Thursday, 21 May 2015

Luis Figo knows when an election isn't fair

Luis Figo has pulled out of the FIFA Presidential election. He's not happy, here's an extract:

'... this electoral process is anything but an election.This (election) process is a plebiscite for the delivery of absolute power to one man - something I refuse to go along with.'

More here

All the European Football Associations and any others that believe in democracy should leave FIFA and start their own association.

About that Hamas tunnel work accident...

News that you won't find reported on the institutionally anti Israel BBC.

'The military wing of Hamas, al-Qassam Brigades, said Monday evening that a fighter affiliated to the group had been killed in a tunnel collapse in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip.

Al-Qassam Brigades identified the fighter as 25-year-old Mahmoud Adel Ghaban from Beit Lahiya.

A number of fighters in Gaza have been killed by accidents during military training exercises in recent years, and the tunnel networks, which are largely used for smuggling in the coastal enclave's south and military purposes in the north, are notoriously dangerous.

A tunnel in the northern Gaza Strip? Where would such a tunnel be going to?'

More here

Israel Shelling Hits Palestinian Aid Office, Kills 5 Refugees, Injures 10

If the news story was that Israeli Shelling Hits Palestinian Aid Office, Kills 5 Refugees, Injures 10, then the institutionally anti Israel BBC would be headlining the story, the anti Israel United Nations would be proposing resolutions and the human rights groups would be screaming their disapproval and marching on Israeli embassies.

However the story is actually that:

'Shelling from Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces hit an international humanitarian aid office in Yemen on Thursday, killing five Ethiopian refugees and wounding 10, a local official said. The news comes amid growing concern about the Saudi-led military offensive's impact on Yemen's civilians and infrastructure.'

So the BBC will mention this story very sotto voce, the United Nations will ignore and the human rights organisations will wait until Israel does anything that isn't 100% in accord with their world view.

More here

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

The Guardian's Ian Martin displaying the sort of lefty bile that so excites the like minded but turns off normal people

'Meanwhile members of Her Majesty's government reassemble. Slithering back into their familiar Commons benchmarks. Purring like hotel minibars. Here's a "soft question" for Labour to ponder. How did we fail to dislodge this sadistic bunch of bumbling incumbents? The talking haemorrhoid. The mafia dentist. The Devouring Moon. Spidergran. The shimmering fatberg. The little angry Lego man. Chalkie the Presbyterian ghost. "Bugsy Malign". The puckered gland. That one who looks like a giggling spring onion. The whole bastard Bash Street gang of them.'

More here

The 'oh come off it' story of the month

CBC report that:

' go backNews Montreal

Quebec girl told to stop reading book by school bus driver
Sarah Auger, 8, enjoyed reading to and from school, until the bus driver said it was dangerous
Apr 22, 2015 1:54 PM ET
Kate McKenna, CBC News
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An eight-year-old girl in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. was told she's no longer allowed to read books on the school bus because it poses a risk to the safety of other students.

​Sarah Auger loves reading and used to enjoy using her 20-minute ride to and from school to read for pleasure.

But recently, her bus driver told her she had to stop.

She says she was told reading posed a risk to other students on the bus.

He suggested they might stand up to see what she was reading, or she might poke herself in the eye with the corners of the book. '

Seriously? Oh come off it.

Don't just say it once, say it twice

The Telegraph is no longer the newspaper it was. I've stopped buying it, preferring The Times.

This sort of sloppy journalism may help to explain why.  This article begins thus:

'As official figures show that more EU migrants last year found work in the UK than Britons, the Bank of England suggests that foreign workers are keeping down wages because people are able to find employment online before arriving

Foreign workers are keeping down wages because people are able to find jobs online before arriving in the UK, the Bank of England has suggested, as official figures showed that more EU migrants last year found work in the UK than Britons.'

Sub editor?

No Shit Sherlock - Foreigners applying for jobs online keeping UK wages down

The Telegraph reported

' Foreign workers are keeping down wages because people are able to find jobs online before arriving in the UK, the Bank of England has suggested, as official figures showed that more EU migrants last year found work in the UK than Britons.'

No Shit Sherlock

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Monty Python - The Universe song

The most heartbreaking story that I have heard for a long time

A Wisconsin woman says she tried to call her husband moments before he apparently killed himself, but wasn't allowed to by a flight crew, reports television station WTMJ.

Karen Momsen-Evers was in New Orleans aboard a Southwest Airlines flight back home to Germantown, Wisconsin when she received a disturbing text from her husband, asking for forgiveness for what he was about to do.

"I started shaking the minute I got the text and I was panicked," she said. "I didn't know what to do."

Karen says she knew he was serious because he'd been under a lot of stress. She tried to quickly call him, but says a flight attendant wouldn't let her.

"The steward slapped the phone down and said, 'You need to go on airplane mode now,'" said Karen.

Karen was in tears as the plane took off, and as the flight reached cruising altitude, she says she tried again to have a flight attendant make an emergency call.

"I just wanted somebody to go and try to save him, and nobody helped," she said.

Karen sat in her seat for the rest of the flight crying and staring at the text her husband had sent. When the flight landed in Milwaukee, she called police, but it was too late. Her husband was dead.

Southwest Airlines offered a statement, saying their "hearts go out to the Evers family during this difficult time." They went on to say that flight attendants are trained to notify the captain if there's an emergency that poses a hazard to the plane or passengers on board.

In this case, they say the captain wasn't notified.

Karen says the outcome could have been changed.

"The pain of knowing that something could have been done," said Karen. "It breaks my heart."

Southwest Airlines offered Karen a full refund on the flight. 

Story from ABC 7 News

Yes, a refund would suffice...

Galloway blocks Obama

' "A mighty lion may get a retweet from Rula Lenska and does not that prove him more righteous than a jackal joking with Bill Clinton?"'
Daily Mash gets George Galloway to a 'T'.

The two hundred and second weekly "No Shit Sherlock" award

This week's winner is the Head of NATO.

'The head of Nato warned yesterday that Islamic militants could be hiding among the flood of migrants coming from Africa to Europe in boats.

Jens Stoltenberg said: 'There might be terrorists trying to blend in.'''

No Shit Sherlock 

More here.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Farooq Murad of the Muslim Council of Britain twists and wriggles in his interview with Andrew Neil but I think his true views are clear

Another good interview by Andrew Neil who really does try to pin the Muslim Council of Britai's Farooq Murad down. Farooq Murad is good at evading answering straight questions quite well but not well enough.

£3 and you can vote for the next Labour leader...

Sky News (@SkyNews) tweeted at 10:09 AM on Mon, May 18, 2015:
Harriet Harman says "anyone" can vote for the new Labour leader (so long as they pay £3)

Fun times ahead.

Ian Curtis - 'dance dance dance to the radio'

Joy Division - Transmission 

If you want to understand Ian Curtis and Joy Division then watch the film Closer. Not the crap relationships film starring Jude Law, the one about Ian Curtis directed by Anton Corbijn.

Ian Curtis died 35 years ago today

Joy Division - Atmosphere 

Ian Curtis had a voice that I can hear so easily in my head. Some of Joy Division's music was challenging, some melodic, but all is worth a listen.

Something else to worry about on your next flight...

Hacking an aeroplane from your seat?

Sunday, 17 May 2015

The Specials and a duetting female singer - The good and the not so good

The good, with Amy Winehouse from 2009

The not so good with Lily Allen at Glastonbury in 2007 - I am quite a fan of Lily Allen but she manages to ruin Gangsters for me here

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Go on, Enjoy Yourself

The Specials live in 1980

Louis Prima and Keely Smith much longer ago

I was a huge Specials and indeed Two Tone fan back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but then I was a huge music fan then.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Yoko Ono: “I Had an Affair with Hillary Clinton in the ’70s” per World News Daily Report

More news that won't make the BBC...
'Yoko Ono shocked reporters yesterday when she responded to a question concerning the presidential run of Hillary Clinton and the possibility that she could become the first woman President of the United States in American history.

The artist and widow of John Lennon, who is in Los Angeles to present a collection of cups and saucers she is exhibiting at the Museum of Modern Art, totally took reporters by surprise by admitting she had not only met the former First Lady at various times during a series of protests against the Vietnam War in New York in the 1970s but also knew her "intimately".

The celebrity admitted laughingly to having "a fling" with her at the time... '

If there was even a rumour of a lesbian fling in the past of a Republican candidate or leading figure then the BBC would be all over this story, however as this is Hillary Clinton, the BBC will ignore it.

Pub landlord did not act alone against Farage. He got a little help from BBC friends

' The BBC commissioned a programme that centred on what was projected as a 'real' political campaign.  Except that it was not. It was arguably instead a publicity stunt dreamed up by Avalon.  And a main purpose was to undermine and heap odium on the Farage campaign in a highly-contested and deadly serious political process.

In the event, Murray attracted only 300 votes, far less than Farage's margin of defeat. But there's no way of telling how much damage this jolly jape inflicted on the real political process that was going on in Thanet and had central importance  in the General Election.

There is abundant evidence that Avalon worked flat out to court as much publicity as they could for their campaign wheeze in both the traditional and social network media.  Murray had enough clout (as the Avalon programme shows) to draw the full political press pack down to Thanet for at least two major photo-calls.  And company 'reporters' interviewed real people about their voting intentions. The point is that it was not clearly a spoof.

In reality, it blurred the lines of choice in a crucial election seat. And funding was from the bloated coffers of one of the country's most successful independent production companies who, in turn, were financed by BBC cash.  This gave the campaign Murray considerable fire power beyond what normal candidates can afford. Some would argue this is precisely what electoral law is there to prevent.

It defies belief that any part of the the BBC (even if it was indirectly)  commissioned such a programme. Effectively, they gave Murray a PR platform to ridicule the Farage campaign.'

Well colour me surprised...

The BBC actively opposing UKIP...

More here

When usage of a derogatory term is relevant to the BBC and when it is not

When usage of a derogatory term is relevant to the BBC and when it is not is interesting and gives us further insight into the BBC's political bias.

When the Conservative minister Andrew Mitchell was accused of using the word 'plebs' the BBC went into one of its sanctimonious, affronted fervours. The story was headline news for weeks, if not months. Andrw Mitchell was condemned for elitism and rudeness.

However when there is evidence that a candidate for the Labour leadership, Chuka Umunna, used the word 'trash' to describe most of the denizens of West End night clubs there was no criticism on the BBC and there's certainly been no mention of it in any of the recent glowing pen portraits of the 'British Obama'.

The BBC's political bias here, a in many other instances, is clear and obvious, hopefully John Whittingdale will actually take some action against the BBC for their blatant political bias.
If you want to read more about this 'trash' comment, then The Telegraph has the details.

The sort of Labour lawyer politician that revolts me - I give you the slippery Emily Thornberry

Labour lawyers and human rights...

This is the Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury who had to resign her shadow cabinet post after tweeting less than complimentary remarks about a working class person flying the flag of St George in Rochester.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Chuka Umunna man of the people asked how to avoid mixing with 'trash' on an elite social network

'Chuka Umunna, tipped as a potential future leader, has admitted his is a member of ASmallWorld, which is known as MySpace for Millionaires".

In public, the MP for Streatham has been keen to stress his humble background growing up in south London.

But in private, Mr Umunna is a member of the exclusive online networking club for the global jet-setting elite.

According to The Daily Mail, the MP registered under his middle name, Harrison. In comments on the site from 2006, he said: "Is it just me or is there a serious lack of cool places to go in central London at the weekends.

"Most of the West End haunts seem to be full of trash and C-list wannabes, while other places that should know better opt for the cheesy vibe."

The millionaire former lawyer then called for recommendations for "a trash-free, decent night".'

More here at The Telegraph but not on the BBC who have long salivated at the prospect of the British Obama. 

Of course the BBC will support and propagandise on behalf of whoever is elected Labour leader but they'll be happier with either a black or female Labour leader - Dianne Abbott your party needs you?

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Monday, 11 May 2015

George Galloway to challenge Bradford West election result per BBC News

The BBC report that Graceless George Galloway is challenging the Bradford West election result.
'Former MP George Galloway has announced he has started legal proceedings to challenge his general election defeat.

Mr Galloway, leader of the Respect Party, lost his Bradford West seat to Labour's Naz Shah, who he has alleged made "false statements" during the campaign to affect the result.

He also claimed "widespread malpractice" involving postal voting meant the result must be "set aside".A Labour spokesman said the action was "pathetic and without any foundation".'

George Galloway losing his seat was one of my personal highlights of election night, but if he is the means by which electoral fraud, especially around postal voting is finally recognised and tackled then so be it.

One step that David Cameron's new government could take to safeguard democracy in the UK would be to reduce the use of postal votes back to where it was prior to the last Labour government's meddling. Postal votes should be only for people too sick to make it to the polling station or those out of the country on that date. Everybody else should vote in person.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

The Hot Chocolate Band - Give Peace A Chance

Hot Chocolate's first single on the Apple label, a cover of John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band's Give Peace A Chance.I do like the "nice, nice"

UKIP’s future: Ridding Britain of Labour per The Commentator

'As Douglas Carswell noted on Sunday: "I think there's a tremendous future for UKIP in displacing the Labour party with a kind of radical popular capitalism."'

Saturday, 9 May 2015

A problem with first past the post elections

DUP: 184,260 votes = 8 Seats = 23,033 votes per seat
SNP: 1,454436 votes = 56 Seats = 25,972 votes per seat
SD&LP 99,809 votes = 3 Seats = 33,270 votes per seat
Con: 11,116255 votes = 325 Seats = 34,204 votes per seat
Lab: 9,236,878 votes = 230 Seats = 40,160 votes per seat
SF: 176,232 votes = 4 Seats = 44,058 votes per seat
UUP: 114,935 votes = 2 Seats = 57,468 votes per seat
PC: 181,694 votes = 3 Seats = 60,565 votes per seat
LD: 2,359,368 votes = 8 Seats = 294,921 votes per seat
UKIP: 3,830,029 votes = 1 Seat = 3,830,029 votes per seat
Of course the various types of proportional representation have their own issues.

General Election second places map

The Sky News Budget Rap Battle

Rather good...

"Lefties: Your boys took one hell of a beating!"

Thanks to Guido Fawkes for the spot in The Sun.

Video features Steve Coogan, Jon Snow, John Cleese, Tom Watson, Alastair Campbell, Owen Jones, Polly Toynbee, Nick Davies, John Prescott, David Schneider, Caitlin Moran, Delia Smith, Eddie Izzard and Armando Ianucci.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Tina Fey strips! A sort of NSFW Rule 5 Friday Post

Tina Fey strips for David Letterman

Conservative priorities

With a Conservative majority, however small, Cameron should within the first year:

  • change the constituency boundaries to make them fairer; something that was part of coalition agreement but the LibDems reneged on
  • take on the BBC, they will oppose the Conservatives come what may, so just take them on, their anti-Conservative bias is not a secret
  • give the UK a proper EU in-out referendum as promised
  • either let Scotland go or allow them more independence but a) less representation in House of Commons, they are over-represented at present, b) no Scottish MP voting on England or England & Wales only legislation

Come on David Cameron, act like a real Conservative.

During the last Parliament you said that you were held back by being in coalition, you're not any more, so will you be true to your word or will you find another excuse?

It's all in the tone

Just listen to Peter Allen on BBC 5Live, his tone says it all. With Labour figures it's all we are joined in sorrow, with LibDems there's a tone of sympathy, with Conservatives it's much less friendly.

By the way, what was the voice from the studio during Nigel Farage's resignation speech, sounded like a snort of disbelief. Did anyone record it? More BBC anti-UKIP bias? Who was the snort actually from?

George Galloway blames 'racists and Zionists' for defeat to Naz Shah in Bradford West - keeping it classy as ever

'"...  But there will be others who are already celebrating: the venal, the vile, the racists and the Zionists will all be celebrating. The hyena can bounce on the lion's grave but it can never be a lion and in any case, I'm not in my grave. As a matter of fact I'm going off now to plan the next campaign."'
George Galloway keeping it classy as ever. 

Quick question, are Israelis allowed to visit Bradford now?

Bye bye Ed Balls (part 2)

Ed Balls - you will not be missed

Bye bye Ed Balls (part 1)

Ed Balls- you will not be missed.

Ed Balls and George Galloway lose their seats

The House of Commons will be a far more pleasant place now without these two nasty pieces of work.

Interesting news from Haaretz

'George Galloway, the U.K Respect Party leader known for his vehemently anti-Israel views, lost his constituency in Bradford West to Labour, and has also been reported to police for allegedly violating election laws, the BBC reported.

Galloway has been accused of retweeting Respect's own exit poll before poll closed. Under section 66 of britain's Representation of the People's Act, it is illegal to discuss voting while polls are still open. A Galloway spokesperson denied the accusation, telling the BBC that the report is a "storm in a thimble."'

Galloway loses his seat and is reported to the police, a good morning for common sense.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Mind you if UKIP voters are even more shy then the exit polls could be out by enough to give Labour a victory...

Depressed again and really off to sleep........... is not available is not available tonight, I wonder why! 

