Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
STEPHEN Govier is the independent Southwark councillor (formerly Labour until the Party whip was removed when his past came to light) who served three years of a six year sentence in California for assault with a handgun. He can stay in his role because there is nothing in the rules banning him from holding public office.
The Local Government Act 1972 only bans people from standing for election if their conviction was in the UK or its dependencies and in the past five years.
It was back in May 1997 that Govier shot Martin DeLuca in West Hollywood. The BBC reports:
..the man he shot, actor and producer Martin DeLuca, went to 611 North Curson Avenue in West Hollywood to buy cocaine. The man supplying him was a former friend but the transaction went badly wrong. Shot in the head at point blank range by local cocaine dealer and then addict Stephen Govier, Mr DeLuca claims he was left for dead.
Tristane Banon, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Rape, Politics And A By The Book Scandal Among Rich Paris Socialists
DID you know that a wealthy writer named Tristane Banon claims former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in 2003 as she interviewed him for a book on mistakes made by leading political figures? (Oh, the irony.)
Banon says Stauss-Kahn yanked open her bra and tried to unbutton her jeans. Banon says her mum, Anne Mansouret, a regional councilor in Strauss-Kahn’s Socialist party, dissuaded her from telling the police. Mansouret is pals with Strauss-Kahn’s second wife Brigitte Guillemette. Banon is her god-daughter. Banon is also mates with Strauss-Khan’s daughter Camille.
So. On one side we have the claim that Strauss-Khan was the victim of political plot to brand him a sex fiend. On the other side, we have a story that claims a political plot saved Strauss Kahn from being branded a sex fiend.
DAVID Cameron has been to the ANA training camp at Camp Bastion, Helmand province in south Afghanistan. He pulled on his dark blue shirt. The Cameron dark blue shirt is what the Prime Minister wears when he wants to look tough. It fails horribly. He fluctuates between looking like a villain from a 1990s shoot-em-up film checking out a bigger villain’s private army, and a marketing executive trying to discover who stole his gold pen.
These photos are great – the locals look they are in on the joke…
TO the Philippines, where Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte wants to discuss the removal of 500 shanty dwellings that were erected in the wake of flash flooding with Sheriff Abe Andres. Duterte is keen to act as a mediator tensions between squatters and police. Let the emdiation begin…
Andres was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
LORD Hanningfield, aka Paul White, has a new number. It’s his prison membership number. The former Tory peer and Essex Council leader Lord Hanningfield has been jailed for nine months for fiddling his parliamentary expenses to the tune of £14,000..
The good Lord old the public ruse that he was staying overnight at hotels London when he was at home in Essex – the one he reached by this chauffeur driven car provided for his use by Essex County Council.
THE Conservative Party should look beyond Christopher Shale’s memo on attracting new members and look East to the Chinese Communist Party of China. It has 80.3 million members. It’s 90 years young this month. Damien Ma reports:
The CCP has increasingly evolved into an elite establishment political machine, attracting the highly educated and ambitious. It is often viewed as something of a “career insurance” for newly minted college graduates. … Having spoken to some students over the years, I never got the impression that they were signing up for any ideologically driven purpose. To them, it felt more along the lines of entering into the realm of one of those exclusive and elite clubs at an Ivy League university.
ED Miliband will now t-t-t-tell you why the s-s-s-strikes are wrong. In a desperate bid for look dynamic and capable of leadership his answer is that all sides must join big debate. He says the rhetoric must stop. He says the rhetoric must stop, rhetorically, over and over and over and over and over…
NICK Clegg could become Prime Minister one day, claims the astrologer in the new edition of Old Moore’s Almanack 2012. Oh, but hang on a minute. There’s also Theresa May to consider. She, too, is potential PM material according to a profile in the mag which unveils the year (and more) ahead, occasionally with startling accuracy.
I’ve long suspected that ‘Dr Francis Moore’ – the eponymous astrologer of the title, still going strong at 314 years-old – is a celestial right-winger who treats the bit between Thatcher’s fall and Cameron’s rise as a moral low in British history. Last year, he wrote enthusiastically of the Tory tide: ‘This is the beginning of a period that is going to be more difficult and very different to the freewheeling, destructive influences we have been enjoying for the past twenty years.’ He relished the return of ‘traditional, old-fashioned values of discipline, respect andresponsibility [his italics]…largely missing for twenty years.’ Oddly, profilgate bankers played no part in our bankruptcy; and anyone might think Tony Blair had not been a right-wing wealth-lover.
The Times (front page): “First strike fails to spa”
One of the largest strikes in a generation by hundreds of thousands of teachers and civil servants had “minimal impact” on public services, despite the closure of more than 7,000 schools, No 10 said yesterday.
