Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
THANKS to Facebook, American faces a leadership crisis:
POLITICAL Lickspittle of the Year is Bill Shorten, the Australian workplace relations minister. Bill Shorten has not heard what Prime Minister Julia Gillard said about a sexual harassment scandal but agrees with what she said wholeheartedly:
INSULT of the Day: North Korea’s official media says South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is “human scum” and an “underwit with 2MB of knowledge”. As any fool knowl, in North Korea, they can now store up to a massive 8MM of knowledge in the country’s big computer…
Which reminds us: it’s time for ‘Where’s Kim Jong Un?’. Can you spot the baby-faced North Koren depost in these photos of his country enjoying jubilant times?
QUELLE surprise in France where only 18% are rabid Nazis. In the race for the French Presidency, 18.12 per cent of French voters opted for the National Front in the first round of the presidential elections.
When the Germans last collaborated closely with France for a united Europe, the figure was as high as 50%. Some work to go, then, for Marine Le Pen as she seeks to free the country from the yoke of EU imperialism by selling Spain and Greece to China in a 2-4-1 deal and taking out an option on Belgium.
KEN Livingstone is a divisive operator who espouses illiberal values. He want to be London mayor. He won’t get in. Labour voters should shun him. Why? Well:
“I think Ed represents genuine Labour values. That’s why I voted for him. I believe he will make a real change if we win.” – Ken Livingstone, April 17, 2012
“I could go to him when I was Mayor and meet him one on one, not surrounded by civil servants and that is how we got Crossrail. My preference is Balls because whoever we select might be Prime Minister next year and, of all of the candidates, he is most ready.” – Kevin Livingstone quoted on the website supporting Ed Balls’ campaign to lead the Labour Party
POLITICS Story of the Day features Mike Whitby, the British National Party’s candidate for Liverpool mayor. The Liverpool Echo reports that Whitney is eligible to stand for elected office because he rent a “redundant pigeon shed” in the city.
When is a pigeon shed no longer a pigeon shed? And what does local mean? Whitby is said to be standing on the motto “local people first”. Only, he lives in North Wales. On May 3 he will stand for election to Wrexham council.
JONATHAN Spelman, 17, is the son of Meriden MP and Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman. The Rugby Football Union has banned Jonny Spelman from playing rugby until October 19 2013. You see, he took illegal drugs – anabolic steroids and a growth hormone.
He cheated. Spelman has played for England’s youth team at under 16 level. His story is in the public interest. But his wealthy mum – a government minister – didn’t want you know about it. The woman – part of a Government that thinks it’s fine for the police to read your emails without a warrant – wants her son’s misdeeds to remain secret.
The Daily Telegraph calls this an “uncharacteristic error”. This is Obama who talked of the 57 states of the USA, said Austrians speak Austrian and mistook a window for a door?
Says our man in the Falklands: “We shall fight them on the sunbeds! We shall never surrender our cocktails!”
ED Miliband has inspired the mind behind Rather Like Ed Miliband to create a Tumblr site of things that look like the Labour Party leader:
Spotter: Brendan O’Neill
MEMRI reports on an article it spotted in Pakistan’s The Express Tribune. In “Britain’s Lord Nazir Ahmed Offers £10 Million Bounty for Obama, Bush”, Memri notes:
“In an expression of solidarity with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, British parliamentarian of Kashmiri origin Lord Nazir Ahmed has announced a reward for the [capture] of U.S. President Barack Obama and his predecessor, George W. Bush.”
Ahmed, allegedly, made his offer in light of the US posting a $10 million reward for the capture of Pakistani militant leader Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba group (“Army of the righteous”). It organised the 2008 massacre in Mumbai, in which 174 people including nine gunmen were killed. Lashkar-e-Taiba tortured the Jewish victims before murdering them. As Saeed said: “Since our life revolves around Islam, therefore both dawa and jihad are essential, we cannot prefer one over the other.” In 2011, Saeed led a rally condemning America for killing Osama Bin Laden.
TO North Korea, where Kim Jong Un is talking to the massed ranks of uniformed subjects in Pyongyang. It’s the occasion of the 100th birthday of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Un’s grandfather and North Korea’s founding President, now deceased.
The crowd hope Mr Kim Jong Un manages to be there for his centennial, chanting:
“May he live 10,000 years.”
So. Here’s Rima Husseini, “cradling the Respect Party leader’s four-month-old son”, to illustrate the Sun’s story:
As George Galloway unveils wife No4, ex says: ‘We never got divorced’
Is this a case of bigamy, then?
GEORGE Galloway declares victory in Blackburn. Well, they look the same up north…
MP George Galloway is Bradford West’s man in Westminster. The cat impressionist has landed on his feet. As he took the plaudits, shouted “All praise to Allah!” and “Long Live Iraq! Long live Palestine!”, he waved a ‘V’ to the crowd – whatever the race, language or gender, they always flash the British ‘V’ at moments of triumph.
