February 10, 2011

Letter from England

A really eggy cat

So much to do, so little time - I apologise for another round-up. Looking on the bright side I hope to be awake next week when Cathy Ashton goes to Tahrir Square in Egypt (it was this week but now it's next, so let's hope that our Cathy demonstrates cultural inclusivity and succumbs to a damned good beating by the pro-Mubarak supporters - that's if she isn't too late to voice the EU's solidarity with democracy and unity through diversity).

The MoD police have been called to investigate 'irregularities' in a £6bn procurement programme . It seems an ex-MoD employee went through the revolving door to the bidding company and spilled insider beans. The company itself raised the alarm - not the MoD who were probably too busy admiring their splendidly refurbished offices to notice it.

The ECHR in the tabloids: There are seven new cases against Britain each day at a cost to the taxpayer of roughly £2bn pa. Open Europe explains why the ECHR is intrinsically tied to the EU and the Charter of Fundamental Rights despite what europhile trolls keep posting in online comments sections of certain newspapers (Telegraph).

The President of the Supreme Court, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, has used his speech at UCL to draw attention to the way the Supreme Court is funded by 'government'.
"We are, in reality, dependent each year upon what we can persuade the Ministry of Justice of England and Wales to give us by way of 'contribution'.

"This is not a satisfactory situation for the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. It is already leading to a tendency on the part of the Ministry of Justice to try to gain the Supreme Court as an outlying part of its empire."
One way of looking at it would be to see that government money is taxpayer money. Another way would be to have an elected judiciary.

The BBC is at it again. This time Radio4 listeners are too old, too southern and too white . Yes, I suppose that, overall, this country is still 'hideously white'; what a terrible shock that must be for the BBC staff when they step outside their taxpayer-funded studios. A good many of us are getting on a bit and, since England (note: not the UK) is now the most densely-populated country in 'Europe', it isn't surprising that the majority of listeners hail from 'the South'. England is also the only country within the Union without its own devolved Assembly/Parliament/Government - call it what you will (and I'm sure the SNPers will).

"You. who are on the road. must have a code that you can live by ..." Teach your children well. One camera for every ten pupils is probably in line with the national average by now. By the way, how's that fingerprinting for access to school dining halls and libraries coming along?

I almost forgot this one: Mama, mama, mama, we're all crazee now and, after living with the morally bankrupt and illiterate economic policies of the past thirteen years, there's little wonder.

Two bits of good news:
Muslim anti-terrorist adviser to leave Home Office advisory role
Man killed by cock

Sweet dreams or have a good day depending on which coast you reside.


Anonymous said...

ECHR (the European Court of Human Rights)?? Yeah, that was a snart move for the UK... Handing over the entire legal system for guidance by unelected European bureaucrats.

Wetzy said...

We are crazee too. There are a thousan events a day to fight breast cancer. Prostate cancer not so much.

Anonymous said...

Goomba, did you add "wooden teeth" to the GNN health plan? You might want to make a full disclosure before G. Vienna gets in too deep here.

Recall that your refusal to allow "snake handling" therapy ... even to be paid with GNN "flex dollars" ... was a major source of irritation.

Anonymous said...

DC... That was all during the 2007 "Greening the GNN" drive. Consider itl chlorinated water under the bridge.

Anonymous said...

" - too old, too southern and too white"

And the problem is what?

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe there is corruption in the MoD. There must be some mistake.

WoFat said...

I ditto Zio Rico. I've been Southern and white forever. The too old part just kind of snuck up on me.