Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
By Nicholas Randall, Press Association Political Staff:
Liberal Democrat Lord Storey, head of a primary school in Liverpool, said it was easy for under-age children to set up accounts on social networking sites and use them without permission from parents and teachers. He told Government spokeswoman Baroness Garden of Frognal at question time in the House of Lords: “You will be aware of the hugely increasing problem of cyber bullying by and of children and young people, particularly in schools.”… Lady Garden said the Government was “committed to tackling bullying on social networking sites” and would be prepared to hold meetings on the issue. She added: “The Government is pressing the internet industry in the UK and Europe to implement clear and simple processes for dealing with abuse online.”
ANYONE else suspect that David Cameron sees Jeremy Clarkson’s schtick of saying mildly offensive non-PC things in a loud voice as a way of reaching the people who perceive a loss of free speech in modern life and reassuring them that he understands?
In an interview with the Telegraph, Cameron said of shadow chancellor Ed Ball’s appearances in the House of Commons:
“But I’m very bad, in the House of Commons, at not getting distracted, and the endless, ceaseless banter, it’s like having someone with Tourette’s permanently sitting opposite you.”
Cameron is talking to the Tory voters who might think he’s soft. His words are not accidental. They echo the studied offence of Clarkson, who aims to be the voice for the man blessed with common sense who sees through the PC bullshit. David Cameron has contracted Jeremy Clarkson Tourette’s, a strain of the illness that causes the victim to say non-PC things to a deadline.
MAHMOUD Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, has been meeting Venezuela’s leader Hugo Chávez. Mahmoud’s on a tour of Latin America, making friends and gnashing teeth against the Great Satan to the North. On his travels Ahmadinejad met with an Iranian family living in Venezuela (source: SIPA – used under fair use guidance).
RON Paul, the Congressman seeking the Republican nomination for president says:
“Look at the percentages,” he said. “The percentage of people who use [illegal] drugs are about the same with blacks and whites, and yet blacks are arrested way disproportionately. They’re prosecuted and imprisoned way disproportionately. They get the death penalty way disproportionately. How many times have you seen a white rich person get the electric chair?” Those truly concerned about racism, he said, should “look at the drug laws which are being so unfairly enforced.”
True enough. Racism is engrained.
But is Ron Paul an anti-racist or is he just pointing out the inequalities?
In 2008, The New Republic researched Ron Paul’s newsletters. Titles like Ron Paul’s Freedom Report, Ron Paul Political Report, The Ron Paul Survival Report might not ahve been written by Paul but they carried his name on teh masthead.
The Freedom Report’s online archives only go back to 1999, but I was curious to see older editions of Paul’s newsletters, in part because of a controversy dating to 1996, when Charles “Lefty” Morris, a Democrat running against Paul for a House seat, released excerpts stating that “opinion polls consistently show only about 5% of blacks have sensible political opinions,” that “if you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be,” and that black representative Barbara Jordan is “the archetypical half-educated victimologist” whose “race and sex protect her from criticism.” At the time, Paul’s campaign said that Morris had quoted the newsletter out of context. Later, in 2001, Paul would claim that someone else had written the controversial passages. (Few of the newsletters contain actual bylines.) Caldwell, writing in the Times Magazine last year, said he found Paul’s explanation believable, “since the style diverges widely from his own.”
PUBLISHERS loyal to Vladmir Putin’s All-Russia People’s Front have produced a photo of Russian anti-corruption blogger Aleksey Navalny stood by a smiling Boris Berezovsky. Vladimir Putin hates the exiled Berezovsky. He is also no fan of Mr Navalny. The picture in the newspaper created in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg carries the caption “never hidden”. The claim is that Berezovsky is behind Navalny’s fight against Putin’s re-election as Russian President in March.
