Rest not on your laurels
Because whoever's in next will probably be far more subtle about it than WJ was.
And if you think this means the end of ID cards/HUGE databases/Phorm/Detention etc. think again...
Jacqui Smith will leave the Cabinet on Monday, it was reported today. Citing "impeccable sources", Sky News said the Home Secretary will be a casualty of the expenses row. Revelations that she had claimed for her husband's pay-per-view porn kicked off the scandal over MPs dodgy expenses back in March. It later emerged she …
... Okay, so it's good that Wacki Jacqui's on the way out... And the two toned idiot who's been pretending to be Chancellor for the past 2 years is going too (hopefully) but it's still not good enough...
Bring on a full General Election NOW! The public deserve the chance to weed out thieving MP bastards and show Gordon Brown that, actually, you're not an elected Prime Minister - so get the fuck out!
It's a sad sad day when I find myself actually missing Tony... Kinda...
Pity the Tories are still the bunch of right wing idiots they've always been - just now with added media savvy from Cameron...
Vote Lib Dem! 'Cos... well... you may as well... How bad can it be? :)
Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch!
Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is dead.
Wake up - sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.
Wake up, the Wicked Witch is dead. She's gone where the goblins go,
Below - below - below. Yo-ho, let's open up and sing and ring the bells out.
Ding Dong' the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low.
Let them know
The Wicked Witch is dead!
I, for one, will be having a celebratory pint this evening. It's a shame she wasn't kicked out for being an authoritarian superbitch, but hey, at least she'll be gone.
Good riddance to bad rubbish - I'm now looking forward to someone handing her arse back to her at the general election which, IMO, can't come fast enough.
My only concern now is which corrupt, incompetent muppet will replace her.
Flames, because there's a circle of Hell set aside for her.
oh happy happy day. Crack open the champagne, roll up a spliff. burn your ID cards and thank f'ck that some good has finally come to this county
So long you ignorant, paranoid, greedy, freedom inhibiting numpty. Take your narrow minded, twisted, control freak ways and your porno spanking husband out of here, don't let the door hit you on the way out
I just hope she doesn't get a golden goodbye, unless it's a golden shower goodbye!!
Ding Dong the bitch is gone :-)
if this is a joke i'm gonna kick some ass
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About time too.
If only it meant that the next one in would reverse the idiotic policy decisions of the worthless bag of shit. Unfortunately this mob are likely to stumble forward with all the same crap. We can only hope that they don't have time to actually _do_ anything else before being chucked out.
Please can someone come up with more parliamentary scandals. Ideally, we need enough to keep all MPs too busy covering their own arses to do any further damage. It's a real shame that having a paralysed legislature is preferable to one able to act. That front bottom Blair has got a lot to answer for.
Though it's a shame that she's going to get fired only for minor corruption, rather than for being one of the most incompetent and arrogant Home Secretaries in history.
Now we just hope that the appalling McNulty isn't given the job. Because no matter how bad Smith was, McNulty will be even worse.
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...that I first saw this news as I passed Plymouth's giant Orwellian telescreen.
We citizens immediately engaged in a spontaneous two-minute hate of the unperson Smith. Well no, actually we didn't, dissuaded as we were by the presence of a CCTV camera on the screen. Who said CCTV doesn't reduce crime?
"According to the BBC she will defend her skinny 2,716 majority in Redditch at the next election."
Is that the place where she tried to push through super prisons, against the locals wishes, the same place where petitions asking for he to be sacked are being run, the same place that hjasn't seen any decent funding or regeration for a long time?
Good luck Luv
Anon as I live too close for comfort to the nosey cow (thank God I don't live in the actual shithole AKA Redditch)
Great, can't stand her. Home Secs are always hate figures though, comes with the territory. Anyone remember one they liked? It's not as if the next mug will be all libertarian and turn off all the CCTV etc.
They should just have automatic sackings built into the role, cheer us all up once in a while.
At least she was rubbish and ineffective at her job. An ideal placeholder till the whole govenment get cleared out next year.
They may put someone competent in there who manages to actually push their orwellian agenda.
Although 'competent' semms a bit thin on the ground at the moment.
I was going to suggest that unless Gordo appoints Chris Grayling as the new Home Secretary it will be more of the same. But Chris Grayling has had his snout deep into the expenses trough, so he's already tarnished.
Chris Huhne as shadow-shadow Home Secretary isn't whiter-than-white, but he's the best of the three. If Wikipedia is to be believed he has spoken of the need to "roll back [Labour's] security-obsessed surveillance state".
W00T... it's about time that crazy bitch got the boot, hopefully the next home sec won't be crazed and will ditch her crazy schemes.
Personally i feel that she and anyone else involved in the expenses affair should be sacked and barred from government forever, i would expect that anyone in the public sector caught fiddling their expenses to the tune of thousands of pounds would be removed from their position and most likely would not receive references.
Just goes to show the levels of hypocrisy/criminal enterprise within our government.
"Dogged by controversy and cockups"
Indeed, if her husband's viewing habits are anything to go by.
Apparently she's leaving to concentrate on re-election - what kind of fantasy world does she live in? She might as well go in search of the Easter bunny.
I'd be ecstatic if I didn't know that she will inevitably be replaced by another total nob end from Nu Lab's seemingly bottomless pit of talentless fuckwits.
All the home secs since Blunkett have supported ID cards. I can't believe they're all that stupid (they're bright enough to fiddle the taxpayers, aren't they ? Though not so bright they weren't caught ..).
But minister material willing to put their names to this stupidity must be getting thin on the ground by now.
I, as others have already said, declare that we should have a national holiday.
Woe be tide the next home secretary that tries to implement a "Do as i say, not as i do" culture.
See ya spliffy smithy, enjoy the playboy special, just not at our cost !
/Aliens coz she defiantly is not from this planet.
Partly because her booting has long been inevitable, and partly because the privacy agenda has not featured sufficiently in her demise. You couldn't see the wood for the trees with this one.
Nevertheless, at least she's gone. What a wanker she was. Smiley as I'm beginning to warm to the idea of a Home Office free of Jacqui Smith, come what may.
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Good fucking riddance.
Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
In fact - why wait til Monday? The sun is shining and the sooner you bugger off the better, Jacqui.
Don't be fooled though people. They will say "she's gone, we're clean now! you can trust us!" when all they have done is shifted blame on to an incompetent who was out of her depth.
Never forget - the ineptitude of this governement - the rot - goes all the way to the core.
1 down, 600 odd left to go.
If only it was for the real reason she is hated, can't help but feel she is getting off lightly. really she should be sacked for being shit at her job, then arrested and processed for frauding the treasury, which, if you boil it down enough could be classed as treason....
42 days in the cooler? now, THAT would make my day :)
'no matter how bad the next chump is in the position it cannot possibly be worse than this terrible piece of crap. I couldn't be happy with this news.'
You just don't say those sort of things. It's a bit like steering your copper bottomed boat full of nitroglycerine through a storm off the Scillies seeing the map by the light of a lit match.
If Blunkett's back in the Cabinet on Monday I'll hold you responsible.
I can't help but think that it might be time to bring back the sport of throwing people to lions in an arena. It's win-win-win-win-win ...
The public get what they want.
The government will see a huge surge in support for building and funding the Olympic 2012 venue in double quick time which will be an ideal location.
The 2012 'competitor accommodation' can be used as MP's dorms; simplified expenses as all are forced to live there, and just a short distance to drag errant MP's.
Animal rights protesters will have a pleasant location to mount their protests against cruelty to lions without inconveniencing others.
The Met can go and crack the skulls of protesters ( aka activists, terrorists ) safe in the knowledge that Fleet Street and news crews can't be arsed if it's not happening just round the corner.
Mine's the one with the ticket to Stratford in the pocket.
Don't overlook that evil witch Beverley Hughes is also stepping down from Parliament for 'personal reasons'. She helped whip up the hysteria over Chris Morris' 'Paedogeddon' programme calling it 'unbelievably sick' and only later admitted that she had not watched the programme and had no intention of doing so. She was a sort of early warning of New Labour's attitude towards anyone who rocked the status quo - we should have paid more attention.
Oh and Tom Watson, co-conspirator in the Drapergate Number 10 email smears is also going. Now is it too much to hope Tony McNulty will do the decent thing and leave us all alone?
Great news. The latest in a long line of completely anti-democratic Home Secretary's under 'NuLabour' I'll be glad (and relieved) to see the back of. They've all been bad for this country's democracy, cowering behind 'anti-terror' and 'anti-pr0n' laws to steal away our personal freedoms, whilst bending over repeatedly to oblige a crooked police force seeking to get as much bad law (and funding) enacted as possible. It won't, of course, end with her departure - God alone knows how much damage to our freedoms can still be done by whomever the next incumbent might be.
Still, let's savour this moment while it lasts - but stay vigilant.
As Jacqui drags her sorry ass out of the Home Office she leaves behind the team of 'special advisers' that Nulab installed to override and manage the objective advice offered by the civil servants. The unelected control freaks stay in post (at our cost) so don't look for any change of policy. Has anyone checked THEIR expenses recently?
Jacqui, your undignified exit becomes you beautifully. Not quite off the gravy train yet love, but we will sort that out for you very shortly.
You know how everyone gets really conscientious about locking their windows and doors after there's been a burglary? Or how people are always so polite after they've been caught being rude, or how men get all romantic when they've been caught cheating? It's the same thing. Sometimes politicians get a conscience for a few months after being seen to misbehave.
Make the most of it, it's like the British summer.
while this is undoubtly the best news of the day so far... please don't shout/wish for Blunkett to return... He is the architect behind the ID database not wacky and for those of you struggling to think of anyone worse I have two words...
hah! not so smiley now are you?
Still wacky going is good... trying to defend her majority is good because it'll hammer home just home much people despise her. Let's hope she falls into the obscurity she deserves.
While your hubby is having a 5-knuckle-shuffle at the taxpayers expense, you get 'shuffled' out of government...
'According to the BBC she will defend her skinny 2,716 majority in Redditch at the next election.'
Good luck with that one then.
Guess it's off to the EU for you. Give Neil a call - he'll tell you how to get the best out of the gravy train...
We had a donkey named McDowell or somesuch as minister for Justice here, he brought in such wonderful notions as no smoking in pubs and random reasonless breath tests for drivers, pissed off the cops pissed off the judges pissed off the people. His party had high hopes in the last elections right up until he lost his deposit and was beaten out of his seat by the Greens. Another fool who didn't take into account the desires of the people.
DON'T BRING BACK BLUNKETT!
I read an article by him the other day, on a broadsheet's website, in which he denied that the House of Commons is a legislature. Ignoring the pedantic point that it's actually parliament that is a legislature, it really does show what despicable contempt he has for the truth.
Oh, and as for ID cards? He recently called (as El Reg reported, IIRC,) for voluntary ID cards to be scrapped, and for compulsory passports to be usable as ID cards instead - compulsory ID cards disguised as passports.
Fortunately, he's as subtle as a brick, and has just about the easiest lines to read between.
She was just the fuse, pals. She was the first-line defense for you to hate, she's done her job (she did what she's been put there to do), now everyone hate her so her mission is done, she can be disposed of and replaced by the next "fuse" who will do exactly the same, until everyone hate them too much, at which point they will be dismissed and replaced by another fuse, repeat ad nauseam. (and yes, whatever party is gonna be in charge will probably do the same - with a nuance: if the Tories take over, you'll lose your job, too ;-) )
I'm thinking of starting a petition to wave farewell to Fuhrer Smith and to remind old Gordon we don't want anyone even remotely like her as a replacement. Maybe if enough people sign it they'll understand there *is* no silent majority who want increased Government surveillance and interference in our private lives.
That all sounds rather maudlin for what is essentially a time of huge celebration. I'll be raising a glass of Jack tonight in celebration of the fact that this Harridan has got as close to power as she's ever going to get. With her slim majority it's practically a done deal she will be ousted at the next election if she doesn't stand down first.
Farewell, you spineless interfering harpy. If it's any consolation I hear the Spice Extreme channel are having a fetish night tonight. Now piss off and leave politics to the fucking adults.
"no matter how bad the next chump is in the position it cannot possibly be worse than this terrible piece of crap. "
Gawd you just had to say that did'nt you?
Now we're gonna be saddled with GB's favourite brown nose whos going to have his/her own ideas of crime fighting
Look forward to having your ID number tattooed on your forehead couped with having 1 leg cut off to stop criminals running away from the police.
Ok that maybe a touch extreme but I'm sure the next occupant will come up with some equally deranged ideas.
Wheres the Guy Fawkes icon?
I was beginning to think she might dodge the bullet after the expenses scandal really kicked off and she faded into the background for a couple of weeks but no, It's like some kind of beautiful dream........
On the Register No Less. It turned out that some bloke copped, to the FBI, for the 'lesser' charges of 'hacking' in order to avoid getting stung for possession of kiddy porn and time in jail with, dare I say, Bubba Smith.
Is this some similar sort of 'deal'?
Ms Smith seemed to be putting up a 'good' defence for her fiddling and now she folds and 'walks away' in the same way, it would seem, that others are taking the opportunity as well.
As one of the 800,000 innocent people on her database thanks to her corrupt police force and her refusal to follow the ECHR judgement her departure is long overdue.
This woman is more dangerous than any terrorist.
Enjoy the bath plugs we paid for along with the rest of the stuff you stole from the people of Britain.
Flames because you deserve to burn in hell for the damage you have done to ordinary citizens of this country.
From many of the comments above, it seems that a lot of you Brits are celebrating, not unlike the way many of us Yanks did back in January; when a village in Texas got its ID10T back.
So, go to your local (I guess you call them 'pubs', we call often then bars) watering hole; and hoist a few.
Sing it out loud from "The Wizard of Oz": 'Ding, dong, the wicked BITCH is dead!'
Enjoy it for now, because tomorrow, you may have to worry about the f---tard that replaces her.
A comment on the Guardian re the same news this morning remarked that the real source of all the police state nonsense is a clutch of right-wing civil servants in the Home Office. Poor old Jacqui has simply been conned by them, because she's too stupid (former cooking teacher, remember) to understand the implications of their sinister plans.
A good Home Secretary would give those plans to Stasify the UK one look and order them trashed. And then shunt the originators off to dead end jobs where they can no longer influence policy.
Jacqui leaving doesn't clean out the fascists in the Home Office at all.
"Harriot The Horror Harmen!"
Don't joke about shit like that. Just don't.
Harlot Harperson needs a stake through the heart, not the Home Secretary's job.
Anyway, takin' all bets on who'll 'stand down for family reasons' next .... Darling? Hoon? Or will Prudence Broon have the cojones to call an general election? The local/European results will be a mere appetiser.
Personally, I can't wait - it'll be 1997 all over again but with far, *far* more 'Portillo moments'.
Tombstone - for the ZanuLabour government.
Over 130 comments in around 9 hours!
I haven't read them all, but I'm sure they are full of love and admiration for our, oh so soon to be departing HomeSec.
I never worked out if her particular brand of 'government' drivel was down to gross stupdity mixed with following the nannying party-line OR some particular evil empire tendencies but either way, good riddance.
SHE'S GONE TODAY!! YAYYYYY !!
Claimed she was leaving because of pressure on her family, what pressure exactly?
Has anyone seen any newspaper articles on her family, has the media been harrassing her family? No. Pressure on her perhaps.
Even in defeat this spineless b**tch still can't admit the truth and be honest, she has to try to blame her resignation on someone else.
I fear that her predecessor will continue her insane policies, because to abandon them will be tantamount to saying "we the labour government got it wrong..", and that is something this labour government just can not do.
Reading all this, I think i've for once found a Reg story in which everybody agree's with eachother on the same subject!
Labour just do not get the message.
However, regardless of who takes over, i've now reached a point where I have absolutely no faith in any of the system anyway.
"According to the BBC she will defend her skinny 2,716 majority in Redditch at the next election"
Let's hope she does defend it, and let's hope she is slaughtered. Then her humiliation will be complete (and just). Then she will realise and finally have to accept she just isn't wanted, and isn't up to the job.
But then earning £140K per year and claiming for a 68p (or was is 88p?) bath plug on expenses, clearly she's out of touch.
She had to resign, because she knew she was about to be booted out, possibly moved to another less high a profile and lower value post. Oh the humiliation.
The whole world would then know she was no good ( we all did anyway) , but it would be official.
So all this is, is a resignation before she was fired, to make things look a little more respectable ( 'I'm leaving because of the pressure on my family', what B/S that is).
Let's hope she loses her job as an MP and isn't voted back in, then she can go back to being a useless school teacher like before.
AC Posted Tuesday 2nd June 2009 14:33 GMT: "Never forget - the ineptitude of this governement - the rot - goes all the way to the core. 1 down, 600 odd left to go."
Jimmy Posted Tuesday 2nd June 2009 15:41 GMT: "As Jacqui drags her sorry ass out of the Home Office she leaves behind the team of 'special advisers' that Nulab installed to override and manage the objective advice offered by the civil servants. The unelected control freaks stay in post (at our cost) so don't look for any change of policy."
I'm afraid Jimmy has it right. Twelve years of ZanuLabour have resulted in the installation of their minions throughout the civil service. (This is called "politicization of the civil service.") The rot in British government is not limited to the 600-some MPs. It is now pervasive no matter where you look. Why else would the police, once famed worldwide for their civility and given the trust of the population, act like so many thugs? Why else would you have the innumerable insane health and safety orders because something _might_ happen? (Never mind that most of these potential incidents don't in fact happen, and those that do are straightforward occupational hazards.) Why else would you have social workers kidnapping children from their parents and adopting them away, never to be seen again? Why else would Phorm be given a tacit green light? Why else would decisions of the ECHR be ignored? Why else would putting your trash out on the wrong day be viewed as a serious offense?
Regrettably, I see no party on the horizon that will (a) undo at the stroke of a pen all the horrible laws and regulations of the Blair-Brown era and (b) conduct a thorough-going purge of their moles throughout the public sector.
The damage is done and cannot be repaired. Humpty-Dumpty has falled off his wall, and all that's left is to make omelets. (But beware H&S regulations regarding the handling of hot fat.)
Even though she "resigned" she'll get a year's salary as redundancy and of course a gold-plated pension most of us can only dream of. If that's punishment please let me have some.
She and the other crooks at Westminster, who wrote their own corrupt expenses rules and still broke even those, should be on their way to jail, not a cosy "retirement".
has now been put to good use. Even by the extremely poor standard of home secs within my lifetime, she stands out as the worst by a mile.
The real champagne moment though was the clip on the BBC news of her in parliament after the opposition landed a rare good one. Ranks right up there with the recent images of moats, duck islands and Julie Kirkbride + husband getting canned.
The only way you could top this is by getting the rest of the cabinet and tory front bench to jump into a vat of boiling oil en masse in Parliament square.
Paris, cos even she'd be a better HS than Jackboots Smith was
And not a single comment in favo(u)r of the current UK government's methodology.
Not one. Not even one kinda, sorta sympathetic.
Either the politicians should be shaking in their boots, or the intellectuals should ... There is going to be a cleansing, and it's going to happen soon.
Get off your arses & FUCKING VOTE when you have a chance, or it'll be too late.
After all that this woman has wrought, they kick her out because her husband's pay-per-view porn ended up on the hotel bill somehow? What do they charge these days? Fifteen quid?
For fuck's sake. THIS is why I gave up voting.
Somebody probably dropped something noxious in Parliament which turns the nice bright-eyed people you vote for into the bunch of degenerate muppets you see before you now. EIther that or they aren't paying the election marketing people enough, and they have been this bad all along.
terrible she may have been - deserving of the outpouring of spite and hate in these comments? I'm not so sure...
Remember the way the UK parliamentary democracy works - you vote for your MP, and those with the most run the country for X years. It's only the media that convice us differently. What would you replace it with?
Never mind, next year they'll all be voted out and you can cheer and go woot! to your hearts content about the bunch that replace them - then a few years later when the media fall out of love with that lot, they can convince all you sheep that the next lot are just as bad, and so we go on...
> I actually wish the Queen would step in at this point.
Oh yeah, what Britain needs right now is a good old fashioned unelected leader - now I'm sure there was another name for that sort of person, what was it?
If our politicians are greedy, cheating liars ask yourself why? You get the politicians you deserve.
Paris, cos I suspect she at least knows *who* is shafting her.
...not yet. Make sure you vote in the Euro elections though - your MEP is the one who represents you on the European legislature, which is arguably the one that matters more than the Commons. Lets make sure we get rid of the New Labour snakes in that house first, THEN worry about kicking them out of our national parliament.
"Oh yeah, what Britain needs right now is a good old fashioned unelected leader - now I'm sure there was another name for that sort of person, what was it?"
If memory serves, the monarch has the power to dissolve Parliament which could, in theory, force an election - the Queen being an unelected leader doesn't come into it.
Unfortunately, this is unlikely to happen because of 'constitutional difficulties' , which is to say 'this has never happened before therefore nobody has a bloody clue how they'd handle it'.
Anyway, we already have a good old-fashioned unelected leader - the one-eyed Scottish idiot in No.10. And please, don't argue semantics - yes, the collective 'we' voted the Labour party in, inasmuch that Tony B.Liar was the leader at the time and hence became the PM. As far as I'm concerned, Prudence Broon has no mandate to govern - when Phony Tony stood down there should have been a General Election, pure and simple, although given what happened during the Thatcher->Major transition determining whether or not this is a good thing is left as an exercise for the reader.
"And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent."
Actually there is some precedent. In 1975 Australian PM Gough Whitlam was sacked by the Governor General, Queen Elizabeth's representative in Oz, after the Parliament effectively got itself into a political stalemate. The Aussies (bless 'em) kicked up a right royal stink at being told what to do by their Pommie overlords ... then promptly validated her decision by overwhelmingly voting for the former opposition!
So, Her Majesty does still have the power to do so but, given the potential fallout, would probably only do it if the overwhelming majority of the people wanted an election but Gordon was just being too stubborn to call it.
Oh, and @dedmonst: yes, Wacky Jacqui really is deserving of the outpouring of spite and venom here. A Stalinist by any other name would smell as smell.
As much as I am glad she has gone, she will only be replaced by a New Labour Clone, nothing really will change.
That said I want to see her humiliated at the next election if she has the ...ahem...balls to stand. Also be nice to see her prosecuted for fraud. Im sure the police would love to be given the chance to get their revenge for her police pay rise betrayal.
I also want to see the rest of the corrupt bastards on the scaffold next to her doing the Tyburn jig!
AC....she hasnt left yet.....
Good riddance to the woman.
So who do we vote for now ? Some are worried that we will vote for extremists as a back-lash, but I think we already have the extremists in power. Complete with an unelected Prime minister. I think its a complete waste of time to vote for the 'fringe' parties, we simply would not land up with a government capable of 'fixing' the current issues. We COULD land up with some very nasty people in power --- way beyond those already there !! We NEED a strong government and boy will they be under the microscope ! So no place for the racists, environmentalists, independents. The only way to fix things is for a consensus and that means a strong party with MPs working FOR the policies and voting for GOOD IDEAS even if proffered by their enemies !
To those who reckon that the protest is to decline to vote, I would say this. You can have NO COMPLAINT --- YOU GIVE UP THE RIGHT TO SAY ANYTHING --- and YOU open the door to admitting the 'extremists' by default --- YOUR deFAULT !! They are talking about making it possible to SACK an MP, but, to make that work, you can't have more people voting for the sacking than voted for the election. In fact, surely ONLY those who voted for that particular MP can participate in a vote to dismiss them ? Or would that be too close to fairness and common sense to be acceptable ? For that to work, we could no longer have a secret ballot. So, fail to vote and WE WILL KNOW WHO YOU ARE, so shut your face and drink your pint --- close the door when you leave !
The British (read GUTTER) Press have set themselves up to print innuendo, rumour, hints, nods and winks as though they were utterly factual. Indeed, they have taken upon themselves to be judge and jury. I agree with a free press, but with freedom comes a responsibility to behave in a decent manner. Bring the matter to the public attention and I applaud you for that --- go on the pillory people you don't like because you found some vague hint that they aren't squeaky clean, then I won't buy you rag. Character assassination based on rumour is right down there in the mire. Seen the behaviour of the press photographers ? If one of their 'victims' pulled a machine gun from under their coat and simply sprayed in a 360 degree burst of fire, I don't think I could find them guilty of anything other than creating litter --- and I might let them off with a £10 fine !
Maybe that's a bit too extreme :)
Soon she will be subject to all the intrusive laws she introduced, without being able to hide behind the fact that she's an MP. Beautiful. In fact, if we could get rid of these idiotic ideas completely for everyone but her (and any others from the current crowd, especially Harman, Blears, Mcnulty, Darling, Balls, Milliband & Milliband, Brown... I could go on...), then that would be just perfect.
Now we just need to do something* to stop her and the other bottom-feeders getting their "resettlement grant" of £30-60k when they get booted out, along with a pension we could only dream of.
I know you don't care, but it's nice to see you Brits clean house too. It took us over 8 years and a couple of changes of the mop bucket, but we got rid of our morons too. It will take us more than 8 years to correct all the damage done. I tip my hat to ya! Remember, personal freedoms and privacy are at the top of the stack when it comes to the important things in life.
November 2008 shows what happens when a people are reborn. We here in America have let some knuckle dragging, right wing, moral minority extremists run our government for too long, under the cover of 'we are doing what's morally right!" What a mistake that was. Our latest voting shows that at least some Americans have woken up and been shocked to see the overall effect a religiously run government. We can only improve now, after the terrible depths we have sunken to here in America.
You can see, hear, and taste what is 'right' concerning life. And the famous qoute (I don't who), "Something doesn't smell right, and I'm not going to eat it", really does apply to all politicians and their baggage. If they don't perform to what you elected them to do, FIRE THEIR DUMB ARSES.
It's the only sensible thing to do. You'd do it to your plumber, your doctor, whomever didn't perform when getting paid with your good money.
Good Luck in improving your lives by clearing out the chafe in your government.
HIP HIP HOORAY!!!
"Poor old Jacqui has simply been conned by them, because she's too stupid (former cooking teacher, remember) to understand the implications of their sinister plans."
Incredible as it may seem Jacqui is an Oxbridge graduate. Her subject was Economics, not Home Economics. I think hubby is more likely been living on microwave dinners.
I'd call her behaviour rather more a "Coalition of the willing."
Authoritarian power mad wing nuts that is.