Monday, 24 July 2017

What Is It About Sainsbury's..?

I've hung on to this one for a while, waiting for a chance to point out the sort of self-righteous little twat that tends to shop at Sainsbury's and take offence at something no-one else could care less about:

And then - thanks to Wirespy via Twitter - I was suddenly reminded about it:
An angry shopper has accused Sainsbury's of racism after he found £3.80 tins of Jamaican fruit security tagged in a south London store.
Toby Taylor, 31, said he bet the chain 'wouldn't tag hummus' and slammed it as 'corporate racism'.
Toby Taylor, a 'technology director', took umbrage at the fact that a shop might want to prevent theft of popular items and took to Twitter to announce his displeasure, as your average tattooed hipster manchild with bum-fluff covering his weak chin does these days, apparently...
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: 'We take the decision on which products to tag on an individual store basis to protect high value or frequently stolen items.'
At least they've learned not to engage with these cretins on social media...

We Aren't Told How Many Believed A More Effective Deterrent...

The National Sheep Association's (NSA) annual questionnaire asked members to give details of attacks that their flocks have suffered over the previous year.
A fifth of farmers said they believed the most effect deterrent would be shooting canines carrying out attacks on sight.
...would be 'giving the owners the second barrel'.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Well Played, Well Played Indeed....

When Twitter is good, it's very, very good!

"Fat Cops, Fat Cops, What Ya Gonna Do..."

..."What ya gonna do, when they waddle after you..?"
Supersized uniforms with waists up to 61 inches have been ordered by the Met for overweight officers.
They have bought nine pairs of the giant trousers for officers in the past two years, three 56 inch pairs and similar-sized summer leathers for a motorbike officer.
Blimey! How heavy duty do they need to make the motorbike?
In total, 624 pairs of trousers with at least 40 inch waistbands have been bought this year, on top of 7,796 last year.
"We're the Sweeney, son, and we've had extra portions for dinner..."

Sunday Funnies...

Well, damn, why did I buy so much liquid nitrogen on Amazon Prime Day...

Saturday, 22 July 2017

You Can Almost Smell The Baffled Incredulity...

The ordinance didn’t even faze Shirley Miller, an Englishwoman who moved from Essex to be with her American husband. She said her adjustment was easy for the most part.
At this point, one feels the CiF columnist hired to write the usual hoplophobic screed is scratching his or her head. Not fazed by guns? How can this be?
Coming from a small village to the east of London, Great Wakering, she finds small-town England and small-town America mostly alike, except for Nucla’s blazing, dusty summers and, of course, its bounteous guns. That aside, Nucla’s culture is not so different from small English villages, Miller said: the lack of diversity; the mix of open-mindedness and old prejudice among the residents.
Hmmm, why should 'the lack of diversity' be considered as disturbing as a proliferation of firearms?
There have been small adjustments. She imports her Tesco and Yorkshire tea by mail, along with the occasional package of sultanas and Marmite, and each year she lets a friend’s sheep graze in the empty pasture by her house, adding a nice pastoral touch to the property.
Still, our intrepid guide forges on:
She refuses to say a word against the gun ordinance.
“Although I come from a culture where there are no guns, and it’s different here, I don’t see the problem here in Nucla,” she said diplomatically.
“If I were living in the city [these gun laws] would worry me. Here it doesn’t,” she said before adding wryly: “There is no crossfire here.”
Once can only imagine the look on the columnist's face at this point!

Little Tip For The Minnesota Police Department...

...maybe you should run your police officers through the same training we run our police horses...

Killer policeman Mohamed Noor has said he was 'startled' by his victim Justine Damond seconds before he opened fire.
According to Noor's version when they reached the end of the alley, they came across a waiting, panicking figure.
It was dark, and the figure was moving around and approached their vehicle. Noor said he did not know whether the figure who rushed towards their vehicle was the 911 caller or even if it was a man or woman.
He fired his weapon through Harrity's open driver's window hitting his victim once in the abdomen.

There's no closing ranks with this one, either:
The police chief, Janee Harteau, who was on leave at the time of the shooting last week, distanced the police department from the actions of officer Mohamed Noor in her first public comments on the matter.
Her press conference also followed the release a statement by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension [BCA] on the investigation on Thursday.
“Justine didn’t have to die. Based on the publicly released information from the BCA [Bureau of Criminal Apprehension], this should not have happened,” Harteau said.
“On our squad cars you will find the words, ‘To protect with courage and serve with compassion.’ This did not happen. Having the information that is publicly available right now recognising there’s an open BCA investigation.”
Harteau said Noor’s shooting of Lamond, who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault and was in her pyjamas when she approached the squad car and was shot multiple times, “go against who we are as a department, how we train and the expectations we have for our officers”.
Wow! That's quite unusual. You'll note, too, that there's no riots over this, no #Aussielivesmatter campaign...
Responding to a question from a reporter that it was rare for a police chief to publicly disown an officer under investigation, Harteau acknowledged it was unusual but said “each situation is different, and when information has been made public, I certainly can speak on what the public knows”.
Predictably, the usual suspects are crying 'racism!' because the cops were black and she was white, and that's why the police department aren't offering the usual unqualified support.

As for why the body cameras weren't turned on, it's because, after this incident, even the thickest Minnesota cop must have realised it's not going to help:
The new video, recorded by Mays’ body camera and first obtained by Minneapolis Star Tribune, shows the incident from the officer’s vantage point.
In it, the cop points his drawn service weapon at Ciroc, which comes running towards him but stops short. The dog appears to be calmly pacing around for a few seconds on the grass, with his tail slightly wagging, before the officer fires his gun, striking the dog in the face.
Rocko then makes a dash towards the officer and also gets shot, about 2-3 seconds later. 'I dispatched both of them,' Mays is heard telling his partner after the fact.
In fact, both dogs are still alive. You can't cure stupid, but you can certainly record it!

Friday, 21 July 2017

I Wonder Who Decides Which Articles Don't Get Opened For Comment On 'CiF'..?

Last week the latest homeless figures revealed that black and minority ethnic (BME) communities are bearing the brunt of seven years of rising homelessness. The statistics reveal that 36% of people accepted as statutorily homeless by local authorities in England during 2016-17 were from a BME background: close to three times their representation in the population.
Isn't that almost exactly their representation in the justice system too? And I don't mean on the right side of the dock!
What is surprising is how little this disproportionate level of housing need on racial grounds has registered in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, where the majority of residents were from a BME background.
Oh, it's registered, chum! Believe me, it's registered...
BME households are more likely than white ones to experience housing stress, such as overcrowding, poorer quality housing and fuel poverty, and to be more concentrated in England’s most deprived neighbourhoods.
So what possible conclusion are you coming to? I wonder, I do indeed wonder...
Institutional racism has played a continuing role in perpetuating racial discrimination and disadvantage in housing.
Ah. Of course. There it is!
Residential qualifications have returned to the social housing system through the Localism Act 2011. And choice-based lettings approaches have reduced BME community access to social housingwhere applicants to social housing can choose to compete for a vacant home (usually online), rather than through housing needs-based approaches to allocating homes are also shown to indirectly disadvantages BME communities. We know that policies like these only sustain the persistence of racial discrimination in England’s housing system. If we want to correct this, we need to start talking about institutional racism in our housing system again.
That 'if' in your last sentence is doing a lot of work.

