Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
THE Sunday Sport says Ed Miliband’s dad Ralph killed a woman’s cat. It is, of course, a wonderful read. But the Sport disappoints. That headline. Come on, chaps. It’s The Man Who Hated Kitten.
WOULD you know Hitler is he were living in Canada? In November 1944, the Free Press Weekly Prairie Farmer asked is readers:
“Would You Know Der Fuehrer’s Face If He Settled In Western Canada?”
It’s all about the facial hair. In 1940s’ Western Canada, chef’s were buttoned-up, militaristic and waxed-tipped; all men of letters wore glasses and went for a centre-parting; the Hobos dress like Slavs; and the guy next door looks like a Nazi.
TOMMY Robinson (aka Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) and his deputy and cousin Kevin Carroll’s departure from the English Defence League has been making news. Robinson is not the first EDL member to make the leap to the Quilliam Foundation.
Hugh Muir wrote on that previous conversion in the Guardian:
…while the [English Defence League] says it eschews violence, there are claims that some of its people may have been taking a less than constructive approach to two former members who were poised to lift the lid on the group in association with the counter-extremism thinktank, Quilliam. Harry Burns and Leighton Evans were billed as “former senior members of the EDL who have renounced the group and are willing to speak out against it publicly … to answer questions about the organisation and their time inside it”. But they didn’t. Both pulled out, apparently citing threats. Not from us, insists the man from the EDL. In good faith we accept that. A simple solution. If in doubt, blame the Muslims.
Ralph Miliband in The Times protesting against precisely the sort of Soviet oppression Daily Mail says he supported
THE Mail’s hatched job on Ed Miliband’s “evil” father Ralph appalled many. In 1980, Ralph Miliband is The Times protesting against precisely the sort of Soviet oppression Daily Mail says he supported:
Spotter: The Times
NEWS that Conservatives used a pianist playing Jessie J’s Price Tag and other hits to dampen the din felt by delegates inside the “zone” as 50,000 protestors marched against austerity in Manchester reminded us of this:
THE Daily Mail‘s hatchet job on Labour leader Ed Miliband’s dead father is making waves. Miliband replied to it in the Mail. But the Mail kept the focus on Ralph Miliband by, most notably, featuring picture of the man’s grave on its website.
The Mail wrapped Miliband’s reply thus:
“RED ED’S in a strop with the Mail… Doubtless, he’s miffed that his conference was overshadowed by the revelations of his former friend, the spin doctor Damian McBride… Nor did he see the funny side when we ridiculed the yucky, lovey-dovey photographs of him and his wife, behaving like a pair of hormonal teenagers… But what has made him vent his spleen – indeed, he has stamped his feet and demanded a right of reply – is a Mail article… about the Labour leader’s late father, Ralph, under the arresting headline ‘The Man Who Hated Britain’.”
IS UKIP leader Nigel Farage getting a fair press? Is his becoming Hitler a sing of his growing power?
Today’s Times leads with:
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HOW we cheered when the righteous, freedom-loving Greek police arrested the Nazi-loving Golden Dawn MPs.
Buoyed by that success, and cheered on by the Left, the Greek police went out to nick some more wrong ‘uns. No not violent bigots. Illegal immigrants.
Police arrested 41 people in central Athens on Sunday night during a large operation involving some 150 officers. The arrests were made around Omonia Square and in Aghios Panteleimonas. More than 330 people were detained. The majority of those arrested were immigrants who lacked the necessary paperwork.
ED Miliband has rather stunned the business world with his announcement that if Labour’s elected next time they’re going to bring back price controls. Because, you know, Ed Miliband, in his previous job as Climate Change Wallah in the Government made electricity too expensive for us all. The problem with this of course is that price controls simply do not work:
Mr Miliband has pledged that one of his first acts in office would be to pass emergency legislation forbidding energy companies from increasing domestic prices until 2017.
His promise is designed to persuade voters that only Labour can restore living standards eroded by years of prices rising faster than incomes.
However, energy chiefs and political opponents have warned that his plans could in fact lead to higher bills in the short term as well as blackouts and power shortages.
If you were told that in two years’ time you were not allowed to raise your prices what would you be doing in the next two years before that ban?
I SAY, I say, I say, my dog looks like Valdimir Putin.
HOW close did Gordon Brown come to setting the military on the people? In his book on his time with Brown, Damien McBride quotes the then Prime Minister fretting about the banking crisis:
“You don’t understand… If the banks are shutting their doors, and the cashpoints aren’t working, and people go to Tesco and their cards aren’t being accepted, the whole thing will just explode. If you can’t buy food or petrol or medicine for your kids, people will just start breaking the windows and helping themselves. And as soon as people see that on TV, that’s the end, because everyone will think that’s OK now, that’s just what we all have to do. It’ll be anarchy. That’s what could happen tomorrow. I’m serious, I’m serious . . . We’d have to think: do we have curfews, do we put the Army on the streets, how do we get order back?
“I’d have to resign — but I couldn’t go if there was just carnage out there: someone would have to be in charge.”
