The figures show that the idea of the seven-year itch may be overly pessimistic - the average failed marriage now lasts as long as 11.6 years, unchanged since 2005.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
The number of divorces in England and Wales has fallen to an almost 30-year low, official figures showed.
A total of 132,562 couples formally split last year, a drop of 6.5% on 2005 and the third annual drop in succession, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
The figure, which excludes Scotland and Northern Ireland, is the lowest since 1977 when there were 129,053 divorces.
The overall provisional divorce rate for England and Wales - calculated by proportion rather than total - also fell to its lowest level for 22 years, to 12.2 for every thousand married men and women.
It was the second annual fall in succession, with the divorce rate down 7% on 2005 of 13.1%.
The figures show that the idea of the seven-year itch may be overly pessimistic - the average failed marriage now lasts as long as 11.6 years, unchanged since 2005.
The figures show that the idea of the seven-year itch may be overly pessimistic - the average failed marriage now lasts as long as 11.6 years, unchanged since 2005.
People in their late 20s had the highest divorce rates - with 26 divorces per thousand married men aged 25-29 and 27.3 among women in the same age group - but overall the average age of people divorcing was higher, at 40.9 for women and 43.4 for men.
The number of second-time divorcees has also doubled in last 25 years. In 1981 just over one in 10 people getting divorced had already had a previous marriage dissolved. Last year that figure was one in five.
Across the UK as a whole, the number of divorces fell by a more modest 4.5% to 148,141 in 2006 from 155,052 in 2005. But in Scotland there was a near-20% surge in the number of divorces, up from 10,940 in 2005 to 13,014 last year.
The ONS said the hike could be the result of a sharp cut in the required separation period which came into effect in May last year.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Never in the history of employment applications has one so over-qualified been so incompetent at a political research exercise. After today, I am now 100% certain that I will never be able to obtain a paid full-time job. I am miserable and feel like that I have let down both Nick Bourne and David Melding. I suppose that I should do the Department of Work & Pensions a favour and hang myself - but I haven't even got the bottle to do that!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
C4' will be taking a leave of absence until Wednesday afternoon at the earliest. The Mean Wreckin' Machine will be on retreat in Coventry before a return visit to Cardiff Bay for another interview with a man I publicly criticised almost a year ago over the way he treated the family member of one of their colleagues who just happens to be a mutual friend of both Bob Piper (I think?) and myself (no Shotgun, he's not a union official - thank god). This interview set arranged at least a week before the Cairns debacle (though a debacle only in the sense that I didn't get the job). I like Cardiff, it's a great city (it's certainly better than Swansea and Birmingham) and I already have a good friend who lives there and works for who I soon hope to be my employer.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Oh dear, poor Terry has made himself out to be a far bigger fool than he already is.
On his infamous and piss-poor blog, El Tel claimed that he "didn't call you or anyone mentally ill - I have never tried to impede terrywatch in any way"
I replied to his outrageous lies by reminding him of how he inferred that the blogger Right for Scotland might be a paedophile in one of his comments earlier this year and how he had called for Terry Watch to be banned.
On the latter point, El Tel was forced to concede that he "might have called for it to be banned", but not before this astonishing outburst in reply to his remarks to RfS:
"I said that Disclosure Scotland would not clear RFS to work with children based on his blog and his links to people like you and I stand by that."
ROFLMAO!!! Poor Terry, he hasn't got a clue at all. While this blog DOES link to RfS's blog, RfS doesn't (yet) link back to Conservative Mind. Even if he did, does being a rightwing libertarian with a blog linking to another rightwing libertarian's blog automatically make them a paedophile? Does El Tel even know what a paedophile is? Do RfS or I link to any child porn websites? No! Do we both like Chris Langham? Hell No!!!
By all rights, I should be deeply offended by Cllr Kelly's remarks, but this is Terry Kelly who I am writing about. He's a joke, a complete and utter moron. I pity this poor, strange sod, and thus I do not feel any hatred towards him! Whenever I feel down, all I need to do to cheer myself up is to either read his blog or Terry Watch. Such is the healing power of laughter!!!
An influential German politician has fired a warning shot at British moves to hold a referendum on the European constitution.
Elmar Brok, a centre-Right MEP and close ally of German chancellor Angela Merkel, effectively told Britain to sign up to the so-called reforming treaty or consider pulling out of the EU.
