Category Archives: Riots 2011

Sunday Round-up

The Sunday papers seem to be doing a re-run of April Fool’s Day today and, as usual, it’s read-the-small-print time.

Potential recruits to the EDL are being targeted by security forces in the same way as those under the influence of Islamic extremism.

Zil lanes revealed for Olympics 2012.

  • Along the Olympic routes all non-Olympic traffic, including private cars, lorries, buses and taxis, will have to use the bus lane. The outside lane will be reserved for Olympic officials.
  • Transport chiefs will remove pedestrian crossings along the route to make way for the VIP lanes.
  • Right turns will be banned on junctions on the route to ensure traffic does not hold up the Olympic dignitaries.

The DfID lose millions on the currency markets. Conservatives still blaming Labour.

Want an interest-free loan? Become an MP.

Group of doctors won’t give up on judicial challenge on government refusal to hold Dr David Kelly inquest.

The future of the Union: Scottish writers give their opinions. ‘I want Scotland to be Scottish through and through. I hate to hear English accents in the shops there’.

Housing development companies are sitting on land to await changes to the Planning laws. Much of it is on Green Belt and currently lacks planning permission.

Energy companies buy US mobile radar systems to overcome military objections to wind farms.

Fail. Labour’s plan of attack on Cameron – to label him “right-wing”. Are they deaf and blind as well as daft.

Nothing here we didn’t already know – but Cameron apparently had no idea of the scale when he made his so-called ‘pledge’. New pumps for petrol stations:

‘Already, the sheer volume of new rules from the EU has forced David Cameron to abandon his plan to make departments scrap a regulation every time they want to introduce a new one.’

Financial meltdown is a “beneficial crisis”:

It might come as a surprise, then, after such turmoil in the financial world and the ugly riots in the streets of Athens, to realise that in the eyes of those Eurocrats who inhabit the Brussels bubble, things are going pretty well.

That’s because the present euro crisis is an inevitable consequence of a deliberate choice. For them it is all part of a greater long-term project: a ‘beneficial crisis’ that will help hasten their ultimate goal of a federal European state.

The Legal Aid, Sentencing & Punishment of Offenders Bill will be debated next month and promises tougher measures against convicts.

£1m benefit fraudster & illegal immigrant can’t be deported back to Nigeria because of his Human Rights.

Smith’s husband in touting for work row as his ‘Consultancy’ offers to work for MPs.

Smith’s consultancy work includes one-to-one mentoring and should be reported under the Trades Description Act for also offering: “witty, thoughtful and intelligent after dinner speeches”.

Curiosity stirred and questions raised about Mandelson’s business dealings as he does a Blair.

Supermarket managers to be sent into potential riot areas to provide guidance & assistance.

Finding it hard to feel sympathy for this one: Rioters targeted by other prisoners

Rubber bullets used on French revellers in Spain but the article still blames the Brits.

America Live updates on Irene.

One liners:
No chat please, we’re nurses
Health & Safety hits Windsor Castle
Infantilism and emotional claptrap
Welsh: “an appalling and moribund monkey language, which hasn’t had a new noun since the Middle Ages”
£80 fine for “attack” with foam string

******
Sgt John McAleese, RIP

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Only forty-two jailed

According to BBC News the Met Police have done a good job in catching more than 2,000 rioters/looters of whom 1,135 have been charged.

954 have already appeared in Court;
82 have been sentenced;
42 given a prison term;
57 unaccounted for in the system;
865 caught but not charged.

I assume from the figures that some are out on bail, rather than on remand, pending a Crown Court hearing. The Courts could be awaiting Reports from social workers and the like before sentencing and others escaped with only a Caution. Who knows what goes on in the minds of some of our ipsy-dipsy Magistrates and the CPS these days.

It’s time our Courts and the CPS did their job too and backed up the Police on something like this. It was, after all, widely acknowledged by government and politicians to be unprecedented – so let’s have some ‘unprecedented’ sentences.

Was this riot, arson and looting or a cheeky bit of opportunistic shoplifting and little boys playing with matches? 865 not charged seems to suggest the latter.