MICHAEL Grove will now prove that the kids are alright as he delivers a speech on school reform to the kidz:
Spotter: Political Scrapbook
BOB Holness has died. The presenter of TV’s Blockbusters has completed his last Gold Run. In the desire to look in touch and go-ahead, Ed Miliband, the Labour leader (yes, really) gets on twitter and thanks Bob Holness for his work on “Blackbusters”.
Diane Abbott may care to print Ed’s tweet and frame it on her office wall.
Bob, can we have an ‘o’, please, for Blackbusters fan Ed Miliband… (Some on twitter are already hoping he gets ‘sucked’ for this…)
DIANE Abbott MP says white people “love to play divide and rule“. Abbott says this on twitter dying a chat with freelance journalist Bim Adewunmi about black teenager Stephen Lawrence and his racist murderers Gary Dobson, David Norris and whoever else still to be brought to book. She say whites are using a “tactic as old as colonialism“. Is this because black people were always united? Or is it because white people are all racists? The media and her enemies says Diane Abbott needs to explain. Outraged of twitter – that place where fair-minded, right-minded people demand that Emma West be raped and murdered – sense a new target for their hate and intolerance.
(Just as you wonder how worse it can get for Abbott, George #Galloway says on twitter: “Diane has been my friend for 25 years.” Ouch!)
Abbott say her comment has been “taken out of context”.
Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi says the context is that Abbott is a bigot:
“A healthy society should not tolerate any form of racism. DAbott should apologise and resign or EdM must sack her. DAbbott of all people should lead by example. Must resign.”
For what? She should resign as an MP for saying what she thinks? And was it racist? Do whites feel threatened?
Either way, he’s been spouting off like the rest of us… however, Murdoch has already been offending everybody. In his short time online, he’s already slagged off the whole of the UK, slighted Glenn Beck and, perhaps worst of all, shown his support for an American presidential hopeful who wants to nullify all existing gay marriages.
Murdoch said of Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who is surging in Iowa polls, Murdoch tweeted Monday night: “Can’t resist this tweet, but all Iowans think about Rick Santorum. Only candidate with genuine big vision for country.” On Sunday he tweeted: “Good to see Santorum surging in Iowa. Regardless of policies, all debates showed principles, consistency and humility like no other.”
WHAT news of socialism and North Korea, now under the rainbow of Kim Jong Un?
North Korea vowed Sunday to stage an all-out drive for prosperity as it unites behind new leader Kim Jong Un, ushering in 2012 with promises to resolve food shortages, bolster its military and defend Kim Jong Il’s young son “unto death” …
North Korea said it would boost its military, and boasted that it was “at the epochal point of opening the gates of a thriving country,” with parts of Pyongyang “turned into socialist fairylands.”
THE Giant North Korean soldier caught on camera paying his blood-teared respects to Kim Jong-il of North Korea is not a product of photoshop nor other imperialist trickery. He is in fact 5ft 6in tall Kim Jong Bow, the man North Koreans hail as The Biggest Man In The World (see Kim Jong-il Hennessy Book of Records).
Kim Jong Bow was there to see North Korea’s former leader Kim Jong-il ascend to Heaven in a 1976 Lincoln Convertible.
MARGARET Thatchers’s Cabinet contemplated allowing the post Toxteth riots Liverpool to fester and die. She rejected it. Indeed, Mrs Thatcher detailed Environment Secretary Michael Heseltine to Liverpool as Minister for Merseyside. He would head a drive to pump money into the city.
Delroy Burroughs, a “Community Leader” in Toxteth tells the BBC that the report “exonerated his community”.
It doesn’t. The papers revealed under the 30 Year Rule just tell us what discussions were worthy of note.
What’s also revealed it that Thatcher and her Cabinet talked about the Riot Act. The then Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir David McNee, offered the Riot Act as an option when Thatcher visited Scotland Yard and Brixton police station after the Toxteth riots that had followed the riots in Brixton and Bristol.
