The new EU roles and the Communist monkeys that have been plonked into them.
She began as an administrator for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, an organization so stupid even the Russians burst into laughter when its name was brought up. This was followed by a spell at the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work, the institution which works hard to inculcate in our social workers incompetence, stupidity and political correctness. Then she hopped over to the National Council for One Parent Families, an organization which likes one parent families and thinks they are a Good Thing. Later, she received an award from the unspeakably ghastly homosexuals at Stonewall, presumably for some hideous manifestation of political correctness.
For all this stuff she was made a life peer. Then, without the remotest experience in trade matters she was appointed EU trade commissioner. Never elected by anyone, anywhere, totally unqualified for almost every job she has done, she has risen to her current position presumably through a combination of down-the-line Stalinist political correctness and the fact that she has the charisma of a caravan site on the Isle of Sheppey.
And some gleeful smirking from another corner of the Speccie, seeing the possible benefits of putting numpties with no democratic mandate in these potentially powerful roles.
I find it slightly surprising that few are pointing out (thought some do) that she is married to Peter Kellner, head of Labia’s favourite pollsters, YouGov, who is also active, with ASH, in the war against smokists.
Old Holborn is kindly covering the Mandelson bases.
Constantly Furious is still watching the #paulclarke case with interest and there is no shortage of twists.
Dick Puddlecote also contributes his thoughts on #paulclarke. He also brings us the latest from the frontline of the war against smokers.
Other shit later, if I run out of pharmaceutical grade sweeties.
UPDATE: Yeah.. Steve Shark shuts the ‘they’re banning Christmas’ wankers right up.
UPDATE 2: SteveShark recommended ‘New bloggist on the block’, StasiNation, also addresses a number of these areas with aplomb.
He also has a Taser update (now available for use on kids apparently), and a victory for the woman who, I previously relayed, had a ticket slapped on her in Sandwell for feeding the ducks. Some quite interesting details in there:
Big Brother Watch picked up on the story and offered to take up Miss Kelly’s case with Sandwell’s Stasi. The latest news is that the Council have revoked the FPN, along with 6 others that were issued, and are reimbursing a further two citizens who had already paid. They warn, however, that in future “wardens wearing head cameras will be on patrol at the Londonderry Lane park.” Oh really? I’d like to see the boot on the other foot once these “wardens” start filming children at play without their parents’ permission…
Oh, and StasiNation also has a most insightful update on the latest threats to parents who home-school their children, which I urge you to partake of…
The council is investigating one of the families in my street. While discussing this with Mrs. KiddR last night, it became apparent that, for a cul-de-sac of only 28 households, there are some seriously dysfunctional families here. So anyway, who has the council got their hooks into? There’s Mrs. X , the alcoholic with behavioural, emotional and possibly psychological problems. If she isn’t pissed and drunkenly singing along to Abba at max volume at 2am, then she’s pissed and arguing with her live-in boyfriend at max volume at 2am. God alone knows how – or if – her 8 year old daughter sleeps through it.
StasiNation, I think, refers to this:
A British plan to allow local authorities "the right of access to the home" and "the right to speak with each child alone" in order to evaluate homeschooling families and make certain they do what the government wants is a warning about what could happen in the United States, according to the world’s largest homeschool advocacy organization.
"On June 11, 2009, a report on home education in England by Graham Badman, a former Managing Director of Children, Families and Education in the County of Kent, was accepted in full by the British Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families," according to today’s report from the Home School Legal Defense Association.
"The report makes the case that homeschooling should be extensively regulated in England," the HSLDA continued. "Aside from registering with the state and mandating reports by homeschoolers, the Badman report makes references to balancing the rights of parents with the rights of children. This idea is expressed in the UNCRC."
According to the report now awaiting legislative action in Britain,
^^^ Read this!
… Badman concludes, "I am not persuaded that under the current regulatory regime that there is a correct balance between the rights of parents and the rights of the child either to an appropriate education or to be safe from harm. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) gives children and young people over 40 substantive rights which include the right to express their views freely, the right to be heard in any legal or administrative matters that affect them and the right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas. Article 12 makes clear the responsibility of signatories to give children a voice: