DEM not gonna CON dis NATION: Rolling UK politics in the short-lived post-Murdoch era

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Fair point. Judge had no cause to mention cenotaph at all.

Strictly vote-splitting (DL), Friday, 15 July 2011 14:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

The judge gave another student 12 months last week for throwing a stick.

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/9128855.Talented_student_jailed_over_riot/

that was the last arrow in my quiver of whimsy (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 15 July 2011 14:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

Judicial appointments
Senior Circuit Judge Appointment - Price QC

11 July 2011

The Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Kenneth Clarke QC MP has appointed His Honour Judge Nicholas Peter Lees Price QC to be a Senior Circuit Judge, Resident Judge based at Kingston Crown Court Centre effect from Monday 11 July 2011.

hmmn

nakhchivan, Friday, 15 July 2011 14:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

They're charged with 'violent disorder' rather than criminal damage, which means the penalties are much more severe. Being part of a large group and being in a public place are aggravating factors.

The whole area of the law is extremely controversial as you're not really being judged on the acts you carried out but the wider context of the event. Someone got five years, a while back, for throwing stones at police during a 'riot'.

модный хипстер (ShariVari), Friday, 15 July 2011 14:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

i see that martin rowson still hasn't mastered the felt tip

Ward Fowler, Friday, 15 July 2011 14:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

3.47pm: Breaking: David Cameron hosted Andy Coulson at Chequers this spring after his resignation in January ... More details soon ...

natalie imbroglio (suzy), Friday, 15 July 2011 14:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

He was calling him his friend a week ago

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 15 July 2011 14:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

don't forget The Official Newscorp/UK end of season finale/Rebekah Brooks did 9/11 thread

probably not going to keep murdoch and uk politics completely separate (am i right?!?!), but started another thread because the newscorp stuff going international and it was drowning out good honest tory scum news.

caek, Friday, 15 July 2011 15:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

OK, to repost (which is disappointing) I notice that this thread has managed to spend even less time on the defense review than the mainstream media. Do people really have nothing to say? (I spent my afternoon with journos and people waiting to lose their jobs) It's another tory attack on Scotland, but this time it leaves British armed forces in an impossible position.

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Monday, 18 July 2011 19:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

As a lily-livered pacifist type, I'm not entirely unhappy that cuts are being made in defence spending, but yes, this whole thing sounds like it has fucked an entire community over. DOn't seem to be any real plans for creating new jobs there.

scraping wheatus off the wheel (NickB), Monday, 18 July 2011 19:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

I come from an air force family btw and spent my childhood on various bases, so I appreciated what a huge thing this is for the people that live there.

scraping wheatus off the wheel (NickB), Monday, 18 July 2011 19:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, me too - I've lived my whole life on or near RAF bases (and I'm a lily-livered pacifist too, though I've recently decided on certain revolutionary exceptions). But Fox even referred to the SNP's (very unlikely to succeed) threat of independence as a reason for the decision. He's punishing communities for how they vote.

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Monday, 18 July 2011 19:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hadn't caught that aspect of it, but Fox has always been a huge cock.

Should say best wishes to you and yours dowd, dunno what you do but I hope yr okay.

scraping wheatus off the wheel (NickB), Monday, 18 July 2011 19:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's kinda up in the air at the mo, but cheers.

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

i had thought the scots wanted uk armed forces off their patch??

so brycey (history mayne), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

Doubtless some of them do - the minority who support independence. But no-one in communities around these bases wants them to go. We should have found another of Ewen MacGregor's siblings to protect Leuchars, as they (thankfully) did Lossiemouth.

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

Quite sad about this. I worked at Leuchars for 8 years and had a great time, still know a few people there and hope things will work out ok for them.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

Brooks's husband Charlie says bag belonged to him not Rebekah. Spokesman says: "A cleaner thought it was rubbish and put it in the bin.

What cleaner throws a computer in a bin? loool

prolego, Monday, 18 July 2011 20:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

scotland hates tories, tories hate us. this will never change.

you've got male (jim in glasgow), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

also the nats don't want rid of the brit armed forces, salmond campaigned against this iirc.

you've got male (jim in glasgow), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yes, he did - he gave a speech n the village hall across the road from my house. The SNP's position was that we've already lost a base, so expecting Scotland to bear 2 of it's 3 bases closed was ridiculous, so both Lossiemouth and Leuchars should stay open.

At least it will be quieter here - the Typhoons are noisy as hell. Now it'll just be rifle drills and the odd helicopter (assuming the vague ideas about an army barracks come to fruition, and even then it'll probably be about five years)

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

imo the defence review is classic osbornomics, ie unserious. it wasn't a real review: if they don't want the uk to be one of the big clubs, they should make that case, but doing it as part of a defence review *and then launching into a new war* was just derrrrrrrrrrrrp.

so brycey (history mayne), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

Fox kept responding to questions by saying things like 'in order to achieve a regular/reservist proportion similar to the US we have to...' but he never explained why such a ratio was desirable. Of course, it's all about the £££'s, but he should have the guts to say so.

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

November 2006:

Shadow Olympics minister Hugh Robertson said: "The secretary of state has admitted to a 40% increase.

"She has failed to disclose the true cost of VAT, contingency, building cost inflation and security, much of which was entirely predictable at the time of the bid.

"Today's increase is just a starting point. While the figures remain ambiguous, we can only expect further increases."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/6167504.stm

July 2011:

The Olympic Delivery Authority has announced 88% of the building programme for London 2012 is now complete.

It has also been announced the anticipated final cost of the project fell by £16m during the last quarter.

This has prompted Sports Minister Hugh Robertson to say for the first time he is "confident" the project will come in under its £9.3bn budget.

He said: "With one year to go construction is 88% complete, ahead of time and under budget."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14201730

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 13:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

NHS services opened to competition

stet, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 14:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

FUCK THESE PEOPLE.

natalie imbroglio (suzy), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 15:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

Wheelchair services an interesting choice for the first round, given Cameron's been talking about his troubles with them.

stet, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 15:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

Seriously, fuck these guys. They know it's completely buried.

emil.y, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 15:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

I hear Champneys in Tring treats people in wheelchairs well...

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 15:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

Interesting choice of day to announce this eh?

a million anons (onimo), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 15:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

The Guardian has the Lansley announcement story on page 15, the Independent on page 21, The Times on page 17 and the Daily Mail on page 31. And that's your lot.

James Mitchell, Wednesday, 20 July 2011 07:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

iirc this was something that was going to happen. and now it has happened, kind of thing.

only bad dog on the street (history mayne), Wednesday, 20 July 2011 08:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

Osborne's lost his (Jonny) marbles?

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Thursday, 21 July 2011 11:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

Dorset County Council is closing 9 of its 34 libraries, with 11 of those left to be run by unpaid volunteers and community groups.

Apparently it's OK because 75 per cent of Dorset residents never set foot inside a library.

Wonder what the percentage of primary school age children is. Oh.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 21 July 2011 14:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

They all vote Tory down there anyway, so fuck 'em, they're getting what they voted for

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Thursday, 21 July 2011 14:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

those primary school age child tory voters are the fuckin worst

MY WEEDS STRONG BLUD.mp3 (nakhchivan), Thursday, 21 July 2011 14:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

Let them take it up with their parents

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Thursday, 21 July 2011 14:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

d-cam is editing the next issue of the big issue o_0 o_0

whose ideas was that? good god

lex pretend, Friday, 22 July 2011 09:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

sure that's "editing" and not "selling" ?

graveshitwave (Noodle Vague), Friday, 22 July 2011 09:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

get on with running the country into the ground you prick

ledge, Friday, 22 July 2011 09:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, in this current situation, that's bound to be a good idea.

Next up, Harold Shipman opens his own old people's home...

Mark G, Friday, 22 July 2011 09:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

d-cam is editing the next issue of the big issue o_0 o_0

whose ideas was that?

[Big Issue founder, John] Bird revealed in 2010 "My guilty secret is that I’m really a working class Tory. There, I’ve said it. I’d love to be a liberal because they’re the nice people but it’s really hard work – I can’t swallow their gullibility and I think their ideas are stupid. I’d love to be someone who wonders around in a kind of Utopian paradise seeing only the good in everybody but I just can’t. I support capital punishment for a start. I know this will destroy my reputation among middle-class liberals but I’m 64 now and I should be able to breathe a bit. Wearing the corsetry of liberalism means that every now and then you have to take it off."

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 22 July 2011 10:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

My guilty secret is that I’m really a working class Tory

Form what i've seen of this guy over the years I wouldn't exactly call that a secret

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 22 July 2011 10:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

"working class"

graveshitwave (Noodle Vague), Friday, 22 July 2011 10:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

Is that the British meaning of 'liberal' or the American definition?

natalie imbroglio (suzy), Friday, 22 July 2011 10:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

US I imagine, I assume the sneer used when saying it is the same in any case

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 22 July 2011 10:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

Getting people to sell your product without having to worry about if they have enough to pay their mortgages...

Mark G, Friday, 22 July 2011 10:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

Plus, of course, being pure 'profit-share' means the minimum wage doesn't apply, right?

Mark G, Friday, 22 July 2011 10:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm not slagging the whole enterprise, just defining it.

Mark G, Friday, 22 July 2011 10:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

Miliband actually voted to recognise Palestinian statehood, which takes guts to do wherever you are on the spectrum of Jewish beliefs and heritage.

camp event (suzy), Sunday, 29 March 2015 19:19 (3 days ago) Permalink

Maureen Lipman begs to differ.

