Anorak » Politicians http://www.anorak.co.uk Pop culture, news, sport and an off-beat take on the mainstream Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:38:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 Ed Miliband: Once A Jew Always A Jew (Like Disraeli)? http://www.anorak.co.uk/394914/politicians/ed-miliband-once-a-jew-always-a-jew-like-disraeli.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/394914/politicians/ed-miliband-once-a-jew-always-a-jew-like-disraeli.html/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:54:20 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=394914 PA 19544665 Ed Miliband: Once A Jew Always A Jew (Like Disraeli)?

Labour leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine (left) meet his 84 year-old Aunt Sarah Ben Zvi (right) at her home on Nachshonim Kibbutz near Tel Aviv, Israel.

 

ED Miliband has been in Israel, rediscovering his Jewish roots.

The Daily Mail quotes the Labour leader as saying: “I would be the first Jewish prime minister if we win the election.”

Indeed, as he had told Haaretz: “In a little over a year from now, Ed Miliband could well be the first Jewish prime minister of the United Kingdom.”

But he won’t be. In 1868, Benjamin Disraeli led the Conservative Party to victory in the General Election. He was the country’s first Jewish Prime Minister. He also coined the  ’One Nation’ slogan Ed seems so fond of chanting.

 

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Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), 1st Earl of Beaconsfield. British Conservative politician and novelist. Elected to Parliament in 1837.

 

Disraeli did convert from Judaism to the Church of England. Ed Miliband “married out” and is not an observant Jew and claims to be an avowed atheist, stating “I don’t believe in God”. He then said: “I describe myself as a Jewish atheist. I’m Jewish by birth origin and it’s a part of who I am…”

So. His ethnicity is that of a Jew, just like Disraeli.

So. Benjamin Disraeli was the UK’s first Jewish prime minister.

Does Ed know anything of history? In Israel, it’s never far away.

 

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Labour leader Ed Miliband is shown around the Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, where he rekindled the eternal flame for the memories of victims of the holocaust and saw the Hall of Names dedicated to those who lost their lives in the holocaust.

 

Perhaps Ed should step aside and let Harriet Harman have a run at being the country’s first woman prime minister?

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War On Free Speech: Starkville, Mississippi Aldermen Want Twitter Parodist Arrested http://www.anorak.co.uk/394817/politicians/war-on-free-speech-starkville-mississippi-aldermen-want-twitter-parodist-arrested.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/394817/politicians/war-on-free-speech-starkville-mississippi-aldermen-want-twitter-parodist-arrested.html/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:27:49 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=394817 ben carver War On Free Speech: Starkville, Mississippi Aldermen Want Twitter Parodist ArrestedTHE War on Free Speech marches into Starkville, Mississippi, where police are seeking the master criminals who lampooned Starkville Aldermen David Little and Ben Carver using the Twitter accounts @DavidLittleBOA and @BenCarverPray.

The Daily Dolt notes:

The two aldermen came under fire recently after instigating the removal of Starkville’s highly popular Chief Administration Officer Lynn Spruill without providing any reason for the coup other than Carver’s comment that he “prayed” about it and God told him to kick her to the curb (hence the parody handle @BenCarverPrays).

For those people who don’t get the punchline to jokes – ever – both accounts are marked “parody”. And they have been taken down.

But Mr Little wants the tweeters to pay for their “illegal impersonation”.

You need a licence to parody?

Starkville P.D.’s – get this – Sgt. Durr says police are engaged in an “ongoing investigation” into this dastardly joking. He adds:

“We are investigating the possibility of criminal charges.”

Who needs parody, when the targets are the gifts that keep on giving..?

 

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1962-1985 Taikonaut Tykes: Chinese Space Babies Posters http://www.anorak.co.uk/394523/politicians/1962-1985-taikonaut-tykes-chinese-space-babies-posters.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/394523/politicians/1962-1985-taikonaut-tykes-chinese-space-babies-posters.html/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:25:19 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=394523 IF the Russians could have Santa in outer space, the Chinese could journey to the great beyond with babies.

space babies 9 1962 1985 Taikonaut Tykes: Chinese Space Babies Posters

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“Soar, youth of the New China! On the rocket – China’s Youth No.1″

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“Soar, youth of the New China! On the rocket – China’s Youth No.1″

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“A garden in outer space”, 1985

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“Heaven increases the years, man gets older” 1985

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“Bringing his playmates to the stars”, 1980

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“Little Guests in the Moon Palace”, 1972

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“Take the spaceship and tour the universe”, 1962

space babies 1962 1985 Taikonaut Tykes: Chinese Space Babies Posters

 

Spotter: ChinaPosters

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Hilary Benn Spent Enough For 720,479 Packets of Jammie Dodgers from Waitrose http://www.anorak.co.uk/394004/money/hilary-benn-spent-enough-for-720479-packets-of-jammie-dodgers-from-waitrose.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/394004/money/hilary-benn-spent-enough-for-720479-packets-of-jammie-dodgers-from-waitrose.html/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:15:07 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=394004 pickles cookie Hilary Benn Spent Enough For 720,479 Packets of Jammie Dodgers from Waitrose

THERE’S an interesting little tactic that Labour MPs are trying to use in the House of Commons these days. To ask questions about how much a department is spending on this or that and then when they get the answer they can chunter along about how poor widows are being thrown out of their homes over the bedroom tax so that Tory Ministers can spend £x on whatever it is they just asked about.

You know, Yah! Boo! The Tories and only Labour looks out for the working stiff.

This is a tactic that has just received some blowback as the answer given to the question, well, how much has Eric Pickles been spending on catering (given his size this would add another level of joy to the chuntering) was, well, a whole hell of a lot less than Labouir did when they were in power.

The full question and answer is here in Hansard but the important lines are lovely:

To assist the right hon. Member, I would note that this Government has dramatically cut spending compared to the last Labour Government and put in place far tighter rules and restrictions on spending:

The Department spent £553,230 on catering and hospitality in 2008-09, and £456,142 in 2009-10. By 2012-13, spending had been reduced to £58,882 (plus £16,727 of delayed billing from the year before). We anticipate spending in the region of £36,000 in the year 2013-14 (the precise figure will be audited at financial year end).

To place our savings in context, as noted in the answer of 8 April 2014, Official Report, House of Lords, column 270WA, when the right hon. Member was Secretary of State, he spent £444,891 on catering, hospitality and refreshments in 2008-09 and £552,367 in 2009-10.

I know that the right hon. Member has a particular interest in biscuits, so to help quantify this amount, his spending in his last year in office is equivalent today to buying 720,479 packets of Jammie Dodgers from Waitrose (albeit, with a free cup of coffee thrown in).’

