Saturday, 20 December 2014

How Many Times Do You Need Reminding That Appeasement Doesn’t Work?

Restaurant Chapter One, in Locksbottom, is serving the controversial 'delicacy' as part of its festive menu.
On Christmas Day, customers can enjoy a starter of 'Terrine Of Chicken and Foie Gras with Pickled Winter Vegetables & Truffle Mayonnaise', and diners on New Years Eve can expect a main consisting of 'Fillet of Beef with Pan Fried Foie Gras, Spinach & Truffled Madeira Sauce'.
I must admit, I'm not a fan of this, it's too rich for my taste. But each to his own.

Of course, there are those for whom 'Live and let live' aren't words to live by:
However, Bromley-based animal rights group Passive Pressure Animal Welfare Group is less than impressed. The group held a protest in the form of a candlelit vigil outside the restaurant, on Sunday November 23.
Armed with placards and signs, the group says this will not be the last if the eatery continues to serve this "unethical delicacy".
Christ, you don't get me picketing veggie restaurants, do you? Why not just not eat it yourselves?
Fellow campaigner and Bromley North resident, Sara Charania, 37, added: "Chapter One have been asked by the public politely to remove this from their menu, they have seen footage of how it is produced.
"They know production is banned in the UK and yet they seem to still want to import it all in the name of profit whilst knowing what miserable existences these helpless birds have."
The restaurant, for once, isn't backing down (yet!) and attempted to appease these loons by displaying the sterling ethical standards of their product.
The restaurant sources its fois gras from supplier Fine France, and a spokesperson for Chapter One said: “Ethically, they [Fine France] object to the industrial methods of obtaining foie gras which are demeaning to the welfare of the birds. They only source and will only ever source traditional Foie Gras rather than the industrial machinery.
“Their products are definitely ethically produced, with a full-respect of traditions, birds and nature.
“Ducks and geese, being migratory birds, have a natural tendency/instinct to gorge on food prior to starting migration.”
It'll be in vain, though. These people can't be swayed by reason.

Maybe a buffer zone would help? After all, once that door is open, anyone can walk through, can't they?

You Mean Illegal Drugs Are Unsafe?! Shock!

An IT expert who worked for some of Britain’s top law firms died after taking seven times the “normal” recreational amount of ecstasy at an illegal rave in an abandoned police station, an inquest heard.
Thus proving intelligence in one field isn’t necessarily carried over to any other…
Imdre Valiokaite, a friend of Mr Carlton-Smith, said: “He didn’t take drugs regularly — only at raves. We were on the stairs and a man in a hood asked if we wanted some coke. Max took off with the guy and that was the last time I saw him.”
Wait, wait…

There we go!
The coroner said he would write a letter to Home Secretary Theresa May to advise on more stringent powers for police to shut down illegal raves.
Recording a narrative verdict, he said: “He had taken MDMA at an illegal rave and had collapsed after being in a drug-induced trance. He did not immediately receive medical aid. He died at 6.23am. His death was a drug overdose.”
I expect the police will be delighted to have the powers to ‘shut down illegal raves’, with all the resultant drain on manpower that will entail, all because some idiot wanted to score illegal drugs.

It’s clear to see where he got his smarts, though. It was his dear ol’ mum:
Max’s mother Linda Carlton-Smith said: “This will not bring Max back, but I hope the report will help save the lives of other young people and mean his death was not in vain.
“I hope in future the organisers would be less greedy and have proper health and safety and security in place. As for the man who sold the MDMA he took, which he took on top of the MDMA he had brought with him, how can you live with yourself?”
Well, love, he’s a dealer in illegal drugs, so expecting him to have a social conscience is like expecting illegal rave organisers to be clued up on the latest requirements for legitimate businesses. 

Or even like expecting a recreational drug user to have some common sense about buying unregulated crap from street dealers.

Oh. Whoops. How insensitive of me.

Suzanne Moore Struggles With Basic Concepts (Again)…

Beggars bother us apparently. They bother shopkeepers and residents. They are not good for business. They annoy us when we are only trying to spend our hard-earned money. We know what they need, even if they don’t. They are often difficult people to help.
What’s your next column going to be about, then? How water is wet, and the sky is blue?
I don’t kid myself here, but what is the point of further criminalising them?
What’s the alternative, if they are doing something criminal?
The demand to arrest beggars is said to be because some are aggressive and intimidating. But surely this is an attempt to cleanse and hide the increasing numbers.
No, it might just be because some are aggressive and intimidating. Even Sigmund Freud had to agree that sometimes a cigar is just a cigar…
As we load up for Christmas, it really would be nicer not to encounter these hopeless, zoned-out specimens. They are the cities’ human graffiti, reminding us that inequality is not some abstract notion. But is it really the job of the police to arrest them, fine them and call this “help” ?
Yes, if they are doing something arrestable.

