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Scottish Independence: Deep-Fried Food For Thought

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WILL you vote for an independent Scotland? Are you a Scots Braveheart rejecting Britain and all the fusty Middle Englanders? Are you just bored with the UK and think separation is something to do, a move that will enliven the moribund political debate?

Do you just want to declare your Scottishness?

Do you see the vote as chance for the Left to reject Tories?

And what is Scottish? The Scottish National Party keeps producing images of the past. But why would anyone vote for a retuen to a monoculture? The BBC talks about the “formula for Scottishness“. It’s not about blood and lineage, says the BBC; being Scottish is about “my accent, vocabulary and appetite for cholesterol-rich foodstuffs still mark me out as a Scot”.

Is that it? If you like deep-fired Mars bars, can understand Rab C Nesbitt without subtitles and can do an impression of Mike Myers’ Fat Bastard (the same voice he did for proud Scot Shrek), you are Scottish. Tick those boxes and you can get our own country and be ruled exclusively by others just like you. Unless the leaders do as promised an swiftly join the EU.

So. It’s not really an indepedent Scotland the YES campaigners want. It’s a bigger recognition of what Scots are.

But what is that? Or is it best defined by what it isn;’?

WORLDbytes hosted a debate about the referndum. Watch it below.

 

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Posted: 26th, August 2014 | In: News, Politicians | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


LibDems Align UK Government The Clerical Fascism Of Hamas And Want Israel Destroyed

PA 8679734 LibDems Align UK Government The Clerical Fascism Of Hamas And Want Israel Destroyed

Liberal Democrat Party Leader Nick Clegg (centre), and PPC David Ward meet members of the public during a visit to Printing Roller Services in Bradford, Yorkshire.

THE Liberal Democrats has excerpted influence on the Government. The UK  will suspend some of its arms exports to Israel if the current ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is broken.

The business department said a review of UK exports to Israel had identified the 12 licences for “components which could be part of equipment used by the Israel Defence Forces in Gaza”. They include equipment for military radar, combat aircraft and tanks.

Vince Cable, the business secretary, said: “We welcome the current ceasefire in Gaza and hope that it will lead to a peaceful resolution. However, the UK government has not been able to clarify if the export licence criteria are being met. In light of that uncertainty we have taken the decision to suspend these existing export licences in the event of a resumption of significant hostilities.

“No new licences of military equipment have been issued for use by the Israeli Defence Forces during the review period, and as a precautionary measure this approach will continue until hostilities cease.”

The export suspension comes after a long and fierce battle within the coalition over restricting arms sales to Israel. The prime minister, David Cameron, and the foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, have been resisting demands from Cable and the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg calling for the immediate suspension of exports.

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Posted: 13th, August 2014 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Israeli Tourists Break George Galloway’s Bradford Ban

 

WHEN George Galloway called for Bradford to be an “Israel-free zone” -  “we don’t want Israeli tourists to come to Bradford” – holidaymakers in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv fretted. What to do? Where to go now? But some had either pre-booked the trip or just decided that Galloway was an utter pillock and anywhere he was needed a bit of relief.

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Posted: 12th, August 2014 | In: News, Politicians | Comments (7) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


When UKIP’s Would-be London Mayor Frank Maloney ‘Hated’ Bitching Gays

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Olympic and Commonwealth Heavyweight Gold Medalist Lennox Lewis (right) with his promoter Frank Maloney at a press conference at Scribes wine bar in London, to announce Lewis’ upcoming fight with Andy Gerrard. Date: 07/09/1989

 

FRANK Maloney, 61, the boxing promoter who worked to make Lennox Lewis Britain’s first undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, is now Kellie. Says Ms Maloney:

“I was born in the wrong body and I have always known I was a woman. I can’t keep living in the shadows. That is why I am doing what I am. Living with the burden any longer would have killed me. What was wrong at birth is now being medically corrected.”

She’s been supported by many:

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Posted: 11th, August 2014 | In: Politicians, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Groundhog Day 2: Barack Obama Plays George W Bush In The Iraq War Sequel

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DID you hear Barack Obama making statement about Iraq airstrikes? Somewhere Bill Murray is waking up in a hotel room at 6AM to Sonny & Cher’s ‘I Got You Babe’.

 

 

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Posted: 11th, August 2014 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Labour MP Gloria De Piero Is Clueless Or Just Conniving About The Gender Pay Gap

PA 8574499 Labour MP Gloria De Piero Is Clueless Or Just Conniving About The Gender Pay Gap

 

OUR latest little excitement on the political front is that a Labour MP has decided to try to massage the facts about the gender pay gap. You’ll see it all over the papers today, the gender pay gap is 20% or so, that this is appalling and only the Labour party is going to do anything about it. Here’s the Mail as an example:

It will take another 60 years before women earn the same as men at the current pace of change, Labour warned today.

