Sunday, September 30, 2007

Farewell Miss Moneypenny

Lois Maxwell who, as Miss Moneypenny, flirted with three James Bonds over twenty-three years and fifteen films, has died aged eighty.

The Conservatives Conference

Well I suppose they are clinging to whatever feelgood wind that blows their way, so one can't really blame them for laughing in the face of adversity. Although time will soon tell as to whether that is the laughter of madness or cunning. That said, David Cameron's "Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough!" rally cry, does seem to smack of that of a drunken man outside a bar wanting to pick a fight with a gentle and decent man because he is bigger than he is and can knock him down with just one small punch.
As for William Hague, he showed just how much the Conservatives venerate the Sacred Maggie that the Tories cannot bear to share her with anyone, not even for a simple invite for tea at No 10. Nice to know that if David Cameron ever got to be Prime Minister he wouldn't show the same courtesy to any Labour leader and also worth remembering that he himself has yet to invite Margaret Thatcher for a tete a tete. Gordon Brown (mercifully) may not be Margaret Thatcher, but neither is David Cameron.
Just peel the surface and undernetah the bonhomie you see the blood, sweat, and maddening fear from the Tories as it starts to hit home yet again that if they want to get into No 10, they still have a lot of work to do which they are not ready for.

They Say Its Your Birthday..


Well its been a bit of a spoilt weekend, what with dinner and drinks with friends in London, being complimented by said friends in my taste in venues (which does my ego well, but I only discover these places by being invited to events myself), and having more attention than I expected from friends and relatives (do they know something I don't? :/).

Not only that, but the presents were top notch. As well as the cup from my parents, one couple sent me a selection of Fairtrade teas. The delightful S, my former girlfriend, got me a fleece. My brother got me a book on annual spendings on waste, my sister, a book on Shakespeare by Bill Bryson, what more can a guy ask for! Well a lot actually, but C'est la vie ;)

Friday, September 28, 2007

Labour's Champagne Moment

Now I am not suggesting complacency here, but every so often Labour activists ought to smile at each other and say "Isn't this great!"

This week has been one of those times. First of all we have a Prime Minister who has overcome the odds. The Tories thought he was damaged goods and I remember defending Gordon on 18 Doughty Street when Iain Dale seemed to take it for granted that the Conservatives would see the open fields once Tony Blair left office. More on Iain in a moment.

We have also seen Boris Johnson selected as Conservative candidate for Mayor of London in 2008. Boris is a clever guy and, in some cases entertainment value. But he has also shown dangerous judgement and hopefully, when it comes to the ballot box, Londoners will go for the puritan they know, as opposed to the laughing cavailler.

Another point to consider is this. On Monday, Gordon never once mentioned the Conservatives or Lib Dems, never once attacked them. This was decent and statesman-like and mature. It also contrasts sharply with David Cameron forgoing his commitment to avoid "Punch and Judy politics" and Iain Dale's call for a "Total War" on the government. You see, once you back the Conservatives into a corner, as decent as a no of individuals within their Party are, they always show their unpleasant side.

So this weekend we can smile as we see the Tories starting to panic and trying to cover their fear by getting angry and vicious, as we can plot our course for the next few years. It will be difficult, it won't be perfect (this is human nature), but we will work further to make this country a darn sight better than the mess the Tories created in eighteen years.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Some Sad News

I was going to blog about the deaths of former athletics promoter Andy Norman and former cabinet minister Ian Gilmour (although with Andy Norman perhaps the less said the better), however I heard from my sister yesterday that one of our former English teachers at Secondary School, Mrs Hepburn, has died following a battle with cancer.
It is a bit of a shock because I saw her twice this summer and, whilst I didn't get a chance to say more than "Hi", she seemed okay if a little tired. Not only that, but she was also one of the best teachers I, and other pupils at Knights Templar, had had. Very determined to get the best out of her pupils and not suffering fools gladly and yet at the same time showing great support, help, and kindness towards those under her care.
She will be much missed by those who knew her.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Mars Hill is banned in China

Am in two minds about that.

On the Top 100 left-of-centre blogs

According to Iain Dale, I am now No 17 on the list of left-of-centre blogs in a book that was published on Monday.
This is thanks to a vote from fellow bloggers and blog readers. I don't have the obvious credentials that other bloggers such as Recess Monkey , Kerron Cross, Labour Home, Bloggers 4 Labour, Luke Akehurst, Antonia Bance or Rupa Huq (who is six places below me!?!), so it is a bit of a humbling experience.
And a nice one too ;)

The Possible Return of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart

(BBC)
The thought has struck me that since Doctor Who came back on our screens two years ago, each season has seen the return of some classic foes. Daleks in Season One, Cybermen in Season Two, and The Master in Season Three, plus more minor foes in Rose and Gridlock.

Admittedly there are some rumours that this guy will make a return in Season Four, but I think it would be good to see a recurring ally of the Doctor, esp as we have already seen some former companions briefly return in Seasons Two and Three.

Thing is there was only one major recurring ally in Doctor Who and that was Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. For those who don't know he headed UNIT in the UK and was perhaps the Captain Jack Harkness of the early 1970s, or possibly not : ?

A plodding, yet useful ally of the Doctor from the Patrick Troughton to the Tom Baker era, he made a few returns in the 1980s. As the actor who played him, Nicholas Courtney, is still alive and working, I don't see why this by-the-book, but still loved character should not make a return!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Gordon's Speech

(BBC Online)
I liked it. Inclusive, resisted the temptation to bash the other political parties and the odd unpleasant joke about their leaders (will David Cameron be able to do the same, and see if George Osborne will make a speech at the next Tory Conference without a nasty dig at Gordon Brown). It was mature, thoughtful, and concise, making great play on the values of hard work, inclusivity, and Britishness. Aims which Labour don't keep shouting about (only occasionally ;) ) and yet actually help create.

Emily's List of Things to do

I have to say I am in two minds about this. On one hand I think it is very good that Emily Benn wishes to stand for Parliament and that it does help give encouragement to young people, on the other I do think that, whilst I agree to Candidates being 18 during an election campaign, it's important to get some experience of life after school before becoming an MP.
That said I hope she does very well indeed. The Benns' are not just a political family, they also seem to be full of kind, decent, and well mannered people and no doubt Emily is the same.

Ray of Hope in Burma?

Please let the protests succeed this time! I also hope that the UK and EU follow the US's lead and introduce fresh sanctions against a regime that should have quit many years ago. There is only so much people can take from such an arrogant regime

Monday, September 24, 2007

Brown and a General Election

(BBC Online)
I am not so sure, I admit, that he wouldn't call one in the autumn (opposed to my views earlier this year), but on reflection, if he does, then we are ready and willing to fight one. Gordon Brown has had an impressive 100 days as Prime Minister, dealing well with some potential crises, and if now is the time to call on the endorsement of the British people, then so be it. Either way suits us fine.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Blog Quotes of the Week

There were so many one liners from other blogs this past week that I liked, I thought I would post them:


Cameron’s only memorable soundbite was “you were the future once”, to Blair. It oddly seems to now refer only to himself… Rupa Huq's home on the web

"Steele, Ashdown and Charles Kennedy were all right" said Ming, seemingly oblivious to the fact that acronym fans would now pick up that he had just spelt out the word "SACK" in his keynote speech. Ming can't get away from the fact dismissal is around the corner - even his subconscious betrays him in his hour of need. Kerron Cross-The Voice of the Delectable Left

I think the secret, for me, is not to take it seriously. The grandeur of the descriptions would have you think they were era-defining, world-shattering, life-and-death towers of artistic brilliance. Crap. Cubism might have been revolutionary, but it’s still just a method of expression in a world full of them. WongaBlog (On visiting the Tate Modern)

I can't think women's football will ever attract a mass audience, whether live or on TV, on this showing.
[Cue allegations of sexism, misogny, chauvenism etc. Whatever.]
Iain Dale's Diary

As I’ve said already, I have yet to make up my mind about Cameron (which after two years in the job is incredible) Shane Greer writing on Iain Dale's blog (I don't think Iain would make such a Faux Pas ;) )

By the blood and nayles and bones of Our Lord, how swyving dare any man to make japeryes of Britney de Speres? Considereth, ye churles, how many sorwes hath y-flocked Britney-ward. Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog

Friday, September 21, 2007

There are times when you get so angry at the way people worship red tape and proceedure

I totally agree with Iain Dale on this. If those who stood by get sacked, then that is the least of what they deserve!

UPDATE: Seems that I jumped the gun a little, although I did pick that story from three sources

More on Miranda Grell

I suppose it was inevitable that some smug Tory would have been the one to tell me the result of this case.

I feared this would happen, on face value the case looked damming, but I again reiterate that what I know of Miranda and her reputation within the Labour Party does not correspond with this. If it is true, and I doubt that it is, then I am very saddened indeed.

I am also painfully aware that had this happened to a Conservative or a Liberal Democrat and I did not know them, I would have been inclined to believe it because, ahem, deep down it would suit my political prejudices. Maybe I shouldn't say that, but at least I have the honesty to say so and I wonder if any of Miranda's detractors from the other parties would do the same. It has certainly taught me to be more careful about attacking others from other parties. In any case I would suggest to fellow Labour readers and bloggers that if you get into a conversation and a Conservative brings this case up, do them the courtesy to remind them that their yard isn't so clean either at the moment.

For now, it's just awful to reflect that a promising star in Labour's ranks is facing a ruined political career, which is a shame because Miranda looks like she has a lot to offer the Labour Party and it also reflects badly on political activists in general (I knew we want the public to believe that the Party we are in, Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, is morally superior to the others, but they see us as all the same when it comes to allegations of corruption). I suggest that others reflect on that before they get drunk on moral righteousness.

UPDATE: I meant to mention this last night and that's that I hope Miranda will appeal. I can understand if not because it is a hammer-blow of a verdict, but I hope she does because this seems so unfair

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Tories edging behind in the Polls

This made good news yesterday (well for those who aren't fans of the Conservative Party), but it was the comments of Shane Greer (standing in for Iain Dale on his blog) that made me sit up and take notice.
Take a few comments here:

Conducted in the middle of the Northern Rock crisis the poll doesn’t simply show Brown ahead of Cameron but shows him trouncing Cameron; worse still it shows Cameron to be less popular than the bumbling Ming (and lets be honest that’s not easy). That said it’ll be great to see what the CCHQ spin is on it: “um, well, uh, it… it looks bad, but basically… um… flying on planes is immoral and people should be taxed more for… oh wait, that’s what got us here in the first place… um… aha, yes that’s it... we expected this dip… it’s completely normal and…”

Such is the lack of faith one could be forgiven, seeing that in isolation, as thinking that was from a Labour blog

However one thing certain to be at the top of the list is Labour finally hitting the 40% mark after sitting at 39% for a while; 40% being the symbolic mark Cameron has chased for the past two years. What makes it worse of course, as today’s Guardian points out, is that the Conservatives have fallen to 32% which places them in the biggest deficit in an ICM poll since Cameron took over in 2005.

And in terms of Parliamentry seats we know what that can mean, esp with a swing of another 2% in Labour's favour.
Interesting stuff, considering that the Tories believed that when Gordon Brown became leader, all Middle England would flock towards them. This shows how out of touch they have been in the past two years.

The reality is that Cameron is in this position because [cue anger from the win-at-any-cost-brigade in the comments] he appears to many in the Conservative base to have abandoned them. And that’s the point. In politics image is perception and perception is reality. Accordingly if the image you portray is one of tax hikes (regardless of whether they are in aid of a better environment – which is disputable), if your policy review mechanisms are able to propose things that anger you base, if you constantly chase floating voters to the exclusion of those who form the rock upon which your political church is built, guess what? Things don’t go so well.

This looks like the Right of the Conservative Party are flexing their muscles. Thing is, Labour managed very well to reform itself and then cling itself to the Centre ground. The Tories, having a distain for the ground occupied by leftwing Conservative/rightwing Labour politicians during the Thatcher era, have now found that that ground is now occupied by Labour and they are now stuck.

If Cameron wants to turn things around he faces an uphill struggle. Firstly he needs to prevent Brown from going to the polls for as long as possible (not easy when even Northern Rock appears to have strengthened Brown’s position – something I argued yesterday). Secondly he needs to reconnect with the base without losing the floating voters. The reality is that the environment is not the issue that’s going to achieve that; aside from anything else it rates rather low on the list of issues people would vote on (6th according to the ICM poll). But Cameron can win big on issues like crime and social disintegration.

The environment is an ongoing issue and one which esp concerns Middle England, so in the end, as the Polar icecaps continue to melt,voters may well find themselves supporting a political party which is trying to do something about it, compared to an opposition party which has many individual members trying to pretend that this is not a man-made problem!

As I’ve said already, I have yet to make up my mind about Cameron (which after two years in the job is incredible), but equally I haven’t turned against him. I’m just waiting to be convinced, and the base is the same. The base isn’t going to run into the arms of Ming, and they’re certainly not going to run into the arms of Brown. But they may simply stay home. Cameron just needs to give them a reason to open the front door and walk to the polling station – and the thing is he can.

If a Party leader cannot inspire hard loyalty from a certain proportion of his or her Party then there are problems, not just for the leader, but for the Party itself. As for voters not running into the arms of Brown, I suggest Shane takes another look at the opinion polls and has a good, strong cup of coffee afterwards. The show is not over until the Well-Proportioned lady sings (as Labour found out in 1970 and 1992), but for a Conservative mentioning this on a guestspot on one of the most prominent blogs in the country, it's a worrying sign for the Conservatives.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Possible Sanctions Against Zimbabwe

My views on this can be found on the CPF Blog, here.
As for Gordon Brown's latest comments on this issue, I can't see he has any other credible choice.

The Blades May Be Sharpening for Ming

The best thing in these situations is to keep shtum and simply give an endorsement of the leader and try and move on the conversation, so one wonders what is going on here. A possible coup being planned?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Steady as a rock perhaps?

(BBC Online)
This is somewhat of a relief. I am all for governments bailing out companies that need to be saved, and given the panic over the last few days I should say this company needed bailing out. I always find such situations an awful Catch 22. It's easy to get into a panic if you are someone who has savings in a bank that is rumoured could go under, and I could easily see myself among the queue. But by not accepting the guarentees of assurance and helping to cause panic withdrawls you end up helping to create the very crisis that needs to be avoided.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

A Very British Coup

(Press Association)
I have to say I was surprised, but rather pleased by all the fuss about the Prime Minister inviting Margaret Thatcher to Downing Street. Surprised because it is nothing new. Tony Blair has invited her to Downing Street and one Tory blogger privately reminded me that John Major once did the same thing for James Callaghan, plus Margaret Thatcher used to occasionally invite Harold Wilson to Downing Street when she was Prime Minister. Just because it is in public this time, a few political activists on both sides seem to be angry.

To Labour activists I say why? One does not have to agree or like Baroness T's politics to be civil towards her, to ask for her advice on one or two issues, or even like her as a person. Secondly, in case you haven't noticed it has annoyed and angered a no of Tories, some of whom have been rather insulting towards her in a way that does them no good politically. I would have thought that this kind of dismay and infighting is something that Labour shouldn't really empathise with. Yesterday's Express editorial was a wave of impotent rage about this that made rather an interesting read.


And in other news, Labour has employed Saatchi & Saatchi to run their advertising. True Maurice and Charles Saatchi no longer run the company, but they are still a genius of an organisation and it's also the symbolism which counts. After all, they are not flash, just interested in helping Gordon ;), which will be important in battling Ming the Merciless, as well as David Cameron, who seems to be floundering of late.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Economic Competence Vs Petty Attacks

ALISTAIR DARLING ON LOAN CULTURE

"In crude terms [lenders] need to know who they're lending to, how much they're lending and what the risk is.
"Now, that's elementary banking, one might think, but there are times when going back to good old-fashioned banking may not be a bad idea."


Adding that:

"My starting point is that government can't stand on the shoes of borrowers or lenders.
"[Borrowers] need to ask themselves, 'Can I repay this?' and lenders need to ask themselves, 'If it goes wrong, can I get it back?'. People do need to think long and hard about this,"


More information on what the Chancellor of the Exchequer said can be found here.

I have to say that I am very glad that this issue has been raised, for too long now I have seen television adverts for loan companies which just irritates me because I can almost see the subliminal message "How to get further into debt". Now the Tories may try and pin the blame on the Govt.. (what's new), but economic competence is a multi layered responsibility and it is the governments duty to point out where there is a problem which they have already done.

And what has the Shadow Chancellor said yesterday that was of great economic importance?
Well George "I make jibes about autism in connection with Gordon Brown" Osborne went for his usual nasty and immature great topic of the day by saying to The Times yesterday that:


Gordon Brown was a bully who put the phone down on him and “crushed” six former shadow chancellors, George Osborne has said (Philip Webster writes).
The Shadow Chancellor said in a Tatler interview that when Mr Brown was Chancellor they had a “hostile relationship which he initiated.” The telephone incident occurred before the key Commons votes on holding terror suspects.
Mr Brown rang Mr Osborne from a flight about to leave for the Middle East to ask whether he could miss the vote as well, cancelling each other out. Mr Osborne refused and the Chancellor angily slammed down the phone on him


Now there have been some formidable Conservative economic spokesmen in the past, whether you agree with them or not. Butler, Macmillan, and Lawson among them. But their latest edition who specialises in the worst in school debating, given his continuous personal attacks on Gordon Brown, says a lot about the state of the Conservative Party today. Gordon Brown has a far better record in competency and political nous than George Osborne and it shows.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Hope for the McCann's

I have to say that I have never accepted the theory that Gerry and/or Kate McCann were responsible for their daughter's alleged murder. For one thing, from the moment they declared her missing they didn't have the time or oppurtunity. The blood stain could have come from one of Madeleine's shoes and there is no way they could have hid a body in the car and buried it oppositte the Church without anyone knowing. The smell and the easy chance of being spotted puts paid to that.
So I am hopeful that these turn of events will help vindicate them. If anything my respect for the McCann's has grown. Waking up and facing each day must be hard enough without being labelled as suspects and the threat of their twins taken away from them.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Russian Roulette of a Different Nature

If this wasn't true, I would have thought it was something made up in the name of political satire ;)

Miranda Grell

(Miranda Grell)

Some Conservatives have understandably been making heavy weather of this and it was plastered on Pg 3 of The Times today in a way which I feel wasn't exactly helpful to Miranda. Put basically, whilst I don't know Miranda all that well, she doesn't strike me as the sort of person who would do this kind of thing, would want to, or even need to stoop so low. From what I have known of her first hand she is very capable and warm hearted and is much loved and respected by many fellow Labour activists. Maybe this will teach some of us not to be so quick to judge when the Conservatives are in trouble, but likewise I ask those of other political viewpoints to try and judge this carefully and dispassionately before leaping to conclusions. If there is one sin most individuals in all political parties are guilty of, it's wanting to believe the worst of individual members of opposition parties whom we don't know.




UPDATE: A local newspaper does a better job on putting Miranda's side of the story than The
Times did, see here.

Euro Referendum

PJ's Politics has asked me to blog on my views on this subject.
Put basically, I totally agree to a referendum and have no doubt that one will come about before long. I am equally sure that the government knows the conflicting, but strong views of the British people and wouldn't dare cause any uncalled for hostility, so I would be surprised if a referendum doesn't come about within the next ten years or so, subject to events.
It should be pointed out also, that this is a non party political matter and that there are a mixture of pro and anti among both Conservative and Labour MP's

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Dame Anita Roddick

I have to say that I was saddened but not surprised to read that she had died. Earlier this year she announced that she had Hepatitis C and in consequence had cirrhosis of the liver. It is a sad end to the life of someone who has worked tirelessly to help others and hopefully this will help raise awareness about Hepatitis C and what a nasty little virus it is.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Bin Laden's Broadcast

(Press Association)
If this man honestly thinks the Americans will become muslims on his say so, especially after 9/11, then he really is mad. But then we are looking at an individual who embraces a culture of death with regard to suicide bombings, with regard to punishing vast no's of innocent people on the spurious basis that each individual is responsible for every act of behaviour of every western government, and with regard to a man who, like all despots has a rather inflated sense of ego. Hence the particular robes he is seen wearing.
What amases me is that, as one BBC Correspondent put it, he is trying to influence western opinion. He stated for example, surprise that Bush was elected for a second term of office. What he seems to fail to understand is that the very people who dislike Bush loathe Bin Laden even more. No one will forget what he was responsible for and, whilst there may be differences of opinion as to how to deal with him, very few westerners believe that his actions should go unpunished.

As for the "fake beard", it seems that he has shaved it off and gone in disguise from place to place. Clearly he is, and feels, that he is a hunted man. Like Iain, I have concerns about this broadcast, but equally I believe that, as long as it is taking, we have him feeling the heat of justice.

Friday, September 07, 2007

The Oldest People In The World

A couple of evenings ago I saw a fascinating documentary on More 4 about people who are over 100 years old.
Some of them, like Buster Martin and Henry Allingham are already well known and Buster always amazes me as someone who is about the same age as my grandparents and yet is still active and working. A casual onlooker might assume he was in his seventies or early eighties if they didn't know anything about him.
I suppose who fascinates us about these people is because they have lived through moments which we now tend to come across in historical records, plus a spot of hope and envy although two or three of those interviewed said that being over 100 is no great fun when you outlive your friends, your children, and just about everyone in your generation. That said, you sometimes feel that these are people who have values and a way of life we can learn from.
Below is a short film of the documentary launch at Channel 4 last month

(Dandy Films)

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Pavarotti Dies at 71

A giant of the Opera World in many ways and one who will be missed

Tory Girls Create Tory Policy In a Car





Hat tip to Kerron and Recess Monkey
If the Tories win the next election, God help Britain!

The Compliments Bloggers Get

Am very flattered by Kerron's idea. Perhaps a beautiful girl and a nice antique car as well ;)! Plus the chance to fight those former policemen who joined the dodgy security company S.D.P. all those years ago, as well as those dodgy businessmen from Essex and Notting Hill who work for Cameron Industries :)
Ah the fertile ground of satire!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Radio Scilly

Read this in yesterday's Guardian. A lovely little story about a radio station run by the locals. BTW if you have never been to the Scilly Isles on holiday, I recommend it. My family went there two years running some twenty years ago and it is a nice part of the UK to be in.

Radio Scilly

Tappity Tap

I have to admit that I am one of those people who sometimes, without realising it, fidgets with my hands, either tapping them on the table etc.. or sometimes I find I tap my feet without realising. Last week I realised that if I was anywhere in public, I had better be more self conscious about tapping my feet. The things you learn about underground culture when watching the news!
Now I am open to the possibility that Larry Craig was the victim of a gross misunderstanding, although I suspect that, given his voting record on gay rights etc.. he would probably lie if he actually was caught trying to solicit gay sex. My own view is that, whether he was or was not, Larry Craig will hopefully be a bit more considerate towards the gay community in future and that we should cut some slack. If anything, whilst I disaprove of cottaging and other forms of casual promiscuious behaviour, I find entrapment more offensive, esp when one considers how few heterosexuals get caught out doing the same thing and there are hardly any moves to try and catch them out. Not that I advocate that!

Mars Hill Blog Stats (Aug 2007)

Apologies for the delay this month

Top Ten Cities listed (from where people visit Mars Hill)


London, Kingston, Derby, Toronto, Leeds, Cologne, Zagreb, Oxford, Sunderland, Kosice



Top Ten Countries listed (In order of most visits to my blog)

United Kingdom

Jamaica

Germany

United States

Canada

Slovakia

South Africa

Finland

Russian Federation

Croatia


For those who have started reading my blog in the last month, or who have returned after an absence, a warm welcome to you all


Top Ten Blog/Web Visitors

1) Kerron Cross - The Voice of the Delectable Left (+4)

2) Iain Dale (-)

3) Bloggers4Labour (+1)

4) Tim Roll-Pickering (NEW-ish)

5) Prague Tory (NEW-ish)

6) Conservative Mind (-)

7) Bob Piper (NEW)

8) Jonathan Chilvers (NEW-ish)

9) Rupa Huq (-6)

10) Cally's Kitchen (-3)

Out of the Top Ten are BaldockBaldrick, Paul Linford, Picking Losers, and Political Opinions


Top Ten Searchwords that lead people to my blog


richard beckinsale bloody kids

doctor who utopia free

mars hill blog

questionare blog

first thoughts about smoking ban

diana 10 years

otis ferry

paul linford wellington new zealand

questionares

ellection 2007 live results in kingston



As per usual some strange ones there

Monday, September 03, 2007

Otis Ferry - A Picture of Health

According to Friday's Evening Standard (pg 15), Otis Ferry was seemingly a picture of health at some party or another. Which is a remarkable recovery considering that two days earlier he failed to attend his own trial to face charges of criminal damage, pleading ill health and being on anti-inflammatory drugs.
Well it is true in one sense. There are many of us who see him as an in-flamming-tory ;)