Who Can Fathom Women..?

Not me anymore, clearly.
Paul Brandis, chairman of the bench, said Pitcher’s actions were “distasteful” but accepted he has shown “remorse”.
He said: “It caused suffering to the kitten. This is aggravated by the fact that this was a domestic argument.
“The killing of the kitten was used as a control mechanism against your partner.”
Personally, when the police called, he'd have been lying face down on the kitchen floor, rapidly cooling to ambient temperature with a Sabatier in his ribcage if it had been me.

Well, she's well rid of him, and no mist...

Oh. Hang on.
The court heard the victim has a number of other cats and Mr Pearson said the pair could rekindle the relationship, meaning an animal banning order should be made.
Pitcher was handed a 12 week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months. He was ordered to take part in a relationships course and pay £250 compensation.
Magistrates also made an order banning Pitcher from keeping or being in control of any animal in any way for the next two years.
Because in two years time, he won't be a thick, unemployed brute who the local dimwits see as potential relationship material?

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Perhaps It's Just A Touch Too 'Vibrant'..?

Urban music events are being unfairly targeted for closure due to assumptions about the type of people who attend, according to an event organiser...
... whose show was axed due to disorder.
Mr Asare, who has organised around 50 events over the last five years, said: “In the night life industry you are going to get incidents across the board, whether that be house, garage, punk rock.It’s bound to happen sometimes when there’s drink involved.”
I'm pretty sure they sell drink at Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera House, and the Last Night of  the Proms. Yet I can't seem to recall any violence...
He said: “It is pre-assumed because it is an urban event that there is going to be certain demographic there, that is going to be a lot of black people there.”
There's 'a lot of black people' at these huge black church revivalist events, yet again, rarely any violence.

So it's not 'black people' per se, it's the type of 'black people'.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said council licensing committees hold the power to alter a venue's right to host events.
He added: "Southwark Police applied for a licensing review of The Coronet following an incident of violent disorder outside the venue in the early hours of Sunday, 2 July. Incidents like this are a drain on police resources and have a detrimental impact on local residents in the area.
"Officers have been working with, and will continue to work with, the local council, the venue and other partners to ensure the night-time economy in Southwark remains a vibrant, yet safe environment for all to enjoy."
Maybe if it was less vibrant, it'd be more safe?

Utter Loss Of Sympathy Status: Final

A petition signed by 1,500 people demanded the resignation of the entire council leadership, with resident Eve Wedderburn telling councillors: '"We do not recognise your right to govern our community.'
 That's not how we do things over here, old chap.
Relatives of those killed called for mass resignations, with survivor Mahad Egal telling councillors: ‘You have murdered us. There is manslaughter here... You have committed a crime against all of us here.
 In this country, that's for the police and justice system to decide, not howling demagogues.
The meeting was later adjourned after Ms Jamalvatan collapsed and had to be treated by paramedics.
Earlier she had made an impassioned plea to the council for equal treatment for rich and poor in the affluent borough.
Waving the keys to her former flat in the tower, she said: ‘The UK is accusing other countries about a lack of human rights, but there are lots of people from those counties living in the UK. Why don’t you care about human rights here?
Where have your 'human rights' not been met, here? What sort of treatment do you think you'd have got in your home countries over a fire that burned you out of your home?

That's it. Enough is enough. But if Grenfell Tower has done one positive thing, it's got to be alerting a wider audience to the totally alien culture that's grown up, unnoticed, in our midst.

Sadly, I fear it's much too late to do anything about it.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

This Article Tells Us A Lot About You...

...and not an awful lot about pressure in the A&E:
When I say that I fleetingly think about the drive home, it’s not because I’m counting down the hours until I finish. I’m thinking more along the lines of, “I am knackered. How am I going to drive home without crashing into a tractor or something?” You start to think about your own mortality. It’s not a baseless fear – 57% of doctors in the position have said they’ve had an accident or near-miss. When I first started working in north Wales I lived around 25 minutes away from the hospital, requiring a run home on the A55. It’s full of fast-moving trucks, and negotiating those after a set of nights is possibly one of my most terrifying experiences. All my car windows were open, whatever the weather, the radio was on loud and I was forcing myself to sing along to every single song. I’d crawl at 40mph to the annoyance of everyone, because I didn’t trust myself to stay awake – and if I did crash then at least speed wouldn’t be a factor in the trauma I might suffer or bring to someone else. I’d pull over, try to cat nap – whatever it took to get home intact. I moved closer because the fear of that drive home was mounting and I guessed it would be only a matter of time before there was an accident. The nightshifts were exhausting and as the A&E registrar in charge of the shop floor, the pressure was relentless. By 8am I was a ghost of myself.
You poor thing! You must be exhausted, and have no time to...

I have a dual career – as a doctor and a film-maker/journalist.
You've got time to write columns for 'CiF' and make films for every leftie cause going?
When I am working a late shift within the media I will be entitled to a taxi home. There will be hot food available somewhere in the building and plenty of breakout spaces to grab a rest. The following day, when working a nightshift in A&E, where I’ll be responsible for patients, making life-or-death decisions and possibly not sitting down for 10 hours, I won’t have the same facilities.
Then you know which career suits you best, don't you?
Before training to be a doctor I was an army officer and yet again, facilities existed to ensure comfort after hard work.
You've had a lot of roles in life. Is it because you're eternally dissatisfied with your lot?

Isn't 'Making A Commotion' A Stupid Thing To Do...

...if you claim you're scared of an animal?
In St Clair's defence statement, he said that his friends started to make a commotion because some of them were scared of dogs.
He said that Mr Anderson was racist towards the defendant, who was a sixth former at the time and used terms such as 'monkey' and 'n****r'.
Any witnesses?
'This is a young man with great promise who has a place at university. Someone who is an example of someone who will do the best he can and will live his life as a law abiding person.'
Well, he hasn't managed up until now, has he!
Judge Zoe Smith sentenced St Clair, of Oxford, to four years imprisonment with 112 days of electronic tag deducted.
WTF..? When was he on the tag? Was it when he was on bail for the more serious charge of murder?
The victim's mother Edith Anderson revealed her pain and suffering has left her longing for her son to walk back into her arms with 'the smile he always had on his face'. In a statement read to the court, the pensioner spoke of her distress: "My family will take a long time to get over the loss of their brother and son. My husband and I will never get over it."
So, how did this death occur?
Mr Anderson was cycling along High Street towards The Plain roundabout, while some of the group ran ahead of him, but decided moments later to get off his bike and push it back towards Carfax.
A witness revealed he spotted St Clair, who played for football team Littlemore Youth, then run towards the victim as he attempted to mount his bike at about 11.30pm.
St Clair, of Kestrel Crescent, Oxford, then lunged back on one leg, swinging his other leg around, rotating his body and kicking Mr Anderson. The victim crashed to the ground, thumping his head on the pavement before St Clair fled the scene and jumped onto a bus, prosecutor Matthew Walsh said.
So the victim was clearly avoiding a confrontation when the worthless scum launched his attack? Surely that's worthy of more time in jail?

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Satisfaction Not Guaranteed...

