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MERRY XMAS to our wonderful readers
Bah-humbug! to any who aren't wonderful

The year-end attack of Australian flu reminds us of the importance of antivirals, and that's the medical break-through we need for the internet; an antiviral to tackle the plague of fake news and stop it spreading!
Let us hope that that nice man, President Trump, is prepared to put up the cash to create it.


Awaiting the Messenger, 20171221
21st December: Awaiting the Messenger at Stonehenge

 TECH NEWS (sort of) 

An old favourite returns
bullet Fusion power, the BIG THING of the 1970s, is now only 20 years away from delivering unlimited, cheap, clean electricity on a commercial scale.
Or 30 years or 40 years, if experience can be relied upon.

Romiley News

How do you know it's cold out?

bullet When you go out to put something in the bottles 'n' tins brown wheely bin whilst doing the washing up and find that the lid has frozen shut in the 12 minutes since you last bunged something into it!

Romiley snow, 20171209
9th December Crisp? Yes. Even? Fairly. Deep? No.

update10th December Transport at a standstill or crawling on motorways, flights cancelled, a foot of snow in places, a whole dismal catalogue on the lunchtime TV news. In Romiley, there's pretty well no snow. What fell on the night of Friday/Saturday melted, pretty much, on Saturday so that on frozen Sunday, there were just some icy patches around.
Snow Sunday? A few flakes in the late afternoon and they didn't linger. Call that snow? Maybe Romiley is getting the benefit of localized global warming; although, it is a bit bloody freezing out!
update16th December Yesterday's weather maps on TV were showing comforting yellow warmth coming in from the Atlantic to chase away the nasty Arctic blue over the British Isles. Next thing you know, it's Snow Saturday after some precipitation in the night and it was everywhere. But it didn't last. Rain started falling in the afternoon so the yellow comfort zone must be approaching . . .
update18th December The lunchtime weather bloke on North-West Today was wittering on about sunny spells. Meanwhile, Romiley, just a few miles away, was buried in fog. Do these characters ever look out of the window?
updateSunny periods on Xmas and Boxing days, no snowflakes but things going ominously chilly before a promised warming at the new year weekend.
update29th December A correspondent complains: "When I went out, it was raining and I thought we were going to be okay, weatherwise. When I hit the streets again at 9:30 a.m. after an appointment, this had happened!"

Romiley snow, 20171229


Rotten to the corps
bullet Political correctness is applied by the Jedi in the military — that's the Joint Equality, Diversity and Inclusion unit, which distributes its BS equally to the army, navy and air force, and all their sub-divisions.
reader comment“Given that anyone who can't handle everyday English won't be of much use when the trouble starts, should we not be locking up these Jedi in the Tower of London pending execution for sabotage of Britain's armed forces?”

"If you can't do the time . . ."
bullet Convicted terrorist Abu 'Captain Hook' Hamza would like it to be known that he is not enjoying his hookless life in the Alcatraz of the Rockies as a guest of the Americans, and he would like to be shipped back across the Atlantic to sponge again off the British taxpayer in a cushy gaol here.
   Aaaah . . . no! Request denied.


Shudda gone to Specsavers?
bullet You don't have to be a genius to be a drug dealer but it does help if you can keep your wits about you. Unlike the bloke in Copenhagen, who got into what he thought was a taxi. He was just telling the driver to take him home and be quick about it when he realized that he was in a police car. The delighted crew found that their passenger was carrying 1,000 joints, which meant that they could lumber him back to a nice, warm cop shop on a cold, December evening.

Time distortion
bullet Easter eggs for Xmas? Yes, some of the big stores have stretched holiday crossover to this point. At this rate, it will soon be possible to celebrate next year's Xmas this year!


Hot & High
bullet The customs office in Munich has found a novel use for the hundreds of kilograms of marijuana seized by the city's law enforcers in major sting operations. The latest batch was the haul from a bust of traffickers operating out of Serbia and or Albania. The weed ended up in an incineration plant, which generates heat and electricity for buildings in its immediate area. Unfortunately for any druggies in the catchment zone, the incineration temperature is high enough to destroy any active chemicals and turn them to oxides of carbon, etc.

reader comment“That's your sexism problems sorted, Mr. Corbyn!”
momentum sexism corrected


A nation of nits
bullet Xmas is the worst possible time to do any travelling and yet people still do it. If the official estimates of the number of people in motion over the festering season are accurate, then the nation comprises 8.4% of masochists, which is quite a lot!

No improvement
bullet Fancy gadgets which cost a ton of money to fix when they go wrong are all very well, but a good old-fashioned steering-wheel lock is now becoming the weapon of choice for people trying to prevent the theft of their fancy car. It can be hacked, but it's a hacking-off with a hacksaw job, which takes a lot longer than pushing a couple of buttons.

No great rush, then?
bullet The government has taken 50 years to realize that the Beeching cuts; an early example for Fred the Shred to follow; to the railway network were a disaster. They devastated rural areas and put freight on the roads to create our current gridlock and air pollution problems. Reviving old railway lines, where they haven't been built on; still a government aspiration; is a good idea. H2S; government boneheaded policy; isn't.

Clingon Rossi
bullet We're not getting rid of motorbike champion Valentino Rossi anytime soon. He's always zooming off somewhere, which makes a steady relationship with another human bean so difficult that he reckons that he is: "happily married to his motorbike, which reciprocates his love, if not always." Which explains September's broken leg, which put him out of competition for all of three weeks.

Far Queue symbol M. Hill, QC, would like British-born failed jihadis to be allowed back into the country to be 'reintegrated'. Let us hope that he is standing next to one of them when the undesirable decides to reintegrate him/herself into the landscape explosively.

red blob One of the most likely places to spot a Chelsea tractor is . . . Chelsea, according to a report compiled by an insurance firm. Well, who'da thunk that?

Educ — a limited education
bullet Academics are leaving Britain in search of freedom of expression. Why? Because the prevailing 'safe zone' culture and fascist-left political tactics are conspiring to suppress research on spurious grounds.
   Insidious bureaucracy, management BS and consensus politics mean that universities claim that they indulge in open debate but find means to avoid letting it happen, often using spurious legal grounds.
   Fear of adverse comment on the internet, even from people who have no detailed knowledge of the topic under debate, now plays a major part in the new culture of academic cowardice.

Here we go again
bullet Well, that was a nice Xmas present for Bremoaners, the sneerocracy and was-beens like Edstone Milipede. They can now sound off about the return of blue passports and pretend there's something wrong with not being ashamed of your country and its glorious past.
   Labour MPs are particularly pissed off by the change as they wanted to celebrate the Rise of Corbynism with red passports decorated with a nice hammer & sickle logo.


Definitions for Today: Recycling
The End of the World is Inghbullet A way of wasting vast quantities of time, energy and taxpayers' cash so that politicians can pretend that they are saving the planet. Also, a means of shifting unwanted materials from the First World to the Third World to occupy space left empty by 3rd World migrants.

Here's a lethal Catch 22
bullet A couple of local councils spent the best part of a million quid on traffic slowing measures to make motorists observe a 20 mph speed limit. As a result, road deaths went UP in half the places where the changes were made.
   Most of the blame is falling on dozy pedestrians, who are accused of not taking enough care when crossing the road in what they have been told are safe areas. Worse, the councils are now claiming that they can't spare another million quid to undo the 20 mph zones.

Bodies get busy at this time of year
bullet Leicestershire county council has approved the appointment of an Xmas Sprout Controller to ensure that no resident consumes more than 6 festive Brussels sprouts on Xmas Day.
   Despite "The Cuts", a large team of Reallocation Prevention Agents will have to be appointed to ensure that people who do not like sprouts do not hand over their rejected vegetables to a sproutoholic and cause the recipient to exceed the Six-Per-Person Rule.
   Despite "The Cuts", just about every other council in the country has come up with a similar Xmas way of wasting taxpayers' cash.