And where is Ken Clarke, by the way?

Only Forty-two Jailed

According to BBC News the Met Police have done a good job in catching more than 2,000 rioters/looters of whom 1,135 have been charged.

954 have already appeared in Court;
82 have been sentenced;
42 given a prison term;
57 unaccounted for in the system;
865 caught but not charged.

I assume from the figures that some are out on bail, rather than on remand, pending a Crown Court hearing. The Courts could be awaiting Reports from social workers and the like before sentencing and others escaped with only a Caution. Who knows what goes on in the minds of some of our ipsy-dipsy Magistrates and the CPS these days.

It’s time our Courts and the CPS did their job too and backed up the Police on something like this. It was, after all, widely acknowledged by government and politicians to be unprecedented – so let’s have some ‘unprecedented’ sentences.

Was this riot, arson and looting or a cheeky bit of opportunistic shoplifting and little boys playing with matches? 865 not charged seems to suggest the latter.

And where is Ken Clarke, by the way?

A funny thing happened…

… on the way to the bedroom. Oo-er Missus, don’t!

I was happily minding my own business when one of the boys said he had a tv series I might like. Hmmm, I thought, we’ve been here before. With the best will in the world some of the new television programmes, particularly on Sky One, are, not to put too fine a point on it, absolute rubbish: terrible dialogue, gratuitous swearing, violence and sex with a paper-thin plot thrown in for good measure. However, it was just before Newsnight was due to begin so I thought I’d dip in, to show willing. After all, if you keep looking a gift-horse in the mouth, one of these days he’ll stop knocking on your door.

So, an hour or so later and having missed Newsnight completely I settled down to sleep. Then the voices began: What happens next? What happens next? Oh, shut up, count sheep, go to sleep. Noooo – what happens next? Okay, I’ll just have a little peek to see how the next episode begins… …

Ten hour-long episodes with intermissions for chocolate biscuits and cups of tea is no mean feat. As I prowled silently around the kitchen, willing the kettle into silence, I felt like a naughty 4th-former at Malory Towers who was having a midnight feast from the forbidden tuck hamper.

And that’s the tale of how I came to have a missing day yesterday.

I managed to keep up with tanking markets, conflict between Turkey-Iraq, the muted greeting of the Merkel-Sarkozy rescue plan, the Spanish recall of Congress, the arguments about sentencing looters, Delors worrying about his precious EU and race riots in Philadelphia & Wisconsin, to name a few. Blogging, though, was beyond me.

Here are some one-liners you might find interesting.  I’m going to have another cup of coffee while I look around the blogs to see what I’ve missed:

Foreign IT workers in the UK avoid paying taxes, courtesy of the Govt
Luxembourg minister tells France to fix its public deficit
EU aid for sacked Portuguese workers

A Funny Thing Happened …

… on the way to the bedroom. Oo-er Missus, don’t!

I was happily minding my own business when one of the boys said he had a tv series I might like. Hmmm, I thought, we’ve been here before. With the best will in the world some of the new television programmes, particularly on Sky One, are, not to put too fine a point on it, absolute rubbish: terrible dialogue, gratuitous swearing, violence and sex with a paper-thin plot thrown in for good measure. However, it was just before Newsnight was due to begin so I thought I’d dip in, to show willing. After all, if you keep looking a gift-horse in the mouth, one of these days he’ll stop knocking on your door.

So, an hour or so later and having missed Newsnight completely I settled down to sleep. Then the voices began: What happens next? What happens next? Oh, shut up, count sheep, go to sleep. Noooo – what happens next? Okay, I’ll just have a little peek to see how the next episode begins… …

Ten hour-long episodes with intermissions for chocolate biscuits and cups of tea is no mean feat. As I prowled silently around the kitchen, willing the kettle into silence, I felt like a naughty 4th-former at Malory Towers who was having a midnight feast from the forbidden tuck hamper.

And that’s the tale of how I came to have a missing day yesterday.