He insisted that the new draft was substantially different from the "old" constitution and that Britain had "got what it wanted" with a series of opt-outs and "red lines".
"Gordon Brown's government has said there is no justification for a referendum and the UK should stick to this commitment," said Brok, the European parliament's representative on inter-governmental negotiations on the treaty.
"It would be very unfair of the UK if, having more or less got what it wanted in the new treaty, it would then turn round and put this to a popular vote."
Brok, a member of the European convention that drafted the old constitution, asked: "The UK got its various opt-outs so what's the problem? How would it seem to other EU member states if Britain were now to hold a referendum? For me, that would undermine the negotiations on the treaty and even go as far as to question Britain's credibility as an EU member.
"Britain is a valued member of the EU but we should perhaps remember that the treaty contains an article which gives any member state the right to leave the EU if it so wishes."
Those campaigning for a British referendum were motivated "solely" by their opposition to the EU, he claimed. Brok, who was chairman of parliament's foreign affairs committee, said there was "no reason to renegotiate something you agreed on".
He added: "The chapter is closed. "We should be able to have a new treaty as soon as possible. We have a commitment from all to meet these requirements."
The political veteran said MEPs will resist any attempt to "water down" the treaty, which aims to revive the constitution rejected by French and Dutch voters in 2005.
He believes opposition to the treaty, particularly its proposals on votes in the EU and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, could still hold up any agreement.
"The European Parliament will be watchful that the treaty mandate received from the European council will not be watered down and will remain in place. It is important that the rights guaranteed in the mandate are preserved. This is our challenge for the new few weeks."
Brok, who has held leadership posts in German and European politics, belongs to the same European People's Party and European Democrats political grouping as the Conservatives.
David Cameron has pledged to pull the Tories out of the group after the European elections in 2009.
David Cameron has pledged to pull the Tories out of the group after the European elections in 2009.
Martin Callanan, a senior Conservative MEP, said Mr Brok should "mind his own business" and allow Britain to decide how it wishes to determine the treaty's ratification.
"If Britain wants to hold a referendum on the treaty - which I and many others believe it should - that is a matter for the UK and not fanatical German federalists like Brok," he said.
Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, criticised Brok's intervention, saying: "For an arrogant, bullying German politician to be telling the British what they should or should not do is, I would have thought, likely to help the pro-referendum case.
"I would be delighted if he agreed to visit every major British city and repeat his comments."
Dear Nazi German Cunt,
The people of Britain would love nothing more than to leave your European cunt club asap. Unfortunately, our politico masters do not want to give us what we want and you and you cunt friends would probably come up for some directive claiming that any declaration of independence by Britain from the EU would be 'illegal'.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
A 12-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with assaulting a man with a sausage.
It was, the judge mused, like an episode from the Just William novels. Except that William was never hauled before a youth court at a cost to the taxpayer of £2,000 – and even he would have struggled to terrorise someone with a bite-sized snack.
The elderly victim was walking home from a pub in Wythenshawe, Manchester, when he became involved in an argument with the boy. Manchester Youth Court was told that the dispute got out of hand and the boy threw a cocktail sausage in anger, striking the man on the shoulder.
The court was not told whether the sausage was cooked, raw or frozen.
Adjourning the hearing, District Judge Tim Devas questioned why the case had been pursued and suggested that the Crown should reconsider. "I was brought up in the era of Just William," he said. "You may not remember it, but this incident sounds similar.
"Clearly there are certain things that should be done with a 12-year-old, and you shouldn’t be bringing them into the court system unless it’s absolutely necessary.
"If he has done what was suggested, it is very bad behaviour. But is it in the public interest to prosecute a 12-year-old boy who threw a sausage?"
Oliver Gardner, for the defence, said the move "beggars belief". He added: “It’s crazy; they are criminalising children. Where is the discretion or logic on the police’s behalf when they charge a 12-year-old with assault with a cocktail sausage?
"It beggars belief that they have put this boy through the trauma of the criminal justice system, locking him up at the police station and then hauling him before the court. Where is the sense of such an exercise?"
Dianne Oliver, for the prosecution, said that she would take the case to her superiors to review the charge.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies assault. His mother, who sat next to him in court, said that he had been unable to sleep the night before his hearing. She added: "It’s an absolute joke, and I’m disgusted by it." She said that he had been "worried sick that he would be sent to prison".
