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Tommy Robinson leaves the EDL but finds Pamela Geller harder to quit


TOMMY Robinson (aka Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) and his deputy and cousin Kevin Carroll’s departure from the English Defence League has been making news. Robinson is not the first EDL member to make the leap to the Quilliam Foundation.

Hugh Muir wrote on that previous conversion in the Guardian:

…while the [English Defence League] says it eschews violence, there are claims that some of its people may have been taking a less than constructive approach to two former members who were poised to lift the lid on the group in association with the counter-extremism thinktank, Quilliam. Harry Burns and Leighton Evans were billed as “former senior members of the EDL who have renounced the group and are willing to speak out against it publicly … to answer questions about the organisation and their time inside it”. But they didn’t. Both pulled out, apparently citing threats. Not from us, insists the man from the EDL. In good faith we accept that. A simple solution. If in doubt, blame the Muslims.

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Posted: 9th, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

Tommy Robinson has left he EDL to join anti-extremism group

THE BBC reports that English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson has left the group.
Also departed is his deputy Kevin Carroll.
Robinson has been put off by the EDL’s more extremist elements.

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Posted: 8th, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment (1)

1964: Malcolm X evokes Shakespear as he thrills the Oxford Union with talk of armed rebellion


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Posted: 3rd, October 2013 | In: Flashback, Politicians | Comment

Ralph Miliband in The Times protesting against precisely the sort of Soviet oppression Daily Mail says he supported

THE Mail’s hatched job on Ed Miliband’s “evil” father Ralph appalled many. In 1980, Ralph Miliband is The Times protesting against precisely the sort of Soviet oppression Daily Mail says he supported:

ralph miliband


Spotter: The Times

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

Tories play Jessie J’s Price Tag as anti-austerity marchers protest in Manchester

NEWS that Conservatives used a pianist playing Jessie J’s Price Tag and other hits to dampen the din felt by delegates inside the “zone” as  50,000 protestors marched against austerity in Manchester reminded us of this:

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

Jew-baiting Daily Mail too fundamentalist for us says new columnist Samantha Lewthwaite

THE Daily Mail‘s hatchet job on Labour leader Ed Miliband’s dead father is making waves. Miliband replied to it in the Mail. But the Mail kept the focus on Ralph Miliband by, most notably, featuring picture of the man’s grave on its website.

The Mail wrapped Miliband’s reply thus:

“RED ED’S in a strop with the Mail… Doubtless, he’s miffed that his conference was overshadowed by the revelations of his former friend, the spin doctor Damian McBride… Nor did he see the funny side when we ridiculed the yucky, lovey-dovey photographs of him and his wife, behaving like a pair of hormonal teenagers… But what has made him vent his spleen – indeed, he has stamped his feet and demanded a right of reply – is a Mail article… about the Labour leader’s late father, Ralph, under the arresting headline ‘The Man Who Hated Britain’.”

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Posted: 2nd, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comments (3)

UKIP Nigel Farage as Hitler: volumes 1,2, und Third

IS UKIP leader Nigel Farage getting a fair press? Is his becoming Hitler a sing of his growing power?

Today’s Times leads with:

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Posted: 1st, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

Irony overload: Greece follows up arrest of Nazi-loving Golden dawn by seizing immigrants


HOW we cheered when the righteous, freedom-loving Greek police arrested the Nazi-loving Golden Dawn MPs.

Buoyed by that success, and cheered on by the Left, the Greek police went out to nick some more wrong ‘uns. No not violent bigots. Illegal immigrants.

Police arrested 41 people in central Athens on Sunday night during a large operation involving some 150 officers. The arrests were made around Omonia Square and in Aghios Panteleimonas. More than 330 people were detained. The majority of those arrested were immigrants who lacked the necessary paperwork.

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Posted: 30th, September 2013 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comments (4)

Glory Be! Ed Miliband has brought back price controls


ED Miliband has rather stunned the business world with his announcement that if Labour’s elected next time they’re going to bring back price controls. Because, you know, Ed Miliband, in his previous job as Climate Change Wallah in the Government made electricity too expensive for us all. The problem with this of course is that price controls simply do not work:

Mr Miliband has pledged that one of his first acts in office would be to pass emergency legislation forbidding energy companies from increasing domestic prices until 2017.

His promise is designed to persuade voters that only Labour can restore living standards eroded by years of prices rising faster than incomes.

However, energy chiefs and political opponents have warned that his plans could in fact lead to higher bills in the short term as well as blackouts and power shortages.

If you were told that in two years’ time you were not allowed to raise your prices what would you be doing in the next two years before that ban?

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Posted: 27th, September 2013 | In: Money, Politicians | Comment

Vladimir Putin looks like man’s pet dog

I SAY, I say, I say, my dog looks like Valdimir Putin.


