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The Peacemaker and the Opportunist.

in pursuit of a Blank Cheque

Gadafi 3 2011 by Willhelm Sasnal

(oil paint on Canvas)

The hubris of the strategy of "Regime Change" have had consequences from Iraq, to Libya, and to Manchester.

It was never a good idea to kill many good people to get one bad man but who had advocated that strategy in Libya without a plan B?

These political choices were not at all easy and just a handful of good men and women in our parliament made the right call. The remainder are not culpable but they should at least recognise their misjudgement and the wisdom of the peacemakers who argued and voted against the regime change in Libya that beget the Manchester atrocity.

They are as follows from Hansard...

Corbyn, Jeremy

Lucas, Caroline

McDonnell, John

Gardiner, Barry

Skinner, Mr Dennis

Allen, Mr Graham

Baron, Mr John

Campbell, Mr Ronnie

Durkan, Mark

Godsiff, Mr Roger

Riordan, Mrs Linda

Ritchie, Ms Margaret

Wood, Mike

Those who voted in favour of the “intervention” in Libya  and therefore Regime Change are as follows .... from Handsard...

May, Mrs Theresa

Ayes Tellers

Abbott, Ms Diane

Abrahams, Debbie

Adams, Nigel

Afriyie, Adam

Ainsworth, rh Mr Bob

Aldous, Peter

Alexander, rh Danny

Alexander, rh Mr Douglas

Alexander, Heidi

Ali, Rushanara

Amess, Mr David

Anderson, Mr David

Andrew, Stuart

Arbuthnot, rh Mr James

Austin, Ian

Bacon, Mr Richard

Bagshawe, Ms Louise

Bailey, Mr Adrian

Bain, Mr William

Baker, Norman

Baker, Steve

Baldry, Tony

Baldwin, Harriett

Balls, rh Ed

Banks, Gordon

Barclay, Stephen

Barron, rh Mr Kevin

Barwell, Gavin

Bayley, Hugh

Bebb, Guto

Beckett, rh Margaret

Begg, Dame Anne

Beith, rh Sir Alan

Bell, Sir Stuart

Benn, rh Hilary

Benyon, Richard

Beresford, Sir Paul

Berger, Luciana

Berry, Jake

Betts, Mr Clive

Bingham, Andrew

Binley, Mr Brian

Birtwistle, Gordon

Blackman, Bob

Blackman-Woods, Roberta

Blackwood, Nicola

Blenkinsop, Tom

Blomfield, Paul

Blunkett, rh Mr David

Blunt, Mr Crispin

Boles, Nick

Bottomley, Sir Peter

Bradley, Karen

Bradshaw, rh Mr Ben

Brady, Mr Graham

Brake, Tom

Bray, Angie

Brazier, Mr Julian

Brennan, Kevin

Bridgen, Andrew

Brine, Mr Steve

Brokenshire, James

Brooke, Annette

Brown, rh Mr Gordon

Brown, Lyn

Brown, rh Mr Nicholas

Brown, Mr Russell

Browne, Mr Jeremy

Bruce, Fiona

Bruce, rh Malcolm

Buck, Ms Karen

Buckland, Mr Robert

Burden, Richard

Burley, Mr Aidan

Burnham, rh Andy

Burns, rh Mr Simon

Burrowes, Mr David

Burstow, Paul

Burt, Alistair

Burt, Lorely

Byles, Dan

Byrne, rh Mr Liam

Cable, rh Vince

Cairns, Alun

Cameron, rh Mr David

Campbell, Mr Alan

Campbell, rh Sir Menzies

Carmichael, rh Mr Alistair

Carmichael, Neil

Cash, Mr William

Caton, Martin

Chapman, Mrs Jenny

Chishti, Rehman

Chope, Mr Christopher

Clappison, Mr James

Clark, rh Greg

Clarke, rh Mr Kenneth

Clarke, rh Mr Tom

Clegg, rh Mr Nick

Clifton-Brown, Geoffrey

Clwyd, rh Ann

Coaker, Vernon

Coffey, Ann

Coffey, Dr Thérèse

Collins, Damian

Cooper, rh Yvette

Cox, Mr Geoffrey

Crabb, Stephen

Crausby, Mr David

Creagh, Mary

Creasy, Stella

Crockart, Mike

Crouch, Tracey

Cruddas, Jon

Cryer, John

Cunningham, Alex

Cunningham, Mr Jim

Cunningham, Tony

Curran, Margaret

Dakin, Nic

Danczuk, Simon

Darling, rh Mr Alistair

Davey, Mr Edward

David, Mr Wayne

Davidson, Mr Ian

Davies, David T. C. (Monmouth)