This is George Galloway, who in accordance with the Oprah Winfrey school of slimming went to Iraq to meet with Saddam Hussein, one of the few men to make him look better, albeit a bit sparse about the moustaches, and then showed his hatred of totalitarian regimes and love of freedom by meeting Hamas reps.
SO there was this great big campaign, with petitions and plays and online sign ups and the usual ignorant outrage displayed on Twitter and Facebook about how appalling the working conditions and pay were at Foxconn. You know, the giant seris of factories in China that make everything for Apple and HP and Microsoft and all.
We’ve now got the results from an in depth investigation into those working conditions and pay.
The general finding is that poor people work long hours for not much money. Well, yes, that’s true, that’s what being poor means, working long hours for not much money. Shrug, that’s what poor people in poor countires do, that’s why we describe them as poor and that’s why we’d like them to carry on having an industrial revolution so they can become rich like us.
WHEN we noticed that David Cameron is super sissy softy in the mould of Basil Fotherington-Thomas, a reader pointed us towards this photo of Franklin Roosevelt, the man whose New Deal saved the pastry industry and gave the battered sausage to the world. What pastry will Dave create? And will it be underdone..?
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GEORGE Galloway is standing for Parliament in the Bradford West by-election. He’s a terrific talker is Saddam Hussein’s old admirer. He’s a friend to Muslims, such Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his invisible suit, those in Hamas and at Iran’s biased Press TV. He wants locals to vote for him. They should. He is a rabble-rouser and give good telly. He says, “I am Labour.” He is also the true Muslim – although it appears he is also a Catholic:
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HOW in touch with the people is marketing man and miscreant David Cameron? VERY! Every society needs a softy and a sissy at its helm to steer it through frothy waters. It has not escaped our notice that Dave appears to have fashioned himself on Basil Fotherington-Thomas, the tennis-playing star of Nigel Moselworth’s St Custard’s diaries. So. Say “hullo clouds, hullo sky” to DAve as he skips about life looking like a milk-fed dish-faced man of the people…
PASTRY-face Prime Minster David Cameron told us:
“I love a hot pasty. I think the last one I bought was from the West Cornwall Pasty Company. I seem to remember I was in Leeds station at the time. The choice was to have one of their small ones or their large ones. I’ve got a feeling I opted for the large one and very good it was too.”
It must have been a bit dry – that shop closed in 2007.
RACHEL Reeves, the Member of Parliament for Leeds West and Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, will now deliver the most brown-nosing, god-awful, suck-up tweet of all time. Mondeo Man, Worcester Woman, Pebbledash People and the Bacardi Breezer kids, prepare to meet the Greggs Genration.
THE Hot Food tax now extends to McDonald’s, Burger King and Greggs. One way to circumvent the 20p-in-the-£1 surcharge is to buy your treats cold or else invite butter-faced David Cameron to eat hot takeaways at his Downing Street soirees, seats at which can cost upwards of £250,000.
Cameron could add another, say, £50,000-a head to the dinner by way of la evy for any influencers who get excited about watching the Prime Minister eating a sausage roll. For another £10,000, pie face and SamCam will start at opposite ends of a one-footer and race to the centre.
THE Conservative Teen is a magazine for Conservative teens. For $19,95, you get four issues a year. The magazine supports marriage, protects the “innocent unborn” while harmonising rules, religion and law all with the defence of “individual liberties” – although not abortion, obviously, nor the right to be liberal. Other liberties. All of them. Mostly.
IS Islam to be a factor in the London mayoral elections? Ken Livingstone wants it to be. He wants to educated non-Muslims about the religion. Ken was at the North London CEntrl Mosque, foemrly yhr Finsbury Park mosque, where Abu Hamza used to knock about. When police raided the place they found chemical warfare suits, false passports, a stun gun, gas masks, handcuffs and hunting knives. It as there that Islamists practised with Kalashnikov AK-47s.
Andrew Gilligan writes in the Telegraph:
Ken Livingstone has promised to turn London into a “beacon” for the words of the Prophet Mohammed in a sermon at one of the capital’s most controversial mosques.
Mr Livingstone, Labour’s candidate for mayor of London, pledged to “educate the mass of Londoners” in Islam, saying: “That will help to cement our city as a beacon that demonstrates the meaning of the words of the Prophet.” Mr Livingstone described Mohammed’s words in his last sermon as “an agenda for all humanity.”
DAVID Cameron has it licked:
We need to tackle regulation with vigour both to free businesses to compete and create jobs, and give people greater freedom and personal responsibility. Of course we need proper standards, for example in areas like fire safety and food safety. So where regulation is well-designed and proportionate, it should stay. But it is hard to believe that we need government regulations on issues such as ice cream van musical jingles, or the display of bed prices. We know we have inherited far too much costly, pointless, and illiberal government red tape.
That’s why, since coming to office, the Government has pursued an ambitious deregulation agenda. – August 11, 2011