Prince Harry hides WMD Shock!

Lord Rothermere with Adolf Hitler - look the names up in GoogleMy, wasn’t it clever of Mr Murdoch to ensure that we all talked about Prince Harry yesterday and not the fact that we’ve stopped looking for the WMD in Iraq that never existed?

Us naive peaceniks knew they weren’t there before the war. This was one of the issues that caused us to march in our millions. Now Tony Blair tut-tuts us and sighs the words ‘the benefit of hindsight’… like the total c**t he is.

Speaking of total c**ts (and getting back the more ‘important’ issue or Prince Harry)… take a look at these hypocrites.

UPDATE – Post now features photoshopped fluffiness. (Posted to B3ta.)

Further reading:

UPDATE – The Express should also have a large serving of shutthefuckup, especially as their proprieter is prone to outbursts like this one.

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Gentlemen, start your engines!

I think we can look forward to the announcement of an election date shortly. We’re at the stage of last-minute manoeuvres.

Speaking of which, you may recall that Labour sent two last-minute text-messages before the 2001 election; one mocking the hard-drinking cap-wearing then Tory leader William Hague and one promising longer licensing hours. Years later, and on the eve of an election announcement, we finally see some action on “flexible closing times”.

But let’s get down to yesterday’s meat and two veg…

BBC – In full: Blair speech

BBC – Blair stresses prosperity goals: Tony Blair says his party’s next manifesto will be “unremittingly New Labour” and aimed at producing “personal prosperity for all”. The prime minister is trying to draw a line under speculation over the state of his relationship with Gordon Brown with the speech in Chatham, Kent. He said that prosperity meant both individual wealth and ensuring “radically improved” public services. He also claimed Labour was more ideologically united than ever.

Telegraph – Blair postures where Thatcher revolutionised: The central purpose of New Labour is to increase personal prosperity and wellbeing, not just for a few, but for all. Thus the Prime Minister yesterday, in his first practice run for the hustings. As a philosophy, it’s only marginally more controversial than admitting being in favour of motherhood and apple pie, yet, like so much else in his long speech yesterday, it bears only a nodding acquaintance with what his Government has really done in its first seven years.

Guardian – Blair sets out campaign stall: Tony Blair yesterday set the stage for a “pocket book” election in which he hopes to fend off New Labour’s opponents by harnessing Britain’s thriving economy to promote “personal prosperity and well-being” for all classes in society.

Guardian – Blair’s reality gap: Yesterday the prime minister’s first political speech of the election fired the opening salvo. It was a standard Blair speech, electioneering by numbers, as he laid out the fundamentals of Labour’s claim to govern again next time. Number one – colour it white – the sound economy, without which nothing else. Then follows a long list of all Labour has done, mostly impressive and true. But not always the only truth.

Independent – Blair pays tribute to ‘the most successful Chancellor since war’: Tony Blair took steps to heal his rift with Gordon Brown yesterday by accepting the Chancellor’s criticism that the Labour government had not fulfilled the hopes the nation had when it came to power in 1997. In a speech launching Labour’s “long campaign” for a 5 May general election, the Prime Minister lavished praise on Mr Brown, who he called “the most successful British post-war Chancellor”. He vowed to fight the election on an “unremittingly New Labour” ticket and put the economy at the heart of the campaign. “Everything we do must be for this one central purpose: increased personal prosperity and well-being for all,” he said.


Here’s an extract from a comment I made on Boris Johnson’s site the other day: So the rift is healed (or not a rift at all) and the economy is central to election strategy. Fair enough. It worked in the US and in Australia. Everyone’s making money, and the other guys will make you poor. Or quite possibly dead.

And here’s an interesting rumour that popped up on Usenet, posted to the same comments thread: Essentially, the Brown Camp within Labour do not want a huge majority at the next election; a result that would strengthen Tony Blair in the immediate aftermath. They believe that there are real ideological issues between the two men that would translate into different government agendas under either of the two leaders. That being the case, they would expect a third Labour landslide to be followed by a purge of their man and themselves, unless there wasn’t a landslide.

Caveat: This is supposed to come from a “highly placed and well-informed” Tory… but I’ve also heard it refuted privately by more than one person in the Labour Party.

But if Blair does come through with a strong victory based on values that are “unremittingly New Labour” (here we make a petty remark about Bush’s – *snigger* – mandate), I think we can expect to see – at the very least – a lot of Brownies left out in the cold.

For those who are wondering about my role in the upcoming election… yes, I was teasing you when I posted this. Kind of.

In 2001, only 59% of the population voted. This was the lowest turnout since 1918 (and that was probably due to a lot of the electorate being underground at the time).

I’m going to be targeting those who see Blair’s win to be inevitable and the alternatives to be less-than-ideal. I want to show these people that there is a point to voting and (hopefully) encourage them to vote pragmatically and/or strategically.

I also want others to see through the barrage of bullshit that’s bound to come our way via mainstream media. To do this, I need to position myself in a way that allows me to subvert not only Blair’s campaign message, but also Howard’s and Kennedy’s where necessary.

The primary purpose of this activity will be to combat bullshit in general and reduce Blair’s majority in order to ensure that there is a strong and effective opposition – that knows that they too are answerable to the public.

The posters have been designed and a test-run of t-shirts is due early next week. The site is 75% ready, banners and buttons are completed. Ground-work has already begin to ensure that we take control of major search terms relating to the election and possibly key issues/candidates. Proxy-bloggers, you especially need to prepare yourselves for battle on this front.

A nifty Flash show (of the fun variety) has been waiting in the wings for weeks and last night I fell upon the ideal soundtrack for a follow-up (of the awesome variety).

If you think you’re going to just sit out this election and make up your mind on the day… think again. I want you on our side and I want you active in the coming weeks and months.

This will mean – at the very least – some time and real estate on your weblog, but I will also be asking you to reach into your pockets and get off your arse and do stuff.

The major parties have cash and mainstream media on their side, and armies of people that collectively will have a greater impact than you if they’re willing to do what you’re not and simply get out on the streets.

So… is it going to be big? Well, that’s up to you.

Is it going to be clever? Well, I certainly hope so.

The one thing I can guarantee is this: it’s going to be fun.

Democracy is choice. You heard it here first.

UPDATE – Blair and Brown: Fiend explains it all!

Oh, and Gina Snowdoll reports that Alastair Campbell has been smiling at strange women on Victoria Road. Of course, this is nowhere *near* as intersting as Margot Wallstrom starting a weblog, but I’m sure you’ll get over it.

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WorldHelp use tsunami tragedy to recruit mini-Christians

Washington Post – Va. Missionaries Talk of Raising Muslim Tsunami Victims in Christian Home: A Virginia-based missionary group said this week that it has airlifted 300 “tsunami orphans” from the Muslim province of Banda Aceh to Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, where it plans to raise them in a Christian children’s home… Most of the religious charities do not attach any conditions to their aid, and many of the larger ones – such as WorldVision, Catholic Relief Services and Church World Service – have policies against proselytizing. But a few of the smaller groups have been raising money among evangelical Christians by presenting the tsunami emergency effort as a rare opportunity to make converts in hard-to-reach areas.

I can see it now: “Now children, do you remember yesterday when we were talking about the tsunami being a punishment from the One True God…?”

This is why a wry smile crossed my face when I heard yesterday that Brown plans to get the US involved in his plan for Africa… especially when one of the central issues is the AIDS epidemic. He’s fooling himself if he thinks the US won’t have a bunch of ‘moral’ conditions attached.

Carriers & Barriers – Condoms, AIDS and the HIV Virus

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You’re with us or you’re against us…

ACLU – Government is Abusing “States Secrets Privilege” to Cover Up National Security Blunders: “The government should be applauding, not punishing, employees who risk their jobs to expose threats to our nation’s security,” said ACLU Associate Legal Director Ann Beeson. “If the lower court ruling stands, many thousands of government employees will be unprotected from retaliatory dismissal, with no recourse in the courts, and others will be even less willing to risk exposing misconduct or corruption.”

The following exchange comes from Carl The Clever Clogs, who I hope will soon be online with a blog of his own:

You’re fired!
That thing you said about national security fuck ups – it’s meant to be a secret!
Which bit exactly?
I can’t tell you – it’s a secret.
So you’re firing me for something I said? But you can’t tell me which bit?
Oh I can tell you which bit got you fired…
Oh, alright then. Which bit?
The secret bit!

Oh, and here’s a lovely item about George ‘Watch This Drive’ Bush’s attitude and priorities…

Washington Post – U.S. Tells D.C. to Pay Inaugural Expenses
: D.C. officials said yesterday that the Bush administration is refusing to reimburse the District for most of the costs associated with next week’s inauguration, breaking with precedent and forcing the city to divert $11.9 million from homeland security projects.

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Employee not permitted to speak his mind shock

The blogger sacked by Waterstones has hit the mainstream.

Waterstone’s throws book at blogger
Blogger sacked for sounding off

For the record: I hit WH Smith a few years ago with a proposal to get their employees blogging. They said no.

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Prince Harry Nazi Shock!

Prince Harry joins Nazis shock!Prince Harry has made a total arse of himself, and the timing could be better… but you don’t want to hear my opinion on that – you want to know what the girl with the tits thinks:

Today in The Sun, Katie (19, from Liverpool) – who so memorably was almost moved to tears after the departure of David Blunkett – is alarmed to see Prince Harry sporting a Nazi armband. She says: “British people will be horrified by a Royal wearing such gear. The snap will send shockwaves around britain. He really ought to know better.”

Deeper in, it’s HarryHitlerHitlerHarryHitlerHitler… which is probably why the paper that assured us we were 45 minutes from doom ran out of room and didn’t have space for the following news item:

Washington Post – Search for Banned Arms In Iraq Ended Last Month: The hunt for biological, chemical and nuclear weapons in Iraq has come to an end nearly two years after President Bush ordered U.S. troops to disarm Saddam Hussein. The top CIA weapons hunter is home, and analysts are back at Langley.

Guardian – US gives up search for Saddam’s WMD: The US investigators searching for Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction have given up the hunt and left Iraq with an appeal to the Pentagon for the release of several Iraqi scientists still being questioned, it was reported yesterday… (The) assessment found Saddam had destroyed his last weapons of mass destruction more than 10 years ago, and his capacity to build new ones had been dwindling for years by the time of the second Gulf war.

(Image posted to B3ta.)

Oh, Murdoch-related item. Bit of a rush this morning. No time to explain. Via TTR2:

FOXBlocker – Keep The Radical Right Out Your Home By Filtering Out FOX News!

UPDATE – Hahahahahahahahaha! Headline Of The Day from Peter.

UPDATE – More Harry/Nazi photoshopping here:

The B3ta board is bound to be alive with this today. Worth watching if you have the time. Feel free to post any highlights you see under comments.

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Conservative association site hijacked by pornographers

Tory with your Porn, sir?Welsh Tory party website hijacked by porn

The funniest thing about this story is the ‘news alerts’ box that it generates over at CNN (see right).

You may also wish to note how The Sun feels compelled to adorn their story with a click-to-enlarge image of a “porn actress… like on website”.

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Please forward this to everyone you know!*

The Christians have made a stand – but will Athiests?

Below is a transcript of a television billing that is scheduled to be shown on BBC 1 on Sunday 16th January 2005 at 5:15pm (unless we get enough people to complain).

“BBC2 plans to broadcast Songs of Praise on National Nothing Day of all days! This regular musical presentation, notorious for containing the choral presentation of over 25,000 references to the words, ‘Christ’, ‘Lord’, ‘God’ and ‘Almighty’, depicts the characters of Jesus, Mary and God as infallible beings who give and receive love following a horrific series of events in Jerusalem, all in the name of religion. 12,500 hymns have been sung on Songs Of Praise over the last 40 years. That’s over 30 million celebratory references to religious figures that are openly offensive to those who deny their existence. Hymns often include claims that one can live without food or even live forever! The most popular hymn on the programme is called ‘How Great Thou Art’ – a stark challenge to all atheists! Nevertheless, the show is scheduled to be transmitted without any cuts.”

If you disagree with the BBC’s plan to broadcast this material, please register your feelings with the BBC tel 08700 100222) or OfCom ( tel 0845 456 3000). Could you also forward this message to anyone else you feel would want to be aware of this. This does make a difference – 500 calls are considered as a very significant complaint, so I am sure we can do this!!!!!!!!! You need to complain to both OfCom and the BBC.

The following URL is a direct link to the Ofcom website – and to register a complaint online. Please make use of this:

Please forward this message to as many people as possible, because time is of the essence as the 16th Jan gets nearer!

*This is obviously a joke. Please don’t.

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Call for nominations

Lookintomyeyesnotaroundtheeyeysbutintheyesalwaysintheeyes…and you’re under!

You will nominate Boris Johnson for the Elected Representative award in the New Statesman New Media Awards. You will follow this link and do this without delay.

Aaaaaand you’re back!

(walks away whistling nonchalantly)

UPDATE – Cheers, everyone. (Oh, and I’m sure what Simon *meant* was that Boris Johnson is the first *Tory* MP to have an active weblog…)

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Call for Google-juice!

Read this.

Then do this:
ignorant bigots

That is all.

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