Democratic Primaries In America: It Gets Funnier By The Day

March 31, 2008

Democratic Primaries In America: It Gets Funnier By The Day

Who needs The Simpsons when the really funny stuff is happening out there on the Democratic campaign trail practically every day? The restraint that Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama had been demonstrating initially evaporated once the fight started in earnest. The moment Hillary realised that Barack was getting in the lead she let it rip; and Obama, obviously, hit back. The mudslinging began in earnest with both contenders going for each other’s throats. At one point it got so bad that the chairman of the Democratic party, Howard Dean, told both candidates to shut up and stop attacking each other. He even went as far as to suggest ending the contest by July 1, whatever the result, and letting the Democratic convention in August in Denver decide who should be the candidate for the presidency. He... 

Vote For Ken As London Mayor. Boris Would Be A Disaster

March 31, 2008

Vote For Ken As London Mayor. Boris Would Be A Disaster

I never thought I would say this but it would probably be better for everyone if Ken Livingstone stayd on as London’s Mayor after the election on May 1. This is very hard for me to admit because I have always been a fierce critic of Mr Livingstone and I honestly thought that he was the worst possible choice for the Mayor of London. I even seriously contemplated offering my help to any worthwhile candidate who would be willing to take on Red Ken this year. Among my many jobs in the past I did some PR work for big companies and helped President Boris Yeltsin win his second term in office, when his popularity rating was close to zero. I was prepared to work for free this time and even came up with a rallying cry for my future candidate for London Mayor: ‘A modern city needs a modern mayor!’ But... 

Mayhem At Heathrow’s Terminal 5: One Man Stands Firm

March 29, 2008

Mayhem At Heathrow’s Terminal 5: One Man Stands Firm

It is impressive, is it not? I am talking about the scale of the disaster at British Airways’ showcase stable, Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport. Flights are cancelled, baggage goes astray, passengers are kept in the dark, walkways break down. The list is endless. If the Richter scale system applied to corporate disasters as well as earthquakes the chaos at Terminal 5 would probably be up there close to the top mark level. As a result British Airways’ image suffers, customers are unhappy, business goes to competitors, losses looming. I personally think that it’s God’s punishment for building such a monstrosity in the first place. Who on earth could have approved a hideous design like that? I am not saying that the four other Heathrow terminals are examples of outstanding... 

Sarkozy’s State Visit To Britain: It Was All A Joke Really

March 29, 2008

Sarkozy’s State Visit To Britain: It Was All A Joke Really

Dan Majestic writes: So how do you think the French President Sarkozy’s wife, Carla Bruni, fared on her first international outing as France’s first lady? I mean the recent state visit to Britain; how do you think it went for her? Or were you more preoccupied with the nitty-gritty stuff of power politics to be bothered with Carla? Well, I can tell you that the general feeling is that she is rather sweet and charming, has a nice smile and dresses with style. Some people even predict, that’s mostly in France, of course, that she’ll be the next Princess Di or Jackie Onassis. Hmm, I don’t know about that last one to be honest. I have to confess that Carla doesn’t do it for me. Not my type, you see. Too skinny, too – how I can put it without offending the... 

Will Number Eight Prove Lucky For The Chinese?

March 28, 2008

Will Number Eight Prove Lucky For The Chinese?

The challenge to Chinese rule in Tibet has come as a rude shock and caused bewilderment and confusion in Beijing. President Hu Jintao and his ruling elite are divided about how to respond to the crisis. They cannot afford to lose face; if they are perceived to be weak, they could trigger more protests elsewhere, and if they use brute force they could jeopardise the jewel in their crown: the Olympics. It is a new type of crisis scenario for them. The last major power struggle was in Tiananmen Square in June 1989. Then it was a domestic issue which could be contained by using force inside China. This new crisis is different – the spiritual leader of the ethnic minority which opposes Chinese rule lives abroad and enjoys great respect and authority worldwide. His influence in Tibet itself... 

Mobiles On Planes? Start Thinking About Alternative Means Of Travel In The Future!

March 28, 2008

Mobiles On Planes? Start Thinking About Alternative Means Of Travel In The Future!

Adam Lovejoy writes: What’s wrong with mobile phone companies? Why on earth do they have to spread their networks over every bloody place in the world? Now they’re getting ready to launch their operations in the air. Very soon anyone using commercial flights would be able to make calls on their mobiles. One of the last bastions of peace and quiet would be violated by loudmouthed vandals who simply can’t keep their traps shut for anything longer than a minute. Imagine, the moment the plane reaches 3,000 feet the receiver at the back would be turned on and all hell would break loose. ‘It’s me, I’m on a plane,’ some stupid cow would scream into her handset, trying to outshout the roar of the engines. ‘What, what did you say? No, no, don’t be silly,... 

It’s An Old Russian Custom: Keep Your Business Partner Guessing

March 27, 2008

It’s An Old Russian Custom: Keep Your Business Partner Guessing

It’s been a nerve wrecking time for British Petroleum or, rather for its Moscow based joint venture in Russia which goes under the name of BP-TNK, TNK standing for Tyumen Oil Company. It’s a big joint venture, by the way. It has been created in 2003 with a lot of pomp and ceremony and President Vladimir Putin and then Prime Minister Tony Blair were the two main guarantors of its wonderful future. The group has about 8 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, has oil producing assets in Siberia and the Urals and owns and operates 5 oil refineries. Its workforce numbers about 70,000 people and it extracts 1.7 million barrels of oil a day. So, as you can see, BP-TNK is doing pretty well and making a serious profit. But now the clouds have gathered over the joint venture and there are... 

A Bad Day For English Football? Get In Some Real Talent For a Change

March 27, 2008

A Bad Day For English Football? Get In Some Real Talent For a Change

Adam Lovejoy writes: Embarrassing, wasn’t it? I mean the football friendly between England and France in Paris on Wednesday, March 26. There was David ‘goldenballs’ Beckham, pretending to play football to get his hundredth cap for England, and there was Victoria ‘useless collection of body parts’ Beckham, cheering him when we were all finally spared that pathetic spectacle and he was substituted. Why on earth did Fabio Capello chose Beckham to play that night? We’ll never know the answer to that question, of course, but I have a sneaky feeling that a certain amount of persuasion and even pressure had been applied. David, you see, is a ‘football icon’, a ‘living football legend’, though, of course, a fading one, so his attraction for the advertisers... 

TV News: It’s A Strange World Out There

March 27, 2008

TV News: It’s A Strange World Out There

There are many things in TV news programmes that I find baffling. Why, for example, do presenters and correspondents often use phrases like ‘gang culture’ or ‘drug culture’ or ‘gun culture’ and ‘knife culture’? What the hell does this mean? Does ‘gang culture’ imply that groups of cultured gangsters go about lecturing people on the streets, stealing books from libraries and going to museums and theatres in between robberies? And what about ‘drug culture’? Is it about drug dealers selling dope in plastic packages with health warnings on them and offering free counselling to addicts? As for ‘gun culture’ and ‘knife culture’ it really is difficult even to imagine what all this could mean. Is it about some ancient tradition... 

Of BBC Left-Wing Bias. And Genital Warts

March 26, 2008

Of BBC Left-Wing Bias. And Genital Warts

The BBC’s top management has been saying, for the last 13 years especially, while it was sucking up to Labour, that the Corporation was always impartial in its coverage of the news and in its programming as a whole. I’ve always wondered how on earth the BBC top brass have been managing to keep a straight gace while talking bullshit. The BBC has always been left-wing, because it has always been funded by the public, so it knew it could get away with anything. And, as a result, the lefties simply took over the Corporation and started peddling their filth. Imagine, every bloody news bulletin and 99 per cent of all programmes on the BBC are left-wing biased. That is some great achievement for a broadcaster, operating in a conservative minded country like Britain, and feeding off the... 

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