Thursday, December 08, 2005

I Miss Old Labour.... ....Sometimes!

Skinner attacks Tory MP over cocaine
LONDON (Reuters) - Veteran left-wing politician Dennis Skinner was thrown out of Parliament on Thursday after accusing opposition Treasury spokesman George Osborne of taking cocaine.
In a session of questions on the economy, Skinner responded to an attack from Conservative Osborne, 34, a key ally of the party's new leader David Cameron, on the government's decision to cut its growth forecasts.
"In the 1970s and in a lot of the 1980s we would have thanked our lucky stars in the coalfield areas to have got growth of 1.75 percent," said Skinner.
"The only thing that was growing then were the lines of coke in front of boy George and the rest of the Tories (Conservatives)," said Skinner, in an unusually blunt attack.
Skinner, 73, a frequent critic of Prime Minister Tony Blair, is a no-nonsense traditional Labour lawmaker who represents a former mining area in the north Midlands.
The Osborne drugs remark comes two days after Cameron became leader of the Conservative party. He has shaken off questions over possible drug use that overshadowed the early stages of his campaign.
Cameron has repeatedly declined to say whether he used hard drugs before he was elected a member of parliament.
The Speaker of the House of Commons, whose job it is to keep order in the oak-panelled chamber, ordered Skinner to withdraw the statement. He ejected Skinner when the MP refused.
I have got to give Mr. Skinner credit where credit is due!

Why Iran Needs Regime Change Part 2

Iran's Ahmadinejad casts doubt on Holocaust
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday expressed doubt that the Holocaust took place and suggested Israel be moved to Europe.
His comments, reported by Iran's official IRNA news agency from a news conference he gave in the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca, follow his call in October for Israel to be "wiped off the map", which sparked widespread international condemnation.
"Some European countries insist on saying that Hitler killed millions of innocent Jews in furnaces and they insist on it to the extent that if anyone proves something contrary to that they condemn that person and throw them in jail," IRNA quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.
"Although we don't accept this claim, if we suppose it is true, our question for the Europeans is: is the killing of innocent Jewish people by Hitler the reason for their support to the occupiers of Jerusalem?" he said.
"If the Europeans are honest they should give some of their provinces in Europe -- like in Germany, Austria or other countries -- to the Zionists and the Zionists can establish their state in Europe. You offer part of Europe and we will support it.

Historians say six million Jews were killed in the Nazi Holocaust. Ahmadinejad's remarks drew swift rebukes from Israel and Washington.
Raanan Gissin, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, said in Tel Aviv Ahmadinejad was voicing "the consensus that exists in many circles in the Arab world that the Jewish people ... do not have the right to establish a Jewish, democratic state in their ancestral homeland".
"Just to remind Mr. Ahmadinejad, we've been here long before his ancestors were here," Gissin said. "Therefore, we have a birthright to be here in the land of our forefathers and to live here. Thank God we have the capability to deter and to prevent such a statement from becoming a reality.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan said: "It just further underscores our concerns about the regime in Iran and its all the more reason why it's so important that the regime not have the ability to develop nuclear weapons.
Religious hardliners in Iran do not publicly deny the Holocaust occurred but say its scale has been exaggerated to justify the creation of Israel and continued Western support for it.
Close allies when Iran was ruled by the U.S.-backed Shah, Iran and Israel have become implacable foes since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.
Israel accuses Iran of giving arms and funding to militant Palestinian groups such as Islamic Jihad and of building nuclear weapons. Iran denies the charges.
Tehran calls Israel a "terrorist state" and has developed missiles which can reach it. It says it would use them if Israel, itself believed to be nuclear armed, tried to bomb Iranian nuclear facilities.
"The question is where do those who rule in Palestine as occupiers come from? Where were they born? Where did their fathers live? They have no roots in Palestine but they have taken the fate of Palestine in their hands.
Jews trace their roots in Israel back to Biblical times.
Ahmadinejad concluded his remarks by reiterating Iran's proposal that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict be resolved via a referendum of all the inhabitants of Israel, Gaza and the West Bank as well as Palestinian refugees in neighbouring countries.
"Whatever they decide will be accepted by all humanity. This is a clear democratic solution which is based on international principles," he said.
Let’s hope that Ahmadinejad is assassinated by either a Mossad agent or the prowrestler Goldberg in the very near future.

AIDS or Ebola?: The Tory Leadership Contest

After over six months of uncertainty, the Conservatives finally have a new leader to contest what will most likely by another General Election defeat at the hands of the neo-Nazi New Labour party. I can not say that any of the candidates inspired me with any confidence in them. Choosing between the final two candidates was like choosing whether you wanted to die from either the AIDS or Ebola viruses. In the end, the party choose AIDS as at least scientists are closer to finding a cure for that disease than they are with Ebola.
"Tory Blair v2.0" David Cameron (Michael Portillo was the original Tory clone of Adolf Blair) has a better chance of reducing "Mr. Recession" Gordon Brown's parliamentary majority in 2009/10, whereas David "Alan B'Stard with SAS training" Davis would have done far more damage to the party than Michael Foot did to Labour as party leader. Davis would have only plunged the Tories further into the abyss. For the most part, Cameron does seem to be making the right noises and has promised to move the party back towards the centre ground. Unfortunately, his morals and character leave a lot to be desired. The party has already had at least two drug abusers lead it in the past (Eden and more understandably the elderly Churchill during his second and final term as Prime Minister), do we really need another?