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Respect The Irish No Vote

irish-no-vote.jpgRESPECT due (no giggling in the German seats)…


Posted: 20th, June 2008 | In: Photojournalism, Politicians | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Amy Winehouse Catches Tony Blair

tb.jpgAMY Winehouse has the “classic sings of TB”.

Who on reading that does not think that Winehouse has taken on the characteristics of Tony Blair?

Of course Tony has never billed himself as TB, for much the same reason that the Beckhams do not have “VD” embroidered into their car headrests.

But the link between Winehouse and Blair is not diminished by reading the Sun’s headline in full: “Coughing up blood, no appetite, weight loss…Amy has the classic sings of TB.”

She’s now in hospital, where she will be for 40 days and 40 nights.

That his name bears the initials of a disease cannot have escaped Tony Blair.

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Posted: 20th, June 2008 | In: Celebrities, Politicians, Tabloids | Comments (5) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Burnham Breeches: Chakrabarti And David Davis’s Noble Stance

chakrabarti-davis.bmpANDY Burnham, the Culture Secretary considers things David Davis and tells left wing Progress magazine:

To people who get seduced by Tory talk of how liberal they are, I find something very curious in the man who was, and still is I believe, an exponent of capital punishment, having late-night, hand-wringing, heart-melting phone calls with Shami Chakrabarti

Chakrabarti is the director of Liberty, the civil liberties group. The Times’ Ann Treneman writes that “there is a rumour that David Davis resigned after being bewitched by Shami. She denied this, but then she would.”

David Davis responds: “Labour has now resorted to personal smears and lies rather than make its case for 42 days detention without charge and for the other illiberal measures it has taken.”

That sounds like an over-reaction to an over-reaction to a crass comment, but then there is by-election to be fought and Burnham’s office calls it “by-election political knockabout and nothing else”.

Burnham’s office goes on to say:

Nothing more should be read into it and no personal offence was intended to Shami Chakrabarti.

End of. David Davis is not shagging Mrs Chakrabarti, nor is he engaging in phone sex with her, nor is he reading passages aloud from Mill & Boon’s Noble Stance series. Move on. Or not.

A letter is, apparently, sent to Andy Burnham, the Attorney General, and Gordon Brown, by one Shami Chakrabarti:

I am writing in relation to your recent article in the ironically titled “Progress” magazine. In that article you set out to smear my dealings with the former Shadow Home Secretary. I must say that I find this behaviour curious, coming as it does from a Cabinet Minister; let alone someone with a partner and family of his own.

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Posted: 20th, June 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Politicians | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Britain Is World’s Biggest Arms Exporter

IT’S the ethical foreign policy

London Britain was the world’s biggest arms seller last year, accounting for a third of global arms exports, the Government’s trade promotion organisation said.

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) said that arms exporters had added £9.7 billion in new business last year, giving them a larger share of global arms exports than the United States.


Posted: 19th, June 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Politicians | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Barack Obama Rally Blocks Muslim Women

BARACK Obama is not a Muslim:

Two Muslim women at Barack Obama’s rally in Detroit on Monday were barred from sitting behind the podium by campaign volunteers seeking to prevent the women’s headscarves from appearing in photographs or on television with the candidate.

You can change many things – but you can’t change an unphotogenic face. Maybe they could get their headscarves sponsored and come back?

Maybe they should strike a blow for equality?


Posted: 19th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Al Gore’s Energy Use Surges By 10 Per Cent

work4carbon.jpgAL Gore, leader of the Al Goreans, has modified his home.  Now: “Energy Guzzled by Al Gore’s Home in Past Year Could Power 232 U.S. Homes for a Month”:

In the past year, Gore’s home burned through 213,210 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, enough to power 232 average American households for a month…

In the year since Al Gore took steps to make his home more energy-efficient, the former Vice President’s home energy use surged more than 10%, according to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research.

