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Progressive Party Posters Do Down The Municipal Reformers In These 1907 Posters

IN 1907, the Progressive Party campaigned for the London County Council Elections.

It was founded in 1888 by a group of Liberals and leaders of the labour movement. It was also supported by the Fabian Society, and Sidney Webb was one of its councillors. In the first elections of the London County Council (LCC) in January 1889 the Progressive Party won 70 of the 118 seats. It lost power in 1907 to the Municipal Reform Party (a Conservative organisation) under Richard Robinson.

The Westminster Gazette featured this advert from the Party. “Electors, beware of false names and Vote Progressive’,” declared the message.

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Posted: 5th, November 2013 | In: Flashback, Politicians | Comment

Obamacare Call Centres Screening People With Certain Names

JIM Angle of Fox News, recalls his experiences calling Obamacare’s 800 number:

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Posted: 4th, November 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

Brent Is A Fracking Free Zone But Cattle Ranchers Eye Barnet

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THE London borough of Brent is now a fracking-free zone.

A council spokesman said: “This is where it gets a bit hazy. Theoretically, Brent Friends of the Earth should let us know…It probably would not happen in Brent because it’s quite a built-up part of northwest London, although there are a lot of parks.”

This is good news for Brent Friends of the Earth, which had used placards and shouting to picket the council’s office. Their spokesperson adds: “I’m trying to remember the source. But I think Edgware was one of the areas being considered, along with Croydon.”

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Posted: 2nd, November 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

Chinese Official Shrinks 103-Year-Old Woman In Epic Photoshop Fail

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TO Ningguo, a city in Anhui province, China, to see Chinese Communist Party official and deputy mayor Wang Ju meet an elderly constituent. You can see this photo of Wang meeting the 103-year-old Cheng Yanchun in his in-house organ at the Civil Affairs Department, which he is in charge of.
Wow. She sure is small.

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Posted: 31st, October 2013 | In: Politicians, Technology | Comment

Flashback: Little Lord Franklin Delano Roosevelt And Budgy Ride His Pet Donkey In A Short Skirt

FLASHBACK 1884:  Future President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 2, perches on a pet donkey with his dog Budgy.

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Before The Trumpet:

At five months, Franklin was put into short skirts, “as he liked to kick and feel free to move about.” He had cut two teeth by the end of his first summer, but his mother worried that he was “rather too thin, not as fat as a baby ought to be”; he would, in fact, remain remarkably slender until middle age. By November he was trying “to imitate Budgy [Mr. James’s white spitz] and the cats and manages to say a semblance of papa and mama.” That same autumn he was taken to his first adult party on a nearby estate. “Baby wanted to dance,” Sara wrote. “I could hardly hold him.” In May of 1883, Franklin walked unaided for the first time and “was quite proud of his accomplishment.”

Franklin had the bad luck to have been born at the height of the fever of sentimentality kindled in American mothers’ hearts by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel Little Lord Fauntleroy. In emulation of its precious hero, Franklin’s mother kept him in dresses and long curls until he was nearly six. Then she dressed him in Scottish kilts and highland caps, and finally reluctantly permitted him to wear.


Posted: 30th, October 2013 | In: Flashback, Politicians | Comment

October 30: On This Day Father Jerzy Popieluszko Is Found Murdered By Poland’s Secret Police


ON This Day: October 30:  Jerzy Popieluszko was found. He’d been murdered.

Photo above: Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa appears on the stage of a Warsaw theater in 1980 under a large solidarity banner. Date: 01/01/1980.



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Posted: 30th, October 2013 | In: Flashback, Politicians | Comment

Ed Miliband: Private Dinners For Wealthy Donors Are Why We Need A Free Press

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LAST week, the Financial Times revealed a story many missed. Ed Miliband, the Labour Party leader was talking at a “private dinner” for Labour donors at the Phoenix Palace, a smart eatery in London. There, a bowl of soup can set you back £18.

Ed was talking about newspapers and media coverage of his party and his family:


“We’ve got to be willing to call these people out. They are less powerful than people ever thought and they are less powerful now than they were.”