They might not be trying that tactic all that soon, eh?

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1981: IRA Hunger Striker Bobby Sands Elected To Westminster As MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone http://www.anorak.co.uk/393856/politicians/1981-ira-hunger-striker-bobby-sands-elected-to-westminster-as-the-mp-for-fermanagh-and-south-tyrone.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/393856/politicians/1981-ira-hunger-striker-bobby-sands-elected-to-westminster-as-the-mp-for-fermanagh-and-south-tyrone.html/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:13:31 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=393856 PA 1351195 1981: IRA Hunger Striker Bobby Sands Elected To Westminster As MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone

 

ON April 10, 1981, IRA prisoner and hunger striker Bobby Sands was elected to Westminster as the MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone.

BBC:

Bobby Sand’s victory was the second time the voters of Fermanagh and South Tyrone had elected a republican prisoner as their MP. The first, Philip Clarke, in 1955, was disqualified because the law then did not allow convicts to take up political office…

 

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Mrs. Rosaleen Sands, right, mother of the successful hunger-striker Bobby Sands after the result in Enniskillen on April 10, 1981. The woman at left is Marcella, sister of elected hunger-striker Bobby Sands, after court gave the IRA man victory in Enniskillen on Friday.

Sands represented the “Anti-H Block” campaign – the section of the Maze prison in Belfast reserved for republicans and loyalists convicted of terrorist offences.

Sands, 27, had served four years of a 14-year sentence for possessing firearms. He began his hunger strike 41 days before his elections to press the republican prisoners’ claim to be treated as prisoners of war.

 

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Soccer – World Cup Qualifier – Group Two – Belgium v Ireland
Ireland fans hold up a banner reminding people of the hunger-striking Republican prisoners in H Block of Maze Prison
Date: 25/03/1981

 

Bobby Sands won just over 52% of the vote in the Northern Ireland by-election compared to 49% for the candidate of the Official Unionist party, Harry West.

 

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Marcela Sands, sister of Bobby Sands M.P., hunger-striking inmate of the Maze Prison, walks hand in hand with his election agent Owen Crow during a protest rally in Northern Ireland in April 1981.  Date: 01/04/1981

Not everyone supported Sands.

 

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Protests regarding hunger striker Bobby Sands in April, 1981 in Northern Ireland.

 

Sands’ winning margin was 1,400 but over 3,000 ballot papers were spoiled.

Recriminations have already begun over his victory. Unionist parties have come under fire for not mounting an effective challenge. There has also been sharp criticism of the failure of the moderate Catholic Social Democratic and Labour Party to contest the seat.

 

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Outside the Maze prison in Belfast on April 24, 1981, Mr. Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general, Mr. Owen Carron, Bobby Sands election agent, Marcells Sands, sister of Sands, and Daniel Benrigan, U.S. civil rights. They escorted the Sands family for a visit to hunger striker Bobby Sands. Ramsey Clark has been refused permission to see Sands. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)

 

Many believe the absence of an alternative Catholic candidate ensured victory for Sands in a seat with a Catholic majority.

 

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Three prisoners staging a protest on the roof of Wormwood Scrubs jail in London on April 26, 1981. They climbed onto the roof during an exercise period and began yelling slogans about IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands. 
Date: 26/04/1981

 

Bobby Sands’ election agent, Owen Carron, said the British Government had been sent a message.

“The nationalist people have voted against Unionism and against the H blocks. It is time Britain got out of Ireland and put an end to the torture of this country,” he said.

Sands continued with his hunger strike.

 

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An unidentified woman holds her rosary to her lips, during a prayer service for Bobby Sands and his fellow IRA hunger strikers, in a Catholic area of Belfast on Friday, May 1, 1981. Sands is now in the 62nd day of his hunger strike at Northern Ireland’’s Maze prison. 
Date: 26/04/1981

 

In New York, a nun went on hunger strike.

 

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Political activist Daniel Berrigan chats with Sister Rosaleen O’’Halloran in New York on April 30, 1981, she is on a hunger strike in support of caparisoned IRA guerrilla Bobby Sands, during a rally at the United Nations in support of Sands. Sands were reported “deteriorating at an alarming rate,” and his mother has promised to let him die of starvation rather than compromise.  Date: 30/04/1981

 

As Sands’ health failed, people prepared.

 

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Local residents erect a barricade across the road in the Turf Lodge area of Belfast, Northern Ireland on April 30, 1981, during preparations for possible civil disorders, which are expected to follow the imminent death of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands. Sands is into the 61st day of a hunger strike in Northern Ireland’’s Maze Prison.  Date: 30/04/1981

 

People stocked up, ready to remain indoor in case of trouble.

 

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An unidentified Catholic family struggles home, loaded down with provisions, after a shopping expedition in Belfast on Thursday, April 30, 1981. Homes in Belfast have been collecting supplies recently in case of major civil disorders following the expected death of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)

 

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A protestor supporting the IRA hunger strikers stands in the center of the Catholic Falls road in Belfast on Friday, May 1, 1981, as troops of the royal fusiliers check cars at a roadblock. Tension remained high in Belfast, in anticipation of the death of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)

 

On British streets, there was fear and loathing.

 

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Protests in New York.

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Demonstrators outside the British Consulate to the U.N. in New York on May 2, 1981, burn British Prime Minister Thatcher in effigy using a mannequin during a demonstration in support of hunger striker Bobby Sands, who is reported close to death in Northern Ireland’’s Maze Prison. The demonstration was organized by an organization called Irish Northern. (AP Photo/Kneisel)

 

On May 5, 1981, Bobby Sands died.

 

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Woman seen in Catholic area of Belfast, Northern Ireland on May 5, 1981, after the death of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands

 

War.

 

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British troops (in foreground) clash with demonstrators in a Catholic-dominated area of Belfast, Northern Ireland’’s troubled capital city on May 5, 1981. Demonstrators returned to the streets in force, armed with petrol and acid bombs, following the death of Irish Republican Army hunger striker Bobby Sands.

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A hooded youngster knocks down a wall with a sledge hammer, to gather bricks for throwing at security forces, as another gathers barbed wire for a barricade in Belfast’’s Falls Road, Northern Ireland on May 5, 1981. Rioters took to the streets, after hearing of the death of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands, in the Maze Prison. (AP Photo/David Caulkin)

 

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Three young girls stroll along a Belfast street, while two British soldiers of the Royal Fusiliers keep watch for snipers, after a spate of rioting in Belfast, Northern Ireland on May 5, 1981. Although rioters took to the streets in the early hours of the morning, following the death of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands, much of the city had returned to normal by dawn.

 

The funeral.