Yes I should be in bed asleep but I had a peek at the exit polls... Shy Conservatives again? False dawn? I'll find out at 6:30, slightly more cheerful than I was earlier this evening. I wonder how angry they are at the BBC? Champagne on ice and unopened?

My election prediction

The result of this election may not be clear immediately but the final outcome I fear will be a Labour / SNP government whether as a formal coalition or a less formal Pact. Either way this will be the most left wing government the UK has ever had and the result for this country will be dire.
I've got work in the morning, an early start, so good night and good luck to us all - we're going to need it!

UK Election Special

Through a tear in the space time continuum I have been sent tonight's Election Night Special

Probably more sensible than the real thing...

Thanks to Monty Python

Darlington Borough Council - Statement from Darlington Borough Council regarding missing name from ballot paper

'A spokesperson for Darlington Borough Council said that voting in the general and local elections was continuing as normal in Darlington but that the name of one candidate, David Hodgson (UKIP)  had been missed off  ballot papers issued to one polling station in the borough. 
Approximately  89 ballot papers (0.1% of the total number of ballot papers printed)  had been issued, but as  soon as the issue was identified, corrected ballot papers were issued to the polling station concerned.'
More here
Questions that come to mind:
What happens to the votes of the 89 voters who were given the incorrect ballot paper?

Should they be asked to vote against?

What if they might have voted UKIP had there been a UKIP candidate on the ballot paper?

How were two different types of ballot papers printed: one with UKIP and one without?

The BBC - no opportunity missed to push the Vote Labour message

The BBC have a handy Election 2015: How To Vote page, very public spirited of them? Not so much, see how they illustrate how to mark the ballot paper...

Note the pencil poised over the Labour candidate's box.




On election day of all days, when the media are meant to be scrupulously unbiased, the BBC put that online. They know they are more powerful than any politician, they control the political agenda more than any other media company or politician.

The BBC's pro Labour bias has been disgusting for years and nobody dares take them on. Well nobody to date, because surely someone on the right of British politics has the balls to do so.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Errol Brown R.I.P.

Errol Brown, the lead singer of Hot Chocolate, has died. Another part of my youth goes with him.

Errol Brown died at the age of only 71, another victim of the evil that is cancer. He died at his home in the Bahamas.

You Sexy Thing - 1976 (live version)

Everyone's A Winner - 1978
Come on - "Never could believe the things you do to me..."

So You Win Again - 1977

Not the greatest or funkiest band but I remember them and Errol Brown especially fondly.

General Election 2015 - "How should I vote"

It's almost time to vote in the UK General Election so I'm going to advise you as to how you should vote.

I am not a member of any political party and have voted for more than one political party over the last 30+ years that I have been on the electoral roll.

I am, I suppose, a natural Conservative but unfortunately the Conservative party under David Cameron seems to have stopped being naturally Conservative itself. So maybe UKIP? The trouble is that in many seats a vote for UKIP is a wasted vote.

I certainly want to maximise the number of right of centre MPs and minimise the number of left of centre ones, as I don't want a return to the failed policies that so damaged this country 1974-1979 and 1997-2010. If you agree with me, then how you should vote depends upon the type of seat that you are voting in. You'll need to do a little research to see what type of constituency you are in, this Wikipedia article should be of assistance.

My rule is:

If you are in a seat where the Conservatives have a realistic chance of winning it, whether in a two way or three way fight, then vote Conservative.

If you are in a seat where the Conservatives have no realistic chance of wining but UKIP do, then vote UKIP.

If you are in a seat where the fight is between Labour and the Lib Dems, then vote Lib Dem - unless their candidate is one of the Lib Dems whose views put them beyond the pale. A right of centre government supported by the LibDems is better for the Country than a Labour or even worse Labour/SNP government. Yes I'd rather there was no need for Lib Dems in government but sometimes you just have to accept second best rather than what would be even worse.

If you are in a seat where the choice is between Labour and the SNP, move address.

If you want more detailed advice, then this Mail article explains how you can vote tactically to keep out Labour. It sets out the 50 key seats where tactical voting by the right should help keep Labour out of government.

Most of the key seats listed are situated in the north of England and the Midlands and include:
29 seats where Tories have an improved chance of winning if Ukip sympathisers vote Conservative
12 seats where Tories should vote Lib Dem to keep Labour out
3 seats where Lib Dems should vote Conservatives to keep Labour out
4 seats where UKIP & LibDems together should vote Conservative to keep Labour out
2 seats where Conservatives should vote UKIP to stop a Labour MP being elected - That's Dudley North and Heywood & Middleton

Yes a real Conservative leader would have managed some sort of voting pact to keep the Conservative and UKIP votes from being wasted but David Cameron is not that leader.

David Cameron is however better than Ed Miliband. So go on, hold your nose if need be, vote to keep Labour out - Your Country Needs You

Least self aware tweet of the day - Alastair Campbell

The least self aware tweet of the day comes from Al 'dodgy dossier' Campbell

I suppose that you have to admire his chutzpah if nothing else.

Fortunately the replies to his tweet are pretty scathing, take a look here.

Labour telling Orthodox Jews I’m gay, claims Tory candidate Mike Freer per The Jewish Chronicle

This claim of dirty tricks from the Labour Party in London...
'A Conservative election candidate has claimed Labour campaigners attempted to discourage Orthodox Jews from voting for him by telling them he is gay.
Mike Freer is standing for re-election in Finchley and Golders Green – the constituency with the highest number of Jewish voters in Britain.
He has suggested that supporters of Labour candidate Sarah Sackman's campaign attempted to damage his chances by revealing his homosexuality to religious Jews in the belief that it would stop them voting for the Tory politician.'
More here

Asians bullied into postal vote fraud per The Times

The Times (£) reports the unsurprising news that:
'Asian voters are being intimidated into handing over their postal votes on a scale larger than the few arrests so far suggest, a former prosecutor has warned.
Nazir Afzal said that a form of feudal blackmail had been imported from south Asia with families facing retribution unless they voted for bullying candidates. Women and girls were being disenfranchised as households were being persuaded to hand over their ballot forms.'
What's most surprising about this news is that anyone is at all surprised. Still as this will benefit the Labour Party don't expect any BBC news coverage of this story.
One of the big news stories of this election will be the amount of vote rigging, a lot (but not all) via postal ballots. Don't expect any BBC outrage though.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

The BBC and Lucy Powell call that a denial?

