Mine now says "collects clutter and cats."
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I've no idea who "Winston S" is, but found this on Indymedia:Quote
Dear Mr & Mrs Cameron,
Why did you never take the time to teach your child basic morality?
As a young man, he was in a gang that regularly smashed up private
property. We know that you were absent parents who left your child to be
brought up by a school rather than taking responsibility for his
behaviour yourselves. The fact that he became a delinquent with no sense
of respect for the property of others can only reflect that fact that
you are terrible, lazy human beings who failed even in teaching your
children the difference between right and wrong. I can only assume that
his contempt for the small business owners of Oxford is indicative of
his wider values.
Even worse, your neglect led him to fall in with a bad crowd.
There’s Michael Gove, whose wet-lipped rage was palpable on Newsnight
last night. This is the Michael Gove who confused one of his houses with
another of his houses in order to avail himself of £7,000 of the
taxpayers’ money to which he was not entitled (or £13,000, depending on
which house you think was which).
Or Hazel Blears, who was interviewed in full bristling peahen mode for
almost all of last night. She once forgot which house she lived in, and
benefited to the tune of £18,000. At the time she said it would take her
reputation years to recover. Unfortunately not.
But, of course, this is different. This is just understandable confusion
over the rules of how many houses you are meant to have as an MP. This
doesn’t show the naked greed of people stealing plasma tellies.
Unless you’re Gerald Kaufman, who broke parliamentary rules to get
£8,000 worth of 40-inch, flat screen, Bang and Olufsen TV out of the
Or Ed Vaizey, who got £2,000 in antique furniture ‘delivered to the
wrong address’. Which is fortunate, because had that been the address
they were intended for, that would have been fraud.
Or Jeremy Hunt, who broke the rules to the tune of almost £20,000 on one
property and £2,000 on another. But it’s all right, because he agreed
to pay half of the money back. Not the full amount, it would be absurd
to expect him to pay back the entire sum that he took and to which he
was not entitled. No, we’ll settle for half. And, as in any other field,
what might have been considered embezzlement of £22,000 is overlooked.
We know, after all, that David Cameron likes to give people second
Fortunately, we have the Met Police to look after us. We’ll ignore the
fact that two of its senior officers have had to resign in the last six
weeks amid suspicions of widespread corruption within the force.
We’ll ignore Andy Hayman, who went for champagne dinners with those he
was meant to be investigating, and then joined the company on leaving
Of course, Mr and Mrs Cameron, your son is right. There are parts of
society that are not just broken, they are sick. Riddled with disease
from top to bottom.
Just let me be clear about this (It’s a good phrase, Mr and Mrs Cameron,
and one I looted from every sentence your son utters, just as he looted
it from Tony Blair), I am not justifying or minimising in any way what
has been done by the looters over the last few nights. What I am doing,
however, is expressing shock and dismay that your son and his friends
feel themselves in any way to be guardians of morality in this country.
Can they really, as 650 people who have shown themselves to be venal
pygmies, moral dwarves at every opportunity over the last 20 years,
bleat at others about ‘criminality’. Those who decided that when they
broke the rules (the rules they themselves set) they, on the whole
wouldn’t face the consequences of their actions?
Are they really surprised that this country’s culture is swamped in
greed, in the acquisition of material things, in a lust for consumer
goods of the most base kind? Really?
Let’s have a think back: cash-for-questions; Bernie Ecclestone;
cash-for-access; Mandelson’s mortgage; the Hinduja passports; Blunkett’s
alleged insider trading (and, by the way, when someone has had to
resign in disgrace twice can we stop having them on television as a
commentator, please?); the meetings on the yachts of oligarchs; the
drafting of the Digital Economy Act with Lucian Grange; Byers’, Hewitt’s
& Hoon’s desperation to prostitute themselves and their positions;
the fact that Andrew Lansley (in charge of NHS reforms) has a wife who
gives lobbying advice to the very companies hoping to benefit from the
NHS reforms. And that list didn’t even take me very long to think of.
Our politicians are for sale and they do not care who knows it.
Oh yes, and then there’s the expenses thing. Widescale abuse of the very
systems they designed, almost all of them grasping what they could
while they remained MPs, to build their nest egg for the future at the
public’s expense. They even now whine on Twitter about having their
expenses claims for getting back to Parliament while much of the country
is on fire subject to any examination. True public servants.
