Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Green Party supports animal torture

Keith Taylor, one of Britain's two Green MEPs, is aghast at the European Parliament's plan to serve up foie gras -

Dear President Schulz,

I’m emailing you in my capacity as Vice-Chair of the Parliament’s animal welfare intergroup because I’ve learned that today the Jan Restaurant will be serving MEPs a Christmas meal featuring foie gras.

As you will be aware, the production of foie gras inflicts immense suffering on ducks and geese. The European Union’s own Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare – whose members include more than a dozen professors of veterinary medicine and animal science from across Europe – concluded that “force feeding, as currently practised, is detrimental to the welfare of the birds”.

Pity the Green Party doesn't condemn halal slaughter, though - I guess it would count as racist or something. This year's European Elections Manifesto calls on Brussels to introduce "mandatory labelling of meat and dairy products as to the country of source, method of production and the method of slaughter", but not the compulsory stunning of animals prior to their being hacked to death.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Stupid bitch of the month

An occasional series. Feeling offended on behalf of the minorities, or of women, even when they don't feel offended themselves is a common politically-correct occurrence these days. But at least the presumed victims usually exist -

"The BBC launched an investigation after a listener complained that Samantha, the imaginary scorer on long-running Radio 4 comedy show I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, was being treated as 'a sexual object'. The programme, which has been on the air for more than 40 years, features comics including Jack Dee and Barry Cryer who regularly refer to the fictional 'lovely Samantha' - who does not actually exist. After a listener complained about two episodes in July last year which she said included 'highly sexist, offensive and harmful' references to Samantha, The BBC Trust's Editorial Standards Committee looked into the allegations before deciding not to proceed."

Rights and wrongs

A judge has ruled that a Prison Service ban on sending books to prisoners is unlawful. The curious thing is that the European Convention on Human Rights wasn't even mentioned - so we now have judges able to strike down statutory instruments like this one without any legal backing at all. No doubt the judge is expecting a Labour-LibDem coalition to emerge next year, with the consequent reward of a senior judgeship.

Something that will seem very wrong to most Britons is the imminent passage of an Act of Parliament forcing governments to spend 0.7% of GDP on foreign aid. Although government policy, the four most senior Tory ministers made sure they were absent for the third Commons reading, with only a seventh of Tory MPs voting for the Bill. LibDems and Labour MPs saved Cameron's absent bacon.

The usual feminists and left-wingers are up in arms about breastfeeding in public - not just because a restaurant recently asked a breastfeeding mother to cover her breast up when feeding her baby, but also because UKIP's Nigel Farage noted that many people feel uncomfortable about, well, breastfeeding in public. As they do, but apparently it was "controversial" - mainstream media code for "fascist" - to mention it.

Stormont seems deadlocked over reductions to the welfare budget, so Cameron has decided to carry on betraying Ulster loyalists just like Thatcher did a year after the Brighton bombing, He's asking the Irish prime minister to sort it out. The "Iron" lady had prepared the way by inviting Ireland to share in the running of the north through the Anglo-Irish agreement. (Earlier this year the White House laid down the law on parades.)

Despite the creeping advance of the police state - web censorship to be tightened, parents to be jailed for upsetting their children (and men their wives) - at least a judge has ruled that a woman can't be jailed for having been drinking during her pregnancy. Yes, she did it to excess resulting in foetal damage, but if she had lost the way would have been opened to punish women for having even the odd tipple - or, of course, a fag.

However, bureaucratic overspending by the Devon health commissioning quango has allowed them to cut costs in a typically police state way. If you've had even one cigarette in the last eight weeks you can go whistle for a needed operation for all the good it will do you. Fatties can go hang too, even if their condition isn't related to obesity. And if you need two hearing aids, they'll only give you one. Serves you right for being deaf.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Internet porn censorship

Some grubby details on the new clampdown -

"Peeing and squirting are acceptable if not performed onto another person....penetration with all five digits beyond last knuckle is not acceptable...enemas are acceptable if once they are squirted out they don't hit anyone...any form of consumption of (male) ejaculate is acceptable......vomiting may be acceptable....school uniforms are acceptable presuming that there [is no] pretending to be under eighteen....sexual activities performed at gunpoint are unacceptable...full bondage in conjunction with a gag is unacceptable....facesitting employed as a breathing restriction [is] unacceptable......a clip of a mobile phone vanishing up an anus would not be acceptable.....the use of power tools is unacceptable....humiliation [and] physical or verbal abuse, even if consensual, is unlikely to be acceptable".

