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Captain Britain to the rescue

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Captain Britain

Marvel has Brown fighting against aliens!

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I was rather tickled by this story, wondering just who exactly are these aliens who are threatening Northumbria. Are they the hordes of Independent and Conservative councillors who took so many seats from New Labour in North and South Tyneside, and Northumberland in May? Are they the Blairite rebels such as Alan Milburn who is calling for a coherant policy from Brown? Or are they the likes of Ronnie Campbell the Labour MP for Blyth who is fighting against changes in Vehicle Excise Duty?

I find it difficult to imagine Gordon Brown taking charge of a group of superheroes to fight against the Skrull (is that the Skrull behind him?)

Perhaps the guys at Marvel know a little more about the bunker mentality than I do.

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Written by curly

June 4, 2008 at 11:31 am

Pay MPs less

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Peter Lilley calls for pay cuts

Conservative MP Peter Lilley has a fantastic idea – pay our MPs less!

On the face of it he has an excellent point, as our House of Commons gives more and more of it’s powers and responsibilities away to the EU, people in South Tyneside should see less work for our two MPs to do, therefore they should get paid less. Yes, I’m all in favour of that.

However, seeing as all coins have two sides, does this mean that our gravy train robbing riding MEPs should get even more money as they take on more and more power and responsibility?

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Written by curly

June 3, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Posted in Blogging, Conservative, Europe, Money, sarcasm

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Govt. targets parents on teenage drinking

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Ed Balls now wants to interfere in family life!

Nanny knows best of course, the state has an obvious role to play in bringing up kids and advising us when, if, or how much wine young Johnny can consume at the dinner table even though he isn’t eighteen until next year. Parents in South Shields really ought to fear the knock at the door, it might be a government inspector with special powers to enter your home to check that you aren’t allowing the children to get mortal drunk at the table.

What is it about NuLabour and it’s overbearing faith in the state? Why do they have no faith in individuals who are able to run their lives without outside help interference? Why can’t they see that parents who teach their children about moderate consumption of alcohol at the dinner table are probably a zillion times more responsible than those who kick the Lambrini generation out on to our street?

The major problem here, of course, is that I know exactly how Mr Balls should conduct his life, because I am much more intelligent than him and have a finer moral compass. But I have no means of telling him this. This is indeed a great pity, as I know this would be a life changing experience for him. On the instant, he would alter his life style to obey my rules and moral code, crying out;”Thank God! Curly has come to my rescue and now I know how to live my life!”

Or do you think he would just tell me to get stuffed?

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Written by curly

June 2, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Posted in Culture, Labour, News, politics

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£2bn. hole in defence budget

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Gordon Brown orders delays in projects

This is indicative of NuLabour’s attitude towards our armed forces and their overall lack of financial control.

To get himself out of another tight corner he’s prepared to play with peoples’ lives at the same price as his attempted bribe of the voters in Crewe and Nantwich!

Note that once again he appears to be overuling his Chancellor and taking decisions away from Des Browne too. I wonder if they got a call at 6:00 a.m. to tell them about it?

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Written by curly

June 2, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Posted in Defence, Gordon Brown, Money, News, politics

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Towns win over countryside

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Labour diverting money to it’s own areas of support

Nothing new to see here, move along now!

It’s the same old story, even amongst areas where Labour support is high, they always find ways and means of diverting funds towards their favoured projects affecting those conclaves where their support is highest. Yes, even here in South Shields and South Tyneside – do you think for one minute that Cleadon Village would be the first area to benefit from new street lighting? Would you imagine that West park would be highest on the agenda for a new school or a new polyclinic? Could you imagine CAFs in South Tyneside that were not designed with boundaries that gave a Labour majority?

Don’t expect things to change drastically when the Labour Party is turned out of government either, the Conservatives will have their day and try to reverse the process to favour their voters – it’s called politics and spending needs will be redefined in an expedient fashion. It has always been thus.

Nope, nothing new to see here then, move along now.

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Written by curly

June 2, 2008 at 10:13 am

42 days detention “excessive”

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Human Rights Commissioner to write to Brown

Gordon Brown appears to be boxing himself into a corner over his insistence of passing a law that would allow police to detain suspects for 42 days without charge, so much so that he is prepared to stake his survival on it. He is willing to stare detractors and Labour rebels in the face to see who blinks first, knowing that a defeat in the House of Commons will lead to a vote of confidence. And yet the posturing and bravado are so unnecessary as he attempts once again to look as though he is doing the right thing for Britain, and making the right long term decisions. This is one long term decision that is so utterly, utterly, wrong, and miles out of step with any of our European neighbours.

Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner says:

“I am concerned by the British government’s suggestion to allow terrorism suspects to be detained for 42 days without charge.

“This would be way out of line with equivalent detention limits elsewhere in Europe. We need to be more restrictive with such measures. Keeping people detained for such long periods before prosecution is excessive and will prove counter-productive, I would urge members of the parliament to carefully review the government’s proposal.”