Last November a judge criticised Alf Bridges, a retired 67-year-old labourer, for wasting court time by trying to retrieve the £1,200 he said he had spent wooing a woman who answered a lonely hearts advertisement. At the time, District Judge Ian Evans said: "I am not here to examine people’s private lives unless they raise any legal issues. This is one of the most misconceived cases I have ever had the misfortune of dealing with. It should never have got here."
In April a man charged with harassing his ex-wife after he sent her just two letters was cleared by a magistrate who criticised Crown lawyers for pursuing the case.
I cannot believe this. There are people getting stabbed, shot and kicked to death by gangs of feral children and the response of our public officials is this?!? What ever happened to common sense and good judgement? Yes, that's right, there were criminalised by the Left!
"Excellent e-bayer. Promt delivery, fast payment. Recommended A++++" - Nicholas Fforde on Boris Johnson
"Cranmer is not in favour of banning books; they should conquered with the pen. It is possible to break down and deconstruct all manner of nonsense and falsehood in reasoned discourse, and banning things tends only to exacerbate the martyr complex. Persuasion, not force, is the guiding light of Christianity, and the hope of civilization. It is love and passion which produce literature and debate, and through the application of the intellectual mind and the spiritual heart may truth be sought and found. We have not spent centuries overcoming fascism and tyranny, shining a beacon of liberty to the world, only to render ourselves no better than the fascism and tyranny we conquered." - His Grace on calls for Al-Qur’an to be banned in the Netherlands
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
"If I were an Italian I'd be a bit miffed to hear that being sent to Italy somehow violated someone's "human rights".
Ever feel that you are going nowhere expect head-first into a brick wall? That has been the story of my life over the past year in my futile quest for full-time paid employment. I just got turned down for a job for about the 187,247th time, this time by Alun Cairns AM.
Credit where credit is due, Mr. Cairns is a classy individual who had a tough decision to make, and choose the candidate who best suited his requirements (the candidate in question is the one who I thought on the day would get the job). I have no problem with that or the lucky candidate, especially since Mr. Cairns had the courtesy to ring all of the candidates to let them know the news. My problem is with myself and the catch-22 situation I seem to find myself up against.
I went to university and graduated in the hope of getting a decent job for all my hard work after years of struggling with self-doubt, chav scum and crazy political extremists such as "Fluffy" Helen Watters and Paul Hunt. Instead, I find myself bloody stuck on the dole, messed around with by the Job Centre while all my application attempts get either stonewalled and or turned down because I haven't got the experience required. The latter reason really does do my head in because how can I get the experience when I keep getting rejection notices all the bloody time?
I've aimed high and been turned down for lacking experience and I've aimed low and still been turned down for being over-qualified. I've applied both locally and further a field and I'm still getting nowhere. It sickens me that complete and utter morons like Harriet Harperson, Bob Piper, Terry Kelly, John Prescott and Jade Goody can get paid employment, yet I cannot. I'm awake 18 hours a day, six-days-a-week holding down three voluntary jobs and have to attend a New Deal training centre most weekdays where some of the people have made it very clear that they don't want paid employment (one of whom was a known local drug dealer) and I still can't get a proper job. I'm so depressed, I feel like doing a Virginia Tech Massacre of my own on the world.
Going to university was the biggest mistake of my life as not only was I politically persecuted by Watters, Hunt as well as libelled and oppressed by them, the Students' "Soviet" Union and that corrupt pervert "Dirty" Barry Burnham, getting my degree has done nothing to improve my chances of employment (quite the opposite in fact). I'm also up to my head in student debt with no prospect of ever being able to pay it off.
This is the reality of my miserable life in Blair and Brown's Fourth Reich.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
"The Human Rights Act was always a piece of legislation enacted by New Labour to work against their perceived opponents-the honest,the law abiding,the tax paying,the quiet,the victim." - Penlan on Iain Dale's Diary
LONDON (AFP) - A senior Roman Catholic bishop has resigned from Amnesty International because of the human rights group's new policy on abortion, his office confirmed Tuesday.
An aide to the Bishop of East Anglia in eastern England, the Right Reverend Michael Evans, said the cleric was ending his long-standing membership in protest at support for abortion facilities in developing countries.
Evans was quoted as saying by The Times newspaper that many Catholics would find it difficult to support an organisation that backed "violence" against unborn children, whatever the circumstances.
"Very regretfully, I will be ending my 31-year membership of Amnesty International, which included several years on the British section council and its religious bodies liaison panel in the 1980s," he said.
"Among all human rights, the right to life is fundamental and this decision will almost certainly divide Amnesty's membership and thereby undermine its vital work."
But he said that although the church supported Amnesty's opposition to violence against women, that "must not be answered by violence against the most vulnerable and defenceless form of human life in a woman's womb".
"There is no human right to access to abortion and Amnesty should not involve itself in such extreme cases," the 56-year-old bishop said.
The Vatican on June 13 called for Catholics -- one of whose central tenets is the sanctity of all human life -- to reconsider their support for Amnesty, accusing it of promoting abortion.
But Amnesty countered, saying they were not advocating abortion as a right but defending the right of women to be free from "threat, force or coercion as they exercise their sexual and reproductive rights".
Amnesty spokesman Philippe Hensmans said of Evans's resignation: "It's really sad that somebody who's been a militant for so many years is leaving Amnesty.
"The (policy) decision has been taken by the whole movement after a two-year debate in all sections in the world among members, believers and non-believers."
There had been "a few" resignations since the new policy was adopted but "no big tide" of people leaving the organisation, he told AFP.
Bravo Bishop, stick it to the Feminazi scum!
Conservative leader David Cameron has called for the Human Rights Act to be abolished after it allowed the killer of headteacher Philip Lawrence to escape deportation.
Mr Cameron said the Act should be replaced with a British Bill of Rights, which would clearly set out rights and responsibilities.
Speaking on BBC West Midlands, he accused the Government of being "blind" about the Act's failings, adding that it would be common sense to scrap it altogether.
Mr Lawrence was stabbed to death in an attack outside St George's Roman Catholic School in Maida Vale, west London, in December 1995, while trying to protect a 13-year-old pupil.
An Asylum and Immigration Tribunal ruled on Monday that his killer, Learco Chindamo, should be allowed to stay in Britain at the end of his prison sentence.
Speaking during a special one-hour listener phone-in, Mr Cameron said: "The fact that the Human Rights Act means he cannot be deported flies in the face of common sense.
"It is a shining example of what is going wrong in our country.
"He is someone who has been found guilty of murder and should be deported back to his country... what about the rights of Mrs Lawrence or the victim?"
Monday, August 20, 2007
BERLIN (Reuters) - A teenage couple having sex for the first time were interrupted when candles set fire to the girl's attic bedroom and forced them to flee naked from her parents' house, German daily Bild reported on Friday.
The girl had wanted to create a romantic atmosphere for the occasion. But when the room suddenly became engulfed with flames, they had to make a hasty escape.
The couple, both 18, were pictured naked in the paper among the burned wreckage of the attic.
A charred teddy had survived but the fire wrecked the entire top floor of the house causing around 100,000 euros (68,000 pounds) worth of damage.
LOL! Poor sods!!!
"Mr Hitler was a painter and decorator before starting his career in politics and slaughtering people.
Mr Blair went into politics and has no experence in the real world." - FIDO The Dog
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
"Someone in the Sunday press reminded me of the worst words on TV, that's "except for viewers in Scotland, who have their own programme" this was usually met in our house with a chorus of "whit ? F.F.S. no again" over to the white heather club while the rest of Britain get the live football and , me and my brothers got slapped about the head by our mother for our language." - Cllr Terry Kelly on how he came to be brain-damaged
"People moved between West and East Berlin before, during and after the period 1961 to 1989 - people do not move anywhere that I know of without restrictions and security, the Berlin Wall was a very obvious example of that.
It was built to protect the interests of the Soviets who were entitled to their share of said influence. Do you think that they should have said 'now that we have made this sacrifice and saved the world from Facism we will just toddle off home and you guys can dominate the world at your leisure' ?
