Politics

A case for paying our MPs more

MPs have had a hard time of it. When the media aren’t dragging up allegation of expenses fraud or sexual crimes, then they’re busy making themselves look like blithering idiots. Something the media is only too happy to report on. The question is surely then: Why does this keep happening? Yes, clever people say and do stupid things, but it’s only an occasional thing. I can only conclude that the reason politicians can’t stop transferring their foot between a steaming pile of manure and their mouth is that they really are monumental morons! As the saying goes: Those that can,…
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Lords reform is dead – now what do we do?

You should have seen Nick Clegg announcing that the Liberal Democrats were dropping their plans for reform of the house of Lords – it was quite a sight because you know what he really wanted to say was “You Tory bastards!!” In short, a rare dose of sanity has blanketed itself over Westmister and faced with significant enough opposition to Lords reform that passing it into law would be unreasonably delayed, they have backed off and laid these plans to rest. What is unclear at the moment however is how much of a fatal wound this decision is to the…
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On the issue of Lords Reform

On Tuesday night I sat watching the debate in the Commons on the Lords Reform bill with considerable interest. Sure, the debate itself wasn’t hugely interesting and for the most part it seemed like many MPs wanted to waste time and repeat the same points as everybody else had already done. At the end of the session the motion to send the bill for a second reading was sadly passed. I say sadly since this is an abominable idea, much like many others coming out of the Liberal Democrat party. It is bad for the country, it is bad for…
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Different day, different elections, same old story

So the dust has settled on the chaos that is the latest round of elections taking place around the world and the headlines are that Syria’s are a sham, France has just elected a new president, the Greeks’ have made a messy situation even worse, while in the UK Labour have made big gains although they failed to unseat the mayor of London – Boris Johnson. I’m not too fussed about Syria, the elections mean nothing and will change nothing, as such the best thing to do is carry on as if nothing ever happened. France and Greece’s elections on…
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No vote, no complaining!

For those of you that don’t know, many of the local councils and several cities across the UK are holding elections today. The polls close at 2200. If you’re eligible to vote and haven’t done so, then bloody well get out there and vote! If however you feel that you’re too important, or busy to vote then feel free. You will however be unable to moan about anything political until such point that you do vote though! While I’m here, I would like to wish my friend and colleague Cllr. Jules Gascoigne the best of luck with his re-election bid.

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An open letter to the Labour party

Dear Ed, I hope you’ll get to read this, although the likelihood is that you never will. It’s a shame really, since I was added to your mailing list by some third party and my efforts to be removed from your party mailing list has been repeatedly ignored, I thought I would take the time and effort to write this open letter in reply to your latest missive on the 2012 budget. I am 24, I had the luxury of attending a Grammar school, before funding my way through university with a combination of my student loans and hard work….
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Cocks’ of the week: Cardinal Keith O’Brien and Rush Limbaugh

I have neglected this blog a bit, not because there is no stupidity going on, but because there has been nobody worthy enough to make me sit down and write something. All that has changed today though thanks to Cardinal Keith O’Brien, head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland and his view of the legalisation of gay marriage, and Rush Limbaugh, some dumb-ass yank DJ and his views on access to contraceptives for medical purposes (aka. Slutgate.) According to today’s Evening Standard, the cardinal feels that the governments actions are “madness” and a “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted…
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I don’t care if you’re Christian, Muslim, an Atheist or a Jedi Knight… Just keep it to yourself!

This article should offend nobody, yet will probably manage to offend everybody, but so be it, as it needs to be said. Recently Baroness Warsi, co-chairwoman of the Conservative party said that religion is being “sidelined, marginalised and downgraded in the public sphere.” About the same time a council was taken to court over holding prayers at the start of meetings, a case it lost and as a result the government introduced new laws so that they could do so again. Lets clarify where I stand, I think that there is no such thing as god, and that the bible…
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Why I’m ashamed of the 81.5%

There are 3846 people in the White Oak ward of Swanley, Kent that should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. In fact, lets not beat around the bush, you’re a bunch of lazy idiots! Why? Simple, the powers that be organised a by-election for the town council, and the turnout was a pathetic 18.5%, meaning approximately 3846 people couldn’t be arsed to vote. Like I said, pathetic! The result was 409 votes to the Conservative candidate and 464 to the Labour candidate, and putting aside the fact that I regard the Labour party with the same level of respect as Hitler….
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A few thoughts on Intellectual Property

To be honest, I missed the Wikipedia blackout the other day, I am on holiday and given that I am 8 hours away from GMT, I missed a big bit of it. That’s not to say that I don’t agree with what they are protesting, and to be honest, if I had have been at home and able to make the necessary changes, I may have participated by blacking out this website for 24 hours too. I don’t plan to go too much into the technical headaches that SOPA and PIPA present, since people more knowledgeable than me have already…
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