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  • After Cigarettes and Alcohol, The Government Plans Sugar Tax

    Sugar does not make you obese, fat does not make you obese, eating too much makes you obese (image source)

    The election may have put a Conservative government in power and consigned the pokenoses and busybodies of Labour and the Lib Dems to the political wilderness, but the bansturbators of the public sector march on, their war against pleasure, laughter, tasty food and anything that might put people at risk of enjoying themselves continuing unabated it seems.

    A row flared up in the Department for Health yesterday after a junior minister said snack companies could be forced to pay a "sugar tax” if they continue to sell unhealthy foods. The Telegraph reports that George Freeman, Life Sciences Minister, said he may support such a tax to pay for the cost of treating obesity, blaming sugary drinks and snacks for Britain's expanding waistline.

    He told the Hay Festival: "I don't think heavy-handed legislation is the way to go.

    "But I think that where there is a commercial product which confers costs on all of us as a society, as in sugar, and where we can clearly show that the use of that leads to huge pressures on social costs, then we could be looking at recouping some of that through taxation.

    "Companies should know that if you insist on selling those products, we will tax them.”

    His comments have placed him at loggerheads with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who previously ruled out such a move, saying that the government would look at alternative ways to get people to eat healthily. Other figures, mostly unelected bureaucrats in the Department for Health, have backed the idea, including chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies and Susan Jebb, chairman of the Food Responsibility Network.

    The chairman of campaign group Action on Sugar, Graham MacGregor, backed Freeman's comments, saying: "We are very much in favour of a sugar tax and we welcome Mr Freeman's words.

    "The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, can no longer ignore the fact that current nutrition policy whereby the food industry is allowed to police itself is, unsurprisingly, not working. We are delighted that Tesco has agreed that this is exactly the sort of action that we need and all other retailers must follow suit.”

    Also speaking at the Hay Festival, Professor Tim Lang of City University London took an even more hard-line approach, saying that snack manufactures should be banned from calling their products "food”.

    Any move to introduce such a tax would likely be fiercely opposed by more libertarian Conservative backbenchers who are already smarting after the government pushed plain packaging for cigarettes through parliament before the election.

    Once again we see the innately fascist tendencies of people who work in the public sector but never have to put their jobs on the line by seeking re-election. Mars Bars, Crisps and cans of Cola do not make anybody eat them. Most of us can enjoy an occasional chocolate egg but equally can walk right past the sweet snacks or fizzy drinks displays in supermarkets without being tempted. Yet a sugar tax could not be discriminatory, we the responsible people would therefore be punished for our occasional treats while the morbidly obese would continue to get 'special payment' on top of their disability benefit to cover the cost of their addiction to pigging out.

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    Heath: Scientists lied, saturated fat does not harm us
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    After years of being told saturated fat is a killer and we should avoid it in favour of Big Food products that are the nearest modern chemistry can get to packaging arterial plaque, yet another scientific meta analysis shows the sat fat scare was based of fraudulent science and there is no evidence your steak is harming you.

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    Obesity: The lies of politicians and scientists
    For years people have complained about the health industry's food fascism and obsession with the entirely fallacious idea tha being overweight is the same as obesity. The ravings of doctors about obesity in the case of people who are a few pounds overweight really make their profession look stupid. Now, in response to surveys that show slightly overweight people live longer comes the science whore to tell us it's impossible to be overweight and healthy.

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  • Racist Student Union Officer says 'I Can't be Racist'

    Bahar Mustafa, the student union political correctness officer who notoriously banned white people and men from an event promoting equality and then tweeted on a hashtag 'killallwhitemen' has claimed she "cannot be racist" because she is an ethnic minority woman.

    Bahar Mustafa - she could make a little career as a Kate Bush lookalike but I don't fancy her chances of getting a job in the diplomatic service (Image source)

    The Goldsmiths University's student union welfare and diversity officer sparked a backlash when she told white people and men they should not attend an event on "diversifying the curriculum".

    She posted on Facebook: "Invite loads of BME Women and non-binary people!! Also, if you've been invited and you're a man and/or white PLEASE DON'T COME just cos I invited a bunch of people and hope you will be responsible enough to respect this is a BAME, Women and non-binary event only.”

    (WTF is a non binary person, is the silly tart referring to people who don't own a computer or smartphone?)

