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I can’t think why anyone would want to write a letter to the Daily Mail but if you were that way inclined, here’s a handy list from Listopia (courtesy of badjournalism) of useful phrases and words to make your vitriol spitting that little bit easier.

  1. but then I suppose it would be against their “human rights” chat
  2. License Payer’s Money
  3. so-called “experts”
  4. But then, I suppose my views don’t count – I was only born here. chat
  5. do-gooders chat
  6. sick and tired chat
  7. hard working families
  8. Guardianistas chat
  9. the nanny state
  10. I’d pull the lever myself
  11. rip-off Britain
  12. our masters in Brussels
  13. and for what, eh?
  14. something for nothing
  15. nothing to hide, nothing to fear chat
  16. I utterly abhor everything the BNP stands for. However… chat
  17. eco-nazis
  18. the British taxpayer
  19. you couldn’t make it up
  20. here we go again
  21. our brave boys
  22. Gordon Clown
  23. encourages paedophiles chat
  24. this multicultural nonsense
  25. PC idiots
  26. if they don’t like it, nobody’s forcing them to live here
  27. of course in those days the bobby would simply give them a clip round the ear
  28. moslem [sic]
  29. …and immigration that is out of control. – Steve Guff (ex-pat), Alicante, Spain
  30. the politically correct brigade
  31. lest we forget
  32. I, for one… chat
  33. now I’m not racist, but…
  34. methinks
  35. the silent majority
  36. we simply pulled up our knickers and went home for a bath
  37. Nu-Liar-Bore chat
  38. Robert Kilroy-Silk chat
  39. The British FRAUDcasting Corporation
  40. Jackboot Jacqui and Harriet Harperson
  41. If it hadn’t been for…………
  42. Police Farce
  43. bleeding-heart liberals
  44. – – -ist nonsense
  45. as I’m sure no one needs reminding
  46. in this day and age
  47. …and his ilk
  48. state hand-outs
  49. in these troubled times
  50. would have been birched on The Isle Of Man, and deservedly so.
  51. only pleased my father is too befuddled to realise.
  52. and the sooner the better.
  53. it didn’t do ME any harm chat
  54. fought and died for this country
  55. If they like it so much, why don’t they go live there? chat
  56. Slippery slope
  57. I have plenty of ethnic friends myself, but…
  58. So much for our “green and pleasant land”.
  59. it beggars belief
  60. but if that were true we would all have sickle cell anaemia too wouldn’t we?
  61. There’s no such thing as foreign culture.
  62. not a million miles from what Hitler was trying to do
  63. all right-minded people will agree
  64. the loony left
  65. left to pick up the pieces
  66. why, oh why
  67. the licence payer
  68. the thin end of the wedge
  69. this sick filth
  70. young people of today
  71. Enoch Powell
  72. it’s a disgrace
  73. the persecution of fine upstanding citizens
  74. hanging’s too good for them
  75. Maggie
  76. bring back National Service
  77. capital punishment
  78. at the end of the day
  79. what has the world come to where we live in fear of being stabbed up by a youth?
  80. he/she forgets we saved his/her country from the Nazis.
  81. why don’t they leave?
  82. Them in Brussels
  83. UKIP seem like the only answer
  84. so-called `democracy’
  85. Did our grandfathers fight and die for…
  86. the Gnomes of Zurich
  87. pandering to the liberal media
  88. Frankly, what price free speech?
  89. I earned it through hard work
  90. Entitlement culture
  91. Say what you like about Thatcher, at least she had the courage and plain common sense to …
  92. I’m pretty sure that if I wandered around in a balaclava, for instance,
  93. You could leave your front door off it’s hinges when you went on holiday chat
  94. Am I the only one who thinks…?
  95. The film contains frequent swearing and violence and is expected to prove popular
  96. Eurocrats
  97. But I suppose you can’t say that these days.
  98. jobsworth
  99. I am 92 years young
  100. can’t make a non-vegetable thali without breaking a few animals.

So it’s to be May 6th, where two, umm, titans go head to head and try and convince the public they are the man to trust. I’m trying to get registered and hopefully will do so in time, but still find it amazing to fathom that the run up is only a month away – in Ireland it always seems like so much longer; politicians knocking on the door every night, flyering at train stations, bus stations and shopping centres and sanctimonious looking posters tossed on every available vertical pole available. It’s not like this here. Well yet anyway.

Here’s an interesting thought for your day from Alastair Campbell, former downing street press secretary on Tony Blair. Well I think we and all the nice people in Iraq know who he is.

“We might spot a single car on a country road and he’d say: ‘That driver has our future in his hands.’ It is the wonder of democracy, but it’s not an easy existence for the leaders and their teams. “

My current ‘book’ of choice is The Dirt, the Motley Crue biography, only out, what, about nine years now?
It’s hysterical, in the humorous sense, but also in what they do. If ever there were a book about excess that wasn’t written by Hunter S Thomson, then surely this is it. However, the more I read, the more I fear for my soul. There’s stories of guitar head insertion into willing females, self abuse and Satanism. None of that worries me in the slightest, it’s more the affect it may have on readers.
I’m not Tipper Gore, I like metal, I like rock and roll and as far as I’m concerned glorify what you want and do what you want, but that doesn’t stop me having a few moments of reflection after realising I’ve been tittering away about yet another hilarious anecdote where some woman’s been dehumanised and demeaned. But that’s rock and roll. Right? This here’s a strange/no place for a post feminist.

“Do you think maths teachers in secondary schools should be required to have a qualification in the subject?” – the poll in today’s Irish Times

I know economics isn’t straightforward and isn’t exactly maths but given Ireland is (in) a dire financial state, thanks almost directly to excessive lending, citizens living well beyond their means and not understanding their own finances, and combined with mammoth cock ups by the heads of bank and poor general understanding of economics and finance, and given maths is the basis of this, well, yeh, I think that would be a very good idea.

However, there is a little good news or at least some respite for those still working their way back into the black, as the Oireachtas Committee on Social and Family Affair has called for the moratorium on house repossessions to be extended by a further 12 months. The initial moratorium was ordered by the Financial Regulator, and for another 12 months, all lenders must wait at least a year from the point at which arrears first arise before applyting to the court for a repossession order.

There’s a lot to be said about words. We know and understand the power of language and semantics but we all have the power to use our words our own way. In an article in the Guardian on the Holocaust, Carly Whyborn said the following: “We can all make the choice to challenge exclusion when we see it happening – we can choose to stop using language that dehumanises others and we can stop our friends and family from dehumanising and excluding others.”

I respect everyone’s right to choose and believe in what they want. But I will never except the title of not being ‘pro-life’ and am not comfortable with it being pushed on me because I believe women have a right to choose whether to abort the foetus growing inside them or not.

I am pro-life. I’m pro my life, and the lives of countless women who face being pregnant in circumstances that I could barely fathom and decide to terminate their pregnancy and continue on with their lives under circumstances of their choice. They have a right to retain control. I’m pro-life of the 4600 women who travelled to the UK last year to terminate their pregnancies. And the thoughts that some who are unable to travel or pay around E800 for the privilege to do so are turning to illegal methods leaves me cold. As Niall Behan from the Irish Family Planning Association points out, it’s just not acceptable. And for women who sign up for honest, non-judgemental advice from Irish crisis pregnancy groups run by people with ulterior motives, to be told they will end up with a colostomy bag or asked what they’d call their dead foetus, well these are not the actions of a reasonable group. These are the actions of emotional terrorists who should not be allowed in the vicinity of women going through a tremendously emotional ordeal.

The Irish government are now coming under real pressure to investigate these claims and hopefully pave the way for a mature and reasonable approach to abortion, not an emotionally overwrought manipulative one-sided debate. But with the anti-choice campaigners monetarily hijacking the Superbowl with a short on the evils of abortion and the murder of Dr George Tiller at his church, a doctor who assisted women in late term abortions, my hopes for Ireland are meek.

And here’s an outstanding tribute to the doctors and nurses in Oklahoma City:

I was in the queue at M&S yesterday and my jaw dropped, plummeted and recoiled at the sight of the Daily Express yesterday (at least I’m sure it was the Express, please do correct me if I’m wrong) – Now Muslims Demand  Full Sharia Law.

The story is about a (small) Muslim group Islam4UK seeking to impose Sharia Law on Britain, and who are proposing to hold a rally on October 31st to kick off their (let’s face it) unlikely to succeed campaign. Story aside, and the link is provided above even though it enrages me to think that you’ll click through and encourage this kind of BS and advertising revenue they’ll get from viewing that page, I’m all about the free speech and right to expressionism but this is outrageous. The headline is, at its most base, racist, divisive, inaccurate and offensive, and designed to play on the fears of those feeling marginalised, not report accurate information. Even the headline alone – Now Muslims Demand Full Sharia Law – they’re demanding full Sharia Law – whatever next? The implications of that headline are enormous and desperately deconstructive.

They have not done their job, they have even managed to do a disservice to tabloid journalism which I had thought almost impossible given where it’s been heading toward, abysmal sensationalist journalism, verging on non-sensical wordage. Playing on the fears of the centre and to the right, those people in the UK who fear simply what they don’t fully understand, is a shocking, underhanded and deceitful way to sell newspapers. In this country where the bloody BNP has gained seats and are sitting next to credible politicians who are seeking to serve the needs of the people of the UK as a whole, not racist, divisive, offensive everything the BNP and its bedfellow the Daily Express are. Crusading for a fairer Britain? Indeed.

Oh my my Microsoft, what were you thinking? As reported in the Guardian today, some ‘differences’ were spotted between this image:

microsoftpoland

And this:

microsoftoriginal

Namely the they photoshopped a white man’s head over a black man’s in a Polish advertisement. Empower the people indeed…