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MICHAEL Martin is in the trough:
The pressure was heaped on Mr Martin as it emerged that he claimed a second-homes allowance on his constituency house in Glasgow – even though he has no mortgage on it.
It was reported the Speaker, whose London home is his lavish grace-and-favour apartment in the Commons, has claimed more than £75,000 from the Additional Costs Allowance over the past six years.
This usually goes towards mortgages or rent, but can be used for other expenses such as maintenance.
Anti-sleaze campaigner Martin Bell said: “If you live free in a grace-and-favour home, you shouldn’t need public help to run your second home. The Speaker should announce his retirement.”
STUDENT walks seven miles to cast their votes in Texas:
“Texas Republicans have worked overtime to make it harder for key Democratic voting groups to vote and be represented fairly. The redistricting games they’ve played are infamous. And for the Prairie View A&M University precincts, they put the early-polling place more than seven miles from the school.”
“So what did the students in this video do? They shut down the highway as they marched seven miles to cast their votes on the first day of early voting.”
The release: “Two pupils from every sixth form and college in the country will be able to visit Auschwitz and learn about the Holocaust thanks to £4.65 million of funding’ (DCSF press release, 4 February 2008)
As the Sun reports: “Mr Cameron complained yesterday that despite a £4.7million boost for trips, schools still had to fork out £100 per pupil.”
Says a Tory spokesman: “School trips to Auschwitz are a brilliant idea. However, by announcing these trips without providing the necessary funding the government has – in classic fashion – hidden the detail in the small print. Under a Conservative government these trips would be funded in full and schools would not have to find £100 per pupil from their budgets.”
Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, issued his won press release:
“This is a truly disgraceful remark by David Cameron and he should apologise immediately for the offence he has caused. Anyone who has seen the horrors of Auschwitz at first hand knows what a life-changing experience it is. To call the announcement I made of £4.65 million to fund visits by school children over the next three years a ‘gimmick’ just beggars belief. In trying to make this issue into a matter of party politics, David Cameron has shown once again that he not only lacks judgement but also a basic sense of decency.”
It’s not about party politics, says Ed Balls in a, er, Labour Party press release.
Arbeit Macht Frei. Even the Germans can do irony…
Guido Fawkes: “The Tories now say that they support the educational Auschwitz trips and that they would fully fund them via the Lottery fund. Whatever the substance of the matter, somebody is going to get a bollocking for the original press release…”
RedBox: “Almost unbelievably, as at 2.40pm, the Tories are trying to defend its inclusion. They say the funding annoucement doesn’t add up and they weren’t trying to say the trips themselves were gimmicks, just the government spin. Doesn’t matter: they put “Visits to Auschwitz” under a list of “gimmicks” (itself a gimmick). They should have seen the politics of this
Earlier today CCHQ emailed out a list of “gimmicks” associated with Gordon Brown’s time as PM:
Community kitty for every neighbourhood
Funding for flooding
Honours for sportsmen
Trips to Auschwitz
New Border Police
Reversing 24-hour drinking policy
Police to confiscate alcohol from teens
Engaging the public in policy making
1,300 new train carriages
Protecting Public Spaces against terrorist attacks
British jobs for British workers
Deep Cleaning of hospitals
Screening tests: cervical cancer
Screening tests: C.difficile
1,000 troops home before Christmas
Deportation of foreign nationals
Tenants forced to work
Five hours of culture a week
Netball to be introduced for the 2012 Olympics
Obama and Hillary’s Mistake – The critical point is: what you say about your opponent mainly reflects upon you rather than upon them.
BORIS Johnson video. Some say he’s ‘sexy':
Clinton, 92: “The hits that I took in this election are nothing compared to the hits the people of this state and this country have been taking for a long time.”
Hillary Clinton, tonight: “You know, the hits I’ve taken in life are nothing compared to what goes on every single day in the lives of people across our country.”
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Bill Blanko in the Commons
FIFTY Cent, a rapper, joins the call for Barack Obama to be assassinated:
YOU can stop fantasising about Barack Obama’s assassination.
At the Barack Obama rally in Dallas, Texas, the secret service has stopped screening people for weapons at the front gates.
An hour before the presidential candidate takes to the stage at Reunion Arena, orders are being issued.
Metal detectors are turned off. Purses and laptop bags are unrifled.
Dallas Deputy Police Chief T.W. Lawrence, head of the Police Department’s homeland security and special operations divisions, says the order – apparently made by the U.S. Secret Service – was meant to speed up the long lines outside and fill the arena’s vacant seats before Obama came on.
Good idea. No problem. This is Dallas, no place for a popular Democratic leader to be shot. Lawrence can see the faces of the 17,000 people. It is, as she says, a “friendly crowd.”
No problem. This one’s by the book depository. Sorry, by the book…
David Bossie’s new book, Hillary: The Politics of Personal Destruction (Thomas Nelson, March 2008) lays out a compelling case, questioning whether Hillary tells the truth about herself, her past, and her agenda. Bossie, the former Chief Investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during the Bill Clinton presidency and current president of Citizens United, sheds new light on the woman who boldly declares she’s “in it to win it.”
JOHN McCain is embroiled in controversy. The allegation is that McCain had a more than business-like relationship with an lobbyist. McCain will ‘go to war’ against the New York Times. A round-up here. Across the Pond.
