Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
ROWAN Williams say no-one believes in the coalition. There are, after all, no old books to prove its existence. And if one person needed irrefutable proof that something was right and based on truth and hard facts it is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Williams was invited to guest edit the New Statesman.He accepts. In the article headlined: “The government needs to know how afraid people are – We are being committed to radical, long-term policies for which no one voted.”
Fear. Governments and churches thrive on the stuff. Says Williams:
The political debate in the UK at the moment feels pretty stuck. An idea whose roots are firmly in a particular strand of associational socialism has been adopted enthusiastically by the Conservatives. The widespread suspicion that this has been done for opportunistic or money-saving reasons allows many to dismiss what there is of a programme for “big society” initiatives; even the term has fast become painfully stale. But we are still waiting for a full and robust account of what the left would do differently and what a left-inspired version of localism might look like…
Incidentally, this casts some light on the bafflement and indignation that the present government is facing over its proposals for reform in health and education. With remarkable speed, we are being committed to radical, long-term policies for which no one voted. At the very least, there is an understandable anxiety about what democracy means in such a context…
A democracy that would measure up to this sort of ideal – religious in its roots but not exclusive or confessional – would be one in which the central question about any policy would be: how far does it equip a person or group to engage generously and for the long term in building the resourcefulness and well-being of any other person or group, with the state seen as a “community of communities”, to use a phrase popular among syndicalists of an earlier generation?
The thing creates a media fire. Here are the pick of the comments:
“Europe needs an elected president with a democratic mandate to drive sweeping reforms and give the European Union leadership on the world stage”
ANTHONY Weiner is the married New York politico who finally recognised his own penis and underpants in the photo sent to a woman via Twitter. But lest you think he was on the pull, he explains:
“Last Friday night I tweeted a photograph of myself that I intended to send as a direct message as part of a joke to a woman in Seattle. Once I realized I posted it to Twitter I immediately took it down and said I had been hacked.”
Right now every politician from Putin to Gaddafi is wondering if a hacker can flash their penis around the globe. Silvio Berlsuconi is rumoured to be opening multiple Twitter account as we write.
Weiner origanally said:
With the media watching, Weiner says he also exchanged “messages and photos of an explicit nature with about six women”.These are Weiner’s Weimen:
David Cameron commissioned a report, which was prepared by Reg Bailey, the chief executive of the Christian charity Mothers’ Union. The report says “sexualised and gender stereotyped clothing, products and services for children are the biggest concerns for parents and many non-commercial organisations“.
If Cameron ever needed a cause to win votes and mums, he just found it. And – yep – that is David Cameron who writes for the Sun, that champion of topless stunnas and shag ‘n’ tells. Will that paper be placed out of the reach of tiny hands?
IT’S game on in the Barack Obama v Sarah Palin Stoopid Off. The contest is simple: each hopeful to win the next Presidential election tries to do or say something so stoopid that the rest of the world forgets about America’s bombs, hypocrisy and greed and just laughs it up.
Following Obama’s toast of toast, turning his car into a see-saw and dating a book in London “2008“, Sarah Palin steps up. Palin thinks it’s a good time to tell one and all about Paul Revere. You know, the one who invented the kiss curl…
JOHN Edwards – the two-faced shagger who while a Democratic Vice-President nominee had sex and a child with a campaign staffer named Rielle Hunter (his wife was suffering from teminal cancer at the time) – has been formally charged with six counts over the cover-up.
You might have spotted Hunter in the hideous photshoot she did for GQ – the one in which she showed a lot of leg and and cradled Edwards’ love child, one Frances Quinn.
You might have spotted those private photos of Edwards and his wife renewing their vows – photos that just happened to have been obtained by the medi\ at the same time he was heading to power and shagging Hunter.
GEERT Wilders is charged with racial hate and discrimination for making comments about Islam. Wilder’s is the leader of Holland’s Party for Freedom. Is his brand of freedom, freedom to do or freedom from? Is it postive freedom or negative freedom?