My ! Political awareness ? Good god man what kind of an idiot are you ?" - Cllr Terry Kelly rewriting world history
I'm surprise that Adolf Blair didn't make him a spin doctor!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
"No-one else in the world has copied our top-down, process driven, impersonal health system. Why? because it dehumanises patients and lobotomises professionals, who are in thrall to tractor production targets from Whitehall instead of the well-being of the patients. If you think the NHS is anything other than an abortion of a system, you're an idiot, or a socialist. Which is the same thing, really." - Jackart
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
To celebrate this blog's second anniversary in a couple of months time, I have decided to have my own blog awards to both honour (and in some cases shame) my fellow bloggers. The list of winners is enclosed below:
The Tom Baker Award For The Blogger Most Similar To Anthony Ainley: Iain Dale
The Edmund Blackadder Award For The Blogger Least Likely To Be A Real Historical Figure: Archbishop Cranmer
The Kerry Katonia Award For The Blogger Most Likely To Be Sectioned Under The 1983 Mental Health Act By A Bunny Boiler Who Is After Their Family: Guido Fawkes
The Michael Jackson/Private Eye Award For The Blogger Most Misunderstood & Libelled: Devil’s Kitchen
The Jabba The Hutt Award For Best Blogger [Non-Homo Sapiens Sapiens]: Councillor Terry Kelly
The Duke Of Edinburgh Award For The Blogger Most Likely To Inadvertently Cause An International Incident: Rachel North
The William Hague Award For The Master Debater Of The Blogosphere: C4’
The Richard Nixon/Tony Bliar Award For Blog Fiction: David Lambert
The Jack Nicholson Lifetime Achievement Award: Theo Spark
The Alistair Darling Rebate Award For The Most Boring Blogger: Paul Burgin
The Chuck Norris Award For The Blogger Most Able To Achieve World Peace Through Superior Firepower: Shotgun
LONDON (Reuters) - Inflation tumbled below the Bank of England's 2 percent target in July for the first time in more than a year as supermarkets slashed prices, triggering speculation that borrowing costs have peaked.
The unexpectedly sharp fall drove the pound below $2 for the first time in nearly two months and interest rate futures leapt as investors bet the Bank's five rate hikes since last August would be enough to keep prices under control.
Official data showed consumer price inflation fell to 1.9 percent last month, its lowest since March 2006. That compared with a rate of 2.4 percent in June and stunned analysts who had expected only a modest easing to 2.3 percent.
Policymakers had expected inflation to fall sharply this year, but even they may have been surprised.
Forecasts published by the central bank only last week showed it did not expect inflation to return to target until late next year at the earliest and signalled rates might need to go up to 6 percent to bring inflation back to target in the medium term.
"This will undoubtedly take the wind out of the sails of the Monetary Policy Committee hawks, and will boost expectations that interest rates have peaked," said Howard Archer, economist at Global Insight.
Those economists who still see rates going up hurriedly pushed back their expectations for the timing of that move, especially given recent turmoil on financial markets.
Other measures of inflation have also weakened sharply. Retail price inflation eased more than expected to 3.8 percent in July from 4.4 percent, reaching its lowest since last October.
House price inflation is also looking subdued, according to a survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, while data on Monday showed manufacturers' costs unexpectedly fell last month.
Tuesday's data from the Office for National Statistics showed consumer prices fell 0.6 percent last month, as a supermarket price war drove down the cost of food and drink to shave 0.2 percentage points off the annual rate of inflation.
Furniture prices had a large downward effect, reversing a sharp increase in June, and weaker fuel price growth also helped.
However, some analysts warned it was too early to sound the all-clear on inflation and a further rise in rates to 6 percent by the end of this year was still likely, given the strong economy and the risk of a resurgence in food price inflation.
Torrential rainfall this summer has ravaged crops, which, along with strengthening global demand for food, threatens to propel food prices in the coming months.
The ONS also said wet weather threatened supplies of vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts and peas in the run-up to Christmas. Milk prices were also expected to increase as a result of recent flooding.
"With growth still robust and inflation likely to bounce back, we still see UK rates hitting 6 percent by the end of the year," said James Knightley, economist at ING.
A brief respite for the British economy and consumers, but the rate of inflation is still volatile thanks to cumbersome socialist regulation, a bloated public sector funded by oppressive rates of taxation and McStalin's massaging of the maths.
Ministers missed their key education targets for 14-year-olds as figures showed a marked fall in maths and writing standards this year.
The Government set a target for 85% of 14-year-olds to pass their national tests in English and maths at Level 5, the standard expected of the age group, by 2007.
But only 74% of pupils made the grade in their English "Sats" tests this year - the same proportion as in 2005. And just 76% did so in maths, a drop of one point since last year.
In their writing tests, 73% of 14-year-olds in England reached Level 5. This represented a 3% fall since 2006.