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Posted: 26th, September 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

We should be revolted that Gordon Brown’s Labour advocating shooting the plebs


HOW close did Gordon Brown come to setting the military on the people? In his book on his time with Brown, Damien McBride quotes the then Prime Minister fretting about the banking crisis:

“You don’t understand… If the banks are shutting their doors, and the cashpoints aren’t working, and people go to Tesco and their cards aren’t being accepted, the whole thing will just explode.  If you can’t buy food or petrol or medicine for your kids, people will just start breaking the windows and helping themselves. And as soon as people see that on TV, that’s the end, because everyone will think that’s OK now, that’s just what we all have to do. It’ll be anarchy. That’s what could happen tomorrow. I’m serious, I’m serious . . . We’d have to think: do we have curfews, do we put the Army on the streets, how do we get order back?

“I’d have to resign — but I couldn’t go if there was just carnage out there: someone would have to be in charge.”

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Posted: 26th, September 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

Yes of course Ed Davey’s lying about fracking?


YOU know, politician, lips moving and all that. But how he’s lying is just as important as grasping the fact that he is lying. Each particular thing that he says is more or less truthful but the overall impression left is entirely untruthful:

“North Sea gas didn’t significantly move UK prices – so we can’t expect UK shale production alone to have any effect,” Mr Davey said, pointing out that Britain is just one part of the wider European gas market.

He said it was “far from clear that UK shale gas production could ever replicate the price effects seen in the US”, where the shale gas boom has seen prices plummet.

The comments stand in stark contrast to those of David Cameron, who wrote in the Telegraph last month that “fracking has real potential to drive energy bills down”

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Posted: 25th, September 2013 | In: Money, Politicians | Comment (1)

Tessa Jowell wants Ed Miliband to expose himself

QUOTE of the day:

“I think ]Ed Miliband ]should just go on travelling around the country, exposing himself to people”

Says Tessa Jowell.

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

Ed Miliband’s bespoke suit carries the tag: ‘Spencer Hart sincerely hopes you get laid in this product’


DO we care that Ed Miliband wore a bespoke Spencer Hart suit for his address to Labour Party conference? His shoes, however, were from Marks And Sparks.

One odd thing about Ed’s Hart suit: if you peer inside the jacket’s wallet pocket, the tailor has written a message:

“Hand made for Ed Miliband in the year of ****. Spencer Hart sincerely hopes you get laid in this product.”

Well, someone’s getting screwed…



Posted: 24th, September 2013 | In: Fashion, Politicians | Comment

EDL go after Tulisa Contostavlos


THE EDL are, clearly, upset about lots of things and you wouldn’t want them turning up outside your house unannounced (people have a hard enough time when they turn out unannounced in their town).

Now, Tulisa Contostavlos is being ‘targeted’ by EDL leader Tommy Robinson. The singer reportedly called police after spotting the English Defence League leader outside her home.

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Posted: 23rd, September 2013 | In: Celebrities, Politicians | Comment

The world’s most famous politicians who painted

POLITICIANS are gentle souls who like to create. Some make art. We’ve noticed a few of them:

Dwight D. Eisenhower


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“I have a lot of fun since I took it up, in my somewhat miserable way, your hobby of painting. I have had no instruction, have no talent, and certainly have no justification for covering nice, white canvas with the kind of daubs that seem constantly to spring from my brushes. Nevertheless, I like it tremendously, and in fact, have produced two or three things that I like enough to keep.” – DE


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Posted: 23rd, September 2013 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comment

Vladimir Putin rides a Ritz Cracker

GIF of the day: Vladimir Putin rides a Ritz cracker, the dirty, dirty, dirty wee cheesy rider:



Spotter: KMFW

Posted: 21st, September 2013 | In: Gifs, Politicians | Comment

Kickstarter needs to you to help book that says Obama is the Antichrist!

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CARTOONIST Rick Geary has launched a Kickstarter campaign we can really get behind. He wants fans to fund a book called ‘A is for Antichrist: Obama’s Conspiracy Alphabet’.

Of course, everyone loves a conspiracy theory (and the more outlandish the better) and he wants to get the weirdest rumours around about the American president put them all together in one glorious alphabet book.

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Posted: 21st, September 2013 | In: Money, Politicians, Reviews | Comment

BBC portrays UKIP leader Nigel Farage as Hitler

TAKE heart, Nigel Farage, UKIP’s lead irritant: it’s only when people compare you to Hitler that you know you’ve made it big in politics.

The big screen at Salford Media City yesterday morning made the observation as Farage appeared on BBC Breakfast:

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Posted: 21st, September 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

Euan Blair and Suzanne Ashman wedding photos (but not Tony Blair’s family discounted speech)

CONGRATULATIONS to Euan Blair , who has married Suzanne Ashman. Euan is, of course, a famously puking son to former Prime Minister Tony Blair. The Middle East peace expert was at All Saints parish church in Wotton Underwood, Buckinghamshire, with his lovely wife, Cherie Blair.

It is not known if Tony gave a speech at the do, nor if the bride’s father was offered to opportunity to pay for one in instalments with a small family discount.

Cherie did not take home the leftover cake, crockery, cutlery nor any other ‘free’ items.