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Posted: 28th, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

Al Gore’s Climate Reality: 707

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DID you see Al Gore’s 24-Hour Global wARming TV spectacular? No. One of the 707 people who tuned in should own up.

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Posted: 28th, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

Barack Obama Makes You Faint: The President As Actor And Medic (Video)

BARACK Obama makes you go weak at the knees. But worry not. Obama is always quick to spot you. He has a microphone. He has water. He stops short of touching the sick to heel them, but chances are he’s just saving that for when someone’s really ill:

Posted: 27th, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

Washington Times and New York Post Spread BS That Obama Wants US Marines To Look More ‘French’

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DID you read the news “Obama Wants Marines To Wear Girly Hats”?

The Washington Times told us:

U.S. Marines turn up noses at Obama’s new ‘girly’ hats; some fear it looks too French

He loves the French.

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Posted: 25th, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

John Major Backs The EU And Appraises His Former Tory Colleagues


ANORAK always liked John Major. This week he revisited Britain’s place in the European Union. He wants the country to remain in it. Says JM:

“Calling ….. a number of my colleagues ‘ba*tards’ was absolutely unforgivable… My only excuse is that it was true.”

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Posted: 25th, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

All Hail President Klitschko! And First Lady Hayden Panettiere!


BOXERS usually don’t quite know what to do with themselves after the hang their gloves up, and usually end up back in the ring too old, too hittable, and get battered by some upstart for a big purse.

However, Ukraine boxer and former world heavyweight boxing champ Vitali Klitschko has confirmed he will run in the country’s 2015 presidential election.

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Posted: 24th, October 2013 | In: Politicians, Sports | Comment

Al Gore: Rich On Tobacco And Oil Money Trusty Al Gore Links Australian Bush Fires To Global Warming

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AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the NSW bushfires were not linked to climate change. Was it the 11-year-old boys?  No. It was the military firing ordnance that started the State Mine fire. But they all said it was global warming. Were those experts wrong? Al Gore says not. He says anyone who says the bushfires aren’t a result of global warming is like a fool who believed smoking wasn’t harmful:

“Well, it’s not my place to get involved in your [Australian] politics, but it reminds me of politicians here in the United States who got a lot of support from the tobacco companies and who argued to the public that there was absolutely no connection between smoking cigarettes and lung cancer...

“For 40 years the tobacco companies were able to persuade pliant politicians within their grip to tell the public what they wanted them to tell them, and for 40 years the tragedy continued.

“And bushfires can occur naturally and do, but the science shows clearly that when the temperature goes up and when the vegetation and soils dry out, then wild fires become more pervasive and more dangerous. That’s not me saying it, that’s what the scientific community says.”

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Posted: 24th, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

Boris Johnson Can’t Keep His Legs Together In China – Photos

BORIS Johnson, the London Mayor, has been on a student seducing mission to China. We’re flicked through Boris’s photos and can’t help but notice his seating position. He is not demure. He is not refined. He is the big beast. The thighs seem all the more wide apart whenever he’s near George Osborne, the Chancellor.


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Posted: 18th, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

Police Warn EDL Convert Tommy Robinson To Leave Luton For His Own Safety

HOW’S life treating Tommy Robinson since he left the EDL for the Quilliam Foundation? Well, he’s tweeted this letter from Bedfordshire Police.

He adds:

Tommy Robinson @TRobinsonNewEra

 Police advice,take your family and leave Luton,we cannot protect u.After I’m on terrorist Al-Shababs latest video 

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Posted: 17th, October 2013 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment

Me and David Miliband: Once upon a time the the Daily Mail loved ‘evil’ Ralph Miliband


FUNNY how newspapers work. The Daily Mail called Ralph Miliband “the man who hated Britain”. The paper used the world “evil” in a hatchet job on Ed Miliband’s dad. But when in 2008, high-flying Mail staffer Ted Verity wrote about David Miliband, Ed’s big brother, Ralph got a different billing. (Only two Mail online articles are linked to Verity and both are about his mate David):

First impressions were underlined later that evening when David and I – who were both studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) – went for our first Oxford drink together.  We headed for The Turf pub off Holywell Street, a favourite of Hardy’s Jude The Obscure, and I led the way to the bar. ‘I’ll have a half of bitter,’ said David…

But there was something else, too. David, although thoroughly middle-class, was the heir-apparent to a Labour dynasty…

Despite his self-confidence, his academic qualifications were distinctly underwhelming – two grade Bs and a D at A-level. David, it turned out, was one of three Corpus PPE students who had arrived on an Inner London Education Authority scheme to get pupils from the capital’s comprehensives to Oxford.  A worthy scheme, no doubt, but it’s hard to imagine that David Miliband was the kind of deprived inner-city pupil the founders had in mind.  His father was the eminent Marxist historian Ralph Miliband, whose work loomed large on our syllabus.

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Posted: 16th, October 2013 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment

Tony Blair’s epic bomb selfie goes on display at the Imperial War Museum, Manchester

“HOW do artists contribute to our perceptions of war and conflict in an age where our understanding is shaped by the media and the internet?” asks Manchester’s Imperial War Museum.

The exhibition includes work by Steve McQueen, kennardphillipps (below), Langlands & Bell, Miroslaw Balka, Willie Doherty, Paul Seawright, Ori Gersht, Jananne Al Ani and Edmund Clark.

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Posted: 14th, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment (1)

Boris Johnson race gaffe? London mayor tells Chinese Harry Potter’s Scottish lover Cho Chang was a foreigner


BORIS Johnson entered stage left and went into his usual act of being a hapless music hall entertainer stumbling upon sound policy. The London Mayor, for it is he, was appearing as Bozza at Peking University. In an effort to cement Sino-Anglo relations he noted that Harry Potter’s lover was Chinese:

…according to JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter novels, was Harry Potter’s first girlfriend? Who is the first person he kisses? That’s right, Cho Chang – who is a Chinese overseas student at Hogwarts school.
Ladies and gents I rest my case. I don’t think I need to argue any further, that is the future of Britain and of London.

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Posted: 14th, October 2013 | In: Film, Politicians | Comment

The ‘decapitated’ EDL: Quilliam Foundation wrests Robinson from Pamela Geller


HOW’s former EDL leader Tommy Robinson getting along with his old muckers Pamela Geller and Robert Spence?

Pamela Geller has a statement of make:

[T]he night before he made his announcement, Tommy tried to contact me numerous times on Skype and by phone while I was busy with other matters, It was clear that it was urgent. Finally, we spoke on the phone, and it was on that phone call that he told me that he would be resigning from the EDL the next day, and that the Quilliam Foundation was going to be at the press conference — but he made that a minor point…. . Then at the press conference, both he and Kevin Carroll were the showcases of a Quilliam victory dance. They looked eerily reminiscent of the American POW’s taken by enemy combatants and forced to say things they did not believe before cameras.

…Now he is the poster boy for the stealth jihad. It seems they have taught Tommy well. His deception to friends and colleagues mirrors the Islamic teachings of kitman (lie by omission) and taqiyya. So Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll are no longer on the SION board. 

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Posted: 14th, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

Who dunnit? Basildon mayor Mo Larkin births a Ball through her camel toe in cartoon video

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IS this cartoon “appallingly offensive”? It features Basildon mayor Mo Larkin with a camel toe which contains a mobile phone and Conservative council leader Tony Ball,

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Posted: 13th, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comments (4)

Ed Miliband’s day was a cat killer: The Man Who Hated Kitten

THE Sunday Sport says Ed Miliband’s dad Ralph killed a woman’s cat. It is, of course, a  wonderful read. But the Sport disappoints. That headline. Come on, chaps. It’s The Man Who Hated Kitten.

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Posted: 10th, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

Hitler worked as a chef, a professor and a Nazi-next-door in Western Canada

WOULD you know Hitler is he were living in Canada? In November 1944, the Free Press Weekly Prairie Farmer asked is readers:

“Would You Know Der Fuehrer’s Face If He Settled In Western Canada?”

It’s all about the facial hair. In 1940s’ Western Canada, chef’s were buttoned-up, militaristic and waxed-tipped; all men of letters wore glasses and went for a centre-parting; the Hobos dress like Slavs; and the guy next door looks like a Nazi.

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Posted: 10th, October 2013 | In: Flashback, Politicians | Comment