 

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Protestors supporting the H-block protest, wave black flags of mourning for hunger striker Bobby Sands, as they stand in the center of Belfast’s Falls Road on May 5, 1981. The protestors were mourning the death of Sands, who died early Tuesday, at the start of his 66th day of hunger strike in Northern Ireland’’s Maze Prison.

 

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An old man sweeps broken glass outside his home, as a British army patrols a street in the Catholic Falls Road area of Belfast, Northern Ireland on May 6, 1981. After almost 36 hours of sporadic rioting, Belfast was quiet on Wednesday, following the death of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands.

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Black flags fly from the windows, as people queue outside the home of Bobby Sands’’ parents in the Twinbrooks area of Belfast, Northern Ireland on May 6, 1981, to view Sands’ body. IRA hunger striker Sands, died in Northern Ireland’’s Maze Prison on Tuesday, after 66 days on hunger strike.

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Demonstrators spelling out “We are all IRA” protest the death of Bobby Sands at a Lisbon, Portugal on May 6, 1981 march on the British Embassy.

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John Sands, (extreme left), puts his hands on his brother Bobby’s coffin, as it is escorted by masked IRA men, from his parent’s house to a church, in the Twinbrooks area of Belfast, Northern Ireland on May 6, 1981. The coffin will lie in the church overnight, until Thursday’s funeral ceremonies at Belfast’s Milltown cemetery. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)

 

The next day, Bobby Sands’ body was buried.

 

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Escorted by hooded members of the Irish Republican Army, the coffin of hunger striker Bobby Sands leaves a church in Belfast, Northern Ireland on May 7, 1981, followed by his sister Marcella and his 7-year-old son Gerald.

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Afterwards:

 

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Sean Sands, center, brother of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands, marching in the New York parade up Fifth Avenue on March 17, 1982 with the contingent from the Irish Northern Aid Committee of New York. The button on his jacket says, ‘“England Get Out of Ireland.’” (AP Photo/Warren Jorgensen)

 

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A mural painted on the side of a house in Londonderry shows a Catholic’s perspective of the tension in Northern Ireland in 1984. The poem by the late hunger striker Bobby Sands written next to the painting states that ‘no one is too old or young to do something.
Date: 01/01/1984

 

In 2003, Michael McKevitt became the first person in Irish history to be jailed for directing terrorism. In a landmark civil case in 2009, the High Court in Belfast ruled he was also responsible for the 1998 Omagh bomb that killed 29 people and unborn twins.

 

 

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File dated 15/5/98 of Bernadette Sands-McKevitt, sister of hunger striker Bobby Sands and member of the 32 County Sovereignty Committee. Ms Sands McKevitt, partner of Michael McKevitt, the man reputed to lead the Real IRA hardline terrrorist group, appeared live on radio today (Weds) to condemn the mass murder bomb attack on Omagh. Photo by Brian Little/PA

 

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Siobhan Quinn aged 12 from Belfast wearing a” Brits out Now ” headband and carrying a drawing of Bobby Sands the first IRA hunger striker to die, at the19th Anniversary of the IRA Hunger strike. Gerry Adams addressed thousands of republicans later at Dunville park. *.. on the Falls road. Date: 07/05/2000

 

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Sinn Fein’s behind-the-scenes strategist Jim Gibney beside a new mural of his friend, the late hunger striker Bobby Sands. The mural of the IRA hunger-striker, who died in 1981, is on the gable end of the new Sinn Fein offices in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Date: 15/05/2000

 

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A scuffle breaks out outside the Brazen Head pub in Glasgow, as an anti-republican breaks through a cordon and into the crowd during a rally to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the IRA hunger-strike at the Maze prison in Northern Ireland. * Around 2000 people marched through Glasgow city centre in honour of the hunger strikes of 1981 when a number of IRA inmates including Bobby Sands starved to death. Date: 27/05/2001

 

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The grave of hunger striker Bobby Sands, just one of the graves smashed at the Republican plot in Milltown cemetery, Belfast. Sixteen headstones were smashed in Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast as vandals targeted the Republican Plot where some of Northern Ireland’s best known members of the Provisional IRA are buried.
Date: 12/01/2004

 

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A woman passes a wall mural depicting Bobby Sands, at centre, commemorating the IRA hunger strikers in West Belfast, Northern Ireland, Friday, May, 5, 2006.

 

Sands first of 10 republican prisoners to die after hunger strikes. The hunger strikes came to an end in October 1981.

 

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Cell No. Eight in the Prison Hospital at the Maze / Long Kesh site near Lisburn where IRA Hunger striker Bobby Sands died in 1981.

 

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Maria Miller LOL: ‘I can only hope that over time the focus will once again by on Basingstoke’ http://www.anorak.co.uk/393714/politicians/maria-miller-lol-i-can-only-hope-that-over-time-the-focus-will-once-again-by-on-basingstoke.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/393714/politicians/maria-miller-lol-i-can-only-hope-that-over-time-the-focus-will-once-again-by-on-basingstoke.html/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:51:56 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=393714 basingstoke 300x199 Maria Miller LOL: I can only hope that over time the focus will once again by on Basingstoke

‘The Dallas of Hampshire’

MARIA Miller has written an open letter to the people of Basingstoke, Hampshire:

“The last 16 months have been difficult. As you know, I have been working hard for Basingstoke and also doing my job as a Cabinet minister. During this time, I have been subject to an intense Parliamentary inquiry looking at extensive personal details of my family life, as a result of allegations made by a Labour MP.

“That committee has now published its report and I have accepted their findings in full. I have unreservedly apologised for the way I handled and apporached [sic] the inquiry.

“And I am pleased that the committee has fully dismissed all of the allegations made against me. Separately, I have already apologised and repaid an over-claim of my expenses, having myself drawn the committee’s attention to the matter immediately I was aware of it.

“I have always sought to do the best job that I can in representing the people of Basingstoke in Westminster. I am devastated that this has happened, and that I have let you down.

“I can only hope that over time the focus will once again by on Basingstoke.”

Oh, cone on. They must be grateful for the distraction.

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The ‘Pacific Coast Nimrod’ Seth Kinman And His Snapping Grizzly Bear Chairs Fit For Presidents http://www.anorak.co.uk/393504/politicians/the-pacific-coast-nimrod-seth-kinman-and-his-snapping-grizzly-bear-chairs-fit-for-presidents.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/393504/politicians/the-pacific-coast-nimrod-seth-kinman-and-his-snapping-grizzly-bear-chairs-fit-for-presidents.html/#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 20:53:30 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=393504 grizzly bear chair The Pacific Coast Nimrod Seth Kinman And His Snapping Grizzly Bear Chairs Fit For Presidents

 

IN 1865,  Seth Kinman (1815-1888), the California Hunter and Trapper, gave US President Andrew Johnson a GRIZZLY-BAR CHAIR.

