Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Ming’s frisky comrades


What is it with Lib Demmers? Their fornicating ways apparently know no bounds. Last year, a series of exposes involving some familiar faces - Mark Oaten and Simon Hughes- hurt the Lib Dems' reputation for seriousness.Then, at the end of 2006 we had Lembit Opik and Gabi, his young Romanian squeeze, chanteuse of the hit The Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum). Lembit insists, as you would expect, that his new relationship is a 'meeting of minds'. Hmmmm…

Now we hear that another Lib Demmer has been actively engaged in extra marital goings on. And one of the duller, more wooden Lib Demmers, Lord Alex Carlile, as it happens. He’s the fellow in charge of monitoring the nation’s anti-terror laws (and was MP for the same constituency as Lembit from 1983-97) . He has found time to dump his wife of 37 years and is having a relationship with a barrister 15 years his junior.
The majority of recent opinion polls have registered a sharp slippage in the LibDem position. It’s not surprising while their attentions are so focused (cough) on extra curricular matters. As for their leader, the former Olympian Ming Campbell, I can't imagine him getting into bed with anyone... other than Lady Elspeth or Gordon Brown if the Lib Dems hold the balance of power after the next election… The chances are high because a Tory lead in the share of the vote of between one and 11.8 points would result in a hung parliament. Then who (forgive me) will be screwing who?

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

C'mon Dave, throw us some red meat....



David Cameron is right to warn that separatist Muslims who promote sharia law and demand special treatment for their faith are the "mirror image" of the British National party. Dave has also said that extremism and multiculturalism were among the divisive factors which made people feel ashamed of being British. Very true. To my way of thinking, the right to practice a particular religion, speak a particular language, follow a particular cultural practice is not a "public good" but rather a private freedom.


Writing in today's Guardian, Max Hastings believes that Britain is a social democratic country. If Cameron wins an election, it will be in spite of being called a Tory. Max doesn’t get it. Blair has single-handedly wiped out Labour's long term electoral prospects and Brown is fatally tainted by association. The facts of Blair/Brown's failures are there for all to see: leading the World by following Bush, cleaner than clean gambling, fanatical attachment to multiculturalism, uncontrolled immigration, poverty, and poor educational standards. David Cameron is in the fortunate position of being able to sit back and watch the labour government disintegrate. If the Conservatives can position around the right ideas then they will align with voters who are deeply frustrated that their aspirations have not been met after three Labour terms. Cameron doesn't need to come out with policies just yet but he does need to establish a recognisably Conservative tone as he has done on Muslim extremists and the multicultural lobby....Keep the red meat coming, Dave.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Eco-hysteria in Edinburgh

The end of the world is nigh reports, today’s Sunday Times. Climate change could soon make many parts of the planet uninhabitable. Perhaps Scotland could be at risk...
Scotland has, of course, become a by-word for big government and "agenda"-driven politics in recent years. So it's not surprisng that the People’s Republic of Caledonia has now decided to lead the way in the global hysteria over global climate change. Indeed, for this reason, Al Gore’s documentary, An Inconvenient Truth is to be shown in all Scottish secondary schools as part of a new plan to help pupils "understand" climate change.
Just a few days before the Scottish Executive’s announcement, the Wall Street Journal (not widely read within the corridors of power in Edinburgh, one suspects) contained a rather thought-provoking report by Flemming Rose, of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, and Bjorn Lomborg, a professor at the Copenhagen Business School.
First, the costs associated with Gore's plan need to be explored, say Rose and Lomborg : The United Nations estimates that if we slowly change our greenhouse gas emissions over the coming century, we will live in a warmer but immensely richer world.
However, the U.N. Climate Panel suggests that if we follow Al Gore's path, by 2100 the average person will be 30 percent poorer.
Given the huge costs, it would be paramount to look at Gore's facts, which seem more convenient than accurate, says Rose and Lomborg: In his movie, Gore shows sequences of 20-feet flooding in Florida, San Francisco, New York, Beijing and others; yet the U.N. climate panel expects only a foot of sea-level rise over this century.
Gore also says global warming is bringing malaria to Nairobi; yet this is quite contrary to the World Health Organization's finding that Nairobi is considered free of malaria; but in the 1920s and 1930s, when temperatures were lower than today, malaria epidemics occurred regularly.
He also says heat waves will cost lives, but says nothing about the fact that avoided cold deaths far outweigh the number of heat deaths. In the United Kingdom, for example, it is estimated that 2,000 more will die from global warming, but 20,000 fewer will die of cold. Source
The facts are chilling if not so exciting as Gore's film. The truth is certainly inconvenient. If only the Scots knew it. As for Gore, he is no poster boy for the Green movement. He is a bland, self-satisfied blob of a hypocrite, criss-crossing the globe by Jet (citing his important work as an excuse), and preaching only to the already converted. He does not deserve our respect. He would have gone far in Scottish politics.....

