The Plastic Hippo

December 29, 2015

Born again

Via AFP Getty

Via AFP Getty

For unto us a child is born,
Unto us a son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From this time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Isaiah 9:6-7 New King James Bible

According to some public pronouncements from the good and the great, it seems that we need to re-evaluate the way we in the United Kingdom commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. Her Britannic Majesty spoke of (more…)

December 13, 2015

A controlling mind

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Via Jason Reed/AFP/Getty Images

Via Jason Reed/AFP/Getty Images

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, perhaps the wisest judge ever to preside in the US Supreme Court, once reacted to an inexperienced lawyer demanding justice for his client by saying:
“Young man, let me remind you that this is a court of law and not a court of justice.”

In the four years since the depth and scale of phone hacking by British tabloid newspapers was revealed, there have been criminal investigations, court cases, convictions and the Leveson Inquiry. It was announced on Friday that the criminal investigation had ended and that no corporate prosecutions would be brought against the news organisations or other individuals accused of illegality. (more…)

October 18, 2015

Fiscal Chartists



In 1838, a small group of dangerous revolutionaries published an insurrectional call to arms with the sole aim of destroying the very fabric of British society. The so-called People`s Charter made outrageous demands including voting rights for all men aged above 21 and the ridiculous idea of a secret ballot. The whining lefties also claimed that that it was unfair that only wealthy landowners could stand for parliament and petulantly demanded democratic representation and payment in the unlikely event of some working-class peasant actually being elected as an MP. These traitors also issued an ultimatum insisting on constituencies of equal size and, astonishingly, annual general elections to hold MPs to account. (more…)

September 11, 2015

Extraordinary compassion

Filed under: Law,Politics,World — theplastichippo @ 2:00 am
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James Freeman Clarke, a now obscure and long dead American theologian and campaigner for the abolition of slavery, came up with perhaps the perfect distinction between a politician and a statesman. In a short and accurate aphorism he stated: “A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman, of the next generation”. Quite what he would think of David Cameron is anybody`s guess as the old boy has been dead for well over a century.

It is left to us to judge a Prime Minister that is happy to conflate a humanitarian disaster with the rhetoric and action of death by execution without due legal process. We do not require a talking hat to decide when a government has lost any pretence of credibility and any shred of morality or to sort out the distinction between empathy and vindictive self-interest. (more…)

June 11, 2015

Good riddance

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Not 911 via Reuters

Not 911 via Reuters

There was a time in this sceptred isle when bank managers were considered to be fine, upstanding pillars of society; wise, avuncular, prudent and honest guardians of the fortunes or poverty of society. Sadly, all that has changed and Mr Mainwaring for all his pomposity is long gone and has been replaced by a call centre in Mumbai and a gangster in Canary Wharf.

Consider the actions of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. Having been repeatedly found guilty of all manner of criminality, HSBC have announced that they intend to leave this sceptred isle for good because of impertinent investigation of wrongdoing, unacceptable corporation tax and a cruel and unjust banking levy. Along with money laundering, tax evasion, fraud, illegal rate rigging and stashing the cash of dictators and terrorists, we can now add blackmail to the charge sheet. (more…)

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