"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, 23 August 2011

Of Knees, Jerks, Fiddles & Flames

As the song says: "Just around the corner, there's a rainbow in the sky, so let's have another cup of coffee, and let's have another piece of pie."

The knees:
This has stirred a fair amount of reaction this morning: details of 'prisoner processing strategy' for Operation Withern have been released. It states that no-one arrested in or after the riots should be let off with a caution – regardless of the offence – and that everyone arrested should be held in custody, with a recommendation that bail should also be denied when the case first goes to court.

In fairness, I'm not sure this should go under Knees at all; it seems perfectly reasonable to me and I think it's a bit much that looting is being treated the same as theft.

The jerks:
Prosecutors look likely to drop all charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Any bets on how much money changed hands? DSK's 'support team' were widely reported to be in Guinea within days of the allegation first being made, offering the maid's dirt-poor family wads of cash to drop the charges.

There's no fuele like an EU fuele. EU donates another 115m euros to the 'Occupied Palestinian Territory' for "state building". "This support shows clearly the EU's standing commitment to the two-state solution, by supporting those institutions which will help to form the Palestinian state." Stefan Fuele was speaking in his capacity as EU Commissioner for Enlargement - just how big does the EU want to be? Wider still and wider shall her bounds be set.

Hot on the heels of the disclosure that roughly two-thirds of Council CEOs have awarded themselves pay rises comes the news that Norfolk CC has closed 300 youth projects. Not only that but:
"A notice on Norfolk Constabulary headed paper spells out the terms of a dispersal order: within the marked area, groups of two or more youngsters can be broken up by police not only if they have caused intimidation, harassment, alarm or distress to members of the public but also if their behaviour is deemed likely to do so."
Any list of jerks wouldn't be complete without the obligatory mention of Health & Safety.  Marines previously in 'conflict events' with Somali pirates wanted to show a re-enactment at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo but that was before H&S stepped in:
A senior military source said: "Historic Scotland thought everything looked far too dangerous and the Marines were told to tone everything down. That included abseiling down the walls of the castle and the re-enactment of the fast roping on to the 'captured' ship. The Marines were also not permitted to shoot the pirates. Instead all the bad guys surrender. It is all a bit sad really."

The fiddles:
Like everything else EU that's been a proven failure the europratocracy just won't let the zombie currency rest in peace.

Moody's is warning that demands for collateral for Greek loans are unravelling the so-called rescue package. Merkel & Sarkozy can hold as many meetings as they wish and make as many self-satisfied announcements too but facts are facts. If the Greeks could afford the collateral they wouldn't need the bail-outs; all they have left are their islands, cultural heritage and infrastructure and I can't see them selling Crete or Kalavryta to the Germans. I doubt Papandreou would relish the thought of his political legacy being likened to that of, say, Tsolakoglou.

It's time the taxpayer stopped funding Union activity within central and local government.  If employees want to support the Unions, let them do it with their own cash and not thieve from the public purse.

The flames:
After the back-slapping and celebrations Libya still has a long way to go and, as if things weren't bad enough, after Buzek and van Rompuy & Barroso's pronouncements, Cathy Ashton is also pushing the EU agenda.

No surprises that the list of jerks is the longest, though I seem to have lost a paragraph in fiddles to editing somewhere along the way. You can probably name your own topic and nature of fiddle and guess correctly what it was - perm any one from a hundred possibilities.

It's absolutely tipping down with rain here but there's still no sign of that rainbow.  Fortunately, I've got plenty of coffee and pie and I can afford to wait a while longer.


  1. The police reaction to those arrested in riot situations is very similar to what they have done to street preachers who asserted that homosexuality was frowned on in scripture. That is, arrest, bang them up with all attendant humiliation and (in the above case) let them go without charge.
    A friend involved in the Countryside Movement had similar treatment for no reason that he could see. So I think this method of approach could be called THE PROCESS IS THE PUNISHMENT. Whilst it may work fairly well on "respectable" people without experience of their little ways, I doubt whether it will have much effect on the average chav or gangsta.

  2. Comprehensive, GV. Well done.

  3. Excellent, ES. 'The process is the punishment' - the dna, the fingerprints, the photographs, the overall humiliation - that makes sense but, as you say, unlikely to have any effect on the little toerags.

    I'm still not too happy about the CPS failing to draw a distinction between looting and arson as a result of a riot and lesser crimes such as shop-lifting/burglary. I expect things to become clearer once cases reach Crown Court.

  4. Thank you, James, I hope you enjoyed the musical accompaniment too. For some inexplicable reason it popped out of my mouth while I was brewing coffee this morning. I didn't even know I knew it :-)

  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCZCv98XKFs

  6. Now that was funny but I think I still prefer CCW's Bad Moon Rising. It's nice to have you back as McG rather than AM :-)

  7. You touch on many subjects GV.
    Do you suppose the brave Libyan freedom fighters could care less what Ashton has to say (unless there is some money to be had). You have to laugh when you hear Gaddafiquis spokesman claiming that they have "lured the rebels into a trap in Triploli". Just like Hitler lured the Red Army into a trap in the ruins of Berlin?

    Riots, I hold the middle class/employed wannabees to be more culpable than the trash-people since they should have known better and should be punished accordingly.

    The Young People of Kings Lynn need to learn how to make their own fun. The only Council Youth service that I was availed of was the Haringey Boys Club (which was crap) before it closed down to re-emerge as the Haringey Black Peoples Centre.

    Join the Scouts, get a job, go for a walk or a swim, don't congregate.

  8. Hi Banned, I'm sure the Norfolk youngsters can find something to do which doesn't end up in getting an asbo but it's the hypocrisy of CEOs all over the country giving themselves pay rises while whingeing about the government cutting 'frontline services'. Norfolk cut more than 300 youth facilities while making sure their own pockets stayed well-lined. Like you, I'm amazed they had that many youth facilities to begin with.

  9. At least the Telegraph is well on the case of public service overpay and cronyism


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