Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
TO Northern Ireland, where Democratic Unionist candidate John Smyth Junior has been attacked with a pipe bomb. The device was thrown through his bedroom window shortly before 4am today. First Minister and DUP Leader, Peter Robinson came to check out the sheets and feathers.
Incidentally, Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service will not be bringing a case against Robinson’s wife Iris over her role in helping her toyboy lover set up in business.
“We are in this for the long haul. We are going to keep our nerves. We are not going to flinch.”
Well, there’s no need to flinch with 1000 police on duty and barriers surrounding Sheffield City Hall to keep the masses at bay…
A £2 MILLION “ring of steel”, we are told, is being thrown around a “defiant” Nick Clegg, amid claims that he is at risk of kidnap by critics in his own constituency. Police are erecting a 6ft fence (note the “feet” for this Euroslime trash) around Sheffield City Hall to protect the Lib-Dim leader at his party’s spring conference.
This comes about after “aides” to Clegg yesterday went running to the plod to tell them that students are plotting to kidnap him in protest at his U-turn over university tuition fees. More than 10,000 student and union activists opposed to the Government’s “cuts” will take to the streets tomorrow and on Saturday to denounce the Clegg, MP for Sheffield Hallam.
THE Labour Party delivers the Headline of The Day, about Ed Balls. Is this a sign of in-fighting?
COLONEL Gaddafi, the squatter king of Libya, is watching his son Saif’s multi-million pound home in London being occupied by a squatting collective called “Topple The Tyrants”. The Spokesman is calling himself Montgomery Jones. Any actual Libyans in the house on Hampstead’s borders? Jones says “we have people from the Middle East and we’re hoping to disseminate the protests more widely”.
I DUNNO which invites more incredulity – the fact that the police are weeping in their cups about being “bullied“, or that the Cleggerons, having upset just about all their natural constituencies – to the point that they need armoured cars and constant police escorts – have now upset the police to such an extent that they now want the right to strike.
All this comes on the back of the review by Tom Winsor, commissioned by the current administration, which recommends cutting back on police allowances and overtime payments, to the extent that up to 40 percent might lose £4,000 a year … although, alarmingly, the rest would gain by up to £2,000 a year.
In London, free and talented women like Paloma Faith, VV Brown, Annie Lennox and a 105-year-old former suffragette named Hetty Bower went to the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst in Victoria Tower Gardens.
Says Anorak reader Robert Carter:
It’s a shame that we need to have a single day a year to remind us that women are the equals of men. But, for the other 364* days, people do seem to forget. * It has been pointed out that next year is a leap year – so it’s 365 international men’s days, in fact.
Women’s suffrage is no lacy artefact. Women’s rights are hard won. It was brutal.
Stones were thrown through the windows of Buckingham Palace. They were kept for posterity by Queen Mary. A small explosive device was placed in Westminster Abbey. The villain left behind part of her feather boa.
Arson attacks against property held by political figures, railway stations and even churches, increased in number as the struggle for women’s rights became more militant in nature. The Tea Pavillion in Kew Gardens was torched.
ROGER Hayes took his campaign of lawful rebellion that little bit further yesterday, after he and his supporters arrested the judge who was set to hear his bankruptcy hearing, set up by the local authority after his refusal to pay Council Tax for the third year running, writes Richard North.
In deliciously chaotic scenes (see link for short video), about six hundred supporters stormed Birkenhead County Court, briefly taking custody of Judge Michael Peake, before he was repossessed by Merseyside Police, who escorted him from the building.
The “arrest” took place after Hayes had asked the judge if he was serving under his oath of office. “I asked three times for him to confirm this and he refused,” says Hayes, “so I civilly arrested the judge and I called upon some people in the court to assist me in this” – as one does.
A READER writes on the treatment of Bradley Manning, the US soldier who allegedly gave secret to Wikileaks. He’s being kept in isolation, Every night he must strip. In the morning he must stand outside his cell and wait for his clothes to be delivered. Is he getting the Guantanamo treatment or just the routine punishment handed out to all at-risk prisoners in the US?
Anorak, you ask above: “Does anyone sane – and that might not include Manning if this goes on for much longer – believe that explanation?” as pertaining to the Marine spokesman’s explanation of why Manning is stripped of clothing at night.
I will not address your unfair playing with your words “does anyone sane”; however, I will make some comments on whether or not I believe the Marine Spokesman’s explanation as to why Manning is stripped of clothing at night.
The EDL Hit Rochdale With Stories Of Peadophile Muslims: Richard Peppiatt’s Daily Star Might Like It
THE English Defence League were demonstrating against Muslims outside Rochdale Town Hall by the town’s cenotaph today. Unite Against Fascism were, as ever, there to counter the EDL. There were 35 arrests.
But why was the EDL there? The local Rochdale paper tells us:
A speaker from the EDL spoke through a tannoy and said that the EDL were there because of recent reports about child sexual exploitation in Rochdale.
THE images you are about to see were circulated in Bahrain at the time of the (so far) failed attempt to overthrow the ruling dynasty. The Government was aware of these images and blocked Google Earth. But the internet will have its way and the pictures were loaded onto a PDF guide and distributed by email.
The NYT’s Tom Friedman says the photos are one of the “not-so-obvious forces” that fed the mass revolt.
ANTI-Semitism has made a comeback of late. Charlie Sheen, Julian Assange, John Galliano (sacked by Dior for his alleged anti-Jewish comments or anti-Asian ones?), Mel Gibson – he’s in a new Hollywood film called The Beaver: so much for the Jewish control of the place – and Iran have been giving the old staple an airing. When Aaron Porter, the NUS president was heckled with cries of “Jew” by some students there was no mass protest.
