Archive for January, 2010

January 11th, 2010

And the winner is…

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Back in December I asked for predictions on the sentence of the 16-year-old thug who threw bleach over a woman’s head in a premditated attack for being asked to be quite in a cinema.

Predictions ranged from a foreign team-building holiday to a small fine, community service, suspended sentence & a ‘decent custodial’

The boy who attacked a mother by pouring bleach over her has been named today as 16 year old Jordan Horsley.

He has been sentenced, for attempted GBH with intent, to 12 months detention of which he will serve 6 months.

So I don’t think any of the predictions were correct. And I declare the competition null & void under my own rules, plus I get to keep the prize money.

(other previous posts on this incident can be found here & here)

January 10th, 2010

More Winter Wonders

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Some people really are their own worst enemies.

Over the last couple of weeks we have had reason to shut several roads in our area. This isn’t done because we like a laugh & want to inconvenience people, it’s usually because we don’t want them to either get stuck in snow & die, or we don’t want them to wrap themselves around a tree, and die.

So why is that people feel the need to drive around the road closure signs, get themselves stuck on ice & snow & then call the police for help.



January 9th, 2010

Double standards, surely not?

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How can a government stoop so low as to sentence a man without taking into account his mental state? So went our government a few days before a British citizen was executed for drugs smuggling in China.

I was struck by the glaring hypocrisy when compared to our governments treatment of one of its own citizens.

Gary McInnon is wanted by the American authorities for hacking into government computers. McInnon, who has Aspergers Syndrome, says he was looking for evidence of UFOs when he cracked the security of military computers by guessing passwords. The American authorities allege he caused hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage and have been seeking his extradition for several years

In stark contrast to the China case, ministers are falling over to carry out every wish of the United States government. Alan Johnson says there is nothing he can do to prevent sending McInnon to face trial & an extremely long prison sentence. This, despite the fact that his crime took place in the UK & that he is clearly not the full ticket.

This government has a problem sending murderers, rapists other ne’er-do-wells back to their own country at the first sniff of any potential mistreatment, but doesn’t appear to be the slightest bit concerned about sending one of its own citizens abroad to the prospect of a 100 year prison sentence. Supporters of McInnon say that if he needs to be taken to trial it is right proper to try him in the UK. The likelihood is that if he were to be convicted in a UK court, he may well not even get a custodial sentence. Yet the government are seemingly not prepared to lift a finger & happy to see him face hat in effect would be a cruel & unusual punishment. And Nu Labour deny being the lapdogs of the States. It’s not as if the USA has never been accused of human rights breaches (Guantanamo Bay, anyone?).

It would have been really interesting to see what they would have done had Akmal Shaikh been executed in America & China was seeking extradition of McInnon.

McKinnon has a ‘fan’ website (if that’s the right word) calling for him to be freed from extradition & given a fair trial in the UK

January 8th, 2010

Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just…

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I’ve just spent several whole minutes – that I won’t ever get back – reading Henry Porter’s Blog over at the Guardian. He has an article today asking whether the police in the UK are dumb or dangerous (or both).

The skeleton on which his article is built revolves around a tale which happens most days in most forces throughout the land. A member of the public reported seeing a car driving round Weymouth whose passenger was carrying a hand gun. The witness duly took down the car’s number & the driver’s address was attended by armed police.

The youths in question found that the penalty for the idiocy of driving round the town with a BB gun in open view, which looks like a real handgun, was to find themselves on the raw end of some really real handguns, pointed at them by the police.

Porter & most of his commenters are clearly of the view that nobody ever goes out in public with a handgun & nobody is ever shot. And that George Dixon should simply walk up to people & ask them if they have a real or a fake gun & hope it’s the later, presumably. What a virtuous & safe world they must live in.

I wonder what Porter’s blog entry would have been had the police just said ‘oh, it’s probably just a BB gun, we’ll ignore that’ & someone had been shot. Hmm, difficult one that.

January 7th, 2010

Winter Wonders

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At the risk of being called an outrageous drivist, here’s some topical footage of some numpties.

