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Health and Safety Gone F****** Mad!

Thanks to Alastair for this. It seems to chime with some of the discussion here in the last few days.

Society – There Is Such a Thing After All!

Having upset all my Labour supporting friends in recent days and weeks, now its the Tories’ turn (Graeme, Fleet and maybe Richard) I’ve had a look at The Tory Blog and find that the most important thing on David Cameron’s agenda is to ‘repair our society’

Whilst it is heartening to note that the Conservatives now acknowledge the existence such a thing as society (One of Margaret Thatcher’s most notable quotes was that ‘there is no such thing as society’) have a wee look round the site and ask yourself if concern about society and the health service has the ring of truth.

I say no and if anyone is harbouring thoughts of voting for them, watch the Ian Wright video, or indeed the David Cameron one.

Safe in the Seventies

First in a series. Les’s jacket is cool but his breeks are cooler!

Alan Partridge is Alive and Well.

This is ‘broadcaster’ Les Ross on BBC West Midlands ‘interviewing’ Hardeep Singh Kohli. Thanks to Tom Morton for the heads up on probably the most toe-curlingly embarrassing radio interview you will ever hear. Quite how Kohli manages to refrain from multiple obscenity is a mystery.

Do EU Blog?

Today the European Parliament will vote on whether to continue with measures to regulate independent media sources, blogs to you and me. Marianne Mikko an Estonian centre left MEP thinks that individuals should not be able to blog anonymously amongst other measures. These apparently could include a licensing system and a register of declaration of interests.

This is Gawain Towler. He is currently the Press Officer and Co-Chief of Staff of the UKIP MEPs in Brussels. Before that he was a journalist and the founder of the Brussels investigative and satirical magazine, “The Sprout”. At this time he was also the Brussels correspondent for Private Eye and wrote for a number of national newspapers, principally The Sunday Telegraph.
Now whilst I am a Euro sceptic I would not I think generally find many kindred spirits in UKIP or the Conservative Party. Indeed I’m sure it won’t be long before some wags will comment on the gagged and bound picture being de riguer for right wing politicos.
However I have a great deal of sympathy for Mr. Towler (not least for his monicker) who has been ordered by his Euro employers to take his blog down for being ‘ironique et eurosceptique’ and for breaking his contract of employment. The blog and story is HERE

Separated at Birth

Celtic are chasing the signature of American goalie Dominic Cervi. Artur Boruc had better watch his back!

Miliband

Goalkeeper

Time to Change the Record

New Labour is now Ruth less

More time with her family apparently. I posted this cracking quote by Ruth (Kelly) back in July.

“We also want to be sure, given the socio-demographic mix in the Heathrow area, that we fully understand how airport development might affect different groups in terms of race, disability, age or gender.”

Also in the afterglow of what commentators are regarding as a fine speech by Gordon Brown we had one Scottish Labour MP on the radio yesterday (tried unsuccessfully to catch who it was but it was on Radio Scotland lunchtime news). To precis his remarks they were:

blah blah blah……….we have listened to the electorate……………blah blah …………..global economic conditions…………blah blah blah no-one better than gordon…… blah blah……… harworkingfamilies……….blah blah tough choices…..blah blah blah…… harworkingfamiliesclick
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