MARSHALL R. AUSPACH writes in The Lost History of Seth Kinman, 1947:

“This was intended to surpass all his previous efforts, and was made from two grizzly bears captured by Seth. The four legs and claws were those of a huge grizzly and the back and sides ornamented with immense claws. The seat was soft and exceedingly comfortable, but the great feature of the chair was that, by touching a cord, the head of the monster grizzly bear with jaws extended , would dart out in front from under the seat, snapping and gnashing its teeth as natural as life.”

 

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* Kinman is recorded as being the first American to purchase land in Humboldt County and in 1853 he started working as a hunter for the government, feeding U.S. troops in Fort Humboldt. There he met future President, Ulysses S. Grant, and future General, George Crook…. Kinman marched in President Lincoln’s funeral cortege in Washington. Kinman was allegedly in Ford’s Theater the night of the assassination and witnessed the murder. He escorted Lincoln’s body on its way to burial. On April 26, 1865, the New York Times described Kinman in the funeral cortege in New York City: “Much attention was attracted to Mr. Kinman, who walked in a full hunting suit of buckskin and fur, rifle on shoulder. Mr. Kinman, it will be remembered, presented to Mr. Lincoln some time ago a chair made of California elk-horn, and continuing his acquaintance with him, it is said, enjoyed quite a long conversation with him the very day before the murder.”

In his later years, Kinman lived in Table Bluff, California with his family, where he owned a hotel and bar. In 1886, Kinman was preparing to send chairs to President Grover Cleveland and former presidential candidate General Winfield Scott Hancock. He died in 1888 after accidentally shooting himself in the leg. He was interred at Table Bluff Cemetery in Loleta, California. One of his grizzly bear chairs and the famous mule bone fiddle were displayed at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. The Clarke Historical Museum in Eureka displays his buckskin clothing, complete with beaded moccasins, as well as a wooden chest he owned.

 

 

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Kinman presented similar gifts to Presidents James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln , Andrew Johnson and Rutherford Hayes. In 1864, Kinman had given President Lincoln an elkhorn chair. Journalist Noah Brooks reported:

“The latest present is one which has been brought from California by an old trapper, whose name I have vexatiously forgotten. The gift is a chair of buckhorns, with the branching antlers interlaced to form the back, seat and arms. It is an unique affair, and much like one the same trapper gave to Buchanan four or five years ago.”

 

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That same year, the New York Times profiled Kinman:

 

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The chairs made him famous:

“A Curious Chair for President Buchanan,” Brooklyn Daily Eagle (May 18, 1857): “An old Western hunter, Seth Kinman, sent a chair from Humboldt, California, which arrived in New York by the George Law for President Buchanan. The chair is made entirely of the antlers of the deer, fashioned into a most comfortable arm-chair, with a high sloping back and convenient arms. A pair of antlers, with six points each, form the front legs and arms; and another pair, having five points each, form the hind legs and back. Small antlers, having two points each, join the whole together in a substantial manner. The seat is made from the dressed skins of the bucks whose antlers form the chair. They have, all told, just thirty-one points, corresponding with the number of states now in the Union. The whole chair is simply varnished, showing the original color of the antlers. The old hunter has engraved his address on the left arm point: Seth Kinman, Humboldt County, California.”

 

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* While delivering an elkhorn chair to President Buchanan in 1857, Kinman said “l awoke one fine morning and found myself famous.”[39] He made use of this fame, starting in the summer of 1861, together with ventriloquist and magician J. G. Kenyon, by opening an exhibit, first in Eureka, then in August in San Francisco. Kinman displayed his “curiosities” including an elkhorn chair, mounted grizzly bears, several fiddles, and scalps, and gave a lecture.

How they shouted and yelled when I related some of my old ‘bar’ stories and hair-breadth escapes, and played on that fiddle made out of the skull bones. That got them! I would wind up on the “Arkansas Traveler” and their enthusiasm wound up to the highest pitch. Before I fetched my ‘bar’, I would horrify them by telling them how the ‘bar’ tore Indian children to pieces, and how I finally trapped the ‘bar’ with a young dead Indian. Then the ‘bar’ was led out by a chain, and he would dance before he unbuttoned himself and out stepped a man. Then I had to explain about the ‘bar’ skin. Then I told the audience how I sawed off those Indian scalps the ladies looked horrified and aghast. Then I would tell about the Indian way of life. I would finish up by describing my elkhorn chair and how I had constructed it.

 

This 1889 photo shows the Interior of Kinman’s Table Bluff Hotel and Saloon in Table Bluff, Humboldt County, Calif., 1889.

 

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 In his later years, Kinman lived in Table Bluff, California with his family, where he owned a hotel and bar. In 1886, Kinman was preparing to send chairs to President Grover Cleveland and former presidential candidate General Winfield Scott Hancock. He died in 1888 after accidentally shooting himself in the leg. He was interred at Table Bluff Cemetery in Loleta, California. One of his grizzly bear chairs and the famous mule bone fiddle were displayed at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. The Clarke Historical Museum in Eureka displays his buckskin clothing, complete with beaded moccasins, as well as a wooden chest he owned.

 

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MARIA Miller is the Tory MP and Culture Secretary. She is involved in discussions over the future of press regulation. She wants more of it. She is just one of the cross-party elite (and you can include artists in this illiberal group) who like free speech but want to insert a “but” after it. She wants limits on freedom.

Mrs Miller’s in trouble over her expense.

Kathryn Hudson, the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner looked at Miller’s expenses. She did the sums and found that Mrs Miller’s claims for mortgage interest payments exceeded her allowance by £44,000. Mrs Hudson made her report. Mrs Miller issued a 75-word apology. Miller agreed to repay £5,800 in over-claimed allowances and apologised for her “attitude” to the official inquiry.

Mrs Miller claimed £90,718 w in mortgage interest and other housing costs for her taxpayer funded second home in Wimbledon, south London, just £115 less than the maximum allowed.

The Telegraph reports:

The house was also home to her parents in apparent contravention of expenses rules which stated that second homes must be “exclusively” for the use of MPs and that the housing of parents was “specifically prohibited”. She rented a smaller property in Basingstoke which she said was her main home.

And the best bit is that Miller thought you had no right to know about her bad maths.

Maria Miller issued a series of threats to Parliament’s independent standards Commissioner in an attempt to block the “irrational and perverse” investigation into her expenses claims, emails have disclosed. Maria Miller issued a series of threats to Parliament’s independent standards Commissioner in an attempt to block the “irrational and perverse” investigation into her expenses claims, emails have disclosed.

