Potential early death – if you believe the latest health advice by the government’s Chief Medical Officer.
Research by the Committee on Carcinogenicity found that consuming alcohol can have some benefit for women over 55, but for everyone else its alleged advantages are an old wive’s tale. This is especially ironic as old wives are the only winners under the new regime.
Equally staggering has been the backlash to the advice. UKIP leader Nigel Farage was particularly disgusted, being quick to defend people’s right to drink alcohol “even if it slightly shortens our lives”, thus displaying his ignorance of the difference between ‘advice’ and ‘legally-enforceable regulations’. He called for “mass protest” and disobedience against the new guidance.
His vision is people up and down the country, freely drinking extra alcohol, significantly increasing their chances of contracting life-threatening medical conditions: that’ll teach the bloody nanny state, ha!
The Little Prints
#FirstWorldProblem types have long been complaining about the cost of new ink cartridges for printers, so they’ll be delighted to hear that Hewlett-Packard cartridges are currently washing up on beaches all over the UK.
The official line is that they were lost at sea over a year ago – the company didn’t think they’d be cyan the ink cartridges ever again. But there’s clearly more to this than meets the eye. Could we, in fact, be witnessing evidence of the latest trend in modern piracy? The audio track below certainly thinks so…
“My wife’s gone to the West Indies!”
“Jamaica?” “No, that’s where she wanted to go, but yada yada yada, we ended up in Barbados.”
An exposé about quango king Sir Philip ‘Lavender’s Blue’ Dilley appeared in The Telegraph over the weekend:
Frankly astonished that any public body in the UK could be headed by such a philistine, a man without morals, principles or Barbadian wife, I read on. The story elaborated:
The ‘Sunday Times’ revealed that June Dilley was actually from Jamaica, some 1,200 miles from Barbados, raising further questions about the tenability of Sir Philip’s position.
What a silly Dilley! ‘Untenable’ is an understatement: I don’t pay my taxes just so people with Jamaican spouses can chair important government agencies! It’s a scandal he was ever appointed in the first place, with a wife like that. Their dilley-dadliance was doomed from the very beginning.
Calling for Sir Philip’s resignation, Nigel Evans MP said:
I think he should spend more time in Barbados.
And, indeed, he now will be. It’s a hard life/ wife.
PCC gone totally, utterly mad
Nobody was more devastated by the death of David Bowie than Surrey Police & Crime Commissioner Kevin ‘send in the Gurkhas’ Hurley.
PCC Kev, who readers will remember for proposing military intervention against refugees, has a deep sympathy for those living in terrible conditions in Calais. So selflessly sympathetic to their plight is he that he posted the following tweet last week:
The programme was unfortunately axed by the untimely demise of Mr Bowie. Were it not for that inconvenient incident, we would all have been glued to our screens to watch what he described as:
See the Surrey PCC go undercover and get ground truth in Calais jungle. Worrying stuff
In The Refugee Show, Undercover Hurley (pictured right, in character as a common person) told the cameras how concerned he was to find the refugee camp “totally un-policed”. The fact that it is also totally unserviced by fresh water, food and health services was apparently of only secondary interest to him.
He also told cameras – based, apparently, on nothing other than pure speculation and xenophobia – that the refugee camp would be an ideal place for terrorists to hide out, a claim branded by aid workers as “ridiculous”.
We’re still waiting for his apology, and also for an explanation as to why the Police & Crime Commissioner for Surrey was spending his time (and his salary provided by the taxpayer) on a self-promotional jolly to Calais which seemed to have no purpose other than inciting hatred against helpless refugees.
Note to Katy Bourne, Sussex PCC:
Don’t think I’ve forgotten you; I’m very unimpressed by how you spent over £1,500 of public money on branded bracelets (‘slap bands’) and pens. Maybe we’ll return to that topic another time…
Outrage as BBC breaks story
The BBC has come under fire this week for showing a news item on its ‘BBC News’ channel. Audible gasp.
After The Daily Politics allowed Stephen Doughty MP (pictured) to resign from the shadow cabinet live on air, the Labour Party has made a formal complaint about the producers’ seriously wrongful conduct in screening a developing news story to viewers.
A Parliamentary debate on Israel’s treatment of Palestinian children in military custody (previously the topic of the excellent Kids Court in Conflict campaign) caused controversy on the grounds that it was the worst thing to happen to the Jewish people since Munich.
“Why do you only ever go on about Israel?” demanded one member of the Twitterati, “Singling out Israel is anti-Semitic.” And they’re absolutely right: one only has to glance down the list of human rights situations that have been debated in Parliament recently to see the dire anti-Semitism of their agenda:
- The Gambia (January 2016)
- Burundi (December 2015)
- India (December 2015)
- Tanzania (December 2015)
- Turkey (December 2015)
- Uganda (December 2015 – although I concede that in a parallel Zionist history this might have counted as anti-Israel)
- Uzbekistan (December 2015)
- The USA (November 2015)
- Bahrain (November 2015)
- Sri Lanka (November 2015)
- United Arab Emirates (November 2015)
- Belarus (October 2015)
- Russia (October 2015)
- Yemen (October 2015)
- Eritrea (July 2015)
- Rwanda (July 2015)
- Saudi Arabia (July 2015)
- China (June 2015)
- Qatar (June 2015)
- Swaziland (March 2015)
- Cyprus (February 2015)
- Malawi (February 2015)
- Bangladesh (June 2014)
- Sudan (June 2014)
- Zimbabwe (June 2014)
- Nigeria (May 2014)
- Papua New Guinea (May 2014)
- Pakistan (April 2014)
Another Twillock accused the instigator of the debate, Sarah Champion MP, of being “racist” for “bothering Israel” rather than “demanding UK government establish a watch list for Pakistani origin males who abuse Rotherham children”.
Yes, I hate it when people are so racist that they don’t create watch lists of Pakistanis.
Horsemeat scandal: latest
A Swedish amateur jockey has expressed horror at one of her recent meals. She sat down to consume her dearly departed horse, but on taking a bite, to her utter revulsion, she found that it actually consisted of 100% Aldi lasagne.
Yes, this is the news that Helena Stahl seemingly thought to herself, “Waste not, want not,” before deciding to tuck in to Iffy Mant, her horse that had recently been put down. She said she was keen to eat “an animal that had a good life”, thereby smugly paying her own bottom a barely-masked compliment.
Circumstances within our control
My train to work was late every single day last week. That’s nothing new, but for the first time I noticed that South West Trains’ parade of ‘excuses’ consisted entirely of things that were their fault:
We apologise for the late running of this service. This is due to a broken-down train at Woking.
Erm, what company is responsible for maintaining trains at Woking?
We apologise for the late running of this service. This is due to a staff shortage at Wimbledon.
Hmm, what company is in charge of the workforce at Wimbledon?
More generally, in what other area of life would anyone have the gall to trot out ‘excuses’ which just reiterate how much they’re actually at fault? “Sorry I didn’t do my homework, it’s because I couldn’t be bothered.”