    Her comments were branded "laughable" and "patronising" by fellow students.
    And Goldsmiths University (??? - when did Goldsmiths University set up shop and what former Woolworths store does it occupy) said it had written to the union to "express concern" at the comments, and added: "We are proud of our diverse community and do not tolerate any form of oppression, including racism, sexism or any other form of bigotry.”

    But Ms Mustafa, 27, has hit back in the row, describing the backlash over her Facebook post as "only one in a series of attacks upon minority women on campus.”

    In a statement read out to fellow students, she accused the media of embarking on a "witch hunt and shameful character assassination". The evil, racist bastards went too far when they told the truth about her.

    She said: "There have been charges laid against me that I am racist and sexist towards white men.

    "I, an ethnic minority woman, cannot be racist or sexist towards white men, because racism and sexism describe structures of privilege based on race and gender. Therefore, women of colour and minority genders cannot be racist or sexist, since we do not stand to benefit from such a system.(OMFG, she's illiterate as well as stupid and bigoted.)

    We can only reply, "If all the minority females at Goldsmiths are sexist bigots like you dear, it is any wonder people insult them? And while we are at at is your name suggests you are a Muslim, does your husband know you are involved in this lezza / Trotskyite shite when you should be at home cleaning and cooking for him?

  • R.I.P. The british Left

    I keep reading that the Labour leadership campaign is in chaos, seems a bit harsh seeing as they have hrdly started yet, and also that the Liberasl Democrats are falling apart at the seams. This claim has a tad more substance as the front runner for the leadership, Tim Farron has hinted that he wants to drop the Dems and divert to being the liberals with a political philosophy based on classical liberalism.

    What we’re really seeing is a fragmentation of the Left.

    As Labour under and since Blair, sought to occupy the ground that belongs to the centre right, it triggered a lunge towards authoritarianism and statism by the remaining dyed-in-the-wool Marxists, hence the growth of Greens, extreme socialist groupings and the SNP.

    But what most surprised Labour, and the pollsters too, was the volume of traditional working-class votes which went to UKIP in far greater numbers than the kippers had ever gathered from any wavering Tories, presenting a greater threat long term.

    As I have been saying in this blog for a long time, politically correct thinking, gay rights and an obsesion with imigration are not vote winners in the streets of Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Birmingham, Nottingham and Sheffield. Anyone familiar with those cities does not need me to explain why, anyone who does need me to explain why is never going to understand anyway.

    The challenge now for Labour is to define a whole new position, one which can recover those lost working class souls whilst also making the right noises about business, immigration, Europe etc. It looks like an impossible challenge, certainly for any of the current batch of leadership candidate nonentities.

    Labour now only exists in the most deprived and under - employed parts of a few major conurbations, it is a party of the depressed inner-cities, no longer a whole nation party, nor even a working-class party. The exit-door beckons – unless Osborne throws them a life-line with his daft ‘city-devolution’ plan – that could guarantee devolved Labour enclaves for a few more decades yet.

    As for the Liberals, whether Democrat or not, I suspect their day has gone: people have more feasible choices now for their protest votes and trying to co-exist in the middle-left-ground while being trampled on by both the Tories and Labour is not a healthy place to be.

    From the start of the twentieth century to the 1970s the left served us well, then the Labour Party was hijacked by the elitists of the Fabian Society and became the party of lawyers, luvvies and academics while the Lib Dems for a while was an uneasy alliance of libertarians, social democrats and the raffia mafia.

    RIP then the british left, what will replace it we cannot tell.

  • Shock! Horror! Politician Does His Job.

    Reams has been written here about the evil twins of 'free' trade agreements (free in the sense they will relieve global corporations from the tiresome obligation to obey national law), sometimes we think we are winning then the bureaucracies pushing global fascism hit back.

    Perhaps the creepiest thing about TPP and TTIP is that they have been negotiated in secret by EU and US bureaucrats and lawyers and even our elected representatives have not been allowed to read the draft versions.

    It is uplifting however to hear of a politician who has not only defied his government by reading on of the treaties but has thrown down the gauntlet and challenged the Obama administration to prosecute him by defying an order that the contents must in no circumstances be made known to the public.

    from TruthOut.org

    Senator Reads the TPP and Exposes Its Contents

    Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is one of the few members of Congress who has taken the time to jump through the hoops and read the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But, he has gone a step farther than other members - he told members of Congress what he read. He told the truth about what the TPP says and why Congress should oppose it in a five page letter to his colleagues.