A Parliamentary committee on Friday released a cache of emails sent by the Culture Secretary to Kathryn Hudson in which she threatened to make a formal complaint about the independent Commissioner.

She also employed a lawyer to respond to requests for information and refused to provide documents to justify her expense claims. The Commissioner later found Mrs Miller to have broken the rules and recommended that she repay more than £40,000 — but the decision was overruled by a secretive committee of MPs.

Mrs Hudson also recommended that Miller declare her Wimbledon property as her main home.

And then things got murky. The eight MPs on the Parliamentary Standard’s committee sided with Mrs Miller that she should repay £5,800, rather than the far higher sum. They said Mrs Hudson’s report was too “strict” an interpretation of the rules. They also said that Mrs Miller’s decision to claim against her London property rather than her Basingstoke address was “reasonable”.

In one email to Mr Hudson, Mrs Miller said: “It may be that I shall need to refer this to the supervisory jurisdiction of the standards committee but I hope this can be avoided.”

The standards committee has the power to recommend the Commissioner’s sacking.

Miller wrote:

“In light of the evidence that is before you … to continue to regard this spurious complaint as a serious matter would give it credence it does not deserve and undermine the inquiry process in comparison to issues that really are serious matters.”

Despite the emails, Mrs Hudson decided to recommend that Mrs Miller should hand back £45,000 in over-claimed allowances and concluded that the minister should have declared her Wimbledon property as her main home.

But the most worrying part is the Culture Secretary’s role in the repotting of events:

The Telegraph can also discloses how Mrs Miller’s adviser tried to thwart its publication of the initial investigation into her expense claims. In December 2012, Joanna Hindley called Ed Taylor, the head of public affairs at Telegraph Media Group despite the fact that he did not have any role in editorial decisions at The Telegraph.

In a phone call, Miss Hindley then spoke to a Telegraph reporter and said: “Maria has obviously been having quite a lot of editors’ meetings around Leveson at the moment. So I am just going to flag up that connection for you to think about.”

The Telegraph as now published details of a conversation between its reporter, Golly Watt, and Joanna Hindley, special adviser to Secretary of State Maria Miller:

Holly Watt: We’re also looking at [Maria Miller’s] expenses. That is also in the email. Because there is a house that she lives in or lived in in Wimbledon that she declared as her second home from 2005 to 2010, but I understand that her parents lived there throughout that period.

Joanna Hindley: With her.

HW: Yes.

JH: Have you spoken to Ed Taylor [head of public affairs at Telegraph Media Group]?

HW: No.

JH: Oh right, OK. I think he is trying to get hold of Claire [Newell, co-reporter] as well. So I will … When will she be back around?

HW: Fairly shortly, I imagine. But we are working on this story together.

JH: I should just flag up as well, while you’re on it that when she doorstepped him, she got Maria’s father, who’s just had a [removed] and come out of [removed]. And Maria has obviously been having quite a lot of editors’ meetings around Leveson at the moment. So I am just going to flag up that connection for you to think about.

HW: I’m not meant to knock on people’s doors?

JH: Knock on the doors of people when they’ve just come out of [removed] and had [removed]. Yeah. I would suggest that was probably a good thing.

HW: You can’t possibly know that until you’ve knocked on someone’s door.

JH: Well no, Holly, but you could possibly know that had you spoken to people a little higher up your organisation, who do know that. Anyway, we’ll leave it there. But please forward me the email.

John Mann, the Labour MP whose complaint led to the investigation, says: “People reading these letters will see that the Culture Secretary was trying to use political influence to affect the outcome of this investigation and, for this reason, is no longer fit to have responsibility to ensure a free press.”

Tony Gallagher, a former Editor of The Daily Telegraph, told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “The special adviser, Joanna Hindley, rang a senior executive at The Telegraph to make precisely that point. I then got a third call from Craig Oliver [Mr Cameron’s spokesman] pointing out that she’s looking at Leveson and implying the call was badly timed.”

Mr Oliver, a former BBC executive who began working for No 10 in 2011, said: “It is utterly false for Tony Gallagher to suggest he was threatened over Leveson by me in any way.”

Heather Brooke comments on the story:

Such are the facts.

Photo:  it’s getting to be like a dictatorship: Lebanese journalist holds a placard, to show her solidarity with detained journalists by Egyptian authorities during a sit-in, at the Martyrs square in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Journalists and their supporters across the globe are protesting the detention of four Al Jazeera staffers in Egypt. From London’s Trafalgar Square and Lebanon’s Martyrs’ Square, media workers and free speech advocates gathered with masking tape stuck across their mouths. Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed, and Abdullah Al Shamy, are among 20 defendants being tried on charges of belonging to and aiding a terrorist organization for their coverage of the Muslim Brotherhood. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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2004: The ‘Bin Laden Determined To Strike In US’ Memo http://www.anorak.co.uk/393284/politicians/2004-the-bin-laden-determined-to-strike-in-us-memo.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/393284/politicians/2004-the-bin-laden-determined-to-strike-in-us-memo.html/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:49:57 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=393284 FLASHBACK to April 10 2004:  The ‘Bin Laden Determined To Strike In US’ Memo:

 

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Media Should Be ‘Controlled’ To Stop BNP Demolisher Nigel Farage Says Yasmin Alibhai-Brown http://www.anorak.co.uk/392938/politicians/media-should-be-controlled-to-stop-bnp-demolisher-nigel-farage-says-yasmin-alibhai-brown.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/392938/politicians/media-should-be-controlled-to-stop-bnp-demolisher-nigel-farage-says-yasmin-alibhai-brown.html/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:24:44 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=392938 farage bnp Media Should Be Controlled To Stop BNP Demolisher Nigel Farage Says Yasmin Alibhai Brown

 

NIGEL Farage has achieved nothing in his time as Ukip leader other than promote himself. His mission is to gift the two biggest parties an identity and sense of purpose. His comments, such as a recent sense of pride in having “taken a third of the BNP’s support”, seducing those bigots “frustrated” and “upset” by their changing communities, serve to demolish the once feared BNP and make Ukip wholly unelectable.

If Farage leaves, perhaps under a scandal, what then for Ukip?

Nothing. The party will disintegrate.

The mainstream love him to talk. The more he talks, the more any debate on the EU is served up as on man’s weird obsession.

So. Odd then to hear a journalist for the Indy demanding that he be shut up. But here is Yasmin Alibhai-Brown suggesting that the media should also be “kind of controlled” to limit Farage.

As Cranmer writes:

Perhaps the media should also be “kind of controlled” to ensure no reporting of the mortars and Qasaam rockets that rain down daily into Israel’s Negev region.

Perhaps the media should also be “kind of controlled” to ensure that there can be no justification of Zionism or of Israel’s military operations to ensure the state’s survival.