In fact, that’s more ‘the job of the police’ than trawling Facebook for off-colour jokes and trudging round car parks checking people don’t leave coats in their cars, I’d suggest…
Antisocial behaviour is not sitting by a cash machine asking for spare change.
It can be. If people want to use a cashpoint without being hassled for change by a worthless drunk or drug addict.
Are we to accept this, as well as the notion that food banks are necessary in a very rich country? To see this as inevitable strikes me as the most antisocial behaviour of all.
Food banks aren’t necessary. They are a calculated political pressure point and we can all see through them. Mainly thanks to people like you constantly harping on about them.

Friday, 19 December 2014

It’s Not Quite ‘Sod Off, Swampy!’ But It’s A Start…

Andrew Smith, of Campaign Against the Arms Trade, said: “On Remembrance Day, the Tower of London was a focus for remembering the horrendous loss of life in the First World War.
It is disturbing that just weeks later it can play host to the very arms companies which profit from perpetuating war and conflict today.
It is crassly insensitive and in extremely bad taste that this historic monument would do this so soon after providing such a high-profile focal point for Remembrance Day.”
Riiiiight. You're really 'concerned' aren't you? Really upset at the 'offence' caused to the Remembrance Day event.

After all, if it were left up to people like you, we'd all be speaking German!
The event was organised by the LCCI’s defence and security committee group, whose members include representatives of BAE Systems, Britain’s largest defence company, as well as French-owned Thales and Lockheed.
In a statement, the LCCI said: “This event is attended by those who work or have an interest in the defence and security industry, including MoD and military personnel.Venues are chosen based on considerations including cost, availability, their relevance to the sector and on feedback from our members.”
In a statement, HRP said: “As an independent charity receiving no Government or Crown funding, we rely on income generated by commercial activities to care for the palaces and keep them open for people to enjoy.
“Our events policy states that we will work with clients who appropriately reflect the status and dignity of the palaces. In our judgement, the decision to host an event by the London Chamber of Commerce is consistent with this policy.”
Mine too. So take your oh-so-fake 'concern' and shove it!

That This Is Deemed ‘Provocative’…

…tells you all you need to know about the feminist agenda, doesn’t it?
Camille Cosby has broken her silence to portray her husband Bill Cosby as
A monster, surely..?
… a victim of media misrepresentation, invoking Rolling Stone’s disputed story on rape at the University of Virginia.
Ooooh…! Good for her!
… but in a statement released Monday afternoon to CBS Evening News she asked the provocative question: “Who is the victim?”
How very dare she! Doesn’t she know that it’s always, always the accuser?

Even when there are so many discrepancies that the story falls apart the instant journalists start doing their jobs?
The public defiance of a wife standing by her husband in the wake of allegations of sexual impropriety is hardly unfamiliar.
But Camille Cosby’s attempt to overtly connect the news media’s coverage of the accusations against Bill Cosby to Rolling Stone’s <>troubled portrayal of an alleged gang rape on the campus of UVA is likely to raise eyebrows.
Is it really?
Cosby said in her statement: “The story was heart-breaking, but ultimately appears to be proved to be untrue. Many of the media were quick to link that story to stories about my husband – until that story unwound.”
Indeed so. It's almost as if there's no journalistic standards anymore, isn't it?

Gee, Thanks, Met Police….

A source said: “The plane was taxiing down the runway but we managed to turn it round. This was a big decision to take because of all the disruption it caused.
But we had to stop her going. It has probably saved her life.”
It’s nice that you can inconvenience an entire plane full of people so you can pat yourselves on the back & bask in the adulation of the left-wing, but seriously, what loss to the UK would she have been..?

