Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
During his first term the key member of the Choom Gang did nothing. And then on the day of his re-election to a second and final term – the time when legacies are written – Colorado passed Amendment 64 to legalise marijuana for recreational use.
MARGARET Hodge is the Labour MP who currently chairs the Public Accounts Committee in the Commons. Yes, I know, dreary minutiae only a politics geek could enjoy.
Except, except….it’s Mrs. Hodge who last week was lambasting Google, Amazon and Starbucks for their tax avoidance. Even, at one point, going so far as to say that of course no one thought it was illegal but was it immoral?
New fish species named after Theodore Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Barack Obama
WHAT would you name a new species of fish after? What’s fishy enough to merit the honour? Biologists have named the new species belong of Etheostoma river dwellers after Theodore Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Barack Obama.
THE European Union. It’s out to get you. The Daily Express says so. Today the Express yells “SECRET EU PLOT TO STITCH IP BRITAIN.” Macer Hall’s story is that EU officials are “stitching together an ‘alternative’ financial plan that could be agreed with the 26 other member states, leaving the UK isolated”. It’s about the EU’s next €1tn seven-year budget. Britain is the only country calling for a complete EU budget freeze. The long-term budget – 2014-2020 – requires unanimity.
THe “SECRET” the Express exposes was written about on November 15. Reuters reported:
European Union officials are examining legal options to side-step a possible British veto on the bloc’s long-term budget, in a bid to weaken Prime Minister David Cameron’s trump card in the talks, diplomats said.
MICHAEL Gove is an idiot. Parents. Be afraid. The State knows best. What could possibly go wrong with Gove’s plans? He says:
“In all too many cases when we decide to leave children in need with their biological parents we are leaving them to endure a life of soiled nappies and scummy baths, chaos and hunger, hopelessness and despair. These children need to be rescued, just as much as the victims of any other natural disaster.”
Think he’s talking about the well off?
During General Francisco Franco era in Spain, babies were removed from the families of undesirables, like left-wingers. The children were given to “ideologically suitable” families. A trade in babies followed. In April 2012, Sister Maria Gomez Valbuena, 80, was in court, accused of stealing a mother’s newborn daughter at a Madrid hospital in 1982. Maria Luisa Torres, says the nun took away her baby girl soon after she gave birth in the Santa Cristina hospital, where Sister Maria worked.
GOODBYE Cyril Smith. It’s not over yet, of course. Suspected of having been a nonce in life, the former Labour councillor and Liberal MP for Rochdale, not doing too badly in death. Yet. Unlike Jimmy Savile, Smith is still known as Sir Cyril, the Manchester Evening News using the title to tell readers that the plaque “honouring Sir Cyril Smith” has been removed from Rochdale Town Hall.
Council leader Colin Lambert said he and chief executive Jim Taylor thought it for the best. Says Lambert:
“We make no judgement on the situation with Cyril Smith, but the strength of public feeling is such that we have been alerted to a potential threat to the town hall.”
JONATHAN Vernon-Smith of BBC Radio skewers Nadine Dorries’ parliamentary assistant for her Mid Bedfordshire constituency. Apparently, he’s one William Joce, who writes for travel magazines.
Nadine Dorries is currently living in the I’m A Celebrity jungle in Australia. He may car to have a word with her.
SIR Cyril Smith. Was he a paedophile? Lancashire police have made a statement on the former MP for Rochdale, now deceased:
We would encourage anyone who believes they have been a victim of sexual abuse by Mr Smith, or who has any information about possible abuse committed by him, to come forward and report those concerns to Lancashire Constabulary by calling 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and quoting log number LC-20121114-0364. We take matters such as this extremely seriously and anyone who does come forward should do so with confidence that they will be treated appropriately and with sensitivity.
While we believe there was an investigation into allegations against Mr Smith in the late 1960s, no records are now held and it cannot be ascertained whether a file was passed to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
These historic allegations date back more than 40 years and to a time when Rochdale was within the Lancashire Constabulary area. We have not received any new allegations at this stage.
WE told you Sir Cyril Smith was next. The former Liberal Democrat MP for Rochdale and former Labour Party councillor (oh, dread place), who died in 2010, was long rumoured to have been a paedophile. Labour MP Simon Danczuk, whose posterior now occupies the Rochdale constituency, told the House of Commons: “Young boys were humiliated, terrified and reduced to quivering wrecks by a 29st bully imposing himself on them.”
MARVELLOUS timing. The Education Visits Officer at the Houses of Parliament, one Dawn Hatch, has sent a letter to Lords inviting them to speed date teenagers.
Dear Lord ███████
Political Speed Dating Event – Thursday 22nd November
As part of Parliament Week 2012 we are holding a ‘Political Speed Dating’ event where a group of 13-16 year olds will have the rare opportunity to chat in small groups with current Parliamentarians.
The session will run at 10.30am to 11.45am in the Macmillan Room in Portcullis House, and it would be wonderful for the students if you were available to participate. We are inviting Members of both Houses from all parties and the event will involve up to 10 Members. We have extended the invitation to several members and I hope that you are able to participate.
Please contact me if I can provide any further information about the session, I hope to hear from you soon.
Education Visits Officer
Houses of Parliament
CHRIS Patten, BBC Trust Chairman, has met paedophile witch-hunt victim Alistair McAlpine before. Both were leading Tories. Both have been ennobled. The Mail has a terrific anecdote from McAlpine’s 1997 memoirs Once A Jolly Bagman. He has invited Patten to lunch at The Dorchester hotel shortly after becoming treasurer. He writes:
“I can remember him tucking into a plate of oysters, his blond forelock falling forward, hiding both his face and the oyster that he was eating…You can always tell the character of a man when he eats oysters, and I marked Patten down as greedy.”