Davies, Geraint

Davies, Glyn

Davies, Philip

Davis, rh Mr David

de Bois, Nick

De Piero, Gloria

Denham, rh Mr John

Dinenage, Caroline

Djanogly, Mr Jonathan

Dobbin, Jim

Dobson, rh Frank

Docherty, Thomas

Donaldson, rh Mr Jeffrey M.

Donohoe, Mr Brian H.

Dorrell, rh Mr Stephen

Dorries, Nadine

Dowd, Jim

Doyle, Gemma

Doyle-Price, Jackie

Drax, Richard

Dromey, Jack

Duddridge, James

Dugher, Michael

Duncan Smith, rh Mr Iain

Dunne, Mr Philip

Eagle, Maria

Edwards, Jonathan

Efford, Clive

Elliott, Julie

Ellis, Michael

Ellison, Jane

Ellman, Mrs Louise

Ellwood, Mr Tobias

Elphicke, Charlie

Engel, Natascha

Esterson, Bill

Eustice, George

Evans, Chris

Evans, Graham

Evans, Jonathan

Evennett, Mr David

Fabricant, Michael

Fallon, Michael

Farrelly, Paul

Farron, Tim

Featherstone, Lynne

Field, rh Mr Frank

Field, Mr Mark

Fitzpatrick, Jim

Flello, Robert

Foster, rh Mr Don

Fovargue, Yvonne

Fox, rh Dr Liam

Francis, Dr Hywel

Francois, rh Mr Mark

Freeman, George

Freer, Mike

Fullbrook, Lorraine

Fuller, Richard

Gale, Mr Roger

Gapes, Mike

Garnier, Mr Edward

Garnier, Mark

Gauke, Mr David

Gibb, Mr Nick

Gilbert, Stephen

Gillan, rh Mrs Cheryl

Gilmore, Sheila

Glass, Pat

Glen, John

Glindon, Mrs Mary

Goggins, rh Paul

Goldsmith, Zac

Goodman, Helen

Goodwill, Mr Robert

Gove, rh Michael

Graham, Richard

Grant, Mrs Helen

Gray, Mr James

Grayling, rh Chris

Greatrex, Tom

Green, Damian

Green, Kate

Greening, Justine

Greenwood, Lilian

Grieve, rh Mr Dominic

Griffith, Nia

Griffiths, Andrew

Gummer, Ben

Gwynne, Andrew

Gyimah, Mr Sam

Hague, rh Mr William

Hain, rh Mr Peter

Halfon, Robert

Hames, Duncan

Hamilton, Mr David

Hammond, rh Mr Philip

Hammond, Stephen

Hancock, Matthew

Hands, Greg

Hanson, rh Mr David

Harman, rh Ms Harriet

Harper, Mr Mark

Harrington, Richard

Harris, Rebecca

Hart, Simon

Harvey, Nick

Haselhurst, rh Sir Alan

Havard, Mr Dai

Hayes, Mr John

Heald, Mr Oliver

Healey, rh John

Heath, Mr David

Heaton-Harris, Chris

Hemming, John

Henderson, Gordon

Hendrick, Mark

Hendry, Charles

Herbert, rh Nick

Heyes, David

Hillier, Meg

Hilling, Julie

Hinds, Damian

Hoban, Mr Mark

