31 Mar 2016 Leave a comment
After the massacres in Paris on November 13, the US Secretary of State John Kerry made a statement so disgraceful you had to read it, rub your eyes, and read it again to comprehend the extent of his folly: “There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that,” Kerry began in the laboured English of an over-promoted middle manager.
“There was a sort of particularised focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of — not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, OK, they’re really angry because of this and that. This Friday was absolutely indiscriminate. It wasn’t to aggrieve one particular sense of wrong. It was to terrorise people.”
The staff of “Charlie Hebdo” in 2006: The cartoonists Cabu, Charb, Tignous and Honoré (first, second, fourth and fifth from left)…
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15 Feb 2016 Leave a comment
Del Thomas seems to be that most paradoxical of creatures: a decent Tory. Hopefully he’ll soon realise that a man cannot simultaneously serve society and serve a political ideology which asserts “there is no such thing as society” – but in the meantime, here he’s handily collected the various political leaflets that have started going out in St. Luke’s ward:
Make your voice heard1 – my first leaflet for St Lukes
Newsletter1 – Jason Pilley (Green)
So, the first 4 leaflets have gone out in the battle for St Luke’s votes.
Now is about the time when normally a politician would start to nitpick over each other’s leaflets and criticising them and believe me, i have studied both of the other leaflets hard! But I started this campaign determined to be positive (whether you like my leaflet or not, i hope you will note that i havent attacked anyone else in it) and so this should continue with my blog.
This isnt easy and i am really tempted to let fly particularly at the Independent leaflet but instead I shall simply place all 3 leaflets in the one place so that the residents (and interested political anoraks!) can look at…
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04 Jan 2016 2 Comments
The Southend Echo printed a few responses to its report on the proposed “development” at Fossetts Farm…
However, they didn’t print this:
Councillor Mary Betson, attempting to reassure High Street shops that an out-of-town retail park full of new shops couldn’t possibly be in any way damaging to them, refers to her “gut feeling”. It is worrying that in a matter of such importance, Councillor Betson should be distracted by a sensation in her intestines: I suggest she goes to the hospital to get this checked out, although most likely it’s nothing serious, just a bad case of wind.