Perhaps the media should also be “kind of controlled” to ensure that the horrors suffered by Jewish families like the Fogels never reach the airwaves.

Perhaps the media should also be “kind of controlled” to ensure that Islam is treated with great respect while Christianity is routinely misrepresented and denigrated.

When mainstream journalists argue for censorship, what price free speech?

 

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1987: When Charming Hans Klein Danced With Big Haired Elke Koska http://www.anorak.co.uk/392760/politicians/1987-when-charming-hans-klein-danced-with-big-haired-elke-koska.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/392760/politicians/1987-when-charming-hans-klein-danced-with-big-haired-elke-koska.html/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:44:57 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=392760 FLASHBACK to November 14 1987:

West German Minister for Economic Cooperation, Hans Klein, right, dances with Elke Koska, wife and muse of German conceptual artist HA Schult, at the annual federal press ball on Friday, November 14, 1987 at the Beethoven Hall in Bonn, Germany.

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It’s cracking photo.

And it’s her we’re looking at, isn’t. It;’ what she hoped we’d do. Here’s Elke in 2009:

 

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This is her husband and his work:

 

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German performance artist HA Schult, right, holds a small model of the famous Cologne Cathedral, which he along with engineers and trainees of the Ford company rebuilds by assembling car fittings in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, March 21, 2006. The sculpture, seen being assembled in background, will be auctioned to raise money for victims orphaned by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The auction will be held in New York at the end of 2006.

 

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People view sculptures by the German environmental artist HA Schult at the Grand Place in Brussels, Friday April 1, 2005. The 1,000 different sculptures of ‘Trash People’ are intended to draw people’s attention to environmental problems. The exhibit opened on March 31 and runs until April 4, 2005. 

 

And here’s Hans Klein. We were looking at Elke’s gigantic hair and HA’s zany art. But it’s Hans who turns out to be the one to watch:

 

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Former Munich Summer Olympics chief press officer, CSU member of parliament Hans “Johnny” Klein, smokes a cigarette on May 2, 1977 in Bonn, Germany.

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German government spokesman Hans Klein, dressed in carnival costume, left, smiles surrounded by dancers at a carnival party on February 21, 1990 at the Chancellery in Bonn, Germany.

 

If you spot a recurring theme, do say:

 

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Hans Klein, the old charmer, died on December 2 1996.

A trained journalist, a diplomat, press officer of the Olympic Games in Munich, close friend of Franz Josef Strauss and development minister. He became Helmut Kohl’s government spokesman in April 1989.  It was job he called: “The worst suicide mission to which I have ever gotten myself into.” After the Berlin Wall carbon let his chancellery minister Rudolf Seiter inform the media. ”

We need more charmers like him in politics.

 

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Nebbish Rap: Dave In Charge Takes His Ghetto Rhymes To The Mean Streets Of Hampstead http://www.anorak.co.uk/392475/politicians/nebbish-rap-dave-in-charge-takes-his-ghetto-rhymes-to-the-mean-streets-of-hampstead.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/392475/politicians/nebbish-rap-dave-in-charge-takes-his-ghetto-rhymes-to-the-mean-streets-of-hampstead.html/#comments Sun, 30 Mar 2014 08:45:32 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=392475 nebbish Nebbish Rap: Dave In Charge Takes His Ghetto Rhymes To The Mean Streets Of Hampstead

 

“I DISCOVERED rap from a young age,” says David Palmer, 25, who performs under the name Dave In Charge. He’s the grandson of Monroe and Susette Palmer, now life peers Lord and Lady Palmer of Childs Hill, Barnet, London.

The nebbishy looking rapper who recorded his song from his parent’s The Vale, Golders Green crib and the video on the mean paths of Hampstead Heath, goes on:

“I think it was probably during my Year 6 disco at school that I first heard The Real Slim Shady – that made me want to check out rap music a bit more. As I was brought up with politics all around me, I seemed to understand what was going on. While a lot of people may be alienated by the political situations, I felt that I was able to understand the American ghetto situations because I had the political background.”

Mr Palmer’s new single is called Habitat. It’s not a riff on the furniture shop on the nearby Finchley Road, rather a comment on Mother [Fuggin] Nature. Lyrics include the lines:

I look outside I see the world we’re sharing.
Take charge but you’re bound by the laws nature follows. For now it goes as follows.
The sun glows, the wind blows, the stream flows.
Earth is a canvas a habitat.

I create Mexican waves but no, I’m nothing against the waves.

It’s clearly terrible. Dave in charge uses words like “paradigm” and says on his YouTube channel:

Dave In Charge is an emerging Conscious Rap artist who grips your attention with epiphanies and sentiments as he unravels what we take for granted.

This is what happens when you grow up listing to Russell Brand.

 

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Winner Of Nick Clegg And Nigel Farage Debate To Fight Chocolate Teapot http://www.anorak.co.uk/392167/politicians/winner-of-nick-clegg-and-nigel-farage-debate-to-fight-chocolate-teapot.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/392167/politicians/winner-of-nick-clegg-and-nigel-farage-debate-to-fight-chocolate-teapot.html/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:57:59 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=392167 PA 19398042 1 Winner Of Nick Clegg And Nigel Farage Debate To Fight Chocolate Teapot

 

WHEN Nick Clegg took the Yellow corner and Nigel Farage the purple one, LBC radio realised it had a fight on its hands, the likes of which we have not seen since chocolate teapot fought a glass hammer. To the winner the glory of being the second least likely leader of a mainstream political party to be Prime Minister.

Michael Fabriant, the Tory MP with the made-for-TV hair (and please note his twitter profile photo), nailed Clegg with:

@Mike_FabricantNick Clegg claimed ’3 million jobs depend on EU membership’. That was a back-of-the-envelope figure invented by Tony Blair. Not factual

Many of us saw this. And wept.

 

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And then Ranty Man‏@ranty_man showed us that Clegg arguing in favour of the EU was odd.

Sure, he’s changed. But someone should tell him that Pitt The Younger and Pitt The Elder were two different people.

 

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The Vladimir Putin Butt Plug And Enema http://www.anorak.co.uk/391813/politicians/the-vladimir-putin-butt-plug-and-enema.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/391813/politicians/the-vladimir-putin-butt-plug-and-enema.html/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:00:54 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=391813 VLADIMIR Putin, scourge of gays, is now a homosexual act prevention device.