ANTHONY Weiner is soooo American. What London needs is mayoral dick of its own. Trending Central claims Richard Barnes, Boris Johnson’s former Tory deputy mayor of London, accidentally triggered his Facebook iPhone app’s auto-upload feature and uploaded photos of his debater on his Facebook page.
YOU know, politician, lips moving and all that. But how he’s lying is just as important as grasping the fact that he is lying. Each particular thing that he says is more or less truthful but the overall impression left is entirely untruthful:
“North Sea gas didn’t significantly move UK prices – so we can’t expect UK shale production alone to have any effect,” Mr Davey said, pointing out that Britain is just one part of the wider European gas market.
He said it was “far from clear that UK shale gas production could ever replicate the price effects seen in the US”, where the shale gas boom has seen prices plummet.
The comments stand in stark contrast to those of David Cameron, who wrote in the Telegraph last month that “fracking has real potential to drive energy bills down”
QUOTE of the day:
“I think ]Ed Miliband ]should just go on travelling around the country, exposing himself to people”
Says Tessa Jowell.
Ed Miliband’s bespoke suit carries the tag: ‘Spencer Hart sincerely hopes you get laid in this product’
DO we care that Ed Miliband wore a bespoke Spencer Hart suit for his address to Labour Party conference? His shoes, however, were from Marks And Sparks.
One odd thing about Ed’s Hart suit: if you peer inside the jacket’s wallet pocket, the tailor has written a message:
“Hand made for Ed Miliband in the year of ****. Spencer Hart sincerely hopes you get laid in this product.”
Well, someone’s getting screwed…
THE EDL are, clearly, upset about lots of things and you wouldn’t want them turning up outside your house unannounced (people have a hard enough time when they turn out unannounced in their town).
Now, Tulisa Contostavlos is being ‘targeted’ by EDL leader Tommy Robinson. The singer reportedly called police after spotting the English Defence League leader outside her home.
POLITICIANS are gentle souls who like to create. Some make art. We’ve noticed a few of them:
Dwight D. Eisenhower
“I have a lot of fun since I took it up, in my somewhat miserable way, your hobby of painting. I have had no instruction, have no talent, and certainly have no justification for covering nice, white canvas with the kind of daubs that seem constantly to spring from my brushes. Nevertheless, I like it tremendously, and in fact, have produced two or three things that I like enough to keep.” – DE
GIF of the day: Vladimir Putin rides a Ritz cracker, the dirty, dirty, dirty wee cheesy rider:
CARTOONIST Rick Geary has launched a Kickstarter campaign we can really get behind. He wants fans to fund a book called ‘A is for Antichrist: Obama’s Conspiracy Alphabet’.
Of course, everyone loves a conspiracy theory (and the more outlandish the better) and he wants to get the weirdest rumours around about the American president put them all together in one glorious alphabet book.
TAKE heart, Nigel Farage, UKIP’s lead irritant: it’s only when people compare you to Hitler that you know you’ve made it big in politics.
The big screen at Salford Media City yesterday morning made the observation as Farage appeared on BBC Breakfast:
CONGRATULATIONS to Euan Blair , who has married Suzanne Ashman. Euan is, of course, a famously puking son to former Prime Minister Tony Blair. The Middle East peace expert was at All Saints parish church in Wotton Underwood, Buckinghamshire, with his lovely wife, Cherie Blair.
It is not known if Tony gave a speech at the do, nor if the bride’s father was offered to opportunity to pay for one in instalments with a small family discount.
Cherie did not take home the leftover cake, crockery, cutlery nor any other ‘free’ items.
JEREMY Browne MP, minister for crime prevention at the Home Office, has been captured by Google Street View walking along a street in Paddington. He calls it “unnerving“. The Liberal Democrat MP for Taunton Deane, is not emerging from a massage parlour nor eating a kebab and smoking. He is suited, booted and holding his bright red ministerial box. He is the political equivalent of the Full Kit Wan**r, a title used to explain a grown man who is happy to be seen striding around in public wearing a full football kit; shirt, shorts, socks, even shinnies – the whole kit and caboodle. Professional footballers have been FKWs too, notably a former Spurs and Manchester United player who used to wear his full England tracksuit to walk around parts of urbanised Essex.
Says Browne of the bright red box:
“I think there is an issue about the intrusiveness of modern technology,” he said. “It is why the government is right to be alert to the public concern about excessive use of CCTV. We need to get the balance right with using technology to prevent crime and people not feeling that every time they enter a public space their movements will be potentially permanently recorded.”
“Campaigners are always most alert to the threats to individual liberties that can be caused by the state. But we also need to be guarded about how the evolution of technology means that private organisations can also intrude into individual privacy in a way that many people would find unsettling. Quite often the state is more regulated than private organisations.”
ON Syria… Putin blinked. President Obama:
“Had we rolled out something that was very smooth and disciplined and linear, they would have graded it well, even if it was a disastrous policy. We know that, because that’s exactly how they graded the Iraq war.”
“I welcome him being involved. I welcome him saying, ‘I will take responsibility for pushing my client, the Assad regime, to deal with these chemical weapons.’”
Aha! And with that Obama diverts attention and makes Russia take ownership of the war.