Category Archives: Corruption

A Retrospective

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I’ve been looking at a couple of .pdf files on my hardrive and thought I’d upload them for anyone who’s interested in case I have to reformat the laptop given the problems I’ve had with it lately. Some of it is old and there’s nothing revelatory that we didn’t already know but they give an indication of how long everything has been in the planning and they may be of use to someone. Other .pdfs are more current.

The Rules of the Game, 2003 “Forget the climate change detractors. Those who deny climate change science are an irritant but unimportant.”
Saif al Islam’s thesis, 2007, which was written with a little help from his friends and won him plaudits from the LSE.
Extract from Hansard, European Arrest Warrant, 2001 immediately prior to signing The Laeken Declaration.
Statewatch 2010: An assault on human rights and national sovereignty The EAW: “Vague & general provisions… the combined abolition of dual criminality and territoriality requirements represents… a fundamental threat to the rule of law…”
The Anglo-French Pond, 2008/9 “A Franco-British cross-disciplinary research programme: Towards a shared vision of management of a crowded multiple-use space.”
Towards a more secure society & increased industrial competitiveness, 2009 Check out the Table of Contents – Acronyms ‘R Us. Covers ADABTS, AMASS, and surveillance & control in general. Special mention for BeSeCu – “Human behaviour in crisis situations: A cross-cultural investigation in order to tailor security-related communication”.
Summary of the European Commission’s PNR proposals. Passenger Name Record/Passenger Number Recognition. More surveillance.
Letter from Andrew Duff to Buzek, President of the EP (Click to enlarge, as usual)

(Website of Andrew Duff, LibDem MEP)
Living Together: Combining diversity & freedom in 21st Century Europe, 2011
EU Commission spending on private jets, luxury hotels and drinks receptions, 2011. They’re surely on a different planet.
Peter Oborne’s: Guilty Men, 2011
Last, but not least: A positive vision of Great Britain outside the EU.

I hope this works – I’ve used Google Docs. Tomorrow I’ll be checking out my Politics pdfs so take cover 🙂

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Hanningfield re-arrested

Lord Hanningfield, who was released earlier this week after serving only three months of a nine-month jail term for fraudulent accounting, has been re-arrested by Essex Police.

Hanningfield was originally jailed for fiddling almost £14k of expenses while he was sitting in the House of Lords and Leader of Essex County Council. It looks as though he’s been double-dipping into the public purse and charging twice for travel/accommodation expenses.

He’s been released on bail until next year. Let’s hope that if he’s found guilty he serves more than three months this time since he seems to be a serial cheat and re-offender. He’s another public servant who steals because they feel they’re “entitled.”

Hanningfield Re-arrested

Lord Hanningfield, who was released earlier this week after serving only three months of a nine-month jail term for fraudulent accounting, has been re-arrested by Essex Police.

Hanningfield was originally jailed for fiddling almost £14k of expenses while he was sitting in the House of Lords and Leader of Essex County Council. It looks as though he’s been double-dipping into the public purse and charging twice for travel/accommodation expenses.

He’s been released on bail until next year. Let’s hope that if he’s found guilty he serves more than three months this time since he seems to be a serial cheat and re-offender. He’s another public servant who steals because they feel they’re “entitled.”

Muffled Vociferation: The Stench of Corruption Can’t Get Any Stronger

The Stench of Corruption Can’t Get Any Stronger

Muffled Vociferation: The Stench of Corruption Can’t Get Any Stronger

The Stench of Corruption Can’t Get Any Stronger

Jacqui in the spotlight, again

Trougher and former-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith  has rarely been off our airwaves since she failed to be re-elected in May 2010. She’s regularly hauled on as a pundit to comment on political programmes such as The Week, Question Time, Newsnight and The Daily Politics – it’s astounding how the BBC are doing their best to fill the gap in her income.

This week she’s a guest presenter on LBC Radio; yesterday I had the misfortune to catch her asking listeners to call in and tell her why the government should be more involved in controlling people’s health. Fortunately, from the half-hour segment I heard, most of the callers emphasised the need for personal responsibility and said the government should butt out of our lives. The only support she received was from a woman who ran some sort of charity for fatties that’s in danger of losing government/taxpayer funds.

She-who-should-be-shunned is making the news this morning instead of commenting on it. It seems that two convicts on day release to a local charity have been re-decorating her home instead of working on community projects. The prison is “launching an investigation” into how the charity sent them to do unpaid work at Smith’s home instead of benefiting the community at large.

Not much of a story I suppose, in that it won’t address the fundamental problem of the proliferation of these Fake Charities which in reality are nothing more than an arm of the State. but it does give another opportunity to watch the surly sow deliver her reluctant apology to Parliament:

UPDATE: It seems that Smith donated pot plants in return for the work on the house prior to renting it out.

Jacqui In The Spotlight, Again

Trougher and former-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith  has rarely been off our airwaves since she failed to be re-elected in May 2010. She’s regularly hauled on as a pundit to comment on political programmes such as The Week, Question Time, Newsnight and The Daily Politics – it’s astounding how the BBC are doing their best to fill the gap in her income.

This week she’s a guest presenter on LBC Radio; yesterday I had the misfortune to catch her asking listeners to call in and tell her why the government should be more involved in controlling people’s health. Fortunately, from the half-hour segment I heard, most of the callers emphasised the need for personal responsibility and said the government should butt out of our lives. The only support she received was from a woman who ran some sort of charity for fatties that’s in danger of losing government/taxpayer funds.

She-who-should-be-shunned is making the news this morning instead of commenting on it. It seems that two convicts on day release to a local charity have been re-decorating her home instead of working on community projects. The prison is “launching an investigation” into how the charity sent them to do unpaid work at Smith’s home instead of benefiting the community at large.

Not much of a story I suppose, in that it won’t address the fundamental problem of the proliferation of these Fake Charities which in reality are nothing more than an arm of the State. but it does give another opportunity to watch the surly sow deliver her reluctant apology to Parliament:

UPDATE: It seems that Smith donated pot plants in return for the work on the house prior to renting it out.