Hahahahaharman

Superb lefty bile and hypocrisy from Harriet Harman today.

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Errr.. ad hominem attacks? Surely not. Not from the scientifically proven, open minded, liberal left.

The deputy Labour leader said there was "incredulity" at seeing Mr Alexander, the MP for Inverness, becoming "the front-man for the Tory cuts".

"Now, many of us in the Labour Party are conservationists – and we all love the red squirrel," Ms Harman said.

"But there is one ginger rodent which we never want to see again – Danny Alexander."

Ms Harman went on to attack Mr Alexander’s other party colleagues north of the border, telling delegates: "There’s something deeply unnatural that’s happened in Scotland.

"Without asking anyone in Scotland, the government has been carrying out a programme of genetic modification – political genetic modification.

"This mutation has contaminated every Lib Dem councillor, it’s affected every Lib Dem MP and Lib Dem MSP.

"They’ve all mutated into something alien to Scotland – Tories."

Ms Harman said: "There’s only one thing left to do – these political mutants must be got rid of next May at the ballot box."

It must all be a misprint. And the video on the BBC’s website must be a fake too.

AJ

Paul Chambers #twitterjoketrial update – half time at the appeal court

Friday saw the opening of Paul Chambers’ appeal against his conviction under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, which he was adorned with after sending a silly, but harmless and hyperbolic, tweet relating to an airport.

Initial expectations were that the hearing would be wrapped up on the day, with a verdict either in favour of common sense and reason, or in favour of the cruel and arbitrary whims of the state.

However, not only has this not come to pass – the hearing was adjourned late on Friday afternoon – but the matter is likely not to be resolved this side of November. So Paul Chambers, and his nearest and dearest, are to be left in further agonising suspense by a callous, arbitrary and inhuman system.

All the coverage you need on the current state of play is provided by the distinctly uneffable @DavidAllenGreen.

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.. And from @flayman, the guy widely credited with bringing Paul’s case to the attention of the Internet at large, a very insightful post about the state of play.

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I’m writing this new post because Paul’s appeal was heard and then adjourned yesterday in Doncaster Crown Court and because the prosecution has, in my opinion, not only failed to strengthen its case since May but has offered evidence that actually weakens it to a never before seen level of farce.

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Matt (@flayman) highlights a telling account of one of the CPS’s arguments, as relayed by the Guardian.

Caroline Wiggin, for the prosecution, said Chambers had earlier sent direct messages to the woman in Northern Ireland as it appeared possible that the airport might close. In one he wrote: “I was thinking if it does I have decided to resort to terrorism.” She argued that the context provided by such messages strengthened the case that Chambers intended to cause menace. “If a man in prison were to send a message to his wife that he was going to come and beat her up, the court might consider that were menacing, albeit the man himself may have difficulty in putting it into effect,” she said.

He does a simply masterful job of demonstrating the monumental incoherence of the argument put forward by Caroline Wiggin, which you should read.

What really irked me about it, though, and what Matt does not address, is the implied gender politics informing the CPS’ argument.

It’s like something from chapter one of the “Harriet Harman Manual of Righteous Misandry” and my piss has been gently simmering ever since I read it yesterday.

Look at it again.

In one he wrote: “I was thinking if it does I have decided to resort to terrorism.” She argued that the context provided by such messages strengthened the case that Chambers intended to cause menace.

ORLY? How so? After all, this is a chap messaging the girly he’s on his way to see. Part of a running gag, perhaps?

Anyway, what possible motive, in the minds of the righteous, could a horny, hairy Yorkshire MAN have to make such a journey?

“If a man in prison were to send a message to his wife that he was going to come and beat her up, the court might consider that were menacing, albeit the man himself may have difficulty in putting it into effect,” she said.

O. Kay.

So, err… once more for the cameras…

If a man in prison were to send a message to his wife that he was going to come and beat her up

Permit  me to pose a question. Do you think, for one minute, that if it were Paul’s young lady in the dock for her part in the same series of messages, Ms Wiggin would have posited that…

“If a woman in prison were to send a message to her husband that she was going to come and beat him up, the court might consider that were menacing, albeit the woman herself may have difficulty in putting it into effect,”

Well, do you?