Women still earn just 80p for every pound men take home and the pay gap widened last year.

Shadow women’s minister Gloria De Piero accused the Tories of the ‘turning the clock back’ for female workers by failing to do more to reduce unfairness in the workplace.

Latest figures show that in April 2013, men earned £12.86 per hour and women £10.33, a gap of 19.7 per cent.

It marked an increase on 2012, when the gap was 19.6 per cent, with women paid £10.05 to men’s £12.50.

Since 2010 the pay gap has closed at a rate of only 0.3 per cent per year on average, according to the House of Commons library.

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Posted: 11th, August 2014 | In: Money, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Australian Politician Jacqui Lambie Wants ‘A Well Hung Man With Heaps Of Cash’

THESE might well be the sexual preferences of many of us, not just politicians. It’s just that we tend not to expect a politician to say so quite so publicly. But fair dinkum to the Ozzies, they have managed to elect one who actually tells it like it is:

Jacqui Lambie, an Australian MP who shares the balance of power in the upper house, has apologised after declaring in a radio interview that she is looking for a partner who is “well-hung” and loaded with cash.

“They don’t even need to speak,” said Ms Lambie, a 43-year-old single mother of two.

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Posted: 25th, July 2014 | In: Money, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Even The Labour Party Is Beginning To Understand The Housing Market

IT’S taken its time but the basic problem with the UK housing market seems to be seeping into even Labour Party minds. That problem being that there’s not enough housing so it’s too bloody expansive. We should therefore try to build more. As the Labour Party’s head of their investigation into the housing market says:

Sir Michael Lyons told the Guardian he had identified protracted delays in the release of land as the single biggest cause of Britain’s housing crisis.

This is all really very simple. There’s no shortage of land in the UK. Only about 3% of it is houses at the moment: in some counties we have more than that in use as golf courses than we do houses.

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Posted: 1st, July 2014 | In: Money, Politicians | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea Clinton Doesn’t Care About Money As She Earns $600,000 A Year

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THIS is a fairly brazen piece of behaviour. Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary, insists that she’s not really motivated by nor worried about money. Which is interesting because she’s on a $600,000 a year contract with NBC to do the odd bit of TV reporting now and again. Oh, and she’s married to a finance whizz kid and lives in a $10 million apartment.

I guess quite a lot of us wouldn’t be all that worried about money at that sort of point:

Despite Chelsea’s self-proclaimed disinterest in money-making, a report last week surfaced that she was paid $600,000 by NBC last year to do a smattering of reporting

It is not uncommon for well-known anchors to earn multiple millions per year, but Clinton’s reported annual salary is high for the frequency of her segments.

By comparison, her salary is higher than both of the last two editors of the New York Times.

The paycheck from her NBC contract has helped Chelsea and her husband Marc Mezvinsky buy a $10.5 million apartment next to New York’s Madison Square Park last spring.

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Posted: 25th, June 2014 | In: Money, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


JK Rowling Doesn’t Want Scottish Independence

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THE political hot-tatty that is Scottish Independence has seen most people thinking ‘it doesn’t really matter whether Scotland would be better off independent, they’ll probably vote ‘Yes’ just to get away from the Tories and UKIP’.

Comedian Limmy is a huge vocal support of independence. So is Kevin Bridges, Alan Cumming, Sean Connery and actor Brian Cox. David Bowie and Alex Ferguson aren’t keen on the idea.

Billy Connolly says he’s staying out of it.

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Posted: 11th, June 2014 | In: Celebrities, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hilary Clinton Finds Meher Baba’s Mission To The West In A Stuffed Teddy’s Paw

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IS Hilary Clinton stuffed?

New York Magazine notes a moment recorded in Hilary’s new memoir:

“[I]t was [former Secretary of State] George Shultz who gave me the best gift of all: A teddy bear that sang ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ when its paw was squeezed. I kept it in my office, first as a joke, but every so often it really did help to squeeze the bear and hear that song.”

