"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Sunday Round-up

FFS.  As if last night's draw with all its missed opportunities (Hand of Clod)  weren't enough bad news for one weekend, the Operations Director of IPSA, Nigel Gooding, has quit following rows with bolshy MPs whining about their expenses
Arrogant, no-mark MPs are whingeing about their food and drink which is still subsidised by the taxpayer:
"Re Today’s Roast Beef Dinner.  I received only two thin slices of beef.  I questioned this with the server who, instead of replying, simply gave me a withering look and asked if I wanted gravy. On leaving the restaurant, I saw the displayed example.  This had THREE generously cut slices of beef.  I fear I received only about half of this.  I’ve been robbed!"
"I have been dismayed to discover that the price of a tea has risen to 50p regardless of size of cup."
"I am writing once again to complain about the ever-shrinking portions of bacon in the morning sandwiches at the Debate.  We are now down to two feeble rashers of (not actually very nice) back bacon, a part-rasher of streaky, and an imaginary spread of butter.  All this for the princely sum of £1.30.  This seems extortionate.  Might I recommend Sainsbury’s, where you can get bacon at £4.93 a kilo?"
"The brown sauce that has appeared in place of HP Fruity is bland, runny and a smaller measure.  It is just not up to the job."
"The new brown sauce is terrible.  I consider myself something of a connoisseur of brown sauce and the sachets are watery and taste of stale vinegar."
BPIX survey tells Osborne where to cut £47.45bn. The same article also predicts defence spending cuts ahead of the August Strategic Defence Review.
Sir Jock Stirrup & senior MoD civil servant to 'retire' early  “There was a tendency under the Labour government to promote ‘politicians in uniform’ rather than officers willing to give frank advice about the strategic drift in Afghanistan.”  “Jock Stirrup was a well-known apologist for Labour muddled thinking over Afghanistan.”
Cable needs a slapdown to remind him he's supposed to be working *with*, not against, Osborne.
The Bloody Sunday fall-out:  Put Martin McGuinness on trial say Army Chiefs as soldiers face private prosecutions.
Another 'job' for Blair  How does he find the time?
Japan bribes with cash & call girls  Countries sell their IWC votes on the whaling ban.
Chris Huhne: like a dog with an EPP bone  Huhne is also good at telling others what to do.  Cameron was wrong to elevate the LibDems to the status of 'full coalition partner'.
All 9 RDAs to be scrapped Dozens of other quangos are also set to be scrapped.  "Plans for new regulations to control the materials families can use for their patios, such as decking, were uncovered by Mr Pickles when he took charge of his department.  Enforcement measures were to include' neighbours whistle-blowing' on each other and 'aerial photography' to uncover building materials deemed unsuitable."

Sorry, I forgot to add the BPIX graphic - click to enlarge:

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