Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
FREE speech for Belarus is a cause beloved by Jude Law and Kevin Spacey. (Sean Penn has Haiti.) Good news for Dmitri Bondarenko is that Spacey is a fan. Law carries the banner for Natalia Radina. Roger Lloyd Pack carried no flag and is possibly available for sponsorship.
ODD isn’t it that the anarchists always arrive on time, just when you expect them? Anarchists also wear the same clean and tidy outfit – on-trend black with hood and flashes of red. It’s odder still that these anarchists should attach themselves to the TUC march – a protest for more state control.
The aim is to look scary. But it’s big fail.
DID you see the anti-cuts march – when the State workers were marshaled through central London by the police – yep, those other State workers – in a protest to keep their jobs gold-plated and their noses in the trough?
Why aren’t Osborne and Co. explaining these catastrophic realities [of our debt serving costs] and their impact on our medium-term ability to maintain our public services, using them to rally support for austerity measures that are long overdue? Why aren’t such stark facts thrown back into the face of those who claim that the Tories’ retrenchment plans are “driven by ideology rather than necessity”?
WANT to see images of the violence from the TUC March For The Alternative in London – the protest against Government spending cuts? Of course you do? Marches are by their nature boring. You walk. You chant. You gather. You go home. But what we want is serious opposition. A palsied, bloated, gout-ravaged Labour Party can’t even hit the Coalition Government’s massive white elephant-sized arse with an expenses account.
HUGO Chavez, keen to appear on the international news cycle, says capitalism might have ended life on Mars. Says the most famous face to emerge from Venezuela since Simón Bolívar shook the gold dust from his beard and declared the natives ripe for the taking:
“I have always said, heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but maybe capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived and finished off the planet.”
Curse Ming the Merciless. Curse him and his ice-cream concessions!
Responding to the Swiss move to ban the building of minarets, Gaddafi says:
“Let us wage jihad against Switzerland… Any Muslim in any part of the world who works with Switzerland is an apostate, is against Muhammad, God and the Koran.”
THE former presidential candidate Reverend Jesse Jackson – he was going to be the US’s first black leader – has been to Trinity College on his way to address the College Historical Society, in Trinity College Dublin.
“oh my actual God… the donkey-botherers are 2-0 up thanks to two of the worst refereeing decisions ever! :(“
Yeah, that what we thoght. he is so out of touch:
* Oh my actual God is “OMAG”
* Ever is “Eva”
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MICHAEL Gove, in charge of education matters for the coalition, has lost it. He wants schools to just be about creating students ready for more schooling. Education is no longer a means to an end – it is a life-long processs. Forget about the quality of the degree and satisfaction from life. Just sit down, shut up and get your certificate.
The fresh meat enters at one end and emerges gooey and pliable from the other:
New-style league tables are to be created showing how many children at each state secondary go on to graduate with an honours degree.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, said the move would encourage schools to make pupils “university-ready” and ensure they are given decent advice to pick the correct courses.
PHEW! The real Nick Clegg has been found alive in the Tory Party basement. The other one – the Clegg who wants students to pay more for education and supports war in the Middle East – is an impostor…
FIRST the good news: Barack Obama is not the first American leader heading to the Middle East to overthrow a local nutter. The last one was called George Bush – and Obama is most definitely not him. No way. This ain’t no Iraq. This is Libya.
Says Barack Obama:
“The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”
Don Surber corrects him:
Actually, he does. It’s called the War Powers Act. It has been around since 1973.
IT’S hard to make a joke about Barack Obama – if you don’t try…
COLONEL Gaddafi, the old gangster, might laugh. This is how his country is being carved up by the great and good. The leaders of countries various held a chat for the Support of the Libyan People at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France.
All the big knobs were there – not least of all Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme (he’s the head of a country that in February became the title holder of the longest period any country has gone without a government – longer than Iraq).
THE nuclear crisis in Japan is being debated in France. But there is a more pressing matters: independent member of parliament Maxime Gremetz’s storm into the committee room to moan that his car has been blocked in.
Science committee chairman Claude Birraux thunders:
“That’s enough! This is unworthy!”
