Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
THE BritBlog RoundUp, as compiled by Philobiblon:
Our own Matt Wardman has instituted roundups of the Scottish, Welsh and Westminster parliament. Given the government’s sudden desperate enthusiasm for constitutional reform, how long before there’s a “English” to add to the collection?
And Amused Cynicism has turned serious to back a campaign to get parliamentary bills published in an accessible form. Whatever will these supporters of democracy think of next?!
Perhaps serious analysis of bills, as Spy Blog has done to the Draft Governance of Britain – Constitutional Renewal Bill. It is your democracy the Spy is trying to defend, so you really should read this.
Because of course legislation is the solution to all problems, as Feminist Avatar notes on An Open Letter by a Feminist about suggestions that the legal drinking age in Scotland be raised to 21.
Elsewhere in politics:
- * My heart sank when directed to a post making comparisons to Nazis (usually not a good sign of sensible argument), but on Prison Law Inside Out, the jailhouselawyer assembles an account of our disappearing civil liberties.
- * Blood & Treasure looks back to the Eighties with fond nostalgia – not for the music but the personal freedom.
- * A short sharp take on how the terminal five kerfuffle could enter the Guinness Book of Records.
- * What would really doing something about child poverty cost? Antonia has some calculations.
Keep your suggestions coming…
Carnival of the Libertarians on liberty…
Clinton and Obama fight it out on Wikipedia
“Modelling is using the body and only the body”, says Bruni, interviews last year when she was another jobbing model-celebrity-singer.
Says Grainge: “And you have a beautiful one, I might add.”
“Thank you,” she stutters, laughing. I’m clearly a sleazebag. Professionalism is dwindling. She then compares making music to the process of attraction.
“When you’re attracted to someone, it’s hard to explain, you can say you’re attracted to this girl ’cause she is pretty, intelligent and charming…”
“You have all those qualities, Carla,” I interrupt to gush. “Thank you, I’m liking this interview very much,” she says. “You’re almost like an Italian man.”
The kind of Italian mum who pinches you goose’s your sister and lives with his mum.
AL Gore and the Al Goreans are massing:
They’ll pick one of their own superdelegates, Al Gore, Mr. Party Elder, Mr. Nobel Prize, Mr.
I-Got-Screwed-Out-of-Victory-Last-Time and Mr.
Trust-Me-the-Globe-Really-Is-Round-and-Warming and I’m finally gonna get a chance to do something about it from the White House. The Draft Gore folks will be ecstatic and the Democratic blogosphere is already excited.
Gore – the man who lost to Bush…
JOANNA Lumley is stading for political office.
Chaps of a certain age will visualise La Lumley with that shocking 70s haircut that she sported in ‘The New Avengers’ (the last British series to be networked in the States, apparently) , others will think of her as in that dire comedy with the one of French & Saunders not married to Lenny Henry. Doubtless there are other options, but there she is in the list for the English Democrats, at #9.
It would appear that there are two Lumleys, and this one looks to be quite youthful, so I would think that either her parents refused to have a television or had a sadistic streak. Unless she changed it herself, of course.
I think it is fair to say she will not get elected this time.
The two men toyed with the ball. Both resisted any urge to play head tennis, which always ends in shame for the politico.
It was a simple game of pass and don’t move. Sarko didn’t nutmeg Brown. And Brown didn’t smack the ball into the stands with the cry “‘Ave it!”. How we would have warmed to him had only he done so.
To one side, Arsene Wenger, Arsenal’s erudite manager, looked statesmanlike and in charge.
Meanwhile, about half a mile away, about 600 bobbies in blue boiler suits are yomping down Blackstock Road. It’s the Mail’s “Operation Overkill”. It’s a swoop on drug dealing, money laundering and selling fake documents.
VOTE Max Wank for a better life in Germany:
Over 800 town hall employees make more than £100,000 a year. Some even make more than Polly, if you can believe that.
“JE THAMES,” puns the Sun, showing its readers a picture of the topless stunna and his girlfriend canoodling on a boat down the Thames.
“Over here, Kermit,” cry the tabloid paparazzi from the river bank. “Bombs away,” scream the schoolchildren from Westminster Bride as they give full throat to the entente cordiale.
Mrs Sarkozy is soon back on dry land. She is the Mail’s “lady in rouge”, which is Frenglish for Lady in Red, which is a song in which singer Chris de Burgh rhymes “dance” with “romance”.