I managed to keep up with tanking markets, conflict between Turkey-Iraq, the muted greeting of the Merkel-Sarkozy rescue plan, the Spanish recall of Congress, the arguments about sentencing looters, Delors worrying about his precious EU and race riots in Philadelphia & Wisconsin, to name a few. Blogging, though, was beyond me.

Here are some one-liners you might find interesting.  I’m going to have another cup of coffee while I look around the blogs to see what I’ve missed:

Foreign IT workers in the UK avoid paying taxes, courtesy of the Govt
Luxembourg minister tells France to fix its public deficit
EU aid for sacked Portuguese workers

Just…nothings really

Nothing important is happening; we can all go back to sleep, or sport, or work, or clubbing, or tv, or… blogging…

I’m sorry if the tenor of my increasingly infrequent posts has been rather downbeat of late but, as the cookie said: that’s the way the ginger snaps.

Did you know that you can now have a book of your blog? It would be something for history to burn as the victors write the alternate version. It’s expensive but I’m thinking of doing it, if only to have something tangible to bury with me in my grave apart from the Shalimar and the jewellery, because, for sure, I’m not going to be taking any riches to Heaven… or the other place… The way my life’s been going lately I’ll probably end up in Hell having to bow down before a portrait of Edward Heath for eternity with Mandelson spitting split-tongued flames and suitably pitchforked-up, prodding my behind if my forehead doesn’t greet the ground within the prescribed EU millimetre.

Anyway, enough of that. Here are some gleanings from the blogosphere and msm which, taken individually, might not mean much, but if you put them together they add up to quite a lot:

I’m worried about THIS sort of thing. On the one hand we’re told the roots of the riots were unprecedented but, on the other, we’re promised “robust” action to deal with them in future. Just what sort of riots does the government think there might be in the future that requires new legislation? Apart from the fact that the economy is going down the Swannee, that the jobless total is going up, that inflation is rising, that politics isn’t geared to help the Man on the Clapham Omnibus but those who have the wherewithal to climb the greased ladder, what could our government possibly have to be concerned about? I wonder what future scenarios they envisage as they group-think their think-tanks around the rosewood-veneered executive-style table.

The man who blew the Peter Principle out of the water with his meteoric political career thinks that everyone with a big house is either cheating the taxman and that his criminal record isn’t a matter for polite debate. Btw and fwiw (see how ‘Hip’ I’m getting) this man isn’t English, Spanish or Dutch – he has no allegiance to any country except the EU.

I worry about THIS too. I think the police should be respected, not feared.

Our friends in Ireland, and we have none closer according to Osborne, are calling for the Financial Transaction Tax to be EU-wide. Osborne disagrees; he thinks it should be a global tax. How convenient for him that Merkel not only agrees but led the way before scaling down and agreeing today to an EU-wide ftt. This is a spider’s web of deceit and poker-playing.

Here’s an interesting article from Spiked Online who ask when did it become laudable for everyone except the English to defend their homes and businesses and when did the English become fascists?  I think that’s a question to be directed to our government and our media who dictate the terms of engagement and write the language. Just a thought but ‘white’ doesn’t mean English.

What does NRI mean? Whatever it is, Keith Vaz says he’s pleased that no Indian people have been arrested as a result of the rioting/looting.

At least one of our government Ministers is out of the firing line – Andrew Mitchell has gone to Somalia to see how our Overseas Aid Budget is being spent and send a few photos home. Rest assured, it’s all good.

A man in his twenties has died after being tasered by police in Cumbria.

I’ve posted this one before but it bears repeating because it shows the lengths that some companies will go to in anticipating government diktats: Amazon bans sale of baseball bats in England.

Keep a watchful eye for THIS sort of reporting. The internet as a medium of communication is being vilified and will create calls for tight regulation, but it won’t be in our interests, it will be in theirs. And, yes, it is now ‘us and ‘them’; governments and people in opposition, worldwide.

On the bright side, America has the hope of Ron Paul, but it won’t last long – much like our UKIP.

