Monthly Archives: September 2012

Over 40,000 Racist Incidents in England And Wales For 2011-12

Anyone familiar with the under currents in British society would know that racism is still a problem, but the latest figures the from Home Office are staggering. There were over 40,000 reported racial instances last year, 2011-12. Given the nature of … Continue reading

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Mitt Romney, Nick Clegg And The Art of Parody

Nick Clegg’s insincere and poor apology has brought forth a few spoof videos on Youtube, but to my taste they lack a certain punch. Elsewhere YouTube is full of good parodies of Mitt Romney and I enjoyed this one: Update … Continue reading

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Jewish Shop in Paris Bombed

Another example of under reporting in the Western media, a Jewish shop in Paris is attacked: “PARIS (AP) — A small package bomb exploded inside a kosher grocery store in a Paris suburb Wednesday, wounding at least one person, according … Continue reading

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Clegg’s Non-Apology

The blogosphere and twitter are a buzzed with Nick Clegg’s non-apology, which is here. The video clip is unremarkable and demonstrates a monumental lack of introspection by a politician, but the comments are wonderful and before they are removed this … Continue reading

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The 47% And Mitt Romney

Politics as a way of proving that it helps to be stupid if you’re a conservative. So it is with Mitt Romney’s campaign for the Presidency. Romney, like many conservatives, has unbridled arrogance and conceit which he hides under a … Continue reading

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Toynbee on Cameron And Thatcher.

Polly Toynbee is right to argue, despite its supposed fluffiness, that the Cameron administration is even to the right of Margaret Thatcher: “When Cameron assumed leadership of a party that had lost three elections, the focus groups warned him to … Continue reading

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Who Is Sam Bacile?

The short answer is, he doesn’t exist. He’s a pseudonym, a contrivance, a vehicle to stir up hatred, I have detailed it elsewhere, but the ADL does a much better job: “The anti-Islam film that has sparked con­sid­er­able out­rage and … Continue reading

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An Orwell, The Middle East And Boycotts Round Up

There is never enough time to read, reflect and blog, so whilst I think over other posts here is a quick round up of stories that caught my eye. I was surprised to find that George Orwell had a piece … Continue reading

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Anti-Islam Film, The Truth Emerges

As I previously commented, the background information to this tawdry and poorly produced anti-Islam film was questionable. I was surprised that the Wall Street Journal took at face value the statements from the supposed producer. We are meant to believe … Continue reading

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Galloway Refuses To Apologise To Muslim Women

George Galloway is a slick politician and often knows what buttons to press to galvanise his supporters, but his weakness, as with many men, is ego. Galloway hates apologising, admitting that he could have been wrong, so it was when … Continue reading

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Anti-Islamic Film, Who, What and Where?

There has been considerable discussion and research into the controversial anti-Islamic film which apparently sparked riots. The initial information looked questionable, but even Glenn Greenwald couldn’t see the obvious. Why would the originator of the film claim to be an … Continue reading

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Boris Johnson And Hillsborough

There is a popular misconception, that Boris Johnson, London Mayor, onetime Tory MP and ex-editor of the awful Spectator, is somehow cuddly and charming. However, it is, as with many politicians mannerisms, put on to give him a softer more … Continue reading

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Salma Yaqoob, George Galloway And Misogyny

Although I do not normally follow the activities of smaller fringe groupings in Britain the resignation of Salma Yaqoob from Respect is intriguing. Ms. Yaqoob, as leader of Respect, was placed in an incredibly difficult position recently by George Galloway’s … Continue reading

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Ofcom And Julian Assange

Below is the summary from page 80 of Ofcom Broadcast Bulletin, Issue 213, 10 September 2012 detailing Julian Assange’s complaint. “Not Upheld Complaint by Mr Julian Assange True Stories: WikiLeaks: Secrets and Lies, More 4, 29 November 2011 Summary: Ofcom’s … Continue reading

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Craig Murray, Naomi Wolf And Rape Anonymity

A cynic should never be surprised, but I was, once. When I first read Craig Murray’s awful blog I was astonished at the vitriol within the comment boxes aimed at Julian Assange’s victims. I suppose I expected an ex-diplomat to … Continue reading

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Ed Miliband, Owen Jones And A Poverty Of Ambition

I don’t tend to comment on domestic British politics, much of it is uninspiring and would bore a sloth off of a tree. Notwithstanding that, I couldn’t let the much heralded Ed Miliband interview in the New Statesman pass without … Continue reading

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Rounding Up Misogynistic Julian Assange And More

Keeping track of the Julian Assange saga is frequently troublesome and tiring, but to make life easier this is a round up. If I have missed anything, please leave a comment and I will update the post. Peter’s always on … Continue reading

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Philip Roth’s Open Letter To Wikipedia

I ran across this situation before, Wikipedia’s arrogance and stupidity. You almost expect Wikipedia to say, like generations of bureaucrats “I would like to believe you, but it is worth more than my job’s worth”. Still, Philip Roth is in … Continue reading

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Julian Assange, Rape And The Decline Of The Left

I thank Owen Jones for pointing me towards a hotbed of sexism, misogyny and rape apologists, the Socialist Unity blog. Owen, characteristically, doesn’t want to criticise his fellow socialists so merely comments that it is, Socialism with heart cut out. … Continue reading

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Cameron taunted by Dennis Skinner

I have a soft spot for Dennis Skinner and did enjoy this clip of his intervention at Prime Minister’s Question Time. But readers might want to acquaint themselves with some of Skinner’s finer moments:

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