Big deal? No, very small, actually.
bullet The French parliament has voted to end all oil and gas production on French soil (that's France and occupied territories abroad) by 2040. Wow! Amazing! Well, not really. The annual oil production by the French is about what Saudi Arabia produces in its lunchbreak on one single day. Which means that the impact on the planet is not going to be huge.

Mealy & mouthed
bullet The IMF has a long an inglorious history of making off-the-mark financial forecasts, and it is run by usual suspects with less than sparkling records. Which means that in its Xmas bad cheer message, Boss Lagarde couldn't come out and say that Britain is doing the right thing in trying to balance income and expenditure. But she did manage to point out that a Corbyn "tax and waste" Labour government would be an utter disaster.

Tragedy porn is legal
bullet Once upon a time, we got nature programmes on TV showing the weird and wonderful range of life on the planet. Now, people trawl that planet for the sickliest animals they can find in search of harrowing pictures of 'animals dying as a result of the evil actions of mankind'.
   Knowing that one will ever perform a post mortem examination on the animal, the doombuggers confidently claim that a diseased and dying polar bear was killed by man-made global warming or a stillborn whale calf is a 'victim' of plastic in the oceans.
   Ain't life wonderful when no one holds you to account?


They live among us!
bullet Apparently, the world is full of people who think the Earth is flat. They inhabit Planet Internet, where anything is possible, rather than the Real World. They enjoy all the moral authority of a secret society and they are indistinguishable from Real People as long as they keep their trap shut.
   Any 'evidence' from organizations like NASA, which have placed satellites in orbit around the Earth and other planets, is deemed invalid. But one of the Flat Earthers, an appropriately named 'Mad' Mike, is currently working on a steam-powered rocket, which he hopes to use to prove his case.
Horrible thought: The person standing next to you right now might be one of them!!

"It doesn't MATTER what you think, Jabroni!"
bullet Can you imagine the consternation if America's leader were to tell the above to the Big Boss of the Russians or Chinese? It's something which could well happen if the 2024 US election gives us another President Johnson. That's Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, who has political ambitions and a desire to be another actor turned leader of the Western World like Ronald Reagan.
reader comment“George Clooney, another actor, keeps denying having any presidential ambitions. It would be fun to find out how he stands up to the People's Elbow if the two of them ever go head to head.”


The way we're going!
bullet There is so much plastic leaking into the environment; e.g. zillions of microscopic bits from every wash of synthetic garments like fleeces; that it is getting everywhere. Especially into living animals. The 'experts' expect that human beans will be 3% plastic of one sort or another, on average, by 2050.
   The actual numbers are 2.87% for men and 3.14% for women because they tend to have more body fat. And the figure could be 5%, or even 6% (!) for the grossly obese!
   What effect this will have on life expectancy is still a matter for debate, but some of the 'experts' do think that the plastic content could well have a life-prolonging effect.
reader comment“Should we be bothered about plastic? Not if the doom-mongers are right when they claim that it is virtually indestructible and will linger for zillions of years.
   “If this is so, then plastic is a stable material, which just shreds into smaller and smaller pieces! It just occupies some space everywhere and it doesn't react chemically with its environment, as a toxic substance would.”

Good News!
bullet It's going to get warmer as the month progresses and there is absolutely no danger at all of a White Xmas. [Unless the forecasters have got it horribly wrong, as they are wont to do. Ed.]

Seasonal cheer
bullet Six months ago, at the Glastonbury festival in June, J. Corbyn promised he'd be in Downing Street by Xmas. Less than a week to go before we get to that joyful event.
update Nostradamus Corbyn has reloaded his prediction machine with probably PM within a year.

Definitions For Today
bullet Diversity — egotistical minorities seeking to plump up their own profile and self-esteem by claiming a disproportionate amount of everyone else's attention and money. Also the unexceptional, unsavoury and the plain unworthy in pursuit of special status and privileges.


Headline vs Reality
bullet Gosh! There's a Greenland shark swimming around in the North Atlantic which is 512 years old. But before anyone starts singing "Have a birthday, you too!", it should be noted that the precision of the measurement technique is such that the shark could as easily be just 272 years old. Which is only half as impressive.

It had to happen
bullet This year's Xmas Blunderland was opened at Crystal Palace Park in London. It was scheduled to run and run until January 2nd, bringing seasonal joy to all. The swamp with overpriced rides closed after the first weekend, blighted by snow.

Definitions For Today
bullet The Labour Party — a club for people who don't work, people who would rather have an excuse to be on strike rather than do any work and people who wish to live on the assets of others, who are more enterprising or luckier than them. The Something For Nothing party.

space news

Xmas waste of time & money
bullet Some of our 'experts' have so little to do with themselves that they think checking A/207U, a piece of space debris currently hurtling through the solar system at nearly 2% of the speed of light, for electromagnetic signals.
   They have convinced themselves that the quarter-mile-long needle is dense enough to be made of metal and they think it could have been sent here by little green men from a galaxy far, far away.
   What they would dearly love is to pick up mobile phone-type signals and confirm their own theory that it is a probe dropped off by a mothership to investigate us; and proof that WE ARE NOT ALONE.
   Natch, none of the 'experts' is paying for the use of all the serious astronomical gear needed for their junket.
update The piece of space debris isn't an alien scout craft — official. Experts have examined the way sunlight reflected from it and concluded that it is an icicle with a protective cladding of rock, which prevents the core from vaporizing in a solar system.

Mysteries in the skies
bullet According to the former director of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, which was run at the Pentagon using black ops cash, UFOs do exist. US pilots have spotted things in the sky which are objects which fly and are of unknown origin.
   So many unexplainable sightings have been logged that it is possible that some could have contained Little Green Men from Venus, or elsewhere, but there is no proof one way or the other.
   Some might say that the cash spent on AATIP was wasted. But it did give the boss and his minions the illusion of useful employment, so it did do some good.

Stamps celebrating Brexit
We're definitely on our way!


Cowboy accounting
bullet People can't get cash in lightly populated areas because banks have closed branches but there are still ATMs in shops. Which prompted local councils to come up with the bright idea of shoving an extra £5,000 on their business rates.
   Of course, the result with be even fewer cash machines and no extra cash for the councils. But practical considerations have never ever stood in the way of thoroughly boneheaded ideas in the public sector.

More Wasted Breath
bullet According to the 'experts', the government's year-on-year increases in the NHS budget have not kept pace with demand. But given that the NHS is a bottomless pit, even if it were given all the cash in the world, it would still demand more. Which means that the conclusion, as with much that we hear from 'experts' is worthless.

Standard Operating Procedure
bullet Is anyone surprised to learn that the people shovelling Britain's aid cash down black holes are dumping it into the pockets of terrorists as well as spivs in their desperation to make it disappear? Of course not. That's what they do.

Just following form
bullet Labour councils are being advised to hide their vast reserves abroad in case Corbyn Labour wins the next election and wrecks the British economy, like Labour does. But will the councils be sensible enough to do it?

Failure is the default option
Far Queue symbol The governor of the Bank of England is supposed to keep inflation at 2%. It was 3.1% in November. Wouldn't it be nice if he earned his vast salary and did something other than just writing letters to the Treasury apologizing for his continuing failure?

More Good News
bullet The big banks have been shamed into not forcing the closure of cash machines in isolated spots. They are lobbying for a reduction in the fees they are charged for transactions, which would have made the isolated ATMs not worth running. But the current transaction fee will apply to all ATMs which have no neighbours nearer than 1 kilometre.

Does he realize what he's done?
bullet M. Barnier has arbitrarily (and unilaterally) decided that any UK transition period after our exit from EU membership will have to terminate on 2020/12/31 rather than in March 2021, when the current 7-year budget period runs out.
   Which means that we shall be relieved of having to pay three months' contributions to the EU and, presumably, the Germans will have to bridge the gap. Barnier (French) hates the Germans as much as he hated the British? Not beyond the bounds of possibility.


Fat & Flaunting It!
bullet The French did it first! The city council of Paris is aiming to eliminate all forms of prejudice [apart from objections to thieving politicians, of course, Ed,] and it made the second Friday of the month the day of a rally against grossophobia. That's distaste for grossly obese people to the rest of us. Experts expect that after French Landwhales have had their chance to big it up, things will just drift back to normal, as they usually do.

Xmas snailJoke of the month
"Why do the French like snails so much?"
"Because they can't handle fast food."

Getting creative with the small print
bullet Quorn, the purveyor of alternatives to meat, has put 12-packs of sausage rolls on sale. They contain only 3 actual artificial sausage rolls but the instructions point out that they can be converted into 12 mini-rolls by the simple expedient of cutting each of the three into 4 pieces. Get out of that!!

Just one glass, please
bullet Britain is become a nation of drunks [becoming? Ed.] thanks to a sinister plot by the people who run wine bars and pubs. Wine glasses have doubled in size over the last 30 years such that the standard glass now holds about 3/4 of a pint; but there are real whoppers around with the capacity to hold a full 750 ml bottle of wine with room to let it breathe.

Journal of the Plague Years revisited
bullet Jeepers! Some 48% of the population is popping pills of one sort or another. No wonder the NHS is chronically short of cash. And to make things even worse, some experts think lots of people who need pills are not getting them for one reason or another, often embarrassment. There isn't that much money in the Universe!

red blob What do you get if you buy a Xmas turkey at Tesco? No Xmas dinner and a house-filling pong of rancid, gone-off meat.

You live and learn
bullet Snow Sunday in the UK was, in fact, Snowbomb Sunday (everywhere but Romiley) as a result of a bombogenic clash of violently strong winds and stormy weather (except over Romiley) combined with moist airflows from the North Atlantic. We all feel better for knowing that.

bullet Birmingham has been declared Britain's official "City of Snowflakes" for 2018 following the council's decision to go into lockdown mode because of a bit of snow.
   Schools were closed, hospitals cancelled appointment, buses and trains didn't run — even in areas which had received just a light dusting of snow.
   For the next 12 months, citizens of other metropolitan areas will be allowed to sneer at members of Birmingham's city council for going into full panic mode so unnecessarily.

Typical jobsworth
Far Queue symbol The governor of California is blaming the wildfires in his state, which are on course to be the most extensive ever, on global warming. Bad land management is looking a lot more likely explanation, including preventing the small fires which occur naturally and burn off the underbrush, which is making the current fires so severe.

Definitions For Today
bullet Climate Change [formerly global warming] — an attempt by crooked scientists to pretend that they can explain the planet's climate to some extent and, if given sufficient resources, describe it fully to enable crooked politicians to pretend that they can control the planet's climate and move it in beneficial directions.
   see also: alarmism, David Cameron, catastrophism, hottest ever, Ed Miliband, snake oil, United Nations.

No perspective
bullet We might be a bit impressed by claims that 2016 was the warmest year on record, and 2017 was the third warmest, if that record went back 2,017 years rather than just a small fraction of that span of time.

reader comment“The Doombuggers are wailing that the planet is running out of oxygen and we might be past the point of no return. But this isn't exactly news. I'm currently reading an ancient SF book which was published in the 1970s. The BIG plot idea is this same notion. Recycling in action?”

No shame
bullet Greenpeace, along with other green exploiters, has been given a kick on the ankle for using posters with false claims about the cost of electricity from wind power. But it's going to take a lot more than that to stop them from making up more silly stories and swindles.

Just guesswork
bullet 2017 was demoted to the 5th warmest year ‘on record' at the end of the month. It was the 3rd warmest just one week earlier. Which demonstrates how dodgy the judgements are when the accuracy of the measurements is considered and also when dodgy judgements are applied to results which fall well within the error limits of the measurements.

