Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
The state’s ruling Al-Khalifa family have been in power since 1783 and their relaxed and informal nature is said to make them a favourite of Britain’s royal family.
SO. There was David Cameron using his position as Chief Big Society to sidle up to Kevin Spacey, artistic director of The Old Vic, and hand him a Big Society Award outside No 10 Downing Street. The actual award looks designed to be stuck to the bumper of a car.
Perhaps that’s what the Big Society (BS) is – a slogan to follow.
KIM Jong Il has yet to declare war on Justin Bieber for the singing foetus’s slight on his country. And No. 1 Kim is not letting it spoil his birthday. He’s got his party hat on. He’s opening his gift.
Russian mascot Dmitri Medvedev, has sent him this message:
Respected Your Excellency Kim Jong Il,
I congratulate you on your birthday.
I believe that you would make contribution to strengthening and developing the traditional Russia-DPRK good-neighborly relations at the responsible post of chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission in the future, too.
I wish you good health and success in your important and responsible work.
It might be part of Dave’s Big Society. But no-one understands what Big Society means, least of all Dave who says it’s his “mission in politics”. When you’re mission is a vague mish-mash of cloudy bollocks, achieving it may be possible or impossible. The bollocks may even be the mission.
TIME for a bit of TV news fakery. YouTube user SaveOurSovereignty3 noticed that when Texas Congressman Ron Paul defeated mainstream Republican Mitt Romney in the CPAC straw poll 2011, Fox News reported the booing that followed the announcement of his name. Only, the TV people used film of people booing at the 2010 event.
FRANCIS Maude is the Cabinet Minister who will now tell you all about the Big Society, and how volunterring with a Big V is not the same as volunteering with a little v.
Big Society is not an easy buzz phrase that means sod all. Really. Or as Francis, might have it, “really”…
LARRY the new Downing Street cat is the Governments Lol Cat looking for vermin…
IN Syria – the place George Galloway says “represents the last castle of the Arab dignity and the Arab rights” – 19-year-old blogger Tal al-Molouhi has been jailed for five years. Her crime? Revealing information to a foreign country.
Molouhi was charged with “revealing information that should remain hushed to a foreign country“.
AND the new Downing Street cat to catch the rats is… Larry, of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
Larry may look pretty tame but voters should be assured that he is a vermin-sniffer of the highest order….
THE Libyan Day of Rage will take place on 17 February. Muammar Gaddafi gears up for the protests modeled on events in Tunisia and Egypt by trying to deflect any protest away from himself. He wants Muslims to fight the West:
Gaddafi also issued a call for Islamic nations to join its strength against the Western powers and said that the world is split into white – a reference to the United States and Europe and their allies – and green – a reference to the Muslim world.
He said that white has decided to get rid of the color green and that these countries must unite against the White because all of them white, he said is the enemy of Islam.
Herr Sarrazin is the banker who flogged his book (Deutschland schafft sich ab – Germany Does Away With Itself) by saying that Muslims are “dunces“. He then added:
“All Jews share a certain gene. Basques have particular genes, that distinguishes them from others.”
IN this video, India’s External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna will spend three minutes reading out wrong speech to the UN Security Council meeting. Mr Kirshna will read out a speech created for Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado.
Anorak approves. This is how all diplomacy should be conducted. You toss the speeches into the air, everyone pulls one out and thus takes turns at being the bad guy or the good guy.
What relief it would be for Ahmadinejad to talk about his support for Brazil’s National Thong Day; for Barack Obama to actually be a Muslim leader for a while, say of Syria, and call for the leader of the Opposition to be shot in the face; and who would not pay good money to hear David Cameron demand that Australia be a Republic and free of Pommy bastards?
“Despite all those challenges, this is a moment when the whole of the Middle East could pivot and face towards change and modernisation and democracy and that would be a huge benefit for all of us.”
THERE are people in Trafalgar Square talking about solidarity with Egypt. One man holds up a sign says “Freedom For Palestine”. From what: Hamas or Hezbollah? Maybe both. You can take your pick of all manner of nutters in the Middle East you’d like to be free of. Maybe the Free Palestinians can wave in the Muslim Brotherhood, who are all for a free Palestine: one free of anyone who disagrees with fundamentalist Islam.
As for Egypt’s freedom… Well, what comes next? They are free of Mubarak. Are they free of the US? No. Not yet. Maybe. Obama is vacillating: Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper tells the House Intelligence Committee that the Muslim Brotherhood is “largely secular“.
THAT John Hirst is a murdering racist is matter of public record. But can we at least admire his achievement in getting out MPs to face the problem with European laws? The European Court of Human Rights agreed with Hirst that banning prisoners from voting was wrong. The big debate ensues: should all prisoners, whatever their crime, be banned from voting?
HARRY Baals is huge in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The new game in town is to say Harry Baals as often as possible. When Harry Baals was mayor it was easy to say Harry Baals. But now you need to build a Government centre to get Harry Baals back into your daily chat.
The city already has Harry Baals Drive. And the people want a Harry Baals centre. Democracy counts. Although the perky newsreader says that just because Baals gets the most votes it means nothing. This is why Saddam Hussein got into power. It was either him or the German-born academic Helmut Hertz. Democracy died a little that day…
Says the BBC:
Protesters responded by cheering, waving flags, embracing and sounding car horns. “The people have brought down the regime,” they chanted.
BARACK Obama is free for lunch:
Hummus, falafel, tabouli, yogurt ayran
On Tuesday we say “open sesame” to the delicious healthy cuisine of our peace-loving friends in the Middle East. That exciting region has been in the news a lot recently, especially Egypt. This week we learned that ancient land is much more than just pyramids and mummies – it’s also a place where people get disappointed when they lose their internet connection. While you are enjoying lunch, talk with your friends about Egyptian current events. Who are the ‘good guys’? Who are the ‘bad guys’? What should I do? When you have an answer, write an essay and send it to me. You might win an all- expense-paid diplomacy trip with my State Department team!
Iowahawk has more…
WAEL Ghonim is not only famous for being named after a Lulu Shout – he’s also the popular face of the protest in Egypt. The protests in Egypt have been leading the news agenda for days. Nothing is certain other than that the protests are a big news event.
On the TV, Western commentators arrive on camera to talk about Egypt and the will of the people.
A senior Egyptian official confirms to Fox News that President Hosni Mubarak will step down shortly and transfer authority to the Egyptian Higher Council of the Armed Forces as Egypt’s state TV says Mubarak will address the nation Thursday evening.
EU Assembly’s vice president says that the EU should be scrapped because it costs too much.
Well, thats what the headline in the Daily Telegraph says…
Vice President Omar Suleiman – aka Ama Sillyman - is backing the Pres.
The Guardian’s Matt Wells reports:
There is a feeling that people want to get on the move now. I can hear this chant: “We’ll go to the palace and tear him out.”
LABOUR MP Eric Illsley has been jailed for a year. Rumours that he has already submitted a receipt for loss of earnings due to time spent away from home, use of soap of a rope and taking a taxi to prison are protected by Parliamentary privilege.
At Southwark Crown Court in London, Devine was found guilty of claiming over £8,000 for printing and cleaning work that was never carried out. He has been convicted of two charges of false accounting.
THE more John Hirst talks the more the view hardens against prisoners having the right to vote.
He’s been on the Daily Politic getting annihilated by Brillo.
You may have attended their last big meeting at the Wood Green Animal Shelters, where Judges Mark Cocozza (Dogs) and Dawn Kirwan (Bitches) checked the teeth and hair of all new arrivals?
You might want the Afghan Council. Yep, the Southern Afghan Club is for Afghan Hounds.