A UKIP councillor has tried to blame immigrants … because he is behind on his own council tax. Portsmouth’s Paul Godier was banned from voting on proposals for £13.1m worth of cuts at Portsmouth City Council because he is behind on payments to the authority. It has not been revealed how much he owes.
And it’s all because they came over here and bloody took his job:
“I have spent years as a low-skilled dockyard worker, but I can’t get any work in the dockyard because of the uptake of low-skilled foreign workers.
The gaffe comes a week after his party leader Nigel Farage was widely ridiculed for suggesting immigrants using the M4 made him late for a date with members who had paid £25 for the privilege of dining with him.
‘Red Ed’ was one of the principle anti-Miliband attack lines of the first two years of this parliament — a shorthand for his predilection, claimed by opponents of the Labour leader, for regulating and/or nationalising anything that moves. And did you hear hear that his dad was a Marxist?
Discussing “whether you actually have economic powers and resources” devolved to the regions, John Prescott has only gone and called him that in the middle of an interview with the BBC:
“And that’s why Red Ed, is right to have a commission to look at these and not rush them through ready for the election, which Hague is now doing.”
While the most horrendous events can beget some of the most tremendous journalism, perhaps Rupert Murdoch should have saved this blasé message for a phone call to the editor of the Australian Daily Telegraph — which is owned by, errr, Rupert Murdoch:
AUST gets wake-call with Sydney terror. Only Daily Telegraph caught the bloody outcome at 2.00 am. Congrats.
There’s just ten shopping days left until Christmas. Wondering what to get your favourite Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport? Struggling for gift ideas for the over-zealous BBFC censor in your life? Well worry no longer!
With the government widely ridiculed for introducing an arbitrary — not to mention sexist — list of acts which can no longer be depicted by British pornographers, game developers MiKandi have hit back:
“We made this game in 2 days after hearing about the recent UK ban on female ejaculation and other types of porn content, especially femdom. It’s super simple, but we wanted to get our point across fast.
“Save Female Ejaculation. Save the world … Obscenity is whatever gives the judge an erection.
With splayed-legged female as your avatar, the object of the game is to, errr, squirt judges, politicians and wannabe Mary Whitehouses. It’s free and available for Android here (NSFW).
Other apps from MiKandi include [cough] Fap Ninja (NSFW).
Iain Duncan Smith has finally admitted that the use of food banks is linked to delays in his own department paying benefits — having previously attacked a charity for “scaremongering” when they suggested precisely that.
In amongst the usual IDS lies and bluster, Sunday Politics’ longest ever interview contained this concession to Andrew Neil:
AN: So you don’t agree with the [hunger in Britain] report when it says there would be fewer people having to use food banks if your department paid the claims more quickly?
IDS: Well if we could pay 100% more quickly then I’m certain of that, yes.
AN: Your department has previously denied there was any link between the rise in food banks and the delay in your department paying benefits
IDS: […] Some may be to do with some delays [by the DWP]
So how about an apology to the Trussell Trust, to whom he wrote last year claiming they had “repeatedly sought to link the growth in [their] network to welfare reform”.
It’s not every day that The Sungives column space to someone calling for stronger regulation of the press:
“I believe strongly in press freedom. But it should hold the rich and powerful to account, not mock and undermine the vulnerable and disadvantaged.
“So I support transgender campaigners who are calling for a more effective press code to ensure papers show respect and sensitivity.
But then it’s not every day that they’re trying to avoid an apology to its author, who had to put up with this “joke” published by the same newspaper. A petition calling for precisely that from editor David Dinsmore currently has 20,000 signatures.
Just in case we forget the Sun is a rag of a paper: This published by them from Rod Liddle on Emily Brothers. Low. pic.twitter.com/XKJbegFvml