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All Aboard The Edinburgh Tram Gravy Train: Taxpayers Fund Lawyers And Bonuses

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.

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Posted: 27th, June 2011 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comment (1)


Gert Wilders’ Acquittal : All Views On The Dutch Polemicist

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.”

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Posted: 24th, June 2011 | In: Politicians | Comments (4)


Barack Obama Shakes The Hand Of Dead Hero Jared Monti (Video)

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.”

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Posted: 24th, June 2011 | In: Politicians | Comments (2)


RIP Brian Haw: A Life In Photos

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.

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Posted: 19th, June 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment


The Anthony Weiner Muslim Conspiracy Theory Just Got Nuttier: Huma Abedin And The Muslim Brotherhood

THE Anthony Weiner is a Muslim conspiracy theory gets even more nutty. Richard Bartholomew takes up the story:

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.

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Posted: 17th, June 2011 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comments (3)


Anthony Weiner Resigns: Calvin Klein Modelling Contract Beckons (Photos)

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…

Posted: 16th, June 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment


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!!!”

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Posted: 16th, June 2011 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comment


Anthony Weiner Is A Secret Muslim Controlled By Huma Abedin – You Want Proof?

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?

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Posted: 14th, June 2011 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comments (11)


Daily Mail Turns On The Thought Police It Supports

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“.

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Posted: 13th, June 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment


The BBC And Guardian Use Margaret Thatcher’s Lie To Slam ‘Nuts’ Sarah Palin

SARAH Palin may one say be in charge of over five thousand nuclear missiles. She wants to visit the UK on her way to Sudan. Palin told Christina Lamb in the Sunday Times:

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.”

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Posted: 13th, June 2011 | In: Politicians | Comments (2)


Barack Obama Is Dead: Fox Salutes Barack Fauxbama – Because They Look And Think The Same

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…

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Posted: 12th, June 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment


Angela Merkel Has The Hots For Michelle Obama: Photos

ANGELA Merkel really, really, really likes Michelle Obama. It might be love…

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Posted: 10th, June 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment (1)


Rowan Williams Proves He Exists: All Views On Archbishop’s Attack On Coalition

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:

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Posted: 10th, June 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment


Tony Blair’s Dream Of A European President Is Against Democracy

THE front page of the Times announces “Europe Needs A Leader“. This statment is illustrated by a photo of Tony Blair with his arms outstretched.

“Europe needs an elected president with a democratic mandate to drive sweeping reforms and give the European Union leadership on the world stage”

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Posted: 9th, June 2011 | In: Politicians | Comments (2)


Photos Of Anthony Weiner’s Women: Meagan Broussard, Lisa Weiss And Nicole Gennette Cordova

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:

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Posted: 7th, June 2011 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comment


Cameron Fights Sexualisation Of Children: Places Sun And Mail On Top Shelf?

LIB Dem Minister Sarah Teather today watched footage of a Katy Perry music video. Sarah wants to curb the sexualisation of children in this brave new world.

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?

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Posted: 6th, June 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment (1)


Sarah Palin Saves Barack Obama’s See-Saw Car With Paul Revere’s Horse Power

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…

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Posted: 4th, June 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment


John Edwards: Who Needs A Super Injunction When The Media Supports The Lie?

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.

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Posted: 3rd, June 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment


Geert Wilders Speech On Negative Freedom: Full Transcript Of Trial Address

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

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Posted: 2nd, June 2011 | In: Politicians | Comments (3)


We Are All Hamza al-Khateeb: The Face Of Sadism In Syria

CAN you still be shocked by an image? Can a story still stir emotions when delivered raw? Can Hamza al-Khateeb be the face that makes the world do something about Syria?

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)

The US has been caught on the backfoot. Obama is not alone. Sheikh Nasrallah has stated his support of President Assad. Syrian protesters have been burning pictures of Hezbollah’s leader.

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.

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Posted: 31st, May 2011 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comments (6)


Ed Miliband Marries Justine Thornton: In Photos

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…”

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Labour leader Ed Miliband with his wife Justine and their children Daniel and Samuel after their wedding after their wedding in Langar Hall, Nottinghamshire today.

Posted: 27th, May 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment (1)


The G8 Summit TV Series: Featuring Guest Star Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg (Mr G9)

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.

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Posted: 27th, May 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment


Barack Obama’s London Legacy: The ‘2008’ State Visit In Photos

AND just like that, Barack Obama was gone. How will his trip be remembered?

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?

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Posted: 26th, May 2011 | In: Politicians | Comments (3)


Obama’s State Visit To UK Photos And Gaffes: 2008 And A Musical Hiccup

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“.

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Posted: 25th, May 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment


Bahrain Elected Now Sits On UN Human Rights Panel: Syria Narrowly Misses Out

HURRAH for the United Nations. Having kicked Libya off the Human Rights panel (yep, it got in), the UN fielded applications for countries who wanted to sit in judgement. Syria applied. Others got in:

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…

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Posted: 25th, May 2011 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comment