on child abuse. He denies all allegations.

The Sun: Columnist Rod Liddle is bold. Will Lord Janner reply? Will his lawyers?

 

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Is the media biased against Janner? Are we all looking for what we want to find? This is today’s round-up of reporting on the Labour peer:

The Daily Mail, Page 6: “Janner gave his children deeds to his £2m home at height of abuse probe”

It puts the luxury apartment out of reach for potential child abuse victims suing the peer for compensation. His flat, in a gated community near Hampstead Heath, north London, was transferred free of charge to his two daughters and son in March last year – the same month that police raided his Westminster office, and three months after they had swooped on his home.

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Posted: 23rd, April 2015 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lord Janner is accused of a ‘lifetime of noncing’ in The Sun

Rod Liddle has few words to say about Lord Janner, the Labour peer accused of sexually abusing children. Janner won’t be standing trial for alleged offences because the judiciary say his dementia is so far advanced he won’t understand what’s going on in court. Janner, 86, denies any wrongdoing.

So. Here’s Liddle in the Sun:

 

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As we say, Lord Janner denies any wrongdoing. But will he reply to the Sun’s article..?

 

 

Posted: 23rd, April 2015 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Florida Grandpa’s obituary asks you not to vote for Hillary Clinton

Grandpa is dead. Larry Upright’s dying wish is that you do not vote for Hilary Clinton:

 

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Spotter: Witleysfuneralhome.com

Posted: 21st, April 2015 | In: News, Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lord Janner: getting away with murder

Lord Janner

 

Westminster paedos: a look at the reporting on allegations VIPs abused children and got away with it in the 1960s-1980s.  All eyes are on Greville Janner, the Labour peer who denies any wrongdoing.

The Daily Express (page 11): “‘Doubt’ over the dementia of peer let off child sex charges”

How far gone is Lord Greville Janner? How ill is too ill?

OUTRAGE over the failure to prosecute alleged paedophile peer Greville Janner grew yesterday after it emerged he wrote to the House of Lords a fortnight ago, despite claims he is suffering from dementia.

Those claims of dementia have been substantiated by at least four medical experts. They say the 86-year-old peer is too old to understand any trial of the facts. But this is interesting:

Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders also faced accusations of double standards and a “cover up” because several defendants with dementia have been jailed for sex crimes in recent years.

Lord Janner, 86, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2009 and took a formal leave of absence last October.

On April 9 this year he replied to a House of Lords query about his retirement with a personally signed letter asking to continue his break.

The fact the Labour peer was able to sign the statement cast doubts on the DPP’s decision not to charge him with 22 child sex offences due to the “severity” of his dementia.

Dealaing with those points in turn: if other dentaia sufferers have been put on the stand for their alleged crimes, then why not the good Lord? And is the ability to sign a letter proof that you could follow complex legal arguments? Surely not. Dementia is often characterised by anosognosia –the lack of awareness of one’s disease.

Accusations that the peer is being protected by the Establishment grew after it emerged at least 19 men with dementia have been convicted of child sex offences since 2010, including 10 in the past year.

We don’t know the details of those cases (we’ll look later). Comparing one patient to another is fraught with difficulty. And we’re not told how many dementia partients were deemed unfit to take the stand. But a quick look reveals a few cases:

In 2013, Hans Lipschis, 94, was not tried for his life as an alleged former SS guard at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp.

In 2011 a judge said John Hammond who killed his wife was unfit to stand trial.

In 2014, a farmer accused of murder was deemed to be unfit for trial.

Are sex crimes worse than murder?

The Express hears from Peter Saunders of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood:

“This letter is a clear blow to the lie that this man is suffering. If he understands something as important as taking leave from the British legislature then surely he is fit to stand trial. It stinks of an Establishment cover-up. There is unease that someone as influential and high profile as Lord Janner will not face trial when Joe Bloggs has.”

No. The ability to sign a letter is not proof of sound mental health. But what the officials said is lamentable. Hold you nose:

… the CPS judges that mistakes were made in the decision making at the time by both the Leicestershire police in 2002 and the CPS in 1991 and 2007. Lord Janner should have been prosecuted in relation to those complaints.