Hodge, rh Margaret

Hodgson, Mrs Sharon

Hoey, Kate

Hollingbery, George

Hollobone, Mr Philip

Holloway, Mr Adam

Hopkins, Kelvin

Hopkins, Kris

Horwood, Martin

Hosie, Stewart

Howell, John

Hughes, rh Simon

Huhne, rh Chris

Hunt, rh Mr Jeremy

Huppert, Dr Julian

Hurd, Mr Nick

Irranca-Davies, Huw

Jackson, Mr Stewart

James, Margot

Jamieson, Cathy

Jarvis, Dan

Javid, Sajid

Jenkin, Mr Bernard

Johnson, rh Alan

Johnson, Diana

Johnson, Gareth

Johnson, Joseph

Jones, Andrew

Jones, Mr David

Jones, Graham

Jones, Helen

Jones, Mr Kevan

Jones, Mr Marcus

Jones, Susan Elan

Jowell, rh Tessa

Joyce, Eric

Kaufman, rh Sir Gerald

Kawczynski, Daniel

Keeley, Barbara

Kelly, Chris

Kendall, Liz

Kennedy, rh Mr Charles

Khan, rh Sadiq

Kirby, Simon

Knight, rh Mr Greg

Kwarteng, Kwasi

Laing, Mrs Eleanor

Lamb, Norman

Lammy, rh Mr David

Lancaster, Mark

Lansley, rh Mr Andrew

Latham, Pauline

Lavery, Ian

Laws, rh Mr David

Lazarowicz, Mark

Leadsom, Andrea

Lee, Jessica

Lee, Dr Phillip

Leech, Mr John

Lefroy, Jeremy

Leslie, Chris

Letwin, rh Mr Oliver

Lewis, Brandon

Lewis, Mr Ivan

Lewis, Dr Julian

Liddell-Grainger, Mr Ian

Lloyd, Stephen

Lloyd, Tony

Llwyd, rh Mr Elfyn

Lord, Jonathan

Loughton, Tim

Love, Mr Andrew

Lucas, Ian

Luff, Peter

Lumley, Karen

Macleod, Mary

MacNeil, Mr Angus Brendan

Mactaggart, Fiona

Mahmood, Mr Khalid

Mahmood, Shabana

Main, Mrs Anne

Mann, John

Marsden, Mr Gordon

Maude, rh Mr Francis

 

Maynard, Paul

McCabe, Steve

McCann, Mr Michael

McCarthy, Kerry

McCartney, Jason

McCartney, Karl

McClymont, Gregg

McCrea, Dr William

McFadden, rh Mr Pat

McGovern, Jim

McGuire, rh Mrs Anne

McIntosh, Miss Anne

McKechin, Ann

McKinnell, Catherine

McLoughlin, rh Mr Patrick

McVey, Esther

Meacher, rh Mr Michael

Mearns, Ian

Menzies, Mark

Mercer, Patrick

Metcalfe, Stephen

Michael, rh Alun

Miliband, rh David

Miliband, rh Edward

Miller, Andrew

Miller, Maria

Mills, Nigel

Milton, Anne

Mitchell, rh Mr Andrew

Moon, Mrs Madeleine

Moore, rh Michael

Mordaunt, Penny

Morden, Jessica

Morgan, Nicky

Morrice, Graeme (Livingston)

Morris, Anne Marie

Morris, David

Morris, Grahame M. (Easington)

