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The blogosphere – well at least the Conservative end of the spectrum is clearly getting exercised over the Jacqui Smith – as well they might.  For me it has the added benefit that I have at last learned how to spell ‘Jacqui’ – you have to feel sorry for the poor little girl at school, maybe that explains how she grew up the way she did.

But I digress.  It seem to me far too much effort is being wasted on what is or is not a second home.

This misses the whole point of the scam.She is trying to say that a spare room in her sisters house is her main residence.  Is this tenable?

Its clear, she has a proper house in her constituency, one she seems proud to call ‘home‘.  As a result the plain fact is that Smiths ONLY extra expense is paying the rent for using her sisters spare room.
That cost should be £100 per week or £5200 a year.
All of this is fair doos.
(Although the extra cost of policing this when she could have had a grace and favour flat costing the taxpayer nothing in rent and policing is another matter entirely)

But no  – instead of claiming say some six grand legitimately she has been claiming £24k a year !!!
In other words defrauding the taxpayer of £18,000 a year.

This is criminal activity from the “Second Home” Secretary* !

Can any defender of Smith explain how a spare room in her sisters house can be considered a ‘main residence’  ??

Well???

Right or Wrong, ‘technically’, Smith has absolutely NO moral authority to issue a single law or directive telling us, ordering us, what to do.  She is morally bankrupt – indeed an apt and living metaphor for this appalling government.

* a great turn of phrase from Littlejohn (inevitably)

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Andrew Rawnsley is getting all uptight in The Observer about moral failure on the part of Tony Blair.

Whew – well its taken him a long to work that one out.

But oh dear, no sooner does he start and it all goes wrong.  He blames GW Bush (of course) – apparently it all began …

when he signed the now notorious memorandum declaring that the Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners of war did not apply to members of al-Qaida and the Taliban.

Shock horror – since when were terorists signatures to the Genever Convention.

Mr Rawnsley might cast his mind back to WW2 and the activities of British Intelligence when they captured German spies.  They said ‘you either co-operate or we shoot you’.  Tell me Mr R do you agree with that cold cruel ‘torture’ of poor sweet misguided German spies – or do you accept there was a war on?

But really we can see were his dementia has finally set in when Mr R claims the fictional antics of Jack Bauer were used as the justification of a (presumably) disfunctional Bush regime.  Yes thats right a James Bond fixation encouraged Eden to invade Suez.

How much better if they had been fans of ‘The A Team’ where all manner of pyrotechnics are unleashed but miraculously no one, good or evil, is ever hurt.  Yes that’s that’s what we want – world leaders with a firm grip on the real world.

Rawnsley might ponder that the events of 911, the African Embassy bombings the Madrid bombings and the Bali bombings were a

shameful period

for the Muslim world and

will not be so smoothly and simply buried

here in the West. But hey, the Muslims don’t seem too bothered about that do they? Neither does Mr Rawnsley.

Gawd save us from bleeding heart Liberals.  Of course when Mr Rawnsley appears on the most excellent and unbiased BBC we never hear too much about his less than objective left wing views. I guess to the average BBC producer he is a bit of a maverick.

No – in fact in berating Tony Blair for his lack of moral rectitude his entire article omits the one word which would indeed condemn the spineless cowardly amoral Blair to the ninth circle of political purgatory;  Brown.  He was happy to sacrifice the social and economic future of his country for the sake of political expediency. Content to see Brown conspire and plot against his own policies and political future, pulling down the temple around us all in the process. Sanguine in the knowledge that he, Blair, could parade off on to a wider stage never even having to return to face his failures if needs be.

“The Greatest Moral Failure of Tony Blair’s Premiership” was in not sacking Gordon Brown when he had the chance.

Trust Mr Rawnsley to get his priorities right.

OK – its a pretty pathetic title, but not as pathetic as the Met Office forecasts,
which turn out to be junk  – reads this
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/02/01/met-office-report-card-at-the-23-mark/

Ruth Lea over at ConservativeHome bemoans the winter weather and the disappearing ‘Global Warming’ – well there are a lot of people with egg ice on their faces this winter.

The Met Office were predicting (another) mild winter this year.  How wrong can you get?  I guess its easy when you are locked into a lucrative disaster based scenario mind-set.

The IPCC’s ‘forecasts are junk as well
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/01/28/forecasting-guru-announces-no-scientific-basis-for-forecasting-climate/
“another scientist has come forward with a press release saying that not only did their audit of IPCC forecasting procedures and found that they “violated 72 scientific principles of forecasting”, but that “The models were not intended as forecasting models and they have not been validated for that purpose.””

It is interesting, but not likely to get much publicity on the BBC, that the arch proponent, the originator, of man made global warming is having the rug pulled from under him by his own organisation, NASA.
Read on …
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/01/27/james-hansens-former-nasa-supervisor-declares-himself-a-skeptic-says-hansen-embarrassed-nasa-was-never-muzzled/
“Dr. John S. Theon, the former supervisor of James Hansen, NASA’s vocal man-made global warming fear soothsayer, has now publicly declared himself a skeptic and declared that Hansen “embarrassed NASA” with his alarming climate claims and said Hansen was “was never muzzled.” Theon joins the rapidly growing ranks of international scientists abandoning the promotion of man-made global warming fears.”

The thing we should remember is that temperatures are lower now than they were 10 years ago.
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2008/10/21/tamino%E2%80%99s-folly-temperatures-did-drop/

The climate changes – what a surprise! No money, no taxes to be gained from accepting that.