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John Smyth, Iris Robinson, A Pipe Bomb And Kirk McCambley’s Cottage

john smyth pipe bomb John Smyth, Iris Robinson, A Pipe Bomb And Kirk McCambleys Cottage 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.

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Posted: 11th, March 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nick Clegg Refuses To Flinch As he Hides Behind The Police And The Barriers

libdems4 Nick Clegg Refuses To Flinch As he Hides Behind The Police And The BarriersSAYS LibDem leader Nick Clegg on the even of the LibDem’s conference in Sheffield 2011:

“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…

Posted: 11th, March 2011 | In: Politicians | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Students Want To Kidnap Nick Clegg: No-One Would Pay the Ransom

nick clegg1 Students Want To Kidnap Nick Clegg: No One Would Pay the RansomA £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.

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Posted: 11th, March 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Labour Party Says Ed Balls Talk Balls: Fact

THE Labour Party delivers the Headline of The Day, about Ed Balls. Is this a sign of in-fighting?

ed balls4 Labour Party Says Ed Balls Talk Balls: Fact

Posted: 10th, March 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Topple The Tyrants Squat Gaddafi’s London Mansion: Photos

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”.

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Posted: 9th, March 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Police Complain Of Being Bullied: Time For An Irony Overload

police billied Police Complain Of Being Bullied: Time For An Irony OverloadI 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.

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Posted: 9th, March 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A Pictorial History Of The Suffragettes: When Brave Women Fought Hard And Dirty To Be Heard

5569024 A Pictorial History Of The Suffragettes: When Brave Women Fought Hard And Dirty To Be HeardIT’S International Women’s Day. Right now in Saudi Arabia, women are thinking that much harder about not voting. Women’s suffrage goes on.

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.

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Posted: 8th, March 2011 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Roger Hayes Arrests The Judge: The Battle Of Birkenhead

roger hayes Roger Hayes Arrests The Judge: The Battle Of BirkenheadROGER 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.

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Posted: 8th, March 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


If Wikileaks Prisoner Bradley Manning Is Being Tortured So Are All Suicidal Prisoners

Us jail If Wikileaks Prisoner Bradley Manning Is Being Tortured So Are All Suicidal PrisonersA 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.

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Posted: 7th, March 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


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.

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Posted: 5th, March 2011 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comments (10) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Bahrain Google Earth Photos That Sparked A Revolution: Photos

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.

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Posted: 4th, March 2011 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Anti-Semitism Is Dying: Yemen And Libya Counter The Accepted Celebrity Racism

islamhitler Anti Semitism Is Dying: Yemen And Libya Counter The Accepted Celebrity Racism  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.

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Posted: 4th, March 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Laurent Gbagbo: Christianity’s African Bulwark Against Islam Murders Women Protesters

Laurent Gbagbo Laurent Gbagbo: Christianitys African Bulwark Against Islam Murders Women ProtestersIN 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….

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Posted: 4th, March 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hosni Mubarak’s Pin-Striped Suits Spell His Name In The Thread

hosni mubarak suit Hosni Mubaraks Pin Striped Suits Spell His Name In The Thread 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.

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Posted: 4th, March 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Will This Wiki Find Plagiarism In Saif Gaddafi’s PhD Thesis?

Saif Islam Gaddafi 1 Will This Wiki Find Plagiarism In Saif Gaddafis PhD Thesis?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.”

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Posted: 4th, March 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Roma Are Coming: 100,000 Migrants To Live On UK Benefits

Daily Express The Roma Are Coming: 100,000 Migrants To Live On UK BenefitsBACK 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.

It was a huge deal. Tony Blair, the then Prime Minister, salved fears about mass immigration by stating:

“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.

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Posted: 4th, March 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kenyan MP Dresses To Represent Youth: Nick Clegg Wears Same Pants For A Week

gidion mp Kenyan MP Dresses To Represent Youth: Nick Clegg Wears Same Pants For A WeekGIDION Mbuvi is 35. He’s an MP in Kenya. That’s him sat in Parliament. Yeah, he’s the one in the ear studs and sunglasses. His attire is getting him chucked out.

He’s not happy. He says his vines represent who he represents:

“I represent the youths who elected me to parliament.”

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Posted: 3rd, March 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tony Blair’s Role In Colonel Gaddafi’s Downfall, By Cherie Blair

gaddafi libya Tony Blairs Role In Colonel Gaddafis Downfall, By Cherie BlairCHERIE 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.

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Posted: 2nd, March 2011 | In: Politicians | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ahmadinejad’s 1977 Peugeot Sells For $2.5m: Money Will Build Jails

ahmadinejad car Ahmadinejads 1977 Peugeot Sells For $2.5m: Money Will Build JailsMAHMOUD Ahmadinejad, of the Confederation of Unelected Nation Tyrants, is delighted that his 1977 Peugeot has been sold at auction for $2.5 million.

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.

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Posted: 2nd, March 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Three Most Stupid Things Said About Libya By Western Experts

GadaffiBrown The Three Most Stupid Things Said About Libya By Western ExpertsLIBYA is not so bad.It’s not bad bad. It’s not like, say, Poland under the Nazis, or Iran.

Martin Kramer has compiled a list of the three most stupid things Western boffins have said after visiting Gaddafi’s Libya.

3. The Shores of Tripoli by Stephen Walt:

“Libya doesn’t feel like other police states that I have visited.”

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Posted: 1st, March 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Libya: The SAS Have Gaddafi In Their Sights: But What’s The Exit Strategy?

gaddafi2 300x147 Libya: The SAS Have Gaddafi In Their Sights: But Whats The Exit Strategy?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?

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Posted: 1st, March 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Why Arabs Should Thank George Bush For Revolution In Egypt, Tunisia And Libya

AbuGhraib 225x300 Why Arabs Should Thank George Bush For Revolution In Egypt, Tunisia And LibyaDID 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.

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Posted: 28th, February 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


North Korean Soldiers Starving: Army to March On Kim Jong-eun’s Stomach

Kim Jong eun1 North Korean Soldiers Starving: Army to March On Kim Jong euns Stomach 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.”

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Posted: 28th, February 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chuka Umunna’s Joke Of The Day

Chuka Umunna Chuka Umunnas Joke Of The DaySAYS 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?

Posted: 28th, February 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


SAS Poised To Grab Gaddifi’s Collar: British Troops Hunting Libyan Leader

gaddafi nuts1 SAS Poised To Grab Gaddifis Collar: British Troops Hunting Libyan LeaderLIBYA 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.

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Posted: 27th, February 2011 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0