January 14, 2010

David Cameron, veal-potato head

     See the Guardian, Mr. SIMON HOGGART, Falling into heffalump trap,

     …Mr Brown attacked the new Tory poster with the smoothie-chops picture of David Cameron. Admittedly it looks as if someone had tried to play Mr Potato Head with a piece of veal. …


     –What is this, a new decade or something??

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July 15, 2009

Disabled person disses assisted suicide; or, “Not Dead Yet”

     On the whole “death” tip: see Jane Campbell in the Guardian, Assisted dying: not in our name: Disabled and terminally ill people reject the view that our lives are a tragic burden. We can speak for ourselves – hear us now,

     Today I and hundreds of other disabled and terminally ill people want you to know, we do not want assisted dying to be legalised for “people like us”. I will speak in the House of Lords against proposed amendments to the coroners and criminal justice bill that seek to set this country on the road to legalising assisted dying and, ultimately, euthanasia for people with terminal conditions. …
     The amendments’ supporters are unable to reconcile the fact that with the exception of a few vocal individuals, backed by the powerful Dignity in Dying, assisted dying legislation is not supported by the people it is intended to benefit. They appear not to have noticed that the days of others knowing what is best for disabled and terminally ill people are past. We are now empowered and we know what we need to play a full part in society. We want help to live – not help to die.
     If the state were to sanction any person to assist another in the ending of that person’s life, it would put at risk the lives of the very people who need every encouragement to live. We would be feeding in to the stereotype that our lives are so tragic, burdensome and insufferable that we must want to die. It takes extraordinary personal will to rise above such views. Many do not, especially when such views are held by loved ones.
     Concern among disabled people about the assisted dying bill led to the formation of “Not Dead Yet UK” in 2004, an organisation of disabled and terminally ill people alarmed that proponents of assisted dying were often going unchallenged. We wanted to show that opposition to euthanasia was not confined to the medical profession and faith leaders, who have been dismissed as defenders of vested interests and religious zealots. That is why it is so important that you hear our voices today. …
     …If I should ever seek death at those times when my progressive condition challenges me, I want to know that you are there supporting my continued life and its value. The last thing I want is for you to give up on me, especially when I need you the most.

     Not dead yet! –Amen!!

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June 11, 2009

Clown Brown switches Obama for Omaha

     See AFP via Google News, Under pressure Brown mixes Obama and Omaha,

     Prime Minister Gordon Brown renamed the famed Omaha beach “Obama beach” in a slip-up while giving his D-Day commemoration speech in France on Saturday.
     Brown, who is fighting for his political survival at home, was meant to be enjoying a few hours’ respite in Normandy with US President Barack Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Prince Charles.
     “And so next to Obama beach we join President Obama in paying particular tribute to the spectacular bravery of American soliders who gave their lives on Omaha beach,” Brown said, almost stumbling again when he said Omaha the second time.
     No correction was made and Brown went on to give a gracious tribute to the “sacrifice and valour” of those who died in the World War II landings….

     What a clown, that Gordon Brown.

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May 23, 2009

Britain needs a constitutional, or, 1789 meets 2009

     Although maybe the US of ObamA has trouble following its own Const (ratified in 1789)–re “”torture”" and all that–, the “United Kingdom” doesn’t even have a C yet, cf. the recent trouble there with the recent Parliamentary expense scams.
     So some baffled and bluefaced Britons want reform, including Consty reform, see Jon Freedland in the Guardian, The Speaker exits with revolution in the air. I say, bring it on: The great expenses fraud is a symptom of a larger disease. We need a new constitution, with the people as sovereign,

     …It is the shift from our current system – which rests on the belief that the crown-in-parliament is sovereign – to the simpler notion that it is the people who are sovereign in their own land.
     Plenty of other nations have made that move, most famously the US, whose founding document asserts that power starts with “We the people”. But we never did. …
     …the common thread that must run through any new constitution for Britain has to be the shift from parliamentary to popular sovereignty. Once you understand that in a true democracy the people are sovereign, the next moves become obvious. …
     In the 21st century, we can no longer accept that 646 individuals plus an unelected monarch are sovereign. Power should belong to all of us. And if that means revolution, bring it on.

     Or as TG Ash, also from the G, notes in A new politics: Build a constitution: We need an explicit, clear and transparent written constitution, by constitutional means,

     We need a written constitution. That is the largest conclusion we should draw from a crisis that is also an opportunity. Our legislature has compromised itself. Our executive has long been over-mighty. Our judiciary remains largely credible, but its independence needs to be reinforced. …
     The immediate question is how we go about this. In the final analysis, we will need a government ready to propose to parliament a new great reform bill. We must build a constitution by constitutional means. But before we reach that point, we need a great debate.    That can start right now, and right here.

     “Right here, right now”… Isn’t there a song that goes like that?

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