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Blair signed ‘secret deal’ to hand over Gibraltar to Spain and end UK’s 300-year control – by Tim Shipman Last updated at 8:29 AM on 24th January 2012

In Abuse of Power, Apartheid, England, Equality, Ethics, Native Rights, Uncategorized on January 24, 2012 at 10:53 am

Tony Blair agreed to a secret deal to hand joint sovereignty of Gibraltar to Spain, according to explosive claims by a former Labour cabinet minister.

Peter Hain reveals in his memoirs that he struck the deal with the Spanish government in 2002 to end the UK’s 300-year control of the vital strategic outpost.

He makes clear that he and Mr Blair were both prepared to ride roughshod over the objections of the people of Gibraltar in order to get their way, describing Mr Blair’s attitude to the inhabitants as ‘contemptuous’.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair was prepared to ride roughshod over the objections of the people of Gibraltar in order to get his way, Peter Hain has revealed

Deal: Gibraltar has been a British overseas territory since 1704

The former Europe Minister revealed Mr Blair sanctioned the deal because he wanted to win the backing of the Spanish government – then led by Jose Maria Aznar – to help Britain take on France and Germany in EU negotiations.

The agreement was only shelved when what he called ‘hardliners’ in the Spanish government – who wanted only full sovereignty – objected.

In Outside In, published yesterday, Mr Hain says he joined forces with then Foreign Secretary Jack Straw to make private overtures to Spain during 2001.

Mr Hain and his Spanish counterparts looked at an ‘Andorra solution’ which would have seen co-sovereignty between the UK and Spain.
Rock’s role

In February 2002, Mr Hain says he was given the green light by Mr Blair to proceed.

He quotes Mr Blair as saying: ‘It is really important to get a better future for Gibraltar, to secure a better relationship with Spain and to remove it as an obstruction to our relations within Europe.’

But Gibraltar’s first minister Peter Caruana told Mr Hain: ‘There is no prospect of me agreeing with such an approach.’

Mr Hain accused Gibraltarian leaders of being ‘stuck in the past’.

The deal unravelled with Spain’s ‘conservative, nationalist government getting cold feet at the last moment’, he says. Mr Blair then urged him to ‘park’ the agreement.

Gibraltar then held a referendum in which 98.48 per cent voted No to a deal with Spain.

Labour’s willingness to sell out the people of Gibraltar stands in contrast to the firm line taken by the Coalition. David Cameron has repeatedly said Gibraltar should stay British.

A spokesman for Mr Blair said: ‘Tony Blair has never said or thought Gibraltar should be “run by Spain”. Nor was he “contemptuous” of it.’

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Blair is MORALLY and ETHICALLY right here, not necessarily correct in an expansionary or colonial sense though – which is hateful and wrong and inapplicable given the state of ffairs and level of civgilisation the world is at now. But actually this is not even Spanish territory. Gibraltar is correctly owned by those of South American Indian tribal ancestry if true ownership is to be considered. The natives were living there probably since 20,000 bc until the 1700s when the colonial BULLIES arrived.

The existing citizens there who are not tribal could come under tribal governance as per the UNHCR considerations and oversight (we don;t want to see scalpings etc. despite the terrible butchery that occured 300 years ago), after all holy sites or lands considered unsuitable for building are returned. Gibraltar natives should demand their right to representation at the UN and perhaps reservation of the President’s post though the Prime Minister’s post and other cabine type posts should be based on meritocracy. This is aother ‘First Nation’ that the United Indigenous Nations should address the woes of. These 30,000 natives should be given avery possible affirmative action being the minority and also the original peoples of the area.

Reinstate Chieftain/Shamanism Aztec style or whatever native style in Gibraltar national day or Assembly displays, with their own native Gibraltan language becoming the national language (anyone can speak anything but their language could be used in identifying documents and institutions of the country) – neither Spain nor England who butchered their way into these simple peoples’ lives should hold Gibraltar hostage, with appropriate reparations from both colonial powers to every single ‘native’ this day. They are owed that much!

***Commentator comments : Morally and ethically skewed imperialist comments on above article :

Blair is a Traitor there is no other words to describe him

– Ed, Bham, 24/1/2012 10:04
Rating 3

Is treason still a hanging offence?.

– gus, colchester, 24/1/2012 10:03
Rating 2

Does treason still carry the death penalty? – Stephen, Aylesbury, 24/1/2012 10:48++++ Stephen,I think you’ll find that even for Treason there can be no death-penalty carried out in the UK..It is a EU ruling which was agreed to by the UK and endorsed by,yes…Tony Blair.

– One Hand Clapper, Lye Meadow,Alvechurch., 24/1/2012 10:03
Rating 4

How much would he have sold it for? Phoney B´Liar never did anything without lining his own pockets. Jail him!!!!

– Josephine, Hard up State Pensioner who has never claimed a penny, 24/1/2012 10:01


Toll Charge For The Rock Of Gibraltar say’s La Linea’s Mayor Alejandro Sánchez

The only people guaranteed exemption from the tax on Gibraltar traffic, which he compares to London’s congestion charge, will be the people living in La Linea itself.
Toll Charge For The Rock Of Gibraltar say’s La Linea’s Mayor Alejandro Sánchez

Workers and visitors to The Rock of Gibraltar could so be paying a €5 toll charge in plan to fill neighbouring La Linea’s town hall coffers

The people of Gibraltar could soon find themselves having to pay to leave The Rock of Gibraltar as the Spanish mayor of La Linea plans a toll charge on traffic to The Rock.

Mayor Alejandro Sánchez says he will introduce the toll charge scheme within the next two months.

The only people guaranteed exemption from the tax on Gibraltar traffic, which he compares to London’s congestion charge, will be the people living in La Linea itself.

Visitors to Gibraltar and, especially, commercial traffic in and out of The Rock will have to pay €5 or more.

Mayor Sánchez has still not said whether he will exempt the 30,000 native people of Gibraltar, many of whom live on mainland Spain and commute through La Linea daily to work, or who live in the peninsula but travel to Spain at weekends. “That question is still on the table,” Sánchez said last week.

The move was bound to add tension to the already thorny relations between Britain and Spain over the Rock, which it claims sovereignty over despite being in British hands since 1713.

Sánchez says town hall of La Linea Financial resources, hit by Spain’s falling economy and government pay cut plans, are in need of refilling and that visitors who pass through the town to get to Gibraltar must contribute.

It is still not clear whether his plan to tax traffic is legal, however, as Spain’s central government and not the town hall controls most of the roads leading into Gibraltar.

Local newspaper reports suggest the toll booth will be erected next to the frontier crossing between Spain and the two-and-a-half square mile British dependent territory.

Residents fear that rather than reducing the traffic jams by the frontier, the toll booth would simply make them worse.

The economies of Gibraltar and La Linea are inexorably linked, with many local Spaniards employed on The Rock.

“Do not impose a toll,” the Social and Cultural Association of Spanish Workers in Gibraltar protested.

“La Linea benefits hugely from Gibraltar’s prosperity with 12,000 mouths fed by wages earned in Gibraltar pounds.”



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All of Gibraltar’s lands rightfully belong to the natives and should be distributed to them for subsistence farming. A UN case for grants of allodial land, expulsion of whites from holy native sites, and seeking of reparations for occupation and colonialism and reinstatement of native persons in government can be won, much less any Western power daring to say the natives are being fed by whoever. These were their lands that were colonized and taken by force, they need to be given back what was stolen not insulted about how they are being fed! In fact ‘neurotech’ audits to expel those who did induleg in slaying or economic oppression of natives could be applied as well! Natives are sovereign peoples who deserve their own nations and representation at the UN too, follow Blair’s lead and do the right thing, the FREE NATIVE GIBRALTAR MOVEMENT !


One candidate, one seat — Kua Kia Soong – January 19, 2012

In 3rd Force, Apartheid, Bumiputera Apartheid, Equality, Ethics, Malaysia, Nepotism, Uncategorized on January 24, 2012 at 9:28 am

JAN 19 — Karpal Singh, Chairman of the DAP must be commended for his recent call to Pakatan Rakyat to practice a “one candidate, one seat” policy. At last, one leader in Pakatan Rakyat has finally spoken up against this undemocratic practice of the party elite monopolising federal and state seats … a lion amongst the lambs?

When I criticised this practice a few years ago (Mkini, 18.4.2008), the “seat grabbers” tried to justify the practice by saying they COULD handle both federal and state constituencies: “All you need to do is employ more secretaries to look after the seats for you what,” was their pathetic reply. They failed to see the contradiction and fallacy in this undemocratic practice while criticising the Barisan Nasional for not carrying out democratic reform.