An Inconvenient Truth

Posted: 18th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (5) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Caroline Flint Is The Apprentice’s Claire Young

CAROLINE Flint is The Apprentice’s Claire Young…

A video of the Labour minister…

Louise Casey was unavailable for comment…

Posted: 18th, June 2008 | In: Politicians, TV & Radio | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Demonsing Bobby Jindal

WHO is Bobby Jindal?

Bobby Jindal, the 36-year old governor of Louisiana, is being taken seriously by the national press as a candidate on the shortlist to be John McCain’s Vice President. No one doubts that he’s a political prodigy — his impressive resume includes stints as president of the state university system, a Congressman and now governor.

But one of Jindal’s job titles hasn’t gotten much attention — and it just might prompt a few questions if his Veep candidacy gains steam: Exorcist.

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Posted: 18th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Political Quote Of The Day: Gordon Brown On Liberty


DAVID Davis makes a stand, and Gordon Brown tells us that he’s the real champion of liberty: 

… we have given people new rights to protest outside Parliament …

– Gordon Brown on “Liberty and Security

Says Guy Herbert:

“… omitting to mention that until 2005 there was a general liberty to protest outside Parliament, and giving just a little bit of it back, having fortified the area in the meantime, is not all that impressive. Read the whole thing, if you haven’t been paying attention while a free country changed into something else.”

Over in the Mirror, Gordon Brown’s media mouthpiece Kevin Maguire is using Davis to show how “out of touch with most people” David Cameron is. Of couse, Brown can now see the people by looking out of his window…

Picture: Beau Bo D’Or Website

Posted: 18th, June 2008 | In: Politicians, Tabloids | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Hazel Blears’ Computer Stolen

hazel-blears.jpgSOMEONE’S broken into Hazel Blears’ constituency offices and stolen a personal computer holding “sensitive documents relating to defence and extremism”.

No arrests have been made but Anorak has obtained an exclusive picture from inside the offices at the time of the crime.

Do you know this woman in the image taken from CCTV, a possible witness?

Tell the authorities in the next 42 days or the police will apprehend all wallpaper dealers in the Salford region, their customers, their…

CCTV: The Spine 

Posted: 17th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

David Davis For Freedom: A Website

DAVID Davis is making a stand. David Davis for Freedom, is the grand name of his website.

David Davis’s record on voting against gay rights can be read here, so too his attitude to the smoking ban.

Others on Davis: 

Sounds Of Gunfire – Davis the liberal

Liberty – Shami Chakrabarti’s statement and Liberty view

Amnesty – Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen’s statement.

OurKingdom – Anthony Barnett’s on democracy’s ally

Chicken Yoghurt – Indecision

Labour Outlook – Idiocy

BlairWatch – Dirty Brown

Posted: 17th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (15) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

David Craig To Stand Against David Davis

DAVID Craig has decided that he will fight David Davis for the Haltemprice and Howden seat.

My message is that the 42 days issue is not important to most people as we are unlikely to be affected by it. However, living on the national average salary as I do, I believe that what is important to taxpayers is how MPs have become overpaid, out of touch and are wasting billions of pounds of our money when the cost of living is spiralling out of control.

Well, many do care about 42 days, and it does affect everyone of us. But it is a free-ish country, and so long as he can afford the money and the time, Mr Craig can stand.  By the way, His real name is name is Neil Glass…

Posted: 17th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (5) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

George Monibot On Bush And Wealth

GEORGE Monbiot looks into the crystal ball at George Bush:

We shouldn’t be surprised to hear that George Bush dined with a group of historians on Sunday night. The president has spent much of his second term pleading with history. But however hard he lobbies the gatekeepers of memory, he will surely be judged the worst president the United States has ever had.

Even if historians were somehow to forget the illegal war, the mangling of international law, the trashing of the environment and social welfare, the banking crisis, and the transfer of wealth from rich to poor

Yeah, what a loser…

Posted: 17th, June 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Politicians | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Bush Never Lied About Iraq

REALLY: “Bush never lied to us about Iraq – The administration simply got bad intelligence. Critics are wrong to assert deception.”

