There’s way too much good stuff to cover today, and I want to do it while at least giving the impression that I have better things to do with my day.
Via Mummylonglegs, I see that Mr Jacqui Smith has been found out for claiming porno films watched via cable at home on MPs’ living expenses.
Here’s the thing: Hypocrisy cuts both ways. In almost any hotel in the UK you can charge ‘pay movies’ to your room, which will then be picked up on expenses. These items will be listed, with the specific purpose of being ambiguous, as ‘Room Service’ and frankly, they are an entitlement if you’re staying away from home and you’d rather spend £7 of your overnight allowance watching Bruce Willis than drinking beer. The available films always include one or two adult titles. Therefore, it’s legitimate to assume that thousands of travelling businessmen watch porn, on expenses, with impunity.
At least nail Smith for something she’s done that was wrong.
AJ has never indulged in this opportunity, because the sort of porn that is allowed to be screened on UK TV (even adult cable channels) is total rubbish. YouPorn is infinitely better value. Mr Timney is a mug.
Although, it makes me wonder if people will start asking what MPs and their lackeys are using the broadband for that we pay for.
The Devil also has this and makes some worthwhile points.
The Devil has identified another powerful weapon in the armoury of the Righteous.
The most evil word currently being used…
… is, in the opinion of your humble Devil, "consensus".
Anyone who uses the word "consensus" to justify any argument should be viewed with deep suspicion, if not outright hostility; what they are justifying is mob rule and that is always a bad thing.
Plus, they are probably a total cunt.
Seems reasonable to me.
Also via DK, is a paean to the sheer mendacity of David BonzoDogDooDahBand.
Via Old Holborn, the view is expounded that the government are actively formenting trouble on the streets, in order that they can invoke the Civil Contingencies Act.
Why am I convinced of trouble next week? Firstly, because the police are actively soliciting it. Secondly, because a large part of the protests are being organised by Government-sponsored quangos. Not by spontaneous public groups. Not by the furious public. The protests are organised by Government lackeys and the police are gearing up for big trouble. Police statements sound like those announcements made by boxers before the big fight. They are not appealing for calm. They are playing up the ‘there’s going to be trouble and we’re ready for it’ line. Apparently Trafalgar Square has been prepared for battle.
I hope OH’s scenario doesn’t play out. If he’s right, we’re in a world of shit.
Mark Wadsworth has more on the organisations behind the protest and their financial backers.
The Times is reporting that plods at the demonstrations this week will be carrying Tasers. Which we know are classed under the law as a firearm, but one that the police are much more likely to use.
Guido points to the News of the Screws latest on Nigel Griffiths, who’s been videoing himself shagging his secretary, in his Commons office. Gordon Brown was best man at Griffiths’ wedding. Griffiths at first denied the whole thing and applied for an injunction. The injunction was denied, in the public interest. Of course, the expenses and entitlements aspect is the one with the more hope of doing political damage these days, sadly.
Remember that his Remembrance Day Frolic took place in his office paid for by the taxpayers, then went on to presumably his flat, also paid for by the taxpayers. Far from it being a drunken and forgotten frolic it turns out that he took the deliberate trouble to ensure he would not forget, by uploading the pictures to his laptop – a laptop computer also paid for by the taxpayers out of his parliamentary expenses. Presumably this would be so he would be able to reminisce over the 27 photos and later he too could enjoy a state subsidised w**k over the memory.
It’s a shame that the wider moral implications have no bearing. Griffiths was cleared of misconduct last week by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner John Lyon.
The splendid India Knight takes a dim view of wimmin who cry rape after a drunken shag.
Stories such as this have been driving me absolutely mad for years. For a start, they undermine genuine rape cases, which are still woefully underreported to the police and of which only a tiny minority come to trial. How a woman who wakes up next to some bloke she was too drunk to remember having sex with is able, in the cold light of day, to compare herself to the victim of a genuine sexual assault is beyond me. It’s repellent – the most grotesque embracing of faux-victimhood. It reminds me of celebrities who blame something that elicits sympathy, such as “exhaustion” or “depression”, for their stay in rehab rather than the fact that they’ve been up all night smoking crack.
Waking up and thinking, “Cor, don’t fancy mine much,” is called a mistake. It is embarrassing, cringe-making, humiliating – but feeling a bit surprised, or ashamed of yourself, or sickened at your lack of taste, or whatever normal human emotions you feel when faced with the snoring non-stud, does not make you a “victim” of “abuse”. Women who think that it does need their heads examined.
Obo pretty much covers my views on the Eric Pickles Question Time Lynching this week.
"On BBC’s Question Time last night, Conservative Party Chairman Eric Pickles became visibly agitated after being questioned on his use of his second home allowance for his constituency in Brentwood & Ongar.
During the debate he said that it was "no fun" doing the commute and that he would leave at 530am in order to make sure to be at the House of Commons by 930am.
Trains run from Liverpool Street Station every ten minutes to Brentwood. The train journey time is forty minutes.
Eric. You are one of those people who believes that he knows better than us, exempts himself from the laws and rules which he inflicts on us, troughs at our expense and then has the gall to stand up and tell us all how hard his life is.
FUCK YOU, ERIC PICKLES: ordinary people get up at 5AM every fucking day to go to work, and leave late every day. They have to do it out of their own pockets, after paying the taxes that pay your fucking salary and the taxes from which you exempt yourselves.
I don’t think like Iain Martin that you should be under house arrest. I think you should be swinging from a fucking lamp post, you thieving, arrogant, mendacious cunt.
Can’t really argue with that.
More greedy public sector bastards in the NHS (see previous post).
Top managers in the health service have seen their pay rise by more than three times the average for the rest of the public sector, figures reveal today.
Directors of NHS trusts England received average pay increases of 6.4 per cent last year, far exceeding the Government’s 2.2 per cent pay rise for nurses and midwives, and its 2 per cent target for other public servants.
Since 1997 the average earnings of NHS chief executives have increased by 98 per cent compared to 50 per cent across the public sector as a whole.
And what wonderful effects these wise increases have yielded.
Via Mummylonglegs, The Dunfermline Building Society is about to be forced into a merger.
Some of the factors seem to be:
- Decision to get into sub-prime & >100% LTV mortgages.
- Decision to get into corporate finance.
- A disastrous IT strategy.
And just as I pointed out, regarding the RBS bonus recipients being in or around Ally Darling’s constituency, the DBS is in Gordon Brown’s constituency and home town.
It remains to be seen precisely how much this one will cost us, but with a loss of £25m, it’s not the same order of magnitude as RBS & HBOS.
Still, it’s another bunch of porridge munching, pale blue pricks being bailed out by the English taxpayer. And I’m not sure why, considering that:
The Dunfermline board was confident that it had secured £30m from the Building Societies Association, and £25m from the Scottish government to help keep it afloat. Those pledges left it just £5m short of the £60m the board believed it needed to continue, and directors were hopeful the Treasury would step in to complete the package.
So, there was every opportunity for this responsibility to remain in Scotland. But no.
That’s all for now….