Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
AGW writes in the forums:
The USA prison population, that is guards and prisoners, have a neat expression for convicted murderers…Dead Man Walking.
It is one of the rare and beautifully-coined phrases which sometimes grace the English language, and I use that term in the broadest sense in the USA’s case. It sums up the dreadfully short prognosis and inexorableness of a system which IS going to carry out another killing…this time judicial murder… to punish the guilty and salve (allegedly) the anguish and pain of the victim’s bereaved friends and family.
It must be like that at number 10 Downing Street this morning. There sits the UK Prime Minister brooding as his health and mental vitality is drained away. The once coy cameramen are showing the strain Gordon Brown is feeling by openly photographing and subtlety screening the Premier’s finger nails cut and bitten to the quick. I am not decrying the nail chewing habit but it is a highly visible indicator of stress.
Premier Gordon Brown’s fingernails as seen by The Telegraph six months ago…they are much worse now
The disastrous showing for his Labour Party in the English and Welsh local council elections and then the Crewe and Nantwich by-election fiasco where a massive rout in a once cast-iron Labour stronghold showed just how far the Labour star has sunk in the heavenly plane.
The UK Premier looks to be a man in severe health decline; the job has aged and depleted the man’s undoubtedly huge mental and physical reserves and the wolves in his own pack are turning on him. Already the denials of plots to oust him are starting. Even worse there is a “We’re backing Gordon” campaign under way. A sure sign the end draws nigh.
Anorak warned over and over again that Brown’s continued backing of lieutenants such as the Scotland Labour disaster, wide mouthed frog, Wendy Alexander, Peter Hain, Harriet Harman and others were not good ideas. Brown seems have adopted the Alexander techniques of saying:”It wasnae me. It were a big girl wi’ pigtails who ran away”. It may work for the good-looking ones. The fragrant few…the Tony Blair’s of the world but the ploy is not holding up for the Scottish Manse-raised and, fatally for him, dour humourless Scot Gordon Brown.
If you read any of the heavies today you will see the rallying cries, the “We’re Gordon’s buddies” drivel.
Were I in Gordon’s black polished shoes I’d be extremely worried by that and my finger-nails would be bitten back to beyond the quick and somewhere around the elbows.
Gordon needs a charm offensive which, regrettably, most would find offensive. He needs to produce a rabbit out of his dark top hat the size of Bob Hoskin’s mate Roger in the 1988 film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”
Ask yourself this first series of questions: Who framed the dark-man from the North? Is there a rabbit in anyone’s hat anywhere? Every oil-price hike means greater and greater pressure on an over-stretched British tolerance and we are all aware every oil increases brings in another tranche of massive taxation for the UK Government which appears to be too thick to realise the game is up and the great unwashed has seen what it is about.
My in-box is filled with messages from “sensible” people asking me to boycott this or that petrol outlet because of higher than acceptable prices. Why can’t I just boycott politicians? All politicians.
The answer to Gordon’s mental anguish is not too hard to find but before you start feeling warm gushes of sympathy it may be as well to understand this Dead Man Walking is as guilty as everyone else who sat in that disgraced and shameful Westminster place and voted for a war (in my and your name). A war based on lies and tenuous transatlantic friendships.
The second question has to be:
Is the finger-nail biting due to pressure or guilt? I hope it not a combination of both because unless Gordon Brown can practise what we all have to do sometimes, that is, ignore the danger and press for the winning line, then the execution shed does await. At least in Gordio’s case it is likely to be a metaphorical rather than a Saddam Hussein literal political drop.
The Herald’s page one lead today is worth a read as is The Independent’s: Ministers Deny Plot
ALL change. The No. 16 to Beijing will not be stopping at Beijing.
Proposals to send a red double-decker bus by road from London to China, to coincide with the Olympics, have been dropped after critics derided the idea as a gimmick and a waste of almost half a million pounds…
Taxpayers will still pay more than half the bill for the project, lauded by Ken Livingstone, because of the expense incurred in planning the journey and hiring bus drivers.