    Sessions' action flies in the face of the threats made by the US Trade Representative to prosecute elected officials who tell people what is in the trade agreement. Others should follow his example and get out the truth about the TPP.

    The debate in the Senate begins on Tuesday, May 19. This is an opportunity for Senators to tell their colleagues the truth about what is in the TPP. Sessions' "Dear Colleague" letter was leaked and reported in Breitbart. Senators from both parties may want to take a similar approach. Even better, during the debate on the Senate floor there will be an opportunity for amendments that expose problems with the TPP. Senators can tell their colleagues and, through C-SPAN, their constituents the truth about what is in the TPP.

    How Senator Sessions Exposed the Truth About TPP

    Breitbart has written two articles on Sessions' revelations. In "Critical Alert: Jeff Sessions Warns America Against Potentially Disastrous Obama Trade Deal," they report: READ FULL ARTICLE

    US Government Advisor Warned He Could Be Jailed For Revealing Content Of TPP.

    via Zero Hedge
    From Michael Wessel, first posted in Politico:

    I’ve Read Obama’s Secret Trade Deal. Elizabeth Warren Is Right to Be Concerned.

    "You need to tell me what’s wrong with this trade agreement, not one that was passed 25 years ago,” a frustrated President Barack Obama recently complained about criticisms of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). He’s right. The public criticisms of the TPP have been vague. That’s by design—anyone who has read the text of the agreement could be jailed for disclosing its contents. I’ve actually read the TPP text provided to the government’s own advisors, and I’ve given the president an earful about how this trade deal will damage this nation. But I can’t share my criticisms with you.

    I can tell you that Elizabeth Warren is right about her criticism of the trade deal. We should be very concerned about what's hidden in this trade deal—and particularly how the Obama administration is keeping information secret even from those of us who are supposed to provide advice.

    So-called “cleared advisors” like me are prohibited from sharing publicly the criticisms we’ve lodged about specific proposals and approaches. The government has created a perfect Catch 22: The law prohibits us from talking about the specifics of what we’ve seen, allowing the president to criticize us for not being specific. Instead of simply admitting that he disagrees with me—and with many other cleared advisors—about the merits of the TPP, the president instead pretends that our specific, pointed criticisms don’t exist. READ ALL

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  • Will USA Bomb Russia Today?

    Today was a day I though might slip out of the future and into the past without really registering on the present. Browsing around however, I noticed an article from maverick US writer Lew Rockwell that amused me.

    US Anger With RT Will Start World War Three – Emir Kusturica
    posted on Lew.Rockwell.com

    The award-winning film director believes that the next world conflict could start when the Pentagon decides to bomb the RT TV channel.

    World War Three will break out when the US finally tires of the RT TV channel, and decides to bomb it; in retaliation, Russia will destroy CNN, writes film director Emir Kusturica, in an article published on Thursday.

    “Everything is different to how it was during the Cold War! Because of that it is useless to talk about a return to how things used to be, and listen to Henry Kissinger scare us. In the meantime, China has become the strongest world economy, Russia has recovered from Perestroika, India is growing into a genie! Military experts don’t argue that Americans have the most organized army, but there remains the unsolvable puzzle for NATO generals, who have called one of the Russian rockets ‘SATAN.'”

    “The devil never comes alone! At the same time with this rocket and numerous innovations, the TV Channel RT has also appeared among the Russian arsenal.”

    “The program is broadcast in English, and watched by around 700 million people in 200 countries. The secret success of this television is the smashing of the Hollywood-CNN stereotype of the good and bad guys, where blacks, Hispanics, Russians, Serbs are the villains, and white Americans, wherever you look, are OK!”

    “Congressman, and those in the State Department are continually upset by RT,” writes Kusturica, adding that the US Secretary of State, who Kusturica calls “Jim Kerry,” is “the loudest.”

    “Kerry and the congressmen are bothered by the fact that RT sends signals that the world is not determined by the fatalism of liberal capitalism, that the US is leading the world into chaos, that Monsanto is not producing healthy food, that Coca-Cola is ideal for cleaning automobile alloys and not for the human stomach, that in Serbia the percent of people who die from cancer has risen sharply due to the 1999 NATO bombings, that the social map of America is falling from day to day, that the fingerprints of the CIA are on the Ukrainian crisis, and that BlackWater fired at the Ukrainian police, and not Maidan activists.”

