Rowan Atkinson defends Boris Johnson’s burqa ‘joke’ – but did he consider the intent behind it?

The last time I can recall Rowan Atkinson raising his head above the parapet to give an opinion on political matters, I thought he was right. Not so sure about this one, though. Mr Atkinson has defended remarks made by Boris Johnson in a Torygraph article, in which he suggested that women wearing burqas look like “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”. Mr Atkinson reckons it was a good joke. I can only say, paraphrasing one of his own sketches: “Good? No. Joke? … No.” Boris Johnson is a man with a history…

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Day of action against bullying by job centre staff and police

What do you do if you’re a Job Centre manager and a benefit claimant who’s ripe for sanction turns up with someone else as their “representative”? If you’re in charge of Arbroath Job Centre, you have the man arrested, that’s what! Yes, you read that correctly. Tony Cox, an activist with the Scottish Unemployed Workers Network, had accompanied a female claimant who suffers from severe dyxlexia and reading problems. She was having several severe panic attacks every day, caused by the stress of filling five Universal Jobmatch applications every day. Cox…

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Child abuse imagery arrest raises questions about newspaper timing

Today’s (March 4) papers and Internet news sites will be full of the arrest of Patrick Rock, until recently an aide of David Cameron (and a former protege of Margaret Thatcher) on suspicion of possessing child abuse imagery. The BBC News article is one of a deluge covering the story of the 62-year-old former deputy head of 10 Downing Street’s policy unit – who had been working on policies that are allegedly intended to make it harder to find images of child abuse on the Internet. The arrest took place…

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Sleepwalking further into Police State Britain as law offers new powers of repression

Scriptonite Daily has published a piece that everyone should read. It begins: “The UK Government is about to pass legislation which will make any behaviour perceived to potentially ‘cause nuisance or annoyance’ a criminal offence. The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill also grants local authorities, police and even private security firms sweeping powers to bar citizens from assembling lawfully in public spaces. The Bill has successfully passed through the House of Commons without issue, and is now in the latter stages of review by the House of Lords, after…

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Iain Duncan Smith – the Musical!

When he realises we’ve started making satirical music videos about him, Iain Duncan Smith will probably think he’s hit the big time. Sad, deluded little man. This is a project that has been developing for a while, after RTU himself went around the media, denying all the factual evidence that said his benefit cap had not put 12,000 people into work, as he was then claiming. (A previous claim that 8,000 had gone into employment to avoid the effect of the benefit cap had been disproved by polling organisation Ipsos Mori,…

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Iain Duncan Smith: Big on belief – lacking in truth

I believe that Chris Huhne really wasn’t a crook I believe Britannia Unchained is a readable book I’m prepared to believe that the government isn’t leaking And that Boris Johnson sometimes thinks before speaking Yes I believe J Hunt is clever Norman Tebbit will live forever And that GM foods will make us healthier And there were WMDs out in the desert. I believe that Cameron means what he says. And that Michael Gove got good ‘O’ Level grades. And I believe our courts are great; That the NHS is safe: And the…

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Police move on campaigners for “criminal acts against DWP”

Some of you may be aware that police invaded the home of a campaigner for Disabled People Against Cuts, living in Cardiff, just before midnight yesterday (October 26). Apparently she had been accused of “Criminal acts against the Department for Work and Pensions” – being that she has been highlighting the deaths of sick and disabled people following reassessment by Atos and the DWP for Employment and Support Allowance. No charges were brought against the lady concerned and it is generally considered that this was an act of intimidation. Since…

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