France is Britain. And Britain is France. This is all “crazy”. The Independent looks on as “Britain went made for France’s first lady”.
Or as Le Parisien newspaper puts it in more sophisticated tones: “Les Anglais conquis par Carla” (The English charmed by Carla).
And of Mr Sarkozy, La Bruni’s little sultana?
ELIOT Spitzer and ablonde. Well, at least he like variety…
HERE’S a video of Carson Public Works Commission Chairman Jan Schaefer at a Carson City Council meeting. Mayor Jim Dear wants Vera Robles Dewitt (the assailant, and owner of Carson Bail Bonds) arrested…
She’s been struck in the “eye”…
Danger ! Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill Part 6 tries to remove even the limited constitutional safeguards of the “destroy Parliament” Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006
We were going to comment initially on the
Draft Governance of Britain – Constitutional Renewal Bill (.pdf 98 pages)
regarding the welcome plan to repeal sections 132 to 138 of the Serious Organised Crime Act 2005, which has chilled free speech and freedom of assembly in the over large Designated Area around Parliament Square and Millbank and Whitehall etc. – see the Parliament Protest blog
This repeal appears prominently as Part 1 Clause 1 of the draft Bill, however, any joy at this proposed return to the status quo ante, is marred by Part 6 of the Bill,
It looks as if we will have to again go through all the fuss and lobbying that we saw over the wretched Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006, the previous attempt by this Labour Government to neuter Parliament by Order of a Minister.
See the Save Parliament website as a reminder of the dangers to our Parliamentary democracy from the executive branch of Government, which seem to be looming, yet again.
On Politics And Competence:
One reason that the ignorant also tend to be the blissfully self-assured, the researchers believe, is that the skills required for competence often are the same skills necessary to recognize competence.
ALEXANDER Litvinenko’s wife Marina wants a full inquest int her husband’s death:
Officials at the highest levels at the Kremlin have insinuated that my husband’s friends in London killed him “in order to smear Russia”. In a scam worthy of the old KGB, a fringe American journalist was invited to Moscow for an interview with Russian prosecutors, who showed him the British extradition papers – the ones that I am not allowed to see. His “conclusion” – that my husband poisoned himself while smuggling radioactive material for terrorists – was published in a third-rate New York newspaper and then trumpeted in Russia as an American-sourced report. I have to protect my husband’s good name from such dirty tricks. A full inquest would put an end to these kind of smear campaigns.
What odds on that happening?
La Bruni is not with Phil but the Guardian’s front-page picture of her looking at the Queen’s consort, a smile playing across her lips, suggests she longs to be. While Philip smiles broadly, Carla’s eyes sparkle. Sarkozy is looking into the camera, a man unnerved.
The Telegraph’s snips Sarkozy away and features only Phil’s noble profile and Bruni’s gaze. “Britain is enchanted by Madame Sarkozy,” says the Express on its cover. And Madame Sarkozy is enchanted by a Briton.
On the Times’ cover, Bruni is with Her Majesty, who is talking and pointing something out. But Carla has only eyes for Liz, her head a whirl of what hold this woman has over Philip, and how it can be slackened.
As the paper’s headline says: “When the Queen met Madame le President”. It’s a Lloyd-George-knew-my-father moment.
HILLARY Clinton can remember when she was a little person, just like you pequena…
Footage of Hillary opening Live Aid coming next…
All this is dressed up in glowing terms as, “a new Franco-British brotherhood,” with Nick telling us that we ought to get together as “we have the same enemies throughout the world.” Not quite right is that.
He forgot to count the French.
HOW does Hillary Clinton spin a lie, or a mistook?
Says she: “So I made a mistake. That happens. It proves I’m human, which you know, for some people, is a revelation.”
Barack Obama should forgive her. Afte all, to err is human, to forgive divine…
WHILE Hillary Clinton goes for the Heather Mills vote, Barack Obama ia giving a speech commemorating the 42nd anniversary of the march on Selma, Alabama. Barack Obama was aged 3:
What happened in Selma, Alabama and Birmingham also stirred the conscience of the nation. It worried folks in the White House who said, “You know, we’re battling Communism. How are we going to win hearts and minds all across the world?