    In contrast, writes the film director, “CNN in direct transmissions assures that since the 1990s America has been leading humanitarian actions, and not wars, that from military planes fall angels and not bombs!”

    “As time goes on RT will ever more demystify the American Dream and in primetime will reveal the truth hidden for decades from the eyes and heart of average Americans, in their own homes, in perfect English, better than they use on CNN.”

    Well I would not have put it quite like that myself but all the same I have become very aware of the anger generated in Washington, and particularly in The Oval Office by the kind of paleolithic Americans who think their good guys / bad guys narrative is swallowed whole by the world at large.

    Not only Russia Today, but Voice of Russia, Press TV (an English language Iranian channel) and Uruknet, an Arabic / English news site are in the business of challenging American propaganda. Now people will say we are foolish to believe anything we learn from the media in these places.

    It's quite true, we would. But not as naive as the fools to believe everything they are told by western media. To take the position that "they" are the bad guys therefore what they tell us is propaganda; "we" are the god guys therefore what our governments tell us must be truth is ignorant and stupid beyond belief.

    But of course it is highly amusing to watch Russia Today undermining the carefully contructed and spun US / EU narrative on global affairs.

  • Adversity (aka first past the post) makes for strange bedfellows

    Nige 4 Natalie - True (image source)

    Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has hinted her party could work with UKIP to secure meaningful electoral reform after Britain's first past the post (FPTP) voting system delivered results unrepresentative of the parties' genuine support.

    Bennett, who lost out on a seat in last Thursday's general election, told reporters she would be "happy” to work with UKIP after both parties won only one seat each, despite having proportionally much higher levels of support.

    The Greens received 1.1 million votes and UKIP nearly four million, but only won one seat each. The results have triggered a call for the FPTP system, which handed the Scottish National Party (SNP) an impressive 56 seats despite only gaining 1.4 million votes, to be reformed in favor of a more representative voting system.

    When asked if her party would collaborate with UKIP for a change in the system, Bennett said: "Lots of people who were in seats where they have never thought about electoral reform before are looking at their MP or local council and are saying ‘How did we end up with that? That's not what we wanted.'”

    "So I think we will see a grassroots campaign and we will be supporting that and very happy to join with anyone else who supports that, working on an issue by issue basis as the Green Party has always done.”

    Bennett came third in her constituency of Holborn and St Pancras, but has ruled out stepping down as leader, saying that being able to lead the party without the confines of a Westminster role was liberating.

    Wonder if the Lib Dems and Scottish Labour will join inans make it a 4-in-a-bed session.

  • Police Investigate South Thanet Constituency Election.

    Guido Fawkes put up a bizarre post yesterday afternoon which due to more pressing matters I did not follow up right away.

    Now I know the lefties will start screeching 'conspiracy theory' but we should be aware the police have confirm.ed this story has substance.

    Kent Police have launched an investigation into alleged electoral fraud in South Thanet

    Updates from Kent police say they have found no evidence 'so far' of malpractice but enquiries are ongoing. The police also confirmed that the complaint which launched the investigation was not made by UKIP.

    It is thought the complaint arises from questions about why the South Thanet count was six hours late in beginning, a delay some sources speculate was due to several ballot boxes going missing en route to the count.

    The story was given a comic elementby the gurning, idiotic posh boy Alistair (Al) Murray, whose protrayal of a working class pub landlord is surely the greatest insult to the English working class ever, and who had opposed UKIPs Nigel Farage, trying to claim that UKIP had attempted to rig the election themselves.

  • NHS Tests And Drugs Do More Harm Than Good

    What have I been telling you for the last ten years? For too long the NHS has been more about plundering our pockets on behalf of the Big Pharma Corporations that looking after our health.

    NHS patients are being given drugs and tests they may not need because, as this blog has frequently reported over the years, GPs and hospitals are 'incentivized' to prescribe certain drugs, i.e. paid for the quantity not quality of their treatment, senior doctors have revealed in a new report.

    The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges said patients should be encouraged to ask if their medical procedures were really necessary, in a bid to halt over-diagnosis and needless treatment of swathes of the population.

    In an unprecedented intervention, the medics - who represent all 21 medical royal colleges in the UK - said too many patients were being forced to endure tests and treatments which could do more harm than good.

    They said the payments system in the NHS, which means hospitals are paid according to the number of procedures they perform, and GP pay linked to diagnosis and treatment, could act against patients’ interests.

