Friday, November 30, 2007

Before I Head Off to Bed

Just to let you know I will be busy this weekend, but will let you know about the Bloggers Social (which is tomorrow) and how it went a.s.a.p.

On other matters, in brief

This is disturbing when you consider how Hillary Clinton polarises opinion.

This is hopeful, although I am increasingly convinced by the hour that Harriet Harman will have to go

Clearly we need to get Gillian Gibbons out of the Sudan and fast. But what a silly thing to have a theological barny about!

This is, for me and others, a sad end to an awful week. You know, many years ago I used to sneer at Conservatives who stood by their disgraced colleagues who fought back, I suppose I have learnt the hard way that I was perhaps wrong to do so. But its the way this case, and the wider events this week can hurt and destroy people that depresses me. If I ever gloat again over Tory or Lib Dem misfortunes, please gently remind me of this period of time in my life! I think its the self righteous gloating that we all love to partake in that is the vile icing on the cake, as well as the way some people set out to destroy the political careers of others. Then we wonder why people are put off politics!

What Labour Needs to do now!

I think it's fair to say that Steve Richards is one of my favourite political commentators. I don't always agree with him but he always makes you think about the issues he discusses and takes a resonable attitude as well.
So it is that I think that his comments yesterday are worth considering, and I agree with a lot of what he says. For many years now, mainly as a result of trying to hammer the left and woo the home counties vote, some in the Labour Party have not been to careful in mixing with business and now, sadly, the chickens are coming home to roost. If anything, now we need to pull our weight, help the PM in his hour of need, cooperate fully with the police and the Electoral Commission, and perhaps Harriet Harman ought to consider her future!

Not a Teddy Bear's Picnic

The fact that Gillian Gibbons has been sentenced to fifteen days in prison, followed by deportation, seems to indicate that the Sudanese government are sensitive to international opinion, whilst trying to placate those who wanted a prosecution in the first place.
What is incredible is the lack of tolerance, well none at all really, towards a westerner who inadvertently stepped across a tiny and hidden line on a sensitive and unknown clash of culture (i.e. some muslims believe that giving names like Mohammed to anything other than a human boy is idolatory, whilst some muslim and many western children give their teddy bears and dolls names after their heroes).
Still it could have been worse and the fact it hasn't been means that we can breathe a sigh of relief

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Iain's Monthly Political Performance Index

Iain Dale has launched a Monthly Political Performance Index for his blog, where readers can assess from one to ten how various UK Politicians have done in the past month. You can find the details here.
Personally am a bit dubious about the results being genuine, considering that 55% of his readers are Conservative and that some of them have a narrow-minded dislike of the Labour Party and those of us who are members, but if more people go there and vote in a spirit of open mindedness then that should deal with the situation.
Or maybe I am being too hopeful :/

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Return of Rose Tyler

I am not sure about this, her leaving seemed pretty conclusive. That said, it does seem to be a habit of bringing back companions, albeit briefly (Sarah Jane Smith, Captain Jack Harkness), why don't they go the whole hog and bring some more from the classic series.

Ian Chesterton

School teacher, travelled with the First Doctor

Jamie McCrimmon

Highlander from the Eighteenth Century. Travelled with the Second Doctor

Drawbacks: Had memories of his travels with the Doctor wiped by the Time Lords, so introductions would be rather interesting


Liz Shaw

Third Doctor's assistant when he was UNIT's Scientific Advisor whilst exiled on Earth

Harry Sullivan

UNIT's Medical Officer. Travelled briefly with the Fourth Doctor and Sarah

Drawbacks: Ian Marter, who played him, has been dead for about twenty years and getting another actor might not be ideal.

Nyssa of Traken

Scientist, travelled with the Fifth Doctor (although joined just at the end of the Fourth Doctor's adventures)

Peri Brown

Travelled with the Sixth Doctor. (Joined at the end of the Fifth Doctor's adventures)

Drawbacks: The Doctor having to explain why she was dumped on a Planet in the Twenty-Third Century and why he was nasty to her beforehand.

Ace

Travelled with the Seventh Doctor


And to those who are fans, admit it. You are rather glad Adric can't return, aren't you! ;)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Good News About Kerron

(Kerron Cross)
Well in the midst of depressing news on the Labour Party and financial donations today, one small bit of information made me cheer.


Alex's Apology

Should have mentioned the latest in the Dorries Vs Hilton War but have only just noticed it, see here.

