Of knees, jerks, fiddles and flames

As the song says: “Just around the corner, there’s a rainbow in the sky, so let’s have another cup of coffee, and let’s have another piece of pie.”
[See Calling England for the music]

The knees:
This has stirred a fair amount of reaction this morning: details of ‘prisoner processing strategy’ for Operation Withern have been released. It states that no-one arrested in or after the riots should be let off with a caution – regardless of the offence – and that everyone arrested should be held in custody, with a recommendation that bail should also be denied when the case first goes to court.

In fairness, I’m not sure this should go under Knees at all; it seems perfectly reasonable to me and I think it’s a bit much that looting is being treated the same as theft.

The jerks:
Prosecutors look likely to drop all charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Any bets on how much money changed hands? DSK’s ‘support team’ were widely reported to be in Guinea within days of the allegation first being made, offering the maid’s dirt-poor family wads of cash to drop the charges.

There’s no fuele like an EU fuele. EU donates another 115m euros to the ‘Occupied Palestinian Territory’ for “state building”. “This support shows clearly the EU’s standing commitment to the two-state solution, by supporting those institutions which will help to form the Palestinian state.” Fuele was speaking in his capacity as EU Commissioner for Enlargement – just how big does the EU want to be? Wider still and wider shall her bounds be set.

Hot on the heels of the disclosure that roughly two-thirds of Council CEOs have awarded themselves pay rises comes the news that Norfolk CC has closed 300 youth projects. Not only that but:

“A notice on Norfolk Constabulary headed paper spells out the terms of a dispersal order: within the marked area, groups of two or more youngsters can be broken up by police not only if they have caused intimidation, harassment, alarm or distress to members of the public but also if their behaviour is deemed likely to do so.”

Any list of jerks wouldn’t be complete without the obligatory mention of Health & Safety.  Marines previously in ‘conflict events’ with Somali pirates wanted to show a re-enactment at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo but that was before H&S stepped in:

A senior military source said: “Historic Scotland thought everything looked far too dangerous and the Marines were told to tone everything down. That included abseiling down the walls of the castle and the re-enactment of the fast roping on to the ‘captured’ ship. The Marines were also not permitted to shoot the pirates. Instead all the bad guys surrender. It is all a bit sad really. Seconded.

The fiddles:
Like everything else EU that’s been a proven failure the europratocracy just won’t let the zombie currency rest in peace.

Moody’s is warning that demands for collateral for Greek loans are unravelling the so-called rescue package. Merkel & Sarkozy can hold as many meetings as they wish and make as many self-satisfied announcements too but facts are facts. If the Greeks could afford the collateral they wouldn’t need the bail-outs; all they have left are their islands, cultural heritage and infrastructure and I can’t see them selling Crete or Kalavryta to the Germans. I doubt Papandreou would relish the thought of his political legacy being likened to, say, Tsolakoglou.

It’s time the taxpayer stopped funding Union activity within central and local government.  If employees want to support the Unions, let them do it with their own cash and not thieve from the public purse.

The flames:
After the back-slapping and celebrations Libya still has a long way to go and, as if things weren’t bad enough, after Buzek and van Rompuy & Barroso’s pronouncements, Cathy Ashton is also pushing the EU agenda.

No surprises that the list of jerks is the longest, though I seem to have lost a paragraph in fiddles to editing somewhere along the way. You can probably name your own topic and nature of fiddle and guess correctly what it was – perm any one from a hundred possibilities.

It’s absolutely tipping down with rain here but there’s still no sign of that rainbow.  Fortunately, I’ve got plenty of coffee and pie and I can afford to wait a while longer.


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