    The report said it was time to “wind back the harms of too much medicine” and replace a culture of “more is better” with balanced decision making.

    Patients should be encouraged to ask questions such as, 'Do I really need this test or procedure? What are the risks? Are there simpler safer options? What happens if I do nothing,' the doctors say.

    This news comes as a leading scientist said millions of people should stop taking antidepressants, because their long-term risks outweighed the benefits.

  • First they came for the Anglo - Celts ... And I Did Not Speak Out

    (via Graham Lear)

    This what we at UKIP have been saying for years and if it does not frighten you then I am afraid you are all devoid of common sense.

    Remember this video when you have to vote in the coming referendum on whether we stay in the European Union.

    Remember also that in the last couple of years THIS European Union has foisted on everyone in these magnificent islands that we call home over 3,000 new laws that affect everyone of you.

    By what authority have they managed to do this? They have managed to do this by the collusion of the very people that you voted for in the last General Election just last week. Tory, Labour, Lib Dems.

    The only political party that does not and has not colluded with the European Union is the one party that all political party's in the UK have ridiculed and that political party id UKIP. The same UKIP that 4 million very wise citizens of the UK voted for. All the rest of the citizens voted for the ones who have given over our freedom to the ones who would enslave us all.

    EUROFASCISM IS COMING, BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID

  • Good, better and even better

    Just after seeing the news that Nigel Farage in to stay on as UKIP leader (which will surely gladden the hearts of our leftie friends, I took a look on Guido Fawkes blog and saw the old conspirator is predicting Ed Balls will soon be back in Westminster.
    Could Ed Balls soon be back in the Commons? There is a rumour going round that Labour’s veteran MP in Coventry North West, Geoffrey Robinson, who was at the centre of a huge internal row about whether he would stand down before the election, could quit and trigger a by-election This soon had Coventry Labour members tweeting:

    Jason Cowley @JasonCowleyNS Whisper it but will Geoffrey Robinson fall on his sword offering his dear friend @edballsmp a route back to the Commons? If not now, when? 8:27 PM - 10 May 2015

    Jayne Innes @JayneInnes Cov NW needs diverse long list - I've already said I'll help put it together

    Ciarán Norris @ciarannorris@JayneInnes it would be insane for Cov NW to give it to an outsider

    Jayne Innes @JayneInnesPersonally I don't want Cov NW to have someone who was rejected by voters elsewhere.

    See more tweets on Guido's post

  • The Rweeted Reactions Of Leftie Celebs To Election Result Were Priceless

    I'm still not actually thinking due to events not related in any way to the election. So here's another post full of content gleaned from elsewhere.

    Celebrity lefties resposnes to the conservative election victory.

    @Kevin Maguire
    Most terrifying of all is the Tories won as the Nasty Party. What does that say about Britain?

    Well Kev, as it was you dubbed them the nasty party I guess it says Britain thinks you and your ludicrous pastiche of a newspaper are irrelevant

    @charlottechurch
    The politics of fear is the politics of control and we've given the reigns to the bogey men.

    As you've blown most of your millions on trying to be a rock chick Charile, I suppose you're afraid of benefit cuts.

    @jk_rowling
    I remember single parenthood under the Tories and @Gingerbread's going to be very important in the next 5 years.

    So what are you saying JK, that all single women are so stupid that having no job and few skills they'll celebrate the election result by getting up the duff? Was it the fault of the conservatives that you got pregnant?

    @OwenJones84
    Don't mourn. Organise. And this time, let's actually mean it.

    That is actually coming from a prepubescent pustule who can't even organise his own fake accent so we can tell if he's pretending to be a Cheshire posh boy, an Oxbridge elitist or a skanky Mank.

    Looking over them brings to mind a line from that brilliant American satirist P J O'Rourke (PJ, being American, uses 'liberalism' in the sense we use 'loony left':

    “At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child — miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats.”
    ― P.J. O'Rourke

  • Miliband Loses His Balls

    Best election moment since Portillo went down in '97

    But as Oscar Wilde might have said, to lose one party leader is unfortunate, to lose two looks like carelessness, but to lose three is hostile action.

    I was quite taken with this extract from a blog reposted on Zero Hedge. Not too sure the words 'conservative landslide' in the title are appropriate, it was the SNP landslide that gave Cameron a very small majority, but the rest is good reading.

