Thursday, December 25, 2008

C4's Jew-Hating Fascist For Xmas Message

Channel 4 is sinking to appalling depths to court controversy and boost flagging ratings, by airing a Jew-hating, gay-bashing tyrant, in a deeply offensive TV message during a Christian celebration. 

The insulting broadcast by Iran's president, as part of C4's 'alternative' Christmas message, is a disgraceful act of wilful publicity, justified by the usual pseudo-liberal clap-trap. 

Even the government has condemned the broadcast, with the foreign office saying that allowing Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad to deliver Channel 4's 'Alternative Christmas Message' will cause international offence. Too right.

This is a dangerous fanatic with well-documented anti-semitic and anti-gay views, a despotic ruler using 'religion' as an excuse for a fascist regime preaching hatred and bigotry.

Reminiscent of a student union debate, which deliberately uses controversial speakers to drum up interest, Channel 4 justified its broadcast with a pathetic claim that it was offering viewers an "alternative world view". 

But Channel 4 is a state-owned and publicly-subsidised broadcaster and the prats at the top should realise with that comes responsibility, taste and decency. At best it's a deeply embarrassing, national disgrace.

The Orange Party doesn't give a fig what this fascist bastard may say during his broadcast. Allowing an outrageous tyrant airtime is an insult to Jews around the world and condones the actions of a regime which oppresses homosexuals  and treats women as second class citizens. 

Who next Robert Mugabee? Why not go the whole hog and just re-run some of Hitler's anti-semitic speeches, dressed up as the 'alternative' voice? 

Labour MP Louise Ellman, of the Labour Jewish Movement, said: "I condemn Channel 4's decision to give an unchallenged platform to a dangerous fanatic who denies the holocaust while preparing for another, and claims homosexuality does not exist while his regime hangs gay young men from cranes in the street."

Channel 4 has deliberately and wilfully given a platform to a despot who has made no secret of of the fact he wants to wipe Israel from the face of the earth and persecute Christians.

More importantly, it is disturbing that a national broadcaster would stoop so low to try to shock its pitiful audience to grab headlines and boost ratings.

Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell  called on the broadcaster to "pull the plug on this criminal despot, who ranks with Robert Mugabe, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and the Burmese military junta as one of the world's most bloody tyrants".

Squirming with the usual and predictable twisted pseudo-liberal garbage, C4's head of news and current affairs, Dorothy Byrne, said: "As the leader of one of the most powerful states in the Middle East, President Ahmadinejad's views are enormously influential ... As we approach a critical time in international relations, we are offering our viewers an insight into an alternative world view."

The Orange Party will watch with interest which advertisers have chosen to buy advertising slots around this appalling broadcast - but will treat the actual broadcast with the contempt it deserves - and give this fascist despot a very wide berth. 


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Brown's 'Sellit & Soon' New Year Sale

Brown is planning his own New Year sale of the last few state assets at a knock-down price, in his bid to claw back cash and head off fears of vote-losing tax increases. 

Ministers are quietly forming a new firm of Sellit and Soon, as they make the dash for cash from the attic. 

Today's ComRes opinion poll for The Independent explodes the myth of a Brown bounce as no more than a blip. In a month, the Tories are up two points at 39 per cent against Labour at 34. But if the Conservatives pledged lower public spending with no tax rises, that rose to a staggering 49 per cent for Tories, 32 per cent for Labour. And that would lead to a Tory landslide.

Time and again New Labour politicians and supporters, obsessed with clinging on to power for as long as they can, quash any talk of an early election. But political strategists suggest time is running out for Brown and the gang. 

Brown's promise to spend more on public services, then raise taxes is hardly an election winner. Pulling troops out of Iraq and riding on the back of Obama's visit won't be enough to sway public opinion. To survive with any chance of winning, the government needs to pull an economic rabbit out of the hat.

That economic miracle swindle was laid bare last week when the sale of the government's remaining share in the Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) to an American company was sneaked out without telling parliament, in the hope it would get buried, as MPs broke up for the long Christmas hols. 

