Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
The wife of Tommy Sheridan has been charged with lying under oath during the socialist politician’s high-profile libel trial against the News of the World.
Gail Sheridan, 44, whose testimony formed a central part of her husband’s case during a 23-day trial in 2006, was charged with perjury after six hours’ questioning by detectives. Her father, Gus Healy, 71, who also testified at the trial, was also charged.
The move comes two months after officers charged Mr Sheridan with perjury…
Within the past 10 days three more of Mr Sheridan’s colleagues – including a former MSP – have also been charged. Rosemary Byrne, 59, who lost her seat in the Scottish Parliament last year, Graeme McIver, 39, and Jock Penman, 58, were charged with perjury after voluntarily reporting to police for questioning.
All three testified on Mr Sheridan’s behalf and are now members of his newly formed Solidarity party.
In a statement today, the party repeated its claim that Mr Sheridan and his colleagues were the victims of a “political witch-hunt”. A spokesman said: “The only crime that Tommy Sheridan is guilty of is the crime of speaking truth to power.”
Is that the sound of laughter from the NOTW offices?
McCain can be found of a night dressed in a clingy, satin, aqua marine trouser suit singing Dancing Queen and wondering if his home help, Fernando, can hear the drums?
This is known as adding colour to the political debate. Mr McCain is rumoured to favour the colour orange and pronouce Ka-bul, Kar-bull and not Kab-ul. His best funfair ride is the Spinning Cups.
The Republican candidate has taken with the notion of using Abba’s ‘Take a chance on me’ as his campaign song. But things have not gone to plan. As he tells reporters aboard his jet:
“It gets expensive in a big hurry and if you’re not careful you can alienate some Swedes,” he says.“If word gets out to Stockholm that we’re using Abba music, then there’ll be a worsening in U.S.-Swedish relations.”
Abba, it seems, will not take a chance of McCain.
What McCain realises, of course, is that there is an Abba tune for every agonsit.
As he says: “Dare I say ABBA. Everybody says, ‘Ehhh, ABBA.’ Why is that? ABBA was the largest selling (recording act ever). Nobody likes them but they sold more records than anybody in the history of the world, including the Beatles. But everybody hates them. (But) you’re a no-class guy if you like ABBA. Why does everybody go see ‘Mamma Mia?’ Hypocrisy! Rank hypocrisy! I’m not embarassed to say I like ABBA, ‘Dancing Queen.’”
And if elected, “the background music would be ABBA in the elevators all over the White House.”
That play list in full:
Barack Oabma: I Have A Dream
Hillary Clinton: Does Your Mother Know (Chelsea Into the Mix)
You’re so hot, teasing me
So you’re blue but I can’t take a chance on a chick like you
That’s something I couldn’t do
There’s that look in your eyes
I can read in your face that your feelings are driving you wild
Ah, but girl you’re only a child
John McCain: Super Trouper
Mitt Romney: Chiquitita
Chiquitita, tell me what’s wrong
You’re enchained by your own sorrow
In your eyes there is no hope for tomorrow
How I hate to see you like this
There is no way you can deny it
I can see that you’re oh so sad, so quiet
Mike Huckabee: SOS
Where are those happy days, they seem so hard to find
I tried to reach for you, but you have closed your mind
Whatever happened to our love?
I wish I understood
It used to be so nice, it used to be so good
The name of the game
EXTREME MORTMAN: “What’s a tangible improvement for Iraq that John McCain might want to trumpet during the campaign? It’s got nothing to do with troop levels or timetables — but everything to do with Iraq’s economy. McCain should work on ways to improve Iraq’s stock market.”
“I neither will aspire to, nor will I accept, the position of president of the council of state and commander in chief,” he tells the newspaper Granma.
Says US President George W Bush: “The international community should work with the Cuban people to begin to build institutions that are necessary for a democracy, and eventually this transition ought to lead to free and fair elections.”
Better cigars for Americans is the clarion call. And it will be heard.
Says Castro: “It would betray my conscience to take up a responsibility that requires mobility and total devotion, that I am not in a physical condition to offer… To prepare the people for my absence, psychologically and politically, was my first obligation after so many years of struggle.”
Adding: “I just want to carry on fighting like a soldier of ideas. I will continue writing under the title, Reflections of Comrade Fidel. I will be one more weapon in the arsenal that you can count on. Perhaps my voice will be heard. I will be careful.”
Yeah, and watch out for the cigars…
Mark Steele spoke to a packed Green Left fringe on saturday and was very funny and radical, good on how socialist need to rethink strategy, good on climate change and good on the media. He said he had left the SWP which surprised me.
Christina Aguilera was paid $2million for the baby pics of her new son Max.
Nicole Richie is getting $1 million for photos of her Harlow, as reported.