In 2004, the Senate Intelligence Committee unanimously approved a report acknowledging that it “did not find any evidence that administration officials attempted to coerce, influence or pressure analysts to change their judgments.” The following year, the bipartisan Robb-Silberman report similarly found “no indication that the intelligence community distorted the evidence regarding Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.”


Posted: 17th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (5) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Romanians Elect Dead Man For Mayor

vote-romania.jpg“I KNOW he died, but I don’t want change,” a pro-Ivascu villager tells Romanian television.

“The vote goes on as planned… We don’t have any legislation which allows us to halt the electoral process,” says a spokesman for the Electoral Commission.

Neculai Ivascu, 57, ran the village of Voinesti, Romania, for 18 years. He died from liver disease just after voting began – but still won the election by a margin of 23 votes.

Reuters reports that: “A local official said the authorities decided to keep the poll open in case Ivascu’s opponent, Gheorghe Dobrescu, won, avoiding the need for a re-run.”

The country’s Social Democrat Party (PSD), have called for a new vote, so allowing a fair go for one and all.

Mr Ivascu will be made to stand against: Illie Snookercu; Vlad the Impaler, Elena Ceauşescu (Monster Raving Loony Party) and many many more…

Posted: 17th, June 2008 | In: Politicians, Strange But True | Comments (14) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Boris Johnson: The Man Who Mistook His Hat For The War On Terror

bj.jpgTHIS week London mayor Boris Johnson talks about his hat:

I hitched my rucksack, tucked my right trouser leg into my sock and was about to clamber aboard the King of the Road when I realised there was something terribly wrong with my appearance. I clapped my head. My helmet! I’d forgotten to wear the symbol of my new deference to correct thinking… the chinstrap of social obedience.

Lest readers mistake this for filler and evince that you ne London mayor and a columnist, Johnson ties his hatless head to the war on terror and 42 days detention:

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Posted: 17th, June 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Politicians | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Obama Is Europe’s Man

SAYS Paul: “New York Magazine’s Daily Intel blog warns Europeans that the more they cheer for Barack Obama, the greater the chance he will lose”:

The Americans who would listen to the advice of Western Europe are the ones who listen to the BBC feed on NPR in the morning for their international news and opinion — in other words, the people who are already going to vote for Obama. The people who he is trying to win over at this very moment, as he campaigns in the red states, are the ones who will view a European endorsement as a total minus. Remember when there was a movement to rename French Fries “Freedom Fries” over here? Yeah, it’s those people who will be alienated by your support. Frankly, they think you’re a bunch of Socialist sissies.


Posted: 16th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

To The Vomitorium With Meghan McCain

JOHN McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain is now a Republican – she explains why on her blog:

This morning, I went to the State Capitol Executive Building in Phoenix with Mom and re-registered as a Republican.  I did this as a symbol of my commitment to my dad and to represent the faith I have in his ability to be an effective leader for our country and to grow and strengthen the Republican party when he is elected President of the United States.  Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

Sweet. Does he still have his own teeth?

Posted: 16th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Con Coughlin On George Bush’s Great Legacy

BUSH is going and Con Goughlin agrees with her:

He overthrew the Taliban in Afghanistan and destroyed the al-Qa’eda terrorist infrastructure responsible for the September 11 attacks. He overthrew Saddam Hussein’s detested regime – which had been a thorn in the West’s side for more than a decade – and he has built an international consensus for dealing with the alarming issue of Iran’s nuclear programme.


Posted: 16th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

What Becomes Of Hillary Clinton’s Celebrity Backers

bill-hillary-clinton.jpgWHAT happens when Hillary Clinton loses and her celebrity friends realise they have backed the wrong horse?

The New York Daily News reports:

Bill Clinton came to Hollywood for Thursday’s American Film Institute gala to pay tribute to Warren Beatty, but the former President didn’t miss the chance to play peacemaker among warring Democrats.

While Clinton commiserated with Hillary-backers like Jack Nicholson, he also reached out to Obama-backers, like vicious Clinton-basher David Geffen. Said WJC to Beatty: “We all have to get behind Barack now.”

Does Barack Obama need Jack Nicholson in his camp to appeal to, well, who does Nicholson appeal to?