But equally disturbing was that the AWE share went for an undisclosed sum. No figure has been made public for the sale of this public asset. 

With the sale of the AWE share, the Orange Party warned this was the thin end of the wedge and other state assets would follow. With the High Street slashing prices up to 60%, in times of economic hardship, these public owned assets too are set be sold off at a bargain price. 

What has become clear is that ministers have formed a Sellit & Soon firm (the Operational Efficiency Programme) as part of the sell-off strategy, with details buried in the Pre-Budget Report (p119). Few choice plums remain. There really isn't much left to sell-off in the recession fire sale. 

The Met Office is a prime target and ripe for a sell-off, followed closely by the Forestry Commission, the Westminster Queen Elizabeth II conference centre, the Covent Garden Market Authority, the Royal Mint, the Tote, buildings owned by British Waterways, British Nuclear Fuel's stake in uranium enrichment company Urenco and the Oil & Pipeline Agency. 

Come the New Year, the Tories will finally get their economic act together with a much simpler and less confusing economic message strategy, with less attacks on Brown's reckless borrowing plans and higher taxes, more on driving home a Tory manifesto promise of a real alternative. 

As the government flounders over the economy, just putting the blame on global this and that has worn thin, Brown as saviour of the world is a joke, which only Mandleson seems to see the funny side. 

Setting up the new firm of Sellit & Soon is the only option, as the government tries in vain to convince voters, struggles to make ends meet and avoid the election suicide note of tax increases. 


Monday, December 22, 2008

Quick Now Knackered Of The Yard

The home secretary's favourite copper has been forced to make an unprecedented apology to the Tories, in a wake up call for the Met and the political police. Now the only question is how quick will Quick go?

A direct police attack on Her Majesty's Opposition had blown out of the water any pretence the Met is not a highly politicised arm of the current government.

Now assistant commissioner, Bob Quick, head of the counter-terror squad, has issued an "unreserved" apology to the Conservative Party after his outburst accusing the Tories of behaving in a "corrupt" way and mobilising the press against the Met.

Publicly the Tories have drawn a line under it, privately they must be seething.

Quick was clearly peeved with Mail on Sunday hacks sniffing around his wife's luxury car hire firm run from the family home but too quick to lay the blame. Absurd and churlish comments were to be expected. But to accuse Her Majesty's Opposition of behaving in a "corrupt" way was at best naive, at worse an inexcusable affront to democracy.

Only a fool would directly accuse the Tories of being in some way behind the Mail on Sunday expose without a shred of evidence. Mail journalists don't need Tory politicians to do their dirty work.

But the Conservatives are not a two bit political party that police can trample all over. They are officially Her Majesty's Opposition and, as such, parliament affords them rights and privileges.

Slowly the Met is having to wake up to the fact that the official Opposition has just as an important right and part to play in democracy as the government of the day.

But that of course is what is getting up the nose of the government and its pals at the Yard, which is no stranger to corruption claims against it. Accusing someone else of being corrupt is a bit rich coming from the Met.

To make matters worse, Quick's absurd and damaging outburst re-ignited the whole Damian Green affair which all key players now hoped will just go away. It called into question the political bias of Quick, a keen supporter of the home secretary's 42 day detention, who is also heading an inquiry into the alleged home office leaks which sparked off the Greengate scandal.

No politician wants Green's part in that affair to drag on for much longer. There's too much at stake for the government's credibility. Many are expecting any allegations against the MP to be dropped, leaving parliament and MPs to deal with the vexed questions of the unwarranted police raid on the sanctity of parliament.

The government's cosy relationship with the Met is so over the top it's almost laughable. But times when police could pander to politicians are changing and the Met should get used to it.

Mayor Johnson fired a warning shot over the bows, when Blair's poodle and namesake Sir Ian Blair was forced to quit as commissioner because he'd lost the confidence of the Conservative London mayor.

Top jobs in the Met will no longer be handed out as rewards and favours to faithful supporters who suck up to government and to keep them in line. The 'cash for peerages' scandal showed where that corruption can lead.

That, commander Quick, was corruption. What is starting to happen now is called democracy.