 

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It’s not yet Government issues in Russia, but give it time…

 

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But do use the enema before serving:

 

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Spotter: Nimrod Kamer @nnimroddAnimal, PoliticalSculptor

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It’s EU, Stupid: Apple And Amazon Get Stung By Osborne In The Budget http://www.anorak.co.uk/391766/money/its-eu-stupid-apple-and-amazon-get-stung-by-osborne-in-the-budget.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/391766/money/its-eu-stupid-apple-and-amazon-get-stung-by-osborne-in-the-budget.html/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:43:14 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=391766 THAT’S what the newspapers are reporting this morning, that Osborne has stung the big internet companies like Amazon and Apple by changing the rules on VAT rates. Although it’s not actually Osborne who has done this, it’s the EU:

Multinational companies such as Amazon and Apple will be forced to add VAT to all UK downloads including music, film, smartphone games and e-books from January 2015 in a move that may drive up the cost of music tracks from 99p to £1.19.

The move forms part of the Government’s “international efforts to develop tough, new global tax rules,” George Osborne said in his Budget address last week. From next year, download services will be subject to VAT in the country where the consumer is located.

According to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), the change will attract an extra £300m in VAT revenues in the first year.

The Mail covers the story in much the same way. However, this is nothing to do with Osborne or the UK budget. This is a change in the central EU rules about VAT. HMRC published the regulations some time ago:

On 1 January 2015, changes will be made to the European Union (EU) VAT place of supply of services rules involving business to consumer (B2C) supplies of broadcasting, telecommunications and e-services. A consumer means a private individual.

This must be obviously true, for the rules about VAT are EU rules and no national government can change them in this manner on their own.

What’s actually happening here is that goods which are sold across borders carry the VAT rate of the country into which the goods go. However, electronic and digital goods carry the VAT rate of the country which they are sold from. Apple and Amazon sell their songs, online videos etc, from Luxembourg which does deals on the VAT rates which must be paid. The new rules mean that those digital goods will now carry the VAT rate of the country of destination, just as with physical goods.

And that’s it. Completely sod all to do with Osborne, the Budget or the UK government.

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Idiotic Turkish Prime Minster Bans Twitter And Twitter Use In Turkey Rises http://www.anorak.co.uk/391545/money/idiotic-turkish-prime-minster-bans-twitter-and-twitter-use-in-turkey-rises.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/391545/money/idiotic-turkish-prime-minster-bans-twitter-and-twitter-use-in-turkey-rises.html/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:39:41 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=391545 PA 19101385 Idiotic Turkish Prime Minster Bans Twitter And Twitter Use In Turkey Rises

A man photograph a placard with the name of Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul during a rally against a bill which would allow Turkey’s authorities to block web pages for privacy violations without a prior court decision, in Istanbul, Turkey, late Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Police in Istanbul have clashed with hundreds of protesters denouncing a new law that increases government controls over the Internet. About 90,000 people have stopped following Gul on Twitter after he signed a controversial bill increasing government controls over the Internet into law on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

 

YOU’D think that people would have worked out about these internet things by now but apparently there are none so dumb as politicians:

Shortly after the Twitter ban came into effect around midnight, the micro-blogging company tweeted instructions to users in Turkey on how to circumvent it using text messaging services in Turkish and English. Turkish tweeters were quick to share other methods of tiptoeing around the ban, using “virtual private networks” (VPN) – which allow internet users to connect to the web undetected – or changing the domain name settings on computers and mobile devices to conceal their geographic whereabouts.

Some large Turkish news websites also published step-by-step instructions on how to change DNS settings.

On Friday morning, Turkey woke up to lively birdsong: according to the alternative online news site Zete.com, almost 2.5m tweets – or 17,000 tweets a minute – have been posted from Turkey since the Twitter ban went into effect, thus setting new records for Twitter use in the country.

The ban came from the Prime Minister, pissed off that people were disagreeing with him in public. One of the first people to breach the ban on using Twitter was the Turkish President.

We might have to start saying that there’s a Turkish variant of the Streisand Effect.

The Streisand effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet.

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Bez Joins The Happy Anti-Frackers At Barton Moss http://www.anorak.co.uk/391204/celebrities/bez-joins-the-happy-anti-frackers-at-barton-moss.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/391204/celebrities/bez-joins-the-happy-anti-frackers-at-barton-moss.html/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:43:31 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=391204 SO. There was the Happy Monday’s dancer Mark ‘Bez’ Berry kicking off his campaign to run for Parliament by joining the Barton Moss anti-fracking site, Manchester.

Bez, famous for winning Celebrity Big Brother, playing the maracas whilst white-and-not-drunk-in-a-Spanish-pub and being the subject of the line ”Everyone thinks Bez has about two pounds of coke up his nose all the time and he’s on about eight E’s”, aims to “stir things up” in the Commons. His manifesto is concise:

“If you want to do something about things you’ve got to get into the corridors of power and take them on. If you’re voting for me, you’re voting as a protest about what’s happening in the world at the moment.”

It all seems impossible until you realise that the politician in Bez’s sights is the Labour MP Hazel Blears, a woman whose twin political ambitions are to be more irritating than Harriet Harman and to make Ed Balls look self-conscious. She’s half-way there.

Bez might just win…

 

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1985: Tony Benn And Mr Rough, The Tramp Living In His Wicker Shed http://www.anorak.co.uk/390953/politicians/1985-tony-benn-and-mr-rough-the-tramp-living-in-his-wicker-shed.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/390953/politicians/1985-tony-benn-and-mr-rough-the-tramp-living-in-his-wicker-shed.html/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:29:21 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=390953 FLASHBACK to December 4, 1985:

Paddington-born tramp Dennis Rough, beside his new home, a wicker garden shed in the garden of Tony Benn, Chesterfield MP’S luxury detached home in Holland Park Avenue, London. Dennis has been “roughing it” in the shed for a week. Mr Benn is away on holiday, and his housekeeper says that tramp hasn’t caused any problems.

Yeah, Mr Rough, of the Rough-Sleepers.

 

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Tony Benn Screwed This Tribute To Suffragette Emily Davison In A House Of Commons Broom Cupboard http://www.anorak.co.uk/390931/politicians/tony-benn-screwed-this-tribute-to-suffragette-emily-davison-in-a-house-of-commons-broom-cupboard.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/390931/politicians/tony-benn-screwed-this-tribute-to-suffragette-emily-davison-in-a-house-of-commons-broom-cupboard.html/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:51:23 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=390931 THIS is the plaque Tony Benn placed illegally in a broom cupboard in Parliament, in memory of suffragette Emily Davison:

 

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You can see our gallery of Tony Benn here.

