Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
TONY Blair is back for another stint as the London Evening Standard’s guest editor. So tweets Evgeny Lebedev, owner of The Independent titles and London Evening Standard.
You and the Iraqis may recall Tony’s last effort editor the paper, of September 24, 2002:
LIFE mirrors Viz: Finbarr Saunders exists, and he’s standing for elected office on Knoxville City Council (Warf!). Says Finbarr, a teacher at Oak Ridge Schools (Burble!):
Knoxville is an exciting place and getting better every day.
The Biscuit Festival, Dogwood Arts, the Farmers’ Market, First Friday, Mardi Growl, Rossini Festival, Hola, Shakespeare on the Square — there’s something happening all the time in Knoxville.
MINTED Cherie Blair and Nancy Dell’Olio spent the day herding goats across London Bridge. This was, it says here, to raise awareness for International Widows day. The goat herding was arranged by Lord Loomba’s Loomba Foundation, which attests that the goat is a life-line for many widows in South Asia and Africa. Lord Loomba is a Freeman of the City of London, giving him the right to herd livestock over the bridge.
This is Cherie who advised women recently:
“One of the things that worries me now is you see young women who say: ‘I look at the sacrifices that women have made and I think, why do I need to bother, why can’t I just marry a rich husband and retire?’ and you think, how can they even imagine that is the way to fulfil yourself, how dangerous it is.”
HOW bright do you need to be to be an MP? In this masterclass, Kevin Brennan, Labour education spokesman and MP for Cardiff West, says three in 10 pupils achieved good GCSEs in 1997. As any fule knows that’s “60 per cent.” As he said:
”It was we who inherited a weak system on maths and English from the Tories. Only three in 10 pupils, that’s 60 per cent because I know the Secretary of State is not very good at maths, only three in 10 pupils got a good GCSE in 1997.”
All funny stuff. If an Oxford graduate and former economics teacher can’t do the sums, who can?
The Alistair Campbell Interview and highlights from ‘The Burden of Power: Countdown to Iraq – The Alastair Campbell Diaries’
ALISTAIR Campbell has been working the media to flog his latest book, The Burden of Power: Countdown to Iraq – The Alastair Campbell Diaries. He did not download it off the internet in 45 minutes. But on the web (here) can read the the full transcript from last night’s book launch at Queen Mary, University of London, where Campbell was interviewed by John Rentoul Independent on Sunday columist and Queen Mary History Fellow, and introduced by Alun Evans of the Cabinet Office.The event was hosted by the Mile End Group.
Campbell talks about:
– The Vanity Fair journalist who said, ‘can I ask you about your faith’. Campbell stepped in and said ‘David, we don’t do God’. “That is how it started. He put I, in his piece, on like page 25. The Daily Telegraph picked it up and ran it on like page seven. And it then just sort of went ‘whoosh’. And now I get asked about it all the time.”
– Tony Blair’s time in office: “Tony had only a small group around him who he could completely trust. Trust in the obvious sense but also trust to say what we think. I thought one of his huge strengths as a leader was that he was surrounded by people who weren’t at all deferential, we would always say what we thought and he would then kind of weigh that up.”
– Blair’s decision to sack Gordon Brown in 2003. “He obviously thought that was the right thing then but very quickly he got in to the mindset of thinking actually its not black and white and you can’t quite predict what will happen if I do, and so he didn’t.”
The camera is primed to pick up any movement. When an animal passes it automatically takes a photo.The politician has not been named. Not because they are a new species, rather to protect their privacy. That privacy is valuable. The politician is in line for $25,000 in compensation for a breach of his privacy.
A district judge handed Zimmerman a 26-week prison sentence suspended for two years after he sent Mensch an offensive email.
PS – Anyone seen a goat?
JOHN Stewart asked Boris Johnson to expland on mayor Bloomberg’s attack on fizzy drinks. Would Boris place greater penalties on an ounce of marijuana or a large Coca Cola?
