Archive for May, 2014

May 30, 2014

Chilcott inquiry to publish gist of two post-it notes from Bush-Blair talks

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The Cabinet Office has magnanimously agreed not to suppress images in which the two men appear together, provided you can’t see their trousers

After 5 years and £7m, the Chilcott enquiry has reached a deal with the Cabinet Office to make public the gist of two post-it notes, summarising a bit of a chat Tony Blair and George Bush had, in which the word ‘Iraq’ was nearly mentioned.

Sir John Chilcott and Sir Jeremy Haywood agreed that of the 130 recorded conversations between the former Prime Minister and US  President, the two ‘yellow stickies’ gave the public all the information it demanded, whilst still ensuring important sensitive information was protected.

Sir John Chilcott said “Well, I’m the first person who wants the public to get the whole truth; I

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May 29, 2014

Daily Cartoon: Vince Cable

by philapilus

Once again Stefan Belle, resident cartoonist at the Guardian since 1792, lends us his razor-sharp pen! This time, skewered on his mighty nib are the Lib Dems, whose dilemma makes us chortle! Guffaw!! Very witty, Mr Belle, very witty!!!

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May 29, 2014

Roy Hodgson sends Stephen Hawking proposal for complete theory of the universe

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“For-God’s-Sake-Is-The-Referee-Blind-Or-Something?”

Following Professor Stephen Hawking’s comprehensive predictions of exactly how and why England will lose the 2014 World Cup, Roy Hodgson has reciprocated by offering Hawking a Grand Theory of Everything.

Hodgson’s theory has brought together the disparate strands of modern physics, and, if correct, will revolutionise human understanding.

The England manager hypothesises that “The multiverse can best be understood as something like a tube of Smarties, with the logo accidentally printed on the inside, which has been emptied by a playful kitten, and then stretched out with a medieval torture rack, before being scrunched up by an angry Northern housewife, and then shaped into a frog by an origami expert from Merthyr Tydfil.”

Professor Hawking said “I have

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May 29, 2014

Lib Dems now unable to beat even themselves

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Like trying to choose between diarrhoea and constipation

It was revealed yesterday that the increasing range of things the Liberal Democrats are incapable of doing has finally been extended to absolutely everything, after a coup failed to depose one of the most universally despised men in British political history.

Lord Oakeshott’s unsuccessful attempt to replace Nick Clegg with Vince Cable has been described by pundits as “the single most pathetic, all-encompassing and embarrassing fuck-up since Eric Pickles’ publically declared New Year’s resolution to lose 10 stone.”

BBC political editor, Bernard Cheese, said “Clegg looks like a total loser because his own party has joined with the rest of the population in thinking he is an incompetent idiot. However, Cable also looks like a loser because he acted all shocked, but it now transpires he

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May 28, 2014

Pedestrian covers self in cameras to catch out “bastard cyclists”

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Universally recognised as the best people ever

After the success of self-appointed superhero-cyclist ‘Traffic Droid’ in capturing footage of bad drivers, a new pedestrian superhero has begun a campaign against “idiots on bikes”.

‘The Footman’, aka Tim Twanks, an unemployed cat-neuterer from Catford, said “It is my mission to bring to justice – or at least severely annoy – the legion of complete arsehole cyclists plaguing London’s streets.”

The Footman said he had been inspired by Traffic Droid’s “insufferable self-righteousness” to film every cyclist he saw going through red lights, failing to stop at ‘Stop’ signs, cycling on the pavement, riding without safety gear, lights or reflectors “and other assorted fuckwittery.”

Footman said “My life was miserable. Lacking

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May 28, 2014

All court evidence to be delivered “through the medium of song”

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“The Defence calls for a kazoo, m’lud…”

After Rolf Harris surprised jurors in his sex abuse trial yesterday with renditions of his musical hits, the High Court has ruled that in future all evidence is to be given through song.

Judge Dreydd, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, said “I don’t know if Rolf’s guilty or not, but it’s the first time I’ve ever seen a jury stay awake for the whole session.

“From now on it is going to be mandatory for all witnesses and defendants to communicate solely through song – although they will be allowed to accompany themselves on wobble-board, spoons, or the kazoo.

“Anyone who

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May 27, 2014

EU to be put down

by philapilus

this room is finally as it should be

It was agreed this morning that the EU is to be taken out back and shot in the head, finally putting it out of its decades-long misery.

After European elections resulted in a violent swing to the right, a coalition of mutually loathing MEPs – many of them in power for the first time – announced that the EU had to go.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who won England after last week’s popularity contest, said “The European Union has fractured into a bunch of xenophobic, petty-minded, egotistical shits. It’s brilliant!

“I’ve longed for

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May 27, 2014

Gove axes all ‘dangerously modern or foreign’ literature

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Like giving your children actual poison

In a move critics are describing as “a bit unorthodox”, Education Secretary Michael Gove has announced the eradication of all works of ‘degenerate literary art’ from school libraries.

The public burning of English-language books published after 1900, and of any book whatsoever that was originally “written in foreign”, will take place in every school across the country later this week.

Mr Gove said “Last week’s statement that we were going to do away with so-called ‘classics’ like Of Mice and Men, and To Kill a Mockingbird was actually

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May 21, 2014

‘Critics are best thing ever’ say critics

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Like something from a Ken Loach film

Cultural commentators of all stripes have joined together in robustly defending the gallant assault some music critics made on a young opera singer’s looks.

The Daily Telegraph’s Rupert Christiansen was amongst those who were unfairly pilloried, after pointing out that Tara Erraught’s “dumpy stature” somehow didn’t sound right.

But he and many other critics have today published a riposte, in the form of an open letter, on the subject of ‘Why critics are beyond criticism’.

They explain that

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May 21, 2014

Prince Charles congratulates Putin on “admirably German” handling of Ukraine

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“And might I just add; we’re huge fans of how you’ve handled the neighbours, Herr Adolf”

Prince Charles has caused a considerable stir this morning, after it emerged he had praised the Russians’ actions over the Ukraine crisis.

The Prince of Wales said that Putin’s annexation of the Crimea and belligerent military pressure on Ukraine were “Very akin to the robust handling of neighbouring states by the Germans, which was so admired by my Great Uncle Eddie.

“My son Harry is also a huge fan of

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