Democratic reforms begin at home

A Pakatan Rakyat that champions democratic reforms should practice this basic democratic principle within their parties before talking about reforming the country. “Seat grabbing” of both federal and state constituencies in the general elections suggests that the politicians involved are brilliant multi-taskers and that there are too few appropriate candidates within their parties to do otherwise.

Democracy is about people’s participation and that means creating opportunities for MORE, not fewer people to engage in the democratic process of government. Are these politicians actively seeking and nurturing such potential candidates within their party?

Whatever their claimed intention, “seat grabbing” looks like an attempt by the power holders in the party to have as many positions and privileges as they can grab, a case of careerism and opportunism gone mad! It’s damn petty bourgeois if you ask me…

The Barisan Nasional, you may have noticed, does not practice such “seat grabbing” not because they are democrats but because they have too many parties between which, to divide the spoils. Furthermore, compared to the largely petty bourgeoisie in Pakatan Rakyat, they are the bourgeoisie who have the “discreet charm” to forego such cheap thrills of monopolising federal and state seats and go for the bigger economic stakes.

A retrogressive step

It has been mentioned that, now Pakatan Rakyat has so many candidates, they should think about implementing the “one candidate, one seat” policy. In fact, when I was in the Selangor DAP state committee in 1990-95, we already implemented this policy in the early 1990s, much to the chagrin of the power elite at the centre of the DAP. At the time, they had insisted that a part-time member of parliament who kept two medical practices was indispensable in the state as well. Even then, the rank-and-file in the DAP were opposed to power holders in the party monopolising both federal and state seats.

But now, this “one candidate, one seat” policy of the Selangor DAP state committee seems to have been rolled back in recent years obviously through the persuasive arguments by the power elite in the party that these politicians are indispensable at both federal and state levels. This example shows how political reforms can be rolled back with time…

There are other reforms that have not been implemented within PR including limiting the terms of office of the party leader, a democratic reform that has been achieved by even the retrogressive MCA. Has the never-ending feudal “dear leader” syndrome any place in a democracy?

Even at the expense of feminism?

Turning to PKR, the same practice has been carried out at the expense of very basic feminist principles. I am of course referring to the abdication of the Permatang Pauh seat by the president of the party, Wan Azizah for her husband, Anwar Ibrahim’s return to the federal parliament.

I was not opposed to the idea of forcing a by-election for Anwar to return to parliament but it should have been the MB of Selangor or some other ineffectual MP who should have given way for Anwar and not Wan Azizah. Hasn’t the mentri besar or the chief minister of state enough duties on their plate to also want to claim a federal seat?

In this case, we are talking about not just an ordinary woman leader but the president of the party and a possible Prime Minister of the country in the event of Anwar being imprisoned for sodomy 2.0.

But how was it that the feminists and the principled politicians in PR did not utter any dissension? It has become a standard feminist demand that there should be a gender quota of women representation in political parties, government office and other institutions. In this case, we have a woman president of the party who had already won her seat in parliament having to make way for a man!

It’s democracy, stupid!

Why do you think this grabby practice of wanting seats in both federal and state parliaments is not practiced in other democratic countries? Do you think it is because they cannot afford to employ political secretaries to look after their constituencies?

It’s democracy, stupid! To do so would risk being laughed at by the media and the public for being such petty bourgeois careerists! Democracy is a process that emphasises broad and greater participation of the people and the nurturing of new leaders in the political system. It is about the inclusion of women and young leaders in the exercise of power and decision-making throughout society.

This principle of inclusivity is crucial. It is not about placing a few token or high-profile women who are more interested in air-brushing their public image either! The role of women leaders is to push for deeper and more extensive models of democracy and participation for other women.

Thus, selection procedures within parties must be inclusive, transparent and democratic. Various structures such as the women and youth wings should be empowered to enable them to effectively participate in this selection process. As my example of the Selangor DAP state committee is instructive, intra-party democracy and inclusivity needs to be sustained. This requires the party to have in place structures and system that will ensure that all groups are catered for at all times and reforms cannot be simply undone.

If Pakatan Rakyat fails to carry out such intra-party reform, democracy will continue to be cynically interpreted — as my former comrades in the DAP used to joke about it — “Dia mahu kerusi”.

* The writer is a director of Suaram and former Petaling Jaya Utara MP

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.

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An intelligent article that is too pro-feminist for it’s own good. You’d think feminism was more important that mention of TERM LIMITS and NEPOTISM. Mention these Pakatan problems sometime too KKS, Pakatan is rife with it’s own form of undemocratic illness – with careerist behaviour particularly pronounced and well described here in Pakatan Rakyat.

Could MCA, MIC, Gerakan and PPP please leave BN to form a 3rd Force along with KITA, MCLM, PCM, Borneo Front, Konsensus Bebas, HRP, PSM that is not aligned to Pakatan? BN is too racist as of now. Pakatan is too ambiguous but more cosmopilitan, though likely corrupt and opaque when they entrench, even as term limitless politicians and nepotists throng the Pakatan coalition. The only safe option which the Rakyat can control to any measure, that could understand that limitless terms and nepotism is wrong, is 3rd Force.

BONANZA: Retiree wins RM57mil jackpot from Vincent Tan’s Toto Saturday, 21 January 2012 07:22

In Abuse of Power, Invasive Laws, Justice, Malaysia, social freedoms, Uncategorized on January 24, 2012 at 9:24 am

SELANGOR- A retiree’s massive RM57mil Supreme Toto 6/58 win has set a new record for jackpot winnings in the country.

The retiree, who is in his 70s, said it had been hard to keep calm after he first learnt of his win from a local daily a day after the draw last Wednesday.

“It was so huge a shock that could even have triggered a heart attack!” he quipped, in a press statement from Sports Toto Malaysia Friday.

The Supreme Toto 6/58 jackpot has only been won twice before, each time coming up to less than RM48 mil. The retiree’s win not only marks a new record for Supreme

Toto 6/58 winnings, but also for jackpot winnings in Malaysia.

His record-breaking win comes only days after the Toto 4D Jackpot of RM7.1mil was won by a Sabahan in his 40s on Jan 15. The Toto 4D second prize of RM171,000 was won on the same draw.

The retiree said he had created his winning set of numbers, 2, 12, 24, 25, 32, and 33, after diligently studying all the numbers that had been drawn before. He said he enjoyed studying number trends and creating lucky number combinations to bet on, and spent moderate sums on number games in his free time.

“It is certainly a great Chinese New Year gift,” the retiree said of his win.

Asked what he planned to do with the money, the retiree said he planned to dedicate most of his newfound fortune to his grandchildren’s future educational needs.

He added he had no big plans for himself, but wanted to use the money to help the less fortunate.


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Mr Retiree, fund 25 MPs with 2 million each and wipe out the lapdog Chinese in MCA and Gerakan or even DAP’s potential Hudud acceptance turncoats. Keep 7 million and enjoy retirement.

Actually Tan Sri Vincent Tan could very well fund/field 50 MPs at 20 million each and wipe out the same lapdog Chinese MPs, if not for the fact that Tan Sri Vincent himself is a lapdog who cannot even get the government to legalize all forms of gambling at 4D outlets instead of 4D alone.

Turn on your captors if you are Chinese or a freeman much less titled nobleman at all Vincent! All that wealth and influence has a purpose, you are not using that wealth properly, the Sultans would not grudge especially you (no prizes for guessing why) equality  . . . and remember that equality is not an attack on the Malay race or Islam, it is just freeing yourself and the minorities. So being this wealthy and influencial and doubtless with access to any number of private armies of thugs and goons for protection or even offense if needed (I doubt anyone could escape alive from that sort of thing . . . ), so why Vincent do you not dare broach subjects some of us have been near hounded to death over and prefer to cower and hide? Raise those black flags – for the end of apartheid at any rate. India, China, UN, Russia and USA would not fault a constitutional lawsuit for ending apartheid.

Having gambling outlets not based on franchises or with individual licenses not an attack on Malay sovereignty or Islamic tenets, as both would not be using the facilities in any case. With all that wealth behind you and no courage to think or act? See Donald Trump eyeing the Presidency (Back to the Future II comes to mind . . . USA would be nigh glorious with Casino King ‘Griff’ in charge . . . ), but what I suggest above to Vincent Tan in fielding candidates is not even lifting a finger.

Oh and citizens, don’t be too impressed with that jackpot. In such a business, the wins are likely calculated events to ‘friendies’. After Toto has made 570 million, Toto will drop 57 million, and probably to selected persons (who likely are astrologically friendly) to boot, no big or kiasu boss would dare bestow such riches on an unfriendly unless he was so bored he wanted a challenge – for Vincnet, I think the challenge should be ending apartheid.

That’s all for today’s lesson on the contrived nature of society. It’s not luck, it’s planned. And wishful thinking about lotteries only merely waste ‘subtle energy’, though the organic playing formats as suggested with on the spot games other than 4D is the best way to gamble. No computers, and probably as random as it gets.