In the New Republic:
Beyond its revelations, however, what’s most remarkable about the article is that it appeared in the paper at all: The new information it reveals focuses on the private matters of the candidate, and relies entirely on the anecdotal evidence of McCain’s former staffers to justify the piece–both personal and anecdotal elements unusual in the Gray Lady. The story is filled with awkward journalistic moves–the piece contains a collection of decade-old stories about McCain and Iseman appearing at functions together and concerns voiced by McCain’s aides that the Senator shouldn’t be seen in public with Iseman–and departs from the Times’ usual authoritative voice. At one point, the piece suggestively states: “In 1999 she began showing up so frequently in his offices and at campaign events that staff members took notice. One recalled asking, ‘Why is she always around?'” In the absence of concrete, printable proof that McCain and Iseman were an item, the piece delicately steps around purported romance and instead reports on the debate within the McCain campaign about the alleged affair.
File under: life in the old dog yet…
SIMON Jenkins on Tony Blair for President::
As Jane Austen said of bachelors, a statesman is always in need of a dinner, not to mention a title and a motorcade. Besides, “leader of Europe” has an irresistible ring. It is a sure bet that, were Blair to be dragged protesting to the throne, he would not demur the crown.
To which there is only one sensible answer. Has the man never read history? His professed ambition is one that invariably ends in tears. Europe has never tolerated being led. It is a continent of cats, not dogs. Diversity is its glory, cantankerousness its defence. It is not a family or a community but a marketplace, a cultural entrepôt. Those who have sought its unity, even as a political metaphor, have come to grief.
He won’t be able to resist…
But mostly they have just been awful. Here is the best awful video to fate:
In second place:
Lu-ur-vee. Let’s dace… the Huck dance…
Why does the left have a bad record and a bad reputation with regard to its attachment to democracy?
He points to “a single inescapable fact”:
[N]amely that, flawed as they may be, the capitalist democracies are democracies and none of the would-be anti-capitalist countries, anywhere, has managed to sustain comparably good or better democratic institutions over any length of time. Note that I do not say this means it could never happen; I don’t believe that. What it does mean, however, is that the democratic institutions we are familiar with have yet to be improved upon in any of those places that some leftists are given to casting an indulgent eye upon even while they seek to distance themselves critically from the institutions they themselves benefit from and which are superior.Unwilling to profess a clear allegiance towards what is democratically better, a certain type of leftist is always ready to make allowances for what is democratically worse. Is it any wonder, then, if his or her democratic avowals are regarded by many with suspicion?
How to be made invisible to CCTV cameras: “The URA / FILOART developed device promises to the citizens of a more reliable protection against security measures of the state (and other Überwachenden).
“In addition to monitoring purposes organised systems interaction between man and machine is still IR.ASC an additional interaction between machines dar. This absurd accumulation of technology is symptomatic, because although the entire expense of the protection measures for the alleged safety of citizens is made, the person slips on the importance scale of the current security plan ever deeper down.”
GEORGE Bush is in Africa. Bush is defending his decision not to send U.S. troops into the Darfur genocide, saying he learned lessons from the genocide in Rwanda. Why?
BUSH: A clear lesson I learned in the museum was that outside forces that tend to divide people up inside their country are unbelievably counterproductive. In other words, people came from other countries — I guess you’d call them colonialists — and they pitted one group of people against another.
File under American irony in Iraq…
No, not the escape him, rather to meet him there. As the Independent reports:
Jane West, the director of the Fiji Visitors Bureau, says: “Gordon Brown has taken his fair share of criticism lately and has been under a lot of pressure in his job. The advert is saying that if you’ve had a tough time lately, where would you rather be in the middle of February, Britain or Fiji? It’s an exotic island and is a great place to come to get away from your troubles.”
The poster was designed by the London agency DK Advertising and approved by Downing Street and the Advertising Standards Authority. It was meant to be one in a series of adverts starring other figures who might want to get out of the country. But the others, who include the Duke of Edinburgh, London’s Mayor Ken Livingstone, and Jérôme Kerviel, the rogue trader who cost the French bank Société Gé*érale £3.6bn, are said to have refused to give permission for their images to be used, leaving Mr Brown as the sole face of Fiji.
Stel Tzirki, the media director of DK Advertising, adds: “We wanted to use the others too, but it was going to be too much hassle to get permission. Downing Street agreed that we could use Gordon Brown’s image as long as it was not derogatory and it did not appear that he was endorsing the islands in any way. We showed them the image of the Prime Minister with the red flower behind his ear and they said it was okay to use.”
Can you get a kilt in a grass finish?
CNN TO hacks: Be nice to Fidel Castro.
SAYS Hillary Clinton: “It’s about picking a president who relies not just on words, but on work, hard work, to get America back to work. Someone who’s not just in the speeches business.”
What about someone whose in the mass murder business?
Anyway, what has Obama done?
IRANIAN President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says:
“The world powers established this filthy bacteria, the Zionist regime, which is lashing out at the nations in the region like a wild beast…”
THE US Presidental Race is turning into a version of American Idol.
Remember, America, this is your vote – brought to you in association wth Pepsi Cola…
Vote early and vote often…
NOTES The Croydonian: “Here we go again: “Athens yesterday accepted as “a good basis for negotiations” five different composite names for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) proposed by the United Nations special mediator on the Macedonia name dispute during talks in Athens.”
Sources late yesterday revealed to Kathimerini four of the five proposed names: Democratic Republic of Macedonia, Constitutional Republic of Macedonia, Independent Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Upper Macedonia“.
I think I can do better:
The Not Even Remotely, Honestly not even a little bit, Hellenic Republic of Macedonia
What about Macedonia-under-Duress?