This type of legislation is the sort that is only seen in times of war, it is so draconian that it does not belong in modern society and will serve only to alienate communities that ought to be more engaged.

In a move that counters another of Brown and Smith’s arguments the Italians have also waded into the melee to shoot down the comparisons made with their legal system, detention without charge in Italy is restricted only four days

Shami Chakrabarti, the director of Liberty, said: “When the Council of Europe human rights commissioner has cause to intervene in Britain, we should all be truly ashamed. The commissioner has endorsed Liberty’s view that 28 days is already way out of line with the rest of Europe.”

She claimed the government had been quick to try to smear Liberty’s evidence but had produced none of its own: “In recent weeks they’ve even started whispering that Liberty will support some desperate 42-day rescue package. They’ve lost both the argument and the humility to admit it.”

The Ulster Unionists, and any other MPs that Brown is attempting to bribe should wake up to the fact that this is a very poor piece of legislation which has inherent dangers written into it and places far too much power in the hands of the Home Office and the executive. They should spurn the government’s advances and vote with the Conservatives, the Lib-Dems, and rebel Labour MPs, to ensure that civil liberties are safeguarded!

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Written by curly

June 2, 2008 at 10:00 am

Posted in Freedom, Gordon Brown, Law, liberty, News, politics

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Two Jags touts Miliband

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David MilibandDavid Miliband is “brilliant”

Former Deputy Prime Minister John “two jags/shags” Prescott has described South Shields MP and Foreign Secretary David Miliband as “brilliant” and a future leader of the Labour Party.

Well that could be the kiss of death then!

I firmly predict that Miliband will gain a new title within the next three years, – Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition. (Watch out Mr. Hepburn, it will lead to a bigger workload for you.)

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Written by curly

June 1, 2008 at 7:59 pm

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Bribing the Unionists

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Brown to “buy” essential votes.

I find it rather worrying that Gordon Brown should stoop so low as to “buy” the votes of the Ulster Unionists to help him push one of the most illiberal measures ever conceived through the House of Commons.

Many people in South Shields may not give a fig about the liberal viewpoint taken by this author on this measure, or the dangerous powers that I see passed on to some future government that may well have an even more authoritarian face than the present one. The loss of liberty on the flimsiest of evidence, the thought of holding someone for lengthy periods without facing charges, surely should be abhorrent to all lovers of freedom within a reasonable and responsive rule of law.

However, I suspect that many Ulster Unionists have fond memories of seeing some people locked away without charge.

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Written by curly

June 1, 2008 at 7:39 pm

Posted in Freedom, Gordon Brown, Law, liberty, News, politics

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The Broons

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The Broons

They have to go!

How often have I referred to the Bruins (or Broons) in this blog?

Yes, being governed by an unelected Scottish Prime Minister and his dull Scottish cabinet colleagues is enough to test the patience of any Englishman, and now the rest of the Labour family have woken up to the fact that we cannot stand the droning drawl and bur of their jaw dropping monotone crassness. Broon and Broone (the two jobbed Defence Secretary), Alexander and Darling, just bore us all to tears, they are a bigger immigration problem than the east Europeans, they have to go!

Of course, the last Prime Minister (Blair) was born in Scotland too, but he was a winner, he had the Midas touch. Broon, however, is cursed with the Sadim touch – everything he touches turns to dust.

He is a loser.

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Written by curly

June 1, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Climate change concensus?

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More than 31000 scientists say that man is not responsible

You may know that i remain sceptical about the theories attached to anthropogenic climate change, and that I remain open to be convinced that mankind’s activities have been totally responsible for the alleged global warming crisis. There are many who disagree with the position set out by the IPCC but their views often find difficulties in being aired in the mainstream media.

Today we learn that over 31,ooo scientists do not agree with the IPCC’s findings, and that they fervently disagree with the claims that greenhouse gases are harming the planet’s climate. Indeed they point out the benefits of having such gases in the atmosphere.

The IPCC is composed of representatives largely appointed by governments and is led by government scientists. It does not carry out its own research but relies on peer reviewed and published literature for its reports and assessments of future developments. A report of the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs, (The Economics of Climate Change, Vol I, HL Paper 120I (July 2005), TSO) added;

In addition, many of the IPCC’s assumptions and much of the analysis are highly questionable, not least because of the probable influence of “political factors”.

Hence the new religious zealotry attached to the subject, and the growth of the new political phenomenon of garnering millions of pounds of taxes in the name of saving the planet, yet where are these taxes spent? There is little evidence that our government or other western democracies are using these revenues to build renewable energy sources, or invest in petrol free motor cars (but they were prepared to invest in thousands of copies of Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth to send to schools). In what seems like a vicious circle revenues taken from us are poured back into the coffers of scientific institutions prepared to “follow the line” and delve deeper into their climatic doomsday prophesies, yet those who wish to investigate the possibility that mankind is not the great planet destroyer will receive nothing from western governments.

There is no consensus yet, and I am a climate change heretic, I’ll be taken out at dawn and shot no doubt.

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Written by curly

May 31, 2008 at 11:08 am