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Monday 20 March 2006

9m African children have no mum due to AIDS

Mother’s Day is next Sunday, 26 March. But, according to the British charity Save the Children, nine million African children have lost their mum to AIDS…


Filed under: Politics — GS @ 11:33 am
Sunday 19 March 2006

British soldiers to face life imprisonment for desertion

So many soldiers are absconding from the British Army due to the war in Iraq that the Government is planning to change the definition of ‘desertion’.

Under The Armed Forces Bill, which is currently going through Parliament, ‘soldiers could now face life imprisonment if they refuse to take part in the occupation of a foreign country’.

As usual with Tony Blair, the answer is not to tackle the root of the problem — which is that he lied, the invasion of Iraq was illegal under international law and has been a total disaster. Not to mention that moral has been low because soldiers have sometimes lacked essential equipment such as body armour.

No, instead, Blair punishes the soldiers. Like so many other people, they see through him and have no faith in his leadship. So the only way to stop them running away is to theaten them with life in jail!

If I was in the armed forces I would be looking to get out as soon as possible, one way or another.

This is the twenty-first century and, when a soldier is being asked to put his or her life on the line, they should be confident that it is for a cause that is just and legal (and not just inside Tony Blair’s twisted head).

POST-WAR PROFITEERING BY US COMPANIES IN IRAQ

BBC Newsnight has a must-see report on how billions of dollars of Iraq’s money was directed to American companies to rebuild the country and much of it is now unaccounted for. Download it here while you can.


Filed under: Politics — GS @ 9:01 am
Saturday 18 March 2006

Theft of cash more serious than taking the life of a father of four?

The justice system in Britain is messed up.

Last year three teenagers (currently aged 17-18) beat a man to death because he refused to give them a light for a cigarette:

‘Richardson punched the 43-year-old victim in the head outside a pizza restaurant on Oldham Road after he refused to give them a light in June last year…

One of the youths then smashed a metal peg from a BMX bike into his face, knocking him to the ground. As his friends ran to help him, the gang kicked and stamped on the kitchen fitter as he lay on the ground.

Witnesses described them kicking his head as if it were a football…

Mr Sutherman, who had four sons and was originally from Singapore, was taken to Royal Oldham Hospital but later died from a head injury.’

All three admitted manslaughter. One has been sentenced to six years, one to four years and one got nine months! Bear in mind they will probably serve only half their sentences.

Meanwhile, a bank cashier who helped conmen steal £279,000 from comedian Harry Hill has been convicted of conspiracy and sentenced to four years in prison!

Her defence counsel said she had never received, been offered, or asked for any financial reward for her actions and that she did it because the gang threatened her family.

So here we see what is looked on as being really important in Britain today — money, not a human life. I feel so sorry for that man’s family.


Filed under: Crime,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 5:51 am
Wednesday 15 February 2006

48% think smoking should be outlawed completely

Last night MPs voted to ban smoking in all pubs, clubs, restaurants and other enclosed public spaces in England. The ban should start from summer 2007.

I’m delighted because I have asthma and an hour spent in a smoke-filled pub generally means a day feeling bad afterwards.

Yesterday we were in a cafe having a meal and there were several people smoking. This is the problem. For every considerate smoker, there is one who seems to take great delight in being as obnoxious as possible. Glad to see the end of it.

A poll for BBC Newsnight found that 64% of the public agreed that smoking should be banned in all public places. While 48% thought all smoking should be completely outlawed — anytime, any place.

Campaigners welcome smoking ban


Filed under: Politics — GS @ 11:21 pm
Wednesday 11 January 2006

Tony Blair on Newsnight

Tony Blair was on Newsnight last night to promote his ‘respect agenda’ and answer questions from the audience. As the programme started, he seemed to have a bizarre glazed expression on his face.

At the end, Kirsty Wark said goodnight to the viewers, the credits rolled, and she completely ignored Blair, who was sitting next to her. She put down her microphone on the table and looked straight ahead at the audience. Blair looked at her, obviously expecting the usual fake end-of-programme pretend chat, but there wasn’t any.

Tony Blair on Newsnight

He glanced at the audience, then back to Kirsty Wark, like a puppy seeking affection. But she continued to look straight ahead. He stared at her. Then, finally, as the music came to an end, she looked down at her notes. Fade out…

I would love to put the video on here for you to see for yourselves, but the BBC probably wouldn’t appreciate it.


Filed under: Politics,TV & film — GS @ 10:39 am
 
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