The move comes as Boris Johnson, the new Mayor of London, launches an Olympics cost-cutting drive and says that as few officials as possible would be attending the Games.
Mr Livingstone claimed that the Beijing trip would highlight London’s public transport system to the world, via one of its most recognisable symbols, and help to forge ties with China.
It was cancelled last week by London 2012 organisers and Transport for London (TfL), which funded the journey, in the wake of the earthquake in Sichuan province.
The trip, which was to be undertaken by eight drivers at a cost of £450,000, was considered to be unsafe and in bad taste, given the scale of the disaster. However, given that Mr Johnson had denounced it during the election campaign as a publicity stunt and a “ludicrous waste of public money”, the decision was regarded by his aides as a “happy coincidence”.
A spokesman for Mr Johnson said: “He was already very sceptical about it and in need of persuading, but TfL and the Olympics board reflected on the earthquake and decided to pull it anyway.”
Mr Johnson scrapped another facet of Mr Livingstone’s legacy when he axed a controversial tie-up with Venezuela, and half-price bus and tram travel for some of the capital’s least well-off. Mr Livingstone signed a deal with the South American nation’s state-owned oil company last year, agreeing to provide transport advice in return for a 20 per cent cut in TfL’s bus fuel bill.
The savings were used to offer discount fares to around 250,000 people on income support.
At the launch of his successful campaign to oust the two-term Labour Mayor, Mr Johnson called the deal with Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez “completely Caracas”.
No room up top – although it’s empty…
Der Spiegel declares:
Berlin political circles — both liberal and conservative — are fawning over US presidential candidate Barack Obama. Many in Germany see him as a cross between John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., but expectations may be exaggerated.
JFK and Martin Luther King – whatever happened to them?
HILLARY Clinton might be a woman:
Gloating, unshackled sexism of the ugliest kind has been shamelessly peddled by the US media, which – sooner rather than later, I fear – will have to account for their sins…
More women hating here:
Shaker Pocochina covers at her place the two articles Bill Clinton Has “Never Seen a Candidate Treated So Disrespectfully Just for Running” and Clinton Sheds Pantsuits for Puerto Rico, both of which can be found at ABC News’ Policial Radar, juxtaposed without a trace of irony.
SLUGGER notes: “Win or lose an Antrim man will be setting legal history as the first person to be prosecuted for not registering to vote. There are an estimated 200,000 people not registered in Northern Ireland.”
Ian Withers of Potterswalls, Antrim faces a fine of up to £1,000 if convicted in the case, which may be the first of its kind in the UK. He has already denied a charge of failing to provide information to the Chief Electoral Officer under the requirements of the Representation of the People Act. A date for his full trial before Antrim Magistrates is due to be set when he next appears on June 3.
THE plot to kill Barack Obama gathers pace with each passing day.
Now on Fox News, Liz Trotta, former New York bureau chief of the Washington Times, mistakenly calls Obama “Osama,” and jokes that it would be nice to see them both killed:
TROTTA: And now we have what some are reading as a suggestion that sombody knock off Osama — Obama. Well, both, if we could.
HOST: Talk about how you really feel.
If you’re going to help McCain get elected, you need to take responsibility for your actions. This election is bigger than you. It’s bigger than Barack Obama. It’s bigger than Hillary Clinton. Lives will be saved or lost depending on who is elected in November, and if you’re going to willfully help prolong the war, it’s time to do the honorable thing and enlist.
Click here to locate a U.S. Army recruiter in your area.
THE Barack Obama death cult is gathering acolytes.
Here’s Hillary Clinton reminds one and all that Robert Kennedy was doing well until he was shot by Sirhan Sirhan, so bad they named him twice:
GLOBAL warming is a UN fact for Ban-ki Moon:
“Our dependence on carbon-based energy has caused a significant build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Last year, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change put the final nail in the coffin of global-warming sceptics. We know that climate change is happening, and we know that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that we emit are the cause“.