The Times notes:
He argued that the best way to keep control was by introducing the power to arrest anyone who was on the streets after a state of riot had been declared by a magistrate. The Riot Act, introduced in 1714, fell into abeyance in the 20th century and was repealed in 1967… Warning of a state of riot could be announced by loud hailer, and arrangements could be made to ensure that a magistrate was always on call,”
It’s the kind of idiocy you expects from the Met, who fail to listen. When people who want to smash things riot, the police’s big idea is to give them a real grievance and be the willing cudgel for the draconian state that see freedoms as luxuries to remove at will.
MARGARET Thatcher, currently appearing as Meryl Streep in the cinemas, was once, according to papers released by the national archives, embroiled in a row over the No 10 ironing board. The iron lady was the ironing lady.
To make Downing Street ready for Mrs Thatcher’s moving in, the public purse invested £1,836 in a sprucing up, including £464 on bedding, “replacement crockery” for £209 and £19 for an ironing board.
Nick Sanders, Mrs Thatcher’s private secretary, was unimpressed. He wrote to Whitehall mandarins:
“This must not happen again. It is all too likely that such information will be picked up and used against the Prime Minister at question time.”
“I will pay for the ironing board.”
KIM Jong-il is dead. Men are weeping blood. Women are wailing. Housing estates have dimmed their lights. But fear ye not, North Korea might have stopped for Kim Jong-il’s Princess Diana-themed funeral, but South Korea was wise not to use the opening to launch an attack. Kim Jong Un is more than ready. The Rhetoric Machine has been turned up to 11 and all is as it ever was.
The female announcer on North Korea’s TV stayion tells one and all, on behalf of the National Defence Commission:
“On this occasion, we solemnly declare with confidence that foolish politicians around the world, including the puppet forces in South Korea, should not expect any changes from us.”
“The sea of bloody tears from our military and people will follow the puppet regime until the end. The tears will turn into a sea of revengeful fire that burns everything.”
DID Margaret Thatcher like Liverpool? Those around her didn’t. In the wake of the Toxteth Riots, Margaret Thatcher was secretly urged to abandon Liverpool to a fate of “managed decline”, according to official papers made public for the first time today. Senior ministers in Thatcher’s Conservative government urged her not to waste public money on the “stony ground” of Merseyside, suggesting it would be like “trying to make water flow uphill”.
The riots in Toxteth followed the year’s earlier Brixton riots. Lord Scarman’s reports attributed their cause to “complex political, social and economic factors” leading to “disposition towards violent protest”.
Not all of Thatcher’s children benefitted from the free market and the booming City.
SARAH Palin… Do you belive in her? What does Sarah Palin believe in? Nick Broomfield’s Sarah Palin – You Betcha! investigates life inside Palin’s Assemblies of God church.
Near the start of the programme, Palin’s parents explain to Broomfield that the family had left Roman Catholicism and been re-baptised into the Assemblies of God while Sarah was a child. The reason they did this is not given (and Broomfield doesn’t ask), although it seems likely that social pressure played a role: in Alexandria, Egypt, a former classmate named Yvonne Bashelier claimed that Palin and her friends have a “spiritual bond” through the Assemblies of God:
To go against Sarah would be to go against your church, whether you agree with her or not, and going against your church and your community is a pretty powerful thing…
As for non-evangelicals:
A lot of it was unspoken pressure. You just got left out of the group. People wouldn’t speak to you, Sarah would encourage other people not to talk to you.
GOOD to see that the Daily Mail had learnt from its past mistakes, exposing Tory MP Aidan Burley for being at Stag do in France where the looming groom was dressed up as a Nazi and the toff-faced “louts” chanted “Hitler, Hitler, Hitler” and similar things. The Mail realises that such things are wrong. It slammed Prince Harry’s “crashing insensitivity” wearing a Nazi armband to a fancy dress party.