Up to 300,000 teachers and at least 100,000 civil servants walked out in protest over “unfair and unjust” changes to their pensions. But with little disruption to airports, Jobcentres, or courts the action was dismissed as a damp squib by a Downing Street source…
The Guardian (front page): “A text book lesson in protest and Miss and Sir chalk up a respectable result”
Anyone want to talk to the press…? Yes, You sir:
Doctoral student Harry Pitts, 24, one of the last self-proclaimed Marxists in the Labour party, had come from Falmouth where his father works in the docks and his mother teaches. The government’s attack “is probably a way of breaking down people’s sense of vocation within the current capitalist mode of production, preparing us to be more pliant and amenable to bursts of temporary work or call centre jobs”, he said.
Stick that into a chant and he’s got a winner.
DAVID Cameron, the most patronising man in Britain has told teachers that it is “wrong” to go on strike.
Mr Cameron went on to say that the pension reforms that have prompted Thursday’s planned walkout are “right”.
Rumours that Maggie is looking for the bag she asked a charming man who said all the eight things to hold while she buckled her shoe are thought to be wide of the mark and utterly baseless…
THE mysterious death of Christopher Shale, chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, at Glastonbury features on just one national newspaper’s front page. Such is the popularity of grooving in a Somerset field among the older generations that we may have to get used to news middle-age men dying in the toilets. But Shale has achieved one notable thing in his death: his introverted ideas for boosting Tory party membership are being broadcast to the masses. Now he’s dead, everyone’s listening to him.
The Guardian’s front page tells readers:
Constituency chairman had No 10 backing for party plan
OVERNIGHT, everyone in Australia – definition: did not arrive by boat, but walked there from Africa / Garden of Eden – is an invader:
Sydney City Council last night declared the arrival of white settlers to be an “invasion” and wiped the words “European arrival” from official documents.
During a long debate, councillor Marcelle Hoff lodged a petition for councillors to use the term “invasion or illegal colonisation” in policy documents and statements.
Ms Hoff read out dictionary definitions of invasion as “to take possession, to penetrate, to intrude upon, to overrun”.
“They came in and they did not leave,” she said.
AS Scotland cheers for independence, Richard North looks at the Edinburgh tram system that is costing British taxpayers lots and lots of money to build and will cost millions more to run. Nrok looked at the looming mess back in 2009:
Part of the attempt to brighten up and rejuvenate the old grey lady of the north was to put a brand-spanking-new tram system through the centre of Edinburgh.
For months the good burghers and bailees of the Scottish Capital have put up with appalling hold-ups and traffic tailbacks. Scenes equivalent to Bangkok (in happy/rush hour while armed Thai police quell anti-government riots) are common. The City is regularly brought to a gridlocked standstill. (Photo: City Engineers were particularly helpful to commuters with this sign which was spotted on day two of the Princes Street closure.)
SO, what are we to do with the news that the cost of the Edinburgh tram system is now going top £1 billion, by the time it is complete – if it ever is – more than double the starting estimate?
Originally, it was intended to run for twelve miles from Edinburgh Airport to Newhaven via central Edinburgh, including a stretch on Princes Street. The 23 stops on the route were to be served by a fleet of 27 low-floor trams. Now there is doubt that it will do even that.
However, even a truncated scheme will cost £773 million – £273 million more than the budget for the entire project – and the limited service then offered would not be viable. It would need a subsidy of some £4m a year: there is no prospect that the short route would ever make a profit. And scrapping the whole scheme entirely would still end up costing £750 million.
DUTCH anti-Islam nationalist Geert Wilders has been acquitted of “hate speech” by comparing the Koran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf. He wants a tax on headscarves and to stop mosques bing built. And he’s not going to jail. A good decision? Yes. Intolerance will not be tolerated is not a coherent slogan. But to agree with what he says..? Well, no. He’s wrong.
Not everyone agrees. Says Ubaldus de Vries:
The feeding of this fear is an attempt to increase the existing polarisation and segregation of Dutch society, potentially leading to banlieue-type unrest. Unless we all start realising the futility of the attempt – and the court should have given just such a signal.
Gerard Sprong says:
“We are thinking of going to the European Court. I think Wilders went too far. I was surprised and shocked when he said at the end of the trial that he had meant to be rude and insulting. That is an admission in itself.”
MUCH hoo-hah in the media about Sarah Palin’s version of history in the matter of Paul Revere’s ride to US emancipation. Less, however, has been said about Barack Obama’s address to troops at Fort Drum – in which he recalled meeting a dead man:
Throughout my service, first as a senator and then as a presidential candidate and then as a President, I’ve always run into you guys. And for some reason it’s always in some rough spots.
First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.”
RIP Brian Haw. He began his round-the-clock protest opposite the Houses of Parliament, London, on June 2, 2001. He died from lung cancer yesterday. As he said:
“On June 2 2001, the police came along and said: ‘How long you going to be here, Brian?’ I said: ‘As long as it takes.’”
He said Tony Blair was a liar over the war in Iraq. He said Tony Blair was liar through a Tannoy outside the Houses of Parliament. Tony Blair never responded in person. But the police and the council did try to move Mr Haw on. Tony Blair left office under his own steam and became a peace envoy.