My child is talented
Your child is precocious
Their child has ADT
A three-judge panel ruled that the movie itself [“Hillary: The Movie”] is akin to a campaign ad and cannot be broadcast on television. It tells “the electorate that Sen. Clinton is unfit for office . . . and that viewers should vote against her,” they said. However, they said that brief ads for the film could be broadcast because “they proposed a commercial transaction — buy the DVD of The Movie.”
MR Paisley Jr refused to answer any questions today as he read a statement:
“With a certain degree of sadness I have informed the First Minister [his father] of my intention to resign from ministerial office,” he said. “I can’t express strongly enough that I am not going because of some hidden or some revealed wrongdoing on my part.”
No wrongdoing. So why resign?
The Rev Ian Paisley’s grip on power weakened today when his son and right-hand-man was forced to resign from the Northern Ireland government amid a rising tide of sleaze allegations.
Barack Obama Denies Plagarism:
“NEW Zealand would neither recognise nor not recognise an independent Kosovo, Prime Minister Helen Clark said today“. For real...
What Clinton aides discovered is that in certain targeted districts, such as Democratic state Sen. Juan Hinojosa’s heavily Hispanic Senate district in the Rio Grande Valley, Clinton could win an overwhelming majority of votes but gain only a small edge in delegates. At the same time, a win in the more urban districts in Dallas and Houston — where Sen. Barack Obama expects to receive significant support — could yield three or four times as many delegates.
And: “Based on exit polls, among the approximately 16.3 million people who identified themselves as Democrats, over 678,000 more voted for Hillary Clinton than Barack Obama.”
Forget Economics When Picking A President
“She has endorsed a pilot scheme in a category C prison in which serious offenders are paid the minimum wage – £5.52 an hour – to work for companies such as Kentucky Fried Chicken and Clifford Chance, the City law firm.” It light-fingered lickin’ good.
Who better to employ villains than lawyers and a take-away food shop? Perhaps call centres, with their innate fondness for small cubicles and battery-farmed workers. Or public schools.
Interestingly, because inmates pay no rent on their cells, no council tax and need incur no transport costs they could be left better off than low-paid workers outside.
In fairness, though, the Howard League for Penal Reform suggests the prisoners pay income tax, “but the government is refusing to accept contributions because the inmates might then have workers’ rights.”
The last thing you want is for a prisoner to bring a case of constructive dismissal…
BARACK Obama has been shot in Canada:
Barack Obama is waving his arms. The crowd is cheering. I see the image I don’t want to see. I see the image that is the terrible sickness in the great republic. I see Barack Obama one minute smiling, the people crying his name. I see Barack Obama grab his chest and his eyes widen and his mouth opens and the crowd screams as Barack Obama, black candidate for the presidency of the United States of America, falls to the ground dead, an assassin’s bullet inside him…
Fantasising over Barack Obama’s death.
Writes Mark Steyn:
On the other hand, if you’re running for president not as an unexceptional first-term senator with a thin resume but as the new Messiah, the new Kennedy, the new Gandhi, the new Martin Luther King, you can’t blame folks for leaping ahead to the next stage in the mythic narrative. Around the world, a second instant sub-genre has sprung up in which commentators speculate how long it will be before some deranged Christian-fundamentalist neo-Nazi gun-nut deprives America of its fleeting wisp of glory.
Readers may recall Death of a President, the docu-drama about the imagined assassination of George W Bush, broadcast on Channel 4 – “In the dramatic sequence, created with the use of computer graphics, the President can be seen being held up by a secret service guard as his life ebbs slowly away.”
Bush would be killed by the righteous. In the aforesaid fantasy Obama is killed by the evil-doers. A murdered Barack Oabma will maintain the legend, build on his celebrity and be immortalised on the silver screen. It not what his opponents want but it is what some of his supporters dream of…
CLINTON advert attacks Obama for attacking Clinton advert. Really…
BOTTLED Water. A Political issue. It’s Phil Woolas. Yes, him, the inbred Muslim chap.
Notes Dizzy: Jesus wept. That is all you can say when you hear that the Environment Minister, Phil Woolas, has said that the amount of money that people spend on bottled water “borders on being morally unacceptable”. What a complete idiot.
All those people that go a long journey and find themselves thirsty are now it seems morally reprehensible. Why.. doesn’t anyone know they should be drinking coca cola? Diet of course so that we can stave off the obesity epidemic, and caffeine free too so that you don’t have a heart attack and cost the state lots of money as well.
The MP for Oldham clearly doesn’t seem to concerned either with those people in Buxton (just down the road from his own constituency) who have quite a stake in the bottled water market. Meanwhile, his colleague, Tim Lang, the Government’s naural resources commissioner said,
“We have to make people think that it’s unfashionable just as we have with smoking. We need a similar campaign to convince people that this is wrong,”
Would this be the wrong time to mention the House of Commons spends around £60,000 a year on bottled mineral water, and, since 2002, has managed to purchase £314,056 worth of the stuff?
