The Plastic Hippo

September 5, 2016

Muppet Show

Filed under: Law,Media,Politics — theplastichippo @ 1:59 am
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The Right Honourable Keith Vaz MP

The Right Honourable Keith Vaz MP

When lurid allegations begin to circulate regarding the private goings on of public figures, it is best to remember that very little is actually true unless a judge and or a jury are of the opinion that something or other might have happened. Consider the current misfortunes of one Nigel Keith Anthony Standish Vaz the Labour MP for Leicester East. Constantly described as powerful and influential, Mr Vaz seems to have run into a spot of bother involving prostitutes, drugs and unprotected sex. Given the reputation of our elected representatives, this sort of behaviour might come as no surprise but we have yet to be offered any evidence of illegality. Keith should know; Keith is a lawyer. (more…)

September 2, 2016

No chance

Filed under: Politics,Rights,Society — theplastichippo @ 1:07 am
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Via themetrolist.com

Via themetrolist.com

Regardless of the selection process or the suitability of the candidate or even a cursory nod in the general direction of decency and honesty, only the most cynical of observers would be so mean-spirited to condemn anyone starting a new job especially if that job happens to be the Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Everyone should be given a chance and as our new PM has already stated, each of us should be judged by how “smart” we are and how hard we are prepared to work.

Apart from making a complete mess of controlled immigration targets and being made to look ridiculous by various extreme clerics and all that unpleasant and unfortunately illegal racism brought about by poster vans inviting foreigners to go home, Theresa May was a marvellous Home Secretary. She took the chance to scrap protection for victims of domestic violence and introduce a snoopers` charter to prove that any critic of government is, in fact, supporting and encouraging terrorism. Police numbers have reduced but the number of deaths in police custody has increased. (more…)

August 31, 2016

Fairness, justice and wishful thinking

Filed under: Media,Politics,Society,Sport,World — theplastichippo @ 3:00 am
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Core values

Core values

As August departs in a blaze of sunshine, with a resigned sigh we contemplate an autumn of discontent and a winter of absolute, all consuming misery. As seasons go; silly is too narrow a definition to contain the output of our noble, balanced and independent media. Based on current output, perhaps we should introduce a seasonal banding system for when politicians take August as a holiday to elevate silliness beyond the merely plain daft. In front of every silver lining is a bloody great big black cloud.

Super silly season would cover or, indeed, uncover any of the nonsense coming out of France at the moment. Mega silly season could define the USA in an election year and silly beyond the point of reasonable belief would characterise the actions of Labour Party members during another leadership election and the media`s utterly bizarre reporting of a political party running out of feet to shoot. We can, however, take comfort in traditional silly season hokum. (more…)

August 27, 2016

Stars

Filed under: Education,Politics,Society — theplastichippo @ 1:03 am
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HAWK-I_NGC_1300

With a paucity of remotely sensible political analysis being made available to a bewildered yet cynical public, it is tempting to simply join in with the blizzard of outrageous allegations and smears against friend and foe alike safe in the knowledge that any factual evidence will never be checked. Even if some naïve soul investigates the veracity of various claims and counterclaims, we have rapidly realised that proof is irrelevant and irrefutable evidence is best ignored. With politics descending further into playground name-calling followed by little boys starting a fight and then running away, the most efficient way to stick the boot in is with the tried and tested personal anecdote.

So, my wife once met a man on a train who said he knew a woman who had a sister who knew a man that told this absolutely true story. (more…)

August 23, 2016

Medalling with worlds

Filed under: History,Media,Sport,World — theplastichippo @ 3:10 am
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1936 Olympics medal

For a global sporting event to be considered successful, it must be preceded by dire predictions of unfinished facilities, dangerous infrastructure, drug scandals, blatant corruption and civil unrest. The Games of the XXXI Olympiad delivered on all those requirements and surpassed previous Olympiads by throwing in the threat of a particularly nasty tropical disease. The first half of Rio 2016 will be remembered as the games that had everything. (more…)

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