It is a matter of deep regret that the decisions in relation to the previous investigations were as they were. Had the previous decisions been to prosecute, as they should have been, Lord Janner would have had the opportunity to challenge the evidence and defend himself through the trial process, with a jury ultimately deciding on his guilt or innocence some years ago. Victims of the alleged offences have been denied the opportunity of criminal proceedings in relation to the offences of which they have complained.

 

It is of obvious and particular concern that such proceedings did not take place as a result of what the CPS now consider to be wrong decisions. In order to maintain public confidence in the administration of justice and to seek to learn appropriate lessons, the CPS has asked retired High Court Judge, Sir Richard Henriques, to conduct a thorough and independent review into the CPS decision making and handling of all past matters relating to this case; and to make whatever recommendations he considers appropriate. He has agreed to undertake this task.

As the past gets reviewed, the Express focuses on the now:

Page 12: “Janner case gets murkier”

“If he is too ill to stand trial he should have resigned from the Lords”

That seems a fair point. The Lord’s is no care home. It is a legislative body.

At present we are just taking the DPP’s word that he mentally unfit to stand trial despite evidence to the contrary

Is the Express suggesting some kind of public test, whereby Lord Janner could do a Q & A or undergo a series of cognitive tests, perhaps on Jeremy Kyle’s TV show? A letter is the Express‘ “evidence to the contrary”. But evidence to the fact comes from four medical experts. And what of those who know him? Are they all wrong?

Daily Mirror (Page 6): “Lord Janner: New child abuse ‘victims’ emerge”

Victims is in inverted commas. Nothing has been proven. The judiciary won’t allow it.

Leicestershire Police had already traced 25 potential victims during a two-year probe codenamed Operation Enamel. A force spokesman said: “A number of alleged victims have come forward to the Operation Enamel team following the announcement last week.”

Tom Pettifor turns to the Janner’s health:

Records show he claimed £2,500 for 15 House of Lords appearances in the month before a search of his home. In total, he attended on 138 days in 2013, but has not returned since December 18, 2013, a day after police completed a two-day search of his home.

And that letter:

It has been reported he wrote to Lords clerks earlier this month indicating he did not wish to step down as a serving peer.

John Mann, the Labour candidate contesting Bassetlaw, Notts said: “I don’t see how you can sign a document relating to membership of the House of Lords if you have dementia.”

The Mirror then adds:

He was diagnosed with dementia in 2009, and his condition is thought to have deteriorated since he became a suspect.

Or to put it a less laoded way: hid dementia has worsened with time. Is the Mirror just wafting the stink?

Daily Mail (Page 24): “”Dementia peer who’s too ill for sex abuse trial’ signed letter to Lords 12 days ago”

We hear once more from Pete Saunders: “…if he isn’t compos mentis, there’s no way he  should be anywhere near our legislature.”

Quite so.

The Mail Online has examples of people with dementia who were tried for alleged sex crimes. But are their cases like the allegations made against Lord Janner?

Last summer Stephen Turner, who has bipolar disorder and fronto-temporal dementia, which leads to changes in personality, was found unfit to stand trial but found to have carried out a number of child sex offences.

He had performed a sex act on himself in front of children in a theme park three months after police found a cache of child porn on his computer, and was sentenced to a hospital order.

The Stoke Sentinnel has the facts.

Prosecutor John Butterfield QC said Turner was a patient at Florence House, a mental health hospital in Porthill, when on March 18 last year staff took him his to his old address in Hilton Road, Stoke, so he could collect some personal belongings. But a social worker spotted he was packing pornographic material. When they returned to Florence House Turner’s case was locked in an office. It was found to contain adult and child pornography in magazines and photo albums.

Police searched the defendant’s room and found more illegal images. In total they recovered 163 images at level one; 83 at level two; 32 at level three and 118 at level four. Turner made no comment to all questions put to him in his police interview.

He remained a resident at Florence House and on June 27 he was treated to a day out at Trentham Gardens. At 11am he went to the toilet at the same time as a group of 13-year-old boys on a school trip.

Mr Butterfield QC said: “Two boys saw the defendant moving from urinal to urinal. He then turned and performed a sex act on himself. One boy noted he was walking towards them as he did that.”

He was bang to rights. He was a clear and present danger to the public. The DPP says Lord Janner offers no threat.

Next up:

Last March a former director of the Ulster Museum in Belfast, John Nolan, was convicted of abusing a little girl but given a suspended sentence. His defence QC told the judge that sending his client to prison ‘would be a death sentence and Judge Piers Grant agreed that although his offending deserved a prison sentence he would ‘exercise considerable mercy’.

The Belfast Telegraph:

Judge Grant told the court he was satisfied, given the historical nature of the offences and Nolan’s clear record, that he was not a “sexual predator”. He said that given those factors, his age and ill-health, Nolan did not pose a significant risk of harm to the public by reoffending.

As well as the suspended jail term, the judge ordered Nolan to sign the police sex offenders’ register for 10 years and imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Next:

In February 2014 David Massingham was deemed unfit to stand trial back in February because of his memory loss and confused state. But a jury at Teesside Crown Court still heard his case and convicted him of ten indecent assaults and an offence of a serious sexual assault committed more than 30 years ago. He was also detained in a hospital.

The Gazette:

David Massingham, 77, who has dementia, was detained under the Mental Health Act as a judge said he was still a risk to children

Next:

In 2012 Gerald Longman, now 81, was spared jail despite sexually and physically abusing his daughters, who waived their anonymity to say they wished he was dead.  Longman was given an absolute discharge at Taunton Crown Court as he had been deemed unfit to stand trial due to dementia – but a jury listened to the facts and ruled he had committed the crimes.

This case seems more relevant:

Even though Longman was declared ‘unfit to stand trial’ due to his dementia, a jury listened to the facts and ruled he had committed the crimes.

They deemed him guilty of four indecent assaults, two rapes and inciting a girl under 14 to carry out an indecent act.

Judge Graham Hume Jones said his hands were tied and that he was unable to impose a tougher sentence The judge said: “It’s most unfortunate there’s nothing I can do in the circumstances. I have no doubt that all those who are listening to this case will keep a very close eye on the defendant in the future.”

Based on their knowledge of their father’s health, they are sceptical of claims by Longman, who committed his crimes when the family lived in Wellington, Somerset, that he was so affected by dementia that he was unfit to stand trial and therefore may avoid prison.

Let’s look once more at the official decision not to presecute Janner:

The medical evidence establishes both that there is no current risk of re-offending identified and that there is no likelihood of the defendant recovering from his medical condition (and thus that there is no future risk of reoffending either). Balancing these factors with those in favour of prosecution, the balance is that there is not a public interest in commencing criminal proceedings in this case.

Lastly, the Daily Telegraph looks at Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, who “spent almost £7,000 of taxpayers’ money on business class flights around the world while the Crown Prosecution Service headed towards crisis over Greville Janner and doomed trials of journalists.

Ms Saunders, who is paid £200,000 a year, flew business class to New York, Washington, Dubai and the Caribbean, and also jetted to Madrid, Rome and The Hague for publicly-funded trips while the CPS spent a year contemplating whether to prosecute Lord Janner…

We’re told that one taxi ride seh took was billed at £102.

A spokesman for the CPS said the DPP was allowed to charge business class fares for long haul flights when she was required to work immediately after landing. The CPS said staff were allowed to take taxis in certain circumstances, such as when heavy luggage or large quantities of papers had to be transported. The spokesman added: “Crime is international and so is the work of the DPP in combatting it. The DPP’s travel overseas helps the CPS to join forces with other countries so we can reduce serious crime both in the UK and around the world.”

Lord Janner maintains his innocence.

