Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
DID you know that Dominique Strauss-Kahn shagged Anne Mansouret. She says he “took me with the vulgarity of a soldier“.
Mansouret is mother to Tristane Banon – who claims DSK tried to rape her.
PRIME Minister David Cameron is in Nigeria to conduct a seminar with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan about good governance, corruption, a missing uncle Rupert who has £1billion to invest in an offshore bank account, buying the police, the secret services targeting the ordinary people, nepotism in the BBC and the civil service…
TO Syria, for an audience with Bashar Assad. We’re a bit anxious about seeing the local despot in the flesh. But with any luck Sana, Syria’s state-run news service, will just photoshop us into the meeting – like it did with the new governor of Hama. Before Anorak joins with Martin Luther King,The Pope, Kelly Brook, Thierry Henry, John Lennon and Angelina Jolie also join us, we look at evidence of photo manipulation – or what editors of fashion magazines call “selling the brand”.
looks as if someone selected the the bodies and heads with the lasso tool and then adjusted the contrast and brightness, leaving a black outline at the tool’s selection boundary.
Johnson once received a call from Darius Guppy – best man to the Princess of Wales’s brother, and fellow ex-Etonian and Bullingdon Club member. Yep. Like David Cameron – and like George Osborne, who championed Andy Coulson for that job as the PM Cameron’s press handler. Guppy wanted help in getting in touch with News of the World journalist Stuart Collier. Guppy had heard that Collier was asking questions about his life. Guppy wanted him stopped – frightened off. All he needed was Collier’s private phone number and address.
Boris Johnson was the Telegraph’s European correspondent in Brussels. Maybe the anti youth violence champion could help?
In 1993, Guppy would soon be jailed for five years for a £1.8 million insurance fraud. Guppy was jailed for five years in 1993. He served three in jail.
In the summer of 1990, Guppy and Johnson talked on the phone. Here are the highlights:
Johnson: “I really, I want to know …”
Guppy: “I guarantee you he will not be seriously hurt.”
Gordon Brown Wakes From Rebekah Brook’s Slumber Party To Seek Revenge Over Rupert Murdoch’s Times, Sky And Sun
HAVING been able to legitimise buying up millions of copies of the News of The World, Guardian readers now learn that Gordon Brown fears his voicemail was hacked by News International workers. They allegedly accessed his bank account and his family’s medical records.
The key findings are:
• Scotland Yard has discovered references to both Brown and his wife, Sarah, in paperwork seized from Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who specialised in phone hacking for the News of the World;
• Abbey National bank found evidence suggesting that a “blagger” acting for the Sunday Times on six occasions posed as Brown and gained details from his account;
• Brown’s London lawyers, Allen & Overy, were tricked into handing over details from his file by a conman working for the Sunday Times;
• Details from his infant son’s medical records were obtained by the Sun, who published a story about the child’s serious illness.
The News of The World is dead. Rupert Murdoch’s Sun and Times are now in the firing line. It’s stinky suff. And 2e only hope that Brown gets his revenge, sorry, justice:
Senior Labour figures also strongly suspect that a news organisation broke the law to obtain the emails that led to the resignation in April 2009 of Brown’s close aide Damian McBride. The emails, which disclosed a scheme to smear Tory MPs, had been exchanged between McBride and a Labour party activist, Derek Draper. The Labour figures believe that the emails were hacked from Draper’s computer and that their contents were then sent to the political blogger Guido Fawkes, whose stories were then followed by Fleet Street.
THE Sun’s headline about former News of The World editor Andy Coulson is not “Former News Of The World editor arrested over hacking claims while working for Rupert Murdoch”. No. The Sun’s headline is:
“David Cameron’s former aide quizzed over hacking claims”
The Sun’s focus is on Cameron and not on its sister organ. Why? Well, self-preservation, cynicism, pragmatism and maybe – just maybe – the Sun flexing its muscles. As the Independent puts the same news:
Cameron forced to cut Murdoch and his empire loose as he tries to deflect public anger about failure to tackle the phone-hacking scandal…
BETTY Ford RIP. You were Gerald Ford’s wife. He took over from scandal-shattered Richard Nixon as President of the USA. Nixon made a name for himself over Watergate. On June 1, 1975, President Gerald Ford made his own mark on the top job by slipping as he disembarked from Air Force One in Salzburg, Austria. His wife was Betty Ford. She never flinched. But she suffered. She had cancer. Her mastectomy made a taboo subject a talking point. She spoke out on abortion and drugs. Her drugs addiction led to the creation of the Betty Ford Clinic. You can go there to get Clean And Serene.
This was her life in photos:
** FILE ** In this June 1, 1975 picture, President Gerald Ford lands on his hands after slipping and falling on a wet ramp, while disembarking from Air Force One in Salzburg, Austria. A military aide, grabs the president to help break the fall. The president's wife, Betty, is at left. Gerald R. Ford, who picked up the pieces of Richard Nixon's scandal-shattered White House as the 38th and only unelected president in America's history, has died, his wife, Betty, said Tuesday Dec. 26, 2006. He was 93. (AP Photo)
IS Dominique Strauss-Kahn a victim of tabloid journalism? Can he get a fair trial after headlines like these?
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.”