Wikipedia:

The Indian mystic and sage Meher Baba (1894–1969) often used the expression “Don’t worry, be happy” when cabling his followers in the West. However, Meher Baba communicated variations of the sentiment; fuller versions of the quote – such as, “Do your best. Then, don’t worry; be happy in My love. I will help you” — which incorporate responsibility with detachment, as well as the master/disciple spiritual relationship. In the 1960s, the truncated version of this expression by Baba was printed up on inspiration cards and posters of the era. In 1988, McFerrin noticed a similar poster in the apartment of the jazz band Tuck & Patti in San Francisco. Inspired by the expression’s charm and simplicity, McFerrin wrote the now famous song, which was included in the soundtrack of the movie Cocktail, and became a hit single the next year. In an interview by Bruce Fessier for USA Weekend magazine in 1988 McFerrin said, “Whenever you see a poster of Meher Baba, it usually says ‘Don’t worry, be happy,’ which is a pretty neat philosophy in four words, I think.”

 

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Posted: 7th, June 2014 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


You Won’t Believe The Filthy Tsarist Muck Putin Serves Journalists

SAY what you like about Vladimir Putin (some of you might even live and adapt to your injuries) but he puts on a decent spread. This is the menu served after the press conference with the world’s leading news agencies and Russian President Vladimir Putin which was held in St Petersburg, Russia in May 2014.

His one error was in only serving Russian wine (which is a bit like Irish tea 210):

 

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Posted: 26th, May 2014 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nigel Farage: Friend To The Mentally Ill Of Essex But Not Newark

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NIGEL Farage has shown the elite that you can shake up politics.

Rafael Behr and Matthew Parris have written two thoughtful pieces on UKIP man.

Behr:

… the Tories know that they can only begin to push that message once the smoke raised by the European election result clears. This is where the Newark by-election – and Farage’s decision to sit it out – becomes interesting. The seat has a solid Tory majority of 16,000. With different boundaries in the past, it has returned Labour MPs. The present vacancy exists because the incumbent, Patrick Mercer, resigned over egregious breaches of parliamentary rules regarding cash for lobbying. It is the kind of contest that delivers an earth-shaking upset ahead of a general election when there is a prevailing sense that the country is about to jettison the government of the day – as in the run-up to Tony Blair’s 1997 landslide and Gordon Brown’s despatch in 2010. No one in Westminster detects such a mood abroad today. Labour is playing down its chances. The Liberal Democrats will be happy just to finish ahead of the Bus Pass Elvis Party.

Farage looked at the odds and decided that he, too, couldn’t win…

In Newark, the party’s candidate is Roger Helmer, a 70-year-old former Tory MEP whose record of social commentary includes defending a policy to repatriate immigrants, claiming that some rape victims should “share part of the responsibility” for being attacked and sympathising with people who finding homosexuality “abnormal and undesirable”…

Nigel Farage’s jovial bluster is no longer sufficient to launder the more sinister views that swirl around him. He turns tetchy when challenged over his distaste for foreign languages spoken on trains. His casual conflations of Romanian nationality and criminal behaviour have prompted hostile comment from previously indulgent Tory-leaning newspapers. Farage seems unsure whether he should be defending the assertion or apologising for it.

 

Parris:

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Posted: 24th, May 2014 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


War On Free Speech: Danish TV Journalists Defeats The Extremists With A Whistle

HOW do you deal with intolerance? How do you face down someone who won’t listen and doesn’t want anyone else to either? How do you deal with censorship and enemies of free speech? With the reverse whistle:

 

Posted: 23rd, May 2014 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Look Natural Ed: The Best Of Ed Miliband V Food And Cameras

ED Miliband only needs a baby blue bow in his hair to look more like a gift to the Tory election strategy.

Anorak’s problem with him is that he can’t speak properly. His inability say even the most basic words without sounding like a balloon fating out the last vestiges of air grates.

Politically, he’s limp. After years of coalition rule, the Labour Party hasn’t laid a glove on the Tories. Their Plan A seems to have been to sit back and let UKIP destroy the Conservatives. But they failed to realise that UKIPs job was to smash the BNP and many Labour voters don’t like foreigners much, either. After all, it was the Labour Government that made Romanians and Bulgarians second-class Europeans by keeping then out of Britain when those two nations joined the EU in January 2007. Romanians and Bulgarian had to wait seven years to join the Poles in the UK. The Labour Party failed to spot that its own illiberal polities were not all that different to UKIP’s. 

 

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They are surely heading for defeats at the next election.

But before Ed goes, he’s being turned into laughing stock:

 

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Posted: 23rd, May 2014 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


UKIP Photos: Nigel Farage Heads To Cudham Church of England Primary School in Kent

WE took lots of photos of UKIP Leader Nigel Farage arrives at Cudham Church of England Primary School in Cudham, Kent, to cast his vote in today’s Local and European elections:

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Posted: 22nd, May 2014 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Prince Charles Know His History: Vladimir Putin Is Doing A Hitler

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WHAT are we to make of the news that Prince Charles likened Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler? Charles didn’t make his views known in a public address. He was, as the BBC put it, “privately conversing” in Nova Scotia, Canada, where one day he hopes to be head of State. Charles told a woman whose relations were murdered in the Holocaust: “And now Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler.”