Betel-chewing Equipment of East New Guinea (Tom D.), Sunday, 29 March 2015 20:39 (3 days ago) Permalink

can feel my cynicism dropping away as he lays into "those 'orrible zero hour contracts", had to stand up and sing The Red Flag

week of 'puter action (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 31 March 2015 05:45 (Yesterday) Permalink

Probably time to repost this.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-563570/Martin-Freeman-life-shouldnt-just-day-office.html

"Multiculturalism hasn't and doesn't help, because rightly or wrongly it polarises people so much," he continues.
"Racism is one thing – and I don't agree with that in any form – but noticing that there are differences is normal and fine and to be encouraged.
"We've reached a state now where it's, 'You shouldn't notice. Why are you noticing he's got a bomb and has a beard and is Muslim and wants to kill your family?"
"There is no country in the world like this. If all of a sudden all the traffic wardens in Ghana were Welsh, they'd really notice and might not love it…

'The funny thing about the acting business is that there are more poofs in it than you can have hot dinners thrown at you,'"

ailsa, Tuesday, 31 March 2015 07:37 (Yesterday) Permalink

That is entirely unsurprising, the complacency of people who branded themselves "left-liberal" at some point in the early 90s and never thought about it ever again.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:49 (Yesterday) Permalink

^ entire labour party to thread lol

This be the jokeyjoke that hath occurred to me (Bananaman Begins), Tuesday, 31 March 2015 09:36 (Yesterday) Permalink

'The funny thing about the acting business is that there are more poofs dimwits in it than you can have hot dinners thrown at you,'"

Bees and the Law (Tom D.), Tuesday, 31 March 2015 09:55 (Yesterday) Permalink

maybe we could do with a separate thread for annoying photos of politicians on the campaign trail but for now...

yeovil knievel (NickB), Tuesday, 31 March 2015 11:13 (Yesterday) Permalink

Not really surprised that tim from the office is a dreadful person, he is tim from the office after all

Finn McCoolit (wins), Tuesday, 31 March 2015 12:22 (Yesterday) Permalink

The really outrageous thing about this story isn't tim from the office settling into the loveable racist national treasure slot he was always destined for but "you can have hot dinners thrown at you" ffs that is not the expression you moron

Finn McCoolit (wins), Tuesday, 31 March 2015 12:25 (Yesterday) Permalink

would queue for a long time for the chance to throw a hot dinner at tim from the office

bizarro gazzara, Tuesday, 31 March 2015 12:27 (Yesterday) Permalink

Labour fundraising ideas.

the bowels are not what they seem (aldo), Tuesday, 31 March 2015 12:29 (Yesterday) Permalink

You know what'd help things? Involving Joey Essex.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-32127044

ailsa, Tuesday, 31 March 2015 13:15 (Yesterday) Permalink

zing

Keith Moom (Neil S), Tuesday, 31 March 2015 14:03 (Yesterday) Permalink

It's going to upset a lot of zingers if Salmond doesn't win a seat.

ailsa, Tuesday, 31 March 2015 14:06 (Yesterday) Permalink

Little Englanders will need a new bogeyman.

Bees and the Law (Tom D.), Tuesday, 31 March 2015 14:16 (Yesterday) Permalink

that's no way to refer to Brenda

Keith Moom (Neil S), Tuesday, 31 March 2015 14:23 (Yesterday) Permalink

I was in a bar in Westminster this afternoon for a work meeting, and Grant Shapps was being interviewed at a table literally a couple of feet away. No idea who was interviewing him but he was getting a ludicrously easy ride.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 31 March 2015 15:29 (Yesterday) Permalink

Farage with his alliance of farmers and geriatrics:

yeovil knievel (NickB), Tuesday, 31 March 2015 15:46 (Yesterday) Permalink

an escalator on the white cliffs would be great, fuck the h8as

Keith Moom (Neil S), Tuesday, 31 March 2015 15:47 (Yesterday) Permalink

dover wites

bizarro gazzara, Tuesday, 31 March 2015 16:00 (Yesterday) Permalink

lol @ iconoclastic, no bullshit private eye taking dictation from tory central office for its cover

This be the jokeyjoke that hath occurred to me (Bananaman Begins), Tuesday, 31 March 2015 16:28 (Yesterday) Permalink

Having trouble with the concept of "lol @ private eye" tbh

Finn McCoolit (wins), Tuesday, 31 March 2015 16:50 (Yesterday) Permalink

Extremely rare that one even gets as far as l, yes.

This be the jokeyjoke that hath occurred to me (Bananaman Begins), Tuesday, 31 March 2015 23:08 (Yesterday) Permalink

http://youtu.be/UziZYL_gtDc

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Tuesday, 31 March 2015 23:55 (Yesterday) Permalink

Entire nation set to piss itself laughing

Matt DC, Wednesday, 1 April 2015 12:00 (5 hours ago) Permalink

oops! wonder what the highest ranking politician to lose their seat before now was?

yeovil knievel (NickB), Wednesday, 1 April 2015 12:04 (5 hours ago) Permalink

Thinking about the implications of that scenario, even if the LibDems somehow hold onto enough other seats, how do you form a coalition when your leader's just been kicked out? And presumably about to resign?

Matt DC, Wednesday, 1 April 2015 12:12 (5 hours ago) Permalink

xp Portillo? He was Secretary of State for Defence

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 1 April 2015 12:17 (5 hours ago) Permalink

My daughter is in Clegg's constituency, his biggest problem is that he has two large student campuses in it and he hasn't exactly endeared himself to students since the last election.

the bowels are not what they seem (aldo), Wednesday, 1 April 2015 12:40 (5 hours ago) Permalink


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