The last few days have revealed some truths, and some heartening truths.
The fact that the #riotcleanup crews had organised themselves before
David Cameron even made time for a public statement is heartening. The
fact that local communities came together to keep their neighbourhoods
safe when the police failed is heartening. The fact that there were
peace vigils being organised (even as the police tried to dissuade
people) is heartening.
There is hope for this country. But we must stop looking upwards for it.
The politicians are the ones leading the charge into the gutter.
David Cameron was entirely right when he said: “It is a complete lack of
responsibility in parts of our society, people allowed to think that
the world owes them something, that their rights outweigh their
responsibilities, and that their actions do not have consequences.”
He was more right than he knew.
And I blame the parents.
Especially the racism... Some white lads tried to start a fight with my sister's mixed race boyfriend the other day because "coloureds" were the ones doing the rioting, so that means it's somehow his fault.
Those same lads are presumably unlikely to be able to get their heads around the idea that "coloureds" are the ones who have probably suffered the most as a result of the rioting. Starting with the four who have been murdered (one in Croydon, three in Birmingham), and so many of the smaller businesses that were trashed were run by first or second generation immigrants. You can't help but wonder if some of these premises were targeted because of their owner's race.:(
Looks like PC Rain is in charge tonight.
From the BBC newswire, beyond London, Manchester and Birmingham:Quote
2307: Four men have been arrested in Milton Keynes in connection with what police called "minor disorder" incidents.
Thames Valley Police said the incidents took place on estates around central Milton Keynes, with officers being deployed to Eaglestone, Garraways, Coffee Hall, Bean Hill and Netherfield.
Leicestershire Police have said on their Twitter account that their officers were attempting to disperse a group of youths in Leicester city centre and deal with those "responsible for criminal acts".Quote
2236: More on the incident in the Bootle area of Merseyside - a man has been arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft after allegedly using a dumper truck to break into a Post Office. Only shutters were damaged, police say.
A police station in Nottingham has been firebombed by a group of 30 to 40 men, according to Nottinghamshire Police. No injuries were reported.
Islington "Peace Vigil" called off on police advice.:(
i actually think we're beyond help when i hear things like the rubbish spouted by a couple of rioting teenage girls, from the bbc news website. when asked why they were doing this to their own community, they said it was 'cos of the rich people'. really? yet young people seem to idolise semi-literate footballers earning £100,000 a week, or the latest style-over-substance 'rent-a-rapper' idiots in stupid clothes... yet you want to burn down the shops of people who work very hard, often on a very moderate income? these people - your neighbours - are the enemy now? god help us all.
Because they are the easiest targets. They don't have state of the art security, the goods are portable and can be sold on easily if needed. Newsagents are often the first targets as they are the ones most likely to carry cash.
Now going off in West Bromwich.
Left work early, as apparently things are supposed to be kicking off in Nottingham too (there were riots in the St Anns area last night, and an attempt to ram raid one of the main shopping centres foiled).
Went through the main square on my way to the bus where several windows were being boarded up (that must be a good racket to get into just now). The "Nottingham on Sea" setup that is in Market Square for the summer holidays had been closed early and the flammable parts given a good hosing down. Big police presence there, and a hell of a lot of folks hanging around there waiting for something to happen.:panic:
... but when I first saw the thread title for some reason I thought "She's now taking commissions from the church!"
Stubbornly refusing to learn how to use that all-singing all-dancing new catflap they've just had installed. It's fine if daddy wants to hold it open for us (but we'd rather he didn't push us up the arse as we do know where "out" is), but it is very undignified pushing your little furry head against a plastic flap.
Poor old boy...:( I remember him at a Cardiff gathering him commenting to me at length about something, probably about why I shouldn't have crashed just where he wanted to...
Aww I'm sorry... but you must have loads of good memories of him.
And just when you thought it was safe to go to bedQuote
9.07pm: The New York Times has published a piece with some extraordinary behind the scenes detail on how, as a trickle of revelations about hacking has become a torrent, News International has switched from containment to crisis mode.