Its certainly increased my respect for Alex, if I had done something where I had to apologise in those circumstances, I would have found it difficult and taken a deep breath before doing so, irrespective of legal action. So kudos to the Monkey!

Labour and it's woes

There is one word to sum up my feelings and that of other Labour activists on this issue and that is depressing.
What is more depressing though is the thought of trust in the government being further eroded and losing the next general election to the Conservatives. The thought of George Osborne and David Cameron being in Downing Street makes me feel queasy, because you know that, Osborne esp, will try and undo the good financial work that Labour have done in the last decade.
The Labour Party have had rotten apples, naive individuals, strutting arrogant politicians who throw their toys out of the pram when things don't go their way but, but.. At the same time that should not cancel out the good work we have done and the hard work of many decent MP's who could lose their seats over this fiasco.
Labour in the past ten years has brought in independence for the Bank of England, the Good Friday agreement (admittedly with cross-party support), a Scottish Parliament and a Welsh Assembly, further moves on Lords Reform, the end of the ban on gays in the armed forces, increased spending on education and health (the Tories have a track record in cutting public services), more money into International Development, lowest unemployment since 1975, a ban on Fox hunting with dogs etc.. How awful for that to go unrecognised at the expense of what has happened in the past few weeks!

Monday, November 26, 2007

David Cameron, Otis Ferry, and the Merry Huntsmen

Read this in the Mirror today. I have to say I was saddened but not surprised. I am esp saddened because I lived near Heythrop for some years and, in fact, the only hunt I have ever seen in my life is the Heythrop Hunt and that was many years ago.
But perhaps it not only shows, if true I hasten to add, that it not only adds to Otis Ferry's reputation as an obsessive thug, it also doesn't bode well for David Cameron.
That is, if it gets wider publicity than the Daily Mirror!

Irving and Griffin sliming their way to the Oxford Union

I get Tim's point and in some respects agree with him, I even appreciate the argument that we do not want to make martyrs out of these people. But what sticks in my throat is the thought that by simply inviting them to the Oxford Union you are giving these people kudos because they can simply mention that fact on their profiles and websites etc..

The Gays and Adoption Issue again

Have posted what I think of the latest developments on the CPF Blog.

Northern Rock Rescue

Well thank God for that!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Verity Lambert 1935-2007

Verity Lambert was probably one of the best-known in-house BBC Producers of her time, because, not only did she branch out to other TV Stations and occasionally did film, you also knew that when she produced something the chances were it was going to be good. In fact the one major blip on her CV was Eldorado.
Her successes included Adam Adamant Lives!, Budgie, The Naked Civil Servant, Rock Follies, Rumpole of the Bailey, Edward and Mrs Simpson, The Sweeney, Quatermass, Minder, Widows, G.B.H., Jonathan Creek, and more recently, Love Soup.
But it is the fact that she was the first Producer of Doctor Who, and the fact that she helped nuture the programme in making it the success it is today that she will be remembered. The current production team are certainly aware of the debt they owe her and in the last series, when the Doctor was hiding from some aliens disguised as a human being, he gave the names of his parents as Sidney and Verity (after Verity Lambert and Sydney Newman (the man whose brainchild Doctor Who was) ).
It's also ironic that Verity died on the anniversary of the shows first episode being broadcast, but I suppose there is something poetic in that. In any case she will be remembered as a first class television producer.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Those Tories again!

Check out Kerron's blog piece on how one Conservative MP seems to think that Nuclear Power stations are more asthetically pleasing than wind turbines.

Bi Annual Bloggers Social

I really should have mentioned this already, although many fellow blogging friends on Facebook have known for a while, but some of us are holding an informal Bi-Annual bloggers social at the Red Lion pub in Whitehall (Parliament Street for the pedants) on Saturday 1st December from 5:30PM. Among those welcome are the lads at Fisking Central, PJ's Politics , Prague Tory , Ellee Seymour , BaldockBaldrick , Paul Linford , Rachel from North London , Don Paskini , Skuds' Sister's Brother , The Done Thing , Rullsenberg Rules , and Normal Mouth .
If the invite list seems smaller than usual, it is because these are the people who I don't think I have invited yet, my apologies for that and for not letting you guys know earlier, I have been somewhat busy of late.
In any case let me know whether you are able to attend

Regards

Paul

New Blogger

One of my friends, Sarah Hagger, has started up a blog detailing her experiences working for the Methodist Relief and Development Fund in Ethiopia. Well that's not exactly correct as, while she does work for the MRDF she is only in Ethiopia for ten days. I will put her on my blogroll and you can read her blog here.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

More On The Missing CD's

It seems that a junior staffer had broken rules and proceedures already in place and that therefore it isn't the fault of the government.

Basic common sense should tell you that you don't send such information via courier and it seems that the staffer certainly wasn't authorised to do so.

Therefore, as awful as this situation is and the costly lessons the government and the civil service need to learn from it, the Tories' ought to get a grip and consider if this would have happened under them! I can't blame them for going gung ho over this (as irritating as their almost naked delight in picking on the government over this issue is), if they want to achieve office it would help them if the government experienced a major crisis that eroded trust with the electorate.

Plus it's hardly comparable with Black Wednesday, esp with regards as to who is to blame, although I agree with Iain Dale about Charlie Wheelan in that this is not just a Westminster issue, it is an issue which is worrying millions of people in this country and is one which concerns and angers us all.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Things That Happen to Kerron Cross

I am so glad I am not in a position at the moment where this happens to me! ;)

Missing CD's

It's indefensible, but I wonder if the problem was not so much centralisation (although there is clearly a problem there), but not sufficent beaurocratic checks. I always maintain that not only no one organisation should be be responsible for such things, but that there ought to be proper accountability and proper checks and balances between such organisations. In a nutshell that's why I don't like widespread nationalisation or privatisation. People are failible and so you have to have strong accountability

Nadine Dorries Vs Alex Hilton

I really didn't want to get involved in this mud fight. Alex shouldn't have done it (there are other ways of tackling the Tories on this issue and what he did was indefensible), and I am not exactly a fan of Nadine Dorries.
But I will take exception to Dorries' comment that I suppose one wouldn’t expect anything else from the researcher of a Labour MP. I was never a researcher myself, but I was an Intern and having friends who are or have been researchers I can tell you that a lot of them are decent people who care about the people their MP represents and how this country is run. Sweeping statements like that, esp when legal issues fly in the air helps no one.
As for Alex, he is quite a passionate Labour activist. I have worked with him in Hilary Benn's campaign team for the Deputy leadership and he is a likeable person with a certain degree of genius, even if he sometimes lets his passion against the opposition get the better of him. That said, I do share his anger towards the casual racism that pervades some areas of the Conservative Party.
I sincerely hope both sides sort this out a.s.a.p. as this sort of situation serves no political benefit for Alex, Nadine Dorries, or the political parties we inhabit.

Ian Smith

The thing about blogging sometimes is that, like buses, several events that you want to blog on arrive almost at the same time.
So I felt I couldn't leave Ian Smith's passing without saying something. Namely that defending any majority rule by one race, creed, sex, or colour is wrong. No matter what the circumstances and if you try and consider that Smith was a moderate in this regard, then take a look at Tim Roll-Pickering's blog entry on this.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Time Crash. Another Chance to Watch It!

The BBC have uploaded it onto YouTube, see here.
That's made some of you happy hasn't it! :)

The Blair Years

Is it just me or did you feel that last nights documentary was a tad disloyal to the Prime Minister! Not so much from Tony Blair, but from some of Blair's former cabinet ministers

Who Would Jesus Vote For?

Hat tip to Iain Dale. I totally agree with the conclusion that it is wrong and dangerous to use God in order to tell people how to vote. In fact it is downright immoral, but I do think some of the statements were simplifying loaded and complex issues, and in some, not all cases, I think that scripture has been taken out of context. Anyway, judge for yourself.

(GodTube/Govote.com)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Twenty Questions to a Fellow Blogger Part XXXIV: Rachel North

(Rachel North)
Rachel North, 36 lives in North London with her husband and cat. Originally an advertising strategy director, her account of surviving 7/7 started her writing on a daily basis and became a blog Rachel From North London, chronicling the personal and political fallout after surviving a terrorist attack. Rachel is now a full-time writer; her memoir Out of the Tunnel was published in summer 2007 by The Friday Project.

What made you decide to start blogging?

I started blogging on blogspot a fortnight after 7 July 2005: my original internet message board account on urban 75 was picked up by the BBC who asked me to keep a week-long survivor diary. After the week ended, I decided to carry on writing

What is your best blogging experience?

There have been loads: the fact that my original diary was read by other 7/7 survivors who contacted me, and that was how the support group King's Cross United started. Blogging has led to me making many new friends and sharing ideas with people from all over the world. And it feels great when bloggers come together over an issue, whether that's lobbying for at-risk Iraqi employees who've helped the UK to be given asylum, the anti-SOCPA lone mass demonstrations and illegal carol services, or helping police catch my absconded stalker. Oh, and having my blog lead to a publishing agent and book contract

And your worst?

The 400+ days of harassment from said stalker, who was later sentenced to the maximum 6 months for her abuse of me. Numerous other victims are now also protected from her by an ASBO which is a relief.

What do you regard as your best blog entry?

'90 days and 90 nights' was written in a furious rush in fifteen minutes during my lunch hour at the height of the original debate about extending detention without charge. It went on to be voted Post of the Year in several blog awards, and, I was told by a mole, was printed out and passed about the back benchers of Parliament shortly before the vote, in which Tony Blair's proposals were defeated. It touched a nerve and caught a mood, which was a rush, although I don't think it's my best-written entry.

Favourite blogs?

Too many to mention, and if I try to list them all, there will be someone who feels left out! I try to read as widely as possible, not just bloggers who have similar opinions to my own. Personal blogs as well as political blogs: I am fascinated by people and I love good writing. If I was to say one blog that I always find consistently excellent, it's Chicken Yoghurt. I'm also very pleased about the launch of Liberal Conspiracy.

Have your experiences in the past two years significantly changed any political views you may have held?

Not significantly changed, rather sharpened and honed, and made accountable politics and my support for the democratic process even more important in my life than it was before. Over the last five years, the political became the personal, so to speak. Having unwittingly got caught up in the huge debate about freedom and security because of my chance proximity to a major terrorist incident, I have tried since then to learn as much as possible and to speak out for what I believe in. I didn't step onto this platform by choice, but doing what I do has become my way of trying to stand up for liberty against fearfulness and terrorism. It became part of my recovery from PTSD, which is characterised by a debilitating fear reaction, and it has become a huge passion in my life: there have been times when being able to speak out and blogging has been a lifeline that kept me from going under at times.

Do you think, as a prominent blogger, that blogs are becoming more powerful in the UK as a media tool?

Oh yeah. Communication is a powerful tool, probably the most important tool we have as a species. Blogs are an important way of democratising the debate and letting different voices be heard. They are also a quick way for journalists and politicians to research opinion without having to leave their offices and talk to people. Which probably helps with their prominence in today's media and political debate.

What positive moves can the government make in tackling terrorism and improve relations between the various communities in the UK?

Big question. Stop overstating the threat, stop eroding ancient liberties in the spurious name of security, have a proper inquiry into the 7/7 bombings and accept that mistakes were made in judgment - both political and from the police/security services, take a long hard look at foreign policy and be accountable and honest about blowback, stop politicising intelligence and security matters and criminalising whole communities, lay off the legislation-frenzy and listen to what people are saying. And calm down.

Is there anywhere abroad which you haven't been to, that you would like to visit?

San Fransisco, and about 4000 tropical islands

Is there anywhere abroad you have visited, that you would love to revisit?

Turtle Nest Inn in Grand Cayman where my husband and I honeymooned.

Do you have a favourite political figure in history?

Queen Elizabeth I

Which figure has been your greatest inspiration?

Ordinary people who care enough to make a difference. Having principles that aren't backed up by action is just having opinions.

Favourite Bond movie?

The Daniel Craig one, particularly the wandering out of the sea in small blue pants scene.

Favourite Doctor Who?

Tom Baker is the daddy

Chocolate, vanilla, or mint?

I don't really like sweet things so I will say mint tea, which I drink pints of every day.

Which Band, past or present, would you most like to see in concert?

The Who and Chuck Berry at the Albert Hall in 1969 straight after the Rolling Stones Hyde park free concert.

In terms of visiting for the weekend, Oxford, Cambridge, or Barsby, Leics..?

I have never been to Barsby, Leics. so if its delights can be explained to me I'd give it a whirl

Favourite national newspaper?

I had better say the Sunday Times as I write for them. I've read the Guardian since I was about twelve, and probably always will read it but it really annoys me at times. I have favourite columnists: Matthew Norman is the reason I buy the Independent: he is a joy. Matthew Parris in the Times is my other addiction.

What would you say your hobbies were?

Writing is both work and a hobby, which is great. Reading compulsively. Drinking wine with friends and curling up with my husband. Cooking. Gardening. Laughing at the antics of my immensely greedy fat cat, Miff. Poledancing. And I'm about to start learning to tango.

And what would you say were your three favourite songs and three favourite books (Bar the Bible and The Complete Works of Shakespeare)?

Gimme Shelter, Rolling StonesVarious Mozart and Puccini arias.Ode to Joy, Beethoven
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Books, argh. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham, and Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jrerome always cheer me up. Too many novels to start so I'd probably go for a Nigel Slater cookbook. The 30 Minute Cook is covered with splodges and is in almost-daily use.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Multi-Doctor Stories

(BBC)



For those looking forward to the mini Doctor Who episode this evening, here is a scene from the Twentieth anniversary special, The Five Doctors.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Pakistan Crisis

Click here, to read a piece I have written about the growing crisis in Pakistan on the CPF Blog.

Democracy Blogger Awards


Well I was a late arrival at the Democracy Blogger Awards at The Red Lion, just off Whitehall. So much so that I managed to get there when all the awards were handed out and everyone was having drinks. Apparently it was run by the Electoral Commission (although I don't think I have written much on electoral reform, I certainly didn't submit anything for an award and nor did I expect to win anything), and other attendees inc Alex Hilton of Recess Monkey and Labourhome, as well as John Hemming MP (who arrived after I did and left early).

So my evening there was mainly spent discussing the pros and cons of various electoral systems with one of the organisers and chatting about Oslo with a lovely Norwegian couple, ah well political involvement does take you to some interesting places.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Right then..

Am off to a Blogger Award event in Westminster tonight. Expect a posting on that, and on the current situation in Pakistan tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Men With Colds

For those of you who might be starting to get headaches and sniffles, this is from the BBC Comedy sketch show "Man Stroke Woman"

(BBC)

Alcohol Tax

Perhaps this is worth seriously considering, esp as Christmas is around the corner!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Capturing Mary

(BBC)
If you do get a chance to see this follow-up Poliakoff drama, then I recommend that you take it. It is a heart rendering story of cruelty and loss, and yet, for her pain it is pretty obvious that the victim had a far better outcome than the man who damaged her.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Remembrance Sunday 2007

This morning I took a Church service at Pirton, near Hitchin as part of my training for the lay ministry and Remembrance Day is certainly a challenging day to do a sermon. In the end I seemed to have managed although I have yet to overcome some of my shyness and nervousness (strange perhaps coming form someone who runs a blog and who has run as a Labour Candidate)
But it did concentrate my mind more this year about Remembrance Day and certainly what strikes me more is not the rights and wrongs of war, or even any particular war, but the sacrifices and acts of bravery in helping others in such conditions.
Have also this evening just seen the ITV Drama, My Boy Jack, about Rudyard Kipling's son who was killed at the Battle of Loos. It was his first day of experiencing battle and at just eighteen years old. It certainly makes you wonder about that war and the sheer naiveity of some of those involved in not counting the cost.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Sir Ian Blair

I have to say that I feel he ought to resign. Someone has to take responsibility following the Met being found guilty of the death of Jean Charles De Menezes, there was an attempt to avoid responsibility before the enquiry which involved putting the blame on De Menezes, there is therefore less confidence in the Met, there is also a Media attack from a wide range of political views calling for Sir Ian to step down, and therefore, surely the brave and decent and responsible thing to do is to accept responsibility and quit. That way some confidence and support will return where otherwise witheld.

Joe's Palace

Finally got to watch it the other day. Not my favourite Poliakoff drama, but still very good and riveting to watch.

A Tory Stereotype that is true!

(Harrow Times)
This little piece of news isn't much known about yet, but I have to say that I was appalled and disgusted at the crass insensitivity. I appreciate that the councillors concerned thought it was all a laugh, but I doubt the communities who faced the funding cuts thought so and if they had been on the receving end of such treatment I doubt they would too.
If they fail to apologise then I hope local Labour activists will remind voters in their next leaflet campaign what they have done and if they still fail to apologise, to remind voters at the next council elections.

Incidentally, Kris Brown has started a Facebook group condemming this unpleasant prank, if you wish you can join it here.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

The Queen's Speech debate

On Tuesday we saw the leader of the Opposition launch himself like a whailing banashee on the governments plans detailed in the Queen's speech. For all the Tories' s supposed assertions that they are now an elite crack fighting force, the man who said that he wanted to leave "Punch and Judy politics" branded the Prime Minister weak. He showed frustration over the governments plans for raising inheritance tax thresholds and their forthcoming climate change bill. Surely if the Tories do share those ideas they should be pleased with the government. But obviously wanting to get elected to power is more important to them. So much for wanting to go past "Punch and Judy politics".
Then the PM delivered the Coup de Grace by stating that the Conservative leader was good on jokes and bad on policy and it is on policy that the electorate will want to see at the next election. Not pathetic wingeing from David Cameron about supposed policy theft or facile bullying attempts by George Osborne about how awful Gordon Brown is(and lets not forget George Osborne has a record in personal attacks). Gordon Brown has overseen one of the longest periods of economic growth in this country, what is George Osborne's record?

Dead at St Thomas's Hospital

(BBC Online)
Hat tip to Evie and Rupa for reminding me of this. That's why when you hear of an MP or a Peer collapsing from a fatal heart attack or stroke in the Palace of Westminster, it is stated that they died later at St Thomas's Hospital.


Sometimes pedantry takes you to strange places.

That Jehovah's Witness Case

I am not a theologian, but the case of Emma Gough has reminded me of a certain callousness about the Jehovah's Witness tradition where theological dogma comes before human compassion. That may be a twee way of putting it because you could say it is a broad sweep of a criticism, but added to the fact that I came across a certain Biblical passage yesterday it has made me think about this:

"What comes out of a man is what makes him 'unclean.' For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.'" Mark Ch 7, Vs 20-23

Okay in context it is about clean and unclean foods and ceremonial washing, but it does make you think.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Time Crash

(BBC)
If you are a Doctor Who fan and are in next Friday evening, you might want to watch Children in Need, as a familiar face makes a brief return alongside the present Doctor.

Doughty Street and ID Cards



Was somewhat busy yesterday, as I seem to be more often these days and hence the lack of postings. However if you want to watch my appearance on 18 Doughty Street on Monday evening, then you can watch it here.

Last night I attended a debate hosted by David's Bookshop on whether people had anything to fear from ID Cards. David Blunkett spoke for the motion; that people had nothing to fear, and Simon Carr of The Independent spoke against. It was lively, albeit polite and friendly enough, although I left still having misgivings about the issue. That said I am very sympathetic to the idea behind them and wonder if there is some third option, although I doubt it!

But that's one of the great things about political ideas, you can go back and forth with them and look for alternatives and/or modify the existing idea.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Another Appearance on 18 Doughty Street


I will be a guest on Blogger TV at 9PM tonight and will be joined by Mark Pack and Mike Denham. If interested, you will be able to watch it here.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

This does not bode well for the Conservatives

Perhaps a clearing out of their stables is in order, although some kudos must go to their leadership for acting decisively. The whole thing makes you wonder though!

Heather Mills outburst

I was a bit taken aback by her comments earlier this week, and feel that she shouldn't have done it, but at the same time I think the media have sometimes been nasty towards her.
Yes she has a reputation of being economical with the truth and the evidence there is overwhelming, yes like a no of others my instinct is to side with McCartney, yes I find her a pain in the neck, yes she should not have done what she has for her daughters' sake if no one else, yes I think she has been unpleasant to her husband. But that does not warrant the sort of treatment she is getting

And This Years' Celebrity Guy is...

(Press Association)
I know that its "all good fun" etc.. but I can't help but find the whole thing slightly disturbing, even if it was an effigy of someone I struggled not to really despise, and I am not referring to Cherie Blair



Thursday, November 01, 2007

Mars Hill Blog Stats (Oct 2007)

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


Northampton, London, San Jose, Prague, Lexington, Paris, Quezon City, Newbury, Worthing, St. Joseph


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


United Kingdom

United States

Canada

Czech Republic

Philippines

Malta

France

Australia

Luxembourg

Belgium

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) PJ's Politics (NEW-ish)

2) Kerron Cross - The Voice of the Delectable Left (+ 7)

3) Paul Linford (NEW-ish)

4) Cally's Kitchen (+ 3)

5) Confessions of an athiest (-1)

6) My BlogLog.com (NEW-ish)

7) Fair Deal Phil (NEW)

8) The Last Ditch (NEW)

9) Daily Pundit (- 1)

10) Justice for Leyton Ward (NEW)

Out of the Top Ten are Iain Dale (13th place), Tim Roll-Pickering (11th place), Mike Ion, British Blogs, Never Trust a Hippy, and Rupa Huq (12th place)


Top Ten Searchwords that lead people to my blog


sarkosy

boris johnson criticisms of macpherson

doctor who - utopia

political cartoons

sore eyes

mar's hill

london underground dinner party

copy of mark anthony's oration over funeral julius ceasar

life on mars tim taller

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