Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
DEPUTY DUP leader Peter Robinson is red hot favourite to lead the party at 1/20, over Nigel Dodds priced at 10/1.
Lots bluestockings can bid on include, in no particular order, although…
1. Dinner for two with Michael Portillo
2. A chauffeur driven in the latest Rolls-Royce for shopping, high tea at Brown’s Hotel, VIP seats at Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Sound of Music and a deluxe double room at Brown’s Hotel
3. Opera, personalised and performed just for you
4. A charcoal nude drawing by Chloe Cloherty. 32” wide x 42” high
A souvenir of Michael to take home
5. A house painting commission 24” x 30” in oil, by William Eyre
Redecorate the bedroom
6. A week of luxury on the Isle of Wight
Is it possible..?
HILLARY Clinton tries to be funny. But just ends up being unnerving:
BORED Minsiters who can’t be bothered to explain…
BARACK Obama is taking questions:
Reporters from the Associated Press and Reuters went after him for his false denial that a campaign aide had held a secret meeting with Canadian officials over Obama’s trade policy. A trio of Chicago reporters pummeled him with questions about the corruption trial this week of a friend and supporter. The New York Post piled on with a question about him losing the Jewish vote.
Obama responded with the classic phrases of a politician in trouble. “That was the information that I had at the time. . . . Those charges are completely unrelated to me. . . . I have said that that was a mistake. . . . The fact pattern remains unchanged.”
When those failed, Obama tried another approach. “We’re running late,” the candidate said, and then he disappeared behind a curtain.
As if by magic…
WAS 9/11 a cathartic moment in American history? Brand America reborn:
There’s no way to put this delicately, so I won’t: America’s global image is in the crapper. Last year, the BBC World Service conducted a poll of over 26,000 individuals in the world’s 25 largest countries and found that more than 52 percent thought the U.S. had a “mostly negative” influence on the world. Fifty-three percent of respondents to a survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs felt America could “not be trusted.”
Which means that, on top of everything else it represents, the current presidential election is something like an ad agency review — a chance to put a set of potential stewards for “Brand America” through their paces, to see the creative and strategic directions in which they’d take our product.
Can the Race For The White House rebuild America’s profile overseas? And do Americans care if it does?
Labour has lodged an official complaint, claiming Radio 4’s Today programme has given David Cameron an easy ride in recent interviews.
In a letter to Sue Inglish, the BBC’s head of political programming, Labour’s vice- chairman Dawn Butler says presenter-Sarah Montague avoided any “unexpected questions”.
Says Miss Butler: “On the last five occasions Mr Cameron has appeared on the Today programme, dating back to November 1, his interviews have lasted less than eight minutes, they have been exclusively on a subject of his own choosing, and no questions have been asked by the interviewers on any other topical issues.”
The BBC denies any bias. And we wonder if this is less the fault of the BBC than of its star interlocutor Jeremy Paxman, whose hectoring, smirky-style of interviewing is what we expect our politicians to endure.
Know that people caught with alcohol where drinking is banned will “see fines rise from £500 to £2,500 if they refuse to stop”.
“Regular trouble makers” will be given “acceptable behaviour contracts” which “could ban them from specific areas”.
The Government’s MBA approach to life, with its blue sky thinking to the booze road map sees drinkers offered a contract, like those given to professional footballs and assassins.
Drinkers are advised to read the small print, lest it also bar them from eating cake mix, inhaling dog shit and smoking in the “common air zone”…
HEADLINE Of the day: Pig farmers march on Westminster
Oh, the irony…
Hundreds of farmers are to hold a demonstration at Westminster to protest against falling pork profits.
Farmers’ leaders say the industry is in “meltdown”, and some warn that so many farmers are quitting that there may be a pork shortage by the end of the year.
It gives their columnists something to write about other then their children, and allows the paper to quote itself a source of irrefutable and expert fact.
In today’s Mirror readers learn that the paper’s No To The Toll Tax campaign has won the day. The “controversial” pay-as-you-go toll tax is to be “axed”. Satellites will not track cars and charge by the mile.
Says the Mirror’s boy racer Richard Hammond: “This is a great victory.”
“REAL CAMPAIGNS,” says the Mirror. “REAL STORIES. REAL RESULTS.” The Hammond Report gts results.
Nothing fake here. No pictures of a British squaddie urinating on his Iraqi captive. No fiction. The Mirror newspaper sticks to the real.
And the real news is that the petition Richard Hammond handed to outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair last year has had a real impact.
Not only did Blair leave power soon after, not only did Blair get to meet another celebrity, but now the Government says it has listened to the real people and the plan for an unworkable and expensive satellite tracking for all cars will not be made real.