    Saxo Bank CEO Lars Seier Christensen reacts to the Conservative landslide victory in the UK.

    When you, like me, are used to a proportional representation system, it feels bizarre that the third largest party hardly gains a seat, but still, Nigel Farage has had a lot of beneficial influence on Britain's EU policy.

    Hopefully, Brussels also gets the message but I doubt it. The EU never rolls anything back. It continues to amass more and more control in all areas.

    The bureaucracy in Brussels has no self-criticism. No regrets. No matter how much and how often it fails. It just continues the roll out of its powers, and it will continue unabated, until someone says enough is enough. Until someone says stop.

    The election outcome in Britain is our one chance to say stop!

    YEAH!

  • Google: I told you they were evil

    Nobody who reads Boggart Blog or Little Nicky Machiavelli can say they have not been warned about how evil Google are, but if you need reminding this story from govtslaves.info has all the information you need.

    "Google has managed to boost its revenues by billions of dollars this year by attacking thousands of smaller businesses who make money from affiliate programs. It does this by deliberately favoring large brands in its search results.

    "This war is largely secret because very few people understand this shift. Google manages to deflect attention through publicity about projects such as Google+, or its self-driven cars — none of which are revenue generating businesses.

    "Yet in its core business, under the renewed leadership of CEO Larry Page, Google has launched an incredibly aggressive strategy targeting mostly small firms. You can see how effective this has been in the following numbers culled from its financial reports.

    "For example, for the whole of last year, Google’s revenues from its own sites could barely keep pace with growth in revenues from its AdSense partner network — mostly small firms."

    Read all at govtslaves.info

    I've been out of action for a few days, nothing to do with election aversion, just a little medical problem. Back to full speed soon.

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  • He's Not The Messiah, His Name Is Edymandias - Miliband's slab stunt goes down like a Lead Balloon

    I've said before that I quite like Ed Miliband as a person, OK his choice of a career in politics has introduced a certain degree of twattishness to a persona that would otherwise be a perfect fit in the corporate middle management structure (to be a success as a corporate manager requires a completely different kind of twattishness - think in terms of David Brent times ten) but he's basically a decent bloke who while not Prime Minister material would make an adequate geography teacher in Runothe Mills Comprehensive.

    So having taken a significant role in putting in a position way above his ability I think its unfair that with three days to go until the polls open, The Guardian and Labour Uncut have already launched the post-mortem on the failure of Ed Miliband's leadership of the Labour Party.

    From the Labour Uncut article we have:
    Uncut has learned the real reason for Ed Miliband's sudden night-time visit to Russell Brand's Shoreditch home: panic caused by the early tallies of postal ballots being fed back to party HQ, from marginals around the country.

    Labour is behind and urgently needs to reach out to new voter groups. Russell Brand was a means to that end. [ ... ] These are not opinion polls results or canvass returns but actual votes, hundreds of thousands of votes, from across Britain. Numbers have been flowing from each marginal to party strategists to give the most accurate picture of the current state of play.

    Labour insiders familiar with the latest figures have told Uncut that the picture for Labour in marginal seats, where it is fighting the Tories, is almost uniformly grim. (Read all - same link as above)

    Meanwhile The Guardian, traditionally Labour's staunchest supporter in mainstream media responded with cruelly to Ed's 'tablet-of-stone' stunt by naming him Edymandias in a reference to Shelly's poem Ozymandias which describes a collapsed statue in the desert whose emply plinth is inscribed "My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings."  The Guardian's John Crace then comments:

    In one of the tightest elections in 50 years [ ... ] Ed Miliband has just raised the stupidity bar still higher. It makes Neil Kinnock’s 1992 “We’re all right” Sheffield rally moment look almost clever.

    What possessed Miliband to imagine that carving a series of election pledges into an enormous slab of limestone that would be placed in the Downing Street garden were he to become prime minister on 8 May was a good idea? There isn’t a single sentient being with connecting synapses anywhere in any planet in any universe who could think that was a good idea.

    Even the title is a hostage to fortune. A Better Plan. A Better Future. This stone Ed, I’m sorry to say, is symbolic of a totally Crap Plan. Or worse, No Plan.