Further to my report of this morning...

The BBC now report that 'Lucy Powell denies doubts over Miliband pledges'. Of course this being the pro Labour BBC they report the denial rather more prominently than they did the original comment.

The vice-chair of Labour's general election campaign, Lucy Powell, has denied suggesting Ed Miliband could break his election pledges.
At the weekend, the Labour leader unveiled a stone tablet with the party's key pledges chiselled into it.
Asked on BBC 5 live if carving them in stone made them more believable, Ms Powell said: "I don't think anyone is suggesting that the fact that he's carved them into stone means that he is absolutely not going to break them or anything like that."
She went on to say Mr Miliband "stands by his promises". Adding: "It was just another way of highlighting that, which is that he's a guy of principle, of decency, a guy who is tough and he is going to deliver on his promises he set out, unlike some of this opponents."
Is that a plausible denial? The BBC would say yes, but then they are hoping for a Labour election victory.

Watch and listen for yourself...

 So what do you think?


Labour's Simon Danczuk obviously has a different definition of diverse to me. In that photo I see one white man, Simon Danczuk, and over 20 men of apparent Pakistani or Bangladeshi heritage, no women at all. Not that diverse in my humble opinion.

"Our pledges are carved in stone" says Ed Miliband - but are they?

Ed Miliband's risible pledge stone was defended by him as exemplifying that: 
"Our pledges are carved in stone"

The trouble is how can we believe Ed Miliband's promise when on BBC 5Live this morning the Labour Party's vice-chair of the 2015 General Election campaign Lucy Powell let slip the truth.

When asked whether having to carve their pledges into stone was a sign the public didn’t trust them, she replied:
“I don’t think anyone is suggesting that the fact that he’s carved them into stone means, you know, means that he will absolutely, you know, not going to break them or anything like that.”
Listen here at Guido Fawkes

So who's lying to us: Labour leader Ed Miliband or Labour General Election vice-chair Lucy Powell?

One thing's for sure the BBC won't be asking the question? They prefer to campaign for a Labour Party victory.

The two hundred and first weekly "No shit, Sherlock" award - Survey shows European Muslims are much more antisemitic than non-Muslims

'Survey shows European Muslims are much more antisemitic than non-Muslims'
Lots of statistics at Elder of Ziyon and the linked article.
Remember, many Muslims don't hate Jews because of Israel, they hate Israel because of Jews - "No shit, Sherlock".

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Will Ed Miliband have changed his mind by Friday morning?

On election night in 2010, one Ed Miliband said that the “constitutional position is clear” and “very simple”: in the event of a hung parliament “the Prime Minister gets to have the first crack”.

Fast forward five years and that means the now Labour leader has conceded that David Cameron gets the first go at forming a majority.

More at Guido Fawkes

Friday, 1 May 2015

Halle Berry's breasts prove a distraction to Jay Leno - A Rule 5 post

Halle Berry still has it, lots of it...

"Your problem is you can't sit down, mine is I can't stand up".

BBC protecting the Labour Party from bad publicity as ever. Ex- Falkirk MP Eric Joyce guilty of assaulting two teenagers per BBC News

This BBC article seems to omit the name of the political party that Eric Joyce was previously the MP for.
'Ex- Falkirk MP Eric Joyce guilty of assaulting two teenagers
Former Falkirk MP Eric Joyce has been found guilty of assaulting two teenage boys in an "unjustified and unprovoked" attack in a shop.
The 54-year-old assaulted the boys, aged 14 and 15, in a food store in north London, in October 2014.
One boy had been trying to pass Joyce in a narrow aisle and was knocked to the floor.
Joyce had denied two counts of common assault but has been found guilty by Westminster magistrates.'
Let there be no doubt that if he had been a former Conservative MP then the word Conservative would be in the headline and the first sentence.
The BBC's political bias disgusts me.

The BBC finally cover the Margaret Hodge story, sympathetically of course

On Wednesday I predicted how the BBC would report the Margaret Hodge story when they could no longer ignore it. Well the BBC have finally deigned to cover the Margaret Hodge story with a sympathetic interview on 5Live.  

'Speaking to Peter Allen on Radio 5 Live, Margaret Hodge has defended her own tax affairs after accusations that she has benefited from shares which were held in the tax haven of Liechtenstein, although she has been a vehement critic of tax avoidance and evasion.

Ms Hodge said that she never controlled the trust which held the shares and paid tax once the shares came onshore. She insisted she had not benefited during the time the shares were offshore.
She said "I have always paid tax to the full."

Her family came from Germany and Austria and after World War II, her family was dispersed across Europe.

The trust was set up by an aunt in France and an uncle in America. She said her relatives shouldn't have set up the scheme but repeated she never benefited when the shares were offshore.

Asked if she felt she could serve again as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Ms Hodge said she was hoping Labour will win the election so "it won't be up for grabs because it will be held by a member of the Opposition".

"But I don't believe that I have acted in any way inappropriately," she said.'

 So let's look at my predictions:

The Times has several pieces that are of special interest, first:
'... just under 96,000 Stemcor shares handed to Ms Hodge in 2011 came from [Liechtenstein], which is renowned for low tax rates. Three quarters of the shares in the family’s Liechtenstein trust had previously been held in Panama, which Ms Hodge described last month as “one of the most secretive jurisdictions” with “the least protection anywhere in the world against money laundering”. The veteran Labour MP was accused of sheer hypocrisy. She has repeatedly attacked big businesses and bankers who used offshore arrangements, but has not declared that she benefited from an offshore trust.'
But the extract that may be of most relevance is this:
'Ms Hodge's Stemcor shares were transferred onshore using the Liechtenstein Declaration Facility LDF)... The LDF was established in 2009 to encourage people with undeclared income or unpaid taxes to repatriate their assets from Liechtenstein by offering favourable terms. Tax liabilities under the scheme need be declared back to 1999, rather than the standard 20-year period. Users must pay the back taxes due, plus interest for the period, but the penalty is set at 10 percent of the sum owed, rather than 100 percent, and there is no threat of criminal prosecution.'
When the BBC deign to cover this story, they will be probably be quoting Margaret Hodge or one of her BBC supporters, stating that all taxes due were in fact paid. I doubt that someone will raise the question of the LDF's 1999 limit and ask how much tax might have been due if the more usual 20-year period had been applied. Likewise how much penalty was saved by being applied at 10% rather than the normal 100%.

So indeed the BBC did report:
'She said "I have always paid tax to the full."'
I'll not hold my breath waiting for any BBC 'journalist' to ask any of the more penetrating questions that I laid out on Wednesday and repeat above.

Ed Balls under Jeremy Paxman's interrogation

Ed Balls under Jeremy Paxman's interrogation in January 2014, just not answering questions and generally coming over so badly. Maybe the Conservative election strategy should be just to play Ed Balls interviews...

Remember that for 13 years of the last Labour government the top tax rate was 40%, it was raised about to 50% about 10 weeks before the 2010 election.

Here's Ed Balls being interviewed by Andrew Neil from February 2013

Just as slippery then...

And more recently from February of this year with Andrew Marr

Answer the f***ing question Balls.

Did Labour over-spend? - BBC News

Robert Preston sort of has to admit it...
'But Labour wasn't just asleep at the wheel when it came to City regulation. Arguably it was drunk at the wheel - in that it loved the City boom, for generating huge tax revenues that it then lavished on public services.
So the failure to keep the City properly in check was in a sense wilful and therefore doubly wrong
And there's another thing. Even best-in-class regulation of the City can't protect any economy from periodic shocks.
Which is why there is something to be said for George Osborne's favourite cliche, that it is sensible to mend the roof when the sun is shining.
Or to put it another way, when the economy is growing strongly, as it did through most of Labour's years in office, it probably does no harm to finance growth in public services largely through the proceeds of growth, rather than through borrowing.
Why? Well, the lower the national debt at the time recession bites, the more scope there is to borrow to protect public services and increase benefits, to shield people from the pain of recession.'

But you didn't answer the question Ed Miliband

Once again Ed Miliband shows why you can't trust Ed Miliband and Ed Balls with the UK economy.

Too right Ed Balls should have been sacked and never let near a position of economic responsibility ever again.

Gerald Ford or Ed Miliband, or Neil Kinnock

The left ridiculed Gerald Ford as a man who couldn't walk and chew gum at the same time. Last night we discovered that Ed Miliband can't even walk straight when not chewing gum...

Actually that reminds me more of Neil Kinnock...

The Party Leaders 'get it on'... Scary and yet compelling

Thanks to Sky News...

David Cameron's lascivious 'love'  at 0:33 is my favourite moment, well that and Cameron and Clegg nodding at each other just before the end of the video.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

General Election Question Time this week

The recent Conservative improvement in the opinion polls means that, even more than might have previously been the case, the BBC will be desperate to boost Ed Miliband and denigrate David Cameron on tonight's Question Time.

We know that the audience has been split in a way that will reduce the right of centre voice to just 25% of those present.

Now will David Dimbleby be his usual impartial self?

Context here.

The BBC's choice of whether to use 'said', 'claimed' or not report the story at all.

If a news story is negative for a party, person or country that the BBC opposes, yes the BBC is not the impartial reporter of the news that it claims to be, then the word 'said' or 'says' is used. As an example the headline on the BBC News main page this morning is:

If the news story is negative for a party, person or country that the BBC supports then the word 'claimed' or 'claims' is used. Look at BBC reports that start 'Ed Miliband has promised', later on will come 'the Conservative party claimed...'.

Of course if the story is really negative for a party, person or country that the BBC supports then the story will just not be reported at all. Currently if you News Google 'Margaret Hodege' these are the returned results...

On the BBC it is this...

Do you see how the BBC operate?

Unbiased by charter? I think not, bias seeps through their collective veins, you can see it every single day.

Nigel Pearson, oh dear

Baker: What criticisms .. do you not think are right?

Pearson: Have you been on holiday for six months? Have you been away for six months?

Baker: I am not quite sure what specific criticism you are referring to?

Pearson: I think you must have been either head in the clouds, away on holiday or reporting on a different team because if you don’t know the answer to that question, I think your question is absolutely... unbelievable, the fact you do not understand where I am coming from. If you don’t know the answer to that question then I think you are an ostrich. Your head must be in the sand. Is your head in the sand? Are you flexible enough to get your head in the sand? My suspicion would be no.

Baker: Probably not.

Pearson: I can, you can’t. You can’t.

Someone: Any more questions, or shall we wrap it there?

Pearson: Listen you have been here often enough and for you to ask that question, you are either being very, very silly or you are being absolutely stupid, one of the two, because for you to ask that question, I am sorry son, but you are daft.

Baker: There hasn’t been much harsh criticism of the players.

Pearson:  You are wrong. No, you are wrong. You have been in here, you've been here, I know you have so don’t give that crap with me, please don’t give that crap with me. I will smile at you because I can afford to smile at you. Now do you want to ask a different question or do you want to ask it differently. Come on, ask it, ask it, or are you not capable?

Baker:  I just don’t know what,  you, erm…

Pearson: You don’t know, 'what erm?'

Baker: I don’t know how you’ve taken that question...

Pearson: Well you must be very stupid. I’m sorry. 

In my opinion Nigel Pearson started off just the right side of the line but crossed it with his flexibility comments and descended into bullying with his 'Now do you want to ask a different question or do you want to ask it differently.'

I've heard that tone of voice from bullying teachers and supercilious bosses over the years, albeit not aimed at me. It says I'm superior to you and my understanding of the English language is so much superior to you that I'll help you out by emphasising the difference between two similar words. It reeks of, I am so much in control of you that you have no chance of winning this argument.

As for the impersonation 'what 'erm'' that was just plain nasty. Like the nasty teacher at school who everybody hated.

I had a lot of respect for Nigel Pearson before last night, the way he's dragged Leicester City back from relegation, but after that interview...

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Imagine the BBC coverage if it had been a senior Conservative politician

Imagine the BBC coverage if it had been a senior Conservative politician featured on the front page of The Times as having questionable tax avoidance actions to account (pun intended) for. The BBC would be headlining the story and the Conservative concerned would be being doorstepped and David Cameron and George Osborne would be being asked to condemn their colleague. 'Tory sleaze' would be the BBC headline and the outrage would be tangible.

However this Times story related to senior Labour MP (and Head of the Public Accounts Committee) Margaret Hodge. The Times has several pieces that are of special interest, first:
'... just under 96,000 Stemcor shares handed to Ms Hodge in 2011 came from [Liechtenstein], which is renowned for low tax rates. Three quarters of the shares in the family’s Liechtenstein trust had previously been held in Panama, which Ms Hodge described last month as “one of the most secretive jurisdictions” with “the least protection anywhere in the world against money laundering”. The veteran Labour MP was accused of sheer hypocrisy. She has repeatedly attacked big businesses and bankers who used offshore arrangements, but has not declared that she benefited from an offshore trust.'
But the extract that may be of most relevance is this:
'Ms Hodge's Stemcor shares were transferred onshore using the Liechenstein Declaration Facility LDF)... The LDF was established in 2009 to encourage people with undeclared income or unpaid taxes to repatriate their assets from Liechtenstein by offering favourable terms. Tax liabilities under the scheme need be declared back to 1999, rather than the standard 20-year period. Users must pay the back taxes due, plus interest for the period, but the penalty is set at 10 percent of the sum owed, rather than 100 percent, and there is no threat of criminal prosecution.'
When the BBC deign to cover this story, they will be probably be quoting Margaret Hodge or one of her BBC supporters, stating that all taxes due were in fact paid. I doubt that someone will raise the question of the LDF's 1999 limit and ask how much tax might have been due if the more usual 20-year period had been applied. Likewise how much penalty was saved by being applied at 10% rather than the normal 100%.

Here's what happens when you search the BBC new website for 'Margaret Hodge' this afternoon...

It's almost as though the BBC are deliberately trying to avoid any mention of this news story. Now why would they be doing that?

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

What does Ed Miliband say about senior members of the Labour Party appearing in support of Lutfur Rahman?

Will the BBC cover this Public Meeting? Or does that go against their top priority of aiding a Labour victory at the general election?

Odd which part of a report the BBC choose to headline

The BBC headline this report thus:
'Israel struck Gaza shelters - UN report'
and start the report thus:
'At least 44 Palestinians were killed by "Israeli actions" while sheltering at seven UN schools during last summer's war in Gaza, a UN inquiry has found.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he deplored the deaths and stressed that UN facilities were "inviolable".'

 Read on a little and you'll also discover that:
'The inquiry also found that three empty UN schools were used by Palestinian militants to store weapons, and that in two cases they likely fired from them'
Odd how the BBC choose to headline the anti-Israeli part of the report, it's almost as though they had some sort of anti-Israel bias.

What you won't find on the BBC is the detail behind the Hamas infractions, so here's some detail via UN Watch

Key findings gleaned from the UN report:
  • Hamas and/or Islamic Jihad stored rockets in UNRWA schools. The board found, in the case of the UNRWA Jabalia Elementary “C” and Ayyobiya Boys School, referring to the discovery of weapons there on 22 July 2014, that “it was highly likely that a Palestinian armed group might have used the premises to hide weapons.”
  • Hamas and/or Islamic Jihad stored rockets in schools that were in active use by children. During the war, former PLO lawyer Diana Buttu famously said on Al Jazeera that “the rockets that were found in the schools in UNRWA were schools that are not being used by anybody—school is out, I’ll have you know.” However, in the UNRWA Gaza Beach Elementary Co-educational “B” School, on 16 July 2014, the UN Board of Inquiry notes that the school gate was unlocked during the period leading up to the incident “in order to allow children access to the schoolyard.” School was out, but UNRWA was inviting the children back in to play.
  •  Hamas and/or Islamic Jihad fired rockets from UNRWA schools. In the Jabalia school listed above, the board found that “it was highly likely that an unidentified Palestinian armed group could have used the school premises to launch attacks on or around 14 July.” Similarly, concerning weaponry stored at the UNRWA Nuseirat Preparatory Co- educational “B” School, the UN inquiry found that “the premises could have been used for an unknown period of time by members of a Palestinian armed group”  — and that “it was likely that such a group may have fired the mortar from within the premises of the school.”
 Now why would the BBC want to minimise their coverage of criticism of Hamas? 

Labour looking for an even higher proportion of Muslim votes?

I note that Ed Miliband has promised the Muslim 'community' that:

A future Labour Government is committed to outlaw the scourge of Islamophobia by changing the law and making it an aggravated crime.
More at The Muslim News

I wonder what is Ed Miliband's definition of Islamophobia?

Is this Islamophobic?

I wonder if anti-Semitism will get equal protection from a Labour government? Of course not, there's a lot more Muslims than Jews in the UK, and so lots more potential Labour votes if Ed Miliband and his party pander to Islamism.

Monday, 27 April 2015

The Holocaust - "Let no one say that these things were not real"

English MP Mrs. Mavis Tate shows proof of the holocaust with shots from her visit to a German concentration camp. Taken from the original 1945 British Pathe newsreel "German Atrocities - Proof". This Pathe newsreel showed the world at the time what atrocities had been committed. The MP, Mavis Tate describes eloquently what she saw at Buchenwald concentration camps.

The Holocaust - "Let no one say that these things were not real"

Maybe the holocaust deniers who occasionally infest my Twitter feed should learn some history.

Andrew Marr lied to the Prime Minister, he was found out and had to issue a grudging apology

Andrew Marr lied to the Prime Minister, he was found out and had to issue a grudging apology

Of course last week's claim went uncorrected at the time, so at least some of the mud slung stuck. So job done BBC, get the message out - VOTE LABOUR

Alan Pascoe wins gold in the 1974 Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles but then fails his encore

I just about remember this happening live, or do I? Maybe I remember seeing it post the event.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Some immigration facts

Two charts from the IPPR's investigation into Britain's Immigrants that I think are interesting. The first shows how the 1997-2010 Labour government opened Britain's borders in a deliberate move to massively increase immigration into the UK; both to 'rub the right's noses in diversity' and to create a Labour voting bloc that would ensure permanent Labour government. The second shows the differences between the nationalities of immigrants in terms of willingness to work.

Friday, 24 April 2015

SNP 'would nullify 40-seat Tory lead' per BBC News

'Even if the Tories are the largest party, if there is an anti-Tory majority, my offer to Labour is to work together to keep the Tories out," Scotland's first minister said.

When pressed on whether that would apply even if Labour had secured "10, 20, 30, 40" fewer seats than Mr Cameron's party, she replied: "Governments in the House of Commons are about who can command a majority."If there is an anti-Tory majority, yes... we would work with Labour to stop the Tories getting into Downing Street."'

I forsee a political crisis if this happens.

Maybe a refusal by Conservative voters in London and the South East to pay for the policies of a Labour SNP government would be in order?

And I thought that I was cynical - Pat Condell says that 'we have a democracy problem'

'We have a democracy problem' - we sure do.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

The BBC using The Archers to propagandise on behalf of 'global warming'

From tomight's Archers, right at the end. You can listen to this on the BBC iPlayer.

Jennifer Aldridge - "Kate was saying only this morning that she's sure that  global warming must have a lot to do with it."

David Archer - "She could be right"

Jim Lloyd - "Well, it's common knowledge there's been a marked increase in the incidence of extreme weather"

Jennifer Aldridge - "And that's all around the world"

Is that common knowledge? Is it correct?

Here's some facts  that Jim 'Professor' Lloyd should really take notice of before he opens his faux intellectual mouth to opine on this subject again. Maybe he should stick to the Classics.

Happy St George's Day - Not that you'd know it is from the BBC's lack of coverage

23rd April is St George's Day, the national day of England. Not that you'd know that if you look at the BBC's England news page where there is not a word about it. Contrast that with the coverage that the BBC give St Patrick's Day.

The BBC really are desperate to destroy the English identity and along with the Labour Party they are doing their best to achieve this.

If the BBC do deign to mention St George's Day then there will be the usual dismissive comment that St George wasn't even English but was Turkish. Maybe someone could then explain to the BBC that St George did indeed come from Cappadocia which is in modern day Turkey but at that time there was no Turkey, Cappadocia being in the eastern part of the Roman Empire. It's odd how the BBC and their fellow travellers on the left are happy to call any Somali, Syrian etc. who sets foot in Britain, British but won't extend the same courtesy to the patron saint of England.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Star Wars - The Force Awakens

I'm not a huge Star Wars fan, I've not even watched the second batch of three films (Episodes 1 - 3), actually mybe that makes me a true Star Wars fan! Regardless of that, the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, excites me; here's the new teaser trailer

So what do we see and learn?
This desert planet may look like Tatooine, home of the Skywalkers, but is it?

What is the crashed battle ship? Empire?

Those words must be spoken by Luke but is that really him with the robotic hand sitting with R2D2?

Very Jedi hermit, if it is, and it must be.

'My father has it? Is Darth Vader stil alive?

That use of 'you', remember that 'you' can be both second person singular and plural.

The obligatory fighters flying, a yahoo, lots of running, heavy breathing and fires illuminating the darkness.

What is that TIE Fighter doing in an Imperial hangar shooting at other TIE fighters? Undercover heroes, Han Solo again?

I see there's a new 'cute' R2D2 replacement, figurines to sell?

More flying down tunnels; does the Millenium Falcom have a 'turn 90 degrees button', or does that automatiucally happen when it is chased into enters a narrow tube, tunnel or similar?

And here's Han and Chewie, looking old but good (Han that is). Leather jackets are coming back into style this Christmas then?

But where's home? Han is an orphan and smuggler who never had a home that I know of. The Wookies had a home planet but most of were enslaved or killed many years ago.

So is this Han and Chewie getting back on to the Millenium Falcon for the first time in a long time?
That would fit in with the images just preceding this excerpt. Lots of questions, much speculation.

We must wait for the next teaser to learn any more. Or the film at Christmas 2015.

Another reason for the BBC to love the British Green Party

The Jewish Chronicle reports that
'Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said she backed the boycott of Israeli artists, musicians and academics in an interview with the JC on Friday.

Ms Bennett, who is standing for Holborn & St Pancras, supported the party’s official Israel boycott policy.

She said: “We need to get the message across to the Israeli state. It needs to comply with international law and human rights.'
A blinkered lefty with a warped view of the Middle East, no wonder the BBC love her.