Wilders is against Islam. All of it. He wants to ban the Koran in the Nertherlands. He wants to ban Islamic items of clothing. In October, 2011, he said the Koran was like Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”.
In October 2011, his trial began for “inciting hatred and discrimination” against Muslims. That trial has now come to an end. Wilders made a speech. He says freedom of expression was also on trial
These Arab revolutions need a face for the people to rally around. The massses are a collection of ones:
Tunisia: Mohamed Bouazizi (immolation)
Egypt: Khaled Said (murder by police)
Hamza al-Khateeb was 13 year old when he was snatched by Syrian police on April 29, 2011. One month later the sadists returned him to his family. The reprot is thus:
The child had spent nearly a month in the custody of Syrian security, and when they finally returned his corpse it bore the scars of brutal torture: Lacerations, bruises and burns to his feet, elbows, face and knees, consistent with the use of electric shock devices and of being whipped with cable, both techniques of torture documented by Human Rights Watch as being used in Syrian prisons during the bloody three-month crackdown on protestors.
TODAY Labour leader Ed Miliband married the lovely Justine Thornton in Langar Hall, Nottinghamshie. Their children Daniel and Samuel were there. And, er, thatw as it. Here are some photos of an awkward kiss to camera. Says Ed: “It’s hurting but tis not working…”
ANOTHER week and thus another get together for the political elite. This week’s episode is called G8 – Facebook Me, with speical guest star Mark Zuckerberg (aka G9). The cast has been in Deauville, France for the latest edition of a televised series based on Friends, This Life and The Swiss Family Robinson.
Is it for the gaffes, of which there were three good ones: the huge American car got stuck on a bump in Ireland (was that Shergar giving one last kick from the grave?); Obama dated his signature “2008”; and he carried on talking having toasted “the Queen” and triggered the band to strike up the anthem at the banquet?
IT’S Day 2 of Barack Obama’s trip to the UK. Anyone watching on the BBC will know that the special relationship is now an essential relationship, The One thinks it is 2008 – he dated his signature in a guestbook at Westminster Abbey “2008” – and has his own background music – he toasted “The Queen“, thus triggering the Scots Guards to play the national anthem, and then began quoting Shakespeare.
This, says the BBC, is not a sign that Obama is as stooopid as, say, George Bush, but the victim of a “hiccup“.
This year’s election for the U.N. Human Rights Council has, once again, produced a body that has fewer “free” countries – 21 of a total of 47 – and has more than one-third of the seats held by members of the Islamic bloc.
Among the 15 countries to win seats on the Geneva-based HRC on Friday was Congo, which joins 11 other countries ranked “not free” by the democracy advocacy group, Freedom House, based on an annual assessment of political freedoms and civil liberties…
BARACK Obama and Michelle are in the UK. The relationship is no longer “special” between the UK and the USA. It is “essential“. We get fatty food and an Air Force. They get Jamie Oliver. It’s a decent trade. The UK should not complain. London is now officially the world’s No.1 target for both home-grown and holidaying terrorists. Outside Buckingham Palace, the usual men and women in black, their faces obscured by beard and mask, taught us with militant Islam you are never alone.
BARACK Obama has been in Ireland. He took along his massive Cadillac 1. Only Irish builders can stop it… By the way: anyone seen Shergar?
BARACK Obama has been to Ireland. It’s a big day for free Ireland. After years of poverty and life ruled by the English pound, the Irish are now free to pay off their own massiove debts – albeit with loans from the, er, English…
IMOGEN Thomas, the footballer and the alleged super-injunction is, as we told you, great news for Scottish independence. A Scottish newspaper has outed the player who allegedly had dealings with Thomas and his lawyers at Schillings, and SNP head politico Alex Salmond goes on the Today programme to state that an English attempt to censure the paper would be “extremely foolish”:
“It looks to me like English law and English injunctions are increasingly impractical in the modern world.”
