The Plastic Hippo

November 11, 2014

I promise to pay the bearer

Money

Like hearts, dreams, ambitions, mobile phones and the best wine glasses kept at the back of the cupboard for special occasions, promises are easily broken. There is a long and contemptuous tradition of politicians promising all manner of goodies to a gullible electorate without ever having any intention of coming up with the goods. When challenged to explain the failure to deliver pie-in-the-sky promises, the rulers with more ambition than heart usually ignore the awkward questions or sometimes talk of a change in circumstances or trot out the tired excuse that the promise was misunderstood by stupid voters.

The hilarious shambles in the House of Commons over the vote to have a vote on not having a vote to vote to enact a bill to re-adopt the European Arrest Warrant is just the latest farce in a long line of duplicitous wriggling that stretches back to the Stone Age. This particular pantomime, however, is different in that apart from being the funniest, it is likely to be something of a watershed moment for this awful coalition government. (more…)

November 8, 2014

Iron Chancellor

Via norton.com

Via norton.com

History might remember Otto von Bismarck as an aggressive, bullying stereotype in a silly pointy hat but, apart from the unpleasantness with Denmark, Austria and France, the Iron Chancellor managed to create a unified Germany and manufactured a relatively peaceful Western Europe until the turn of the 19th century. He also had a way with pithy one-liners some of which, even by today`s standards, are really rather funny. Proving forever that it is incorrect to suggest that Prussians lack a sense of humour, Otto once said:
“If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made.”

George Osborne might be remembered as a half-witted, inbred stereotype in what looks suspiciously like a silly syrup, but he has managed to create a disunited kingdom and an absolutely massive growth in manufacturing. Sadly, the only things being manufactured are distrust, division, distraction, despair and downright lies. If you like an equitable EU budget contribution adjustment and pork pies, look away now; preferably at that odd looking bloke over there eating a bacon butty. (more…)

November 1, 2014

Cry Woolf

Filed under: Law,Media,Politics,Society — theplastichippo @ 3:00 am
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Via londonist.com

Via londonist.com

Any suggestion that Home Secretary Theresa May is doing something other than a magnificent, skilful and professional job is complete nonsense and calls for her to resign or be sacked are merely petty, cheap political point scoring opportunism. Theresa May is doing an outstanding job at making sure that any serious investigation into allegations of the sexual abuse of children perpetrated by the powerful and the influential will never, ever, ever take place.

Even if we ignore some of the more outlandish rumours of depravity being circulated by delusional conspiracy theorists, the actions of a government vehemently stating the need for transparency, truth and justice indicates that some very dark secrets will remain forever secret and dark. (more…)

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