There are plenty enough objective, rational reasons why Caroline Wiggin’s argument is fatuous, non-sensical, prejudiced and fallacious.

But none of these approaches, as effectively as they make this woman look like a fool, satisfies my ire.

The implied, and lazy, feminist premise that all men are brutes and all women are victims, which seems to underpin this argument is breathtaking.

Matt, though – a man who is reasonable to the point of being fucking infuriating sometimes – insisted that Ms Wiggin was only putting forward the arguments cooked up by the CPS, and that it was unfair of me to level accusations of stupidity at her.

If anything, Matt’s assertion makes things look even worse.

In the conclusion I’d provisionally drawn, perhaps one of shooting the messenger, what we had was one woman who could be dismissed as a lazy, spiteful, man-hating, feminist idiot.

In Matt’s scenario though, the only conclusion we can draw is that the CPS is, institutionally, running a prosecutorial policy of lazy, spiteful, feminist, man-hating idiocy.

I was happier when I was just pinning the blame on Caroline Wiggin.

Now the whole house of cunts has to fall. Kier Starmer’s head needs to be on a platter by Christmas if Chambers is not cleared.

AJ

UPDATE: Matt has now gone one better and garnered the opinion of a linguistics expert, who has deconstructed the tweet that got Paul into so much bother. Must read blogging.

Ian Blair, delusional tool.

This comes via Tom Harris, who is somewhat taken aback at tacitly being branded racist by Ian Blair, formerly New labour’s Top Cop. Blair was forced out, ostensibly for being a useless, politically motivated sack of shit, by Boris Johnson in 2008.

Tom Harris’ gripe is that Blair implies that anyone in the Labour party who isn’t supporting (and funding) Diane Abbott for the leadership is racist.

How, for instance, can Labour Party members not be outraged about the lack of donations to Diane Abbott’s leadership campaign?

Never mind the myriad, perfectly legitimate, reasons for deploring Abbott’s bid, not least that she’s a hard left unilateralist and humongous racist hypocrite herself.

What caught my eye, though, was Blair’s next statement.

And how could London’s Conservative-run Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) announce recently that the Met is no longer affected by institutional racism?

Well, that sounded somewhat strange to me, because in February 2009, Jack Straw, then Justice Secretary said to the BBC:

"If you are asking me whether I believe the Met as a whole is still institutionally racist, the answer is no."

Yet in the same month, Boris Johnson, Conservative Mayor of London, and chair of the MPA, said:

“It was the anniversary of the death of Stephen Lawrence and we had a very nasty incident, the relic of a very nasty incident, in Belgravia, and this reminds us that racism exists, is alive and is vile and must be stamped out in the police service.”

So I hereby declare Ian Blair’s cretinously partisan piece in the New Statesman to be the epitome of lefty delusion and revisionism.

Happily, no-one whatsoever has to listen to a word the cunt says any more.

AJ

Prize-winning audacity and unparalleled delusion. Labour in a nutshell.

You couldn’t have scripted this shit:

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Question: who said the following about which administration?

"…the greatest advances in civil liberties of any post-war government…"

Any guesses?

The answer is almost too unbelievable to be true…

They’re right, you know.

The above quote is taken from former Home Secretary and retiring Blackburn MP, Jack Straw’s endorsement of David Milliband yesterday (full text available here). It refers, incredibly, to the government of which both he and the Labour leadership contender were members.

Jack. Straw. ?! Thinks the New Labour government brought about "…the greatest advances in civil liberties of any post-war government…" !?

That’s right readers; the government which:

  • Introduced, then fought the ECHR for, the indefinite retention of innocent DNA profiles
  • Introduced the Identity Card and National Identity Register
  • Tried and failed to increase the length of detention without charge to 90, then 42 days
  • Introduced the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, to allow bureaucrats, councils and quangos to spy on people
  • Empowered the police to conduct random stop and searches under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act
  • Introduced authoritarian programmes such as control orders, the intercept modernisation programme and the e-borders scheme
  • Created a dizzying number of large and unstable state databases from ContactPoint to the Summary Care Record system

In fact, it was none-other than Jack Straw, who tried to remove the right to trial by jury during his time in the Home Office.

Those are some advances, Jack.

By Dylan Sharpe

For further analysis of Straw’s speech and Labour’s record, check out Full Fact’s article here.

Where do these people get the sheer brass nerve to make such assertions with a straight face?

Oh well, bye Jack – don’t hurry back, you wretched old bastard. I’ll pray for you tonight while I’m advising God of the people who need an immediate dose of brain cancer.

AJ

H/T Dick Puddlecote

She who smelt it dealt it

A typically shit-stirring article in the Daily Mail caught my attention this morning:

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Not a particularly alarming headline to me, since (i) I don’t have kids and (ii) I spend more than that on booze and pizza.

Moreover, the figure refers, in the main, to the cost of childcare for working mothers.

Then my interest was piqued:

The report, from the Family and Parenting Institute, highlights the spiralling cost of childcare in Britain, which is pushing many families into poverty.

Hmmm.. the Family and Parenting Institute. Rings a bell… It’ll come to me…

The report, due to be released tomorrow at a Westminster conference addressed by the Children’s Minister Sarah Teather, said that increasingly it was grandparents who were being hit with the burden of caring for youngster while the children’s parents go out to work.

Ugh, Teather. Okay, what else?

The institute said maternity and paternity pay in Britain is ‘ inadequately low’.

The market dictates the rates. If you want small and medium businesses to go tits-up every time one of their employees has a child (or a partner who has a child), press on. Then wonder where your next pay cheque is going to come from. And where the tax revenue for your handouts is going to come from.

It warned that the Coalition’s decision to abolish child trust funds, cut child tax credits and freeze child benefit had left parents fearing they were on the ‘frontline’ for economic cuts.

Ahhh.. now I get it.  And that reminds me; The Family and Parenting Institute.

Ah yes. A fake charity chaired by Alastair Campbell’s Mrs, Fiona Millar.

And ‘like that’ with Harriet Harman.

Dr Katherine Rake, the institute’s chief executive, said: ‘The cost of raising a child has a lot to do with the cost of childcare.

‘The amount of affordable childcare is still limited and as a result people have to significantly adjust their working patterns.

‘So the cost in terms of lost earnings is even bigger, especially for women.’

Yeah – and until men are biologically capable – and willing – to spawn children, THAT’S THE WAY IT GOES.

Dr Katherine Rake, by the way, is a long standing contributor to the Guardian and former head of the Fawcett society.

It’s the “Old Girls’ Network.”

My point though, is this. These are Labour Stooges, once again completely neglecting to acknowledge that their beloved party has been in charge for 13 years, during which NOTHING WAS FIXED.

The report includes a school report card-style grading system, with A being the highest grade and D the lowest, for ten factors that the institute believes show the level of Britain’s ‘family friendliness’.

No factors were awarded an A grade and overall the institute concluded that Britain would gain no more than a C minus for family friendliness.

Hmm family friendliness. Let me have a quick think about this. Ah yes. Until 1997, ‘families’ rubbed along just fine with everyone else.

Then came New Labour. Who played the same trick as they did with every segment of society – divide & rule.

The state took an un-natural interest in ‘hard working families’, lavishing ever more benefits and tax credits on them. To be paid for by avowed non-breeders like me. You know – the ones who take our holidays at the convenience of the business, pick up the slack when maternity or paternity leave interferes with our ability to deliver for our customers. The ones who work late while you go and collect Tiffany and Jamie from their swimming lessons.

Paedogeddon was institutionalised by New Labour, spreading fear and mistrust throughout any part of society that fell within a country mile of any children.

Restaurants and ‘pubs’ have become a haven for families, while drinkers and smokers have little choice but to stay at home if they are to enjoy their peccadilloes in peace.

These things bred resentment where before there was none. We all pretty much rubbed along together until New Labour came along.

On top of this is a culture of laissez faire or ‘child-centric’ parenting, where kids run riot and go undisciplined. Thus everyone who isn’t of that mindset is irritated by selfish idiot parents who either don’t realise or don’t care that most people think their children are a noisy, messy, inconsiderate pain in the arse. Which all children will be unless they are properly parented.

And while we’re here, and the article highlights the problem of childcare costs, shall we rehearse, once again, the argument that gender feminists have forced mothers into the workplace and, ipso facto, forced house prices up to a point where both parents HAVE to work, if they are to have an adequate standard of living?

And that Labour intentionally allowed house prices to inflate, in order to create an illusion of wealth and consumer-driven growth during 10 years of real-terms stagnation?

So, in summary, the Family and Parenting Institute can put their report where the sun don’t shine – Scotland.

AJ

Double backflip of the day

Comes from Andrew Lansley. Ready for the dissonance?

Mr Lansley said people needed to take responsibility for their own health.

He warned lecturing people often ended up being counter-productive.

So far so good.

“If we are constantly lecturing people and trying to tell them what to do, we will actually find that we undermine and are counterproductive in the results that we achieve,” said the health secretary, who has pledged to rename the Department of Health the “Department of Public Health”.

Department of Public Health? *sigh*

This is one of those matters on which the Daily Mash speaks the ultimate truth as clearly as it is possible to do.

Professor Henry Brubaker, of the Institute for Studies, said: “Once again the BMA is talking about alcohol being a threat to ‘public’ health as if that’s an actual thing.

“There is ‘my’ health, which is ‘mine’, and ‘your’ health which is ‘yours’, but there is no ‘our’ health. D’you see?

Still, at least he’s slapping that prick Jamie Oliver. Oh.. hold on.

Mr Lansley said the consumption of salty foods could be reduced but none of this would work unless people’s behaviour changed.

I can only suggest he takes the rest of the year off, because he’s raising my blood pressure right now.

If public health exists, then perhaps he should have words with his fellow cabinet members about the radiation risks of new airport scanners. No warning on those, is there?

AJ

A case study in socialist doublethink

I’ve made the case, in the past, that hypocrisy, for better or for worse, is a pillar of the human condition.

What you’re about to read isn’t hypocrisy by any traditional definition. It’s doublethink. Newspeak. Saying day is night, black is white, stop is go, up is down. Manifest bollocks, in other words.

Via the Daily Mail, I spotted a piece about Diane Abbott.

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I knew not to trust their interpretation, so I read enough of their bile to learn that the accusation comes out of an interview she gave to the Daily Mirror. Here it is:

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BRIAN READE You’ve said that going to Cambridge University politicised you because you saw a lot of rich kids walking into Oxbridge at the expense of those from state schools.

Yet you sent your son to public school. Why?

DIANE ABBOTT Well, since I made that decision Labour built five new secondary schools in Hackney, one of them with some of the best GCSE results in the country. I wouldn’t have to make the same choice today.

BR But why did you make that choice at all?

DA I’d done a lot of work on how black boys underachieve in secondary schools so I knew what a serious problem it was.

I knew what could happen to my son if he was sent to the wrong school and got in with the wrong crowd.

I realised they were subjected to peer ­pressure and when that happens it’s very hard for a mother to save her son.

Aha… here we go…

Once a black boy is lost to the world of gangs it’s very hard to get them back and I was genuinely very fearful of what could happen.

Or, to put it another way, because the way you brought your son up failed to instil sufficient moral courage in him, you felt you had to send him away to a school where there would only be RICH black boys.

Are you ready for some gobsmackery now?

BR But you criticised Harriet Harman and Tony Blair for sending their kids to selective schools then you went and sent yours to a fee-paying one?

DA I didn’t really criticise Harman.

BR You said what she did made Labour look like they’re saying one thing while doing another.

DA Yes, I did say that. But that was the only criticism I made.

“You criticised Harman.” “No I didn’t.” “Yes you did – you said this.” “Ah but I only did it once.”

How many times before it counts, Diane?

BR But couldn’t you see why there was anger? People on the left thought ‘we’re not surprised that Blair and Harman did it but we don’t understand why Diane Abbott did it because she’s one of us’?

Ready for the B-bomb?

DA Yes, but they didn’t understand me. I’m a West Indian mum and West Indian mums will go to the wall for their children.

Whereas, what? Mums from other nations and cultures will happily let their children rot in a state hellhole, like the neglectful peasants that they are?

It’s that kind of atavistic streak that we have. I can see them in the market on a Saturday morning. A kind of ‘touch my children and we’ll turn quite difficult’.

Atavistic, huh?

The term atavism  (derived from the Latin atavus, a great-grandfather’s grandfather; more generally, an ancestor) denotes the tendency to revert to ancestral type. An atavism is an evolutionary throwback, such as traits reappearing which had disappeared generations ago. Atavisms occur because genes for previously existing phenotypical features are often preserved in DNA, even though the genes are not expressed in some or most of the organisms possessing them.

Well that’s just dandy. If I published a piece that said “West Indian mums have an atavistic quality about them” I’d have the offence seeking left up my ass faster than you could say “Vote Balls”.

Diane continues…

Interestingly, until now, it’s the one thing that’s got me the most positive response from black women locally. They would come up to me and shake my hand. Because ultimately in their eyes it’s about doing the right thing for their children. But obviously people from other cultures didn’t see it that way at all.

Obviously not, Diane. Try this for size though, you ludicrous buffoon: This is Britain. We have British culture. Labour’s socialist multi-cultural balkanisation of our society has to stop and it has to stop right now.

BR I’m guessing those black women couldn’t afford to do what you did yet you’re saying they shook your hand?

DA Exactly. Yes. That’s what you and some of my colleagues on the Left would never understand. In the end you’re coming from a culture where whatever you can do for your children you do.

I don’t care if you’re coming from the moon. Britain. British culture. You are insulting people of every origin but your own.

I can see I’ll be patting myself on the back if I can get to the end of this piece without typing something beginning with the words ‘go back’. But, of course, Diane was born in England.

BR But weren’t you effectively letting the other black boys sink while helping your own son to swim and not really caring about what happened to those left behind?

Yes, Diane. Yes you were.

DA No, no, no. It wasn’t about me saying I don’t care what happens to other boys. I’ve done so much work to help those kind of children. You can go online and check.

If this ‘work’ you have been doing had amounted to a hill of beans – you were elected as an MP in 1987, before you even had your son – you wouldn’t have felt the need to send your kid private, so your argument fails again. Best of intentions mean diddly-squat when the outcomes are non-existant.

BR So why did you say at the time that what you did was indefensible?

Yes – why, Diane?

DA Well it was intellectually indefensible. The idea that you have to pay to send your child to school is.

Oops. Straw man.

But when it came to having to make a very difficult decision for my son, I had to choose between him and my career and I chose my son. For me, of West Indian origin, that was a no-brainer.

Well for that, I can respect you, but all the attendant nonsense-speak and bludgeoning us with your race card is just too much.

BR But you’re now standing to be party leader at a time when education is such a massive issue, particularly with two public schoolboys running the country.

If you became leader how could you take Labour’s total belief in state ­education to the country knowing you’ve done something with your own son that you called indefensible?

DA Well it’s no more a problem than it is for Ed Balls who actually went to a public school. I didn’t go.

But you went to Cambridge for ‘free’. And Ed Balls cannot be held accountable for the decisions his parents made. In your case, YOU are the one who made these decisions.

I could go on – you should read the whole howling episode. I’ll just give you this one last choice quote.

BR Currently you’re being described as Labour’s “token” candidate, which, considering you’ve been an MP for well over twice as long as all the other leadership rivals, is an insult on many levels.

DA There’s always this assumption if you’re a black person who’s done something, that someone has given you a bye.

Someone. Did. Give. You. A. Bye.

Jesus wept.

AJ

Burn the witch

It looks like the mess left behind (are we surprised?) by Gordon Brown and his crew could stick to them in fine style.

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Following the link:

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the emerging story of Labour’s ‘scorched earth spending spree’ has to be the smoking gun that convicts Gordon Brown’s ‘evil regime’! According to John Pinar BBC 5live Chief Political Correspondent, evidence is emerging that ‘Top civil service chiefs lodged formal protests at decisions by Labour ministers to spend millions in dying months of Lab gov’.

On Monday David Cameron instructed all of his ministers to go back to their departments and list all of Labour’s spending commitments signed in the immediate run-up to the General Election. This task will be performed with relish by those who endured years of torment from Labour’s front-bench in the House of Commons. With the almost certain guarantee of possible criminal charges for the most serious abuse of government powers, many in the Conservative party baying for a McCarthy-style red-witch-hunt will get their wish.

That sounds like fun!

More anon, I’m sure.

AJ

UPDATE: More.

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How to spin the GDP figures, Gordo style.

The first set of figures released for Q4 2009 showed GDP growth of just 0.1%. This figure was later revised upwards by the ONS to 0.3%, then 0.4%.

So, you see, the final figure, when all said and done, was 4 times the initial figure.

And so to Q1 2010.

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In the face of today’s news that Q1 growth was a very shaky 0.2%, Gordo should confidently announce that Q1 growth was actually 0.8%. Four times the initial figure.

Expect Ed Balls to test drive this idea on Radio 4 news sometime today.

AJ

Epic work

… from Anna Racoon, in showing what a bunch of unmitigated cunts the newspapers are, and why their attacks on blogging are merely the death throes of a redundant and rejected toxic organism.

Following on from my article on Friday regarding local newspaper coverage of candidates standing for election on May 6th, I have been continuing my trawl round the local papers.

Eventually I arrived at the Sutton and Cheam Guardian which is part of the South London Guardian and Surry Comet group.

They had a two page spread in their paper edition, containing 8 potted biographies with photographs of the likely local candidates in Paul Burstow’s constituency.

Next up was Martin Cullip, a candidate for the Libertarian Party.  As a fellow member of the Libertarian party I was interested to learn of his views.

Martin’s ‘biography’ was unusual to say the least. It gave no personal details nor quoted any political beliefs, in fact it appeared to be positively frivolous.

Martin Cullip, Libertarian

Plays with Surrey Darts team and helps maintain their Toe the Oche website.

The website cites his hobbies as The Cranberries, AFC Wimbledon and “running across all eight lanes of the M25 at junction eight dressed only in a basque and a pair of Pretty Polly 15 denier stockings”.

Martin was not hard to track down, he is a well known local business man, and was listed in the phone book.  It took me all of five minutes, from another country, and I’m a non-fact checking, non-professional  journalist. I called him.

Do read on, to find out how a respected family man was stitched up completely without scruples, by a fuckwit called Julia Kennard, the reporter who had contacted him. Ms Kennard is being fully backed by Chief Arrogant Tossbag, Mathew Knowles, Editor of the Surrey and Cheam Guardian.

Oh and Ms Kennard has been found supporting the local Jury Team candidate.

http://www.facebook.com/julia.kennard

http://twitter.com/JuliaKennard

Nicked. Nice work, Anna!

AJ

H/T Obo.

Shameless, Boyo

Vote Labour.

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Peter Davey, 35, a father of seven, gave up work in administration nine years ago because he realised he would be better off on state handouts.

He and his wife Claire, 29, who is seven months pregnant, believe they deserve their £815-a-week benefit cheque and are open about feeling no guilt that they live at the expense of the taxpayer.

Their home, a semi-detached house on the Isle of Anglesey, is complete with 42 inch flat screen television, Sky TV at £50 a month, a computer and three expensive games consoles, as well as four mobile phones.

The family also run a Mercedes people carrier and an 11 seater minibus.

However, they still feel there is little to be grateful for.

Mrs Davey, who has never had a full-time job, told Closer magazine: "It’s hard. We can’t afford holidays and I don’t want my kids living on a council estate and struggling like I have.

"I don’t feel bad about being subsidised by people who are working. I’m just working with the system that’s there.

"If the government wants to give me money, I’m happy to take it. We get what we’re entitled to. I don’t put in anything because I don’t pay taxes, but if I could work I would.

"We couldn’t afford to care for our children without benefits, but as long as they have everything they need, I don’t think I’m selfish."

No – that’s right. You’re not selfish.

In 20 years, the only times I have been out of work are during a couple of sabbaticals I saved for by.. err… working. I claimed dole for about 5 weeks in 1993. After which I moved from the jobless north to the flourishing south, having been offered a job down here.

I have earned, and paid tax on, above median income for the last 14 years and have taken practically nothing out of the system.

Claire Davey has never had a proper job and her cuntish bloke ditched his 7 years ago.

Yet I’m the selfish one, because I like to earn money and use some of it to drive a nice car.

I want no part of this society:

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Despite filing for bankruptcy 18 months ago after racking up £20,000 of debt on mail order catalogues they still insist on splashing out on four presents per child at birthdays and last Christmas spent £2,000 on gifts alone.

‘Santa is always generous in our house,’ said Mrs Davey, who once applied to join the police but was turned down.

She insists her husband would do any job ‘as long as we could still afford the lifestyle we have now’.

Mrs Davey, who spends £160 a week at Tesco, says she does not intend to stop at eight children. Her target is 14.

And she adds: ‘I’ve always wanted a big family – no one can tell me how many kids I can have whether I’m working or not.’

Fuck. You. All.

AJ

Opt out of the NHS

.. database. I dream of the day we can opt out of the whole disgusting mess, but this is a start. Do it.

For why? Well, see here, here and here. In summary though:

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Non-medical staff? Uh huh.

From the responses received, in certain NHS Trusts access to confidential medical records is provided to hospital porters, IT staff and those working in the finance department.

And if you’re handy with a tinfoil trilby, see here as well.

Opt out here. http://www.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk/systemsandservices/scr/documents/optout.pdf

Now.

AJ

Heredity bad, nepotism good

It all stinks.

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If he wins the selection, he will join Emily Benn (Tony Benn’s granddaughter), Anas Sarwar (son of Mohammad Sarwar) and John Cryer (son of socialist MP Ann Cryer and the late Bob Cryer) as a familiar name on the campaign trail.

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Jack Dromey, the trade union leader and husband of Harriet Harman, is being lined up for the safe Labour seat of Birmingham Erdington, after the local MP’s surprise decision this week to stand down at the election.

A pox upon thee.

AJ

All your webcam are belong to us

No wonder the government wants to give laptops to plebs.

A week or so old, this, but it needs mentioning just so I can close the tab in my browser.

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The Superintendant of the Lower Merion School District — where parents have initiated a class action suit over the covert use of students’ laptops to surveil them in school and at home — has sent a letter to parents with more information about the spying. The school admits that there was spyware installed on students laptops that allowed for remote, covert activation of their webcams, but maintains that the measure was only to be used in the event of theft of the machine (some had speculated that the school was only able to surveil students’ hard drives, and that the images of a student engaged in "misconduct" in his home that a vice-principal confronted the student with had been taken by the student, intentionally, and stored on the laptop’s hard-drive, from which it was retrieved by the school administration — this now seems not to have been the case). The school also claims that the system can only capture still images, not audio or video. They have disabled the system for now and deny that it was misused.

As a result of our preliminary review of security procedures today, I directed the following actions:

  • Immediate disabling of the security-tracking program.
  • A thorough review of the existing policies for student laptop use.
  • A review of security procedures to help safeguard the protection of privacy; including a review of the instances in which the security software was activated. We want to ensure that any affected students and families are made aware of the outcome of laptop recovery investigations.
  • A review of any other technology areas in which the intersection of privacy and security may come into play.

School Sued For Spying On Students With Laptop Cameras Says It Was A Security Feature, Turns It Off (Thanks, Dan!)

Here’s the class action lawsuit that was filed. http://craphound.com/robbins17.pdf

AJ