A senior Russian diplomatic source tells the Telegraph:

“We are seeking clarification [from the FCO] at a working level. It’s not clear if it is an official position. The response from Clarence House is it was a private talk. We hope there is nothing behind it. But it is unclear to us: what does it mean? He is the future king, after all… It is very serious. Every family in our country lost someone in that war.”

Over 20millions Russian died in World War 2.

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Posted: 22nd, May 2014 | In: News, Politicians, Royal Family | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


UKIP: One Out Of Two Romanians Agrees wIth Nigel Farage

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DID you enjoy that Channel 4 News interview, the one where Jon Snow asked two Romanian guests what they thought of UKIP and Nigel Farage’s comment on “unruly Romanians”? We met Mariana Gordan, a woman who moved to the UK as a refugee, escaping the murderous nutjob Ceausescu. She’s lived here for 35 years. Snow asked her:

“How would you feel if somebody told you you would have to live next door to Nigel Farage?”

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Posted: 21st, May 2014 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The UKIP Carnival In Photos: Pinko Jew Boy Nigel Farage Is Prig Of The Dump In Crap Croydon

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SO. UKIP staged a carnival in Croydon. All carnivals are crap. This one was no exception.

In 2011, UKIP’s party’s director of communications and European candidate, Patrick O’Flynn, told Daily Express readers that London’s Notting Hill Carnival was a “propagandist message” and should be shut down. It’s not. It’s got no message. It’s just cramped, dull and full of people pretending to have al fresco fun. It rivals only Zurich for its cloying sense of civic pride. And that’s in neat and tidy Switzerland where they understand it if you want to kill yourself.

UKIP’s carnival would be a monocultural village fete on wheels. UKIP, the Party that dreams of Leni Riefenstahl directing episodes of Midsomer Murders (we all know who did it; just high time everyone else knew it, too), staged its carnival. The party booked a band of steel drummers (trad jazz for the ethnic vote), who left when they found out they’d be playing Yellow Bird for Nigel Farage and his supporters. But before the UKIPers had time to stick Max Bygraves singing Under the Coconut Tree on the gramophone, a gang of intolerant protesters turned up to scream that the UKIP party was intolerant.

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Posted: 20th, May 2014 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Turkish PM’s Advisers Goes On Sick Leave For Injuries Sustained Kicking A Protestor

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TO Turkey, where the the PM’s adviser is on sick leave for injuries to the leg he used to kick a protester.

 

 

Yusuf Yerkel was touring Soma with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan when he hurt his leg.

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Posted: 19th, May 2014 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Listen As Nigel Farage Gets Vigorously Shafted By An Invisible Romanian On The James O’Brien Show

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The mask slips

 

FINALLY! UKIPS’ one-man-band Nigel Farage is exposed by LBC’s James O’Brien to be the crap politician he surely is. His one mission was to destroy the BNP and EDL. Job done. Anything other than that, the man’s a dead duck.

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Posted: 16th, May 2014 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Just Like The Greens, UKIP Try To Shut Down Free Speech

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THE METRO heralded the arrival of “the tweet police”, the anti-free speech brigade who nick you for saying nasty things (but only if the target is a popular one). The story went that the twitter cops had called on Green Party member Michael Abberton. He had mocked up a UKIP poster on Twitter. He was “fact checking” UKIP’s ten-point party policy.

UKIP councillor offended. (So much for the stiff-upper lip.) They contacted the police. And the police, in their wisdom, laced up their heavy boots and went over to have a word with the tweeter.

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Posted: 15th, May 2014 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


David Cameron Threatens Islamist Schoolgirl Kidnappers And Rapists With A Hashtag

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LOOK out Boko Haram. You Islamist nutjobs have nothing our our Prime Minister, David Cameron. Sure, you’ve got over 200 girls in our dungeon in the wilds of Nigeria. Sure, you want to forcibly marry them off to be raped for your perverted view of spiritualism. But Dave has a hashtag. He has Twitter.

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Posted: 11th, May 2014 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nigel Farage Stands In Front Of A Sign Saying ‘TWAT’

THE cameraman could have moved a bit to the right. But the man form the BNOP wasn’t shifting. So. We get to see Nigel Farage, UKIPs sole voice, standing before the word “TWAT”.

 

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Posted: 7th, May 2014 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0