If right here in our own country, John, we’re not observing the ideals set fort in our Constitution, we might be accused of being hypocrites.” So the Kennedy’s decided we’re going to do an air lift. We’re going to go to Africa and start bringing young Africans over to this country and give them scholarships to study so they can learn what a wonderful country America is.
This young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets and came over to this country. He met this woman whose great great-great-great-grandfather had owned slaves; but she had a good idea there was some craziness going on because they looked at each other and they decided that we know that the world as it has been it might not be possible for us to get together and have a child.
He is also related to Brad Pitt because a common ancestor lived 11 generations ago.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is the ninth cousin twice removed of Angelina Jolie, with whom she saved
D. Brenton Simons, president of the 163-year-old genealogical society, also notes that Mrs. Clinton is also related to:
Jack Kerouac (co-author of On The Road With Hill and Bill)
Madonna (with whom Hillary appeared at Live Aid)
Celine Dion (without whom Hillary could not have raised the Titanic)
Alanis Morissette (You Oughta Know – Linda Tripp mix)
Camilla Parker-Bowles – an infamous mistress and therfore not in the least bit like Hillary
Hillary Clinton is 29.
HILLARY Clinton’s “misspoke” mistake that she dodged sniper fire on a trip to Bosnia 12 years ago will enters the American political lexicon.
While Bill Clinton is remembered for fingering his tie (the one Monica Lewinsky bought him) and arguing the toss over the meaning of “sexual relations”, and the Bush administration is known for its “known unknowns”, Hillary will forever be linked to her tears and her misspake.
Of course, Hillary’s mistook pales into insignificance when allied to the contributions of Tony Blair who went one better than twisting words when he actually managed to bend time to his will and turn 45 minutes into so much more…
The Telegraph says Mr Schooler’s customers include “royal palaces and the National Trust”.
The paper also notes that Mr Schooler has been presented with a bill for £30,000 after the European Union ruled that he was using the wrong sized bottles.
Mr Schooler uses traditional 37.5cl bottles. The EU states that the bottles must measure 35cl.
But perhaps the most interesting thing is that officials are not sure whether to classify mead as wine or spirit. Anorak suggest classifying mead as “revolting”. But rules are rules.
We urge Mr Schooler to force the EU to rule on what mead is. And then solicit the support of cultural arbiter Jonathan Meades to carry the fight, and also create slogan for mead, such as “I Feel The Need For Mead”, “Mead Is Murder For Thirst” and a cocktail called “Mead And Mild”, for your honey…
Mr Ward, a 58-year- old bachelor, wrote:
“This is yet another example of ‘Breakdown Britain’… “Children become just a means toward that end, and are of themselves of little if any further significance in this new society.
“I think there is an increasingly strong case for compulsory sterilisation of all those who have had a second (or third, or whatever) child while living off state handouts…
“With over-population being the root cause of so much that negatively impacts Planet Earth, the very last thing the world needs is to encourage excessive breeding.”
Mr Ward has backtracked a little. He says: “I’m half-blind and missed out a word, I should have written ‘consideration’. I’m sorry if it has caused any problems.”
And in any case, as the Mail notes, the whole idea was to get people to think about issues.
Mr Ward is not voicing an opinion, rather joining the debate. He may be saying something unpalatable, but his rhetoric owes more to New Labour than the Nazis.
Oh, yes, the Nazis.
No small shock to read that at the apogee of Cool Britannia, Tony Blair didn’t offer Lady Mills a knighthood, a job as Minister For All The Disabilities or the chance to use her spare leg as celebrity Black Rod as the state opening of Parliament.
Anorak cannot recall any offer being made, having spent the duration of Tony’s Cool Period with its hand over it eyes, fingers in ears singing the first verse to Cliff Richard’s seminal paean to youth, The Young Ones.
The Sun, though, was listening in wrapt awe, and hears how then plain Heather Mills was, as she claims, offered a “people’s peer” gong.
The claim forms a pivotal moment in ITV’s McCartney vs McCartney: The Ex Files.
On the show, Sunday Times writer Jasper Gerard, to whom she made the claim, says: “I was pretty gobsmacked that somebody who was essentially just a model and a bit of a part-time campaigner best known for being Paul McCartney’s girlfriend should be offered a peerage.”
The Sun says it’s all a lie.
But we can only say by way of defence that Tony was young and meant everything he said at the time…