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Posted: 20th, September 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

Full-kit wa*ker Jeremy Browne avoids Google cameras by wearing full veil in public

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JEREMY Browne MP, minister for crime prevention at the Home Office, has been captured by Google Street View walking along a street in Paddington. He calls it “unnerving“.  The Liberal Democrat MP for Taunton Deane, is not emerging from a massage parlour nor  eating a kebab and smoking. He is suited, booted and holding his bright red ministerial box. He is the political equivalent of the Full Kit Wan**r, a title used to explain a grown man who is happy to be seen striding around in public wearing a full football kit; shirt, shorts, socks, even shinnies – the whole kit and caboodle. Professional footballers have been FKWs too, notably a former Spurs and Manchester United player who used to wear his full England tracksuit to walk around parts of urbanised Essex.

Says Browne of the bright red box:

“I think there is an issue about the intrusiveness of modern technology,” he said. “It is why the government is right to be alert to the public concern about excessive use of CCTV. We need to get the balance right with using technology to prevent crime and people not feeling that every time they enter a public space their movements will be potentially permanently recorded.”

“Campaigners are always most alert to the threats to individual liberties that can be caused by the state. But we also need to be guarded about how the evolution of technology means that private organisations can also intrude into individual privacy in a way that many people would find unsettling. Quite often the state is more regulated than private organisations.”

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Posted: 18th, September 2013 | In: Politicians, Reviews, Technology | Comment

Syria: Putin blinked as Obama made Russia own the war

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. Putin says Syria's bid to join chemical weapons treaty proves seriousness of its intentions. Speaking at a summit of an international security grouping dominated by Russia and China, Putin said Friday the move showed that Syria has "serious intentions to embark on that path." (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)

ON Syria… Putin blinked. President Obama:

“Had we rolled out something that was very smooth and disciplined and linear, they would have graded it well, even if it was a disastrous policy. We know that, because that’s exactly how they graded the Iraq war.”

And Putin?

“I welcome him being involved. I welcome him saying, ‘I will take responsibility for pushing my client, the Assad regime, to deal with these chemical weapons.’”

Aha! And with that Obama diverts attention and makes Russia take ownership of the war.


Posted: 16th, September 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

People despise politicians because someone like Chris Huhne can be one

Former Cabinet minister and Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne faces the media on his release from prison which he described as a humbling and sobering experience in Clerkenwell, London.

CHRIS Huhne has written for the Guardian.

People despise politicians – but whose fault is that?

Huhne cheated on his wife Vicky Pryce with a Carina Trimingham and then lied and lied  knows why he ended up divorced and in prison. And he knows who is to blame. No, not him for his lies. It was others who told the truth:

…to point out that the AA’s pollsters say 300,000 people have swapped speeding points and that it seemed like a minor matter back in 2003. I should not have done it. The personal consequences were monstrous for my family and me, including two months in prison.

Most of the saga was played out brutally in public, but there are some hidden eddies that reveal how politicians have become so distrusted. My endgame began when Neville Thurlbeck, the chief reporter of the now defunct News of the World, heard gossip that I was having an affair. Rather than cheapskating on the proposed investigation by hacking my phone, the News of the World put me under extensive surveillance by a retired policeman, a more expensive exercise.

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Posted: 15th, September 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

Jeffrey Wagner stands for Minneapolis on a ticket of clingy underpants and not strippers

Jeffrey Wagner,

VOTE Jeffrey Wagner for mayor of Minneapolis, because you can trust a man in wet clingy underpants.

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Posted: 15th, September 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

Syria: refugees says Obama won’t protect them because he’s a Muslim

obama islamOBAMA can’t win with everyone. Atlantic reports on anti-Americanism spreading in Syrian refugee camps. UN figure say two million have fled the country since the rebellion began in 2011.

Over a million Syrians have fled the war over the past six months, bringing the total outside the country up to 2 million. Half of them are children. Whether or not the U.S. intervenes, that overall figure is expected to climb to over 3 million by year’s end. UNHCR officials describe it as the worst refugee crisis in 20 years.

“Why don’t Americans and your media pay attention to this crisis?” Ahmad Hasan, who worked as a taxi driver outside Aleppo until his family fled to Amman earlier this year, asked me. . . .

A strong undercurrent of anti-Americanism also is shaping young minds within the camp. Uprooted and uneducated young men sit idle, spreading rumors and videos of violence back home via social media sites — Zaatari has its own Facebook page — often devoid of context. Boredom and lack of education make for a potent cocktail. Kids I interviewed play a version of war, where one team is the Assad regime and the other is the FSA.

Such populations may be nurturing a new generation of angry Muslim youths who view the United States, and especially its president, as hypocritical at best, and enablers of Assad’s war crimes at worst.

“Everybody is against the Syrian people,” said a former lieutenant in the Syrian military I met in Zaatari, who defected to the opposition. He was sitting on a cot in a prefab caravan, surrounded by other Syrian men wounded in the war. “We’re giving our blood but for Obama that is not enough.”

After cursing the American president in Arabic, he continued, “Obama is ‘Hussein’ – son of Muslims. If he were a Christian he would support us. But he’s a Muslim.” He shakes his head and his eyes tear up. “It’s always Muslims against Muslims.”

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Posted: 13th, September 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment