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Labour Party Leadership Election - Jeremy Corbyn

Another day, another vote. It’s beginning to feel like Switzerland…well perhaps not quite. The merits or otherwise of Owen Smith I couldn’t say, but voting for dearest Darling Owen will not split the party and cast this irrelevant bunch of middle aged Trots into the everlasting darkness of political oblivion.

Given that Comrade Jezza has already wreaked havoc on Labour during the 18-months of his leadership thus far, chances for further mayhem are high. This will be especially true if he succeeds in his attempt to force all sitting MP’s to go through re-selection as part of the process for determining which of the party’s MP’s will be squeezed into the more slimline Houses of Parliament in 2020 when the number of seats is reduced from the current 650 to 600.

For those whose memories are not so ancient, the idea of incumbent MP’s being subject to re-selection prior to each election was a Bennite policy that was rejected back in the 1980′s. It’s application now has only one purpose, which is to purge the moderate Blairites from the parliamentary party and replace them with those who are loyal to Comrade Jezza.

For those who imagine that this whole farrago can’t get any worse for Labour, watch this space, because the re-election of Comrade Jezza will unleash a tide of revenge over the parliamentary party which may well see a split before the end of the year, in which case they will be both up in court seeking ownership of the Labour Party name and more importantly the party machinery and war chest for the next election.

Watching Labour tear itself apart is something which I have dreamed about for more than a decade. We live in interesting times.

Some people just want to watch the world burn

Vote 2016

America is a constitutional republic not a democracy, claim many of the twitterati. This strikes me as something of a mis-reading of reality since there are elections. So in rather more than an abstract sense, they can claim to be democratic, if not an out-and-out democracy. It’s imperfect of course; the primaries seem like a great idea but the uncommitted delegates (such as I understand the nuances of the system) strike me as an awful one. And there seem to be mechanisms to keep pesky candidates off the ballot in some states, and voter fraud seems like an issue. But in the end, there is some kind of a choice.

So the question then becomes, who shall we elect. If you were eligible to vote, or if you are, who would you vote for? None of the candidates fill me with much hope, but let’s have a jaunt through the options:

Trump – I can’t quite see why so many Libertarians have fallen in lock-step behind this guy. Sure he fucks with the media and PC culture and he’s not Hillary, but half the economic stuff seems demented, tariff barriers?

Clinton – I would vote for Saddam Hussein before this evil lying bitch and it simply baffles me why anyone falls for her race-baiting, money from Saudis, lying, lying, lying shit. Then there is the question of her health. I’ve not followed this closely, but is she ill?

Johnson – Supposedly a libertarian but hardly one I’d recognise

Stein – Green lunatic, nuff said

5th party candidate – pick your own

So who amongst this lot, if anyone, would you vote for and who do you expect to win?

I know the polls favour Clinton but I can’t take ‘em seriously anymore and the propaganda and hate in this election seems worse than anything I’ve yet seen. I just wonder if there are enough shy Trump voters lying to pollsters for him to do it?

Protests, what’s the point?

Yes, I know, writing to your MP is more or less redundant. They might send a letter to someone about something trivial, but anything significant which defies the party whip? Forget it.

So what can you do? Many people seem to think protests make a difference, but I don’t think they get how modern politics works. First, the sometimes unpalatable, but absolute truth; the view of the electorate is more or less irrelevant for four years and ten months out of five. Only when the politicos are afraid of losing power do they (pretend to) listen.

We’ve had three recent examples of futile, pointless protests. The Remain supporters demanding the people be given a voice after the referendum, sic, the black lives matter campaigners blocking the road at Heathrow today because of perceived problems with various American police forces and Father’s for justice who seem under the impression that climbing onto Crobyn’s roof will change things.

Last to first, Corbyn is out of power, he can’t change anything and these clowns have been doing this for 20 years and achieved nothing. I have real sympathy with the aims of fathers 4 justice but come on. Is there some strategy meeting they have that says “well this has been a total and complete failure for two decades so let’s do more of that”

The BLM crew today were even more ridiculous. There really isn’t an ongoing and endemic problem of police officers shooting black men regularly in the UK. They were talking about Mark Duggan. So if you want to avoid being shot by the cops, don’t be a criminal gangster wannabe carrying illegal handguns about your person. You should be more or less safe. That would actually work but it wouldn’t get you on TV!

As to the remainers, some made good cases to remain some did not, but one cannot have a referendum then declare the result invalid because you did not like it regardless of how much you protest. Indeed this obvious truth should have been clear from both the countryside marches of the 90’s and the anti-war marches somewhat later on. These were very substantial and completely ignored.

