Points of disorder 1
I’m still waiting for a Leveson-style inquiry into the blacklisting of building workers and the reckless banksters who collapsed the economy.
Where is the judge taking evidence in public, hearing of brickies denied jobs for decades?
Or the panel listening to heartbreaking stories of millions of victims of the banking disaster, of the livelihoods destroyed by the bonus brigade?
The law rightly forbids running commentary on criminal trials, but as I follow proceedings at the Old Bailey I keep asking why blacklisters and banksters aren’t in a dock.
Points of disorder 2
Ministers enjoy better pensions than the firefighters striking today in England and Wales.
And MPs claiming their fuel bills on expenses are hypocrites when they lecture fire crews on the need to save money.
I don’t believe we should dress politicians in hair shirts or house them in hovels, although I understand why some do.
Politics is the potential to improve considerably the lives of the 99% and build a better Britain.
But I am on the side of firefighters defending their own and the public’s safety, not a comfortable political elite hectoring the workers.
Labour’s lost leader David Miliband is back from the US to deliver a lecture on the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination
Con Minister Stephen Hammond may find himself “morally repugnant” to George Osborne, accused of a tax avoidance wheeze involving his bolt-hole in Portugal
Claret and beef
Most Wednesdays after Prime Minister’s Questions, I receive a text from a spy informing me that Cameron is sipping claret and eating roast beef in a Commons dining room.
A Tory toff has to eat as much as the next man, but this is a Con PM ruled by his stomach.
No wonder he was called “Fat Dave” at Eton.
Cameron hiring Aussie lobbyist Lynton Crosby full-time on £500,000 to scheme for the Cons ahead of the May 2015 election is good news for owners of tobacco and alcohol companies, but not for victims of lung cancer or those terrorised by thugs crazed on cheap booze.
Cameron shot the Huskies, but his dangerous Dingo is a threat to public health.
I wouldn’t want to be in the shoes of Plods summoned by MPs to apologise over Plebgate evidence which was, to put it mildly, unsatisfactory.
But I hear Keith Vaz, chief investigating officer on the Home Affairs Committee, is jumpy about what to do should the three West Midlands cops refuse to grovel over their inaccurate account of a meeting with the bicycling now ex-Minister Andrew Mitchell.
He fears we would discover Parliament’s bark is worse than its bite, when jailing police for contempt of the place would be laughed out of court.
Five things Right-whingers hate most:
1 The “nanny state” – unless handing over little Horace to the Polish girl so they can zip off for a weekend’s hunting.
2 Trade unions (especially Unite) objecting when – the Downton cheek of it! – we’re treated like servants.
3 A European Union which involves abroad and has “union” (see above) in the name.
4 The BBC since newsreaders stopped wearing dinner jackets and regional accents crept onto the airwaves.
5 Tax funds education, health and all those other public services the filthy rich avoid by going private.
“… concluded that the selling of the software may constitute an offence of fraud, among others.”
David Cameron hanging on to his Con chair Grant Shapps when cops raised questions about Yapps’ business dealings under the pseudonym “Michael Green” mean Dave shouldn’t point the finger of suspicion at any Labour MPs.
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