    When some future Arthur Evans finds this battered, broken foundation stone several hundred feet underground his first thought will be “My name is Edymandias, King of Kings / Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair.” Shelley will last far longer than this. As for the rest … They read more like focus group findings than serious electoral promises. (READ MORE)

    Are Labour Uncut and The Guardian onto something. We will not know until Friday. But I can tell you I heard from a reliable source ( my cousin Bob though past retirement age still writes for an evening newspaper in the region) that when Nigel Farage said Labour was haemorrhaging support to UKIP in the north, he spoke the truth. That does not necessarily mean UKIP are going to win swathes of seats of course, but more likely they are going to take enough Labour votes to hand a significant number of marginals to The Conservatives. Which is not the result I hoped for but it's a result.

    Ozymandias of Egypt by Percy Shelly

    I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
    And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    `My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
    Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
    The lone and level sands stretch far away".

  • EU exploiting Mediterranen boat crisis to further political agenda

    The unelected bureaucrats who run EU stand accused of cynically exploiting the Mediterranean boat people crisis to further it's European integration program that will result in the national sovereignty of 28 ~(and growing) member states being abolished as they are amalgamated into a single federal superstate.

    Although Britain has deployed naval forces to assist in a rescue operation, France and Italy are blocking the mission until Britain agrees to take in thousands of migrants.. This kind of blackmail is typical of the smooth faced bureaucrats who run Europe, in effect they are saying "If you want to offer humanitarian aid you do it on our terms and flood your country with unskilled, illiterate economic migrants (NB not refugees, migrants)."

    Last month Britain deployed HMS Bulwark, the Royal Navy's flagship, and the frigate HMS Kent to assist in operations designed to smash the smuggling rings currently shipping migrants into Europe. Obviously the Euronazis of Brussels do not want to stop the ruthless criminals who are flooding the European continent with migrants. Would we put it past these self serving shits to have done some kind of deal with with the criminals? No we wouldn't, they're the type of people who would pimp out their daughters to further their political aims. READ MORE at The Daily Stirrer

    I guess what's really behind this is Merkel and Hollande are pissed off because Dave got his announcement in before they had time to call another summit of leaders, so they could stuff themselves stupid at our expense while they sat around waiting for Obmama to call and tell them what to do.

    Cameron's acting independently would be totally unacceptable to the Eurocrats of course, - who does this man think he is FFS? The leader of an independent nation or something?

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  • Personal Irritation Claims - Professional claims service

    OMFG, we've had about ten calls yesterday and today about personal injury claims, mis - selling, unfair treatment  at work, medical negligence, you name is, a bunch of shyster lawyers want to sue someone on your behalf for it.

    Except it seems for personal irritation. How much compo do me and Mrs T. deserve for having to listen to about a minutes babble from a bunch of fuickers who can't even pronounce our name properly. It's THORPE OK, not Top, not Torp and not Forp. And I don't want to sue anybody, but I can think of some I'd like to kill if I could reach through the phone system and grab them by the throat.

    All of which added up to make this poster found on Facebook seem more hilarious (h/t Ben Pursglove).

    And here, for the record, the heraldic arms of the Elmet Thorpe family (not to be confused with the Wessex Thorpes or the East Anglia Thorpes). We go back to the Celtic dominance of these islands.

    arms-thorpe

    There were a couple of Thorpe's at Agincourt you know, and one I knew personally in later life was involved in the D Day landings. So while I feel sorry for the poor little schmucks who have to eke out a living cold calling for shyster lawyer companies, I think my family have earned the right to be exempt from harrassment. Unfortunately the nuisance calls opt out service does not work for calls that originate overseas.

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  • The Duchess Of Kate

    Queen Ant - almost as fecund as certain members of The Royal Family (image source)

    Oh effing Joy! The Duchess Of Kate has given birth. It seems hardly five minutes sing the last one was born. What a bummer that the only news to come along that can shove the election off the top of the news is even more boring.

    While I'm happy for Prince William and The Duchess Of Cambridge (bit of SEO there) that they got a girl and having acquired a full set can stop now and not put us poor taxpayers to any more expense, why the ballyhoo. A woman has a baby, it's hardly news is. After all if women didn't have babies there wouldn't be a human race would there.

    Apparently the dear Duchess Of Kate went into hospital at 6 am this morning and popped the sprog out at 8:30.Which, were she to make a habit of giving birth with such facility, might suggest on the ascension of Willie - boy to the throne we might have to call his spouse Queen Ant rather than Queen Kate.