The Anthony Weiner Muslim Conspiracy Theory Just Got Nuttier: Huma Abedin And The Muslim Brotherhood
Following widespread ridicule of the suggestion that Anthony Weiner may have secretly converted to Islam as part of a socialist plot to orchestrate a Muslim takeover of the USA, the conspiracy-mongerers are now settling on the idea that Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin – who works as an aide to Hilary Clinton – may be a spy for the Muslim Brotherhood. The inspiration for this has come from Walid Shoebat (whose views I overviewed here) and Ben Barrack; as they explain:
Al-Liwa Al-Arabi (translated here) claims to have leaked an extensive list, which was partially published by Al-Jazeera and several other major Arab newspapers. The detailed list included Huma’s mother, Saleha Abedin, as belonging to the Brotherhood’s secret women’s division known as the Muslim Sisterhood or what is known as the International Women’s Organization (IWO). Egyptian Al-Dostor revealed that the Sisternood included 63 International members that span 16 different countries; it’s also confirmed by the Arab Centre for Studies, headed by researcher Abdul Rahim Ali. Neither Huma nor any major western media outlet even mention what is common knowledge in the Arab world. Yet, confirmed by Arab sources – is that Huma Abedin has a brother named Hassan Abedin who works at Oxford University.
AND so it came to pass that Twitter Twatter New York Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner announced his resignation after involvement in an Internet Sex Scandal. What next for Weiner Weiner, a man who, like the city her serves, was so good they named him twice? Well, judging by the state of his famous under crackers, we’d say a future as the middle-aged face of Calvin Klein’s knickers…
Ayman al-Zawahiri’s Beats Gwyneth Paltrow And Tony Blair To Al Qaeda Leadership: Acceptance Speech In Full
AND the new leader of Al-Qaeda is… (rustles envelope; looks up to cameras; smiles…)… Anthea Turner. Only joking, Anthea. TV’s sweetheart sits back down at the Holiday Inn, Slough, Ascot function room. The new leader is… Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Voice over (Graham Norton): “Mr Al-Zawahiri takes over the job from Osama bin Laden, who was forcibly retired at an EGM earlier this year.”
A heckler shouts out:
“FIX! Al-Qaeda… Al-Zawahari… It’s bloody nepotism. The elite keep the top jobs for themselves. Booo! Fix!!!”
ANTHONY Weiner, the New York politico who sent photos of his naked self and lewd texts to women and a teenager via Twitter, is a Muslim. Yep. The nice Yiddisher boy with the pants tent is a Muslim. Egads! You can be a pervert. You can be a sexual deviant? You can be a liar. You can be a man who waxes his chest. But don’t let yourself be caught being a Muslim in the Us of A! Richard Bartholomew writes:
A number of sites have noted a remarkable commentary piece that was recently pulled from the Washington Time website. Take a deep breath:
Less than a year ago, in July 2010, Huma Abedin married Jewish U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY). Attesting to the strength of her relationship with the Clintons, former President William J. Clinton officiated at the ceremony. Not unlike President Obama, the Clintons, as well as powerful politicos such as George Soros, are devotes of Saul Alinksy [sic] , who is considered “the founder of modern Community Organizing.” From my position, I clearly see that the actions of this group signal their socialist agenda, which includes domination of the U.S. by a Muslim ruled world.
Which begs the question of whether Huma Abedin been groomed by family and political leaders to carry this agenda forward? …Therefore we must consider that Mr. Weiner *may* have converted to Islam, because if he did not, we have to consider the unlikely, that being that Ms. Abedin has abandoned her Muslim faith, even while she still practices.
…The question that begs to be asked, however, is, has Huma been groomed to access leading political movers and shakers to advance the cause of Islam in America, including a politically positioned marriage to Congressman Anthony Weiner?
SHIRLEY Brown is a “convicted racist”. Bristol Magistrates Court found her guilty of “racially aggravated harassment“. The woman was operating as a Liberal Democrat councillor when she called Conservative councillor Jay Jethwa a “coconut“.
The Mail delivers a sympathetic piece on Brown. It spots an Asian woman saying that Brown did not deserve to be labelled a racist. The Mail says a “track record of working to help ethnic communities in Bristol stretching back decades and is an ordained Pentecostal minister“.
I am going to Sudan in July and hope to stop in England on the way. I am just hoping Mrs Thatcher is well enough to see me as I so admire her.
When told of this, the Iron Lady’s aide (billed as a Thatcher “ally” in the Guardian) was reported to have uttered:
“Lady Thatcher will not be seeing Sarah Palin. That would be belittling for Margaret. Sarah Palin is nuts.”
BARACK Obama is dead. All hail Barack Fauxama. A grinning fool called Gary Johnson was on the telly debating important things with a man who looks like Barack Obama. Well, the rent-a-Obama is black and tame – and they all look and think the same, don’t they.
Anyhow, we’re calling this as racist. We demand that Obama – the post-race President – be played by a white man and Johnson by a small yapping dog in a dress. And have the moustache in the middle break into a old dFreddie Mercury number – it helps with the gravitas of political debate…
ANGELA Merkel really, really, really likes Michelle Obama. It might be love…