Spotter: @alicebell

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Photo: Murderer William Rutherford Benn, Great-Uncle of Politician Tony Benn And Margaret Rutherford’s Dad http://www.anorak.co.uk/390919/celebrities/photo-murderer-william-rutherford-benn-great-uncle-of-politician-tony-benn-and-margaret-rutherfords-dad.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/390919/celebrities/photo-murderer-william-rutherford-benn-great-uncle-of-politician-tony-benn-and-margaret-rutherfords-dad.html/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:11:59 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=390919 FLASHBACK to 14/09/1983:

William Rutherford Benn, great-uncle of politician Tony Benn and father of the actress, the late Margaret Rutherford. A graphic account of how Tony Benn’s ancestor murdered his own father, twice attempted suicide, and years later died in an asylum is recorded in a new book to be published by W.H. Allen. The story is related in great detail in “Y Tony Benn- The Making of a Politician”, by Alfred Browne, Weekend Editor of Press Association.

 

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Margaret Rutherford who becomes a DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year Honours, celebrates with a cup of tea at her home in Buckinghamshire.
Date: 01/01/1967

 

William Rutherford Benn murdered his father, the Reverend Julius Benn, a Congregational church minister, by bludgeoning him to death with a Worcester Spode chamberpot.

 

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1957: Topless Tony Benn Decorates the Labour Party Offices At St. George, Bristol http://www.anorak.co.uk/390900/politicians/1957-topless-tony-benn-decorates-the-labour-party-offices-at-st-george-bristol.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/390900/politicians/1957-topless-tony-benn-decorates-the-labour-party-offices-at-st-george-bristol.html/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:01:28 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=390900 FLASHBACK to 19/06/57.

Tony Benn decorating the Labour Party offices at St. George, Bristol.

 

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You can flick through our pictorial tribute to Tony Benn here.

 

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Tony Benn – 3 April 1925 – 14 March 2014: A Life In Photos http://www.anorak.co.uk/390886/politicians/tony-benn-3-april-1925-14-march-2014-a-life-in-photos.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/390886/politicians/tony-benn-3-april-1925-14-march-2014-a-life-in-photos.html/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 07:33:03 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=390886 LABOUR  politician Tony Benn has died at home at the age of 88. This is his life in photos:

 

 

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Leader of Camden Council @Sarah_Hayward’s Excellent One Word Response To A Question On Twitter Use http://www.anorak.co.uk/390878/politicians/leader-of-camden-council-sarah_haywards-excellent-one-word-response-to-a-question-on-twitter-use.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/390878/politicians/leader-of-camden-council-sarah_haywards-excellent-one-word-response-to-a-question-on-twitter-use.html/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:04:50 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=390878 LEADER of Camden Council @Sarah_Hayward’s excellent one word response to a question about twitter use.

 

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Councillor Paul Braithwaite (LD):

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Given the gravity of the role of Leader of Camden Council, will the Leader consider creating a separate Twitter account for matters relating to Camden as separate from reporting on her personal interests in Arsenal, the X Factor, restaurants and dishes she’s enjoyed and B-movies she watches on TV, which represents circa 80% of her 21,800 tweets?

 

Sarah Hayward (Lab):

 

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No.

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Hurrah! The CIA Spies On The Senate! http://www.anorak.co.uk/390560/money/hurrah-the-cia-spies-on-the-senate.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/390560/money/hurrah-the-cia-spies-on-the-senate.html/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:42:23 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=390560 THIS is excellent news really, that the CIA has been spying on the people in the Senate over in the US. OK, in one sense it’s a bit naughty as the CIA isn’t supposed to ever do anything domestically. And the Yanks also tend to frown a bit on one part of the Executive part of government  trying to interfere with a part of the Legislative side of government. They’re supposed to be quite different. But this can still be seen as cheering news:

A bitter dispute between the CIA and the U.S. Senate committee that oversees it burst into the open on Tuesday when the committee chairwoman accused the agency of spying on Congress and possibly breaking the law.

Veteran Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said the CIA had searched computers used by committee staffers examining CIA documents when researching the agency’s counter-terrorism operations and its use of harsh interrogation methods such as simulated drowning or “waterboarding.”

The reason is the great wisdom imparted to us by Gideon J. Tucker. Which goes:

No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session

The CIA is supposed to save Americans from those who would destroy the American way of life. The greatest danger to the American way of life is the assemblage of knaves and poltroons that manage to get themselves into the legislature. Therefore the CIA would be failing in its duty if it did not spy upon those who are the greatest threat to the American way of life.

QED. Thus we should welcome this protection of the American way of life.

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10 Epic Failed Political Photo-Ops http://www.anorak.co.uk/390272/politicians/10-epic-failed-political-photo-ops.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/390272/politicians/10-epic-failed-political-photo-ops.html/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:01:42 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=390272 Failed political photo-ops

DAVID Cameron is facing ridicule once again. His latest gaffe was to tweet a picture of himself looking serious and statesmanlike while having a serious statesmanlike phone call with Barak Obama. The problem, aside from the typically patronising pomposity of the gesture, was that he looked singularly un-statesmanlike. In fact, he resembled nothing do much as a perplexed pudding.

 

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Of course, he has plenty of competition in the failed phot-op stakes.

Here’s George Osborne, Chancellor and Chelsea fan, in ‘man of the people’ pose, manfully working late while snacking on a burger and fries. His tweet backfired when said burger was identified as coming from posh nosh joint Byron.

 

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Oh, hello! Talking of burgers…

 

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Hey presto – instant ridicule. What a Gummer.

But frankfurters are even more risky. Republican Presidential nominee Michele Bachmann has been dubbed Palin 2.0 thanks to her numerous factual and logical gaffes. On this occasion, however, she was guilty of nothing more than innocent naivety, and chomped on a corn dog in full view of the press without considering the consequences.

 

 

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Best to stick with a beer. In Nigel Farrage’s case almost literally so, as he clings to his pint prop as tenaciously as Tony Blair clung to his ubiquitous ‘ordinary guy’ coffee mug. Asked about it, he replied: ‘I’ll tell you something. I work an 18 hour day most days and I think I’m entitled at lunchtime to a pint.’

 

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William Hague famously claimed to have regularly drunk 14 pints a day as a schoolboy, and he wasn’t averse to being pictured pint-pot in hand. But his most risible moment was this fashion faux pas which was intended to make him look cool, but didn’t.

 

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Even without the banana, David Miliband achieves the extraordinary feat of making his brother look normal.

 

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But what the hell – normal’s overrated, right? Just ask Francois Hollande. Actually don’t ask him, as he appears to be a bit sensitive about it. In fact, two French press agencies even took the unusual step of withdrawing this unflattering portrait of the French president.

 

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Ask former US Congressman Chris Lee instead. Or better still, just admire this picture of himself that he utilised in the services of his reply to a sex ad on Craigslist.

 

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Of course anyone can have an off-day. But for one man, it happened to be Groundhog Day.

 

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In the end, you just have to laugh along and rise above it.

 

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