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|Tuesday, April 4th, 2006|
This doesn't seem plausible to me? that the government would consider another bank holiday if there was enough interest???
But just in case it is true - click on the link below!!
There is a chance the public can make St Georges Day a Public Holiday
Click on the link below to vote, the site needs at least 1,000,000 votes for the government to take it seriously and give us another
holiday, and I know you are up for that!
Pass the address on to whoever you can:
As of 20th March 2006 there are over 675,000 votes and a big push is needed to get over the million. Click on the link and vote now!http://www.stgeorgesday.com/voting.asp
|Friday, November 11th, 2005|
Well, well, well. Look who just got stuffed by democracy. Is this the beginning of the end of Blairite steamroller politics? I do hope so....
|Tuesday, June 14th, 2005|
What do people think as a whole? Would love to hear some opinions as the whole thing is starting to annoy the hell out of me to be honest. It seems thats Mr Blair has made a total muck up of the whole situation where he should have declared the constitution as dead, or atleast allowed the people of this country to show him that its dead. Europe will turn and things will be to late in my opinion if something isn't done. I see that Liam Fox and Michael Howard have tried to urge the PM to make some choices although nothing seems to have really materialized a great deal. I also have yet to hear the Lib Dem persepective on the whole issue.
Do people see the EU as a move forward or just another big mess? Myself I have turned quite sceptical, and def. do not want to join the Euro...keep the pound!
|Saturday, April 30th, 2005|
|Thursday, April 14th, 2005|
|Friday, March 25th, 2005|
'the armed forces welcome your dissent'
sadly reminded me of an hilarious arrested development episode:
Lindsay having lost her stylist to the army reserve decides she must protest the war...
...protesters get off a bus and are herded into a 10ft square cage...
Military Official: This way, please. This way. Thank you. Right here. This way. I’d ask you to make sure you’re fully inside the free-speech zone before beginning your protest.
Lindsay: Free-speech zone? This is where we’re protesting? This isn’t right. Where are the cameras?
Military Official: They’re in the free-press zone. And, if you could save your comments until you’re completely loaded into the cage.
Lindsay: Well, at least the procession will come through here. They’ll see us protest.
Activist: Actually, they’re using their right to cut through the lemon grove.
Military Official: Okay, have fun. Enjoy your right to free speech. The armed forces welcome your dissent...
cracking double bill on bbc4 last night:'baghdad or bust'
and 'why we fight'.
'baghdad or bust' is a fascinating but somewhat depressing human study about the humanshields.org
project. a study of what happens when good intentions get subverted
by clashes of ego and a military dictatorship that can't believe it's luck...
even more enlightening is 'why we fight'
, a feature length documentary by eugene jarecki.
taking as it's starting point dwight eisenhower's farewell speech
to the american public, why we fight admirably and forcefully shows how eisenhower's warnings about the rise of the military industrial complex have come true. old news perhaps, but skillful editing, excellent archive material and 5 or 6 poignant human interest strands make this film essential viewing.
'when war becomes a multi-billion profitable business, you can bet your bottom dollar they'll be more of it.'
'the federal defense budget is larger than all other federal spending combined'
'between 2002 and 2003 the US army spent $1.2bn on recruitment advertising'
|Sunday, October 10th, 2004|
For those brave enough to be conservative in the UK.
|Wednesday, September 8th, 2004|
This is satire, people, and does in no way represent my own thoughts and opinions. I just happen to think Tony Blair is a bit of a twat. *snort*Satire is not dead! Current Mood: amused
|Sunday, May 23rd, 2004|
If you had to choose between Blair & Brown right at this moment, who would you go for?
Strangely, I think I trust Blair more than I do Brown, but Brown seems more euro-sceptic than Blair.. so mixed feelings Current Mood: ecstatic
|Sunday, May 16th, 2004|
Just a question I'd like to put to the various members of the Bollocks to Blair community.
It seems likely at some point in the next year or so that Blair will be bollocksing himself, and handing over the reigns to Gordon Brown.
What do you lot all think of this, and how do you feel about the prospect of Gordon Brown as prime minister? I must confess to having mixed feelings about this. After all, Brown can claim a lot of the credit for what's probably New Labour's single greatest achievement (the longest economic boom in recent British history) but also has to bear responsibility for one of its stupidest policies (the expansion of the Private Finance Initiative well beyond its original intended purpose).
I'd imagine his style of leadership would be very difference to Blair's too. Compared to Blair he's much more of a thinker than a speaker, and I imagine he'd be a more thoughtful, less flashy prime minister, which may well be quite a good thing.
|Friday, May 7th, 2004|
Row as author of Iraq dossier is made head of MI6
Friday May 7, 2004
Tony Blair yesterday provoked a fresh political row over the role of the intelligence agencies by appointing John Scarlett, the official responsible for the widely disputed Iraqi weapons dossier, as the new head of MI6.
His appointment is likely to cause unease in the intelligence community, where officers have recently expressed concern that Mr Scarlett allowed himself to step over the red line dividing their profession from politicians in the run-up to the Iraq war.
The move was immediately denounced by the Conservative leadership as "inappropriate", particularly since Lord Butler's review into the handling of intelligence on Iraq's alleged stock of weapons of mass destruction - none of which has been found - has yet to publish its findings.
Sir Menzies Campbell, the Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman, described the appointment as "highly controversial" in the light of his evidence to the Hutton inquiry. The Liberal Democrats boycotted Lord Butler's inquiry on the grounds that its remit was too narrow. Mr Howard later followed suit.