Morris, James

Mosley, Stephen

Mowat, David

Mulholland, Greg

Mundell, rh David

Munn, Meg

Munt, Tessa

Murphy, rh Mr Jim

Murphy, rh Paul

Murray, Ian

Murray, Sheryll

Murrison, Dr Andrew

Nandy, Lisa

Nash, Pamela

Neill, Robert

Newmark, Mr Brooks

Newton, Sarah

Nokes, Caroline

Nuttall, Mr David

O'Brien, Mr Stephen

Offord, Mr Matthew

Ollerenshaw, Eric

Opperman, Guy

Osborne, rh Mr George

Osborne, Sandra

Ottaway, Richard

Owen, Albert

Paice, rh Mr James

Paisley, Ian

Parish, Neil

Patel, Priti

Pawsey, Mark

Pearce, Teresa

Penning, Mike

Penrose, John

Percy, Andrew

Perkins, Toby

Perry, Claire

Phillips, Stephen

Phillipson, Bridget

Pickles, rh Mr Eric

Pincher, Christopher

Poulter, Dr Daniel

Pound, Stephen

Prisk, Mr Mark

Pritchard, Mark

Pugh, John

Raab, Mr Dominic

Randall, rh Mr John

Raynsford, rh Mr Nick

Reed, Mr Jamie

Rees-Mogg, Jacob

Reevell, Simon

Reeves, Rachel

Reid, Mr Alan

Reynolds, Emma

Reynolds, Jonathan

Rifkind, rh Sir Malcolm

Robathan, rh Mr Andrew

Robertson, Angus

Robertson, Hugh

Robertson, John

Robinson, Mr Geoffrey

Rogerson, Dan

Rosindell, Andrew

Rotheram, Steve

Roy, Mr Frank

Roy, Lindsay

Ruane, Chris

Rudd, Amber

Ruddock, rh Joan

Ruffley, Mr David

Russell, Bob

Rutley, David

Sanders, Mr Adrian

Sandys, Laura

Sarwar, Anas

Scott, Mr Lee

Seabeck, Alison

Selous, Andrew

Shapps, rh Grant

Sharma, Alok

Sharma, Mr Virendra

Sheerman, Mr Barry

Shelbrooke, Alec

Shepherd, Mr Richard

Sheridan, Jim

Shuker, Gavin

Simmonds, Mark

Simpson, Mr Keith

Skidmore, Chris

Slaughter, Mr Andy

Smith, rh Mr Andrew

Smith, Angela

Smith, Miss Chloe

Smith, Henry

Smith, Julian

Smith, Nick

Smith, Owen

Smith, Sir Robert

Soames, Nicholas

Soubry, Anna

Spellar, rh Mr John

Spelman, rh Mrs Caroline

Spencer, Mr Mark

Stanley, rh Sir John

Stephenson, Andrew

Stevenson, John

Stewart, Bob

Stewart, Iain

Stewart, Rory

Straw, rh Mr Jack

Streeter, Mr Gary

Stuart, Ms Gisela

Stuart, Mr Graham

Stunell, Andrew

Sturdy, Julian

Sutcliffe, Mr Gerry

Swales, Ian

Swayne, Mr Desmond

Swinson, Jo

Syms, Mr Robert

Tami, Mark

Tapsell, Sir Peter

Teather, Sarah

Thomas, Mr Gareth

Thornberry, Emily

Thurso, John

Timms, rh Stephen

Timpson, Mr Edward

Tomlinson, Justin

Tredinnick, David

Trickett, Jon

Truss, Elizabeth

Turner, Mr Andrew

Turner, Karl

Twigg, Derek

Twigg, Stephen

Tyrie, Mr Andrew

Umunna, Mr Chuka

Uppal, Paul

Vaizey, Mr Edward

Vara, Mr Shailesh

Vaz, rh Keith

Vaz, Valerie

Villiers, rh Mrs Theresa

Walker, Mr Charles

Walker, Mr Robin

Wallace, Mr Ben

Walley, Joan

Walter, Mr Robert

Ward, Mr David

Watkinson, Angela

Weatherley, Mike

Webb, Steve

Weir, Mr Mike

Wharton, James

Wheeler, Heather

White, Chris

Whiteford, Dr Eilidh

Whitehead, Dr Alan

Whittaker, Craig

Whittingdale, Mr John

Wicks, rh Malcolm

Willetts, rh Mr David

Williams, Hywel

Williams, Mr Mark

Williams, Roger

Williams, Stephen

Williamson, Chris

Willott, Jenny

Wilson, Phil

Wilson, Mr Rob

Winterton, rh Ms Rosie

Wishart, Pete

Wollaston, Dr Sarah

Woodcock, John

Woodward, rh Mr Shaun

Wright, David

Wright, Mr Iain

Wright, Jeremy

Wright, Simon

Young, rh Sir George

Zahawi, Nadhi


25 May 2017

Election 2017

The Fifth Week has been added to our Analysis of  BBC BIAS

 #Hippo #BBCbias #GE17 #ToryLauraK

I have been monitoring the BBC political programmes, Daily Politics, Sunday Politics, Newsnight, Marr, and Question Time.

 

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In the fifth week of the election campaign we saw the Labour Manifesto derided by the Daily Mail as fantasy. However the Costings were effectively defended by the Shadow Chancellor when challenged by Marr for example.

The Labour Manifesto was well received by the public, affecting this table but also the main stream media polls, and contrary to the Daily Mail analysis.

This week also saw the Conservative Manifesto, which unravelled with the so called "Dementia Tax."  No costings were forensically challenged by the BBC because there weren't any.

Nevertheless The Daily Mail perversely described May's Manifesto as .....

"detailed, deadly serious, utterly candid and unashamedly moral"

Is this what they mean by the term "Fake News"  I would prefer to call it Bull Shit.

Theresa May was subsequently embarrassed by Andrew Neil in the first of his live TV interviews; she gulped and balked as Neil persisted when she continued to prevaricate. Oakshot Tory sympathiser, called the manifesto "barely defrosted". A Tory candidate called it "a plate of sick."

The terrorist attack in Manchester has now taken the question of Theresa May's leadership off the political agenda.

I delayed publishing this and #GE17 political stories with respect for the victims of the Manchester atrocity.


24 May 2017

Out of Her Depth.

#GE17 #Hippo

I delayed publishing #GE17 political stories with respect for the Manchester atrocity. The “Your House” story below was written that awful night, more or less as the news broke.

I waited to see if the Tory media would do the same. I did not have to wait too long to find out that they would not do so at all.

The atrocity would become May’s “Falklands,” and overnight the means by which she would demonstrate through smoke and mirrors her qualities of “leadership”.

But Theresa’s discomfort is palpable. “Submarine May” is out of her depth.

 

22 May 2017

Your House in Theresa May’s Will?

#GE17 #Hippo

We Monks now know we may be leaving our house to Theresa May if she has her way and wins the #GE17 election.

This pledge does not appear in our "will" but our house is now in Theresa May's "will".

The Prime Minister, dubbed “Submarine May” rose from the depths, fired her missile which misfired and hit her supposed core constituency of the elderly about to die, and the young people about to inherit. This is political collateral damage on a grand scale.

Such incompetence is unprecedented, but then followed the unedifying duplicity of the attempted denials during the Andrew Neil interview and elsewhere.


22 May 2017

Politics and Conflict

#Photography  #GE17

#Politics #PoliticsandConflict


 

21 May 2017

 



Theresa May guffawed and mocked Jeremy Corbyn when he challenged her about her government’s cuts in Social Care. Bob mistook a bollard for his very best lost friend when he looked up from his tomb of rags and bags and moonlight shadows. The bollard he met spoke with empathy. "Theresa May will be judged by how she treats the likes of you, Bob. There are demons in your mind, but also in your demographic.... "

Meet The Bollard

The demons in the demographic.

#GE17 #Hippo

 


18 May 2017

Ron and Mable.

Zero Hours or Leather Trousers?

 #Hippo #BBCbias #GE17 #ToryLauraK

Whenever I hear the phrase "strong and stable" it makes me think of Ron and Mable.

Ron is on a low paid "zero hours" contract because he has to take care of Mable, and Mable has early dementia and is annoying and unpredictable.

Ron and Mable cannot survive without a low paid "zero hours" contract and access to a food bank.

Theresa May frequently directs our attention to employment figures that seemingly flatter the Tory "achievement" of obliging and designating Ron and other handicapped men as "fit for work".

Theresa May now refers to "zero hours" contracts as something that "suits" many people including Ron and Mable, as if they had a choice, between that or selling a spare pair of £900 leather trousers.

Theresa May is a renowned career politician who has never spoken up for like of Ron and Mable. In fact May is known for not speaking up for anything until it is politically expedient, and career enhancing, to do so.

So clever of her to avoid promising to address the problem of Ron and Mable in her manifesto, and leave it to the accommodating BBC Laura Kuensberg to interpret and flatter May's unconvincing prospectus that will not help them.