I give up. Not only do we have Shari’a law in this country but we now have Hindu “Untouchables” as well. The Home Secretary, Theresa May is apparently “considering” whether to accommodate the Hindu Caste system into English law. When I say ‘English Law’ I use that term loosely.

Keiser:

It’s either a cocaine problem or he’s lying:

Here’s my favourite photo of the day, courtesy of @pperrin:

Just…Nothings Really

Nothing important is happening; we can all go back to sleep, or sport, or work, or clubbing, or tv, or… blogging…

I’m sorry if the tenor of my increasingly infrequent posts has been rather downbeat of late but, as the cookie said: that’s the way the ginger snaps.

Did you know that you can now have a book of your blog? It would be something for history to burn as the victors write the alternate version. It’s expensive but I’m thinking of doing it, if only to have something tangible to bury with me in my grave apart from the Shalimar and the jewellery, because, for sure, I’m not going to be taking any riches to Heaven… or the other place… The way my life’s been going lately I’ll probably end up in Hell having to bow down before a portrait of Edward Heath for eternity with Mandelson spitting split-tongued flames and suitably pitchforked-up, prodding my behind if my forehead doesn’t greet the ground within the prescribed EU millimetre.

Anyway, enough of that. Here are some gleanings from the blogosphere and msm which, taken individually, might not mean much, but if you put them together they add up to quite a lot:

I’m worried about THIS sort of thing. On the one hand we’re told the roots of the riots were unprecedented but, on the other, we’re promised “robust” action to deal with them in future. Just what sort of riots does the government think there might be in the future that requires new legislation? Apart from the fact that the economy is going down the Swannee, that the jobless total is going up, that inflation is rising, that politics isn’t geared to help the Man on the Clapham Omnibus but those who have the wherewithal to climb the greased ladder, what could our government possibly have to be concerned about? I wonder what future scenarios they envisage as they group-think their think-tanks around the rosewood-veneered executive-style table.

The man who blew the Peter Principle out of the water with his meteoric political career thinks that everyone with a big house is cheating the taxman and that his criminal record isn’t a matter for polite debate. Btw and fwiw (see how ‘Hip’ I’m getting) this man isn’t English, Spanish or Dutch – he has no allegiance to any country except the EU.

I worry about THIS too. I think the police should be respected, not feared.

Our friends in Ireland, and we have none closer according to Osborne, are calling for the Financial Transaction Tax to be EU-wide. Osborne disagrees; he thinks it should be a global tax. How convenient for him that Merkel not only agrees but led the way before scaling down and agreeing today to an EU-wide ftt. This is a spider’s web of deceit and poker-playing.

Here’s an interesting article from Spiked Online who ask when did it become laudable for everyone except the English to defend their homes and businesses and when did the English become fascists?  I think that’s a question to be directed to our government and our media who dictate the terms of engagement and write the language. Just a thought but ‘white’ doesn’t mean English.

What does NRI mean? Whatever it is, Keith Vaz says he’s pleased that no Indian people have been arrested as a result of the rioting/looting.

At least one of our government Ministers is out of the firing line – Andrew Mitchell has gone to Somalia to see how our Overseas Aid Budget is being spent and send a few photos home. Rest assured, it’s all good.

A man in his twenties has died after being tasered by police in Cumbria.

I’ve posted this one before but it bears repeating because it shows the lengths that some companies will go to in anticipating government diktats: Amazon bans sale of baseball bats in England.

Keep a watchful eye for THIS sort of reporting. The internet as a medium of communication is being vilified and will create calls for tight regulation, but it won’t be in our interests, it will be in theirs. And, yes, it is now ‘us and ‘them’; governments and people in opposition, worldwide.

On the bright side, America has the hope of Ron Paul, but it won’t last long – much like our UKIP.

I give up. Not only do we have Shari’a law in this country but we now have Hindu “Untouchables” as well. The Home Secretary, Theresa May, is apparently “considering” whether to accommodate the Hindu Caste system into English law. When I say ‘English Law’ I use that term loosely.

Keiser:

It’s either a cocaine problem or he’s lying:

Here’s my favourite photo of the day, courtesy of @pperrin: