Monday, February 26, 2007

To hell with Margaret Beckett’s privacy, what about ours?


For those who may have suspected my untimely demise, fear not. Istanbul Tory remains firmly in the land of the living after grappling with a nasty bout of flu…
As Foreign Secretary, the wonderfully equine (check out her teeth in that photo) Margaret Beckett has impressed few. Yesterday brought news that the (less than stellar)impressionist, Rory Bremner had tricked Beckett into a string of indiscreet observations about government colleagues by pretending to be Gordon Brown, the Chancellor, during a telephone call in 2005. Mrs Beckett yesterday accused the impressionist of "an unprincipled and unpleasant breach of privacy". No, Mags, an “unprincipled and unpleasant breach of privacy” is what your Government is inflicting on the British people. It is NuLabour that has chosen to link the introduction of ID cards and a National Identity Register to the renewal of passports. The NIR (National Identity Register) - the individual checking and numbering of the population - will be the key to a total life history of every individual, to be retained even after death. Within a matter of weeks new adult passport applicant will be forced to travel to Identity and Passport Service interrogation Centres for an intrusive face-to-face "interview". The interview procedure will involve extensive questioning, such as about home addresses for the last few years, family details, education records, etc. Leaked Home Office documents describe these interviews as "intrusive", and admit that they will slow down the passport application process from ten days to six weeks or more.
You know where you can shove your privacy, Mags, don’t you?
Still, Beckett has begun to shine in more literary pursuits and has just written the introduction to a new book on caravanning, intriguingly titled Teach Yourself Caravanning. Beckett's spokeswoman said last night. "She was very happy to do it because caravanning has given her so much pleasure and she hopes others will be able to get the same enjoyment from it." Well, it’s nice to know she is good at something…

15 comments:

Newmania said...

Glad your alive IT I have also been sick as a dog for about three weeks . I must say felt this was a bit unfair ,I am probably affected by the fact that Rory Bremner is at heart a wet Liberal and I have not enjoyed his BBC standard habitual sneer at the Conservative Party

Sorry IT but I thoughtit wasa cheap trick from a dog eared establishent comedian for all that I agree Beckett is a cretin and our privavcy and Liberty are under serious threat.

So I`ve only got one and a half cheers for this one

Shotgun said...

Please take the picture down; we know who she is so you don't have to fucking scare us.

Shotgun said...

Partly agree with you Newmania, but only in so far as Bremner is a twat that jumps on whatever bandwagon he can.

That being said, this twat Beckett and Labour would be quite happy if this was a Tory and not one of them, and what they have done to our freedoms makes them fair game for anyone.

More please and let's hear what these lying fuckers really think and say behoind closed doors and not what their six figure spin doctors, paid for us, want us to think.

Bastards deserve everything they get.

Curly said...

You have to be glad that it wasn't the Dame doing the interview, surely!

Anonymous said...

Nice to know your back in business IT , take it easy till your bit fitter.

Had a look at Nik Robo's blog ,he sound's a bit miffed over Mr Bremner's chat ,maybe he think's it's his right to talk to the caravanner ,and give the BBC's true thought's on her with his little twist to the left.

The Hitch said...

I once remarked on iain Dales blof that she would be the ideal cover model for Horse & Hound magazine as she qualifies on both counts

Ellee said...

An excellent point. I wrote up the end of last year about police tapping into a local newspaper reporter's phone because they wanted to know his source of information.

Still, couldn't help chuckling at Mrs B's expense. That Rory is too good.

Ellee said...

I suppose Newmania is right to a point, the problem is Rory would feel us all if he phoned up and made preted he was someone we knew.

I have just posted some questions about Turkey, Iraq and Kurdistan which I am sure you are expert on.

Newmania said...

Where the devil are you IT?

istanbultory said...
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istanbultory said...

7:01 Don't try your luck again....
N, I am not up to the task of blogging. I feel crap. But tomorrow I plan to be in action regardless....

Ellee said...

Thanks for your comment IT, if you read Sicily Scene's latest post, you will see that this story has made the Italian press too, most amusing.

Newmania said...

I plan to be in action regardless....


I made that mistake and made everything even worse. Stay in bed you will be relieved to learn, your presence is almost certainly less crucial than you imagine it to be .


happy moaning

Newmania said...

I plan to be in action regardless....


I made that mistake and made everything even worse. Stay in bed you will be relieved to learn, your presence is almost certainly less crucial than you imagine it to be .


happy moaning

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