16 May 2017

Election 2017

Analysis of Four Weeks of BBC BIAS

 #Hippo #BBCbias #GE17 #ToryLauraK

I have been monitoring the BBC political programmes, Daily Politics, Newsnight, Marr, and Question Time.

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The BBC flagship programmes are where viewers would expect to find objectivity and a fair balance of views particularly concerning the personal qualities of Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May.

The BBC has called their “Mood Box” “unscientific” which is their way of calling it a bit of harmless fun.

The above analysis of BBC Bias is however entirely scientific, if stating the bleeding obvious can be so described.

BBC Bias perniciously affects public opinion and therefore the outcome of this coming election.

All programmes are available on the BBC iplayer.

 


 

15 May 2017


Some Kind of Squirrel

#Photography

This image consists of several pictures of scrap metal and a £10 note that was dispensed out of a Barclays Bank ATM in Southend on Sea.
We kept the note for some years and then lost it until this month.

A neighbour mentioned JD Salinger's book, "The Catcher in the Rye," which prompted Mrs. Monk to seek out her copy on one of her many dishevelled bookshelves. Within the book she found the note that was placed there for safekeeping.

Mrs Monk is some kind of a squirrel.

And yes, in Leigh upon Sea, there are dishevelled bookshelves by the sea shore.


10 May 2017

When you hear the BBC refer to something “unscientific” they are about to broadcast something unflattering about Jeremy Corbyn. I refer to the so called "Mood Box” on Daily Politics and elsewhere.

This is not the only method the BBC has for courting unflattering opinions of Jeremy Corbyn.

See this  SKWAWKBOX story

#Hippo #BBCbias #GE17 #ToryLauraK


10 May 2017

May the “Marxist”

#Maybot

#GE17

To paraphrase Margaret Thatcher's boast that she created Tony Blair, Jeremy Corbyn's finest achievement thus far is that he has turned Theresa May into a "Marxist".

Andrew Marr started the name-calling directed at John McDonnell last Sunday. One day later May announced the Tory "Marxist" pledge to fix the privatised energy market in order to protect barely managing consumers being ripped off by a "rigged market". You couldn't make it up.

A crowded middle ground of Blairites and Tories deregulated the Banks and created the catastrophic crash and the subsequent austerity and the fall in standards of living.

Now it seems, we are all Marxists.

But where is the constant authentic voice, and where is the contrived stage managed robot that cannot be trusted?


9 May 2017

MayDayBrexitPlanD

 


 

9 May 2017

Election 2017

Analysis of BBC BIAS

 #Hippo #BBCbias #GE17 #ToryLauraK

I have been monitoring the BBC political programmes, Daily Politics, Newsnight, Marr, and Question Time.

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The BBC flagship programmes are where viewers would expect to find objectivity and a fair balance of views particularly concerning the personal qualities of Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May.

The third week of the campaign has just passed and there is at last a glimmer of hope for Jeremy Corbyn.

In the first two weeks BBC Bias in favour of Theresa May was beyond excessive.

On the fifteenth day of the campaign Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek finance minister, appeared on Newsnight and his preference for Corbyn tilted the very first BBC Programme toward Corbyn.

After the Polls had closed on Thursday, Newsnight and Question Time were significantly weighted in favour of Jeremy Corbyn.

However, overall in the Third week of The 2017 Election campaign, BBC Bias continued to favour Theresa May over Jeremy Corbyn.

This is not good enough.

This Table only considers BBC journalists and contributors commenting pejoratively or otherwise about the personal qualities and "leadership" capability of Jeremy Corbyn and Theressa May. BBC viewers are entitled to expect a balanced coverage of the campaign and the BBC continues to fail to provide it.

All programmes are available on the BBC iplayer.


8 May 2017

 

Strong & Unstable

 #Hippo #BBCbias #GE17 #ToryLauraK


7 May 2017

Tory Laura’s Labour Stew

 #Hippo #BBCbias #GE17 #ToryLauraK

The BBC received a number of complaints about a tweet by Laura Kuensberg, April 24th, and have responded. Full text below.

I say they have responded, but they leave the readers guessing as to who might have complained and what tweet they were complaining about. Space was not made available on the BBC website to repeat the offending 140 characters, so readers were not allowed to know what they were talking about. Nor did they publish the complaints.