The Mail has eschewed Nazi japes ever since it cheered on the Black Shirts with hearty “Hurrah!” in the 1930s and had Lord Rothmere, the paper’s owner, write in 1933: “The minor misdeeds of individual Nazis would be submerged by the immense benefits the new regime is already bestowing on Germany.”
DEAR Leader Kim Jong il is dead. The rainbow has a new colour. A huge bright star shines only over North Korea. And the magpies are silent. The magpies arrived in Unsan the day aftger Kim Jong-il died of extreme fatigue as he sat on a train being pulled by his willing countrymen.
Says a Baik Keun-shik:
“I have been living here, a coal mine village, for about 50 years, but I have never seen a thing like this.”
Ri Yon-souk agrees:
“It’s not just a strange natural phenomenon. It means our ‘Dear Leader’ was a born great man, so nature as well as all the people around the world cannot forget him, we can feel his existence in our warm heart.”
KIM Jong il is dead. His body has been put on display in glass box. Given that this is Christmas time, you can’t help thinking Kim’s mourners in North Korea and China are waiting for a Prince to ride in and give the leader an awakening kiss, like in the fairytale pantomime.
Prince Harry could do much to improve the West’s relations with North Korea if he can muster the courage to plant a smacker on Kim’s lips. Of course, if Prince Harry breaks the glass, kisses Kim il Jong and then the despot fails to awaken there will be a nuclear war and Harry will look gay and weird. But them’s the risks. Peace in Neverland was never achieved at no cost.
KIM Jong Un is Now no.1 leader supreme in all of North Korea. To him the Kim Jong il Otter Hat of power and the chance to spend the rest of his life looking at orgasmic flats (you need to see this) and stuff.
Anorak has gotten hold of the last photos of Kim Jong il looking at stuff. And while you enjoy those, you can read a few words from the Korean News Agency on the passing of a living double rainbow:
Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, passed away from a great mental and physical strain at 08:30 December 17, 2011, on train during a field guidance tour
The North Koreans pushing that train are grieving hard for the “tender-hearted father of the people” with whom he shared “weal and woe”.
They are weeping bitterly out of self-reproach and regret that they failed to keep Kim Jong Il in good health despite the behests of the President.
Kim Jong il was a superhero
North Korean legend has it that Kim Jong Il was born in a secret place by North Korea’s most sacred mountain, Mt. Paekdu (aka Baekdu mountain). At the moment of his birth, a double rainbow appeared and a new bright star shone in the heavens. Either that or he was born in Siberia in 1941 when his father, Kim Il-sung, leader of a “patriot and revolutionary family” was in exile in the former Soviet Union in 1942.
Kim Jong il can control the weather
According to the book by Chol-hwan Kang and Pierre Rigoulot (2005). The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag, Kim control the weather. (see rainbow and star) Basic Books. ISBN 0-465-01104-7
Kim legalised drugs and gave them out for free
Kim was once addicted to painkillers. Sot hat he would not enjoy the experience alone, he allowed (surely ordered? – ed) his staff to inject themselves with painkillers so they too would experience the joy of addiction.
Kim Jong il was shortist
Kim Jong il issued pamphlets advertising growth drugs. Small people would take the bait and be whisked away to live in splendid isolation on previously “uninhabited islands”. Critics say Kim Jong il was trying to kill off the shorties. But others go with the theory that Kim understood their pain and wanted the shorts to live without being looked down on by tallies – literally.
Kim Jong il understood disability
In readiness for the World Festival of Youth and Students in 1989, Kim deported disabled people from Pyongyang. Once more, Kim understood suffering. He knew that watching the able bodied running and jumping would be unbearable for the disabled. so he sent them to live in splendid isolation. And all was normal.
Kim Jong il loved Hennessy
Kim Jong Il was Hennessy customer No.1. Dr. Jerold Post said Kim invested $600,000 to $850,000 annually on the amber nectar. . He is partial to the Paradis cognac, which can sell for over $700 per bottle. In comparison, the average North Korean makes about $1000 per year.
Kim Jong il created the world’s best run city
Kijong-Dong is a wonderful place on the border with South Korea. There is no poverty. No crime. No traffic jams. No blackouts. No residents. But there is a 300lb North Korean flag, visible from much of South Korea.
Kim Jong il ran a waterpark
Images of Kim Jong-Il’s mansions reveals a supreme slide of freedom. Everyone gets a go. It’s Communism, people. just need to wait until Kim has finished.
Kim Jong il loved train travel
Was Ki Jong il afraid of flying – or was he just afraid of flying in North Korean planes? In any case he loved to move about in armoured trains. And the North Koreans were happy as larry to push and pull him along (see pedestrian motorways of North Korea).
Kim Jong il was the world’s best golfer
It was 1994 when Kim Jong Il shot an impressive 38 under par, including 11 holes in one. It was golf. Hey, it was crazy golf. Happily, while envious foreign media ignore Tiger Kim, local media were there to record the action as fact
Kim Jong il loved the movies
So keen was Kim to make a Godzilla movie that he kidnapped South Korean director Shin Sang-ok and his wife Choi Eun Hee and encouraged them to make Pulgasari. Shjooting took Shin on location to Austria, from where they escaped.
Kim Jong il loved The Omen
Did Kim kill his younger brother Kim Shu-ra? Did Kim casue Kim to drown in the family’s swimming pool when he was five?
Kim Jon il invented the sandwich
North Korean newspaper Minju Joson heralded Kim’s invention of the Kimwich – a delicious invention of “double bread with meat”. Any meat would do. Rat. Dog. Mum…
KIM Jong Il, leader of North Korea, is dead. Kim Jong il died from “fatigue” while riding a train. The North Koreans pulling and pushing said train are reported to be suicidal with grief. The question is how best to mark the life of man who isolated his country and let millions starve to death. The answer: photoshop. Kim Jong il, of couse , did his own fakery. But these might be better:
In preparation for the World Festival of Youth and Students in 1989, Kim Jong Il had disabled residents removed from Pyongyang. The government also distributed pamphlets advertising a wonder drug that would increase the height of short people.
How did Kim Jong-il die? North Korea’s state broadcaster says Leader No. 1 died from “physical fatigue” while traveling on a train. The North Koreans pushing the train are inconsolable with grief.
SO, farewell Tory Cannock Chase MP Aidan Burley, sacked from his job as a parliamentary private secretary for being on Stag so in France with lots of white people dressed as Nazi Party SS officers, who while sat in the Frog and Roast Beef pub in Val Thorens chanted “Mein Fuhrer! Mein Fuhrer! Mein Fuhrer!”, “Himmler! Himmler! Himmler!” and “Eichmann! Eichmann! Eichmann!”. There were also Nazi salutes.
Why-oh-why-oh-why did no one forewarn Eton and Oxford educated Burley that such behaviour might upset others? Is it in the MPs contract? No. If you want to blame anyone, blame the lawyers. If you write it down, Burley will obey the orders, no doubt.
A Conservative Party spokesman says:
“Aidan Burley has behaved in a manner which is offensive and foolish.That is why he is being removed from his post as parliamentary private secretary at the Department for Transport. In light of information received the prime minister has asked for a fuller investigation into the matter to be set up and to report to him.”
THE good people at Las Vegas Mannequins are making Obama dummies (?) to sell Great American goods to the Great American public. Obamaquin is made of tough fibreglass, sports militaristic cropped haircut and brown eyes that never blink.
Proud Americans can opt for “full body or just a head”. (No, still not a sex doll.) Jihadis and militant Islamists can use him instead of those raggedy effigies they burn.
The Chinese can also buy the Barack Obama mannequin and dress Obama in their own goods and then use him as a pinata filled with IOUs (but no batteries). The thing may not be made in China, but the Chinese can break him…