"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, 10 October 2010

Sunday Round-up

With thanks to Grumpy Old Twat for the pic.

Oh, the joys of Spanish electricity. After five power-cuts in less than twenty-four hours I'd almost given up.  Here's some of the latest news, which explains why we are always smiling and chirpy.

Traffickers in illegal immigrants jailed in Belgium "...a series of trials now concluding in Brussels has shed light on a ruthless criminal underworld which had developed a new route for sending huge numbers of illegal immigrants from India to Britain."
"Logos on bedsheets" Any flag as long it is isn't the Flag of St George. Carbon Trust; No Smoking; Transgender Pride; Rainbow; Rastafarian; Hindu; Islam; Sikh; Black Liberation; Tibet; Druids; the EU.
Children abroad will continue to receive Child Benefit "While in opposition the Tories attacked the system. In October last year the then Conservative Treasury spokesman Phil Hammond said: "With Britain facing a debt crisis and the Government's child poverty strategy in tatters, it beggars belief that Gordon Brown is continuing to send millions of pounds of taxpayers' money to children who don't even live in this country". However the party says it currently has no plans to tackle the issue of children who live abroad being in receipt of the benefit."
Lt Gary Armstrong "He served his country with courage and distinction for 12 years and was on active service in Iraq and Afghanistan. But when an injury forced him back on Civvy Street less than three years ago his world fell apart. And he went from frontline to the breadline in a few short months."   Stories that shame our nation.
Rebellion in the ranks "...all three of Dr Fox’s Tory Defence Ministers in the Commons ... will walk out with him if the dispute is not resolved in their boss’s favour."
Binyam Mohamed wins right to stay in Britain but loses right to keep it secret. "Mr Mohamed’s lawyers claimed that publicising his right to remain in Britain would amount to inhumane and degrading treatment."
Tories to rebel against AV voting system "... many fear that voting reform is so obscure that most voters will not bother to register their view and Britain will "sleepwalk" into major constitutional change."
5 days with our Silent Service ‘Submarines are a surprise growth area,’ says David Ewing of Jane’s Underwater Warfare Systems. ‘India is working on a nuclear sub, which could have a destabilising effect, and currently has one on loan; Brazil is going like mad to build one and the Russians are starting to churn out the things. Iran is also trying to get as many mini-subs as it can, while North Korea has 88 subs'.
Met pay-out & compensation for barrister "...he was dragged away in handcuffs while defending a client at the High Court [and] later fell into a diabetic coma in a police cell because the arresting officer confiscated his insulin medicine."
Swapping speeches, swapping policies Blair, Cameron, Obama, Clegg, Miliband: what's the difference? 'Big speech rip-off'.

2012 Olympics site built over unexploded WWII bomb
Why were UAF given permission to demonstrate?
EDL/Tea Party connect
Chicago Tea Partiers are hypersensitive about what they see as the media representation of them; they think they are cast as deranged racist extremists
Yorkshire's shame
More State spies needed
McDonald's lied about halal
Unemployment 'threat to democracy': IMF
Keynes, The Bancor & the IMF

The Lighter Side:
The Grail Community
Joy for Chilean miners and their families
What to do with £113m
There's no place like ... Panama
UPDATE: Edited to add the McDonald's halal story which went missing when we had the last power cut.

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