This, I believe, is the offending tweet ....

LauraK is a prolific tweeter and it could have been any of her 22 tweets that offended on that day.

I found the BBC defence of this tweet by chance. I followed a small BBC website link off another small BBC website link. It can only be found by the most determined and persistent slooth, in pursuit of the truth.

"Let Labour stew in its own juice," is Kuensberg’s imagined reasoning and justification for May’s absence from, in this case, the Trident debate.

'Laura Kuenssberg also excused Theresa May's failure to agree to a TV debate with the other party leaders including Jeremy Corbyn. (Daily Politics 19th April).

She has form.

Forgiving May comes naturally to Laura K. She knows very well May despises unpredictable and challenging unscripted debates.

Far from confronting Theresa May with her failure to show leadership in any unscripted TV debate, Laura Kuenssberg cuddles May with comfortable excuses.

“As the BBC’s Political Editor, Laura can’t publish ‘personal’ views on politics.” is a phrase included in the BBC response to the complaints.

The phrase “to let Labour stew in its own juices,” is not intended to flatter Labour and is not a phrase uttered by a Tory. It is a phrase invented by Laura Kuenssberg, in support of the Tories.

So this is the somewhat complacent response from the BBC hidden away in the most remote regions of the BBC website, where it is most unlikely to be seen.

This is not the BBC I grew up with.


6 May 2017

Charles Darwin lived and worked in Downe in Kent which is also the birthplace of Nigel Farage,

The Origin of the Faeces

that gave us a Referendum, Theresa May, and a Hard Brexit that nobody voted for.

However the electorate voted, they had no idea or understanding of what might happen as a consequence.

#Brexit #Farage #electoralreform


3 May 2017

Photograph of This Day.

Rebel Rebel

 


Other Pictures

Most admired by Shoestringonline

#MonkfryPics

 


2 May 2017

Election 2017

Second Week

BBC Bias in favour of Theresa May during the current election campaign is increasing and I did not think that was at all possible.

Ian Hislop asked the obvious questions on “Have I Got News For You”, this week.

“Are there no questions for the Conservatives?”

“Is that the new BBC Policy?”

This is not the BBC I grew up with.

The Evidence.

BBC overwhelming fervor for Theresa May over Jeremy Corbyn corrupts democracy and that is a disgrace.

 #Hippo #BBCbias #BBCBias2017


1 May 2017

Robert M. Pirsig author of

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

died last week aged 89.

#NewAge #Mindfulness #Unmadefilms

Madness and Meditation

I could not sleep and I could not stay awake

#NewAge #Mindfulness #Unmadefilms

one of many

Unmade Films


 

30 April 2017

Election 2017

May on Marr

 #Hippo #BBCbias #Marr #CrosbyClones

The Prime Minister said on Marr today that she had “no plans” before the election to confirm that taxes will be increased after the election, or words to that effect.

 

She did not guffaw at Marr when he brought up the subject of NHS nurses using food banks to make ends meet and offered no defence for the depleting incomes of NHS nurses, that made them so desperate.

 

Shame on May.

 

Embarrassing to see so many Tories reciting the same Lynton Crosby catch-phrases. Not sure if they are #CrosbyClones or #CrosbyClowns.

 

In fact they are all insulting the intelligence of the British electorate who are more than wise to the Pavlovian Tory game.

 #Hippo #BBCbias #Marr #CrosbyClones


26 April 2017

Election 2017

First Seven Days

This is not the BBC I grew up with.

 #Hippo #BBCbias


25 April 2017

Calls for BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg to be sacked.

#BBCbias


25 April 2017

 


24 April 2017

 


 

#Disability


22 April 2017

The Truth about Lying

#PMQS #Hippo

Politicians are encouraged to tell lies by the conventions of the House of Commons, and the mother of all parliaments.

The convention is that no "honourable" or "right honourable" gentleman or lady may be called a liar even if that were true. This would appear to encourage a culture of sophistry in our precious mama of all misrepresentation.