  • If looks were votes ... The Eye Candy Party Would Win Every Time

    I gave Leader's Question Time a swerver last night and also decided to skip Nigel Farage's one man show, knowing I'd see YouTube clips of the best bits ad nauseum.

    The best bit of campaign television for me this week then was BBC North West's offering in the Election 2015 regional debates screened on Wednesday evening.

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    BBC North West 2015 regional election debate

    Why did Ian think that?" you might well ask. It wasn't because the UKIP candidate, John Bickley, standing in Middleton which he narrowly missed winning in last year's by election on the night UKIP won Clacton. (It was a major tactical error by UKIP to throw everything as Clacton which Douglas Carswell was always going to retain, an extra little push in the greater Manchester seat would have got them over the line.) Bickley is not a natural on television.

    The major party candidates, Lucy Powell, Lab. Manchester central, Ben Wallace, Con. Preston North, and Gordon Birtwistle, Lib Dem. Burnley were similarly lacklustre.

    No, the panellist who stole the show was the Green Party's St. Helens North candidate, Elizabeth Ward, a lovely little package of politically correct cute. Elizabeth is also a confident and well briefed speaker, even if she did spout the usual Trotskyite bollocks the party of watermelons (green on the outside, red in the inside) nowadays specialise in.

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    Elizabeth Ward, Green Party candidate for St. Helens North

    No matter how much Green and polically correct bollocks the girl spouts, those exquisite cheekbones and expressive eyes would still get my vote.

    ELIZABETH, JOIN UKIP - WITH SOME SENSIBLE POLICIES AND YOUR GOOD LOOKS YOU COULD BE PRIME MINISTER BY 2030

    (Well that should get the screechers of the politically correct left well wound up)

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  • It Could Be You Next ...

    It started under Labour, it continued under the Coalition. Social cleansing is the multi culti equivalent of ethnic cleansing. And it could be coming your way soon ................ unless you grow a backbone, find some self esteem and vote UKIP - the only party that cares about Britain


    South London residents protest against being thrown out of their community (source: brixtonbuzz)

     

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  • Are Manchester's Gaybour Council A Bunch Of Dicks?

    Street art in Manchester by Wanksy (image source Manchester Evening News - now censored)

    Greater Manchester Council has since its inception been controled by the Gaybour party. Consequently in allocating funds to public spending projects in the conurbation, anything to do with 'The Gay Village' or the city's 'Gay Pride Day' celebrations has been given far more than it deserves, projects relating to ethnic minorities have been well funded (gotta keep buying those votes) and anything that would benefit non - minority citizens is relegated to the 'can't be arsed' list.

    This has resulted in some problems, for example The Manchester Evening News recently ran a story about the mumber of people who complain about the state of the city's roads. "The roads of Manchester are in an appalling state, especially around Bury. I have cyclist friends who have been hospitalised' one resident comented on the website, "They damage vehicles. Sometimes it's hard to know which pothole caused the damage because there are so many.

    Now the case has been taken up by a street artist who as a tribute to his hero Banksy calls himself 'Wanksy'. The graffiti merchant whose real name is not known has been dicking about for several weeks in the Ramsbottom area, spraying giant nusgers around the worst potholes. He told the M.E.N:“They damage vehicles. Sometimes it’s hard to know which pothole caused the damage because there are so many.When I've finished in Ramsbottom, I'll move on to the rest of Manchester.”

    He added: "I wanted to attract attention to the pothole problem and make it memorable. Nothing seemed to do this better than a giant comedy phallus. It's also speedy, I don't want to be in the road for a long time. It seems to have become my signature. I just want to make people smile and draw attention to the problem.

    Speaking to Radio Manchester he said, "He added: “I wan to attract attention to the pothole problem. Nothing seemed to do this better than a giant comedy phallus. It’s also speedy, I don’t want to be in the road for a long time. It seems to have become my signature. I just want to make people smile and draw attention to the problem. It seems to be working, judging from the Facebook fan page.

    Some people may have been offended, but not as much as motorists who have had to fork out for a new tyre or face a bill of several hundred pounds for repairs to their car suspension.

    And of course if it make Manchester's Gaybour council look like knobs and aleterts a wider audience to the reality that the elitist Labour party doesn't give a flying fuck about the concerns of ordinary voters, the protest has the full support of Boggart Blog. So here we go with a small exhibition of Wanksy's best works. (See more at the Facebook fan page gallery - click 'Back to album' top left for slideshow)

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