Such are the facts…

 

Posted: 21st, April 2015 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lord Janner: Iffy evidence, Jews, Ernest Saunders, victims without question and magic

Lord Greville Janner: a look at reporting on the Labour peer accused of child abuse. His family maintain his innocence.

The Daily Mirror has nothing say on Janner. The paper has been hot on the story of Westminster VIP paedos. But not a word today. And there’s not a not a word on Janner in the Daily Star and Daily Express.

The Sun (page 11): “Did Janner get his senile trick off Saunders?”

That question is asked by columnist Kelvin Mackenzie. Is he saying that Janner, a member of the magic circle, has curable dementia, like Ernest Saunders?

MacKenzie recalls Ernest Saunders:

You may just remember he was the Guinness chief executive jailed for five years for manipulating his company’s share price ahead of a takeover. The reason Mr Saunders became famous in the late 80s was not due to his “crime” but because he was freed by the Appeal Court after serving only ten months of his sentence as he was diagnosed with pre-senile dementia associated with Alzheimer’s…

Miracle upon miracle, the symptoms soon disappeared and in no time at all he was in good enough shape to take up his business career again.

Saunders’ recovery was, indeed, remarkable. But what of Janner, who has Alzheimer’s disease?

[he] won’t ever face a court because that idiot Alison Saunders, who runs (for now) the Crown Prosecution Service, believes that his dementia is too advanced for him to have a fair trial.

It is.

I don’t believe a word of it.

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Posted: 20th, April 2015 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Beyond parody: Barack Obama saves the plant by burning up the Everglades

Barack Obama is beyond parody: the US President is making sacrifices for the planet:

President Barack Obama announced in his weekly address that he will travel to the Florida Everglades on Wednesday, which is Earth Day, to bring attention to the dangers of climate change.

If one man on a huge 747 Jumbo Jet (plus bodyguards, support craft, a massive limo, Press pack and guns – lots of guns) can save the planet imagine what you can do?

It’s only an “occassional use of private avitaion fuel“…

Posted: 18th, April 2015 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Poli-Pix: Even the Daily Mirror only want to see the back of Ed Miliband

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Ed Mliband: the back of in Friday’s Daily Mirror

 

Ed Miliband Watch: Is the Labour Party leader a vote winner or a vote loser? The Daily Mirror seems to have answered that question. This week, Miliband has been noticeable by his abscence for the Labour Party-supporting newpaper.

Monday: Ed is on the front page. He is all over pages 4 and 5. He is there again on Page 7.

Tuesday: Mirror readers get two big photos of Tory leader David Cameron. Miliband is now only on Page 6 (left-hand page).

Wednesay: No Miliband. But there is a big photo of Samantha Cameron.

Thursday: Cameron on the cover and all over Page 5. Ed Miliband photos there are none.

Friday: Cameron is on the cover once again. But Ed is back. Well, his back in on Page 4 (see photo above).

That’s one front page for Ed and two for Dave in the Mirror.

PS: This week Miliband’s been on the front-page of the Tory-supporting Sun three times.

 

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Verdict: The tabloids think Ed Miliband is a vote loser for Labour.

 

Posted: 17th, April 2015 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch a year six pupil tell a Labour MP why he’d vote UKIP

So. Tristram Hunt, the shadow education secretary, was getting down with the cool kids at Howitt Primary School at Heanor, Derbyshire. He asked a year six pupil (age 10 or 11) who he’d vote for in a General Election. Well, you have to be 18 to vote. But the the lad played along, replying that he’d vote UKIP.

Hunt said that’s “very good”. But why UKIP? The lad answers:

“To get all the foreigners out”.

That’s pretty good English for a Romanian…

 

Posted: 16th, April 2015 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Poli-Pix: Zooming In On ‘Normal’ Daniel Miliband As Nigel Farage Gets A Gun

Poli-Pix: a look at how the Party leaders are portrayed in the day’s national tabloids.

Once again the Daily Mirror features not a single photograph of Labour Party leader Ed Miliband. For a photo of Ed, you need to turn to the Tory-supporting Sun, where he occupies the front page. Today Ed is dressed as a member of the Bullingdon Club.

