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Archive for December, 2010

11
Dec

Three Wise Men on Boris Bikes.

Boris has unveiled his official 2010 Christmas card. The card features a painting, by a London 10-year-old, of the Three Wise Men on Boris Bikes! They appear to have their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh in their bike carriers! Well done, that girl!

9
Dec

Name and shame the lout.

Of all the photos taken of the student protests in London today, the one below truly angers me. A young lout swings nonchalantly off a Union Jack on the Cenotaph in Whitehall. The moronic, odious, senseless, imbecilic cretin evidently has no respect for those that the cenotaph commemorates. It is, ironically, the efforts of World War One troops, as well as soldiers in the Second World War and other campaigns around the world, that protected the rights of our citizens to protest and demonstrate in a free, civilised and democratic society. To disrespect their memory, rather than being grateful for the freedoms that they fought for, is truly inexcusable savagery.

Just as I was reflecting that I’d like to see the individual identified, exposed and ideally locked up, I spotted the below photo on the BBC website:

I think we’ve got ourselves a better picture of the monster. Name him and shame him.

7
Dec

Quote of the day: Ricky Ponting.

“They out-batted us, they out-bowled and out-fielded us the entire game.”

(Ricky Ponting, after England destroyed Australia in the second Ashes Test.)

5
Dec

Spy gave no indication that she’s a spy. Shock.

It’s not been a good year for Mike Hancock, the Lib Dem MP for Portsmouth South. He’s currently on bail, having allegedly made sexual advances on a vulnerable constituent, and now he’s desperately trying to defend his parliamentary researcher who it is claimed is a Russian spy and is in the process of being deported. He’s said:

“I have never had any indication at all that Katia was anything other than a very conscientious worker. She’s a very bright, intelligent young woman who’s got a great future in front of her. I have no reason to believe she did anything but act honourably during the time she was working for me.”

As it is, I suspect he’s right and that there’s been some sort of mistake here. After all, how much information would Russia realistically expect to garner from a junior and somewhat hapless Lib Dem MP? But has it not dawned on him that, in fact, if she is a spy, it’s not that surprising that she gave no indication of her ulterior motives. Her job would require her to be, you know, a bit sneaky…

5
Dec

Boris’ bribe part of the FIFA problem.

Boris has announced today that he’s withdrawing the offer of a free stay in London’s Dorchester hotel for FIFA executives during the 2012 Olympics, in light of their 2018 World Cup decision on Thursday. At a basic level, I commend him for the move. There’s absolutely no reason why we should be giving such perks to such a corrupt group of individuals. In fact, given my current irritation at Thursday’s result, I’d happily see them banned from entering our country ever again. Anyway, I’m sure they can afford to pay for the stay themselves with the money they’ve no doubt been bunged by Russia and Qatar.

But at a broader level, isn’t it concerning that we had made such an offer in the first place? Isn’t it this type of bribe – for that is essentially what it was – that has made FIFA the corrupt body that it now is? Wasn’t it bribes and bungs – from the likes of Russia and Qatar – that resulted in England’s outstanding bid receiving just two votes on Thursday? Were we not, then, contributing to the problem? And is it not hypocritical to have offered such bribes, only to criticise the corruptness of FIFA when other countries’ bribes proved more successful?

It seems to me that the only way FIFA can restore respect for its procedures, and add legitimacy to its decisions, is to end the culture of offers, perks, bungs and bribes that is now so typically part of a bid to host the World Cup. For as long as the current system – in which representatives of each bid travel the world, whoring themselves out to FIFA executives – is in place, football’s governing body will remain the venal, avaricious and utterly corrupt institution that it has so apparently become.

5
Dec

Caption competition: Clegg visits Kazakhstan.

Nick Clegg’s been to Kazakhstan. Captions?

4
Dec

West minister?

Forgive my pedantry, but wouldn’t it be nice if a guy who might be Labour’s candidate for the Oldham by-election actually knew how to spell ‘Westminster’?

3
Dec

Quote of the day: a bin-man.

“I just don’t think William and Kate took waste collections into consideration when they were sorting through dates for their nuptials.”

(An Exeter bin-man, on the problems that another bank holiday in April will cause.)

1
Dec

Quote of the day: David Cameron.

“I’d rather be a child of Thatcher than a son of Brown.”

(David Cameron to Ed Miliband at Prime Minister’s questions.)