What does work in politics is forming pressure groups and giving money to the offices of various politicians. Then the legislative program is yours for the taking. So F4J, BLM, just organise subscription fees and pay the politicians whose votes you want. In later years you can get handouts from government itself to bribe MPs with. So put away your ladders and understand what actually works to change things.

Venezuela institutes forced labour

Venezuela Forced Labour in Agriculture

A new decree by Venezuela’s government could make its citizens work on farms to tackle the country’s severe food shortages. That “effectively amounts to forced labour,” according to Amnesty International, which derided the decree as “unlawful.”

In a vaguely-worded decree, Venezuelan officials indicated that public and private sector employees could be forced to work in the country’s fields for at least 60-day periods, which may be extended “if circumstances merit.”

“Trying to tackle Venezuela’s severe food shortages by forcing people to work the fields is like trying to fix a broken leg with a band aid,” Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas’ Director at Amnesty International, said in a statement.

President Nicolas Maduro is using his executive powers to declare a state of economic emergency. By using a decree, he can legally circumvent Venezuela’s opposition-led National Assembly — the Congress — which is staunchly against all of Maduro’s actions.

According to the decree from July 22, workers would still be paid their normal salary by the government and they can’t be fired from their actual job.

CNN Money – Venezuela’s new decree on forced labour

This is what happens when the blood-sucking ticks of the Maxist-Leninist-Maoist spectrum get hold of the economy, you rapidly go from subsidised foodstuffs and the promise of cradle-to-grave protection by the state to starvation and forced labour.

The only thing new in all of this is the date; socialist induced famines being a well documented feature, albeit seldom advertised. Certainly Venezuela’s policies from nationalisation of the petrochemical industry to price fixing and currency manipulation have a familiar feel to any student of post-WW2 Eastern Europe. Thus we prepare to entire the next stage of the consequences of economic denial, the Road to Hyperinflation.

Venezuela’s inflation for 2016 is estimated at 481.5% this year and by a staggering 1,642.8% next year, according to the latest International Monetary Fund World Outlook. Given that smuggling food is now a crime in the country as is taking photographs of the queues outside supermarkets, these figures are probably understated.

The supermarket shelves are empty, not because of a US government plot to bring down Maduro (as the Chavistas claim), but because simple economics says that goods cannot be sold at below the cost of production, which is what Chavista policies require at this time given the massive budget deficit.

Maduro continues to occupy the presidential palace, with attempts to remove him taking a glacial pace. One would perhaps wish for a coup to end the deadlock quickly, but that was the route by which Hugo Chavez began his populist climb into power, so possibly not.

I think Venezuelans will have to get a little thinner before the Presidential cockroach is forced to finally “check out”.

When the wrong guy is the right guy

Jeremy Corbyn vs Owen Smith

Jeremy Corbyn believes he can win the Labour leadership by a landslide as it emerged that more than 180,000 people have paid £25 to vote in the contest. [JG - By my calculation that an extra £4.5 million quid]

Allies of Mr Corbyn were left jubilant by the late surge, predicting the vast majority were his backers and claiming rival Owen Smith would be left “crying his eyes out” at the news.

Moderates had attempted to shut down the chances of new joiners by upping the price from £3 and restricting registration to a 48-hour period, but people signed up at the remarkable rate of one a second.

While the 183,541 people who applied are still being vetted, they are expected to make up around a quarter of the total group voting on the next leader – meaning they could swing the result.

Labour leadership race: Jeremy Corbyn camp jubilant as 180,000 people join to vote in 48 hours

I know that the apocryphal belief is that the vast majority of these new members are from the Militant sorry Momentum group of Labour supporters who have a hard-left interpretation of what they think Labour should be doing and for them, the incompetent Jezza is just the man for the job.

For those of us who joined the Labour party to get Jezza elected in the first place [JG - *whistles tunelessly and looks around the room*] he has been a great investment in chaos, anarchy and disorder. In fact the only thing that caught me by surprise was that he nearly did the decent thing and resigned until a backbone stiffening session and stern talking-to by erstwhile comrade John McDonnell and others.

So the vote is coming up and Jezza is on the ballot to the great chagrin of the Parliamentary Labour Party and a minority of the NEC. They’ve fudged the rules as far as they were able to undermine Jeremy Corbyn’s support base, but have underestimated the lengths his supporters will go to in order to save their valiant leader (and adding £4.5 million in new subs to the Labour Party is a surprisingly long way).

I know that some of you have concerns about Jezza being accidentally thrust into Downing Street and I admit that is a possibility, but the greater probability is that his re-election will lead to a significant split in the Parliamentary Labour Party with the majority of Labour MP’s either forming a new centre-left party (possibly with the piss-poor remnants of the Liberal Democrats) or just plain sitting as independent Labour MP’s without the whip.

The chance to destroy Labour once and for all is too great to miss, so I’m voting again for Jezza as the Lord of Misrule. “Io Saturnalia!

Jeremy Corbyn - JezWeCan

He who wields the dagger seldom wears the crown

Leadsom versus May

Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom will battle it out to become the next leader of the Conservative Party after Michael Gove was eliminated from the contest.

After the second MPs’ ballot, Home Secretary Mrs May finished with 199 votes, Energy Minister Mrs Leadsom 84 and Mr Gove, the justice secretary, 46.

Conservative members will now decide the winning candidate, with the result due on 9 September.

The winner will become the UK’s second female prime minister.

It may be a rough old piece of political dogma, but it is seldom wrong. Thus both of the main Tory hopeful’s amongst the BRExiters are eliminated, BoJo by the hand of Gove and Gove by the Tory MP’s in Westminster. So much for political murder as an act of principle. I doubt we will see that particular excuse used again for quite a while.

So, come what may the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom will be a lady and this political first (an all women final lineup), comes courtesy of the Tory party. I hope Harriet Harperson is choking on her cucumber sandwiches this afternoon.

Between the two of them I have issues. Although May has proven a capable Home Secretary, she has often taken a very illiberal attitude to both civil and personal liberties, so I certainly would not want her in the top job if she intends to continue in that vein.

I would also remind the hard of thinking that Theresa May supported “Remain” in the referendum and even if she did so out of loyalty to David Cameron, how can I trust her to execute Article 50 in a timely fashion and also to be a strong supporter of whichever negotiator we send in to deal with the exit negotiations.

Angela Leadsom is new and relatively unproven, but she supported BRExit and has got the balls (figuratively if not literally) to carry it through.

So, I would countenance those who have a vote in the Tory Leadership election as members of the Conservative Party to vote for “Angela Leadsom” on Friday 9 September

Join Labour and you can ride in a pink minivan

Britain will now go bust – official

Well de facto official anyway. You may have noticed Osborne (who seems to go down in my estimation daily) sneaking out a statement that he will not now balance the budget in 2020. Now in one sense this is like me confirming I won’t be fly-half on the next Lions tour, but the significance of it is gigantic.

He of course hid behind Brexit which is laughable. He doesn’t have the data to support that claim and wouldn’t have real world data for at least 12 months, government statisticians being what they are. But it’s a fig leaf; he was never going to get close thanks to the absurd electoral auction we now play. Tell the truth (I.e. funds to the NHS are obviously limited by realty) lose the election. The ongoing circus about leadership of the parties was also the proverbial “good day” to bury catastrophic, terminal news.

So the Tories said lots of things that people wanted to hear which weren’t true (in fairness so did everyone else). However, they were at least pretending to try to balance the budget. McDonnell and Corby actually welcomed this news (sic).

So we now have a structural deficit which one party can’t address and the other thinks is a good idea. So the interest payment on a debt which can only rise, must go up annually until it reaches the point where it can no longer be supported. And contrary to the absurd, anti-mathematical, anti-historical, anti-sanity opinions, deficits do matter.

So it is now clear the UK (and most other Western nations) will default. Just think about that for a moment, no politician can balance the books and none are trying any more. So the question becomes one of how, not if.

The two basic options are hard default or soft default. Hard default a la Greece is unlikely as we can still counterfeit our own money, or QE as its known. This is the crack cocaine of economics. One time it feels painless and it’s ‘free’ money, so you knew the politicians would be back to it.

But we all know what happens when you print your way to wealth as countless countries have found out. This is in our future.

We can expect more financial repression and I’ll bet on capital controls again in the later stages. I wouldn’t exclude Greek style cash withdrawal limits from banks and possibly negative interest rates. This is the ultimate failure. It is the road to ruin and some very nasty populism. And it now seems inevitable.

Game of Thrones in Westminster

I was talking to someone shortly before yesterday lunchtime who claimed to have been at a party over the weekend. He said he saw Boris have a breakdown, wailing “it wasn’t supposed to be like this” Bollocks, I thought to myself, name dropping twat. Then an hour or so later, BoJo withdrew. Rather made me think it perhaps there was some truth in it. That said, maybe Gove just knifed him. Extraordinary behaviour either way. I’m rather pissed however, because the late withdrawal means we won’t now get Priti Patel who had backed him.

Teresa looks too much like a school teacher to me, when ever I see her I wonder if I’ve done my maths homework. Gove looks too ugly and weird. Superficial I know, but important in the TV/internet age. He’s very intelligent, but could he win an election (against someone credible) I didn’t take Stephen Crabb at all seriously, but in a rubbish field, he could well do something. Teresa is still bookies fave, but who knows?

That however, is not very amusing compared to the hilarious goings-on in the Laurel and Hardy tribute party formerly known as Labour. Now it is true that the reason for the existence of Labour is now in question. A party formerly based in the industrial heartlands, when no such lands exist anymore has problems. The Tories have triangulated Labour out of any sane manifesto pledges (you cannot possibly claim you’ll spend more than Osborne and be taken seriously, as Labour discovered when Rachel Reeves was shredded by Brillo one day). So really what is Labour for? Why does anyone positively vote for Labour? They face destruction and they don’t know how to address this. Even if they killed Corbyn, all you would get is an Eagle or Lisa Nandy, none strike me as great thinkers. Blairism is hopelessly discredited so no answers from the “right” of the party.

So a logical response would be a root and branch policy review and y’know, thought before dogma. However Labour elect a 67 year old Marxist who has a Maoist as chief of staff, who won’t resign despite 80% of his own MPs opposing him (can he imagine he can go into an election now?)

So if someone eventually stands against him and Corby gets on the ballot, he wins again. In which case, Labour either give up on 2020 completely and most of the MP’s sulk, hope they are not deselected and wait for 2025? Useless for the senior figures as by then they are too old.

Or they could do a modern SDP breakaway. Each option is horrible, you can’t have as a plan “do nothing for 9 years” Similarly, they will all remember the SDP’s fate.

If they didn’t let Corby onto the ballot paper, he would surely sue. In any event, the grassroots would go ballistic and deselect the centrist MP’s anyway. Both factions* would in truth like the Labour brand and each would like to boot out the other. And again, if they do let him on the ballot paper, he wins again.

So that leaves no opposition to speak of for the Conservatives, so needless to say, they will engage in a civil war of their own; with no credible predators on the horizon, one takes the opportunity to destroy one’s enemies in the party (and Brexit will make the 19th century Irish question look tame by comparison), this will be the real show in the next four years.

Unless, unless, unless there is an economic catastrophe (by no means impossible) in which case, a few idiots pop up on TV and say it’s all down to ‘capitalism’ and the herd votes Labour again. In which case PM Jezza if he hangs on. This would quickly usher in the final stages of the collapse as we became Northern Venezuela. Politics has become quite interesting again.

The Campaign is over – now it’s up to you

Vote Leave - Last Day of Campaigning on June 22nd 2016 (Smaller)

In the last month or so I’ve delivered thousands of leaflets, button-holed hundreds of voters and hopefully changed the minds of at least some of them from unsure, or remain to Vote “Leave”. No-one can ever measure the real impact that they’ve had on any campaign because it goes from nil through infinitesimal to negligible.

What matters is the difference that we make in aggregate, across hundreds of constituencies from the Shetland Islands to Gibraltar and that ultimately is now in the hands of the electorate.

I have guided, advised and cajoled, but after I put out my 30 boards at polling stations around Perth and Kinross, between 04:30 and 07:00 hrs tomorrow, that is an end to my roll as a campaigner, my role then becomes that of an official observer for the “Leave” campaign to ensure that the votes people make, both for “Leave” and “Remain” are accurately represented.

I feel somewhat humbled to be quite honest, but I will do my very best to ensure that the genuine will of the people is expressed, even if the vote goes against us. I have no problem becoming a defeated underdog, because I have fought hard for something that I believe in, right or wrong.

One way or another, tomorrow will be a defining moment for Britain, “Leave” or “Remain”…

The Vulture Award

The VA (aka Vacuous Arsehole) is a new award given to politicians, or just about anyone in public office, for making mortuary mileage out of a tragic demise.

The first winner of this prestigious medal is Maria Eagle, Labour MP for Garston and Halewood, for attempting to link yeserday’s appalling attack on, and subsequent death of, Labour MP Jo Cox,  a supporter of Remain, to the Brexit campaign.  Eagle is also awarded the DSB (Distinguished Steward’s Bar) for being lower than a worm’s anus; a stone hearted bitch who puts politics before whatever shred of humanity she might possess.