BARACK Obama wins at everything – even when he’s not entered the contest…
Old Mr Anorak’s US kinfolk Iowahawk prepares the bracket:
WAS that Susan Boyle’s daughter amid the students of Stow college dressed as zombies to besiege the Scottish parliament, in Edinburgh.
The students says education cuts will transfer over half of Stow courses to the new City of Glasgow College. The Scottish elections are on May 5. (Susan Boyle is away…)
(Lembit Opik, the former LibDem MP who dated a Cheeky Girl and a weather girl, might consider the Ferrera twins his fated match. Italy has Silvio. The UK has Lembit Opik. Discuss.)
Having already met Miss Italy Ambra Battilana, 18, and model Maylin Aguirre, 28, we now meet two more of the 33 women who, allegedly, attended Silvio’s candlelit dinners.
“The truth is the justice of these gentlemen [prosecutors] is senseless. They have named 33 women who will spend the rest of their lives with the mark of being prostitutes. Instead they are just ladies whose only crime was to take part in dinners hosted by the prime minister where there were also three musicians and six waiters present. They were elegant dinners. The girls would then have a dance in the disco – on their own because I don’t like dancing. Nothing else – then all this comes out. It’s unbelievable.”
The BBC says they are the “opposition”.
Canadian TV says the spokesman is one Mustafa Gheriani. Al Jazeera says he’s the spokesman for the “February 17th Coalition, an anti-government group”.
So. What of the Transitional National Council in Benghazi?
And then there is the National Libyan Council:
Hafiz Ghoga, a spokesman for the council based in Benghazi, told a news conference that Gaddafi was using “African mercenaries in Libyan cities” which amounted to an invasion of the oil producing North African nation. We call for specific attacks on strongholds of these mercenaries,” he said, but added: “The presence of any foreign forces on Libyan soil is strongly opposed. There is a big difference between this and strategic air strikes.”
What are the aims of the council?
“The council declares it is the sole representative all over Libya,” former justice minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil told a news conference…
SO. Now we know. While Libyan revels fight Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Barack Obama sits on his hands. Obama is all smiles and no substance. In doing nothing the West tells the world that suppression wins.
Hosni Mubarak might lament that fact that he went without turning his Army on the people. Had he done so, Obama would have done nothing, just as he does with Gaddafi’s Libya. Obama set himself up as the antidote to George Bush. But would Bush have acted now? Would Bush have seen the rigged election that kept the bellicose Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in power as a just cause? A war that prevents something wrong from happening is just cause.
In 1993, the US Catholic Conference said just cause for war was defined as:
Just Cause: force may be used only to correct a grave, public evil, i.e., aggression or massive violation of the basic rights of whole populations.
Yep. A few minutes later someone tossed in an old washing machine, an ethical foreign policy, an empty suit, a LibDem manifesto…
THE LibDems are under the cosh in Sheffield. Outside their fortified conference, students are demonstrating. Hey, it’s your right to protest. And the liberals are all about freedoms and protecting them. That’s why they’re hiding behind a big fence and supporting a ban on the display of tobacco products in shops.
At Waltham Forest Magistrates Court, Mr Goody, says:
“I put swimming trunks on, simply because it seemed the sensible thing to do. I was aware that they did have the tendency to slip. I decided that if they did slip down, I would hitch them up.”
MIKE Dixon was the LibDems’ prospective parliamentary candidate for Birmingham Northfield. He stood for election three times. He lost three times. He is unlikely to get the job now tht he is in jail for using a walking stick to beat to death Tipsy the family cat.
The story goes that when Tipsy scratched one of Dixon’s grandchildren at his home in Kidderminster, Worcs., he reacted.
GADDAFI’S Libya still has some pals in the European Union. The EU press office tell us:
“‘EU governments need to stand ready for a decision in the UN Security Council on further measures, including the possibility of a no-fly zone’,” in compliance with a UN mandate and coordination with the Arab League and the African Union stressed MEPs in a widely-backed resolution (584 in favour, 18 against, 18 abstentions). During the debate, only the GUE/NGL group was against this idea.”
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.