Sunday, January 07, 2007 

With friends like these...

Hi folks. Sorry I've been away, but I hope to make it up to you all very soon.

To be honest, I've been quite glad of the break on one specific front; the Save The Royal Surrey campaign.

Given the importance of the campaign, the rare cross-party unity that heralded its launch, and the Miltonites' absolute certainty that I'm part of some grand Liberal Democrat conspiracy against them, it seemed to me that the most constructive thing I could do was stay the hell out of it.

Sadly, the calls for unity from the Conservative side have been rendered meaningless by the most-vocal supporters of Milton and the campaign to save the Royal Surrey can only be undermined as a result. I'll go into detail on this and a number of other outstanding matters one day soon, but first - here's the reason I'm back one day early...

The Times - MPs don't know their Sunnis from Shi'ites: Anne Milton, the Tory MP for Guildford, wears the dunce's cap after getting 13 out of 14 questions wrong. It even slipped her mind that she was a member of the Friends of Islam group. "Ooh, am I?" she said. "Oh yes, I suppose so. I forgot. I don't think I've sat on it yet."

Anne Milton: Stumped

Oh dear... where to start...?

Well, let's begin at the bottom (where Anne is) and work our way up....

1. Anne Milton forgot that she was a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Friends of Islam Group and does not even appear to have attended a single meeting of the group. Given her performance on the Health Select Committee, we should not be surprised.

2. To anybody who is actually surprised by this turn of events; I would like to point out that Anne Milton was once outwitted by Geoff Hoon.

3. Poor Anne was singled out as the most ignorant MP, but it should be pointed out that only 30 MPs faced the challenge. OK, so all of these MPs were chosen on the basis of their claimed/implied 'expertise' on the Middle East, but let's at least try to be charitable here; if every MP in the country faced the quiz, she may have fared a little better... comparatively.

To help make this very important point a little clearer, we must seek wisdom from The Simpons:
Homer: I'm sorry, Marge, but sometimes I think we're the worst family in town.

Marge: Maybe we should move to a larger community.
4. Anne may even have known a few of the answers had she spent more time reading Wikipedia and less time making vanity-edits to her entry.

5. It must be kept in mind that this most-capable of representatives votes in Parliament and even poses questions that are specific to the Middle East... but I think I've already made it clear that I think she is an unworthy and incapable representative, so I won't pose the obvious question again.

6. But I will pose a new one;

Will Anne Milton do the honourable thing and resign from the All-Party Parliamentary Friends of Islam Group?

(Psst! Amme! Next time you're put on the spot by a journalist, here's what you should do; totally ignore the question(s) they put to you, and instead have your activists post libellous claims about them on the internet. Anonymous websites about their wives and children should shut them right up, and - if this fails - have your activists spread rumours about an arrest record in a way that puts Wikipedia at risk instead of your good self.)

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006 

Afghanistan needs a nurse!

Anne Milton has asked some interesting questions in Parliament in the past, but this one is a cracker:

Anne Milton (Guildford, Con) - "Is the Secretary of State satisfied that there are enough troops in Afghanistan, bearing in mind the lessons from Iraq that ground troops are essential in order to complete missions adequately?"

Good heavens! She'll be planning military operations next, or maybe even suiting up for action.

How long do you think it will be before the maps have to be updated?



Thursday, April 21, 2005 

Milton finds "lack of faith" disturbing

Anne MiltonToday, captured Imperial officer Anne Milton claimed to be a long-time supporter of the Rebellion.

"I was angry and upset about the destruction of Alderaan from the very beginning," protested Milton, "It is a tragedy that must never be repeated."

The long-time servant of the Empire also claimed to have deliberately engineered the fleet's appearance out of Hyperspace close enough to the Hoth system for the Rebels to be alerted to their presence.

Milton is "confident" that she will be cleared of any wrong-doing, and hopes to run against Mon Mothma for the supreme leadership of the Rebel Alliance as soon as her trial is over.

File photo: Anne Milton at a recent promotion ceremony (from an intercepted Imperial transmission)


Wednesday, April 20, 2005 


I'm in a bit of a hurry this morning, so I'll have to provide details later.

Some important things about last night's public meeting in Guidlford:

I was rude and I was wrong. Oh, and Anne Milton lied. Again.

The people in charge of the meeting clearly tried to keep Iraq off the agenda and then lied about it (they claimed that no-one submitted a question on it, but at least 6 people expressed surprise at this, claiming that they had). That's the bit where I was forced to break with protocol and insist that candidate's views be heard. It was rude, but I was at a public meeting and many others shared my wish to hear those views.

Now, to Milton's answer:

In much the same way that Anne Milton claims to be against a Guildford incinerator (which was a Tory initiative) she now claims that she was angry about the Iraq war and against it all along. I was forced to interject again. I did so, and pointed out that her party backed it 100%. That's the bit where I was wrong. It's more like 99%, but I'll get to that in a moment...

Anne claimed that there were 'many' Conservative MPs who voted against the war, and that simply isn't true. She included as an example Humfrey Malins, the former MP for Woking. Also not true.

Like 39 other Conservative MPs, Humfrey Malins voted 'yes' in Division 117 (where MPs voted for or against an amendment saying that the case for war was not yet proven). But - like many of the 'rebel' Tory MPs - on the crucial vote in Division 118 (where they were asked to approve a motion enabling the UK to take 'all means necessary' to disarm Saddam of the WMDs that didn't exist) he abstained.

I can only find 2 Conservative MPs who voted 'no' on Division 118; Douglas Hogg and John Randall.

Compare this with 52 Lib-Dems who voted ‘no’ and 85 Labour MPs who voted 'no'.

Anne Milton is a woman who will jump on any popular cause in order to further her own. Her claim that she was against the war all along cannot be taken at face value.


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