London Mayor Johnson has said:
I honestly don’t yet know if the New York mayor, Mike Bloomberg, is right to be banning big cups of sugary drinks. I have no idea whether Coca-Cola has a case when it claims there is absolutely no connection between children guzzling sugary drinks and children getting fat. What I can say with confidence is that we in the West have a fatness problem…
If we could reduce the consumption of sugary drinks, and release some children from the captivity of fatness, might that not be worth exploring?
ILIAS Kasidiaris wants the two women he slapped on the telly charged with breaking the law. Ilias Kasidiaris is the happy-slapping official spokesman of the Nazi-styled Golden Dawn party. He says he was “set-up” to go on the telly and slap two Left-wing politicos – Liana Kanelli, spokeswoman of the KKE communist party, and Rena Dourou, of the Syriza party. He would also like to sue broadcaster Antenna, which, as he claims, tried to “illegally restrain” him after the incident.
Kasidiaris may yet sure the makers of the glass that contained the water (sue those swine as well) which was placed provocatively on a desk (note: sue desk maker) making it all to easy for Kasidiaris to pick up the glass and throw said water at Dourou who, criminally, failed to duck.
Dave Cam was ith Sam Cam, Art Cam, Flo Cam but not Nancy Cam when he left the boozer close to his official country residence of Chequers.
Relising he’d left Nancy, 8, behind, Cameron drove back to pub, where he “found Nancy happily helping out the staff.” Some shock for Dacve to look about t4h Car CAm and relise that “we are not all in this together”.
MUCH talk of the rise of extremism in mainland Europe. In the 1930s, Great Britain had its own racists. Sir Oswald Mosley was the leader of the ‘Blackshirts’,the British Union of Fascists. His wife, Lady Diana Mosley was deemed more dangerous than her husband according to secret documents published by the Public Record Office in Kew, west London. These are photos of Mosely and his gang in action. It looks laughable now, but once upon time had the Nazis won these people would have been the country’s pre-eminent murderers…
Sir Oswald Mosley is surfboard riding, astern of a speed boat, one of the many delights to be enjoyed at Cap D'Antibes, France in 1930. Those members of society who are not grouse shooting are pretty sure of being found here, bathing in the lovely Southern sun, and the blue waters of the Mediterranean. Sir Oswald Mosley, who is holidaying at the cap with his family, enjoys a thrill in surf riding here. (AP Photo)
I KNOW that we live in a representative democracy, not a direct one, but it’s always amusing to see quite how far apart the concerns of the professional political classes are from those of the actual people.
As Guido is reporting Doug Carswell is one of the 20 backbench MPs who won the ballot to be able to inrtoduce a private members bill this session. Carswell then asked people to nominate and then vote upon which bill he ought to try and introduce. The winner being:
4. Repeal of the European Communities Bill: Britain joined the European Economic Community in 1973. It has turned out to be an economic and political disaster. This Bill will get us out.
TO America, where life has ended with Republican Scott Walker’s victory in the Wisconsin recall election:
The only solution to democracy: Scott Walker must die!
FORMER weather girl Cheeky Girl sexer, who controversially appeared with unmarried Gabriela Irimia on Mr & Mrs (what of tradition?), and still former Lib-Dem MP Lembit Opik entered the ring in Welshpool, Powys, and experienced Kade Callous.
The bout was triggered when Opik called Kade a cheat. The wrestler hauled him to the ring and challenged him to a fight. Opik agreed.
FUNNY goings on at a queue in Masvingo Registrar General’s Office, Zimbabwe. The locals are applying for passports. A man has released his mubobobo (spell) on women in the line. The women feel feint. The man then has had his wicked way with their minds.One woman tells media:
“Ndange ndichinzwa sendiri kukwirwa ndobva ndapunzika, uye handisati ndambopunzika ( someone I felt as if I was having sex with, and I have never experienced this before).”