The Massachusetts Senator is speaking at “Beyond Science: The Economics and Politics of Responding to Climate Change”.
Says Kerry: “Here in the United States, our escalators go 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Lights are on all night. We are unbelievably wasteful … yet we are spending millions of dollars needlessly as a consequence of that.”
John Kerry is a recycled Al Gore…
People who want something fresh and new — and they find it inspiring that we might elect a president who literally was not part of any of the good things that happened or any of the bad things that were stopped before.
The explicit argument of the campaign against Hillary is that ‘No one who was involved in the 1990s or this decade can possibly be an effective president because they had fights. We’re not going to have any of those anymore.’
Well, if you believe that, I got some land I wanna sell you.”
So no to Obama’s change? Yes to Hillary Clinton’s more of the old, er, change?
Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton tells ABC News: “It appears that the man who once told us ‘Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow’ has changed his tune and is now singing ‘Yesterday’ everywhere he goes.”
Had to go I don’t know, she wouldn’t say.
Something wrong, now I long for yesterday.
ANORAK’S fairly regular look at those petitions appearing on the Prime Minister’s website.
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Bring in a new law to make it a criminal offence to leave children aged under 12 on their own – Tony Bennett
More and more children aged under 12 are being left on their own at home by their parents without proper supervision. The law on this point is totally unclear and appears to be covered only by the 1933 Children and Young Persons Act. The topic of young children being left on their own has been in the news in the past year and it is submitted that now is a good time to review existing laws. The dangers to young children of being left on their own are numerous and potentially very serious. The law should deter people with children under 12 from even thinking about leaving them on their own.
That’s right – leaving a child on their own in their house – or with a same age or younger friend or sibling – while you pop out should be a thought crime…
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Award Chris Kamara an MBE for services to Sport. More details – Will McIlveen
For services to banality and comedy…
FAINTING for Obama. Do you believe?!
Fainting for Hillary. Do you want to leave?
I need a change of air…
BARACK Obama. Yes we can. Press the flesh. Touch the sleeve. Walk in the shadow:
I know it’s kind of lame to break up with you on Valentine’s Day. And on the Internet to boot. But it’s also kind of ironic. And that’s what I need to tell you. As an ironic, contrarian, so-hip-it-hurts Gen X-er, I just can’t love you anymore. I can’t like you because … because, well, everyone else does. And suddenly supporting you just seems soooo last week.
Last week, my hip friends were all thronging stadiums and manning phone banks for you. Now they’re all blogging against you and downing water and Tylenol like they’ve just done 12 Obama shooters in 20 minutes and then barfed in the cloakroom.
“Urgent! U may have won £1k cash with ‘2 Good 2 B True’.”
In all 25,000 mobile phone users aged between 18 and 24 received a message telling them they might have won £1,000 in cash. A second message told the teens the first one was a fake and warned them about scams.
The best bit is that the Information Commissioner’s Office provided the OFT with numbers of 25,000 young people who have opted to receive marketing text messages.
Expect to read that the OFT has lost the details and anyone who receives a text message from the OFT should treat it with the utmost suspicion…
So reports the Telegraph. Brussels is the home for failed Labour ministers:
EU Commissioner Neil Kinnock – Led Labour in failure for nine years
EU Commissioner Peter Madelson – twice forced to resign from government
Hewitt – of whom gordon Brown is said to have uttered “I have to sit here while she loses me the next election” – seems ideal for the post…
BARACK Obama’s depressing message by Daniel Henninger:
Unhinge yourself from the mesmerizing voice. What one hears is a message that is largely negative, illustrated with anecdotes of unremitting bleakness. Heavy with class warfare, it is a speech that could have been delivered by a Democrat in 1968, or even 1928.
[OMITTED: Henninger’s edit of Obama’s Madison speech.]
Unease about the economy is real, but Sen. Obama is selling more than that. He is selling deep grievance over the structure of American society….
Whatever else, Barack Obama isn’t talking sunshine in America. He’s talking fast and furious. People not yet baptized into Obamamania may start to look past the dazzling theatrics to see a vision of the United States that is quite grim and could wear thin in the general election.
Look past him? No chance. Get him in and then rubbish him – that’s the plan, right?
HENRY Kissinger is in conversation with Chinese leader Mao Zedong:
You know, China is a very poor country,” Mao said, according to a document released by the State Department’s historian office.
“We don’t have much. What we have in excess is women. So if you want them we can give a few of those to you, some tens of thousands.”
A few minutes later, Mao circled back to the offer. “Do you want our Chinese women?” he asked. “We can give you 10 million.”
After Kissinger noted Mao was “improving his offer,” the chairman said, “We have too many women. … They give birth to children and our children are too many.”
“It is such a novel proposition,” Kissinger replied in his discussion with Mao in Beijing. “We will have to study it.”
Now American women line up to take home Chinese babies…