Highlights of the report by Jo Becker and Ravi Somaiya include claims that:
• By the middle of last year, News International's lawyers and some executives were urging that the company accept some responsibility but Rebekah Brooks, then Chief executive, disagreed. "Her behaviour all along has been resist, resist, resist," said one company official who spoke to the NY Times.
• Over the last several months, Brooks spearheaded a strategy that appeared to be designed to spread the blame across Fleet Street. Several former News of the World journalists said she asked them to dig up evidence of hacking. One said her target was not her own newspapers, but her rivals.
• Planning to come in to the UK earlier this to take charge of the crisis enveloping his company, Rupert Murdoch wanted to "fly commercial to London," so that he might be seen as a man of the people.
• Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail, told his senior managers that he had received several reports from businesspeople, footballers and public relations agencies that News International executives Will Lewis and Simon Greenberg had encouraged them to investigate whether their phones had been hacked by Daily Mail newspapers.
• According to an account he relayed to his management team, Dacre confronted Brooks, telling her: "You are trying to tear down the entire industry". Lady Claudia Rothermere, the wife of the owner of The Daily Mail, also overheard Brooks saying at a dinner party that The Mail was just as culpable as The News of the World. "We didn't break the law," Lady Rothermere said, according to two sources who spoke to the NY Times. Brooks was said to have asked who Lady Rothermere thought she was, "Mother Teresa?"
So sad all this backbiting and I suspect anyone who paid to fly commercial (= business or economy?) and found themselves sat next to old Rupe doing his perpetual prune impression would want an upgrade.
Yes, I think that apart from the select committee appearances and any further phonehacking victims being identified, much of the running will come from investigations in the US.
But this is the tip of the iceberg -- Murdoch is a global problem. He's famous for dictating editorial positions to his papers. He corrupts and controls democracies by pushing politicians to back his extremist ideas on war, torture and a host of other planetary ills, and destroying careers with smear campaigns unless they do his bidding. In the US, he helped elect George W. Bush and has most of the Republican presidential candidates on his payroll (see sources). His Fox News Network spread lies to promote the war in Iraq, pushed resentment of Muslims and immigrants and spawned the right-wing tea party. Maybe worst of all, he has helped block critical global action on climate change.
So now NotW is gone, the News International bid for the whole of BSkyB has been withdrawn and the Murdochs have agreed to present themselves before the relevant Select Committee next Tuesday, is anyone prepared to guess what will happen next?
Will another mighty Xanadu fall? :p
Except that he is now a cricket commentator with BSkyB!:p
Having remembered to bring my camera this time, I might have used it for more than taking pictures of a few falcons and an eagle owl!:D
Both furious at being shut in when they could be out chasing foxes, and Hugo has decided to puke all over the kitchen.
So, according to her (or her spirit guide), all the animals come from other planets, Atlantis was powered by psychic energy, the Earth is hollow, kangaroos come from Mars, guinea pigs from Venus, unicorns live in the New Forest, there are over 16 million angels protecting us, orbs are manifestations of them, and in 2012 Glastonbury will be a major portal into the new age - and that's the real reason there's no festival there then.
Ever since as an archaeology student I had to explain to people just why von Daniken was writing utter crap and no, there isn't something in it (apart from lots of cash for him), I tend to back away very quickly from anyone who thinks that civilisation or other species came from other planets. There are too many arguements there that cannot be won, as is usually the way when one party is arguing from a rational/logical point of view and the other from an emotional/spiritual one.
She may be onto something with the portal appearing at Glastonbury though, albeit on a dodgy line. She should have been told that there would be insufficent numbers of portaloos available what with the Olympics, so it's a simple error of communication.;)
There was a Kaiya there somewhere too:)
Great to see so many folks, several I've never seen before and so many old friends too (although SD you found way more than me!) Also v glad to meet up with Jo at last, after 2 years of trying!:D
The reason for keeping her is that once she is gone, the next person in the firing line, the next up the chain of command, is James Murdoch. So until the Murdoch junior has himself properly covered, they'll let her cook to a crisp.
But at least Rebekah Brooks won't be out looking for work:
Wade, now Brooks, was appointed in 2000, launching a campaign to name and shame paedophiles that was heavily criticised for leading to mobs target people they suspected of being offenders – including, in one case, a paediatrician. The then chief constable of Gloucestershire, Tony Butler, labelled it "grossly irresponsible" journalism.