Can it be that the papers both agree that Miliband is a vote loser for the Labour Party?

The Mirror opts to lead with David Cameron.

 

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Cameron is also inside the Mirror. He is “Bodge The Builder”. And like Bob The Builder, Cameron does look remarkably smooth and 2D.

 

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Posted: 16th, April 2015 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Poli-pix: Ed Miliband vanishes from the Daily Mirror and picks his nose in The Sun

Poli-Pix: a daily look at biased tabloid photos of the leading politicians.

 

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The Daily Mirror has not a single photograph of Ed Miliband. Not one. You know your man is a vote loser when he’s kept hidden. The Labour supporting newspaper does, however, have this shot of UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

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Posted: 15th, April 2015 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lookalikes: Nicola Sturgeon Is Little Jimmy Krankie

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Fan – Dabi – Dozi

 

Lookalike of the day features SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon (right) and TV and panto star ‘Little’ Jimmy Krankie (left).

Spotter: Brendan O’Neill

 

Posted: 15th, April 2015 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Poli-Pix: Ed Miliband is yellow, David Cameron is pink and Nigel Farage is laughing

Poli-pix: a daily look at how the big politcal party leaders are presented in the tabloids. Biased much? You betcha!

The Sun.

The Sun continues its theme of mocking up Labour Leader Ed Miliband. Today he’s a character from The Simpsons. But which one? The headline ‘D’oh’ suggests Homer Simpson, it being his catchphrase – but people like the tender-hearted buffoon so the Sun goes with a yellowy Miliband-type.

 

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The Sun also says Ed Miliband is a ‘rose’ red colour. Make you mind up, Sunsters: yellow or red? Vote now!

 

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Conservative Party leader David Camneron does much better. He’s in the pink. He’s gazing up at a rosy-fingered dawn. Maggie Thatcher is by his ear. What can she be saying? “Everyone can buy their own home, Dave?” says Maggie. “You can buy Number 10 if you really go for it and help big business. Google’s loaded!”

 

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Daily Mirror

In the Mirror David Cameron is upsetting children. The stranger taking pictures of your kids is fine, though. He is fine. Checks have been made. Haven’t they?

 

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Ed Milibad  is Alan Sugar. He’s got The Apprentice star’s pointy finger. ‘You’re Fired!” says Ed. No. That can’t be right. That zero-hours contract is water tight…

 

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Daily Express

UKIP leader Nigel Farage is laughing. Ha-ha-Ho-ho. He-he.

 

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Ed Miliband is caught saying ‘sexy Sue’s six sizzling sausages’.

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Daily Mail

Ed Miliband is doing strange things with his mouth. ‘Oi! Quentin Letts… Fffffff*** off!”

 

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Nigel Farage is laughing. Ho-ho. He-he. Ha-ha.

 

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More biased photos of the leaders in tomorrows papers…

 

 

Posted: 14th, April 2015 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hillary Clinton’s 404 Page is wonderful

Hillary Clinton's 404 Page

 

Hillary Clinton’s 4040 Page looks like this.

The rest of the site, well, it’s pretty much downhill from there…

 

Posted: 14th, April 2015 | In: Hillary Clinton, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Turkish mayor erects massive robot statue

A view of the 'Transformers-esque' statue near Turkeys new presidential palace in Ankara, erected by the city Mayor Melih Gokcek, seen on April 2, 2015. The people of the Turkish capital believed it an April Fools joke, but no, it was real: The controversial mayor of Ankara has erected in the center of the megacity a giant statue made of metal and polyester that looks suspiciously like a production robot American 'Transformers'. The statue is expected to promote a giant amusement park, the Anka Park, which is under construction despite a court order which has found it in part to be contrary to the town planning rules.

 

To Turkey, where Mayor Melih Gökçek of Ankara is being sued by the Turkish Union of Engineers and Architects’ Chambers for investing tax money on a wonderful 20-foot tall robot statue. The statue is not a 3D version of a self-portrait. It’s to advertise a new theme park.