“To suggest that antisemitism can ever be explained, rather than condemned, is insensitive and frankly bizarre. AQA needs to explain how and why this question was included in an exam paper.”
Isn’t it better to examine why people don’t like Jews? Might the historical approach to so much persecution and murder undo the thinking that drives it? Anti-semitism, the imported Nazi sort, is rife in the Middle East. It’s good to ask why. To understand it might help many comprehend how much anti-Semitism is dressed up as anti-Israel rhetoric, the good liberals promoting the idea that one state should be more accountable for its actions that all others because it’s people have suffered. It’s the anti-Semitism that enables those on the Left to compare Israelis to the Nazis and South Africa under apartheid and get away with it.
AS concerns grow about the possibility of an intolerant reception for black players and supporters heading for the European football championship in Ukraine, shocking scenes were broadcast around the world from that country’s parliament. While a bill was being debated that would give the Russian language equal status to Ukrainian, all hell broke loose. The Ukrainian parliament is called the Rada, but there was no acting involved in this spectacular performance…
DID Baroness Warsi fiddle her expenses? The Sunday Times says Warsi, the co-chairman of the Conservative party, cost the taxpayer £165.50 a night for stopping at Dr Wafik Moustafa’s private house in Acton west London while attending the House of Lords in 2007 and 2008.
How was that price fixed? Warsi, who is based at her home in West Yorkshire, says she paid “appropriate payment equivalent to what I was paying at the time in hotel costs”. So. Why not stay at a hotel, then? Maybe she simply preferred the small lodgings of a GP, who was once a Tory parliamentary candidate for the Conservative party? Dr Moustafa says Warsi never paid him any money for bed and board:
“Baroness Warsi paid no rent, nor did she pay any utilities bills or council tax. It was an informal arrangement, so no tenancy contract was drawn up…I’m not exactly sure how many days she stayed in total, but I believe my home was her main London residence [at the time].”
HOW they do politics over there in the Ukraine, where during heated debate about whether to allow Russian to be spoken in courts, hospitals and other institutions in the Russian-speaking regions of the country. Politico Mykola Petruk was bloodied in the fracas. Not good, there. But on better note, it’s good to see man wearing a vest. If he tusk it into his Y-fronts, you know he’s a man who can trust…
HOW do fans of other British clubs react to Chelsea winning the Champions League with victory over Germany’s Bayern Munich? The overriding word is: indifference. Only the winners and the losers get to experience the real emotion. The rest are reduced to the role of mere spectators. Unless you are Aston Villa fan David Cameron, and you’re stood in the Laurel Cabin conference room at Camp David, Md., with Barack Obama, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. In which case you have to punch the air and bathe in reflected glory.
WHEN David Beckham, Robbie Keane and the rest of the LA Galaxy Football team met Barack Obama, the mood was breezy. Aside form BEcks, Robbie and captain Landon Donovan, the rest of the chaps are legends in their own lounges. So. What can they do to rise their profiles. Will one of them tweet live from the scene a la Joey Baton? Will one of them do a Mario Balotelli and let his enthusiasm run away and grap Obama in a hug? Or will they just stand still, like cardboard cut-outs advertising teeth and hair gel?
YOU’LL know when tattoos have jumped the shark when Samantha Cameron sports one on her foot:
HOW in tune with public opinion is David Cameron? Well, not long since Barack Obama approved gay marriage, Dave had meeting with the Dalai Lama. He’s man who says homosexuality is mortal sin. The man who appears in the West as a unifying force of good – has anyone spotted him in the same place as Nelson Mandela? – once told the Vancouver Sun:
“I think that we should follow according to one’s holy teachings. For a Buddhist,the same sex, that is sexual misconduct… And also marriage, even in the heterosexual cult of marriage, they use the mouth and the anus, this is sexual misconduct.”
Gay marriage is a big deal. Does Dave know..?
THE Dictator endorses Mitt Romney.
British jokers telling Americans who to vote for… What could go wrong?