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Al Gorean James Hansen Wants Non Warmists Tried And Condemned

GLOBAL Warming.  If you disagree with it you should be put on trial. Not agreeing with the Al Goreans should be a criminal offence:

James Hansen, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, will today call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading doubt about global warming in the same way that tobacco companies blurred the links between smoking and cancer.

The British are just saps, standing under the lamplight smoking a fag while the polar bears drowns:

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Posted: 23rd, June 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Politicians | Comments (4)

Alan Sugar Is London’s Michael Bloomberg

Jonathan Isaby wonders about Boris and Sir Alan:

Boris Johnson has only been London mayor for a matter of weeks, yet already there is speculation about who Labour might put up against him in May 2012 (yes, the election will be just a couple of months before the Olympics actually happens).

Ken Livingstone has already indicated a desire to do it, but it is generally thought that Labour will want a new face to challenge Boris Johnson in four years’ time.

And the name to be highlighted in the latest press speculation is none other than Sir Alan Sugar, the multi-millionaire businessman and star of the hit BBC reality show, The Apprentice.

He certainly ticks all the boxes I have always thought a mayoral candidate needs to tick: name recognition; charisma; an existing reputation among voters; and potential to appeal to a wider base than that of the party he would be standing for.

He forgets to mention Bloomberg – the savvy Jewish man with the fortune made from electronic screens. You know, like Sugar…

Posted: 23rd, June 2008 | In: Celebrities, Politicians | Comment

Barack Obama Is This Year’s Versace Black

versace.jpgBARACK Obama is a “structured jacket softened by a double lapel or no lapel at all and slim trousers with slick techno-fabric sheen. Crazy zigzags break up the monotony of pinstripes and checks, while the pastel palette gives the collection a warm summer feel.”

Donatella Versace has dedicated her Spring-Summer 2009 collection to Obama, creating a style she said was designed for “a relaxed man who doesn’t need to flex muscles to show he has power.”

Says the LA Times: “Sitting in the front row, actor Rupert Everett applauded enthusiastically, showing that even if it was not dedicated to him, he found the collection right up his alley.”

To the eyes of Versace, Barack Obama the suit unexpectedly marries joie de vivre Timmy Mallet with the frosted vision of the Queen Mother.

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Posted: 23rd, June 2008 | In: Celebrities, Politicians | Comments (2)

Marc Wadsworth And James McGrath Make Boris Johnson Look Decisive

JAMES McGrath is London Mayor Boris Johnson’s deputy chief of staff. Or he was until he met with Marc Wadsworth “a confident, British-born Black activist and news media operator with a reasonable track record”.

Or as the self-aggrandising and ubiquitous Tory blogger Iain Dale calls him “someone called Marc Wadsworth”.

Writes Wadsworth:

McGrath was far from politically correct, David-Cameron-new- cuddly-Conservative Party, when I pointed out to him a critical comment of Voice columnist Darcus Howe that the election of “Boris Johnson, a right-wing Conservative, might just trigger off a mass exodus of older Caribbean migrants back to our homelands”.

He retorted: “Well, let them go if they don’t like it here.” McGrath dismissed influential race commentator Howe as ‘shrill’.

Very soon Boris releases a statement:

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Posted: 23rd, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (3)

Supa Mandiwanzira And Banning Al Jazeera In Zimbabwe

mugabe-election.jpgAL Jazeera’s English Zimbabwe correspondent Supa Mandiwanzira has been accsued of less then objective reporting. In response:

Al Jazeera has been denied permission to operate in Zimbabwe, a source in the Ministry of Information and Publicity told Metro.

Its Harare bureau will be moved to Johannesburg.

The source said the government was not happy with its plans to fire its correspondent Supa Mandiwanzira who is being accused of not being objective.

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Posted: 23rd, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment (1)

WPP And Robert Mugabe

IAIN Dale writes on his his blog:

The Advert WPP Must Hope You Will Never See

Today’s FT has a story that I find shocking in the extreme. The Company working to keep Robert Mugabe in power in Zimbabwe is part of Martin Sorrell’s WPP Group! At first I thought this must be a smear as the implications are so bad for his business. However, WPP have been forced to admit to the FT that it is true, and that the company behind Mugabe’s adverts that have incited the murder of 80 opposition campaigners is indeed part of the Young and Rubicam Group that WPP owns.

Zimbabwe isn’t working…


Posted: 22nd, June 2008 | In: Money, Politicians | Comment (1)

A Web Chat With President Jintao Hu

CHINA’S President Jintao Hu has embarced freedom of expression by answering questions posed by the netizens.

It’s an online chat with members of the People’s Daily’s ‘Strong Country’ online forum. Ask him a questions. Go on, ask him anything you like:

The questions he answered:

1. Do you use the Internet?
2. What do you do on the Internet?
3. Netizens have put up a lot of suggestions about the country; do you read them?