Said Gökçek in reply to the many critics who have slammed his project: “Respect the robot.”

Spotter: The Independent,

Posted: 13th, April 2015 | In: Politicians, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Poli-Pix: Ed Miliband is trusty in the Daily Mirror as George Osborne spits on your grave

Poli Pix: A look at how the tabloids portray our political masters.

Today the Mirror leads with a photograpah of Labour Party leader Ed Miliband looking even-toned, pert-haired, groomed and steady.

 

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Inside and the Mirror has a phot of his arch enemy, Tory moneyman George Osborne, the plotting, sinister Tory is looking down as if into his own grave, or yours.

 

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The Daily Star has only one poli-pix photo, and it’s of UKIP leader Nigel Farage beaming and grinning and joking and laughing. Ha-ha. Waddaguy!

 

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The Sun counters the Mirror’s images of trusty Ed Miliband with one of him looking flat-haired and gloomy. His eyes look up but only to hear the damning verdict from the judge: send the man down:

 

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Inside and it’s no better for Ed, who appears to be a tad lopsided:

 

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The Sun also has a photo of Osborne, who now, having kicked the Daily Mirror’s puppy to death, has rediscovered his love of life:
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Posted: 13th, April 2015 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Poli Pics: Ed Miliband loses his brain to Katie Hopkins’ Electric Mayhem

Poli Pics is Anorak’s new look at the pictures of politicians we see in the newspapers. These pictures are an easy way for news organs to show which side of the debte they’re on. Selecting the right images to show your chosen leader looking good and their rival looking like a fool is the aim.

In today’s Sun, Katie Hopkins’ column was illustrated by pictures of Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon.

This is Miliband doing his impression of Prince Charles seeing Camilla on the toilet:

 

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And Nicola Sturgeon was last seen trying to murder Harry Potter (gets my vote – ed):

 

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So much for the Sun’s bias. But what of the Daily Mirror? Well, the Labour Party-supporting paper show Miliband moving the country half a yard forward as UKIP leader Nigel Farage is lost for words and David Cameron tries to work out what one plus one equals.

 

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And then there is the extempore eating. In the Mirror, Cameron is jamming a fork into his gums.

 

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To Cameron’s side is Sam Cam, his loving wife.  She reminds us of someone.

Didn’t she used to be Janice from The Muppet Show’s Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem?

 

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More Poli Pics when we see them…

Posted: 10th, April 2015 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ed Miliband V The Sun: mercilessly monstering and mocking Red Ed

Once upon a time, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband liked the Sun. It was his newspaper of choice.

 

Ed Miliband was in ‘Sun Country’. And he liked it:

 
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He read it wherever he went.

 

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And then Ed Miliband realised that the Sun was not exactly on his side. He could try and try but the Sun wasn’t going to be won over. Indeed, the Sun started to mock him.

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Posted: 9th, April 2015 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tabloid reactions to Tony Blair’s arrival on the Labour Party election bandwagon

So. How did the tabloids respond to the arrival of’ Tony Blair on the Labour Party’s election bandwagon?

 

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Vote with your feet

 

You’d think the Mirror would hail the arrival of the Labour Party’s most successful leader (at least in term’s of winning elections). But you need to wait until page 9 for any sign of grinning Tone.

In his ‘The Heckler’ column, Tim Walker mentions Tony Blair’s “crow’s feet” – “Quite how sensitive Blair is about the lines around his eyes is clear from newly-released correspondence between his flunkies and the Naitional Portrait Gallery over their official study of him”.

Tony wanted less lines. The artist complied.

And that’s it.

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Posted: 8th, April 2015 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ed Miliband’s biased knob: papers react to #leadersdebate

SO. Who won the Leaders Debate on ITV?

Helping you with the facts are the newspapers:

The Sun: Ed Miliband loses his deposit (fnar) in masturbation pun frenzy:

 

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The Mirror: Ed wins! Cameron loses! Nigel Farage is blown away!