Metro: Tell us something about you we don’t already know.
BJ: “I like to relax by painting cheese boxes. You get Brie and Camembert in these lovely wooden boxes…I paint the whole thing white with a tube of children’s paint and I look for something to paint. The last thing I painted was a picture of one of my family in front of the Colosseum in Rome. I also like painting whisky bottles
AS Dominique Strauss-Kahn resings his post at the IMF- and Kenenth Clarke casts an eye over the vacancy and wonder if non-rape rape can be considered a perk of the job – Richard North looks at what the Frenchman leaves behind. And – yep – he really is a socialist:
Démissionné has such a lovely ring to it. With “infinite sadness” DSK feels “compelled” today to present to the Executive Board of the IMF his resignation.
He leaves behind a $441,980-a-year salary, higher than president Barack Obama’s, with the added sweetener of it being entirely tax-free. But struggling Greeks, to say nothing of the Irish and Portuguese, will be devastated to learn that the poor man also gives up the $79,120.00, paid in monthly instalments which, according to his contract, comes “… without any certification or justification by you, to enable you to maintain, in the interests of the Fund, a scale of living appropriate to your position as Managing Director”.
The Korean news organ Joonang Daily reports:
Medical experts believed at that time that he had lost the use of his left hand, as it was always held stiffly by his side or covered with a glove.
WE live in impoverished times. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the International Monetary Fund supremo, understands that. He used to be a communist. Now he’s a socialist. Today the married man is mired by allegetions of attempted forced extra-martial sex. The French don’t care about affairs. But they do care about crimes. Not too long ago, Strauss-Kahn mused on what the voters would care about to Liberation:
DSK then talks about ending up in a men’s room with Sarkozy, during an international summit, and asks him to stop the dirty tricks about his private life.
Wanting to pose as a victim, DSK starts imagining “a woman (he might have) raped in a parking lot and to whom half a million or a million euros would be promised to make up such a story…”
ONE by one the LibDems are mired. It’s the turn of Cabinet minister Chris Huhne. Did he get his then wife Vicky Pryce to accept his three penalty points for driving too fast past an Essex speed camera in 2003 to avoid him risking a driving ban?
What the complaint really should be about is the elite carving up the cash and getting away with it:
Heath secretary Andrew Lansley’s wife has come under fire after she boasted about links with Cabinet ministers for her business clients. Sally Low, who has been married to the Cabinet minister for the past 10 years, is the founder and managing director of public relations business Low Associates. Her company’s website claims it can help ‘make the link between the public and private sectors’ and highlights how it ‘also set up a debate between a Cabinet minister and his shadow, which really captured the media’s attention’.
“AN East Lancashire peer who dubbed Prime Minister David Cameron a ‘toffee-nosed slimebag’ has stood by his remarks.
Lord Tony Greaves, also a Liberal Democrat councillor in Pendle, told a national newspaper that ‘a lot of people in our party never liked Cameron’.
“Cameron behaved in a way which was dishonest and disloyal to his deputy and he should be thorough ashamed of himself,” Lord Greaves told the Lancashire Telegraph.
“Any lingering affection for Mr Cameron, as a person, within the party, has disappeared. People are very angry.””
ON Saturday 6 December 2003, Mark Lawson told Guardian readers that George Bush was “stuffed by a plastic turkey”.
In a revelation certain to be taught at schools of democracy and journalism for years to come, it has been revealed that the apparently appetising turkey that President Bush carried towards beaming troops last week in Baghdad had been genetically modified to a degree that would lead even the most profit-hungry farmers to protest. The bird was the kind of model used by butchers and Hollywood set-dressers.
Following this disclosure, the president is, unlike his political prop, stuffed…
…the affair of the plastic turkey can only be attributed to insecurity.
…Whatever the details, the message is clear. Though he still lacks anything as pesky as a plausible Democrat opponent, Dubya is starting to fear that his administration may become the second one-term turkey served up by the Bush dynasty.