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June 8, 2014

Gove vs. Reality

Rigor mortis

Rigor mortis

With the best will in the world and summoning up all remaining reserves of compassion, empathy, forgiveness and basic humanity, it is impossible to like anything about Michael Gove.

Any redeeming qualities this Secretary of State for Education might once have manifested now languish in the ruins of his credibility, venal dishonesty, incompetence and abject failure. The latest shambles brought about by the right dishonourable member for Surrey Heath revolves around an alleged plot to infiltrate Birmingham schools with warped ideology and barking mad extremist dogma. (more…)

June 6, 2014

Los Reyes Catόlicos están muertos

Filed under: Faith,History,Media,Politics,World — theplastichippo @ 3:15 am
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Fear and surprise

Fear and surprise

The origins of a united and powerful Spain can be traced back to the marriage of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile in 1469 and although they might only have been teenagers, when they later succeeded to their respective thrones – Ay caramba! – look out world.

Commissioning the voyages of Christopher Columbus, they began the wholesale plundering of Central and South America. Their fanatical devotion to Pope Sixtus IV unleashed a vicious pogrom against Judaism, Islam and basically anything that wasn`t considered Catholic. Nobody expected technological innovations such as the rack, the garrotte and water boarding to be so successful at forcing religious conversion through ruthless efficiency. The Inquisition also invented ghettos. (more…)

June 1, 2014

Let`s do the time warp again

Filed under: History,Politics,World — theplastichippo @ 5:00 am
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Whenever there is a shift in political balance, regardless of its magnitude, it is inevitably described as a lurch to something other than the status quo. The results of the European and local elections in the UK might suggest a small jump to the left with a simultaneous step to the right but what is likely to drive us all insane is the inappropriate and worryingly vulgar pelvic thrust of the unpleasant Farage creature. Rather than lurching in any particular direction, British politics and the politics of Europe and beyond are swirling into a combined vortex heading inexorably down the drain. (more…)

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