Better if all celebrities who backed the losers had their celebrity status removed and were barred from talking about anything other then their new film, rehab and how they are move fanciable than Mick Hucknall.

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Posted: 16th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (7) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

John McCain’s Credit Card Statement

ON John McCain’s new Senate Financial Disclosure Form, voters can wodner about his fiscal policy:

The bulk of the McCains’ obligations stemmed from a pair of American Express credit cards that are held in Cindy McCain’s name. According to the disclosure reports, which present information on debts in a range rather than providing a precise figure, Mrs. McCain owed $100,000 to $250,000 on each card.

Says JTaplin: “I know what American Express charges for interest on a Platinum Card. A fiscally responsible household should probably sell some of the million of Anheuser-Busch stock they own and stop paying that 17% ARP on $500,000 worth of Amex charges.”


Posted: 16th, June 2008 | In: Money, Politicians | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Sunay Hundal Says Asians Should Vote Tory

SAYS Sunny Hundal:

Saying that… given that New Labour wants to extend anti-terrorism legislation until every brown person in the country is locked up until proven innocent (or once the police can be bothered to let you out), it makes more sense for brown and black people, who will overwhelmingly face the brunt of this police-state legislation, to vote Conservative. At least the Tories have finally found some balls regarding the erosion of our civil liberties.


Posted: 16th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Chanting A Weak Farewell To George Bush

george-bush-protest.jpgPRESIDENT George Bush “will bid Britain farewell today and then fly home after a frantic final tour of Europe where he secured vague assurances of support, but little tangible progress, for what remains of his foreign policy,” writes the Times.

Caption the picture

Bush is pictured meeting with the Queen (FT and Times’ front pages) and Gordon Brown (Telegraph).

But the Guardian features not the star but his opponents. A clue to the paper’s seinsibilities can be sensed in its leader column: “World leaders have legacies. Global disasters have aftermaths.”

The front page headline trills: “What do we want? George Bush. What do we get? A no-show.”

Crowds often turn out in Britain for the farewell tours of famous American names and yesterday was no exception. Some 2,500 had gathered in Parliament Square hours before the big event was due to start, and there plenty of T-shirts and memorabilia on sale.But despite non-stop chants of his name, the star of the show made no appearance in front of the crowds.

The Guardian is the papers that ignores the big American star on the red carpet and looks at the fans. It says Bush is not there, which may means the paper was in the wrong place? It seems surprised that chanting someone’s name fails to conjure them up.  Still, no news can still be news:

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Posted: 16th, June 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Politicians | Comments (10) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Ann Coulter On The Great George Bush

ANN Coulter on why George Bush is a great president – 100 PERCENT AL-QAIDA FREE SINCE 2001.

I generally don’t write columns about the manifestly obvious, but, yes, the man responsible for keeping Americans safe from another terrorist attack on American soil for nearly seven years now will go down in history as one of America’s greatest presidents.

It is unquestionable that Bush has made this country safe by keeping Islamic lunatics pinned down fighting our troops in Iraq. In the past few years, our brave troops have killed more than 20,000 al-Qaida and other Islamic militants in Iraq alone. That’s 20,000 terrorists who will never board a plane headed for JFK — or a landmark building, for that matter.

We are, in fact, fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them at, say, the corner of 72nd and Columbus in Manhattan — the mere mention of which never fails to enrage liberals, which is why you should say it as often as possible.


Posted: 16th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The CNN Moos With John McCain

ASKING a question of John McCain should be easy. This man in the video finds it tricky.

But rather than him being the story, Anorak cannot get pass the commentator, the closed-voiced woman called Jeanne Moos, whose vocal impression of a surprised Fozzy Bear swallowing snot brings us the noos, sorry, news.

Jeanne works for CNN, which features the long-question as news, and makes it longer by boosting it with Moos’s voiceovers.

McCain’s interrogator should consider applying for a job as a nodding head on a 24-hour news channel…

Posted: 16th, June 2008 | In: Politicians, TV & Radio | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0