2 Articles on Muslims and Islam – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree on late Ferbruary 2012

In Equality, Islam, Muslims, Uncategorized on January 24, 2012 at 9:21 am

State Govt Not Involved In Microphone Ban, Says Penang Mufti – Malaysian Mirror – 16 August 2011

GEORGE TOWN – The Penang Mufti has denied interference or directive from any quarters, including the state government, over the ban on microphones to read the Quran or chant before the subuh (dawn) prayers. Hassan Ahmad said, as mufti, he issued the ban based on Islamic law with nas (authoritative quotations from the Quran and Hadith) and the issue that the ban would be extended to cover the azan (muezzin’s call to prayer) was baseless because the ban was not a fatwa (decree). “I am disappointed over the unprofessional and ill-mannered statements from all quarters, including accusations that the state Fatwa Council decided on the matter in a reckless manner. “This matter is not a political issue but is a directive from Prophet Muhammad and also to safeguard a harmonious Islam,” he told reporters here yesterday. Hassan said, many quarters, including the mass media, had misinterpretd the directive because they did not understand the difference between ‘nasehat hukum’ (advisory regulation) and decree to the extent of dragging the National Fatwa Council to be also confused over it.

Hassan said that to issue a fatwa, the state Fatwa Council, before hand, must obtain the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as provided under Section 45 Penang Islamic Enactment 2004. He said, in issuing a directive under advisory regulation, it did not require the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong because it was not for the purpose of formulating laws or fatwa. “Nevertheless, the matter (the ban over the use of the loudspeaker to read the Quran) may be discussed in the coming meeting of the Council of Fatwa to decide whether it would be made into a fatwa or otherwise,” he said. Hassan said, there were two subuh azan in Islam. The first was prior to subuh to awaken the public, but it was not practised in this country to avoid disturbing the people before it was actually time for prayer. “Islam orders that the voice is not raised loudly, except for azan and several other routines of religious worship such as khutbah (sermon).

There were many nas which prohibit us from raising our voice to the extent that we disturb people because, although reading the Quran and chanting are very good, we cannot force people to listen to us read”. “Maybe, other people want to read the Quran on their own or want to read it at another time or they are ill or a child is sleeping, or there are non-Muslims in similar situations (who would also be inconvenienced). “In the same vein, it is forbidden to read the Quran loudly or to turn on the television or radio loudly to the extent the neighbours are disturbed,” he said. Hassan said, the Penang Fatwa Committee meeting had issued the ban to the Penang Religious Affairs Department on July 12, because the khariah (village) administration was under the jurisdiction of the department. He said, he was also prepared to meet with the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) to discuss tackling the issue because he only knew about Jakim’s comment through the newspapers. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom was recently quoted saying he would ask Jakim to discuss the issue because there were certain matters that needed to be resolved at the administrative level. (Bernama)

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The Penang State Mufti has shown this much consideration in implementing suggestion (9a) and should also consider the rest of the below for implementation in non-Muslim majority areas so that Singaporean non-Muslim citizens themselves can consider re-assimilation (perhaps via plebiscite) and deposition of the oligarch families in the microstate. 9) Effect leeway and allowances such as voice prayer for minority dominant areas (so that Singapore majority Chinese can be re-assimilated)

a) Voice prayer for mornings in mixed race zones (Has been adopted, in the article above, they are that much closer to re-assimilation of Singapore)
b) Loudspeaker all day for Muslim festival days
c) Voice prayer all day for festival days of non-Muslims
d) Permanent voice prayer zone (non-loudspeaker zone) for Singapore or substantially non-Muslim majority areas like Taiping or Ipoh or Kuantan.
e) Permanent voice prayer zone (non-loudspeaker zone) for gazetted Minority Enclave districts for future generations as required and applied for. We have the space so no excuses to deny preferences or oppress sensitive eardrums of silence loving peoples.
f) Permanent loudspeaker prayer zone for gazetted Majority Enclave districts for future generations as required and applied for. We have the space so no excuses to deny preferences or oppress sensitive eardrums of silence loving peoples or to prevent those who do like loudspeaker prayers from having prayer broadcast 5 times a day.
g) all other districts that do not fill in all of the above criteria will be full loudspeaker zones. Perhaps after the re-assimilation of Singapore, considerations will be applied (should a certain Captain supposedly familiar with the Brunei Court still be around by then) to the assimilation of Sultanate Brunei as well, alongside a reistalled Orang Asli Raja for Sarawak and Sabah as among other things. Malaysia hosts several Sultans who are thriving under the Malaysian Constitutional Monarchy system, and the benefits of joining the Malaysian states as a 15th state might benefit Brunei as a whole considering it’s size and central position in East Malaysia.

***Commentary : This entire article and all comments were taken off the Malaysia Chronicle site. Of late there has been much censorship and article pulling by this media portal, perhaps they are being leaned on or bought off and now look like a tepid supporter of PR who dares not detail on cutting edge issues like this article you just read.

Any Ethnic Group Can Be President – Sultan Of Yogyakarta – Sunday, 22 January 2012 15:06 (3 votes)

JAKARTA, — The Sultan of Yogyakarta, Sri Sultan Hemengku Buwono X the 10th said, the view that only Javanese should become Indonesia’s President is no longer

relevant for current times.

The senior member of the Golkar party, who is also Governor of the province of Yogyakarta Special Region said the republic’s top position can be held by any ethnic

group as it is their prerogative as citizens and furthermore it is for the voters to decide.

“It depends on the citizens, when they go in to cast their votes. And Javanese are not the only voters. The whole of the republic has the right to vote,” the Sultan

was quoted on the vivanews portal.

He was speaking at a cultural discourse at Jalan Ampera Raya, Kemang in South Jakarta, yesterday.

The Sultan of Yogyakarta is the only sultanate in Indonesia which has the privilege of being automatically appointed as the Governor of Yogyakarta province, a

position on par with the Chief Minister of a state, due to its special region status.

The province itself is steeped in Javanese custom and culture.

Golkar is at present helmed by Aburizal Bakrie, a veteran politician who is not of Javanese origin and one of the wealthiest men in Indonesia.

He is slated to run for the Indonesian presidency in the 2014 presidential general election.


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The Royal Sultanate of Yogykarta just trumped so many others in the Nusantaran region . . . any PM of any race would be happy to serve under such a ‘open race mentality’ ruler. Any world citizen would feel at home under such thought paradigms. Does Indonesia proud to have such moderate Islam, shows the innately all encompassing, humanist, UNHCR peer worthy nature of the Indonesian people. Extrapolate on this line of thought lawmakers in Indonesia, it is good for the reputation of Islam but even more so of the people of Javanese, Sumatran, Achenese etc. descent.

Nusantaran Animism anyone?

Shameless quangocrats who jump from one state-funded gravy train on to another – by Leo Mckinstry – 19th August 2011

In Uncategorized on January 24, 2012 at 9:12 am

Famously, the Cabinet Office boasted that the Government had embarked on a ‘bonfire of the quangos’, which would see almost 200 organisations disappear, saving the taxpayer a fortune. Ten months on, however, these claims have proved grossly overblown. All we’ve had is a few flickering flames, rather than a mighty conflagration. As new research revealed yesterday, of the 192 bodies that the Coalition promised to abolish, 151 still exist, continuing to leech off the taxpayer. Failure to deliver: Francis Maude, Cabinet Office Minister, leaves a television studio in Westminster on October 14, 2010 in London, after announcing the plans to abolish 192 Quangos and merge an additional 118 Failure to deliver: Francis Maude, Cabinet Office Minister, leaves a television studio in Westminster on October 14, 2010 in London, after announcing the plans to abolish 192 Quangos and merge an additional 118 The gigantic, expensive quango-land has proved astonishingly resistant to the cuts. A host of outfits that were deemed a waste of public money, such as the Football Licensing Authority and the notoriously spendthrift National Policing Improvement Agency, continue to survive long after their death knell was supposed to have sounded. Even when an organisation is axed, it often reappears in another form — just like the hydra of Greek mythology, which would grow two new heads for every one that the mighty Hercules chopped off. Ministers have made much of the planned abolition of the eight Regional Development Agencies, set up by John Prescott to ‘enable local communities to fulfil their economic ambitions’.

A year on from the ‘bonfire’ of the quangos, three in four survive Fury over taxpayer gold card cover-up: Ministers blame head of the Civil Service for blocking exposure of abuse Yet the agencies have been replaced by no fewer than 23 Local Enterprise Partnerships which are suspiciously similar to their predecessors. Likewise, the functions of the Training and Development Agency for teachers are to be taken over by a new body called the Teaching Agency, while the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Authority is to be replaced — you guessed it, — by another unelected organisation: the Standards and Testing Agency. This kind of structural tinkering and name-changing is designed to give the illusion of radical action, but all the while maintaining the bureaucratic status quo. An instinct for self-preservation runs deep in quangoland, with top officials skilled at finding new berths for themselves within the embrace of the state machine. Removed from reality: Even actor and director Clint Eastwood weighed in to criticise plans to abolish the Film Council Removed from reality: Even actor and director Clint Eastwood weighed in to criticise plans to abolish the Film Council There was a tremendous fuss last year when the Government announced the abolition of the UK Film Council, a move that was presented by campaigners on the Left as a shattering blow to a key industry and even attracted criticism from Clint Eastwood. Yet the Government was not nearly as tough as its critics portrayed. In fact, no fewer than 44 of the Film Council’s staff, around half its workforce, were simply transferred to another quango, the British Film Institute. They included Tanya Seghatchian, the £135,000 head of the Film Council’s film fund; Peter Buckingham, the Film Council’s former head of distribution and exhibition; and Will Evans, former head of business affairs. It is the same story in many other areas. For example, there was more wailing in the arts world when the Government announced the abolition of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), its duties to be taken over by the Arts Council.

All too predictably, several of the MLA’s top quangocrats made the smooth passage to the Arts Council, among them Hedley Swain, who is currently on £72,000 as director of programme delivery, and Nicola Morgan, who is programme manager of sector improvement at the MLA but from October will be director of libraries at the Arts Council. This merry-go-round can also be found in the NHS, where the abolition of the strategic health authorities has not hindered the careers of some top officials. Dame Barbara Hakin, former £200,000 head of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority, will reportedly keep her salary in her new role in the Department of Health as managing director for commissioning development. The same good fortune has been experienced by Ian Dalton, the £195,000 chief executive of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority, who becomes the DoH’s managing director for provider development. Nor has the imminent abolition of the London Development Agency, the discredited economic quango for the capital, come as too cruel a blow for its chief executive Sir Peter Rogers, who has become Mayor Boris Johnson’s £127,000–a-year economic adviser. Cocooned by their lavish subsidies and bloated with a false sense of self-importance, too many quangocrats refuse to face the economic realities of life in austerity Britain. They think they are entitled to the maintain the same profligate culture that existed under Labour — and the Coalition is too enfeebled to challenge them. Despite a supposed recruitment freeze at the top of the civil service and quangoland, the hiring of bureaucrats continues So, despite a supposed recruitment freeze at the top of the civil service and quangoland, the hiring of bureaucrats continues. One recent survey of 100 of Britain’s biggest quangos and public bodies showed that 51 have been advertising for staff in the past three months. English Heritage, for example, has advertised for 16 new staff, including a £45,000-a-year head of brands and national campaigns. Similarly, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence boosted its head count from 390 to 451 last year, while energy regulator OFGEM, the National Fraud Authority and the General Dental Council all increased staffing levels over the past year. One of the worst offenders has been the National Policing Improvement Agency, the effectiveness of whose work was demonstrated in the woeful response to the outbreak of mass thuggery in Britain’s cities last week.

It certainly can’t use the excuse that it was short of resources. Not only has it increased its permanent headcount from 1,489 to 1,538 in the past year, but its arrogant attitude towards the taxpayers who fund its existence was highlighted by revelations about how it had spent £100,000 on taxi fares, £1,800 on a beehive and £2,500 on dining at an exclusive Belgravia restaurant. No fewer than 150 members of the agency’s staff have credit cards, racking up average annual bills of £20,000. Whats been spared Similar extravagance can be seen in the huge pay-offs made to quango staff. Just as most people do not receive credit cards with almost unlimited sums from their employers, so few workers can expect massive golden farewells when they lose their jobs. But the normal laws of finance do not apply in quangoland, where an early departure can bring huge rewards. Research has shown that the average redundancy pay-out in Whitehall and for quangocrats is £42,000 — more than four times the national average of £9,362. The average redundancy pay-out in Whitehall and for quangocrats is £42,000 — more than four times the national average of £9,362 For senior pen-pushers, the pay-offs can be much higher. At the Training and Development Agency for Schools, 24 staff received packages worth an average of £160,000 each in 2010/11, with five given £200,000 and executive director Leanne Hedden handed £549,457. Sadly, such grotesque sums are widespread. The Land Registry paid 68 staff more than £200,000 to leave, though these figures are dwarfed by the colossal £949,000 awarded to the outgoing deputy director-general of the BBC, Mark Byford, and the £392,000 given to the BBC’s former director of marketing Sharon Baylay on her exit. The Commission for Architecture and Built Environment – one of the few quangos to be culled (sounds like a Gambier Threat case related NGO?) What makes these pay-offs all the more outrageous is the fact that many quangocrats take up well-paid jobs soon after pocketing the huge sums. When Charlotte Cane left her job earlier this year as director of resources at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), a quango whose functions are to be absorbed within the Design Council, she was given a package worth £225,000 — the equivalent of £11,000 for every month she was in the post. Yet she has already taken up a lucrative new job as director of finance at Engineering UK, the independent body that promotes engineering and technology in Britain. Just as offensive was the case of Mark Hammond, who has recently taken up a £130,000 position at the controversial and mismanaged Equality and Human Rights Commission, having only eight months ago pocketed a £256,000 package to take early retirement from West Sussex County Council. This practice of a huge, publicly-funded redundancies, followed by swift re-employment, amounts to a gross injustice towards the taxpayer and makes a mockery of the very concept of early retirement. The quango racket has to end. In desperately straitened times, this culture of wastefulness is an insult to the millions of hard-working families watching their standard of living fall due to rising prices and a sluggish economic recovery — a recovery which will grow only by encouraging enterprise, not by rewarding the bureaucrats in the State machine.

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The 300 people who were from the 42 NGOs who supposedly voted in the Local EXCO elections (300 out of 1.5 million is not a 66% quorum) are quangocrats. See what DAP intends to inflict upon us in the article above if DAP ever gains control of the government. What is a Quango? Or a Quangocrat? From the initial letters (the first two letters for the first word) of “quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization”. A Quango is an organization that, although financed by a government, acts independently of it. A Quangocrat is a committe post holder within such a Quango. NGO covers both paid and unpaid Quangos and is a generally more polite way of describing a state funded NGO and should not be compared to a self funded NGO proper. RELA looks like a very expensive, tax payer funded but not ta payer approved Quango as well. All the same NGOs here look set to become state funded, so think voters and know what you vote for. Good work on the article, for once England looks to be breaking new ground, in clearing the parasites in any case – looking forward to precedents towards moving ahead (like the way judges pass sentences and the non-relevance of the Criminal Code’s punishments in the link below which however set England back 10 steps for the above 1 step forward.

Make sense – an apology by the offender and maybe an hour of clean up work AT MOST, instead of enriching the prison system and burdening the tax payers for 6 months or food, housing and guarding would suffice. No fines applicable because it was not about the money, imprisonmeenty is entirely unrelated to an attitude of taking a bottle of water ‘in the chaos’. How much did the offender harm society? In fact ask the shop keeper if he would treat someone to a bottle of water. And for this a 6 month jail term is applied? So much for the judgment of judges. Justice denied, or was the lawyer representing the offender asleep or too block headed to think outside the box of a failed criminal code that should be amended? It’s all about ethos and ‘carrying balls’ rather than logos in English courts then? Eye for eye, tooth for tooth. Bottle of water for bottle of water. The taxpayers lose but the prison contractors laugh all the way to the bank. There are more honest ways of making a living or dispensing government monies than creating a jail and citizen imprisonment based economy.

QUOTE ” You can’t arrest your way out of riot problems. ” Finance Minister George Osborne UNQUOTE

Tsu Koon and Soi Lek: Which century are they living in? – by Richard Loh – 22 August 2011

In Uncategorized on January 24, 2012 at 9:09 am

Tsu Koon and Soi Lek: Which century are they living in? Are MCA Chua Soi Lek and Gerakan Koh Tsu Koon caught in a time warp? Both of them have to be reminded that we are living in the 21st century and the present political scenes and what the rakyat wanted are different from what they used to be. From their talks and political speeches one can see that they are truly out of touch with reality. Since I am from Penang I will write and use examples from this state. First, we must acknowledged that no government is 100 per cent perfect, it is just which government performs better than the other in terms of acceptability by the rakyat. Of course the choice of government elected must be from a free and fair election. Penang is now under Pakatan Rakyat with YB Lim Guan Eng as the Chief Minister. After three years, CM Lim Guan Eng’s performances are being challenged, not by the rakyat but from individual opposition party like MCA, Gerakan and Umno. From local Penangnites and throughout most of the country and far beyond people are saying that Penang is performing better under PR and that is a fact. Can Chua Soi Lek and Koh Tsu Koon admit this fact is true? Below the belt Going down stream and into more details of policies and progress developments there are bound to be some dissatisfaction from the rakyat, some for personal reason that may have affected their lively hood, some not getting what they asked for and those opposing just for the sake of opposing. There are surely some flaws in the state government if MCA and Gerakan were to really look into it. Instead of telling the rakyat the flaws of the government (if any) they rather wedged senseless and baseless accusations (or because they could not find any flaws?) against CM Lim Guan Eng. Lets have a look at a few senseless and baseless accusations from MCA and Gerakan: 1) Insinuate that Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng wants to be prime minister.

I see nothing wrong if it is true that YB Lim Guan Eng wanted to be the PM. There is no law or any clause in the constitution that barred anyone that aspired to be a PM as long as they can get the mandate from the rakyat. But common sense tells us that it is not possible for a Non Malay to be a PM at least not for the next few decades. What purpose does it serves Chua Soi Lek, MCA or the rakyat for this stupid insinuation? 2) Tsu Koon claims sowed seeds of Guan Eng’s gains What does this kind of statement proves “(But) I would say that if BN were to [have won] in March 08, based on the momentum we have created 21 years under Tun Lim Chong Eu, [and] 18 years under me, Penang would have achieved the same achievements (as the present DAP government.)” Claiming credit is not wrong but you must question yourself why after 18 years the seeds that you sowed cannot grow and bear fruits. Does it really takes Koh Tsu Koon 18 years plus 21 years of Tun Lim Chong Eu’s hard work to enable CM Lim Guan Eng to complete and achieve both previous CMs hard work within three years? When the first three runners failed to reached their targeted time and lagging behind others in a 4 X 400 meters relay before the last runner pull in all effort to catch up lost time and still manage to win the race, whom do you think the spectators will praised? 3) Penang MCA has repeatedly accused the DAP-led state government of being anti-Chinese Is this the best that MCA can do to stir the Chinese sentiment against DAP?

MCA did not response to Umno’s accusation of the Penang administration under Lim being racist for allegedly discriminating against the Malay community. Anti-Malay and Anti-Chinese Now I put the question back to MCA, if CM Lim Guan Eng discriminate against the Malay community and is also anti-Chinese at the same time, whom then is CM Lim serving or favoring? By now MCA and Gerakan should have known very well that the Malaysian Chinese can stand on their own two feet, work with their two hands using the brains inside their heads to survive without any handouts. My personal views why the Malay contractors are getting the bulk of the state government projects are, i) the tenders are open and transparent, no more cronies getting the jobs without tender hence better opportunities ii) proves that the Malays are capable in a competitive environment and are willing to stand on their own two feet iii) fewer Chinese tendering state projects most probably they prefer private projects There is no point for MCA and Gerakan to use race, claiming historic credit or accusations as basis to win votes, its not going to work anymore but again they may still be caught in the time warp of the 20th century. Fight fair MCA & Gerakan should instead challenge CM Lim that they can perform better, by proving the following examples that; 1) BN can give RM500 to each senior citizen yearly instead of RM100 being given now. 2) All schools, government or private, religious or non religious as long as they are legal will be allocated RM2 million each, every five years 3) BN will subsidised 50K for first time house owner earning less than 3k and given priority to own an apartment costing less than 200k build by private developers 4) All straight A’s student will received state scholarship for tertiary education should they failed to get from Federal. The list can go on, just think of how you can assist the rakyat like what CM Lim has being doing and show that BN can do even better instead of all the silly and meaningless politiking.

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@Richard Loh (writer of article) . . . plus 21 years of Tun Lim Chong Eu’s hard work . . . Hard work?

Post-colonial neo-colonial masters DO NOT DO ANY HARD WORK. You mean collusion with dr.Evil rather? It was not intellectual but sycophant KTK or untalented clique forming and nepotist LGE who got investments into Penang. Like Singapore, there were GLOBALISTS investing in Muslim countries, militarising places like Phillipines amd attempting to control Vietnam, Cambodia (via Hollywood) and even via Thaksin/Lee Dtynasty collusion Thailand as well, to try to topple the regional powers after the Indians sent the English packing. One does not have to be a Muslim to say it, but DAP (who’s rubbish policy writing and abuse of power speaks for itself), a branch of PAP which is beholden to USA, and USA beholden to the Zionist faction Israelis . . . can’t you see the bigger picture before showing how much bodeking you can do?

Praising a cult of personality like Lim Chong Eu, a colluder with half-blood bumi Mahathir (where every other mamak is not a bumi) is going to get you nowhere, though lots of mob mentality types would concur with you just to look clever or harmonious. The truth is JARRING and unpleasant – ALL the way from Tan Siew Sim’s time ! There was NO investment even since the Federal Reserve was formed in 1917 to blunt the US War of Independence – neo-colonialism, even Christian convert-colonialism continues through wannabe whites and the War of Independence is being fought like mad this day in the USA since JFK died. It was all a show of investment ‘Richard’, building quickly militarized non-Muslim areas in Muslim regions under the guise of investment. Penang is a potential military base Singapore/Israel style because it is an Island.

So don’t let anyone ask you where your Christian and Masonic loyalties lie given the dhimmitude inspired apartheid here and the clash of civilisations going on. Are you a Chinese or some convert dishonestly ‘playing ball’ at everyone else’s expense? Try applying to be a ‘Crusader’ and get slant-eye chinked out, all the way back to China ! Better sincerely work for the nation and fight for equal rights, freedoms and end of apartheid, regardless of the b.s. you have bought into (this bodek Lim Chong Eu thing shows where the minds of the supposed intelligensia are) instead of using more smoke and mirrors when you can’t even see the big picture enough to actually praise someone like Lim Chong Eu.

It is sad when your supposed heroes are just opportunists and because you chose wrong role models, and end up spouting articles the do the readers more harm. You would do better fetting yourself than people who have harmed, abetted or tacitly aided by inaction the state of the minorities which you yourself are from. It is not a race issue, it is an ethics issue. Fortunately we have more people aware than unaware, but work on the right side Richard, what you do will result in enslavement of entire races by ‘White-Zionist Interests’. Thoughts? @Richard Loh also said :

1) BN can give RM500 to each senior citizen yearly instead of RM100 being given now.

NEVER. And old folks DO NOT fall for this keep a political party in power for cash mentality. We want to see DEMOCRACY and TERM LIMITS and end of NEPOTISM. Your vote which @Richard Loh dares claim is merely worth RM500 is worth more than RM5000 or even RM50,000 in an envelope which the ‘Fiat Currency’ machinery can print limitless quantities of that @Sam Chee Kong (probably another ‘funny money’ ‘monopoly money’ advocate) seems to be pushing. The dishonest politician (like Pakatan 1 foot in the door) of course wants to be in control of such governance paradigms that allow unlimited printing of fiat. Shame on you @Sam Chee Kong !

PAS, please send one of your Dinar proponents to handle this DAP globalist fiat stooge, stop the promotion of fiat by greedy and unaccountable F(i)atheads !

2) A citizen’s vote can in fact DEPRIVE the self serving, corrupt and nepotistic and term limitless of the power they have over you, and that is worth more than RM20,000. End the APARTHEID and CORRUPTION or institutionalized vote buying as Richard Loh suggests/supports here ! Writing 4 million+ of tax monies to oneself under a fake government post is the same kind of institutionalized CORRUPTION that this sort of ‘give cash’ mentality breeds. The givernment can increase taxes in ways that TAKE BACK whatever they give you, government is that mean, under coalitions that dare to promote themselves by using *your* taxpayer monies to make themselves seem generous. ITS YOUR MONEY THEY ARE GIVING YOU STUPID. Vote for ethical politics that REMOVE taxes not shift money around with government toll keepers that charge fees to process this money shifting around nonsense.

Someone is Lacking ETHICS in their politics and treatment of the Rakyat – @Richard Loh and @Sam Chee Kong, fronting that 750K funeral law supporting coalition!

***Commentary : This comment was not allowed on Malaysia Chronicle again. They can’t argue logic so they censor. Or too lazy to argue which means they would make lazy statesmen too. Fonally they don’t respect Freedom of Speech. I never knew Malaysia Chronicle was staffed by ‘love fest’ syiok sendiri writers who were unable to defend their points (which are indefensible anyway). Readers beware ! Despite the neutral portal titled article ” The garbage politicians in BN and Pakatan ” by @Sebastian Loon, which appeared on 22 Aug 2011, there was no address of verious issues I kept bringing up. Voters. Could you vote for a party that does not have a 66% quorum, that will take a 8% or 0.002% quorum as the defacto result and refuses to hold elections again to correct the mistake? Meanwhile for all the falsehoods promulgated by slanted media, when in doubt, vote only for non-racists or Joe Publics.

JLo slammed for Fiat ad AGAIN as anti-Iran group urges her to end endorsement – By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 3:30 AM on 23rd January 2012

In Ethics, Uncategorized on January 24, 2012 at 8:59 am

Jennifer Lopez is under fire once again for her endorsement of auto manufacturer Fiat.

The singer’s infamous ‘My World’ commercial is subject of a new video parody, highlighting the Italian company’s dealings in Iran.

The fake ad, produced by foreign policy advocacy group United Against Nuclear Iran, features the American Idol judge intercut with gruesome imagery of protests in Iran, urging her to cut ties with the Italian auto maker

Controversial: Jennifer Lopez steps out of a Fiat in her November ad for the Italian auto maker, which has come under fire for its dealings in Iran

A voiceover imitating Lopez narrates as the star drives through the set: ‘Fiat sells cars, truck and other equipment on the streets of Iran, where the brutal Iranian regime represses its own people, hangs homosexuals, support terrorists including al-Qaeda and builds a nuclear weapon.

‘I would never want that on my block, but Fiat does pay me millions.

‘Fiat and the brutal Iranian regime…or the people of Iran. I hope concerned citizens don’t make me choose.’

In a statement on UANI’s website, the company accused Lopez of ‘serving as a spokesperson for a company that freely does business with a regime that is developing an illegal nuclear weapons program, financing and sponsoring terrorist groups including al-Qaeda, has killed American and NATO soldiers and is recognised as one of the world’s leading human right’s violators.’

Parody: Foreign policy advocacy group United Against Nuclear Iran released a video on Friday intercutting Lopez’ clips with imagery of protests in Iran

Call for action: A narrator says: ‘Fiat sells cars, trucks and other equipment on the streets of Iran, where the brutal Iranian regime represses its own people’

The letter goes on to state that Iveco, a Fiat subsidiary, ‘produces vehicles that are reportedly used by the Iranian regime as platforms to stage gruesome public executions.’

A description below the video, posted on YouTube, reads: ‘Tell Jennifer Lopez to end her endorsement of Fiat.’

According to a New York Times report on 74 companies which profited from business in Iran from 2000 to 2009. Fiat Fiat Group Autos S.p.A. ‘began production of its Siena four-door sedan in Iran in 2004, under a licensing agreement with Pars Industrial Development Foundation.’

Company spokesman Richard Gadeselli said an estimated 2000 vehicles had been produced by June, 2010.

Under fire once more: Instead of travelling to her old neighbourhood the Bronx to shoot the driving scenes, JLo used a body double for her Fiat advert

Lawsuit: The artists behind this eye-catching image, the TATS Cru, also claim it was used without their permission and is subject to copyright laws

Fiat, which began managing Chrysler in 2009, began running the 60-second commercial titled ‘My World’, in November on network and cable TV outlets.

The advert, in which the star professes her love for her home-town of the Bronx, has already come under heavy criticism after it emerged that she did not even set foot in the the New York borough for filming.

After it emerged Lopez never left the West Coast and instead used a body double and shot most of the scenes in LA, she was criticised for shamelessly promoting the company by driving a Fiat 500 on stage as part of her American Music Awards performance.

A group of established Bronx graffiti artists called TATS Cru also settled with Fiat after the car company used one of their murals in the advert without their permission.

Lopez drives by the artwork, which reads ‘I Heart The Bronx’ twice in the clip.

Here’s what other readers have said. Why not add your thoughts, or debate this issue live on our message boards.

The comments below have not been moderated.

The Americans have Saudi in there back pockets that’s why they turn a blind eye, Iran is not and Americans are scaredddddd.

– momo, preston, 23/1/2012 14:20
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WCH, In a world of my own What are you a good little communist who relies on the government for your existence because you are too lazy to take care of yourself

– Lancelot Link, Chimp Spy, 23/1/2012 12:54
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For the love of Money – is what Americans do best.

– WCH, In a world of my own, 23/1/2012 12:15
Rating 17

Mossad ?

– Svevus, London, 23/1/2012 12:10
Rating 10

thats the STUPIDEST youtube video i ever saw…………. you know to all the americans that support United Against Nuclear Iran…. they breath air in Iran too, should we stop doing that aswell?

– shane , dublin, 23/1/2012 11:22
Rating 51

An excuse to have a pop at Iran. The car’s fine, but that advert almost puts me off buying one. Far too cheesy, and I wouldn’t rush out to get a Fiat 500 to be like JLo.

– Giddy Aunt, UK, 23/1/2012 11:00
Rating 61

erm she’s getting well paid for an easy job that most of us would love. And for the record, i’m fairly certain that JLo isn’t to blame for the problems in iran….. (sarcasm for anyone who isn’t quite sure) Bit of a non-story DM. Get more pics of drunk celebs and stick to what you know!

– Sammy, Staffs, 23/1/2012 10:50
Rating 46

It is ok for American firms to supply equipment to the saudis though ,they are just as brutal ,a few months ago a woman was beheaded for “witchcraft” still we need their oil ,so just turn a blind eye …………………………… – cornholio, hertfordshire, 23/1/2012 10:16 ++++ HA well said. Nobody points the finger to them. They have a chip on their shoulder, bigger than anything else. Money, money, money, they’re all about money. The beginning and end of all.

– JB, Bath, 23/1/2012 10:26
Rating 104

It is ok for American firms to supply equipment to the saudis though ,they are just as brutal ,a few months ago a woman was beheaded for “witchcraft” still we need their oil ,so just turn a blind eye ……………………………

– cornholio, hertfordshire, 23/1/2012 10:16
Rating 145

How much is truth and how much is propaganda, always a hard one to call. Personally I don’t like being fed misinformation especially if it crawls out of the cesspit of modern politics and right wing groups with only one mission, that is to both cause and deliver war! So they are trying to bring about a war with Iran and just what does that achieve, more women and children lying dead, more instability and yet more brutality than is already happening? Funny way of a means to an end! Once again the greed for oil becomes the mechanism for hate!

– James, Morpeth Northumberland, 23/1/2012 10:15
Rating 62

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‘Fiat and the brutal Iranian regime…or the people of Iran. I hope concerned citizens don’t make me choose.’

Try this then – throw the entire issue at them instead. Do the ads for the airtime alone. Then send all the money Fiat gives you to Iran’s poorest. A backhand message to Fiat, JLo’s fans remain happy, and everyone loves JLo more. World diplomacy from JLo. But you do have enough moolah already dont you J’Lo? How about giving at least this stack of ‘blood money’ (blood diamonds) to the poorest Iranians.

Body double?!? Hey no cheating!

Mother-of-four, 28, banned from every nightclub in town for being ‘too old to wear skimpy outfits’ – By Nick Enoch Last updated at 1:09 PM on 23rd January 2012

In Uncategorized on January 24, 2012 at 8:49 am

Lisa Woodman has life ban from Mode, Tramps and Velvet (unless she dresses more appropriately) Lisa’s sister: ‘It’s always the same response – “You ain’t getting in tonight, girls”

With a size six figure and 36DD chest, this petite blonde thought she would have no trouble getting into a nightclub.

But 28-year-old Lisa Woodman has been banned from every hotspot in her home town – after being told she is too old to wear skimpy outfits.

The furious mother-of-four was barred from three venues in Worcester, West Midlands, because of her low-cut tops, short skirts and knee-length boots.

Ms Woodman, who is 5ft 3in, admitted she liked to flaunt her figure but claimed her outfits were conservative compared with those of younger girls.

She was left in tears on New Year’s Eve when doormen at Mode turned her away and told her: ‘You’re too old to wear that get-up.’

Ms Woodman has also been banned from the city’s other two nightclubs – Tramps and Velvet.

All three, owned by the same company in Worcester, said the ban will stay unless she tones down her appearance.

The mother-of-four, a medical secretary at a hospital hygiene company, said: ‘What’s wrong with what I wear?

‘I’m not hurting anyone, am I? I am covering everything, and I just want to have a good time.
Ms Woodman, who is 5ft 3in, admitted she liked to flaunt her figure but claimed her outfits were conservative compared with those of younger girls

Ms Woodman, who is 5ft 3in, admitted she liked to flaunt her figure but claimed her outfits were conservative compared with those of younger girls

‘We never cause any trouble and we’ve never been rude to the bouncers.

‘None of the pubs give me any hassle about my outfits so why do the nightclubs have such a problem?’

She added: ‘There were teenagers and girls in their 20s wearing much more revealing outfits but they went straight in.

‘When I asked the bouncers why me and my sister weren’t allowed in, they just said “You’re too old to wear that get-up”. I couldn’t believe it. I’m only 28 and still consider myself young.’

Lisa started hitting the town last year after splitting from her long-term partner and father of her children Josh, 12, Jamie, ten, and daughters Billie, six, and three-year-old Angel.

She had a breast enhancement operation in April and regularly works out in the gym to keep her figure.

‘I always like to look sexy when I go out on the town,’ she said.

‘I split up from my partner last year and I was really upset so I had a boob job in April and got into shape going to the gym and now I just want to flaunt what I’ve got.

‘I normally wear short skirts and one-piece outfits which might be revealing but never show off too much.

‘I like my high-heel boots and mini-skirts. I’ve got loads of them – they usually cost between £20 and £50 but when I let my hair down, I like to look my best.’

Lisa enjoys a night on the town in Worcester once a fortnight with her sister Sarah, 32.

They usually try to end the evening at Mode, Tramps, or Velvet.

But Lisa claims some of the doormen have humiliated her when turning her away.

She said: ‘One doorman even made me walk up and down and turn around in front of people laughing at what I was wearing.

‘I was totally in shock and really humiliated. I look after myself and I’m only 28. I just want to be treated with a bit of respect.

Mode (above), along with Velvet and Tramps – Worcester’s three nightclubs – have all given Lisa Woodman a life ban unless she ‘makes an effort’ with her choice of clothing

Dean Hill, director of Nexum Leisure, which runs the clubs (including Tramps, above), said: ‘We expect people to make an effort and we have a dress code of smart casual’
Lisa started hitting the town last year after splitting from her long-term partner and father of her children Josh, 12, Jamie, ten, and daughters Billie, six, and three-year-old Angel. Pictured above, Velvet nightclub

‘I rang the nightclub to complain but they just don’t listen.

‘The door staff told me I was banned for life unless I dress differently. It’s outrageous.’

Her sister Sarah, a mother-of-one, said: ‘If we were rude to the bouncers, they really would never let us in, so we’re always polite and say “Hi, how are you?”

‘But it’s always the same response – “You ain’t getting in tonight, girls”.’

Yesterday, nightclub bosses defended their ban, saying they had a ‘responsible door policy’.

Dean Hill, director of Nexum Leisure, which runs the clubs, said: ‘We expect people to make an effort and we have a dress code of smart casual.

‘It is the venue managers who are on the doors – they make decisions on the doors based on our policies.

‘They make judgements based on someone’s behaviour, their dress, if they’re abusive and whether they have ID.

‘And that is to make sure all our customers have a good night.

‘At the end of the day, it’s private premises and we reserve the right to refuse entry for anyone.’

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It’s good to have separation of pub types to better specialise the attending demographic but maybe they should have who is allowed to enter or not made very clear so that this sort of embarrassing exchange does not occur. This woman should open her own pub and invite all those mothers with kids who were recently divored that are 28 years and above to visit (I’m sure Lisa herself would also limit the maximum age at some point so make it clear . . . ). This is obviously a :

(1) ageism (quasi-pedo feel if so – no persons 23 years or older allowed) or
(2) divorced maritial status or
(3) parental status discrimination (you have kids, so not allowed to socialise . . . )

;case that could get Lisa a bit of compensation to start your own pub with. To think England was supposed to be inclusive or what not. It’s no better than some parts of the 3rd world in England after all! Talk about narrow communalism when they are pushing intergenderism or mixed toilets in schools, double standards have never been so glaring! More pantless days (how about every Sunday?) ! More topless and bottomless pubs! More strip poker outlets.

So whats the big deal about a 28 year old divorcee with kids who’s obviously not too frightful looking entering a pub? Pubs are supposed to be PUBLIC where every and anyone can enter – put up those :

(1) Age Limit (tween only, teen only, below 21 only, above 21 only, below 23 or 35 only . . . whatever baloney)
(2) Martial Status (no married people allowed, only married people – swingers – allowed)
(3) Parent basis
(4) No LGBTs
(5) No non-Caucasians / No Caucasians
(6) No dogs, cats or pets
(7) No uncool cars (i.e. must be modified or sports etc.. – ‘car dress code’)

. . . no entry for such persons/objects signs up y’hear – wheres the PC police when you need them . . .

Though all inclusive 100% real pubs, should be givenall sorts of incentives etc. to celebrate their PC-ness. The more groups allowed in, the more benefits or leeway from government, its a nod or frown paradigm not a road block and armed thugs concept. Civil society.

Would you take a pill made out of your own placenta? Midwife sells babies’ afterbirth back to new mothers – By Maysa Rawi Last updated at 6:45 PM on 23rd January 2012

In Uncategorized on January 24, 2012 at 8:37 am

An independent placenta specialist is ‘harvesting’ women’s afterbirths and turning them into health-boosting capsules for new mothers.

Midwife Caroline Baddiley says demand for her service has trebled since the concept was recently shown on Channel 4’s How to be a Good Mother.

Among the benefits of new mums consuming their placenta are that it increases milk production, boosts iron and reduces the chances of post natal depression.

Midwife Caroline Baddiley is ‘harvesting’ women’s afterbirths

Caroline Baddiley, pictured after slicing the collected placenta into small parts, says consuming afterbirth increases milk production, boosts iron and reduces the chances of post natal depression

Mrs Baddiley, 62, begins to process of turning the afterbirth into a jar of pills by collecting it from the mother within hours of her giving birth.

Mrs Baddiley, a vegetarian, takes it home where she steams it in her kitchen for 20 minutes, then slices it into small parts before putting it into a food dehydrator for 12 hours.

After that she uses a coffee grinder to turn it into a fine powder which is then put into capsules using a special machine.

Mrs Baddiley, from Poole, Dorset, usually produces between 90 to 120 pills per jar, depending on the size of the placenta.

Midwife Caroline Baddiley is ‘harvesting’ women’s afterbirth

Mothers, who pay £175 for the service, are advised to take two or three pills a day for the first four to six weeks and then as and when after that

Some women are saving some of their pills for the menopause, as the placenta is said to be a rich source of natural hormones.

Mrs Baddiley, who has been a midwife for 18 years, has had to pass strict food hygiene tests for her new business.

She said: ‘I’ve had a steady trickle of customers but my business has trebled since the Channel 4 show two weeks ago.

‘The benefits for the mother if they consume the placenta is well documented.’ Midwife Caroline Baddiley

Baddiley takes the afterbirth home and steams it in her kitchen for 20 minutes, then slices it into small parts before putting it into a food dehydrator for 12 hours

‘Women report that it increases their milk production, reduces post natal depression, increases their sense of well-being and improves iron levels.

‘Taking it in capsule form is certainly more appealing and palatable than the alternative. It takes away the yuck effect for some people.

‘My customers don’t have to handle it or smell or or taste it at all. It is just a case of knocking back a pill.

She added: ‘Mothers-to-be sign an agreement with me and as soon as they give birth, their husbands call me and I go and collect the placenta.

‘I bring it home and cook it for 20 minutes in a steamer. It is then sliced up and put in a food dehydrator for 12 hours and then ground in a coffee grinder to a fine powder.

‘I use a machine to put the powder into the capsule and they then go in a jar and are delivered by post to the mother.

‘The capsules look like a herbal remedy. A large placenta will make 90 to 120 capsules.’

In the wild, mammals bite through the umbilical cord and eat the placenta straight after the birth.

In Chinese medicine, the placenta is known as a great life force and is highly respected in terms of its medicinal value. It is not cooked, but usually dried.

TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall caused widespread revulsion 14 years ago when he fried a placenta with shallots and garlic for a Channel 4 programme and turned it into pate for a party to celebrate the baby’s arrival.

The placenta pill was the brainchild of American Lynnea Shrief who formed the Independent Placenta Encapsulation Network (IPEN) two years ago.

Mrs Baddiley is a practitioner for IPEN and is based in Poole.

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This is disgusting! I still can not understand why some women eat their placenta it makes me sick! [[[ *** Read the article again please? Waddya mean can’t understand? The midwife gave a clear response in the interview article. You need to take English classes? Go for remedial? *** ]]]

– Tinkerbell, Neverland, 23/1/2012 19:18

I feel sick.

– Jessand, Putney, SW London, 23/1/2012 19:06
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Seriously don’t see the problem – the woman is only eating something that was part of her, it’s not as though it’s cannabilism! If there are health benefits, then go ahead! – Liz, Cheshire, 23/1/2012 16:45 SO it must be ok to eat toe nails, hair, and bogies then? Also to all those saying animals do it so why not humans – Animals also eat their own poo but you would not do that would you? This is disgusting and yes, it’s unnatural for humans to do this. [[[ *** Again another @Felicity type. Nobody’s ramming their opinions down your throat, so don’t ‘counter-ram’ it back up by giving examples that cause ‘back up’. A back up on you @Laura! This one’s for all mothers who do practise this that were offended, as well as all consensual cannibals worldwide. We may not be a cannibal or believe in eating placentae, but to stop others by such demogoguery is sheer fascist mindedness. *** ]]]

– Laura, London, 23/1/2012 19:01
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Is the placenta removed with a cesaerian? [[[ *** They need to make a text book for EVERYONE. It’s like the heimlich maneuver or ‘breath’ of life (minus the idiotic and creepy mannequins . . . ), learning midwife skills is a HUMAN skill though prefreably specialised in betrween womenfolk of the same family if possible.

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Felicity, Kensington…. To suggest that a woman is a bad mother if she doesn’t do everything you describe: natural birth, no drugs, breast feeding, eating the flaming placenta is ridiculous and insulting! Plenty of women do some/none of the above and do perfectly well! Being a good mother is more than what happens before, during and just after birth, it’s a life-long process and there isn’t a set of rules to follow. You’re comments were idiotic. [[[ *** Likely ill intended also. The sense of that was quite bad. *** ]]]

– yorkie, mk, 23/1/2012 18:39
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OMG I’m trying to eat my morning porridge at the moment, thanks

– Greyshine, Los Angeles, 23/1/2012 18:39
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If one cares enough in being a good mother and is educated, then it starts with a natural home birth without pain relief, breastfeeding, and eating the placenta to fully complete the birth. It’s so natural and almost miraculous that baby slept through the night at two weeks, my figure is back to a petite 8, and hubby is one very happy man. Some are luckier than others. [[[ *** ‘It’s so natural and almost miraculous’ then mentioning ‘luckier than others. An NLP based curse or sarcasm?

– Felicity, Kensington, 23/1/2012 18:27
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The procedure is obviously not going to work, because steaming the placenta will certainly destroy any valuable chemicals it may contain. To get the proper effect, it must be eaten raw. [[[ *** Makes organic sense but maybe chill it and eat it over a few days? All at once seems too much or too extreme in replacing lost chemicals, we are humans and don’t need to eat all at once . . . *** ]]]

– Thomas Goodey, Comanesti, Romania, 23/1/2012 18:14
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Stories about the “wonders”of placentas seem to have been around for a long time. 20 years ago my midwife was giving me a tour around a maternity unit in England.She opened a freezer and showed it 3/4 full of placentas-they were awaiting collection for use in face cream production—I wonder if any of the “donors” knew what was going to happen????? Creepy !!!!!!!!

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Robert & gran48– ‘It’s natural because many animals do it’…?? Well let’s see…. that’s some faulty logic. Animals also sometimes eat their young or kill their mates & eat their heads. So it’s OK for us to do that too then…??? [[[ *** Out of context. You’re not thinking straight? Animals also sometimes eat their young is different from the placenta – to restore iron or minerals is perfectly normal . . . who said anything about Animals eating young being normal for humans in any case? *** ]]]

– railroad, Austin, TX USA, 23/1/2012 17:39

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TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall caused widespread revulsion 14 years ago when he fried a placenta with shallots and garlic for a Channel 4 programme and turned it into pate for a party to celebrate the baby’s arrival. – Thats for the one that gave birth yer git!

This is one of those ‘women’s mysteries, damn had to put it out here for all the profane and psychotic commentators below eh? But still many more will benefit from the exposition of the organic method to prevent post partum problems here, disgusting as it may seem, aside from culture and technology humans bodies are not much different from animals’ bodies, and heal as well as gain nutrition in the same manner. There is a reason animals do what they do and without culture or technology or even society in some species to fall back on, what they do makes even more sense.

Caught with six kilos of cannabis and you could still avoid jail By Tom Whitehead, Home Affairs Editor 12:01AM GMT 24 Jan 2012

In Uncategorized on January 24, 2012 at 8:31 am

Drug runners and dealers could avoid prison even if caught with heroin, cocaine or thousands of pounds worth of cannabis.

Sentencing guidelines issued today say that offenders who play a “limited” role in gangs could face community orders for intent to supply Class A drugs.

Dealers caught with 6kg of cannabis, valued at £17,000 and enough to fill 30,000 joints or keep an average user in supply for 17 years, could also avoid prison.

The sentences on drug “mules” will be cut substantially, while workers in small cannabis “farms” could escape custody.

Courts will be told for the first time to reduce sentences for cannabis possession if it is being used for medicinal purposes.

The guidelines maintain tough sentences for gang leaders and those who sell directly to the public, especially to children.

Rank and file police leaders said the guidelines were “daft” and warned that gang leaders would be able to escape jail by claiming that they were lesser members.

Peter Smyth, the chairman of the Metropolitan branch of the Police Federation, said: “How can a court be expected to differentiate between the person who says I am very low in the chain and those high up?

“No matter how big a role I played, if I was in their shoes and arrested for drugs I would say I was a low-level player or forced into it. If they can see a loophole then of course they will go through it.”

The guidelines, which come into effect next month, have been drawn up by the Sentencing Council and detail how the role and quantity of drugs should impact on sentencing.

They were written after research for the council concluded that the public had “little support” for custody for possession offences or long prison terms for “small-scale supply” offences.

The publication comes after Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin chief executive, said in The Daily Telegraph that drugs should be decriminalised to free the police to tackle other crimes.

Under the guidelines, courts are being told to treat those who perform “lesser” roles more leniently. They include minor members of drug-dealing gangs, such as a runner who ferries drugs from one gang member to another, someone who has “no influence on those above in the chain” or someone who has been coerced.

Low-level operatives caught with 6kg of cannabis, 20 Ecstasy tablets, valued at £80, or five grams of heroin, valued at £300, or five grams of cocaine, valued at £250, are likely to receive a community sentence.

People who supply similar amounts to friends for no personal gain could also avoid prison.

The amounts have been significantly reduced since the Sentencing Council published draft guidelines last year when the levels proposed were 50 grams of Class A drugs and up to 99 Ecstasy pills.

The final document also stressed that those who supplied directly to drug users and for a profit, such as street dealers or more significant criminals in the drug trade, could expect prison sentences.

Those selling Class A drugs face a starting point of four and a half years, with up to 16 years for a single incident, depending on the quantity of drugs involved.

For the first time, anyone dealing to those aged under 18 will also face tougher treatment by judges.

Offenders in a leading role in the production or cultivation of 11lb (5kg) of heroin or cocaine or tens of thousands of Ecstasy tablets could face up to 16 years in prison, with a starting point of 14 years’ custody.

Those producing industrial quantities of cannabis for commercial purposes could also face up to 10 years in jail under the new guidelines.

Minor members of gangs operating cannabis farms of up to 28 plants could be given a community penalty.

The guidelines also state that possessing cannabis “to help with a diagnosed medical condition” is a mitigating factor.

Drug “mules” who can argue they were vulnerable targets and exploited by organised gangs may also receive a lighter sentence.

Such offenders, often women forced or tricked into the crime, caught bringing in up to 1kg of Class A drugs would face a starting point of six years instead of the 11 for those playing a more significant role in the trafficking.

Lord Justice Hughes, the deputy chairman of the Sentencing Council, said: “Drug offending has to be taken seriously. Drug abuse underlies a huge volume of acquisitive and violent crime and dealing can blight communities.

“Offending and offenders vary widely so we have developed these guidelines to ensure there is effective guidance for sentencers and clear information for victims, witnesses and the public on how drug offenders are sentenced.

“Drug dealers can expect substantial jail sentences.”

The Association of Chief Police Officers said the move offered police “consistent guidance yet still provides the courts with flexibility to deal with each case on its own merits where appropriate”.

Martin Barnes, the chief executive of DrugScope, said: “We have long had concerns about the numbers of women involved in low-level supply and other offences as a result of violence and intimidation: far too many end up in the courts and in our prisons.

“We believe that these guidelines are a positive step forward in addressing this problem.”

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The whole drugs industry could be destroyed if they teach people how to grow their own (no more crime to gain money to buy – they’ll learn to grow and wait for the leaves and sap to mature etc..) AND make drugs available from government as well, at dirt cheap prices. Further impositions of social culture based discouragement (never prohibit but actively discourage) such as making drug users not be allowed to serve in the NON-CONSCRIPTED army, or drug users not be allowed to enter honour/awards rolls of the non-user demographic – i.e. we have discipline and are thus better, that sort of thing. ‘Soft power’. Because ‘hard power’ is too much fun, drug wars are just too engaging, make it legal and a culture or status issue and the whole thing ends though one might say that people will end up being stoned and farming more, not very productive but better than destructive crime.

Don’t jail at all simply because it costs too much, these are not violent criminals who need physical walls and bars to keep them from harming others, but do assign them to gardening related work instead of prison at all, if prison is just an excuse for brainwash sessions.