January 6th, 2010

Gotta laugh

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Regular readers will know of my general disdain for top class professional footballers, so its always nice to hear when they come a cropper.
Two managed it this week when they were convicted of speeding.
Ashley Cole was caught driving his Lambourghini at 104 mph in a 50. Magistrates heard his excuse was that he was being chased by photographers. His case has been adjourned for him to attend pending sentence.
Meanwhile, Jermain Defoe was fined £400 given 4 points for a 45 in a 30 mistake. His previous driving mishaps were 4 points for speeding in October 2008, 6 points for speeding in April 2009, disqualified from driving for 6 months in July 2008, and a further 6 -month ban in July  2009.

January 5th, 2010

I don’t want to report a racist incident

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The one lasting legacy of the McPherson report into the death of Stephen Lawrence is that we have been forever damned into visiting the sins of the fathers on the sons.

Born of this was the  ‘racism card’ which is an epithet for a demand for action over & above what others are entitled to.

It means that if someone, in their dealings with an ethnic person mishandles the case or makes a mistake the only possible reason can’t be incompetence but must, de facto, be racist.

The government decided the only way to deal with such allegations was to unbalance the whole system & tip it towards more favourable treatment for victims who perceive their incident to be racist.

So we have a judicial system which punishes people more harshly if there is a racist element.

We record incidents as racist, whether there is any evidence that they are or not based simply on whether anyone thinks it might have been. This gives rise to the ridiculous situation of recording an incident as racist when the victim himself says it wasn’t but an uninvolved third party thinks it was.

I had an interesting conversation this week with someone who phoned up to report a road rage incident. Someone had cut someone else up in the town. The upshot was that both drivers had got out of their car & words were exchanged. It was a racist incident, by any definition, one bloke had raised a wheel  brace at the other driver, called him a nigger & told him to fuck off back to his own country, which happened to be England.

I called him back. He was driving through the county & not a resident of it & this causes problems when we have an incident our guidelines say is mandatory attendance whether the person wants to see police or not – it’s no longer their choice. He didn’t particularly want to see police, he was concerned that there was a potentially violent driver who, had they confronted each other a little closer, might have wrapped someone round the head with a wheel brace.

I asked him if he would be available to pop in to a local police station so we could take a report advising him that it’s our policy to record all racist incidents. His response, which was entrely accurate was ‘ I’m a bit concerned that you’re bothered more about the racist angle than you are about the threatening behaviour, I’m a big bloke, I’ve been called that before, I’m not bothered about that, I just don;t want anyone to be assaulted by this guy”.

And he was totally correct, we do place more importance on the use of a particular set of rude words than we do on things which others might consider more important.

It’s time we got back to treating every victim as an individual & not dealing with people by tick-box policing.

January 4th, 2010

Making scum acceptable

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I was whiling away some time the other day reading the Travellers’ Times, an online publication dedicated to news & views for travellers, it describes itself as “The national magazine for Gypsies and Travellers“. I always like to keep my diversity credentials up to date lest I decide to go for a promotion. (my arse)

The winter 2009-2010 issue has features on successful sporting travellers, Romanies working for the BBC, registering for voting rights & beating bullies.

Page 18 of the 20-page issue has an advert from a company called Alpha Talk with the strap line “Are you in Trees, Drives or Plastics? Create a professional image, and increase your business – order an 0800 number today

For as little as £299 per annum you can have an 0800 or 0845 number which connects straight to your mobile together with a prestigious office address in either Birmingham or London which you can use as a convenience address to make your business look legitimate, I mean, professional. You can even have a two-page website ‘professionally designed”.

I expect that the company would not stoop so low as to take money from burglars or rogue traders in order to make their ‘businesses’ seem somewhat more legitimate than they might otherwise be. And that they check the bona fides of all their clients to make sure they are not like the ‘company’ of travellers who ripped off my father by charging him £700 to rip off some perfectly sound guttering & replace it with cheap shite which needed replacing by a proper builder the first time it rained. Spookily, they had leaflets with an 0800 telephone number & an address which they hadn’t ever been within 200 miles of.

Footnote: I expect this business opportunity is open to all classes of rip-off merchant, not just Travellers, Gypsies & Romanies.

January 3rd, 2010

That’ll be an extra 15 quid, Sir

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So the government are planning on extending the ‘victim surcharge‘ which is a levy on fines paid by convicted criminals. Since 2007 a £15 fee has been added to the penalty of all people convicted at court of a crime. This has, allegedly, been used to fund support services for victims of crime.

It now appears the government wish to extend the scheme to fixed penatly tickets for motorists. Details aren’t yet set but the BBC news is reporting that speeding offences & parking fines would be among those targeted for the extra fee. A £60 ticket for speeding, no seatbelt or mobile phone use would rise to £75.

Critics call it a stealth tax on an easy target; the motorist, who already pays billions to the goverment every year for non motoring revenue raising such as shoring up the benefits system. The money does not go to victims of crime but to services which support victims, so has nothing to do with compensating people. Apparently, there is £40 million in unpaid compensation – I have several awards of compensation which were never paid to me & never followed up by anyone with any interest in making sure I got the compensation.  My own attempts to recover it were completely fruitless – so I have some sympathy with many thousands of people in a similar situation.

I can’t help thinking that support services for victims ought to be funded centrally by government & that any such extra levy on fines should be used to pay out the victims instantly rather than the court agreeing to a payment system of about 5 pence a year & failing to collect any of it. They should then rigourously pursue the convicted for repayment of that compensation.

Stealth tax or not, it is actually a fee which is reasonably easy to avoid for most people with a modicum of road sense.

January 2nd, 2010

Talking of Lower than Low

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Whatever your feelings on the war in Afghanistan, there can be few people who don’t hold the people of Wooton Bassett in high regard. Every week the people of the town turn out to pay their respects to the fallen soldiers of the UK as their bodies are repatriated from abroad to their families.

One group whose ethical & moral standing is of a completely more, er, scummy nature is a bunch calling themselves Islam4UK. Their website describes them as: “A platform for the global front Al-Muhajiroun, Islam4UK has been established by sincere Muslims as a platform to propagate the supreme Islamic ideology within the United Kingdom as a divine alternative to man-made law.” Their aim, as described on their site is “to convince the British public about the superiority of Islam and expose the fallacies of man-made law, thereby changing public opinion in favour of Islam in order to transfer the authority and power (from those with authority and power) to the Muslims in order to implement the Sharee’ah (here in Britain).”

So, what have they done to bring them to the attention of yours truly? Well, it’s not what they have done, more what they are planning to do. I can do no better than to quote their press release, entitled “Wooton Bassett March”.

Islam4UK, a platform for the global front Al-Muhajiroun, would like to announce the launch of a momentous march that is scheduled to take place in the following weeks, details of which will be released shortly inshaa’allah (God willing).

The destination of this very special event is the small market town of Wootton Bassett, located 6 miles Southwest of Swindon, in northern Wiltshire; Wootton Bassett, is currently famous for its public mourning processions held in memory of British soldiers killed whilst on military service in Afghanistan; coffins containing the dismembered bodies of these soldiers are usually draped in union jack flags and driven through the town centre from RAF Lyneham, as a tribute to their ‘sacrifice’.

The proposed march by members of Islam4UK is however of a very different venture, held not in memory of the occupying and merciless British military, but rather the real war dead who have been shunned by the Western media and general public as they were and continue to be horrifically murdered in the name of Democracy and Freedom – the innocent Muslim men, women and children.

It is quite extraordinary, that with well over 100,000 Muslims killed in Afghanistan in the last 8 years that those military serviceman who have directly or indirectly contributed to their death are paraded as war heroes and moreover honoured for what is ultimately genocide.

We at Islam4UK find this totally unacceptable and as a result have decided to launch the ‘Wootton Bassett March’ to highlight the real casualties of this brutal Crusade.

If you would like more information about the ‘Wootton Bassett March’ or are Muslim and would like to take part in it please contact the following numbers:

I don’t have a problem that they don’t support the war in Afghanistan. I don’t even have a problem with them thinking British soldiers are murderers, after all, I spent 30 years defending their right to say such things, but it simply beggars belief that they intend to hold a demonstration in the heart of support for all those in the UK who do wish to pay tribute to the people who are dying in the service of their country.

The only comfort I can glean from this bunch of clowns is that they are an extremely minor & pathetically insignificant bunch of wasters, none of whom are fit to lick the shoes of those they seek to denograte.

Apparently, there’s a Facebook Group set up against this march (whatever a Facebook Group is) which is advising people to ring Wiltshire Police to register their disgust, so the Wiltshire Police control room might be a bit busier.

January 1st, 2010

Feeling Hungry?

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I’m told that the item in the following video was a piece of evidence in a robbery case. Now where did I put my warrant card?

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