And some questions Mr Hu never got around to answering – with no hint of irony:

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Posted: 21st, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (9)

Government Pays You In Vegetables To Give Up Smoking

cromwell-carrot.jpgTHE Government has not only been watching your every more but it has been also listening to every thing you say.

And now the Government can unveil the new plan that you the people of Britain wanted above lower taxes, cheaper petrol and better transport: smokers in Dundee will be given £115 worth of groceries to give up the evil weed.

In readiness for new legislation that will make not eating five items of fruit and vegetables a week punishable by electric shock therapy and being made to sit though back-to-back episodes of That’s Life outtakes, participants in a 12-week scheme will be given £12.50 a week by NHS Tayside if a carbon monoxide breath test proves they have not been smoking.

And lest the people of Dundee be naughty, the money will be credited onto an electronic card which cannot be used for cigarettes or alcohol.

Just like in prison.

There are 36,000 smokers in Dundee, about half of whom live in poverty, says the BBC, and with any luck one of the last things they enjoy will be taken away from them and replaced by a steamed carrot enabling them to live longer in their impoverished lives…

Posted: 21st, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (9)

Did You Know That Barack Obama Is Black?

BARACK Obama tells us that he is not white, but he is black:

Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama said on Friday he expects Republicans to highlight the fact that he is black as part of an effort to make voters afraid of him …

Like Mike Huckabee.

“They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?”

They did. And so did Obama.

It’s almost as if he’s willing the oppostion to talk about his race, his funny middle name and his inexperience. Perhaps that’s all he has?

The only other subject that could jolt Lee out of his slumping stupor on stage was Barack Obama, to which all conversational roads seemed to lead. Discussing his Hurricane Katrina epic When the Levees Broke, Lee referenced the current flooding in the midwest and said, “The infrastructure of this country is crumbling, and money’s going elsewhere.” He paused, then at quadruple the volume: “That’s gonna change, though…gonna be a real Chocolate City!”

As he says: “This ought to help the Obama Campaign solidify the white vote.”

Posted: 21st, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (11)

We’ve Been Here Before With David Davis And Kelvin McKenzie

WHEN press barons take on politics

The prospect of Kelvin Mackenzie standing in Haltemprice and Howden on behalf of Rupert Murdoch reminds Leicestershire historians of the Harborough by-election of 1916. There, though there was a wartime truce between the main parties, the Liberal candidate Percy Harris (now best remembered as Matthew Taylor’s great-grandfather) faced a formidable opponent financed by the press baron Lord Northcliffe.

Thomas Gibson Bowles was the illegitimate son of a cabinet minister, the founder of Vanity Fair and The Lady, and the grandfather of the Mitford sisters. He had sat for King’s Lynn as both a Liberal and a Conservative. He stood in Harborough to protest against the Asquith government’s conduct of the war.

Percy Harris wrote in his memoirs: “The hoardings were covered with Daily Mail posters, ‘Buy Daily Mail and vote for Bowles,’ and a special issue of the Daily Mirror, then in Northcliffe’s hands, was published and delivered free to the voters.”

Harris won…

Posted: 20th, June 2008 | In: Politicians, Tabloids | Comment (1)

Alex Hilton Interviews David Davis

ALEX Hilton interviews David Davis – listen out for the question: “What is the difference between 28 days and 42 days?”

Davis: “Two weeks”.

Posted: 20th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (2)

Mike Huckabee Doesn’t Mention Obama’s Race Or Name

huckabee-obama.jpgFAILED Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee – he of the Barack Obama Death Cult – wants everyone to stop mentioning Barack Obama’s middle name and his colour.

He says so much on his open letter:

What I am saying is that we need to challenge Obama on the basis that his ideas are the wrong ones—not attacking him personally. If people spend their time repeating a bunch of internet driven drivel about his middle name (he didn’t choose his anymore than I chose mine), or his race (I do sincerely celebrate that our country has moved to a place where a person’s race doesn’t limit him from aspiring to the highest office in our land, but I just believe that due to his proposals and lack of substantive experience, he’s gone far enough—not because of his race, but because of his sincere, but misguided proposals), or his church (there are far more important reasons for us to elect Senator McCain than where Obama went to church).

Oh, yes, his race… his colour… his choich….

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Posted: 20th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (4)

Martin Luther King Does Barack Obama

king-obama.pngMARTIN Luther King Jr. is not Barack Obama.

Just look at the national memorial to the civil rights leader (King) that just won approval from the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.

The first go at a Luther statue was said to be “too confrontational”. King looked angry, and we can’t have a man speaking for an oppressed peoples looking angry.

So King was retouched and came back with a less furrowed brow, a softer mouth and more detailed rendering of the hands.

King retained his folded arms. Ed Jackson Jr., executive architect for the private foundation that is leading the effort, says those critics who says King would never have struck such a pose are wrong.

Just look at him on those magazine covers. See, same pose…

Posted: 20th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)