If a Member of Parliament spoke the truth about the lies of another MP that would become an incident that would mean the exclusion of the truthsayer, and reward the liar.

Dennis Skinner, for example, knows this very well.

Yvette Cooper asked the following PMQ, apparently telling the truth about the Prime Minister's lies......

“The prime minister said yesterday that she was calling a general election because parliament was blocking Brexit, but three-quarters of this parliament voted for article 50 and two-thirds of the Lords voted for article 50, so that’s not true, is it?”

“A month ago she told her official spokesman to rule out an election and that wasn’t true either, was it? She wants us to believe that she is a woman of her word but isn’t the truth that we cannot believe a single word she says?”

A Tory hostile chorus then joined in with much rancour.

David Mundell MP, seated next to Theressa May, spoke out of turn without being called by the speaker. Subsequently he wished to claim that he did not call out "bitch" directed at Yvette Cooper. Why should we believe him?

And more to the point why should we believe Theresa May during this election campaign?


19 April 2017

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18 April 2017

PANIC As predicted not 15 minutes ago, Theresa May has ruled out a TV debate with Jeremy Corbyn and any of her opponents. What does this say about the strength of her leadership?

Theresa May’s leadership is lost without a managed script saying otherwise.

 

MayDay

 

#ElectoralFraud #electoralreform #BBCbias #Hippo #FritMay


18 April 2017

PANIC

May called a cynical snap June General Election today, after making it “absolutely clear” that she would not do so. She conceded that parliament has issues with her “Hard Brexit” strategy. This comes before we have got to the bottom of the last Tory #ElectoralFraud.

Will they talk about meaningful policy during this campaign?

Of course not.

The BBC have aired all those “leadership” questions all day, this day, today, day one, apparently intending to disguise the policy failures of the Tories by questioning the leadership of another party leader.

May’s indecisiveness about WTF she means when she is being absolutely clear is not in question by the BBC.

May is leading us down the garden path and over the “cliff “ and she is doing it with great leadership as far as the BBC is concerned.

 

Will May wriggle out of the TV debates? That is the Question.

And that much she will have in common with David Cameron who squirmed uncomfortably against Ed Milliband. May would squirm also, but will attempt to avoid the debates altogether.

Here first,

It will be such glorious fun, win or lose.

MayDay

#ElectoralFraud #electoralreform #BBCbias #Hippo


15 April 2017

This page from April 2011 has been found by some readers this last month so I have given it a makeover.

SayBS

Put simply, Warsi lied about AV.

#electoralreform


13 April 2017

Meritocracy Eugenics

&

Grammar Schools

 #academies  #OrmistonTrust

#Education #Hippo #BBCbias


10 April  2017

 

These #BBCbias stories just don’t go away.

 #Hippo #ToryLauraK


7 April  2017

 

I can’t fly but me pigeons can.

#muso #Unthanks


5 April  2017

The BBC has become the story....

#BBCbias #Hippo #ToryLauraK

The BBC has an institutional disapproval of Jeremy Corbyn as The leader of the Labour Party.

The BBC accommodates such views with overbearing weight unbalanced by alternative points of view.

The BBC intentionally promotes and normalises anti-Corbyn sentiment.

The BBC intentionally fails to analyse the policy differences between Jeremy Corbyn and other political views and routinely relies on banal and easily contrived matters of personality.

Accordingly, the BBC corrupts the political debate and affects public opinion, and also affects those self justifying prophecies of the flawed opinion polls with alarming circularity and predictability.

And yes, the BBC, once the fearless respected arbiter of objective news, is now proactively willing to affect public opinion and therefore the outcome of parliamentary elections.

The BBC would say they are reflecting public opinion, as if they were not responsible for creating public opinion. The evidence is to the contrary. BBC anti-Corbyn bias is palpable.

If you google "BBC bias" you will be directed to BBC stories about BBC Bias. The BBC is on the defensive. The BBC has become the story.

And where the BBC leads, other networks follow. Some say the BBC is the poodle being led.

 


3 April  2017

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1 April  2017

 

This was recorded one April Fools' Day. I have no idea where it came from. It was just a bit of spontaneous foolishness. Music Recorded circa 2008.

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