Home News
UK Flag

Out of sight . . .
bullet The Chinese have decided to stop taking our low-grade plastic and cardboard waste any more as their 4th World approach to ‘recycling' has been busted embarrassingly by nosy investigators. But there is no need to panic.
   Britain has lots of holes in the ground and one permitted solution to disposal is ‘temporary storage'. All we have to do is get creative with our definition of ‘temporary' and have the courage to tell creeps who try to argue with it to get lost.

Less wood
bullet Tiny rooms in midget modern homes have created enough demand for the creation of new generations of dwarf Xmas trees. Trees less than three feet tall are now the norm so that the Xmas tree does not take over the room it is in. Virtual trees on the huge wall TV next?

If only they could get real
bullet Our government must know that in all negotions with the EU, there is always some small bunch of spivs; the Irish, in the present case; holding everything up until they get undeserved special treatment. Which makes it all the more strange that the government is bothering to hold talks with the EU, and waste lots of time and taxpayers' money, which would be better spent at home. No deal with the EU is ever worth the effort wasted on it.

Poison-pill Phil
bullet The Chancellor is having a proper bad hair week as the second weekend of the month approaches with promises of freezing temperatures despite all the guff about global warming.
   P. Hammond thinks he can get away with an British Army cut to 50,000 bodies, and he would be happy to pay the EU as much as it demands for its bogus obligations, even if we don't get a decent trade deal.
   The sensible members of his party are now getting some exercise from slapping him down.

Camilla's Xmas nightmare!
Camilla's Xmas nightmare!

Far Queue symbol How to get noticed: The Archbish of Canterbury came up with claiming that grammar schools are a bad idea because they teach kids to read, write and add up, and they thwart his agenda of creating a levelled-out society in which everyone is equally ignorant.

Their version of a good Xmas?
bullet The looney left has gone into a veritable feeding frenzy over the Grenfell Tower fire aftermath. Fake parallel inquiries, fake news, fake history over the cause. [Some bloke with a dodgy fridge; believe nothing else. Ed.] When there is public sector cash to be misused by Toytown quangos, good sense and reason are trampled underfoot by the usual suspects.

A crazy world explained:
People who run skools were kids are not tort to read 'n' rite.

world news

A land of open doors
bullet The Germany Interior Minister, T. de Maizière, is drawing up plans to force manufacturers of cars, phones, computers and all sorts of other tech-gear to build in back-door digital access, which the German security services can use at their discretion. The move is prompted by the increasing difficulty experienced by security services when they try to hack such sources of information. The Interior Minister is seeking to give the authorities an opportunity to snoop without notifying snoopees of what is going on.

The Unwholly Grail
bullet The EU and the Irish were all set to stitch up Mrs. May, and their meeja machine was burbling at full blast, when . . . splat! The wheels came off. The details of the stitch-up reached the boss lady of the DUP and it was a case of once more, "Ulster says NO!!"
   Nice to know that there's one politician in the UK prepared to stick to her guns and stand up for what she thinks is right in the face of an EU swindle.

Trump Unites the World!!
bullet One thing that Donald Trump can never be accused of is a lack of the means to make an impact. Recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel rather than Palestine is a classic example of how he can bring together all the nations of the world. Even if it's to condemn him and call him a nutter.
   His pot stirring also included calculated vagueness, which left everyone making the compromise of West Jerusalem as the potential capital of Israel if the Palestinians could have East Jerusalem. The question to be asked now is what the Christians are going to do about this; will they rise up, or will they just turn both cheeks of the face then both cheeks of the bum?

Putin forever!
bullet Old age pensioner V. Putin has warned the Russian peasants that he intends to do a Mugabe on them and remain their president for another 30 years. Having ‘acquired' an estimated $235 BILLION from the pockets of those Russians who pay taxes already, he is extremely well placed to buy as many election victories as he needs.

She's on your tail, mate!
bullet The current German chancellor, Frau Merkel, is running out of popularity at home and she is said to be turning her sights on the job of European Commission president, which is currently encumbered with J.-C. Druncker. As the EU sieg-heilarchy is seen as a refuge cum dustbin for failed politicians, ending up there will not provide much of a epitaph on the lady's career.

Didn't quite work out
bullet The Spanish government, cheered on by the EUrocracy, jumped all over Catalonia when the separatists dared to hold an independence referendum and win. But forcing the Catalans to have a general election did a Theresa May on their parliament. The supporters of Spain ended up with just 37 seats in the 135-seat parliament and the Separatists won 70 seats. The only consolation for the regime in Madrid is that there are 3 main separatist parties and we all know that coalitions tend to fight like rats in a sack.

Revolutionary wish
bullet If you find that flash drives are in short supply, there's a good reason for it. Defectors are using them to sneak news, films, TV soap episodes and all sorts of other real-world goodies into the pariah state of North Korea by balloon and other means. The hope is that an enlightened population will be less likely to put up with being put upon by an oppressive regime.


Here's a wonderful conspiracy theory . . .
bullet Chunky Ommuna was on his high horse again around the beginning of the month, going on about how we're in danger of hatred being normalized. But that's what the Labour party lives on. He's not going to score many points with the Corbynites by trying to silence it.

Towards a safer world
bullet As the world is always safer when politicians aren't trying to do something, three cheers for President Trump for making them twat about on Twitter and confect synthetic outrage instead of indulging in dangerous meddling.

Everything of clay
bullet It's not really surprising that the Millennials of GO magazine, who had bought the Corbyn promos, found the man himself underwhelming when confronted with reality and that he was ‘not fantastic with detail'.
   Now they know why J.C. is kept in a box and wheeled out only under carefully stage-managed conditions; some PR which the current Old Labourites learned from the failed New Labour Experiment.

Having it all ways
bullet 25% of NHS nurses are obese, according to the latest survey by the experts. That figure rises to one-third for workers in the care industry. If the Labour party's stories can be believed, and 'The Cuts' have left most NHS staff reliant on food banks, then the service offered by food banks must be truly excellent.

More magic from the money tree
Far Queue symbol Labour's shadow attorney general, Swami Chukkabutty, doesn't agree that British jihadis should be killed rather than be allowed back into the country. She thinks they should be put on trial so that the legal trade can fill its collective pockets at the taxpayer's expense. It's true, there's no interest like self-interest

The Zero Hero
Far Queue symbol Lord Kerslake was told to resign or face the sack over letting the finances of King's College Hospital get hopelessly out of control. His reaction was to rush to the BBC to play the hero-martyr. Claiming to be a political independent, even though he works for the Labour party, he was known as Bungling Bob when he was head of the civil service and he established a reputation as a clueless plonker. How did he get the job? It was his turn.

Grieve for ChurchillThe Zero Hero II: Grieve for Churchill
Far Queue symbol D. Grieve, sacked from the job of attorney general by Dave the Leader Cameron (for wanting to give prisoners the right to vote and for supporting other Europeon nonsense), thinks he's out of the same mould as Churchill.
   All we can say to that is: "Some Brass, Some Neck!"

More clay
bullet Is the Euro Commish boss, J-C Druncker, heading for the slammer as the stories of corruption and illegality during his reign as most of the government in Luxembourg pile up around him? Like that's ever going to happen in the thoroughly corrupt realm at the heart of the EU, where scrounging is obligatory and no one is ever responsible or accountable.

Un-British & allowed to get away with it.
bullet The National Archives has been forced to remove a presentation on colonialism because of blatant misrepresentation of Britain's past. The display portrayed the British empire as evil with all the bile of the Labour party's eternally anti-British line.
   The National Archives is supposed to be the official archive and publisher for the UK government. In fact, it has been turned into a refuge for usual suspects pushing the usual anti-British smears — yet another part of the legacy of New Labour and Tony B. Liar.
   In fact, the British empire brought civilization to most of the rest of the world and the looney left and racialist agitators cannot change that.

Grieve for ChurchillThe Zero Hero III
Far Queue symbol Another Labour MP who thinks she's in W. Churchill's class? Nope, L. Pidcock thinks she'd leave Winston gasping in her dust if he were around to challenger her to an MP-ing contest. Dream on, cupcake!
    [If you look very closely, can you see the scars on her nose from when her brain was hooked out? Ed.]

Grieve for ChurchillZero with the rim rubbed off
reader comment“How many Nobel Prizes do these upstarts who claim to be greater than Winston Churchill have? According to the number in the answer, assess their worthiness.”

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Crime News

One or the other
bullet Is a 10% drop in the number of drivers caught using mobile phones down to the Daily Mail's campaign to increase the penalties available to the courts? Or is it just something else which the nation's police forces have decided no longer bother them, like burglary and shoplifting?

Self-inflicted justice
bullet Croatian war criminal S. Praljak did the world a favour by executing himself in court after his 20-year sentence for atrocities against Bosnian Moslems was upheld. Maybe saving the taxpayer the cost of incarceration which could catch on.

Politics and the police
bullet "Tories at war with the police" read the Daily Mail headline at the first weekend of the month. Well, as the nation's current top coppers are Blairist tossers — just substitute a pretend Establishment child-abuse ring for Weapons of Mass Deception — with neither integrity nor competence, it's not really surprising.
   Politicians are a shifty lot at the best of time but our expectations for the police are much higher. The leader of the police union in London might be distressed by the loss of public confidence in his members but there are proper channels for the police to use when a crime has been committed.
   Offering accusations of ancient sleaze to the meeja suggests a personal agenda — revenge for suffering the consequences of past abuses of office — which says worse things about the accusers than their targets.
   The current politicized state at the top of the nation's police farces is something else we have to thank New Labour for.

Forlorn hope?
bullet The Police Service of Northern Ireland, which prosecutes British troops but not IRA terrorists, thinks that bumping into someone under the mistletoe constitutes rape. And even posted a warning for the twits on Twitter.
   We could be reassured to know that the police over the water are just as crap as those on the mainland. But we would be enormously more reassured if we had police who weren't crap.

Lost opportunity
bullet Anyone hoping to put a few bob on Russia to top the medal table for next year's Winter Olympics is out of luck. The rest of the world has ganged up on Putinstan and banned it from competing for institutional doping. Which is rather rotten, when you think about the amount of time and energy and sheer ingenuity that the Russkies have put into their cheating.

Freedom from police harassment
reader comment“Motorbike bandits can get away with it by taking their helmets off to avoid police pursuit. Muggers on foot can escape the forces of law ‘n' order by running across boggy ground because coppers hate getting their designer footwear muddy. As the Blesséd Little John says: 'You couldn't make it up!'”

Far Queue symbol A significant cloud hangs over the head of the Archbishop of Canterbury after the Church of England ran a police-style smear campaign against the late Bishop Bell, who died in 1958.
   An investigation by Lord Carlisle, QC, concluded that the saintly bishop's reputation had been trashed by an inept 'inquiry' conducted by the CoE when it was in the grip of an attack of Savile-mania in the early part of this decade.
   The archbishop's response to the condemnation thus far has been as mealy mouthed as that of any top copper or politician who has suffered a similarly humiliating exposure of personal defects.

The anything-but-justice system
bullet Does it come as any surprise that a judge at Croydon Crown court tossed a case following what looks suspiciously like an attempt to pervert the course of justice by the Metropolitan police and the CPS? Actually, no.
updateIs anyone surprised that lots more cases are going exactly the same way because ground-level coppers have been brainwashed by bosses playing politics and Can't Prosecute Service stooges who were trying to make quotas? Same answer.

It's all relative
bullet Half the population don't see a copper walking a beat in their area from one year to the next, according to the latest survey. What about the people who have PCSOs instead of coppers and don't see them from one year to the next? Are they better or worse off?

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