Mind you, you’re amateurs at this compared to the West Midland Police:
Mr Justice Keehan, in the High Court, said he was "extremely surprised" at the secretive stance taken by West Midlands Police, which claimed the men could face retaliation if they were named. The force is still refusing to formally release photographs of the gang despite the judge’s forceful comments about the way officers had approached the case.
Oh, and it gets better!
Police had also argued that there was a risk innocent members of the public would be mistaken for members of the gang and attacked.
As you can imagine, that cut even less ice with the by now irascible judge:
"The surest way of eradicating or ameliorating the risk of misidentification is ensuring the fullest possible details of each of the (men), including photographs, are made public and given wide coverage by the media,” the judge said. "I am not satisfied that there is any credible evidence that there is a risk to the life of any respondent to these proceedings.
"Publicity about these (men) may cause embarrassment, distress or anxiety to the respondents or to members of their respective families and friends.
"Such would not have occurred if they had not engaged, as I have found they did, in the sexual exploitation of a vulnerable young female."
Quite. These are consequences.

When did the oh-so-overworked-and-understaffed police farce start to waste valuable resources on ensuring criminals didn’t have to worry about them?

H/T: @HandofGod7 via Twitter

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Depends On How You Define ‘A Happy End’, I Suppose…

After two months of living in limbo in Calais and half a day hanging inches from death, Ahmed Osman must have felt that his 3,000-mile journey from Eritrea to join his older brother Jamal on English soil had finally come to a happy end.
Well, in a way, it did, especially if you ask the poor bloody taxpayer…
At Kings Lynn County Court, police investigators said no blame could be attached to the coach driver, Mr Evans.
Checks on the vehicle at Calais by British border officials had also failed to find any sign of Ahmed hidden in the bowels of the coach.
Keeping our borders safe, there, lads!
An Eritrean friend, who declined to be named, said: “We all come here for the same purpose - to leave behind a terrible war, a terrible place for somewhere safe where we can live with peace and respect. That is all we seek and, as you can see, we will take any risk to achieve it.”
But you were presumably safe the minute you left. Why travel through all those European countries to get to the UK?

One might think it wasn’t ‘peace and respect’ you were really looking for at all, but rather something else…

Dear, Dear Yasmin Again…

…what? No! Not that one! This one:
A Bournemouth woman who ‘glassed’ a stranger in a nightclub has been given a second chance after breaching the conditions of a suspended sentence order.
There’s a shocker, eh?
On Friday, the 21-year-old- who lost her job as an estate agent over the attack - admitted three breaches of the order, in that she had demonstrated “unacceptable behaviour” during unpaid work assignments on three occasions – on September 12 and twice on October 3.
But she’s a victim, poor dear! Don’t worry, the judge will ensure that you don’t have to face the consequences of your actions:
The judge said he had borne in mind details of Thomas’ past which had not been read out in court to spare her embarrassment, but that he would not allow the court to be influenced by the “public response to the original sentence” .
Perish the thought!
The details of the behaviour which incurred the breaches were not heard, but Tom Evans said in mitigation that there were “contributory factors” including “press reports” of Thomas’ original sentencing which left her “feeling like she couldn’t breathe”.
Blimey, I need an even smaller violin!
He said her mother had suffered a stroke on one of the days when a breach occurred, and that she was afraid she might have cancer. “She accepts her behaviour was unacceptable,” he said.
“As is clear from her letter, she says there was no excuse for her behaviour.”
But you’ve just given a couple anyway! What, is it a purely reflex action for defence briefs now?

Are You Trying Very Hard..?

Last night, police were still trying to trace the owners of the two dogs – both of whom locals say are often seen hanging around in the area.
And no doubt would be well-known to local police? If the ‘neighbourhood team’ designation they often have meant anything at all…
A police spokesman said: "A number of witnesses have come forward with information and their statements are being taken and a number of other enquiries are being carried out.
"Investigating officers are aware that a number of concerns have been raised in relation to other matters involving individuals in the area. These have been and are being investigated and any possible links to the recent incident will be explored."
Is it me, or does it sound like the sort of bland, reassuring (without promising any action) sort of statement that we’ve come to expect from so many crimes that the police feel it’s beneath their dignity to have to do something about..?

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

It’s Always Good To See Them Turn On Each Other…

Senior Labour councillor Nick Peel said the campaigners have lost sight of who the ‘real enemy’ is.
Labour has pledged to abolish the under-occupancy charge if they win the next general election, and in August 2013 Bolton Council passed a motion - with the backing of Conservative councillors - calling for the hated policy to be scrapped.
“Cliff marched through Bolton town centre with these people against the bedroom tax and was proud to do so”, Cllr Peel said.
“The cause has been taken over by the hard left, whose fight is always with Labour, not the Tory government.
“Not one of the protestors mentioned the Tory government, who are behind the introduction of the bedroom tax.
“But that is what we always get with the Trots – they don’t challenge the Conservatives, they just hate Labour.”
*gets biiiiiig bag of popcorn*