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Sunday, June 29, 2008

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Woe, Woe and Thrice Woe

After the drubbing at the Henley by-election on Thursday and Wendy Alexander's resignation on Saturday, Gordon Brown now faces a troubled summer struggling to retain authority in his own heartland after it was rumoured that David Marshall and his 13,500 majority in a rock-solid Glasgow East constituency is to resign because of allegedly ill health. (yeh)



It is unlikely that Labour will lose its deposit in Glasgow as it did in Henley. And it's highly unlikely that they can lose a 13,500 majority. But having watched the Liberal Democrats win in East Fife two years ago and overturn a majority 11,500, only one thing is certain inside the Bunker that is 10 Downing Street at the moment - the summer recess can't come a moment too soon.
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Friday, June 27, 2008

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Henley Regrets

Gordon Brown is marking his first anniversary at No 10 with a humiliating defeat at Henley.



Labour came fifth in the race and lost their deposit as they trailed in behind the Greens and the BNP while the Tories' John Howell took the seat with 19,796, a majority of 10,116 over the Liberal Democrats' Stephen Kearney who polled 9,680 votes.
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Saturday, June 21, 2008

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Where Are We

Despite the Irish No vote last week, Gordon Brown decided to proceed with ratification in the UK. The treaty went through parliament earlier this week and the Bill ratifying it received Royal Assent on Thursday.

But yesterday a High Court judge called on the government to delay formal ratification of the European Union's Lisbon treaty until he has ruled on a legal bid to force a referendum.

The formal act of ratification has not yet taken place. It involves depositing legal papers in Rome.

Lord Justice Richards, who is hearing the case, urged the government to hold off completing ratification until his ruling.



"The court is very surprised that the government apparently proposes to ratify while the claimant's challenge to the decision not to hold a referendum on ratification is before the court," Richards wrote in a letter sent to Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the Foreign Office.
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Friday, June 20, 2008

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So much for entente amicale

Back in March, addressing a joint session of both the Commons and the Lords in the Palace of Westminster, French President Nicholas Sarkozy said France and the UK should put aside "centuries of mistrust" and foster an "entente amicale" for the 21st century.



But at a press conference in Brussels yesterday, Mr Sarkozy blamed Peter Mandelson, the British European Union trade commissioner, for Ireland's rejection of the Lisbon Treaty Telegraph
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Thursday, June 19, 2008

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Snellen chart

European Union leaders are meeting in Brussels today for the first time since Irish voters rejected the Lisbon Treaty last week.



Just in case there is any doubt, here is a link to a site on how to say "No" in over 520 languages
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Sunday, June 15, 2008

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The River Rhine Dance



Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have urged other EU nations to continue the ratification process of EU's Lisbon Treaty after the Irish PEOPLE rejected it.
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What say the reeds at Runnymede?




At Runnymede, at Runnymede,
What say the reeds at Runnymede?
The lissom reeds that give and take,
That bend so far, but never break,
They keep the sleepy Thames awake
With tales of John at Runnymede.

At Runnymede, at Runnymede,
Oh, hear the reeds at Runnymede:
'You musn't sell, delay, deny,
A freeman's right or liberty.
It wakes the stubborn Englishry,
We saw 'em roused at Runnymede!

When through our ranks the Barons came,
With little thought of praise or blame,
But resolute to play the game,
They lumbered up to Runnymede;
And there they launched in solid line
The first attack on Right Divine,
The curt uncompromising "Sign!'
They settled John at Runnymede.

At Runnymede, at Runnymede,
Your rights were won at Runnymede!
No freeman shall be fined or bound,
Or dispossessed of freehold ground,
Except by lawful judgment found
And passed upon him by his peers.
Forget not, after all these years,
The Charter signed at Runnymede.'

And still when mob or Monarch lays
Too rude a hand on English ways,
The whisper wakes, the shudder plays,
Across the reeds at Runnymede.
And Thames, that knows the moods of kings,
And crowds and priests and suchlike things,
Rolls deep and dreadful as he brings
Their warning down from Runnymede!

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Saturday, June 14, 2008

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European Union to follow Mugabe agenda

Robert Mugabe has vowed that the main opposition party will never lead Zimbabwe. (BBC )



News Flash, The Amazing Toad Africa appoints its "Democracy Advisor to the EU"
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In Denial

European Union Emperor Jose Manuel Barroso says EU treaty alive despite Irish "No"

"I believe the treaty is alive and we should now try to find a solution,"

The European Union Emperor continued: "The Irish government and the governments of the other member states will now need to assess what this result means for the process. The treaty was signed by all 27 member states, so there is a joint responsibility to address the situation."



What part of "NO" do these people not understand?
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Friday, June 13, 2008

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With a shillelagh under me arm And a twinkle in me eye



Irish Government concede defeat on Lisbon Treaty

Once again when the demos within the European Union have their say, they vote NO.


NO=53.4 YES=46.6

That's all Folks
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Friday, June 06, 2008

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Doom 4 (Game On)

id Software today announced that it has begun production on Doom 4, and is now in the process of expanding its internal team of developers to work on the shooter sequel.

"DOOM is part of the id Software DNA and demands the greatest talent and brightest minds in the industry to bring the next installment of our flagship franchise to Earth," said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software. PC World



10% Tax rate rebellion, 42 days detention rebellion, Car Tax rebellion.

Another rebellion by Labour backbenchers has forced Gordon Brown into a fresh retreat with a last-minute re-write of planning legislation.

More than 60 Labour MPs have threatened to oppose a proposal to create an Infrastructure Planning Commission that would have the final say on major projects including nuclear power stations and airport runways.

DOOMED.
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Thursday, June 05, 2008

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Knife Crime

Gordon Brown has urged prosecutors to take many more people to court for knife crime.

The move was announced by the government this morning after prime minister Gordon Brown and home secretary Jacqui Smith met with representatives from the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) at Downing Street.



As fears grow over people carrying blades, the Prime Minister is calling for fewer cautions to be dished out by police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

He hosted a breakfast meeting with the CPS, police chiefs and other ministers to discuss the issue, at which he urged a "presumption to prosecute" policy in cases of knife crime be applied more widely.

I wonder if that will include the metaphorical knife
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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

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Not Flash Just Gordon

In real life, he is struggling to keep control of his own party while Britain faces economic problems. Daily Telegraph

This is Gordon Brown never seen before - a marvel comic good-guy with chisel-jaw features and a steely resolve.

'SuperGordon' is the hero in the new edition of the U.S-produced Captain Britain cartoon strip in which the British Prime Minister leads a counterattack to destroy the Skrull plan for world domination.



The prime minister devises a masterplan when he discovers that three of his cabinet members are really aliens in disguise who aim to targete the Cheviot Hills, which conceal the gateway to a hidden world of supernatural powers.

The PM, sitting in a room that looks suspiciously like it might overlook Downing Street, commands Captain Britain to spearhead the crucial counter-attack against the the deadly alien force.

He assigns home-grown superheroes - including a female operative named Spitfire - to Britain's top secret MI13 intelligence agency to see off the Skrull threat.

The internationally popular comic first featured Captain Britain in 1976 as the UK equivalent to Captain America.
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Monday, June 02, 2008

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Deep Thought

Tonight, Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, will address Labour MPs at their weekly meeting to try and put forward Gordon Browns position on terror suspects being held for 42 days without charge.

The Prime Minister is facing a defeat on the proposals when they come before the Commons next Wednesday.



Deep Thought is a fictional computer in the book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy it was created by the pan-dimensional, hyper-intelligent race of beings of planet Magrathea to come up with the ultimate answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything.

When, after seven and a half million years of calculation, the answer finally turns out to be 42, Deep Thought's creators sheepishly realise that they do not know the question whence the ultimate answer turned out to be.
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Bradford & Bingley

The pound fell against the dollar on speculation about big losses at Bradford & Bingley, the U.K.'s biggest mortgage lender to the Buy to Let market,increasing concern about the slump in the U.K. property market.


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