Thankfully, it comes wrapped in a hardly dust jacket can be lined up with Brown’s other works: Courage: Eight Portraits -Gordon on his big heroes; Britain’s Every Day Heroes – Gordon on his little heroes; Where There’s Greed: Margaret Thatcher and the Betrayal of Britain’s Future – Gordon on his miniature heroes.
Collect all Gordon’s works and by placing the books spine out on a shelf, see the message “I HATE TONY”. Fold in the covers and see an image of Brown being stabbed in the back by a man sipping a Granita.
One reviewer’s favourite passage from Gordon’s new book is:
“- if I might put it this way – the man from Whitehall always knowing best, it is the woman from the WRVS or Sure Start or Community Service Volunteers or any of the NCVO organisations, that knows better.”
In other words, they all know better than you do…
Last week, Obama couldn’t tell Sioux City from Sioux Falls. Yesterday, he couldn’t tell Sunrise from Sunshine. These aren’t the most egregious mistakes in the world — they don’t compare to, say, claiming that a president should meet with terrorist financiers without asking them to stop paying for terrorism — but they do show at least a little incompetence in handling information and details. How many times did Gerald Ford bump his head before comedians started portraying the former star athlete as an uncoordinated boob?
What Obama character traits will the satirists pick up on?
Jonathan Cohn in The Plank: We will learn about McCain’s health
A KNOCK at the Blairs’ door:
Tony and Cherie Blair were threatened with the bailiffs over an unpaid bill at their constituency home, expenses documents released by the Commons show.
The Blairs got a reminder notice from Northumbrian Water in November 2005, addressed to “Mr C L Blair” for £147.
“Your account may be transferred to a debt recovery agency…We appreciate that you may be experiencing some financial difficulties,” it said.
Read all about that and more in Cherie’s next book…
The Mirror’s Kevin Maguire is obsessed with “toffs”.
Brown’s challenge is to set out a vision and cut out the errors but Toff Cameron’s in the driving seat.
Anorak prefers the word “nob” to Toff, anyway…
IN Northern Ireland: “There’s a trial currently taking place in Belfast, that seems to explain plainly how nothing makes any sense. It revolves around a factory owned by the arms company Raytheon, which was set up in Derry soon after the IRA ceasefire. John Hume, who’d just won the Nobel Peace Prize was among those who announced the opening of the plant, welcoming it as a result of the ‘peace dividend'”
OBSEQUIOUS Tory wannabe Iain Dale is the eponymous star of DALE’S TOURS, “my new weekly slot for TELEGRAPH TV, in which I go round the country talking to Tory activists, councillors and candidates.”
TV executives worried about the power of the internet should sleep easy – especially if they adhere to the Dale mantra: Tune in and drop off…
Dorries tells BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Last night the Labour MPs were on a three-line whip to attend the chamber. When they arrived in the chamber, because normally only a third of them even vote on this issue, they were dragooned.”
As Dawn Primarolo MP said: “She has asserted many things as fact which are not.”
Nadine has righteousness of her side. Nadine will fight on. But she wears the badges of defeat, and it is alleged that she is to be electronically tagged.
The source goes on to say that Nadine has now been issued with a “reality curfew”, strictly limiting her access to religious fundamentalists when Parliament is in session.
“The electronic tag ensures that Ms Dorries has the freedom to pursue her beliefs,” says a Tory spokesperson, “without endangering others.”
Adding: “We support her right to choose”…
Summary: On the day it was announced that Sen. Ted Kennedy had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, nationally syndicated radio host Michael Savage opened his show by interspersing audio of Kennedy singing “Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes” with clips of news reporters discussing Kennedy’s diagnosis and audio from Kindergarten Cop in which Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character says, “It’s not a tumor.”
Says Savage:, “No gloating today, no laughter, all serious. You don’t joke about a man’s cancer. I do it, but I won’t do it today; it’s something I will not do.”