Friday, January 26, 2007

Saying No to the gay lobby

Tony can’t quite make up his mind. On the one hand, he supports gay adoptions and on the other, he is now trying to broker a compromise which retains the expertise of the Catholic Church on adoption. Gordon is silent. No fool is Broon-about 800,000 Catholic votes are at stake in the upcoming Scottish Parliament elections.
In truth, the Cabinet is hopelessly split over the issue of new equality laws.
Ruth Kelly, the communities minister, argues for an opt-out for faith-based adoption agencies while Alan Johnson, the Education Secretary, insists the new laws must apply across the board. John Reid, the (Catholic?) Home Secretary, has said that Britain's fundamental value of equality could not be overruled by religious organisations or ministers because they harboured "conscientious objections”. Harriet Harman, Lord Falconer and Peter Hain also object to the proposed exemptions. The Gay lobby is in overdrive.
Catholic adoption agencies say they will defy new anti-discrimination laws. It is not only the Catholic Church which opposes gay adoption. Even Catholic Labour MP’s are beginning to stir.
The Church of England and many others have also made representations about this issue. The Muslim Council of Britain said it fully backed the "principled stand" by Church leaders.
I am afraid I am with the religious community on this one. If there is no exemption for faith-based adoption agencies, then the government will effectively force them to work against their consciences. Either that or the adoption agencies will have to close. At present doctors and medical staff can opt out out of involvment with abortions. Will the PC brigade now want to force these individuals to act against their consciences?
Frankly, I would have thought the government might have more pressing issues to consider than waste time on alienating whole sections of the electorate (See here, or here, or here ) Or is this gay adoption affair designed to distract our attention from Labour's manifold failings? Consider the timing....
Is NuLabour really concerned about the fundamental welfare of children here or are they more concerned with social engineering and pushing a gay agenda, an agenda which is supported by only a small minority of the population?
I think we can all guess the answer to that one….

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

You can trust Tone



Prime Minister’s Questions are pointless. Indeed, the whole PMQ set-piece has degenerated into a colourful display of evasion and false outrage from His Tonyness. Of course, he clearly feels that his time would be more usefully employed sowing peace and prosperity in Persia, Mesopotamia and the Holy Land. Or lining up business contacts for his post-premiership career in the US…
Todays session was another exercise in blaming the Conservatives for everything and not answering perfectly legitimate questions.
But first, he began, as ever, with his now ritualised expression of (fake) grief and condolences over the death of another British soldier in Iraq. Private Michael Tench was only 18 years old.
Then TB proceeded to the urgent task of being slippery...
Tory Sir Michael Spicer asked if the EU will "take control of our criminal law." No they won't replied Blair. More evasion….The EU has every intention of taking "control" of our criminal law. As Tories have pointed out for years, the EU constitution conceals measures for handing over sovereignty over a number of key areas, including defence, tax and law and order. Under the constitution Britain will not be able to use its veto to stop EU legislation that defines serious crimes and sentences for such crimes. Britain will also not be able to veto efforts by the EU to expand the area of criminal law over which the Union takes control. The EU Constitution, in addition to expanding the powers of Europol, will also demand the standardisation of law enforcement and policing.
And the Constitution (in some form or other) is firmly back on track. German chancellor Angela Merkel expressed herself with great clarity on this point when talking to MEP’s last week.
The Prime Minister’s silence is deafening. His evasiveness without equal.

Monday, January 22, 2007

A whole lot of loathing....

Turkish Police have detained a teenager suspected of killing the Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. The suspect was arrested after a tip-off from his father.
The Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has said that the police would also look into any possible links between this assassination and the murder of a Catholic priest in Trabzon last year, for which another teenager has been jailed. I am not one for conspiracy theories but I suspect there is a significant link between the two murders.
The fact is that Europe promised the prospect of EU membership to Turkey, with good intentions, but without thinking it through properly, only to recognise slowly how immense and serious the practical difficulties are. It’s now time for the EU to seek definitive answers about what Turkey intends to do in order to improve tolerance for ethnic and religious minorities and freedom of expression in the country. It's time for Turkey to take steps in the right direction fast- no ifs, no buts.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

More dodgy dealings from “Toxic Tony”


Police chiefs last night publicly warned the Labour Party that "no one is above the law" as the cash-for-honours inquiry erupted into undisguised warfare between Downing Street and the Met. The Sunday Telegraph has reported today that detectives in the cash-for-honours inquiry were forced to "hack" into Downing Street computers to gain access to government email records.


In these troubled times, the cash-strapped party must be (cough) immensely grateful that Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal made a £2 million donation to the Labour Party last week.

The Prime Minister is now said to be considering whether to offer Mittal a knighthood or a peerage in the resignation honours list when (if?) he stands down……His Tonyness really doesn’t grasp the notion of political corruption, does he?


But the police are finally closing in on Citizen Blair. And NuLabour's response? They are in overdrive lashing out in all directions and vilifying the police because one of their “own” is arrested…The fact the Met Police are conducting a major investigation into the Labour Party but not the Liberals or the Conservatives tells you all you need to know about who has kept on the right side of the law.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Turner gets nicked, Puttnam rants....

Yesterday’s arrest of Ruth Turner, who acts as Mr Blair's "gatekeeper" inside No 10, continues to provoke a sharp response from Labour loyalists. Indeed, Downing Street and its allies are choking on their fair trade coffee this morning. Lord Puttnam, a prominent Labour luvvie and intimate of TB, said Miss Turner was a woman of "complete probity". Indeed, His Lordship is positively scandalised about the heavy-handed tactics of Plod and has accused the police of theatrics for staging an early-morning arrest at Turner’s home: "What about turning up at 9 o'clock, or what about phoning and saying: 'I wonder if you'd mind coming into the police station, we'd like to talk to you'?” Like drop by the station for an espresso and a manicure sometime after say 2 o’clock. If it wouldn’t be too inconvenient… The Lord Puttnam clearly fails to understand that this is the most serious political corruption inquiry for more than 70 years.
You might be interested to know that Lord Puttnam gave more than £5000 to the Labour Party in 1997 and…. received his peerage in the same year. Talk about complete probity.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Arise the Mahatma Broon


While Beezelebub himself would find it hard to compete with the evil-doing of “Blair of Arabia”, Gordo has gone all visionary and touchy-feely during his current passage to India. Yesterday, after strewing rose petals and laying a wreath at the spot where Gandhi was cremated in Delhi, Gordo spoke in almost human, non-robotic terms.He declared his distinctly modest vision of the sort of Prime Minister he intends to be. Speaking to journalists after paying his respects to the Mahatma, he said: "I could never compare myself to Gandhi (but you know he does really)and all the other heroes of mine but I do take inspiration from the way they dealt with the challenges they found."
I find it hard to imagine that Broon intends to abandon Western ways, adopt vegetarianism, and take a vow of celibacy. Will we get to see Gordo dressed in a loincloth and shawl made of handspun khaddar?
‘ not really the done thing in Kirkcaldy, I should imagine…
And I seriously doubt if anyone is going to buy into the idea that the tin man of British politics has suddenly developed human tendencies, after all those years of sullen brooding, conspiring and number-crunching at HM Treasury. Oh, come off it Gordon. People are not easily fooled by this kind of dewey-eyed moralising, packaged sentiment, playing to the cameras-thing anymore. And you can blame your boss for that…..

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Never mind the mass murder….


Will Hutton has gone insane. The man has an article in today’s Guardian that almost defies rational analysis. His demented argument (if indeed it can be represented as a line of argument at all) appears to be that Chairman Mao, despite his “monstrous crimes”, wasn’t all bad. "Nobody wants to be an apologist for Mao" begins Hutton But then, of course, he goes on to do precisely that. Well, Mao, it seems was a bit of a reformer on the quiet, pursuing a sort of oriental “Third way”. The chairman was a NuLabour forerunner if you like. Under Mao:


‘....Industrial output climbed 13-fold, albeit from a tiny base. The rail network doubled. Half of Chinese land became irrigated. There was a dramatic lowering of illiteracy. Near universal healthcare was established. Life expectancy rose; and despite Mao's appetite for imperial-style concubines, women were given the same right to petition for divorce and education as men. Their position was transformed….’

It is estimated that Mao caused the deaths of 70 million Chinese.In his youth, Mao was fond of saying, "People like me have a duty to ourselves; we have no duty to other people." Mao must have firmly believed this. There is little else that could explain his tranquility in the face of the suffering triggered by his policies. Chinese government figures show that by 1960, the average Chinese was eating about 1,500 calories a day - a diet equivalent to that of slave-laborers at Auschwitz. Mao, like Stalin, indisputably murdered more people than Hitler. The bulk of the deaths for which Mao was responsible stemmed from the famines caused by his mad agricultural collectivization program.


In short, Hutton argues that the crimes of communist China's founder shouldn't “blind us to achievements which paved the way for its current modernisation”. By the same token, I suppose Hitler laid the foundations of modern Germany by reviving the economy, building the Autobahns and getting rid of those frightful Jews.
Doctor! More Lithium here please!
The Left-wing thinker- don’t you just despair?


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Nu Labour's Food for the soul?



The ever so cool education secretary, Alan Johnson, has just unveiled a £10m package to boost music and singing both in and out of the classroom. Intrepid blogger and Environment Secretary David Miliband for one is mighty impressed by this new initiative (I must say Miliband has never published a single one of my comments on his blog-is it coz I is a Tory?)

For his part, the culture minister David Lammy (Tottenham’s answer to Obama Barack) is full of praise for Johnson’s sterling efforts : "I grew up in a house full of music. All day festivals on Broadwater Farm blended with choral singing in my local church. As a child my head had room for both Bob Marley and John Wesley…”
All-day festivals on the Broadwater Farm estate?!? What is this guy on? Folks, help me out on this one. I am sure there will be much rejoicing throughout the land as a result of this proposal but there really are more pressing problems confronting the British education system in my humble opinion. Chris Woodhead, who was chief inspector of schools in England during Blair's first term, has said "What Blair wanted to do - ensure greater parental choice, diversity and to challenge the educational establishment - was absolutely right," says Woodhead. However, he adds, Blair "has not delivered on any of that". Schools have no discipline, educational standards are falling, university is open to anyone who can write their name. See here, here and here for evidence of how bad things are. I have no wish to rubbish this new initiative but after 10 years in office these NuLabour apparatchiks are still tinkering with education rather than doing what needs to be done...

EU Update

"Succeeding together" is Germany’s chosen motto for its six-month tenure of the EU presidency...And yet the more I hear about the German presidency, the more disturbed I become. Following on from yesterdays post on matters EU, brace yourselves for more bad news from the Brussels front.
German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries (yes, her again) said yesterday that the EU was planning to submit a resolution to the United Nations General Assembly on a global death penalty ban. Capital punishment is banned in the EU, of course, but continues to be permitted in 68 other countries. The truth is that there is barely a country in Europe where the death penalty was abolished in response to public opinion rather than in spite of it.

Yesterday, Germany together with the European Commission also succeeded in rallying all 27 member states behind a plan to grant mutual access to vehicle registration data, DNA files and stored fingerprints. But it gets worse. Now EU justice and interior ministers are discussing measures to reduce illegal immigration by (guess what?) making it easier to enter Europe legally. Vetoed by French and Dutch voters in 2005, the constitutional treaty had been put on ice for a yearlong "period of reflection" but the controversial issue has begun to reappear on the European agenda following Germany's taking over the EU presidency.

As for Blighty, better off out, perhaps?

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The EU gets into banning mode



Yesterday, at a meeting in Dresden, Brigitte Zypries, the German justice minister, demanded that Holocaust denial and the sporting of Nazi symbols be criminalised across the EU.
"We believe there are limits to freedom of expression," said Mrs Zypries. A disturbing choice of phrase from our German friend. The European commission says that in a time of growing Islamophobia, racism, and hostility to foreigners across Europe, a decision to criminalise nazi symbols would send a strong signal.
In early 2005, the European Commission rejected a call by a former Lithuanian President and a Hungarian MEP for a proposed Europe-wide ban on Nazi symbols to be extended to also cover Communist Party symbols. At the time, EU justice commissioner Franco Frattini said it would not be appropriate to include the hammer and sickle, and the Communist red star, in a draft EU law on racism banning the Swastika. So apparently some totalitarian symbols are more dangerous than others….. Wouldn’t it be better for Europe to condemn on equal terms the evils of communism and Nazism? Isn’t every victim of a totalitarian regime equal in dignity and deserving of justice? Of course, many EU politicians have been “comradely” with communists in various countries or were communists themselves at some point. And then there’s the EU’s tortured relations with China and Cuba to consider…
In a more general sense, a pan-European ban would represent yet another infringement of freedom of speech and might be better left to national governments. For that reason, if no other, we should oppose a ban. Even holocaust deniers, sad, demented loons that they are, should be allowed to express their pathetic views.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Blair isn't going anywhere


He wants it all and he wants it now…
A senior Home Office official has been suspended from duty in the row over crimes committed overseas by British citizens. A four-day trawl of 540 serious offenders identified five individuals with convictions abroad that the Criminal Records Bureau should have known about, the Home Office said.
And Blair's latest big idea is...?
Well, today, the Dear Leader is to announce plans to set up a controversial Whitehall "super database" of personal details in an attempt to improve public services.
Tony Blair will try to persuade voters they have nothing to fear...
In other words, trust him- he’s a "pretty straight kind of guy". We have been here before though. Recall the litany of failures that extends through the Child Support Agency and the Family Tax Credit farrago.
But hold on - Why is Bliar so frantic to come up with new initiatives? Wasn’t the PM supposed to be quitting No:10? Some time in the near future. Soonish we were led to believe…
The evidence suggests otherwise. First, it was his dealings with the Bee Gees. Now, the Prime Minister's lifestyle has come under renewed attack after it was revealed that 10 Downing Street has advertised for a £50,000-a-year 'butler'.

Going, going…hire a butler. It all makes perfect sense. They say Bliar wants to be present at the EU and G8 summits in June because a new French President will make his debut at these occasions. So obviously he needs a butler for the duration. What can you say? The man is dangerous and shameless....

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Are TB and GB certifiable?


Yet more evidence of almost mind-numbing incoherence at the heart of government. Today’s Guardian reveals that at least 13 members of Tony Blair's ministerial team have campaigned over the last few months against closure of services at NHS hospitals used by their constituents. And we are not talking unknown Labour lickspittle. Tessa Jowell, Jacqui Smith, the chief whip and Mike O'Brien, the solicitor-general, have all challenged NHS reform proposals. Labour’ll be blaming the cuts on the Conservatives next…

Meanwhile, Big Gordo has been droning on about the virtues of Britishness… and, in a great flight of logic, blaming Conservatives for encouraging the end of the Union.

As for Emily, well, the Prime Minister has urged that Britain should retain a global "war-fighting" role, emphasising that military might was essential to winning the war on terror.No mention of the fact that the Chancellor’s financial settlements have increased financial pressures on the Ministry of Defence, to the point that almost half the Royal Navy's fleet of 44 warships is to be mothballed to save Money… Tony Blair has also turned the blame for his disastrous military campaigns in the Middle East on anti-war dissidents and the media. His own fatal misjudgements on foreign policy, of course, have nothing to do with it…

As Ann Treneman puts in the Times today, “…it is obvious that the PM now has got some large gaps in his knowledge of life and politics as we know it…” Obviously. But it’s not only TB who seem to be detached from reality…. the rest of the government seems to have fallen prey to the same disorder. Whatever happened to “joined-up” government?
In its death throes, NuLabour is only too eager to attach the blame for its serial failures to its own foot soldiers or in fact just about anybody. For NuLabour, the buck always stops with others....

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Return of the non-gay badger watcher


Ron Davies, the former Secretary of State for Wales, who quit the Cabinet in 1998 over his "moment of madness" on Clapham Common looks set for a political resurrection. Mr Davies is, of course, also well-known for his keen interest in badgers. He claimed to be looking for badgers after being snapped at a well-known gay cruising spot in 2003. I certainly wish him the best of British in the upcoming Assembly elections. As I am sure TB would too. How the Dear Leader must despair of the Welsh

It was Davies who once said that “devolution in a process, not an event” and devolution has certainly shown no signs of standing still over the past nine years. That’s certainly the case North of the border where the SNP looks set to be largest party in the Scottish Parliament after May's elections, according to a new poll. The Channel 4/YouGov poll puts the SNP on 33% of the constituency vote, with Labour on 31%. The party also has a healthy five-point lead in the regional vote.
Blair clearly regards devolution as one of the most significant elements of his (distinctly shabby)legacy. It may turn out to be so…but not quite in the ways he had expected.

UPDATE
Scottish Executive report shows Scotland has an £11 billion financial "black hole"….

Monday, January 08, 2007

Euro scum,unite!

Austria's main centre-left and conservative parties have finally cobbled together a coalition government. A mere 4 months and one week since the Austrian general election. This brings to an end the highly-controversial conservative/far-right Freedom Party coalition that had governed since 2000. There can be little doubt that European politics are blighted by the vices of dodgy coalitions and the horrors of proportional representation. European politics are equally blighted by the increasing strength of the far-right it would seem. Far-right members of the European Parliament are currently preparing to join forces and establish a formal caucus in the European parliament. The group will bring together about 20 MEPs from at least six countries. As a recognised political group in the parliament, the group will get greater funding and will have a say in setting the agenda for plenary sessions. The group's leader is likely to be Bruno Gollnisch, a French National Front MEP currently awaiting a French court verdict on charges of Holocaust denial.
The leaders of Europe's far-right are, to put it mildly, a motley crew. But we would be wise not to ignore or underestimate them. For the most important factors in the rise of the far-right in Europe are the massive immigration flows into Europe and the expansive designs of the European Union. If Conservatives and the centre-right, as a whole, fail to seize the initiative on these two critical areas.... others will. The warning signs are there already.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Will Turkey shoot itself in the foot?(again)

The Sur district council of the southeastern city of Diyarbakir has decided to offer council services in both Turkish and Kurdish. Nothing out of the ordinary in such a decision you might think. After all, 24 percent of the local residents speak Turkish, while 72 percent speak Kurdish as a first language. The local mayor has said that: "Both Turkish and Kurdish have been used in the municipality before. In order to give a better service we'll give Kurdish, Turkish, English, Armenian and Assyrian courses to council personnel". The mayor is now under investigation by the Turkish Interior Ministry. Source.
In 2004, our beloved PM/foreign policy genius, Mr Blair, said the following about Turkey’s EU candidacy:
“…I have talked to Prime Minister Erdogan about his reform programme and his vision for Turkey. I have no doubt he is serious about reform. He has shown enormous political courage in stepping up the pace of change in Turkey…” Source.

Perhaps, Tony might need to think again...

Saturday, January 06, 2007

5 things you don’t know about me

Thanks to Lady Ellee of Ely for tagging me with the meme about five things you probably didn’t know about me. So here goes:

  • I delivered general election leaflets for Labour… in 1983. But I was extremely young and foolish at the time.
  • I am very cool on the idea of Turkey ever being allowed to join the EU. Shock, horror…
  • I don’t have a Maths O level. In fact, I am pretty much innumerate if truth be told.
  • Many moons ago, I knew the lovely Penelope Cruz in a professional capacity. A charming woman.
  • I voted for Ukip in the last European Parliamentary elections. I don’t know what got into me.


Saddam's revenge....

In a speech to mark Iraqi Army Day today, Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki said the decision to execute Saddam Hussein was not a political but a judicial one (who could possibly think otherwise?) Mr Maliki also said his government could review relations with any country which criticised the execution of Saddam Hussein.
Once regarded as one of the most powerful Sunni Muslim Arab countries, the new government in Iraq is headed by Shia Muslims with close ties to Iran. Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi recently said he feared his country was on the verge of disintegration -- a situation he said he never anticipated. A chaotic level of violence reigns supreme. Even Bliar accepts that it is a 'disaster'. Surely parliament and the British people are entitled to an apology for the government’s involvement in this ‘disaster’. I would also urge a rapid withdrawal of UK military forces from a place they should never have been sent to in the first place. And Gordo's the man to do it. I hope.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

The evil-doers are on the move


Pat Robertson, the American Conservative Christian broadcaster says God told him a terrorist attack will result in "mass killing" in the United States in the second half of 2007.
"I'm not saying necessarily nuclear, the Lord didn't say nuclear," Mr Robertson said on his television show The 700 Club. "It'll be mass killing, possibly millions of people, major cities.
"The evil people will come after this country and there's a possibility, not a possibility, a definite certainty, that chaos is going to rule."
Mr Robertson told viewers they should not be afraid because "if you get blown up or something, you go to heaven; that's the worst thing that will happen to you".
So no need to worry then.....
Pat Robertson seems to have developed quite a reputation for himself as far as divinely-inspired punditry goes. It was Pat Robertson who said that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine retribution for the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, which Robertson opposed. On the plus side, he suggested on-air in 2005 that American operatives assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to stop his country from becoming "a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism." So there’s no faulting Pat’s logic on some issues.
Perhaps the current Archbishop of Canterbury could take a leaf out of Pat’s book, get into the God business and fire up the Anglican community a bit.