The racism never went away in the UK, of course, it just slid into the cracks in liberal dinner tables, often masked as anti-Israel rhetoric – that’s a democratic country of all colours with equal rights for women and gays being held accountable to standards that seem higher than those applied to other nations.
IN the Ivory Coast, the leader Laurent Gbagbo will not go peacefully. These are other people’s political affairs in the Heart of Darkness, right? Does the civilised West move in and teach these people what is right? The AP reports:
Soldiers backing Ivory Coast’s defiant leader mowed down women protesting his refusal to leave power in a hail of gunfire Thursday, killing at least six and shocking a nation where women’s marches have historically been used as a last resort against an unrestrained army…
Last week, [Laurent] Gbagbo’s security forces entered the Abobo neighborhood and began shelling it with mortars, a shocking escalation indicating the army is willing to use war-grade weapons on its citizens…
…Gbagbo, a former history teacher, has refused to cede power, even though U.N.-certified results showed he had lost the race by half-a-million votes….
DEPOSED Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak is either dodging Jewish sharks in Sharm el-Sheikh, undergoing chemotherapy for colon and pancreatic cancer at a military hospital in Tobuk, Saudi Arabia, playing a fiddle in the Dolphin Centre in Poole, or spending time with his suits.
DID Saif-al -Islam, Colonel Gaddafi’s son last seen talking of civil war in Libya at no risk to himself, plagiarise his Ph.D in economics from the LSE?
If he did cheat then Saif’s current job as dad’s next in line must be in jeopardy. Saif may need to prove his intellect in some other way, say, by working out how many big sticks it takes to secure your billions, investing in his wardobe or juggling.
As a result of the school’s links with Libya, Sir Howard Davies has resigned as the director of the London School of Economics. He says:
“I have concluded that it would be right for me to step down even though I know that this will cause difficulty for the institution I have come to love. The short point is that I am responsible for the school’s reputation, and that has suffered.”
BACK in 2004, when the EU enlarged, in 2004, transitional arrangements barred new arrivals from claiming dole. Workers were allowed to come and work, and only once they had worked continuously for 12 months could they qualify for benefits.
“No one will be able to come to the UK from anywhere in the enlarged European Union simply to claim benefits or housing”.
Of course, this being Tony Blair, the truth was little less black and white. There is a time limit on the rules that would be applicable for seven years from 1 May 2004.
He’s not happy. He says his vines represent who he represents:
“I represent the youths who elected me to parliament.”
CHERIE Blair, wife of Colonel Gaddafi glad-hander Tony Blair, was been on ITV’s This Morning show telling us how awful the Libyan despot is. She goes on to say that she does not want to meddle and tell the Prime Minister what to do.
This is the same Cherie Blair who said she can sympathise with Palestinian, jihadis and Islamist suicide bombers who attack Israel. (She made her thoughts known after 19 people, including schoolchildren, had been murdered by a bomber on a Jerusalem bus.)
In the video below you can hear her talking about strengthening Africa’s legal systems.
As reported, the money will go to good causes:
The 34-year-old white sedan was put up for auction in January in a move by the president to appear to fulfill a campaign promise to put a roof over the head of every Iranian.
Martin Kramer has compiled a list of the three most stupid things Western boffins have said after visiting Gaddafi’s Libya.
“Libya doesn’t feel like other police states that I have visited.”
THERE’S a US warship off the coast of Libya. The American Sixth Fleet is in the area – at least one aircraft carrier and attendant ships. The SAS are in the country. We told you that before anyone else.
Colonel Gaddafi will comply and leave or else be made to go.
The SAS are not going to leave soon.
But when their do leave, they had best have an exit strategy this time.
Do our politicians have a plan other than to get rich and keep their hands clean?
DID Abu Ghraib and US torture and abuses in Iraq and beyond open the eyes of the Arab world to the value of Human Rights? Shadi Mokhtari says they did.
The Arabs could see the US as the bad guy- and that made Human Rights and the demand for them easier to swallow. Human Rights were now a universal issue. Egypt under Mubarak became just like America. And Egypt could be changed.
Only, what comes next? The Middle East has a history in one hideous regime after another. The US had a vote.
IN North Korea, the people are starving. Not all of the mind. Kim Jong-Il’s son Kim Jong-eun has been fattened up as an emergency source of protein for the hungry.
Yonhap reports on the Paek Hwa-seong, who slipped over to the boarder to south Korean by disguising himself as a twig:
“I was 155 centimeters high and weighed 42 kilograms when I entered the military, but my weight was reduced to 31 kilograms in two years. My hair almost fell out after turning yellow and I was bony.”
SAYS Labour MP of the moment Chuka Umunna:
“We’ve had enough of people going into politics for self-aggrandisement.”
What other reason does anyone go into politics for?
LIBYA and Gaddafi: THE SAS home camp in Hereford saw a lot of activity on Wednesday and Thursday this week and Old Man Anorak got a couple of tips one of the UK’s elite fighting units was likely to be heading south.
It was decided to say nothing and wait and see. Not a long wait since last evening the announcement was made two Hercules aircraft had flown into the Libyan desert south of Benghazi to airlift civilian oil-workers. Last night’s news came after the “extractions” , the arrival of the first plane in Malta and hinted of a bridgehead airstrip where the civilians had been told to assemble.