IN the mire for the Jimmy Savile debacle, the BBC’s analytical news show Newsnight is now well and truly stuffed. When Newsnight ran an item that a Conservative politician who worked with Margaret Thatcher had sexually abused children at care homes in North Wales, it set the hare running. The hunt had begun. Who was he? Was he still alive? Why now? Why not name the politico? Why not grow some balls, Newsnight, and back up the claims with a name? Why just dangle it and leave it there?
In a word: Savile. Desperate to deflect attention from itself to a still higher power, the BBC wanted us to look at a paedos in the Tory Party. And not just one, but an entire ring of them.
THE PAEDO hunters call former Tory Party treasurer Lord McAlpine. He has made a statement. He says he did not sexually abuse anyone in Welsh care homes. You can read it hereunder.
The story about historial abuse is huge. Child abuse is abhorrent. So is the malign tangent people go on. Evidence is not required to ruin lives.
At the heart of this lies a serious matter. Many people turned a blind eye to child abuse. Children were not listened to. Accusers were ignored. Abusers got away with it.
But without propers standards of evidence for complaint, the result will be failure.
LIKE 1.2 million others, you only voted for Barack Obama because you wanted Ted Nugent dead or jailed. Right now, he’s neither:
BARACK Obama or Mitt Romney – who had the biggest nutters on their team?
For Obama, there was TV host Chris Matthews.
“I am so proud of the country. To reelect this president and overcoming — not because of the partisanship or even the policies. Here’s an African-American guy with an unusual background — part immigrant background, part African-American background — with all this assault on him from day one. From Mitch McConnell, from the clowns out there that will never be elected, never will be to anything.
“And the way he took it, as someone said, with coolness and charm and dignity and took it and took it and kept moving forward and doing his job. And the American people, and I know we look at these percentage, 40% of white vote. Fine. That’s about right among Democrats in the last couple cycles, three cycles or four. Good work for them. Good work for him. A good day for America.
“I’m so glad we had that storm last week because I think the storm was one of those things. No, politically I should say. Not in terms of hurting people. The storm brought in possibilities for good politics.”
On Twitter, a few opined:
Olivia Pope@Mookiema – “I hope everyone woman that votes for Mitt Romney gets raped & is denied an abortion if it results in a pregnancy. Too far?? Probably Idc tho”
Libby Liston@LebbyListonberg – “Any woman who votes Romney is a disgrace to womankind and should go fucking drown themselves or something with a similar result (death)”
@__demers – “Romney wants to take away women’s rights, so yeah, y’all go ahead and vote for him. I hope you bitches die.— rawr”
laura truby@LauraTruby – “Any woman that votes Romney deserves to get slapped in the face with obamas shlong”
Ashley Marie Carroll@Ashweee_Marie – “Any woman who votes for Romney tomorrow deserves a punch in the boob with a brick”
Andres@Carlitttoooooos – “If any gay man, woman, or other votes for Romney I’m gonna slap you hoe”
@Tomaliciousss – “For every woman that votes for Romney I hope you get pregnant and die giving birth because you won’t be able to get an abortion✌— It’s just †om.”
They wanted to murder Romney:
¥A$ON CL!FTON@SteeveCastro – “i’m gon shoot romney in duh face weather he win or not”
@PaulMurray96 – “Ill personally kill romney if he wins the election”
@CamiDaSOLEKeepa – “I love Obama Lord Knows I Do but I’ll kill Romney Dead before I let Him win this Election”
@emilypietro – “If obama looses i might go kill romney and his vice president so then obama will be forced to be president”
And Victoria Jackson:
HOW did the election go, Donald Trump? Right after President Barack Obama won four more years (the US Teleprompter Community celebrated wildly, it says here) tsunami-haired gold wrangler Donald Trump took to Twitter.
He called for revolution!
He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!
WELL, Barack Obama won. Canada can reopen her borders. Mitt Romney can walk freely in the knowledge that no crazy is going to assassinate him or compare him to Hitler. For those bored with the whole shebang, Frank J. Fleming
@ tweets: “My dream is to one day vote for president and then never hear about the guy again until the next election.” And on the internet, the mood is mixed:
DAVID Cameron has been on a tour of the Middle East:
JOIN in with the Mitt Romney Mega Prayer. (It’s spoof. But, by jingo, it’s good.)
THE best and funniest photos of the US 2012 Presidential election. Mitt Romney or Barack Obama?
MITT Romney is a Cockney. He dresses like a car dealer, admittedly, working in a more upmarket dealership. Here’s Mitt. Romney you plonka!
IT’S all kicking off in Donald Trump’s spiritual homeland. That’s Kenya, folks. (Read more about our favourite charity – You Can’t Help Laughing Kenya.) Barack Obama also has roots and relatives in Kenya. This is how they and their countrymen are marking the US Presidential election:
WHAT’S that in Barack Obama’s pocket? Is Mitt Romney’s jacket twitching? On November 23, 1975, The National News Extra spotted something nasty in Ronald Reagan’s jacket pocket.
The magazine trilled:
“Everywhere that Ronnie goes, Squeaky is sure to follow. Squeaky should; the disgusting creature ride around in Reagan’s pocket and scares the hell out of little old broads.”
FACT: Mitt Romney’s fourth cousin twice removed is Maria Nash, 32. Her husband, Simon Nash, earns a living as Deepdale Duck, the mascot of Preston North End Football Club.
True enough, Simon Nash is seven degrees separated from Mitt Ronmey, and may be more closely related to Kevin Bacon. But Kevin Bacon never was much of a football mascot.
I HAD a dream. I had a dream that Mitt Romney was elected President of the USA of A. Pentecostal Charisma has published records of such divine visions. (Once upon a time, Barack Obama was the Messiah.)