There are multiple versions of events, multiple opposing “truths”. The police say 80 dead. Some residents still say 200, 300, maybe 400. The council says it is offering good quality accommodation, most of it in Kensington and Chelsea. Tenants say they are being pushed out of the borough, fearing rent hikes when the promised period of grace is gone. Again and again, the bereaved say they are being left in the dark. There is no communication. They scream for answers. Yet we are told that every family has a family liaison officer or social worker if they want one. There has been a string of meetings now with myriad authorities but few seem satisfied.
Well, no.

Because when you have people who'd rather believe the most outrageous 'facts' in preference to anything else, they can never, ever be satisfied, as Longrider points out.
As we at Channel 4 have filmed in the area, people have driven by, shouting “parasite” or telling us to “fuck off”. Then, during a recent debate one of the tenants began shouting: “Where is the media? Where has the media been?” And social media offers up powerful stories. A man posts that more than 40 people have been found dead in one of the flats and no one is reporting it.
Because, like the reports of 400 people dead, it's clearly bollocks.

But wait. You're the media. You're professionals! Why are you giving credence to rumours from social media?
We try to stick by the rules – find sources, establish facts. But those rules don’t seem to apply. Our facts look like we’re taking sides. The police statistics and detailed information of how they’ve come to their death toll seem, for now, to add up. The Labour MP David Lammy repeats the story of the flat crowded with bodies on Newsnight. So is it true? Are we missing it? We can find no evidence.
It's David Lammy, FFS! If he announced that the sun was going to come up in the morning, anyone with half a brain would Google it, just to make sure!
Another compelling post says one former resident is being forced to take housing in Preston, Lancashire. It’s categorically denied by the Grenfell Response Team set up to deal with the crisis and we can’t find the tenant or anyone who knows them. Yet Emma Dent Coad, the new MP for Kensington, speaks about it in interviews and it makes headlines in the papers and is dangerous currency on the ground.
Then do your job and start reporting on the way the left-of-centre politicians are seemingly intent on whipping up a mob, instead of publishing endless stories about what someone's cousin from the office saw on Facebook about Grenfell Tower!

It's no wonder people are starting to lose any sympathy they one might have had... one of the many practical mistakes of the relief effort, residents were forced to spend their days traipsing across town to get the help they needed, to get the Oyster cards, and passports that will allow them to start living again. Now they must do the phoning to chase a home or, more chillingly, to get the information about what is left of their loved ones on the ninth, the 15th or the 23rd floor. Still, what are they complaining about?
What, indeed...

If The Father Is This Thick, The School Has Little Chance With The Child...

Simon Muller was appalled when his son Liam, a year seven student at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA), told him pupils would be put in isolation if they did not wear trousers and a shirt. Last month temperatures reached up to 30 degrees Celsius in Sussex, so Mr Muller felt the need to question his son’s school.
Mr Muller, 34, said: “I get a list of items of clothing that I have to pay for out of my own money each year, and there are school P.E shorts included in it.
If it is part of the uniform, why can’t he wear it to keep himself cool?
Because it's for PE. Not for the classroom.
I could understand if they had a Nike tick on or something, but they don’t.
“I don’t want to wake up to the news one morning that a child has died because of overheating due to a stupid uniform policy.”
Oh, FFS!

Monday, 17 July 2017

Here's To The Good People Of Ashby-De-La-Zouch!

And a reminder that when the police whinge that the public don't help them, it's because the lazy bastards will arrest you if you attempt it:
Facebook user Roy Alan wrote: 'You'll forgive me of course if I feel absolutely no pity for this robbing criminal. He is a product of his own making.. There's a lesson to be learned here... don't go out robbing... it's pretty simple.'
Alison Parish wrote on Facebook: 'Feel sorry for the guy doing the citizen arrest on him now.'
Locals have have spoken of their shock - and of their sympathy with the arrested man.
Karen Hughes, 47, said: 'It's sad someone has died, but if he hadn't been trying to rob the shop in the first place he'd still be alive today.
'The lad who restrained him clearly shouldn't be punished. He'll be going through hell now, when all he was trying to do was defend his community.'
Alan Hill, 65, said: 'The chap they've arrested should be released without charge. In my opinion he should be given a medal.
'Apparently the men trying to rob the shop had armed themselves golf clubs and baseball bats, it must have taken real bravery to challenge them.'
James Atkins, 37, said: 'Obviously you don't want people to die, especially when they're young, but it's hard to have much sympathy in this case.
'Hopefully they just arrested the other man as a precaution in all the confusion and he'll find out quickly no further action will be taken against him. I think a lot of people around here will see him as a hero.'
The thieving scum's scummy friends are boo-hooing all over social media, as these types often do.

They have organised a crowdfund for him, but I just can't see any possible way I can piss into this router...
Alex Williams, who is the the mother of Bryant's son, wrote that she was 'absolutely heartbroken' over his death, and the thought that their son no longer has a father.
Hint, love: He never had much of one when the thieving scum was alive.
A crowdfunding page has been set up for Shane by friend Serina Larvin who wrote on the site: 'As you all no a much loved friend of our community got taken away in unexpected circumstances.... 'He left behind two small children and a absolutely heartbroken family.... i thought it would be nice to raise some money to give to his children and help support the family in any way possible..... 'Any little donation im sure would be much appreciated..... just a little something to show our love and support.'
Remember when people were ashamed to be known as friends with scum? I do.

The Beautiful Game...

...appears to have exceedingly ugly fans:
The wife of a football fan left with permanant brain injuries was abused outside court today after 11 men were found guilty of offences related to the assault.
The video is at the link.
Mr Dobbin's wife Nicole emerged from Basildon Crown Court to speak to reporters and said: "Justice for Dobbo!" But within seconds friends and family of some of the defendants began hurling abuse at the 46-year-old.
One man said: “Your old man was the most violent out of all of them.” Adding cruelly: “He’ll always be like that.”
Another woman shouted: “He went and smashed up 20-year-old boys.”
There is no evidence to suggest this is true.
One man doesn't usually attack 11 others.
Eight police cars arrived to disperse the mob, after which Nicole gave a calm and dignified statement to the media.
Just to disperse them? No arrests?
Speaking after the hearing, Det Chief Insp Martin Passmore addressed the disgraceful scenes outside court.
He said: “I want to make it absolutely clear that there is no information and no evidence that remotely suggests that Simon Dobbin is anything other than a thoroughly decent, upstanding man and he had done absolutely wrong (sic) on that day.
“He was a totally innocent victim of a pre-planned attack.”
Which should mean harsher sentences for the knuckledraggers, shouldn't it?
The men will be sentenced on Monday.
Let's hope Essex Police turn up when the relatives are coming out of court and make a few more arrests...

