Wednesday, November 3, 2010

WaterBeebing

Another day and another media darling has sounded off with glorious hyperbole. Today the veteran liberator of Kabul John Simpson compared cutting the budget of the BBC to:

“…immobilizing the subject on his/her back with the head inclined downwards; water is then poured over the face into breathing passages, thus triggering the mammalian diving reflex causing the captive to experience the sensations of drowning. In It can cause extreme pain, dry drowning, damage to lungs, brain damage from oxygen deprivation, other physical injuries including broken bones due to struggling against restraints, lasting psychological damage and, if uninterrupted, death.”

Another luvvie exits the reality based community…

Guido v Axe-Killer

After axe-murderer and state-leech John Hirst was destroyed by Andrew Neil on the Daily Politics at lunchtime regarding votes for prisoners, Guido put the boot in on Jeremy Vine Show earlier this afternoon:

It’s not everyday you hear someone call for the return of hanging on the main-stream media, but after John Hirst’s gloating it’s the least he deserves…

Brillo v Axe-Killer

No Snappy Answer from Dave

When it was legitimately raised at PMQs that it was ridiculous that the PM should have his own personal photographer on the government payroll, Dave did not have a decent answer in his defence. All he could throw at Red Ed was the millions that the last government spent on spin, but given Dave’s airbrushed past, this was an open goal. Obviously official state visits and other such events need to be recorded, but the enormous press-pack that loiters outside Downing Street can’t have escaped the PM or his staff’s notice. Perhaps they could get a rota going…

For those more intimate shots, Steve Hilton didn’t do a bad job back in the days when Webcameron was getting going. Why can’t he pick up his camera again? Guido reckons the official snapper, Andrew Parsons, should be paid for by CCHQ – that would be very “Big Society”?

UPDATE: Jon Craig says Parsons is on £35k and Labour have written to GOD for more information.

PMQs Live: Entente Cordiale Edition

Gordon Paid Six Grand Per Minute

So Gordon finally ma ma managed to speak in the House on Monday. Like any good MP he should be trying to put a question to the Prime Minister today, that is what he is paid for after all. Paid very well in fact.

When he finally found the courage to speak it was 179 days since he was elected. Given his backbench salary is £65,738 he would have far so far received £32,238.63 of that. Brown spoke for 4 minutes 32 seconds in his speech, he then asked one question of 5 seconds. That is a total of 277 seconds.  Therefore, he has been paid £116.38 for each second he spoke, or £6,983.10 for each minute. Not even Blair can earn that sort of of cash.

Can anyone think of any day job that pays that well?

Quote of the Day

Bad Night for Taxing and Spending Democrats

Tea Party candidates advanced; Republican Mike Lee in Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida enter the upper chamber. Republicans took the House in the biggest shift in power since the Republicans gained 54 House seats in 1994.

The Democrats clung on to the Senate but symbolically lost Obama’s old Senate seat and half-a-dozen other seats.

All three of Sarah Palin’s Mama Grizzlies have won their gubernatorial races: Susana Martinez, a Republican from New Mexico, Mary Fallin, a Republican from Oklahoma, and Nikki Haley, a Republican from South Carolina.

Proposition 19 to legalise dope was lost in California…


Seen Elsewhere

Apple’s Tim Cook: iGay | Techno Guido
Insurgent Parties Plunge Labour Into Crisis | Alex Wickham
Mind-Bending Politics of Drugs | Mark Wallace
PC Worries Prevent Police Protecting Young Girls | Jill Kirby
Miliband Should Win Rochester | Martin Kettle
Thatcher Minister Sir John Nott ‘Voted for UKIP’ | Times
Time to Listen to Drugs Experts | Guardian
Drug Laws Don’t Work | Times
Our Moral Duty to Cut Taxes | David Cameron
Greens Ahead of LibDems | Guardian
Channel 4 to Spoof UKIP Election Win | Guardian


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David Cameron drug policy reformer and leadership contender in 2005…

“Politicians attempt to appeal to the lowest common denominator by posturing with tough policies and calling for crackdown after crackdown. Drugs policy has been failing for decades.”



“Digger” Murdoch says:

Is it just me, or is Nigel Farage just a top hat and a monocle away from being a Batman villain?


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