Someone should take Eagle aside and explain that you never go full retard, especially before the facts are known.  Contemptible actions by individuals like Eagle, to name but one of many, are the reason the public despises and distrusts so many politicians.

Feel free to make your own nominations for the award.  The field is target rich after all.

 

I probably don’t need to say it but I’m going to anyway.  Our thoughts are with Jo’s family and friends.  The senseless violence that took her from this world and her loved ones cannot go unpunished.  The person responsible should be locked up for the rest of his life and the key thrown away.  No one deserves to die the way Jo Cox did.  All she was trying to do was help.  RIP Jo Cox.

John Lydon was Right…

Yes, he was. This was a man who called (as close as he could) “cuddly” family entertainers like Saville way back. John Lydon was called by the press the most dangerous risk to British kids since Hitler. There is no evidence of him ever doing that. In fact he has been married for nearly 40 years without a hint of scandal.

Three points:

The BBC is (along with the NHS) the most loved establishment in the UK (but have you seen the stuff on Sky of late?)

The BBC has a lot of vile critters who ought to be shot.

But the British have a long tradition of contrarians like Lydon and we need them. They are the counterweight to the box-tickers of the BBC who only prove how much complacent shit you can stack in a Burton’s suit.

FDA puts the squeeze on vaping

Vape Away

The federal government on Thursday banned the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 and required manufacturers to disclose their ingredients and submit their products to the government for approval.

The Food and Drug Administration’s action, which represents the first time the government has regulated the booming market of e-cigarettes, seeks to clamp down on devices that have become increasingly popular, especially among young people, even as they have been subject to almost no oversight.

The agency, which first said it intended to regulate e-cigarettes in 2014, also imposed the regulations on cigars, hookahs and pipe tobacco.

The effort is a response to long-standing concerns about what health experts call a “Wild West” atmosphere involving the multi-billion dollar e-cigarette industry. The battery-powered devices heat up flavoured, nicotine-laced liquid, turning it into a vapour that the user inhales, or “vapes.

Washington Post – The federal government is about to begin regulating the booming e-cigarette market

Not very surprising, because the absence of the dead hand of government regulation on the emerging vaping industry has long irritated governments, both in Washington, across the states and abroad.

Why should they steal customers from big tobacco and yet not kneel before the powers that be in Washington so that they can get their slice of the relatively lightly regulated and taxed vaping pie?

I smell the stale stench of big tobacco in this as well, for the vaping culture has cut into their US revenues and both big tobacco and local and state governments are losing out.

Key Pointers:

  • The new regulations generally require manufacturers whose products went on sale after Feb. 15, 2007, to get approval from the agency to continue selling their products. These reviews will allow the FDA to scrutinize ingredients, product design and health risks, the agency said. It added that it will allow the companies to keep selling their products for two years while they submit their applications and then for an additional year while the FDA reviews the submissions.
  • The rules also ban the distribution of free samples. Officials suggested they might eventually consider banning flavours in cigars and e-cigarettes, but said the topic needs more research. [JG - Let me guess...Cannabis flavour perhaps??]
  • In recent weeks, the e-cigarette industry has gotten support from some public health experts. In late April, a group of tobacco-control experts, writing in the journal Addiction, urged the FDA to be “open-minded” about e-cigarettes, saying that the products can result in a reduction in traditional smoking. And recently, the Royal College of Physicians concluded that e-cigarettes were likely to be beneficial to public health in Britain.

The long and the short of it is that by medicalising vaping they can put the brakes on an industry that they feel is under-regulated and under-taxed, and in so doing, slow down tax loses from tobacco revenues and appease the lobbyists of big tobacco.

This is all very well and not very surprising, but the problem with vaping is that the key ingredients of vaping fluid are fairly common-place, essentially propylene glycol or vegetable glycerine for the liquid, diluted nicotine and flavouring.

So excessive government intervention at this stage could probably lead to the entire industry going underground as home-made or black market manufacture. Given the pressure on tax revenues and from tobacco lobbyists I suspect that draconian is going to be the way to go for quite a while…

The Only Real Truth in Politics

The Only Real Truth in Politics

I did in fact lie yesterday when I said I would vote “None of the Above” as I was unaware that UKIP were on the ballot. Still a 50% political commitment is better than most politicians, isn’t it?

After all, voting UKIP in Scotland is as much a “F*** YOU!” as anything else isn’t it? Might even do some good.

Scottish Libertarians? – Better luck next time.

If I’d actually have heard anything from you prior to arriving at the ballot box I might have voted for you. As it is “libertarian” is bandied about by too many on the centre left for me to take your word on it.

P.S. – Yes, I have read section 66(3) of the Representation of the People Act 1983 and if the rossers want to arrest me for it they are welcome. It will just give me another platform on which to say to all politicians at large “You’re all gits and I hate you“.

Here endeth the lesson.

Voting with Mother

One Child One Vote

While I am not a great believer in the democratic process, when given the opportunity to vote* I make the effort to do so, even if it is just to send the message to “those who would rule us” that they are all a bunch of gits and I hate them.**

My voting pattern has shifted from the tribal Labour of my youth, through core Conservatism in my thirties, followed by a brief flirtation with Liberal Democracy before emerging into the rightful libertarian anarchy of spoilt ballot papers in my forties.

Given that the current incumbent in my constituency is SNP (Scottish National Socialist German Workers Party) and his nearest rival is the candidate for Jeremy Corbyn’s reanimated corpse of Old Labour some Tory twit named Murdo Fraser, I suspect that a spoilt ballot will again be my personal choice with “None of the above” scrawled across the ballot.

None of the Above

That being said, there is a bit of a difference with my visit to the voting booth on Thursday as this will be my first involvement in devolution (voting for a member of the Scottish Parliament to represent my constituency here in Perth), but also I will not be the youngest voter there, not by a long chalk.

It will be the first parliamentary election in Scotland in which 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote, under the provisions of the Scottish Elections (Reduction of Voting Age) Act.

Scottish Parliament Election 2016

I’m a great believer in the viewpoint that “No taxation without representation” works both ways and since, by-and-large 16 and 17 year old’s don’t pay tax (VAT accepted), I don’t believe they should have the vote.

Indeed the only reason that they have the vote is that Alex Salmond and his bunch of SNP halfwits came to the not very surprising conclusion that 16 and 17 year old’s were a bit more susceptible to lefty propaganda, especially during the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum.

Now I might be prepared to make an exception for the referendum as it was billed as a “once in a generation” plebiscite and 16 and 17 year old’s had as much to lose as anyone in Scotland, but the extension to other Scottish elections is going too far.

It’s got nothing to do with “expanding democracy” or any of the other meaningless twaddle that is often talked about and everything to do with gerrymandering the ballot because 16 and 17 year old’s are more likely to vote for left-wing parties, after all they have precious little to “Conserve” all of it coming from the Bank of Mum and Dad.

So I’ll be going to the polls much later than usual on Thursday, by which time, I hope, the newly appointed voters will be doing their homework or tucked up in bed with their teddy bear “Aloysius” and a nice hot Ovaltine.

For myself, I’ll be taking a bright red bingo pen and a clothes peg for my nose, after all, its a dirty, smelly business this voting malarkey.

* – When in residence in Penang, Malaysia I am not entitled to vote as Article 119 of the Constitution of Malaysia defines voting rights as only for Malaysian citizens and I hold a mere long-term resident visa.

** - Utter contempt is too mild to describe the depth of my animosity towards politicians, councillors and their ilk.

Shoddy Absurdia

Regular readers will know I have little or no time for the only country on the planet that forbids women from driving. They also stone homosexuals. I on the other hand have got stoned with homosexuals. I have also been in cars driven by women. The times we live in eh?

It’s coming out. I knew. I just knew the camel-fucking bastards were up to their fucking necks in 9/11 (and the rest).

I don’t care for their depravity but depravity is just that. Being implicit in the murder of nigh on 3000 people is another matter entirely. I don’t care if they want to make my ancestors who embuggered monks on Lindisfarne and stole their plate look civilized. But that was over a thousand years ago. Things move on. The last gift my country got from Norway was a Christmas Tree. What have we ever got from Saudi Arabia? Hatred, evil and 15/19 on 9/11.

The time has come…

We build nuclear because Saudi you have nothing but oil. Nothing. I mean nothing. Let’s put this bluntly. This is not Islamophobia – oh, no! This is straight horror at our bending-over for a vile regime. I have visited some of the great Mosques of the World. I was treated with respect and I showed them respect.

I have dirty little secret. I do. I like photographing religious buildings and Islam does seem much more amenable than Catholics for example.

This is not Islam. This is an unspeakably corrupt regime we have enabled.

This has to end. Now.

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