 

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Posted: 2nd, April 2015 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Her Majesty The Queen spotted canvassing for UKIP (photo)

I am worried about The Queen. She appears to be out canvassing for UKIP.

James Melville ‏@JamesMelville I am worried about The Queen. She appears to be out canvassing for UKIP.

 Come the revolution…

Posted: 29th, March 2015 | In: Politicians, Royal Family | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Katie Hopkins wants Miliband gassed in the oven: do you see Jews?

The Sun’s to-deadline harridan Katie Hopkins invites Labour Party leader Ed Miliband to stick his wife Justine in the oven and gas her.

 

 

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Add in the fact that Ed Miliband is a Jew and you have a little problem with Katie Hopkins’ call to murder…

Spotter: @federicacocco

Posted: 29th, March 2015 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How the tabloids cover the Cameron v Miliband v Paxman leadership debate

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Anorak Towers marked the televised leadership debate in much the same way we do the Super Bowl: we went out. What did the tabloids do? Did they feature the big showdown between Labour Party leader ‘Red’ Ed Miliband and Tory Prime Minister ‘Blue’ Dave Cameron? And why was Cameron sat by a skip?

The Sun:

Politics fans need to wait until page 6 for any news of the Channel 4 and Sky show. Over half a page, readers learn that Cameron says he’s “not Chairman Mao”, the dead Chinese leader. Cameron wasn’t refetting to his hairstyle or suit, rather his resolve not to go on and on and on as the country’s political supremo.

As for Miliband, all Sun readers learn is that he won the coin toss and chose to go second. Also, he “flew in a US PR guru to help him”.

Page 10: The Sun’s editorial says Ed Balls is “only the oil rag” to an” economic train crash” powered by “engine drive” Gordon Brown.

Ed Balls was not on the debate.

 

Daily Mirror:

The review covers pages 6 and 7. Readers see three photos of “chicken” Cameron, one with his eyes closed. We learn that he is “clueless on food banks”.  His chat with Jeremy Paxman was “humiliating”.  He is a “lame duck”. It’s not until paragraph 11 that Ed Miliband appears. The Mirror only has one photo of him – and it’s an odd one of him pointing as if ordering the restaurant bill.

The Mirror mentions ‘Cameron’ by name 7 times; and ‘Ed’ just 4 times.

Page 8:  David Cameron is “pitiful” and a “faintheart”. Ed gets no adjectives. He’s just ‘Ed’.

 

Daily Mail:

Wait for it… wait… News appears on Page 12 and 13.

We learn that Ed Miliband “came under pressure” on immigration.

The Mail cites a Guardian poll, saying 54% of people who respond to polls think he won the night.

Quentin Lett’s says Cameron “soaked up Paxman’s aggro, narrowed his eyes.. and refused to respond in kind. Miliband flared right back at the monster…”

But was it really that interesting?

 

Daily Express:

Page 9: The news is all about immigration. There is one picture of Cameron. There is not a single photo of Miliband.

Number of mentions of ‘Cameron’ by name: 6

Number of mentions of Miliband by name: 1

 

Daily Star:

The only front-page story on the debate. And the story is that “Paxo has stuffed Ed and Cam”. They both lost.

Page 2: It was a “snore draw”.

It was “drab”.

 

Verdict: the Daily Star nails it.

Note: The Guardian manages to conjure 11 stories from the debate. Does anyone read them?

 

Posted: 27th, March 2015 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Cyril Smith: No guarantee police won’t be prosecuted for blowing the whistle

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Cyril Smith in 1981

 

Westminster paedophiles: a look at reporting on the story that children were abused and killed by above-the-law VIPs in the 1970s and 1980s.

Only the Daily Mail leads with the story on its front page. Readers hear news of “Another Cyril Smith Cover-Up”.

Smith is the former Labour and Liberal politican who died a knight of the realm but is now billed as a serial child abuser. Recent news is that he was twice arrested for alleged crimes against boys. He escaped prosecution because, as one retired copper says, police buried the files.

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Posted: 20th, March 2015 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Westminster paedophiles: Cyril Smith, Sidney Cooke and official secrets in Coronation Buildings, Lambeth

November 1972, Rochdale, Cyril Smith,  Liberal Democrat politician,having just been elected as a Liberal MP, sits on the Liberal bus next to party leader Jeremy Thorpe

November 1972, Rochdale, Cyril Smith, Liberal Democrat politician,having just been elected as a Liberal MP, sits on the Liberal bus next to party leader Jeremy Thorpe

 

Westmingter paedophiles: a daily look at allegations of a VIP sex ring cover-up.

Dead Liberal MP Cyril Smith did not only paddle boy’s bottoms. In the 1980s, he was arrested in London as part of an investigation into alleged sex parties with teenage males. It is further alleged the arrest was kept secret by police, who abused the Official Secrets Act to protect the alleged pervert.

The story was broken by BBC’s Newsnight. That’s the same TV show that spiked the story that Jimmy Savile – a knight of realm, like Smith – was a paedophile on BBC time.

 

 

Retired Lancashire detective Jack Tasker told Sky News:

“Other people were rather worried that if Cyril Smith went before a court, he would open his mouth.”

Don Hale was working for the Bury Messenger at the time. In 2014, he said Barbara Castle, the veteran Labour politician for Blackburn, Lancashire, handed him a dossier of VIP paedophiles. She has since died.

 

Former Liberal leader Lord Steel insists that “no complaint of any conduct against Cyril Smith MP was ever made to me“.

Former Liberal leader Lord Steel insists that “no complaint of any conduct against Cyril Smith MP was ever made to me“.

 

Hale told BBC Radio 5 live’s Nicky Campbell:

“In 1984, I started making enquiries to get a response from various MPs I’d spoken to a number of Liberal MPs named in the document. Cyril Smith came into to see me. He came storming in, said it was all rubbish, demanded that I hand everything over to him straight away and he was really aggressive. I mean he was quite a big guy anyway. He was about six foot tall and quite heavy and he was really poking his fingers at me, threatening, spitting at me, all sorts of things. He was a real horror. In the end I refused to give it. He walked out of the office, stormed out the office. And the very next day Special Branch arrived with three plain clothes officers and about a dozen police, you know, raided the place, pushed me against the wall, were very, very aggressive again, threatened to arrest me on the spot for perverting the course of justice if I didn’t hand over the documents to them. I agreed obviously to do that, showed them what the documents were and they took them and then disappeared.”

Are they still around?

Will more police talk?

… the threat of prosecution under the Official Secrets Act would have made the officers concerned fear for their careers.

And now..?

In 2010GMP Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood said:

“This has been a very complex inquiry and I hope people understand why it has taken some time before we were in a position to comment publicly.

“It was very important that both ourselves and Lancashire Police examined all our records very carefully so we could be certain what involvement we had in investigating allegations of sexual and physical abuse made against such a high-profile figure as Smith.

“We are now in a position to say that on three separate occasions, files were passed to first the DPP and then the CPS containing details of abuse committed by Smith, but on each occasion no prosecution was pursued.

“Having now reviewed those decisions, we believe that if the same evidence was presented to the CPS today there would have been a very realistic prospect that Smith would have been charged with a number of indecent assaults, and that the case would have been brought to trial.

“Clearly that is a bold statement to make but it is absolutely important for those victims who were abused by Smith that we publicly acknowledge the suffering they endured.

“Although, Smith cannot be charged or convicted posthumously, from the overwhelming evidence we have it is right and proper we should publicly recognise that young boys were sexually and physically abused and we will offer them as much support as they need should they wish to speak to us.”

And a link to Operation Orchid, more of which can be read here. It is tale of murderous paedophile Sidney Cooke:

A former detective who worked on the original investigation into Cooke told the Sunday Mirror that the minister was among those alleged to have been ­photographed in a 1986 police surveillance on premises where boys had been dropped off. Others allegedly included Jimmy Savile, MP Cyril Smith and top judges – though none of them were ever arrested.

Why not?

Posted: 18th, March 2015 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0