The Government played down the decline. But shadow schools minister Nick Gibb said the maths figures were "deeply worrying".
"With English results back to where they were two years ago, it is clear there is a serious problem," he said. "The results confirm Ofsted's view that half of secondary schools are performing at a level that is 'not good enough'.
"The Government's response to these results is therefore complacent. Frankly the Government is too easy on itself."
Mr Gibb called for "a rigorous focus on raising standards of behaviour" in secondary schools and demanded that pupils be placed in ability sets in all academic subjects.
Schools Minister Jim Knight stressed the trend since 1997 was for rising standards. "Whilst I'm disappointed to see a drop in maths and writing, it's important to put this into context," he said.
"The overall trend remains upwards and there have been dips in the past that have been quickly reversed. I'm particularly pleased to see a six percentage point improvement in reading for boys.
The Nulabs, their wasteful tax-and-spend policies, Health & Safety mania and politically correct 'trendy teaching' have once again failed the children of this once great nation. Fuck you Blair and Brown!
"Politicians like high turnouts because it gives a sense of legitimacy to their abuses of power.
A Labour politician (in a nutshell) is somebody who makes a living saying “I am going to help the poor” and once elected gives himself 100,000 to spend on upgrading his office.
The chief value of democracy is that allows you to take away politicians power when their arrogance and greed becomes so blatant people begin to notice.
Which raises the question why they are the Labour Party currently ahead in the polls? Well as one of the Labour sock puppets explained the other day, it is your client base innit.
You justify re-distributing ever increasing amounts of the money from wage serfs by expanding your client base - yes all those lazy, arrogant, pension hungry, public sector worker have to be paid – and then remind them that they would not have a job if they had to compete in a free market with those who work harder and are more competent.
Of course the numbers do not quite add up (in the long run the economy will collapse” and so it has to be accompanied by a propaganda campaign telling you how well the government is performing, and that anybody who dares does not have the correct thoughts ought to be punished in some way - indeed you might even put some legislation in place to make sure.
It is hardly a new strategy. Socialism is just a variation of an ancient theme – great for politicians, good for their clients, and a source of great satisfaction for the terminally resentful, but bad for everybody else." - Chris Goodman on Iain Dale's Diary
Monday, August 13, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
"Homosexuals are now free to flaunt their sexuality in public and force it down the throats of Christians, but if Christians were to carry a placard saying ‘The Wages of Sin is Death’, or ‘Homosexuality is a sin’, they would certainly be arrested.
So Islam and homosexuality both now trump Christianity. Perhaps they are not so mutually exclusive or reciprocally antithetical after all." - Archbishop Cranmer
LONDON (AFP) - A renegade former spy who was jailed after blowing the whistle on alleged wrongdoing in the intelligence services has claimed to have new-found powers as a mystic.
David Shayler told cable channel More4 News that he had visited a psychic who he believes channelled the spirit of Mary Magdalene and anointed him as the Messiah.
"Suddenly my whole life made sense," the 41-year-old former officer with the domestic intelligence service MI5 said in an interview broadcast Thursday evening.
"I felt a sense of peace, I suddenly realised why it had been how it had, why I seem to get such a strange deal from the universe, when I seem to be trying to tell the truth about everything."
Shayler told the programme his new powers included the ability to change the weather and that he had helped prevent the attempted car bombings in London and Glasgow in June through meditation.
He also claimed that his favourite football team, Premiership side Middlesbrough, won a place in the 2006 UEFA cup final against Spanish side Seville because he had "channelled the light". Boro lost.
Shayler was released from prison in in 2002 after serving seven weeks for breaching Britain's Official Secrets Act.
He left MI5 in 1996 and subsequently made a number of allegations, including that the overseas intelligence service, MI6, plotted to assassinate the Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi.
He has since tried his hand as a novelist and a conspiracy theorist about the September 11, 2001 attacks and planned to run against then prime minister Tony Blair in the 2005 general election on an anti-Iraq war ticket.
More4 News said his latest claims would provide ammunition for his critics within the security service that he was a loose cannon, comparing his comments to those of former BBC sports presenter David Icke in 1991.
Wearing a lilac-coloured tracksuit, Icke was publicly derided after proclaiming himself the "son of God" during a television chat show. He believes the world is run by giant shapeshifting reptiles.
But Shayler denied the reporter's suggestion that he had "lost it".
"Do I look mentally ill? Do I sound mentally ill?... I'm absolutely convinced, as convinced as I can be, that the universe is changing shape, that humanity has to change, that I'm here to help teach people," he said.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
It is not often that good old C4' is tricked by people, but he was on the night of Wednesday February 21, 2006 when he attended a lecture held inside the Swansea University campus. The guest speaker that night was a certain Abu Usamah, an African-American who 'reverted' to Islam in the mid-to-late 1980s. That night, Mr. Usamah was very measured in his speech about Islam (some of which I missed because I was fatigued after auditioning for Big Brother in Cardiff during most of the day). I was given no reason to suspect from Mr. Usamah that he was in anyway a religious nutcase - until today!
I have only just seen Channel Four's Dispatches documentary Undercover Mosque (via The Lone Voice blog) and I could not believe what I was hearing from the very distinctive voice of Abu Usamah himself. What he was preaching to his congregation about non-Muslims, George W. Bush, Usama Bin Laden, women, individual liberty and homosexuals was completely the opposite demeanour to the one he presented in Swansea. As Archbishop Cranmer would say, the Abu Usamah that I saw in Swansea was 'a spiritual fraud'; a mask designed to fool the ignorant and the moderates (I was certainly ignorant of Usamah's true nature). The true nature of Abu Usamah is eerily similar to that of Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Adolf Hitler in that all of them say one thing to fool the ignorant masses, the another thing, true agenda to the zealots that they have created and helped to sustain.
If I had known then what I now know about Abu Usamah, I would have killed him (and I really mean psychically killed him, not metaphorical as a parent or football might mean when they use the word 'kill') and if I am ever again in the presence of the wicked and evil man, I am going to send him to his precious 72 virgins. If someone had acted early enough and assassinated Adolf Hitler before it was too late, the world might have been a safer, more peaceful place to live in and there certainly would have been no genocide of European Jews.
If anyone reading ever finds themselves in the company of Abu Usamah, I urge you to kill him before he and his followers get the chance to kill you as part of their evil genocidal worldwide Islamofascist jihad against the West and Non-Muslims.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
"Yes, it was right that the British Airports Authority was denied the sweeping injunction it sought against eco-activists planning a Camp for Climate Action near Heathrow. Even prigs must have the right to protest.
But no, it is not right that the anti-flying protesters are now being hailed as champions of liberty. Their campaigns are dedicated to preventing millions who wish to fly from exercising freedom and choice. Theirs is arguably the most illiberal, elitist protest movement since the French counter-revolution." - Mick Hume
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
The number of people whose homes were repossessed surged by 30% during the first half of the year as homeowners struggled with rising interest rates, figures show.
The Council of Mortgage Lenders said 14,000 homes in the UK were repossessed during the six months to the end of June, 18% more than during the previous six months and 30% above the same period of 2006.
The group blamed the rise in repossessions on the recent increase in levels of lending to borrowers with a poor credit history in the sub-prime sector.
It warned that the higher risk involved in lending to people who would be turned down by mainstream lenders meant arrears were more likely to translate into repossessions, and this was likely to happen at an earlier stage.
But it added that despite the sharp rise in repossessions, numbers were still low by historical standards.
David Stubbs, senior economist at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, said the level of repossessions were at their highest since the first half of 1999, with around 77 homes being repossessed every day.
The CML also said 125,100 homeowners had mortgage arrears of three months or more, 4% higher than during the six months to the end of December, but 3% lower than for the first half of 2006.
Adam Sampson, chief executive of housing charity Shelter, said: "Homeowners are being hammered by recent rises in interest rates and some irresponsible lenders handing out mortgages to people who can't afford them.
"With further rate hikes predicted this year, thousands more homeowners face the misery of repossession and homelessness."
The CML figures come as the Government's Insolvency Service reported a surprise drop in the number of people who went insolvent during the second quarter of the year.
The 'Brown Bounce' is sending us all straight to hell!
"Sure. The British people are saying they'll vote for the one-eyed thief. The innate sense of fair play means they'll give him a chance. Sure they're giving the Tories a bit of a kicking of late, despite agreeing with most policies for the last decade. Sure they hate the EU, but still refuse to vote for UKIP. They're a capricious bunch of bastards, the electorate. But they usually get it right in the end.
What can we do in the face of Labour's destructive spite?