Mr Blair strongly defended the appointment, describing Mr Scarlett as "a fine public servant who has served Conservative and Labour governments over many, many years". He added: "I think it is unfortunate if it gets embroiled in party politics, or people try to make political capital out of it."
It is extremely rare for the intelligence agencies to be embroiled in party political controversy. It is also potentially hugely damaging at a time the government is warning of unprecedented threats from international terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Jack Straw, the foreign secretary and the minister responsible for MI6, described Mr Scarlett, a former station chief in Moscow, as having "the operational background, personal qualities and wide experience to be a worthy successor" to Sir Richard Dearlove, the head of MI6, or the Secret Intelligence Service, to give it its proper title.
Downing Street said yesterday that Mr Scarlett was appointed to the post of "C" - for Chief, the official title of the head of MI6 - on the recommendation of a panel chaired by the prime minister's security and intelligence coordinator, Sir David Omand.
Sir David works closely with Mr Scarlett and both strongly defended the weapons dossier and sharply attacked the BBC's reports when they gave evidence to the Hutton inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of the government weapons expert, David Kelly.
Mr Scarlett developed a close personal relationship with Alastair Campbell, then the prime minister's communications chief, during the drafting of the Iraqi dossier.
He defended Downing Street's successful attempts to strengthen the language of the dossier, including changes which implied that Saddam Hussein posed a much greater threat to British interests than earlier drafts had admitted.
Evidence to the Hutton inquiry revealed that Mr Scarlett was sent by Downing Street to take the hardened version of the dossier to show the Americans shortly before it was published in Britain in September 2002.
Mr Scarlett told the inquiry that he, and not Downing Street, was responsible for the weapons dossier. He had "ownership" of it, he insisted in evidence which defended ministers, implicitly criticised the BBC, and helped to persuade Lord Hutton to clear the government and officials at No 10 from charges of political interference in the work of the intelligence agencies.
Sir Richard last year appointed Nigel Inkster as his deputy inside MI6. There had been a general assumption that Mr Inkster would take the top job, given the public controversyaround Mr Scarlett.
Mr Straw yesterday described MI6 as being "in the frontline of our defence against terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and other threats".
However, there is concern in the intelligence community that the controversy over the weapons dossier - combined with the failure to find any WMD stocks in Iraq - is continuing to damage their reputation at a time when the government is expected increasingly to use intelligence as a reason for military action, as well as for the arrest of suspected terrorists.
Mr Blair suggested Mr Scarlett's appointment could open the way to greater openness by the intelligence agencies.
|Tuesday, May 4th, 2004|
|Monday, April 26th, 2004|
Fuck Premier Blair, Fuck New(Soviet) Labour, Fuck the EU. Fuck all left winged communist cunts!
Up the BNP & nationalisation! Current Mood: angry
|Thursday, April 15th, 2004|
Hi all*sticks two fingers up at Blair*
Man, I hate that guy so much.
|Thursday, February 26th, 2004|
[cross-posted like a muthafarquhar]
Here's an interesting article:Not a Shred of Evidence, by Brendan O'Neil
A quick sypnosis of the article.
Remember all those stories in the run-up to the Iraq war about how the Iraqi regime liked to murder prisoners by feeding them feet-first into a machine designed for shredding plastic? Well, Brendan O'Neil has investigated the claim, and it seems to be quite a shaky claim.
The story comes from Ann Clwyd, the British left-wing Labour MP who argued in favour of the war on humanitarian, rather than WMD grounds. She says that she was told of the shredding machine by an Iraqi refugee in Northern Iraq. Since then, there's been no trace of the machine. None had been found by the coalition forces, and no other reports have been discovered of such a machine.
The story had enormous propaganda value at the time, but it's, like the 45-minute claims, "single-source", and may well turn out to be the Iraq War's equivalent of the stories of Iraqi troops tossing Kuwaiti babies out of incubators during the run-up to the first Gulf War.
I would like to add, though, that if the shredding machine does happen to turn up, I would like to requisition it for immmediate use on Trinny and Susannah. GOD, they're annoying in those Nescafe adverts...
Fresh allegations on the "did the NSA/GCHQ bug the UN?" issue.http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3488548.stm
The transcript of the e-mail that Katherine Gun leaked can be found online here
. It has the National Security Agency e-mailing GCHQ saying "the Agency is mounting a surge particularly directed at the UN Security Council (UNSC) members (minus US and GBR of course) for insights as to how to membership is reacting to the on-going debate RE: Iraq". That's pretty much a clear confession that the NSA at least were spying on the UN, which is banned under the Vienna Convention, and were asking GCHQ to help them out.
More background on the story here
|Wednesday, February 25th, 2004|
Congratulations to Katherine Gun:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3485072.stm
Katherine Gun, for those of you who don't know, was the GCHQ employee who leaked the fact that British and US intelligence were spying on the UN delegations of the countries on the UN Security Council in the run-up to the Iraq war, so that they could manipulate their voting intentions. It's totally against international law to do this, naturally.
Thankfully, it looks like the British government has dropped their prosecution of her, and quite right too. It doesn't say so in the news article, but I suspect the reason they've dropped the case is because the trial would have created masses of hugely embarrassing publicity about actions by Britain and America that are completely indefensible.
|Saturday, February 7th, 2004|
Everyday i walk through the forecourt of the Welsh Assembly Government building on my way to college and the other day, i was delighted to see, instead of the usual News 24 playing on the TVs in the reception, they chose to watch Arthur the cartoon instead :)
It made me chuckle anyway