Saturday, 15 July 2017

A Tale Of Two (Inner) Cities

Being the Bishop of Kensington, I have been closely involved with the communities around the Lancaster West estate over the past fortnight and beyond, and have watched and listened to the growing frustration of residents, the anger directed towards the Council, the Government, in fact anyone in authority.
You mean, you've noticed how unreasonable their attitude is too?
A feeling has been growing among many residents, rightly or wrongly, that there were others who felt their presence was a nuisance, that it would be better if their blocks and homes were run down so that fancy expensive housing could be erected to be sold off for a greater profit to foreign investors.
There'd be fewer illegal immigrants that way.
People in the smart streets of South Kensington struggle to understand the visceral anger felt by their neighbours in North Kensington. From the perspective of the south of the Royal Borough, RBKC felt like a reasonably well run Council that did a good job of keeping the schools running and the streets clean.
Which is what a council should do.
When the name of the Judge of the Public Inquiry was announced, the fact that he had several years ago made a judgment that had relocated a woman well away from her home was evidence to suggest he would not bring justice to those who wanted it.
Then maybe what they wanted wasn't actually 'justice', but something else?
The fact that it is not his job to adjudicate on matters of housing relocation during the Inquiry is beside the point.
No. It's really not, and don't you have some duty to explain that to these people, rather than encourage them in their endless whinging?
As lives, families, and the community in the Lancaster West estate are rebuilt, unless a serious attempt to rebuild trust is made, suspicion will continue to reign and destroy the small shoots of progress. If trust can slowly but surely be established, then this community has a hope and a future.
It isn't a community. And continually calling it one is to disparage the efforts of the law abiding other community who don't illegally sublet to their illegal immigrant relatives.


Seventeen-year-old Kyefer (Ed: *rolls eyes*) spends 23-and-a-half hours a day between the four walls of a small cell. In the room is a bed, a shower and a desk. He lies on his bed and does nothing. A meal is delivered three times a day through a slot in the door, which he eats alone. He has no television, and only a few books to keep himself occupied. Since he was referred to Cookham Wood Offenders Institution's Segregation Unit several months ago, the teenager has been receiving no form of regular education. The only stint of daily exercise he gets in the Kent jail is at around 8:30am, when inmates on his wing are allowed half an hour outside.
Gosh! Seems like a while since I've needed this:

Lucky I just got it restringed...

What's he in for, anyway?
Kyefer was sentenced to life at the age of 14 on a joint enterprise conviction for a murder and has been at Cookham Wood since January.
Any normal mother would keep quiet, out of shame at having produced such a monster. But not one from Liverpool.
His mother, Sheena Evelyn, says she was told by his psychologist that his mental state is declining due to the trauma of being separated from his family at a young age and then locked up with no human contact.
If he behaves like a human, he'll be treated like one. Otherwise, he'll be treated like a dangerous animal. Fed, watered, given medical care, but strictly no contact.
“Kyefer has always been an energetic child. Now he always disengaged and depressed. Even when I visit him with his younger siblings, he isn't engaging as well as he used to. This prison is breaking him," says Ms Evelyn. “He’s threatened to take his own life on multiple occasions. Staff have ignored his pleas. It’s falling on deaf ears. Has there got to be a death of one of these boys before something happens?"
There already has been a death, love. Did you forget the actual victim here?

Friday, 14 July 2017

At Least She Didn’t Put Her On The Liverpool Care Pathway…

An NHS hospital manager assaulted her disabled neighbour in a foul-mouthed spat over the noise she was making while walking up the stairs, a court heard.
Jamie Peterson, 39, flew into a rage when she heard management consultant Sarah Kinsella enter their shared building in Hornton Street, Kensington.
She dashed from her flat with her trusted pet dog, a Dachshund called Herman, to confront Ms Kinsella, angry that she was using a trolley to take heavy shopping up to her first floor home.
Peterson accused her neighbour of being “f***ing fat and lazy” for using the trolley, despite knowing Ms Kinsella was unable to lift heavy objects because of a hip disability.
Peterson said “don’t be so loud”, referred to her neighbour as “it” rather than “she”, then shoved the trolley into Ms Kinsella as she climbed the stairs.
Charming! No wonder the staff are brutal and callous, if that's the kind of 'leadership' they see every day...
Peterson, who has held senior posts at Barts and The London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trusts, denied attacking her neighbour but was found guilty by magistrates following a short trial.
Her lawyer, Hesham Puri, said the conviction means she faces losing her current job and being evicted from the Kensington flat.
I bet it doesn't.
She was given a two-year conditional discharge by magistrates, who ordered her to pay £620 in court costs.
Given the salary she no doubt gets, that's, what, a couple of hours work?

You Never Did 'Deal With Them'…

A spokesman for Basildon Council said: “The council is aware of the encampment at Rushley Park and the Essex Countywide Traveller Unit have been notified.
Basildon Council doesn’t deal with these kinds of incursions anymore.”
When did you ever..?
My children used to go to the pond, but they can’t now.
“This is the fourth time this year there have been travellers on the park.
“A neighbour had to call the fire service because they were setting lit (sic) to tyres.”
She added that residents were already concerned about the amount of mess that was going to be left.
She said: “There was a large truck that arrived which was full of rubbish.
“It is now empty and there is a pile of rubbish by the pond.”
Maybe if it contains some cigarette butts, the council might use all the awesome powers they boast about in other boroughs?
The mum added: “People have moved round her (sic) because it is quiet and secluded.
“They don’t need the travellers here.
I pay £100 council tax a month - for what?
That's a damn good question. Isn't it?

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Damn, My Tiny Violin Needs Restringing... must be all the use it's been getting:
Darren Smith and his partner Louise Pettett, of Storrington Close, Hangleton, have been trying to force through a move with Brighton and Hove City Council and fear they may have to move to another part of the city.
The couple are sleeping on a sofa bed in the living room with their one-year-old baby in a cot next to them, while four children aged from four to 11 share a bedroom and the eldest has her own room.
That's at least one 'problem' you appear to have brought on yourselves...
Mr Smith, a lorry driver who works six days a week, said: “You can’t do normal family things because there is no space, and none of us get any privacy.
“It is unlivable. The mould means the young kids are always ill, but we can’t leave the windows open because they sleep under them and it would be too cold for them during the day and night.”
Give them extra blankets. Job done!
Mr Smith, 42, also suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and he said the mould has made his breathing problems worse.
So he's a sick lorry driver? Wow! Just as well his partner is healthy, th...

Miss Pettett has lived in the flat for 15 years and has fallen out of love with her family home. The 38-year-old suffers with depression and claustrophobia, and feels she needs to stay in Hangleton.
So, one low-paid job between the two of them. That's just the sort of couple who should be breeding like rabbits!
In response to what the family told The Argus, a council spokeswoman said: “The council has very few four and five bedroom properties which rarely become available.
“Tenants need to be as flexible as possible to maximise their chances.
“If the situation is so overcrowded, or conditions so bad that the family are effectively homeless, then they are offered help in finding alternative private rented accommodation. This gives families more choice over the area they live in. Unfortunately not all households want this type of assistance.”
No. Indeed not. They want the rest of us to pay.

I'm Confused, Don't Police Have Human Rights Too?

Like, the human right to be protected at work?
A decision to extend a trial use of spit hoods to all police custody centres across London has been labelled “primitive” and “extreme” by a human rights charity.
And 'It's about bloody time' by everyone else.
The force said it consulted with “partner organisations, community representatives, independent groups and magistrates” before taking the decision.
But human rights charity Liberty accused the police of trying to “quietly” implement the hood “with no public debate and no published evaluation”.
The public don't care, frankly. They don't like getting spat at, so they totally understand the need for the police to protect themselves.
The mesh hoods are put over the heads of detainees who are considered at risk of spitting at officers and possible passing on contagious infections.
See..? It's that 'elf & safety, Liberty, innit? What are you gonna do?
Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “The police do an important job, which is why they are able to use necessary and proportionate force.
“Spit hoods are neither – they are primitive, cruel and dangerous.
“There have been far too many cases of their use against children and disabled adults, causing huge fear, humiliation and even suffocation...”
Who, in the UK, has ever suffocated in one of these things?

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Gosh, That's Good News, Isn't It?

Have you ever craved a doughnut but couldn’t find one that was certifiably vegan and gluten free?
I think the answer has to be 'No'...
Ryan Panchoo is the owner of the doughnut bakery Borough 22, which he started because he was tired of being unable to find doughnuts for his family.
Oh, what a time to be alive!

Yeah, That's Maybe Not The Reason...

University of East London (UEL) students have helped to organise a protest against the so-called war on drugs.
Holding up banners and posters, the students engaged one-on-one with members of the public to criticise the government’s punitive approach to drug use and to promote more compassion and support.
Student Daniel Hay said the response from the public on Monday was positive.
He said: “The day was brilliant – lots of very receptive people who were genuinely interested and supportive of the campaign.
“I found virtually no resistance to the movement from the people I spoke to.”
He added: “I think changing the location of the campaign from Westminster [last year] to Stratford was a great move, as people who so often feel alone and neglected were able to see that there’s people out there fighting for them.”
Ah. Not because they're all stoned, then?

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Stop Patting Yourselves On The Back...

After an attack lasting 40 minutes, she pretended to be dead and waited until she thought it was safe to move then managed to get into a nearby barn.
Nijamul Islam arrived in a car but was too scared to get out, so Ms Obuchowski had to drag herself to the vehicle.
What a prince!
Mr Hardy said when Islam found out what had happened he said: 'Why have you called an ambulance, now I am going to have a big problem.'
He told Ms Obuchowski: 'Remember, tell the police you were attacked on the road.'
And I thought my estimation couldn't get any lower. I was wrong. How does a person like this managed to be trusted to produce four-legged weapons?
At St Albans Crown Court today Nijamul Islam, who ran the compound, was jailed for two and half years after pleading guilty to two charges of being in charge of a dog which was dangerously out of control.
Islam, of Farm Road in Edgware, north London, also admitted being in breach of an order disqualifying him from keeping dogs and four charges of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs.
He was banned in 2012 from keeping any animals for 10 years by magistrates in Bedford because of his ill treatment of dogs in a similar operation. He had also been given a five month sentence suspended for two years.
Wasn't anyone checking?
Islam also had a conviction for keeping a brothel dating back to 2007 when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court. The court heard the father-of-three was now working as a cab controller earning £600 per week.
His barrister, Mr Joe Sidhu QC, asked that he be given credit for his guilty pleas on the day of his trial and he had spared the victim from having to give evidence.
Well, you can't say he isn't trying his best for his client, I suppose...
Judge John Plumstead was told several people worked at the farm, where dogs to be used in the security industry were allegedly trained. After the attack, police found 101 animals on the site. The judge was told the conditions for the animals were 'appalling' with filthy cages covered in urine and faeces.
Mr Hardy said a veterinary surgeon who visited the farm after the attack at the request of the RSPCA was shocked by what she found. The court heard 40 dogs had to be put down because of their temperaments and the two dogs which attacked Beata were later destroyed.
Don't these sort of premises require some kind of inspection?
East Herts Chief Inspector Gerry McDonald said: 'Islam had a total disregard for the welfare of his employee, who had only been working there for a few days when the incident occurred.
'The significant sentence handed down to Islam today reflects the seriousness of his crimes and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the police officers, in particular, the officer in the case DC Jan Hollis, and RSPCA inspectors who worked hard to bring this case to court.'
I'd be a bit happier about your self-congratulation if there was some evidence you'd done something before a kennel maid wound up being used as a chew toy...

Sparing No Expense...

...for some families. Though not for others:
Their comments came as Robert Trigg was yesterday jailed for life for their daughter’s murder in 2011 and the manslaughter of Caroline Devlin in 2006.
Neither death was thought suspicious by police at the time, who were described as treating the killer like a bereaved lover rather than a suspect. He was not questioned by police until November after Ms Nicholson’s parents spent six years and thousands of pounds investigating the deaths themselves.
Compare this with the oceans of public funding spent on the Lawrences and the McCanns.

What a pity their daughter didn't mysteriously die in Portugal, it might have been holiday season...
Judge Simler praised Ms Nicholson’s family for fighting “doggedly and continuously” for justice. Mr Skelton, 83, of Goring, claimed he and his wife Elizabeth, 81, were not taken seriously by a string of public bodies.He called for a public inquiry, for investigations and conclusions on other deaths in similar circumstances to be reviewed, and said he was considering taking legal action against the force.
Mrs Skelton, who had a heart attack during their campaign, said: “The fight still goes on. We still seek answers to unexplained questions. Why is it the police were unable to bring this case to court when we, Susan’s parents in our eighties, managed to?”
Why indeed? It seems to have come down to resources:
Sussex Police apologised for the delay in getting justice for the families and referred how they handled the original investigations to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The court heard there was a row over money when the coroner told police a more thorough post-mortem on Ms Devlin should be carried out.
Probably cost a fraction of the police budget that went on kitting out their cars in rainbow colours to support 'Pride'...

Monday, 10 July 2017

Unfit For Purpose...

The IPCC report is finally out:
Investigators found a “frequent and persistent failure" of officers to record the crimes being committed against him, despite his "polite and ultimately futile persistence” in requesting their help.
There was also a “consistent systematic failure” by call handlers, who breached standards on recording crimes, identifying hate offences and repeat victims.
It was likely “that the perpetrators of the offences against Mr Ebrahimi, came to believe that they could act with impunity towards Mr Ebrahimi”, the IPCC report stated.
Of course they did. They were cruel and coarse and violent but they weren't stupid. Unlike the officers (now dismissed) and the Chief Con (now 'retired').

It's 'Clear' To Everyone Except The Judicial System...

Emma Jones, representing Day, asked the judge to lift a restriction which effectively prevents Day from using Westcliff train station.
She said although Southend East is technically closer to his home, he was “concerned” about going there because of a recent incident. The judge said that if Day experienced problems he should “call the police”.
At this point Day, who was allowed to sit in the public gallery (Ed: ?) for the hearing, jumped to his feet and began shouting and swearing. He said: “They put a gun to my Mrs’ belly!”
He then attempted to leave the court and brushed past a security guard, causing the judge to shout: “Arrest that man!”
At which point the police should have said 'You allowed this habitual criminal to leave the dock, where he should have been. You go arrest him!'

Who was the idiot judge, anyway?

In 2013, the Echo reported how a judge told Day “the picture is depressingly clear” after he admitted four counts of shoplifting.
His most recent conviction was for assault and using threatening behaviour towards three charity workers.
Judge Owen-Jones said: “I do see how he loses his temper in the twinkling of an eye. Even a judge making a comment produces the type of outburst that we have seen.
My view is that it should be for an indefinite period.
His jail term, yes?

The community seems to know all they need to know about this waste of skin. But all the 'reports' in the world don't seem to have clued in the judicial system.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Third World Inhabitants, Third World Attitudes...

Relatives were concerned about the overall death toll and the time it was taking to identify the dead.
The answers are not being given. People are asking the questions, but we are being told, ‘We still don’t know,’” Choucair said earlier. He is still uncertain about what happened to his mother, Sirria Choucair; his brother-in-law, Bassem Choukair; his sister Nadia Choucair; and their three children: Mierna, 13; Fatima, 11; and Zainab, three.
That's because they still don't know. It's not some vast conspiracy to prevent people from knowing.
His family has been allocated a family liaison officer by the police, but still had no confirmation about the fate of the missing relatives. Police have not formally told them that the family are missing, presumed dead. “We are praying for the best,” he said. “It is killing us more than anything, not being told what we should know. It is very unfair and very inhumane. We have to sit by, every day and wonder what is happening. I can’t express how we all feel.”
It is what it is. Good grief, in most of the Third World areas these people hail from, the 'authorities' would have bulldozed the tower already after a cursory search!
Police have told the family that the top three floors, where his relatives lived in two flats, remain very unsafe. “It is very unstable, very insecure,” he said. “They say it may take days, months, years to search. How can you tell a parent, loved ones, a family, ‘Just hang on in there, hold on, one day we will know’? That’s not right. It’s not fair. Things should be done more quickly.
Which part of 'unsafe' are you unclear on, exactly? It's going as fast as it can reasonably go, in a country with H&S laws.
Sid-ali Atmani lived with his wife, daughter and stepson on the 15th floor of the tower.
He said they were offered a two-bedroom flat in the nearby borough of Westminster, but he was holding out for something the right size and near his children’s school, adding that residents were “not asking for the moon, they are asking for dignity”.
Jesus wept! Where's the dignity in living off the taxpayer and demanding more and more as if you were entitled to it?
There was also a widespread demand for detailed answers on the process of DNA testing and the recovery of bodies. Anna Thwaites, a Bindmans solicitor, said: “Families want information about why the identification process is taking so long.”
They've been given that information. They don't seem to be listening, or comprehending. Shouldn't it be your job to tell them that?

"I'm Sorry, Madam, Your Get Out Of Jail Free Card Has Been Declined."

A mother-of-two caught smuggling drugs to prisoners was today starting a jail sentence after top judges ruled that parenthood cannot be a “trump card” for criminals.
Prison officer Safak Sinem Bozkurt, 28, sneaked £11,700 of cannabis in her bra, plus mobile phones and SIM cards, past security at the young offender institution where she worked.
She was given a two-year suspended sentence at Southwark crown court after pleading with the judge not to jail her because she is a mother. However, following a challenge by Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC, Court of Appeal judges have ruled the sentence was too lenient and Bozkurt should be jailed for two years and eight months.
Heh! Why did dhe do it, anyway?
Bozkurt, from Islington, was caught out during a staff search at Isis young offender institution in Thamesmead in July last year. She was found to have 117g of cannabis in her bra, as well as mobile phones, SIM cards and charging cables stuffed into her waistband.
She had been offered £1,000 per consignment of smuggled goods, and agreed because she needed to clear debts and pay for the criminology masters degree she was studying.
Bozkurt was allowed to go home after the hearing last Thursday week and told to report to jail today to start her sentence.
I wonder if she actually turned up?

Friday, 7 July 2017

About Time The DDA Got Another Listing..?

An 11-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital with chest and arm injuries after he was bitten by a family dog.
Police were called to Commercial Street in Rishton at 6pm on Friday, June 23, after the youngster was bitten by an American Bulldog at his home.
Ah. The new pitbull for the underclass,.
Inspector John Fryer said the boy has suffered puncture wounds to his arms, chest and underarms but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, according to local radio station 2BR.
He said: "The incident happened at an address in Commercial Street, Rishton. It was an isolated incident and the dog was contained in a back yard when our police dog handler arrived. It wasn't running around attacking the public.
"The dog has been removed to kennels and will be destroyed on the instructions of the owner, who is the boy's mother."
At least it was her own kid, and not some other mother's child...

Guilty Conscience, Perhaps..?

Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith ordered psychiatric reports and referred to Beale's 'attention-seeking, which is what this case is all about'.
He told her: 'You have been convicted of all of these matters. They are very serious indeed, counts one to four most particularly.
'Somebody went to prison for a long time as a result of your perjured evidence.
'I am going to remand you in custody and I will be fully informed of your true psychiatric state when you return in August.'

I'm not sure what more you'll get, frankly. Perhaps you should have ordered such reports on the idiot cops who kept arresting men long after it was clear what was really going on.

Every paper is reporting this sad story of ....

Wait. *scans list*

Well, well, well....

*rolls eyes*

H/T: Tim Almond via Twitter

Thursday, 6 July 2017

A Title You Really Need To Read Twice When You See The Picture...

Looks inordinately pleased with himself, doesn't he?

Zuriel Hutson, 21, was caught with a Marmoset monkey in a small cage during a raid on his Highbury home in October last year.
The primate – sometimes kept as a designer pet - was malnourished and dirty, and would have died if she had not been saved, an expert found.
In case you were thinking this might be his only crime...
Hutson is currently serving a two-and-a-half year prison sentence for a spree of mobile phone robberies last November. He and an accomplice rode on a moped around several London boroughs snatching phones from unsuspecting pedestrians. With police hot on their tales, the pair weaved in and out of traffic while driving the wrong way along the M11 at 90mph in a bid to escape.
Hutson was ultimately captured and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal and dangerous driving. He denied the animal cruelty charge but was found guilty by magistrates following a short trial.
The mind boggles.

"Pussy Pass? Why, I Never Leave Home Without It!"

Beverley Thomas was attempting to cross the road through a gap in the central reservation which was marked with no entry signs.
One car braked heavily to avoid the Thomas's vehicle but a Ford Focus in the outside lane smashed into her Mini Cooper.
The 56-year-old of Ladies Mile Road, Brighton, and the driver of the Focus were both injured in the accident.
Police found the DVLA had previously revoked Thomas's driving licence in 2016.
At Worthing Magistrates' Court, Thomas pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving while her licence was revoked.
Case closed, throw the book at h...

Oh. Silly me.
She was sentenced to eight weeks' imprisonment, suspended for two years. She was also disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to take an extended driving test before she can obtain another licence.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

"Watch Them All The Time? That's Not Why I Wanted Kids!"

Alice Sloan, from Alfriston, was walking past Hove Town Hall with her daughter Parisa
(Ed: !!!) when the toddler ran over to a black Harley Davidson parked on the pavement.
Parisa brushed her left leg against the hot exhaust pipe and burned her calf. Ms Sloan rushed her to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton. She was then sent to the burns unit at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead.
That'll teach her to keep a better eye on her child, won't it?

But wait! Clearly, this can't be her fault!
The 36-year-old said: “My daughter was admitted to the burns unit where they debrided the burn and bandaged it.
“Apparently, motorbike exhausts can reach 1,500 degrees Celsius and burns suffered from touching such exhausts can keep on developing over a few days.
“It is likely to leave a nasty scar and if third degree she will require a skin graft and many more painful appointments.
This would never have happened if the motorbike was parked legally on the road.
Or if you'd paid more attention to what your child was doing...
“The motorbike was parked outside Hove Town Hall, close to the bus stop, and fully on the pavement in Church Road.
I wish it was law that exhausts had a protective grate.”
I wish it was law that parents of small children had to use reins. To stop them running around and doing as they pleased.
She added: “It couldn’t have happened at a worse time as my daughter is desperate to use her sand pit and paddling pool in this amazing heat but she has a large bandage on.
Her baby brother is also due within a week so it has been tough for me too.
“I believe this should be a criminal offence as it endangers the public as my daughter’s injury has proven.”
All it's proven is that you're unfit to have one child, never mind two...

Those Slow, Slow Wheels Of Justice

A father who admitted owning a dog that killed his three-week-old son is facing jail. Reggie Young was attacked at his home in Falkland Road, Sunderland, on 20 June 2015 and died in hospital.
Ryan Young, 32, had initially denied owning the terrier-type dog but changed his plea at Newcastle Crown Court. A child neglect charge will lie on file.
Yes, you read that right. This case has taken two years to come to court. Still, at least it's over now and...

Recorder Nicholas Lumley QC has adjourned sentencing to a future date to allow reports to be prepared.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

I Thought This Generation Was Tougher Than This...

Bob Wood, 79, was playing golf at Queens Park in Bournemouth with some friends when the “completely out of control” dog attacked him.
The dog, which is said to have been a breed of pitbull, was wearing no collar or lead and Mr Wood was forced to fend it away with his golf club.
You have in your hands a heavy club. You have friends with you, also with heavy clubs. And the best you can do is 'fend it off'?

When are we going to stop waiting for 'the authorities' to sort it out?
The course is owned by Bournemouth Borough Council, but they declined to comment as the dog warden did not attend the incident.
Police were called to the incident at 11.50am on Thursday and say they have contacted Mr Wood to arrange an interview. A spokesperson for Dorset Police told the Echo that the investigation is ongoing and so far, no arrests have been made.
And probably never will be, since the beast got away...

The Criminal's Friend...

Mr Gerard offered to read a victim impact statement from the officer to the court but Judge Samantha Leigh (Ed: *sigh*) said she had seen it and it did not need to be read out.
Bull admitted affray and making threats with an offensive weapon.
I guess she doesn't think police can be victims. They must be about the only group, since she clearly believes this of criminals...
Judge Leigh handed Bull a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, so that he can take part in a drug treatment programme, noting that he was “high” during the incident.
The judge told Bull the situation with his child must be “heartbreaking” but he should handle it through the courts.
He was ordered to complete 80 hours of unpaid work but a Crown request for costs was refused.
Bit by bit, judges like this are chipping away at the justice system,

Monday, 3 July 2017

Why, Since They Didn't Learn From The First One?

A dog which bit a three-year-old girl at a beach resort has been reprieved from a death sentence. The Staffordshire bull terrier named Reggie had already bitten another toddler and should have been muzzled when he attacked the little girl at Woolacombe, North Devon.
But wasn't. And with a contingent destruction order, there's only one outcome.

Or rather, there should be...
Magistrates in North Devon ordered the dog should be destroyed but owner Terence Gibson appealed to Exeter Crown Court where a judge lifted the death sentence.
If (when!) it bites another child, I hope that kid's father tracks down the idiot judge and punches him.
He ruled that Mr Gibson and his wife had learned their lesson from this incident and could be relied upon to keep Reggie muzzled at all times in the future. He imposed a further contingent destruction order.
What an incredible conclusion to draw from the fact that they clearly didn't heed the last one!
The bite broke her skin and the girl's mother said the dog had hung on for up to ten seconds before being pulled away by Mr Gibson, who offered to pay compensation immediately and asked her not to call the police.
The actions of a guilty man who knows full well that his carelessness has got him into trouble once more.
Mr Gibson had the muzzle with him but told officers he had taken it off so Reggie could have a drink.
Which can be done with a muzzle on.
An expert report commissioned by the defence said Reggie was a placid and friendly dog who may have acted out of character because he had an ear infection and an injured leg.
So this moron took the muzzle of an already-established dangerous dog that was known to be unwell, in public? Time for Clarkson's Law.

No Gunfire Please, We're Townies!

The farmer, Paul Lovell, 43, who was shooting for sport on the farm at the time and has shot there for 12 years, said the situation was "blown out of proportion" and the response "seemed a bit excessive".
He told the Surrey Mirror: "What happened was quite concerning both from my point of view and from the parents' point of view. People are saying that I pointed the gun at the dog walker, which is just not true – I don't recall seeing anyone on the farm while I was out there.
"If you are walking onto a farm you have to expect to see guns, as much as you'd expect to see a pint of beer being poured when you walk into a pub."
I'm glad he didn't say 'as much as you'd expect to see a cigarette being smoked'...
"He added that he will now contact both schools before going shooting each time and is urging dog walkers to "mind their own business" and stick to designated footpaths when they enter private land.
Now there's an exercise in futility if ever I heard one...

Saturday, 1 July 2017


“If the Home Office takes my son, I will throw myself under the car that takes my son to the station,” says refugee Jehad Hassan.


Well, OK!
The 22-year-old Palestinian-Syrian asylum seeker was just 15 when the Syrian civil war broke out, fleeing his home country after he reached the age of military conscription and was recruited by Bashar al-Assad’s forces.
Separated from his parents and siblings in the chaos of the conflict, he journeyed to Europe alone and arrived in the UK in a lorry from Calais in 2014.
So he fled the laws of his own country, and broke ours to get here?
Now reunited, the Hassan family are rebuilding their lives in Middlesborough, where all members apart from Yousef have been granted refugee status. He has now lost a two-and-a-half year battle with the Home Office to stop his asylum claim being transferred to Italy.
Well, good! Ship him out, and if his family don't like it, they can go with him. I really, really don't care, at this point. I'm sick and tired of the lies these people tell.
“They’ve suffered enough,” said Andy McDonald, the Labour MP for Middlesbrough.
“They escaped war in Damascus, they made it to safety here, and now we’re putting them through a nightmare.”
I'm sick & tired of the lies these people tell too...
“I’m very confused, I’m very angry,” the father said. “All of us respect the law, but there is a human aspect to it.”
Respect the law? You've broken it, and announced your intention to break it some more if you don't get your own way.

Is It Me, Or...?

Maybe it is me. Maybe this makes sense to other people.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Post Title Of The Month

It's sing-along-a-Leg-Iron:

Quote Of The Month

Longrider on the politicization of tragedy:
"Tragedies happen. This one appears to be the result of negligence – although that is yet to be proven. It takes time to investigate and the shrill screams for answers will not make the process happen more quickly. But how repugnant is the vile little man who weaponises a tragedy for personal and political gain. Oh, yeah, that would be Comrade Corbyn, the nasty little Marxist at the head of the Labour Party."

Post Of The Month

Al Jahom wonders at the double standards we seem to be happy to accept.

More Exercises In Futility...

A banned driver who drove to get a hair cut has avoided jail. Liam Page decided to take friends for a trip to have the trim but was ignoring court orders by doing so.
Well, why shouldn't he? There are, after all, no consequences for not obeying them.
Page was on a suspended sentence for offences in Colchester. He had trashed a house after crashing a car into the wall of a house, refused a breath test, had a lock knife and found to be producing cannabis.
Or, as we say in these part, 'Normal for Essex',,,
Lucy Osbourne, mitigating, said: “He knows he has made a mistake.
“You will see he has previous convictions and he is not proud of it.”
Really? You could have fooled me!
Page was sentenced to a 12 month community order with six points on his licence, when he gets it back next year.
Why should he ever get it back?

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Post Title Of The Month - Election Edition

DumbJon tells it like it is:

Quote Of The Month - Election Edition

Tom Paine at 'The Last Ditch' pinpoints the true failure:
I take no satisfaction in having been right about the unnecessary election of June 2017. The voters punished Mrs May for putting party before country. In their ire they came close to inflicting upon us all a government Communist in all but name. We had a narrow escape. I was in New York and watched the result through the eyes of a baffled America that wants to like us but just can't help seeing us as has beens with baffling delusions of grandeur.
About the only lesson that everyone (but Mrs May) can agree upon is that she is an idiot. She's a dead woman walking and it's only gracious to avert our pitying gaze.

Post Of The Month - Election Edition

A dead heat this month. Tim Newman faces up to some harsh reality. And so does The Flaxen Saxon.

Now They Are Actually Boasting About It!

Office manager Sophie Franklin, 30, from Basildon, splashed out nearly £38,000 on her company debit card - spending the cash on designer clothes, make-up, and sunglasses for her and her friends.
Inner London Crown Court heard that she spent £7,000 on taxis and more than £14,000 on mobile phones and bills between January 2014 and August 2016 while working for Circle Square Agency, based in Bermondsey, south east London.
She also splashed out more than £1,500 on flights and hotels abroad including to Rome, St Lucia and Hong Kong. Money was also spent on Apple products and theatre tickets - all at the company’s expense.
Her fraud only came to light after she left for a new job and her replacement began to cross check and audit invoices which Franklin had been responsible for. The court heard the total loss to the company, including the cost of the audit, was £37,997.
Yes, yes, the company should have had some form of control, clearly. But even so...
She was jailed for 18 months, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to one count of fraud.
After taking her plea at a previous hearing, Judge Owen Davies QC told her: “I hate sending to prison women who have not been to prison before and who have been convicted for the first time of a criminal offence.
They aren't even trying to hide it any more, are they?
“It seems to me that £38,000 is a lot of money and as demonstrated to me today is not uncommon.”

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

A Question I Think We've All Felt Like Asking...

Tyrone Castello was seen last month on Channel 5 documentary Inside the Gang, talking about his experiences in London gangs and his efforts to make it as a self-publishing rap artist.
But the 39-year-old, of Tyrone Avenue, Southend, was arrested just after Christmas for brandishing the pointed weapon in Queen’s Road, Southend.
Well, if I was going to Queen's Road outside of daylight hours, I might feel the need for a wee rapier or cutlass too....
Castello arrived one hour late for his trial at Basildon Crown Court because he had to raise the money to pay for a bus ticket - which Judge David Owen-Jones (Ed: Oh, hai!) labelled a “lame excuse”.
Gosh, it's like they have no respect for the might and majesty of our justice system, isn't it? I wonder why...
He immediately remanded Castello into custody, calling him “totally irresponsible” because he had already failed to attend two previous hearings.
That'll show him the court system isn't to be trifled with!
Castello was told he will be sentenced on June 26 and must remain in custody until then, at which point he shouted: “Are you serious man? What the hell is going on?”
You'll find out. I hope. I won't hold my breath.

Looks Like Someone Clubbed The Progressives' Latest Baby Seal*...

I really don't know why bizarre and unlikely theories are started in order to provoke unrest.

Do you, David Lammy?


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

"This isn’t a witch hunt - I don’t want anyone finding her and knocking over her scooter."

Frankly, I don't see how that's possible, short of having one of those mini-diggers handy:
“She had a kid on the front of it and a dog alongside.
“The scooter was massive.
“She crashed into the side of one of the machines.
“She drove forwards and back and seemed to think it was funny.”
Of course she did. She knows there are no consequences.
He added that the machine was an old model and so couldn’t be repaired, but a replacement would be about £3,500. Buying the modern equivalent would cost about £5,000.
It is not a legal requirement for mobility scooters to have insurance unless they are driven on the road.
Mr Richardson said they were welcome in the arcade, as long as users were careful of children using the venue.
Anyone with information about the incident or the identity of the woman pictured can call Essex Police on 101.
For whatever good that would possibly do...

Fools And Their Money Are Soon Parted....

...and it's even quicker now we have the Internet!
Emma Bray, 20, took to Facebook to say she could not afford the £270 bill to return lurcher Bee, who disappeared from her home in Canterbury.
Dog lovers were quick to set up a GoFundMe page to raise the money, with donations pouring in to help reunite the mum-of-two with her family pet.
Whoa there! Not so fast...
But it emerged yesterday the dog is still with council contractor Animal Wardens, which was so concerned by its welfare it reported the case to the RSPCA.
It says the dog was in poor health and suffering from fleas, worms and mange, and had an open wound to her tail, requiring urgent veterinary treatment.
The firm disputes Miss Bray’s claims that the dog went missing on May 5, the day it took Bee in, saying a member of the public reported it running stray for four days before.
One might ask how a 'single mum of two' can afford the cost of owning a dog in the first place....

Monday, 26 June 2017

You Have To Be Quick To Beat The Mods!

I know Finsbury Park well. My Algerian husband is from the area and he prays in the mosque that was attacked. The recent attack on London Bridge and Borough market was carried out by men from Barking. I was born in Barking. It’s all feels so close to home.
 Hmmm, really? How would you know, since you spend so little time here?
As a humanitarian doctor and filmmaker I have worked mainly overseas, often in war zones.
 A bit of background would be ni...


Well, damn!

Who To Believe..?

There's the NHS and the police involved, after all:
Relatives said Da Costa’s doctor had told them before he died that he had sustained a broken neck, brain damage as a result of head injuries, a broken collarbone and loss of his eyesight due to the quantity of CS spray used on him.
“This is what the doctors told us,” said his cousin, Natalia Leles. “We were told by the doctor – my uncle was told by the doctor – plenty of us witnessed him say this: that his collarbone was broken, that he suffered fractures on his head, which caused him to seizure.”
Cue the mob! Riots!

Oh, hang on...
The IPCC said on Friday: “The preliminary postmortem found that Mr Da Costa did not suffer a broken neck or any other spinal injury during his interaction with the police. It found he did not suffer a broken collarbone or bleeding to the brain.
“Rigorous investigations into the cause of Mr Da Costa’s death are continuing, including into the use of force.”
The watchdog said it was releasing those details because it was concerned about the “rapid spread of false and potentially inflammatory information” online about Da Costa’s condition.
Maybe the police & NHS are off the hook, then? Now, who could possibly stand to gain from these sorts of rumours, I wonder?

Update: Ah. Of course. The usual suspects. Maybe if that doctor can be traced and admits to having said this, he should be hit with the clean-up bill?