That last bit is really over the top. Still, I do look forward to feminazis such as Jo Brand and Harriet Harman being banned from pornograically degrading men in future. Of course, this is pure wishful thinking on my part.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Children to be nationalised

Social Services departments can take your children away on a pretext. But the Serious Crime Bill allows you to be prosecuted on a pretext too - even though you haven't done them any harm. The State will soon dictate exactly how children should be raised, and punish any parent who disobeys - a process well underway in Scotland already. From the Spiked website -

"First, it will enable prosecutions to be brought where a child, although not physically harmed, has been harmed in other ways. Any form of emotional, psychological or intangible harm could be caught by this new definition of ill-treatment: ‘physical or otherwise’.....Secondly, clause 65 will also remove the examples that currently illustrate the severity of an injury necessary for its infliction to be regarded criminal."

"It will be possible for a parent to be convicted of: smacking a child; not providing it with regular meals; leaving a crying baby alone on the petrol forecourt while visiting the station checkout....the teenager who dislikes his parents’ style of parenting, should have little difficulty making a case for his parents to be prosecuted.....examples of behaviour to be outlawed [include] ‘isolating’, ‘belittling’ and ‘rejecting’ children."

And no doubt refusing to let your children go on school mosque visits could be regarded as harmful too, or smoking in front of them, or telling them that the only real marriages are heterosexual ones....

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Killing billions of people might save the planet, say scientists

The BBC, partly funded as it is by the warmist European Union, seems to be taking this argument seriously -

"Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet.....That is the conclusion of a new set of studies into what's become known as geo-engineering.....these projects work by, for example, shading the Earth from the Sun or soaking up carbon dioxide. Ideas include aircraft spraying out sulphur particles at high altitude to mimic the cooling effect of volcanoes or using artificial 'trees' to absorb CO2."

Never mind the fact that, as the Met Office admits, global warming isn't happening. And never mind the genocide -

"Although all the simulations showed that blocking the Sun's rays - or solar radiation management, as it is called - did reduce the global temperature, the models revealed profound changes to precipitation including disrupting the Indian Monsoon....between 1.2 and 4.1 billion people could be adversely affected by changes in rainfall patterns [such as] the complete drying-out of the Sahel region of Africa.'"

Sorry, but I thought the idea was to prevent the world drying out? Anyway, the BBC article goes on to mention a less brutal "geo-engineering" solution to the non-problem of global warming. We simply make plankton obese by weighing them down with iron. As they sink to the seabed, whales won't be able to reach them and release the CO2 they adsorbed on the surface -

"An Indian-German experiment in 2009....involved dumping six tonnes of an iron solution into the South Atlantic to encourage plankton to bloom - trapping carbon which would then be sent to the seabed when the organisms died. Results showed limited success."

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Bent Brussels

The EU Court of Auditors has refused to sign off the Commission's corruption-riddled accounts for the twentieth year running, but it now claims that it has done so, Britain's net extortions have been soaring above the rate of inflation for years, with an extra £1.7 billion now being added to fund overspending - a surcharge  Cameron pretends he has halved - taking us up to a record £13 billion this year. Oh yes, and we've just been saddled with another £680 million surcharge too, for yet more overspending.

The former prime minister of Luxemburg - who arranged dirty deals with UK firms so that they paid bugger-all corporation tax, forcing you and me to make up the shortfall - wants the Commission, of which he is now the president, to have control over, er, corporation tax. He wants to preside over the EU inquiry into his tax dodging deals too.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Stupid bitch of the month

This month's stupid bitch is Ros Altmann, the highly-paid, government-appointed (not elderly-appointed) tsar for the elderly. She wants to ban those road signs showing a bent-backed elderly couple because, she says, they discriminate against the elderly. Obviously she's oblivious to the fact that the signs are there to warn drivers to take extra care because elderly people may be crossing the road. She just says the signs encourage employers to discriminate against the elderly.

You see, at the same time she has been encouraging employers to take on the elderly as free labour, as if mass immigration wasn't driving wages down fast enough for the government's liking. Let's just hope these "interns" survive crossing to road to their employers' premises after the signs get taken down.

(For past posts about stupid bitches see here and here too and also here and here as well. Er...and here.)