"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."

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

It's Tuesday...

 ... and I'm feeling much better so here's a list of some of the things that have ticked me off in the past week but I've been unable to blog about:

Peeress stole £250k   but she's repaid £5k so everything's fine now.
Following a year-long investigation, the Clerk of the Parliaments, Michael Pownall, said he had “doubts” about the designation of the flat as a main residence. But no further action was taken after Lady Goudie apologised in writing. 
Druggies, fraudsters, burglars, robbers - come on down!   Why hasn't the BBC thought of this?  I'm sure it would complement their dumbed-down broadcasting to a 'T'.

CS gas used on protesters.  I don't know what's going on but it's definitely not cricket.

I choked on my toast at this:
Jacqui Smith is to cash in on her dodgy expenses claims by presenting a documentary about pornography.
... and I spluttered my tea at this:
‘It is not a police officer’s job to ensure the area is kept clear. However, if a crime is committed or there is a risk to life, officers would take appropriate action."
Anonymity for crime suspects  It's a widespread practice across Europe so expect to see it here in a year or two.  (Did anyone else spot the story of the Dutch chap, a murder suspect, who was named in British papers and caused 'a furore' in Holland?)  We're being softened.  Again.

Petrol - 19p per litre  Don't let this fluffy article raise your hopes.  The EU's patent laws are pending.  (Inventions that can benefit mankind will be licensed by the EU).  Delve and read.

One law for all!   Whether it's called tapping or hacking - we want one law for all. MPs are not exempt.

Alex Singleton - not bad for a DT hack.

Is it an intervention? Is it a skirmish? Is it an Expeditionary Force? No, it's a war.

Is it a crisis? Is it a breakdown in governance? No, it's Belgium.

London under a final warning.  We must comply with EU regulations on air pollution or be fined.  Again.

I've also read about pensioners being beaten to death for the sake of a few pounds, cats thrown from an 11-storey flat and dogs set on a cat, all from the Daily Mail. I started reading it when I began the blog, just to get a 'rounded' view and many times I've wished never to see it again but... it does report stories that other newspapers don't tell. Hint: If you read the DM - read the Guardian as well. The Daily Mail is the newspaper that made the phrase 'man's inhumanity to man' a cliche and the Guardian is her sister paper.

Kuwait has the right idea but, on the other hand, it's an autocratic state and the same family has ruled since oil was first found on the al-Sabah bedu encampment. Ah! If only I'd accepted that proposal of marriage. I'd be bejewelled by Tiffany's finest, fed on the best of foods, hearing the best of music, feted by British Ambassadors and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office but, unfortunately, shackled and slapped about a bit.

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