THE new UK Libertarian Party want to abolish income tax. Policy No.1…
Just following orders.
THE Clinton Whitehouse Timeshare:
SAYS Barack Obama in the NY Post: “I am a devout Christian. I pray to Jesus every night and try to go to church as much as I can.”
Hillary Clinton says: “Obama Not Muslim ‘As Far As I Know’…”
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OVER tyhe Goverment newswires: “Yvette Cooper launches £12m pathfinder for new money guidance service”
Up to three quarters of a million people will get free money guidance on matters like managing debt, planning for retirement or saving for a mortgage deposit, under a new £12m pathfinder Yvette Cooper, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has today announced.
Taxpayers can apply for a cashback scheme by…
NEWS from the Telegraph’s Court & Social pages that ALAN Duncan, the Conservative’s shadow business secretary, is to enter into a legal partnership with a same-sex partner, James Dunseath.
An Anorak readers responds:
What a shame that Sir Edward Heath is not leader of the party and so able to see this…
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HILLARY Clinton has been on Saturday Night Live. She’s here to make you laugh. She might laugh along. And you might like to send the children from the room, lest they get scared.
Politicians are judged on their sense of humour as much as their policies. Forget the soundbite, we demand a pun.
It was the third consecutive “SNL” episode featuring a presidential contender. Republican candidate Mike Huckabee appeared on “Weekend Update” last week. On a November episode of “SNL,” the last before the Writers Guild of America strike, Obama played himself as a guest at a party thrown by Hillary and Bill Clinton.
John McCain needs to work on his material. Can he do a silly walk?
BARACK II: “Waiting for the Obama-a-likes”
The rise and rise of Senator Barack Obama is an epic event in the history of political marketing. Politicos everywhere should watch and learn.
At campaign meetings on university campuses across the country, student audiences have been gasping at the confident, articulate, personable spokeswoman who has been singing her mother’s praises in more than 20 states...She turned 28 last week and won’t be eligible to run for the White House until she’s 35. Yet despite anything you may have heard about Americans being sick of family dynasties, there are plenty of Democrats who are already fantasising about President Chelsea Clinton – and her delighted parents are doing nothing to discourage the idea.
If she can marry Prince Harry, what a dynasty it would be…
And if it has, has Prince Harry got his skis ready packed?
In “Alistair Darling chases rich in tax-free haven of Monaco – Chancellor tightens screw on wealthy Britons and their Riviera refuge”, the Times talks of “hostilities against Britain’s super-rich” and “sanctions against Monaco, the Mediterranean tax haven”.
“So far the attention has been on Liechtenstein, but Monaco is the goldmine,” says a Whitehall official. “Germany has got the bit between its teeth now and Monaco is where they want to go next – and we’re right with them.”
We learn that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) expects to obtain £100m in unpaid tax from 100 Britons who bank in Liechtenstein. “It paid £100,000 to Heinrich Kieber, a former bank employee, for clients’ names and bank account details. In the past few days it has begun sending them letters referring to their account numbers”.
This is the Heinrich Kieber who “has made millions of euros by selling stolen bank records to the world’s tax authorities. He is now Liechtenstein’s ‘most wanted’ man.” He is undoubtedly Liechtenstein’s most famous man.
On one had, news that the HM Revenue and Customs is buying stolen data must cause the banks to worry. And given the security around HMRC’s data reserves, foreign powers, domestic banks and the curious can expect to be offered the same information on a couple of discs any day now.
But it is the talk of sanctions that shocks? It all sounds so heavy-handed, putting Monaco on a par with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.
The wonder is what Liechtenstein will do about it? Will it link up with Monaco and Andorra and form a mini-me Axis of Evil? The Snowy Peril could consult with the Duchy of Grand Fenwick on a military strategy.
The invasion is coming…
Your suggestions please.
Suggestions already made:
JEFFERSON – Barack Jefferson Hussein.
CHE – Barack Che Obama. Ther is much in a name.
HITLER – Barack Hitler Obama
BIN – Barack Bin Obama
OSAMA – Barack Osama Obama
JFK – Barack JFK Obama
Keep them coming…
THE RUSSIAN ELECTION at Siberian Light. Who’s gonna win..? God it’s tense…
To describe this disengagement and cynicism as a ‘mood’ is to underestimate both the depth and the intensity of the breakdown in relations between the government and the governed.
To do that, we need to understand why this political breakdown has happened. A lot of it is to with behaviour. The behaviour of a minority of individual politicians, in all parties. Behaviour in the House of Commons.
Ban the politicos and clean up politics…