President plans to kill off every single homosexual
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh says he will “cut off the head” of any homosexual caught in his country…
He said the Gambia was a country of believers, indicating that no sinful and immoral act as homosexual would be tolerated in the country.
He warned all homosexuals in the country to leave, noting that a legislation “stricter than those in Iran ” concerning the vice would be introduced soon.
Mirror readers weened on celebrity cocaine learn that Junk is slang for heroin.
“My guy, I roll him up and smoke him,” she sings. The Elysée Palce is reportedly uncomfortable with the line, it being a perceived slight on Sarkozy’s lack of size, his being no bigger than a herbal cigarette.
Elsewhere on the album, Bruni gives full throat to a tale about her love affair with French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Her version Bob Dylan’s You Belong To Me includes the line: “See the pyramids along the Nile… Just remember darling, all the while, you belong to me.”
While and Nile is decent rhyme. And there is hope that if Mrs Sarkozy continues in such a vein she could do for pop music what Amy Winehouse has done for politics.
Says the Mail: “Cherie: ‘I can use contraception AND be a good Catholic girl.’”
If this promise can be accompanied by a shot of Cherie dressed as a nun, dangling a condom from her fingers and affecting a look of wide-eyed innocent curiosity, she may well counter those allegations that’s he has cashed in on her husband’s name and prostituted the position of self-styled First Lady…
The Mail notes: “They will be sent for a spell in a specialist unit where they will be given anger management classes alongside normal lessons to prepare them to return to their schools.”
This may be just the Mail’s take on the news because over in the Guardian the same White Paper is given the headline: “Sin bins for pupils to be scrapped.”
Ministers moved yesterday to scrap so-called sin bins for disruptive pupils and replace them with specialist centres run by private companies, charities and academies, in an admission that the policy has failed.
So sin bins are out. As the Independent says: “Disruptive pupils to be sent to specialist ‘sin bins’ run by private companies.”
So much for the non sin-bins sin bins. What of the policy?
The Mirror says that “ministers are so anxious to catch youngsters before they offend that those who have out-of-control brothers or sisters or a mum or dad in jail could be sent to one of the units – even if they have done nothing wrong”.
THE Presidential wannabes sit on a porch and wait for the voters to arrive:
The best part about a Front Porch Campaign is that the fanatic supporters of a candidate will also go camp out near the “front porch.” Some 600,000 Harding supporters visited his hometown of Marion, Ohio, during the 1920 campaign. Imagine if all the old ladies who love Hillary went to wherever she lives (Scranton?) and stayed there until November. Better yet, imagine if Ron Paul’s wacky followers all moved to Ron Paul’s front yard in Texas, and stayed there forever!
Big porch? Small porch?
DID John McCain Create an HDTV Monster?
I found myself gasping at McCain’s mug as transmitted in glorious HDTV. Wrinkles, blotches, liver spots, scarry tissue—none of these were hidden by McCain’s makeup. As McCain cracked wise (“What do we want in our next president? Certainly someone who is very, very, very old.”), I found myself thinking, Jeez, he doesn’t look like a guy who’ll turn 72 this August. He looks like a guy who’ll turn 82.
TV killed the Republican star…
NEW Labour: The dam’s burst. Now voters just want to wallop Labour…
Of course, plenty are still loyal. Dunwoody has been canvassing only Labour stalwarts, who greeted her with fond memories of things her mother did for them. “Always Labour!” they said, and the latest ICM poll in Crewe shows 37% still are. Old Crewe railwaymen tell Tory canvassers they’d rather boil their heads than vote for the party that privatised the railways. But 45% tell ICM they’ll vote Conservative, sweeping away a 16% Labour lead in 2005. As a national swing, Labour would lose 150 seats.
Vote Dunwoody – like her mum:
Yesterday afternoon Ms Dunwoody was accompanied by Schools Secretary Ed Balls – perhaps the Prime Minister’s closest disciple – at the naming of a school building after her mother, who was widely respected as an independent-minded local MP.