The answer is simply get your head down and plough on. Keep blogging. Keep repeating the message that low tax is best, that perhaps our surveillance society has gone a bit far, that the EU is a fucking disaster for this country, that the Environmental doom mongers are overstating their case a bit. Keep suggesting policies like flat tax and school vouchers which will one day become mainstream. It may seem like we're shouting in the wilderness, but we're not.
Having exhausted all alternatives - the British public will be forced to try some libertarian solutions, because they work. School vouchers are in the post. The NHS is on its last legs. Even civil liberties are starting to resonate with more and more of the public. People are noticing that they are no longer free. We need to keep making the case. After all, anything can be undone. There is one part of the unwritten constitution that will never change:
One Government cannot bind the hands of its successor." - Jackart
Thursday, August 02, 2007
"New Labour are a rubbish party obsessed, really obsessed with staying in power at any price. They do not regard themselves as the servants of the people - they regard themselves as the inheritor of Harold Wilson's utterance in the '60's that Labour are the natural party of government.
They lie, they spin, they blackmail like no other party in power have ever done. They could teach Lloyd George a thing or two about cash for honours - because they've got away with it! They strong arm the media generally and the BBC in particular into doing whatever they want. Back room deals with multinationals, press moguls and party donors are selling the real estate and infrastructure of this country (England) straight down the river.
They do all this - and STILL they increase their popularity margins over the Tories...
Cameron has got to get down and dirty right now! He has to start banging on about the NO MANDATE aspect of Brown's Premiership - otherwise, the Tories are gonna get completely swamped in the next election - and England will get terminally shafted......
If New Labour win the next election then that will be that as far as I am concerned - England will be lost forever - Cameron will get the boot and yet again, 'The Opposition' will be left to a few grassrooters not cowed by agendas, pr bull or career preoccupations.
The Metropolitan Police's head of counter-terrorism and intelligence has been heavily criticised in a report into the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.
The report into the handling of information given out after the incident clears Met Commissioner Sir Ian Blair of misconduct.
Terror chief Andy Hayman, however, is accused of misleading the public over statements issued by Scotland Yard's press office.
He is also accused of witholding information from Sir Ian.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission launched an investigation after representations from the de Menezes family.
It found "serious weaknesses" in the Met's handling of the affair and says some of the comments made at the time were innaccurate.
Brazilian Mr de Menezes killed at Stockwell Tube station on July 22, 2005 - the day after the failed London terror attacks.
He was shot in the head seven times by officers who mistook him for one of the July 21 bombers.
In the hours after the shooting, Sir Ian told reporters his death was "directly linked" to anti-terrorist operations - a claim that later had to be retracted.
Mr de Menezes was not formally identified and his innocence established until later that evening.
But Sir Ian was not told about this until the following morning, and later that day apologised to the de Menezes family.
The IPCC report says Sir Ian did not wilfully mislead the public in statements he made to the media.
Among its recommendations is that the Met Police Authority investigates why Sir Ian was kept in the dark about key developments.
Another is that it considers taking appropriate action in relation to Mr Hayman's conduct.
Today's report is the second into Mr de Menezes' shooting and relates solely to complaints of inaccurate information given to the public.
It has been dubbed Stockwell Two. The first IPCC report - 'Stockwell One' - focused on events surrounding the shooting itself.
After it was published the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to charge any of the 11 officers involved.
However, the Met is facing trial under health and safety legislation in October.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome." - Winston Churchill, 1899 (Credit: Theo Spark)
Earlier today, I sent this letter to The Western Mail newspaper:
SIR – As a graduate from the University of Wales Lampeter just over two years ago, I have serious doubts about the allegedly high student satisfaction score for this once-great institution. Not only do only a tiny proportion of students ever bother to attempt to reply to these annual surveys, but also the high dropout rate is a better indicator of real levels of student satisfaction.
The main reasons for the high dropout rate can be attributed to the university’s dull rural location (which cannot be helped), the poisonous, vindictive atmosphere within the Students’ Union and the amateurish, incompetent, lazy and mean-spirited leadership of the university’s senior administrators. The Students’ Union, its’ elected officials and management are the mirror images of Uncle Joe Stalin and Hamas, while the most senior university officials quietly collude with the union’s activities in order to protect their own privileges and cover-up their own scandalous misconduct.
C4' B.A. (Hons.)