Friday, June 29, 2007

polite notice

Can people stop trying to blow up London. It's making my travelling around London unnecessarily difficult, and it was bad enough to begin with.

No one thinks you're big or clever, you know.

Thank you.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Out with the old...

and in with the old...

So considering that the 'new' cabinet is made up of a group of talentless wankers, they are going to get lots and lots of things wrong. Just like the last lot. So who will be the first to go?

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Bad Trixy

Online Dating

Mingle2 - Online Dating

I don't see why rape and abortion should be naughty words...


A friend informed me that my comment about Gordon Brown was so beautiful and romantic, I really should write sonnets. So I have had a crack at my first one. It's entitled,

The love of Polly and Gordon

Dedicated to Polly Toynbee and the new Prime Minister

The lady wept as she listened to his voice
Drone on in his monotone about 'tax and spend'
They think the country we will mend
And then they will rejoice.
Dear Gordon, how I love you so
Said Polly, who of course you know,
Is the guardian of all that's right
If you're really not very bright.

Come whisper prudence in my ear
And feel my heart start to beat fast
My love for you won't be surpassed
No matter what you hear.
Come fill me with your big hard taxes
I, like the nation, will be on my knees
But unlike them I want to please
It's not just my legs the lady waxes


*comment about Gordon was 'Gordon Brown is a one-eyed gorgon who likes to rape people with his taxes. You can hear the romance dripping off every syllable

which one?

I was having a look on the petitions on Downing Street, and decided to sign up to the one by Tim Ireland calling on the Prime Minister to stand on his head and juggle ice cream. I thought that would be a worthwhile thing for the Prime Minister to do, especially considering that they have just given another chunk of their work away to Brussels (but with no corresponding drop in pay, I notice. Interesting).

And then I thought to myself, 'but which Prime Minister?' For I signed up to the petition about 20 minutes before Tony Blair resigns (as I write this he still hasn't) and yet shortly, he will not be Prime Minister. So who, pray, is going to stand on their head and juggle ice cream?

I think I'd rather see Brown do it, as he's such a bum-head, but Tony is so smug, it would be wonderful to watch him have a go at this dairy dare!

Monday, June 25, 2007

what next?

I am sure we have all seen this morning that the Scottish Executive, to bring Scotland into line with the rest of the EU, have decided to threaten people who wear unlicensed sporrans with a fine, or even prison. Oh, yes. Even if those sporrans were bought 13 years ago, you must dig them out and pop down to the sporran licensing office.

Just one question: How come badgers are now endangered, according to the EU, and yet we are regularly getting debates on the radio (particularly 4) about the need to cull badgers? Am I missing something? Or perhaps it is the law of unintended consequences which normally emerges from the quagmire of doom and ignorance that is the European Union?

I made a quick phone call to the lovely people at MAC to ask what their brushes were made of. They told me that the natural hair ones I have were from pony and squirrel, and that they brushed them off the little creatures rather than kill them for their tails or something, so I am okay. She asked me why, and I said that, well, if I was a water colour painter I could be in trouble and have to register them all or face a fine, because proper water colour brushes are made from sable. And if you don't, then don't put it past these people not to have organised the 'paintbrush police' and 'secret sporran services' since people have already been in trouble for owning an unlicensed having brush. Am not kidding.

She asked me what the world was coming to, with all this bureaucracy.

That's what I like about the girls at MAC: they do great make up, but they're also libertarians. Maybe I should go back to being a make up artist. The people I used to work with spoke more sense than the people in Westminster, I can tell you...

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Traitors, the lot

Whilst we've all been out having fun (or sleeping if you're a sick bunny like me) Tony Blair has pretended that he's stuck to his Red Lines (I initially thought he said Red Lions which would have been much more exciting) whilst giving the EU a legal personality.

We already know that the ECJ is the highest court in the land but, as DK explains rather well, this new treaty goes even further. Quelle Surprise?

Our researcher friend made it clear that, in his opinion, from a full reading of the text, that the Constitution treaty, for the first time, explicitly says that member states are subservient to the EU Institutions (which become a legal entity). In other words the EU becomes the supreme central authority, and member parliaments merely subsidiary local authorities.

Need I point out that I consider this to be an appalling—if predictable—development?

Even more fun than that is the news that they have paved the way for an EU Common Defence Policy. Yes, boys and girls. Our armed forces will be under the command of not the nice lady in the hats who lives in Buckingham Palace, but the bad man with the orange tan who you never elected and can't get rid of! That's fun, isn't it! That's Democratic and sensible and a jolly nice idea?

Well, it's not, really, is it. I tend to think that the main function of a government should be that it can protect the state as an entity, which means that it has the ability to 'blow shit up' should the need arise. There are very few areas I would like the government to get involved in, but I think that foreign policy and defence are the ones which are important. So now it looks like it won't be long before our armed forces, badly treated and under paid and yet quite simply the best in the world, will be under the command of some Euro-Prick. We shouldn't be surprised. If the Control Key on my lap top was working properly I would put in the link from Lord Pearson of Rannoch about the deal signed at Farnborough Airshow some years ago, and also point to the demise of the historical regiments which have been replaced with ones on a regional level, to nicely fit in with the idea of the EU.

If people don't get up in arms about this, I seriously do wonder what the point of going on is. We have a nation enthralled with a relationship going on in a room in the South of England somewhere between some chap and a girl who is so lacking in ideas she aims to look like someone else, whilst at the same time our entire relationship with out government, our laws and our neighbours is being rearranged and no one seems to care.

ARGH! I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate it! I said, quite profoundly, a few months ago that what it will take for people to actually bother and do something about this is for it to touch them directly. Now I fear that even if it does they won't know it, won't know the real reasons and won't be bothered to do anything about it.

Anyone going to join me in emigrating somewhere lovely? I think Australia looks like a jolly good country to go to. Nice, sensible politics over there. And I could buy a house and get a swimming pool, instead of paying a million pounds a second to rent a room in London. Yes, jolly good idea. Going to start packing right now!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

me, me, meme

Yes, thank you to Chippy and Jan for getting me to answer some questions!

I will do so now before I go to bed with a gorgeous black man with green eyes. Well, I say man. I actually mean cat...

What were you doing ten years ago?

I was in the first year of my GCSEs...where did time go?

What were you doing one year ago?

I was moving back to England

Five snacks you enjoy.

The Boy has gotten me hooked on Pom Bears. I also like cherries (just had them for dinner, in fact), chocolate of most descriptions, bagels with marmite and bananas

Five songs to which you know all the lyrics.

I have NO idea! Possibly none. Possibly a couple by Kylie or Madonna or something incredibly cool. Yes! I know all the words to 'Vogue' including the spoken bit in the middle.

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire.

Invest it wisely so I could get richer, buy a house, buy an Aston Martin DB9 in Gunmetal, have liposuction, give lots to a cats home. (I don't think I even need to mention in that that I would buy shoes...)

Five bad habits.

smoking, tidying up my nails when I should be concentrating, tapping my fingers on any surface so they make a noise because I have long nails, pouring half drunk cups of tea out of my office window and slouching around in my jim jams

Five things you like doing.

I'm not writing that on here!

Five things you would never wear again.

If it looked that bad to start with I wouldn't have worn it.

Five favorite toys

My rabbit ginger which my dad gave me, and also Pengy the Penguin which he brought back from the Falkland Islands, Arthur the Bear which The Boy bought me and is just very cute, and two special ones which I am not mentioning on here.

So there. That okay?

Now, I'm going to get other people to do it...Dizzy is going to have to, as is The Tin Drummer, I'm going to make Belle de Jure have a go and Croydonian and Lady MacLeod. Enjoy!

Single to anywhere, please

Am not entirely sane of mind. The reason for this is that I am on a rather interesting cocktail of (legal) drugs for the range of symptoms I am suffering from.

They're quite exciting and they're making all kinds of pretty shapes in my vision. It really does make dull things more exciting to look at when there are pretty patterns in front of them! They've also made the headache I've had for what seems a million years go away, but I'm still finding it quite tricky to breathe. It was just as well I didn't go to Brussels really, as it's been quite a kerfuffle over there.

Got a phone call from colleague who is out there that the Belgian police, instructed by we can only guess had ordered a peaceful protest to the new EU Treaty up for discussion to be taken down.

When they asked why they were taking the peaceful protest down, which was placed on an area called 'Area of Free Expression' the officer in charge said "because I can". That's nice, isn't it! He was also asked whether or not the removal of any opposition to the new EU Treaty, which is essentially the EU Constitution but without the dreaded C-word (yes, yes it is. Everyone else in the EU is quite prepared to say so except our lying, cheating politicians who should all be hung, drawn and quartered. Even Merkel herself and the hateful Giscard D'Estaing)was politically motivated, which he refused to answer.

He threatened to arrest three MEPs there: UKIP leader Nigel Farage, the party chairman Dr John Whittaker and the London MEP Gerard Batten. When it was pointed out that they had immunity as elected representatives of some 2.6 million British people the police said they didn't care and that they would "put them in a cell for 12 hours and sort it out there."

I wonder if they would bother to tell them what they were being arrested for? For not agreeing with the Euro-Elite? For having the audacity to point out that sneaking around for months holding secret meetings with civil servants, Ministers being called in front of MPs and not answering their questions about what the Treaty is going to say and for ignoring the calls of people across the EU that they don't want any more integration is a bad thing?

They were asked on what authority they were taking the protest away from, and the answer that came was "a higher authority." That's nice. Someone just says, 'take down the perfectly peaceful opposition to what we are doing here as the TV cameras are on it and they're representing the views of rather too many people' and it is done.

I really do wonder what people think they are doing. Like my favourite journalist George Pascoe-Watson when he refuses to mention UKIP in anything, even when talking about the EU, and in the paper today has an article by William Hague who has completely sold out on the EU, talking about the damage the treaty might do. But hold on, William Hague thinks the EU is a good idea! Ah, well. Why should politicians have to stand by what they promised the electorate when there are political editors out there quite willing to ignore facts and pander to their needs to convince eurorealists that they aren't the EU loving numpties that we know they are.

But back to Brussels. Or not, in my case. On the table is, once again, the possibility that Britain give up her veto in Justice and Home Affairs. Blair has said that he won't do this, but this is a man who took us into an illegal war, told us the EU Constitution was like the Beano and thinks that this country is in a good shape, so quite frankly I'd sooner believe my dead grandma than him.

A quick summary of the main issues on this from one of my previous posts:

Transferring Justice and Home Affairs issues into the first pillar would mean that all proposals to harmonise criminal law across the EU and matters of police cooperation would:
• Be agreed on by Qualified Majority Voting (QMV) in the Council of Ministers
• Come under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice which has until now had only a very restricted say on third pillar matters
• Gradually confer more power over criminal matters to the EU. Once the EU gains competence in a certain area the member states lose the right to propose new laws in that field of law
• Give the EU Commission the sole right to initiate legislation in these matters. By gaining a monopoly over the right to propose laws on criminal justice and police cooperation the EU Commission would enjoy greater power than it would have received from the EU Constitution under which it would have had to share the right to propose new laws.

With decisions being made by the Council of Ministers, it has already turned the British Constitution on its head, by allowing ministers - supposed 'servants' if one knows Latin these days - to dictate to Parliament. Now, even if a British minister votes against a proposal in the Council, he cannot put it out to pasture. Instead, the British Parliament would have to enact laws made by foreign ministers, unelected by the British public which were not supported by the British representative.

I'm sure I've mentioned them before, but this EU police force is already in existence:
EGF responds to the need to rapidly conduct all the spectrum of civil security actions, either on its own or in parallel with the military intervention, by providing a multinational and effective tool.

Their logo is a grey cruciform sword pointing upward; a grey flaming grenade, overlapped to the sword and surrounded by a grey laurel crown; 12 yellow five-points-stars upright, around the grenade and the sword.

According to the website:


On a background of blue sky, the cruciform sword symbolizes the force, the laurel crown the victory, and the flaming grenade the common military roots of the police forces; the twelve golden stars represent the twelve stars of the EU flag.

If an inflatable bulldozer can result in incarceration based on political opinions are happening only a few miles away where our own Prime Minister is present, what will happen in the future when we have armed police forces who are answerable to people who are unelected and unaccountable to the people of this country, and who are governed by the European Court, who has a mission statement of furthering the cause of the European Union.

I have seen the future, and I do not like it.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

a bit quiet

It's been rather quiet here at Chez Trixy and that is because I am rather ill. Took a nasty bang to the head and now keep on going all wobbly all over London.

Thankfully, the boyfriend is being wonderful and looking after me, but I have no inspiration for politics, and even if I did want to blog something I'd probably forget and then not be able to spell things properly.

I am sure once I have seen the neurologist I will be better soon


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

I have received an e-mail which starts:

'Hello, I am a friend and I am prepared to kill my dog and eat it...'

Let them eat cake..

Trixy is a bit miffed, so she's going to have a rant. Why am I so miffed? I hear you cry?

Because of this greasy, orange, contemptible canker:

who has taken it upon himself to tell our defunct outgoing Prime Minister to 'ignore popular opinion in the UK'.

Erm, what?

Tony Blair was elected by, admittedly the minority, of people in this country to represent them and their views, and therefore his job is not to push ahead with signing a Treaty which may well secure a new job for him but would hand over yet more sovereignty to Brussels but to listen to what they say.

And they are saying that they don't want this Treaty, and that they want a referendum. A referendum which we have been repeatedly promised, and yet have not had since 1975. That means people like me, and even Nigel Farage MEP, have not had a chance to inform our government what we think of the EU in a straight forward question.

Mr Barroso was talking to the European Parliament yesterday when he said:

You know about the UK, and the respect I have for your country. We have to stand up in front of our national public opinions, not give up to some of the populisms we have in our member states.

Right, let me have a little look in my dictionary...
Populism: policies which appeal to the common person rather than according with traditional party or partisan ideologies.

Sounds rather like 'democracy' to me.

So Mr Barroso, who was not elected by the people of this country and yet heads an organisation which even this government admits makes most of the new laws now governing us, who is paid with the contributions of the British tax payer, is telling our Prime Minister to ignore what we, the British people think, because it's not what he wants.

Well, tough, Mr Barroso. You, as an unelected, unaccountable apparatchik do not have any right to tell the person who is supposed to be representing us to ignore us. Why should we not have a say over the future of our country, our jobs, our laws and our lives?

The reason so many people in this country don't want to be governed by the EU is because you make monumentally bad decisions which only further the interests of paid up Commissioners, Eurocrats and businesses and industries who don't want to have to face globalisation and become more competitive. 69% of people in this country according to polls, either want to take back power from the EU (30%) or for Britain to withdraw altogether (29%).

You might not like that, especially in light of our money which you spend telling us and our children (through your one sided, malicious propaganda like the Europa diary sent out to 16 year olds to brain wash them)how great the EU is, the British people can see through your plans. That's tough on you, quite frankly, because it's not our job to make sure you have a cushy little number whether we like what you do or not.

In just over a week Blair will be going to Brussels for the European Summit where he will in all likelihood, sign up to proposals for an EU Constitution. It might not be called an EU Constitution, but that is just semantics. I don't care what it's called, I care what it does, and what it will do is take away more power from national governments, who are directly elected and accountable, and give them to the EU.

Mr Barroso has called on Mr Blair to "have the courage" and scrap more national vetos. This includes Justice and Home Affairs, which I have written about before, which will be devastating to this country and to democracy.

This Treaty is unprecedented in the way it has been formed. We aren't even going to have a debate about it, it's all being done with meetings between Heads of State, so the public and the media can't find out what evil they are plotting and try to stop them in their plans. Normally when we have a Treaty, the details are decided first, people are aware of the content, and the big meetings are to discuss the headlines. This time, the headlines are being discussed (far away from anyone who might object) and the details are being left for another day, hoping that we will all lose interest and not realise what they are putting into action.

So what we have here is an outgoing Prime Minister planning to sign up to a Treaty which he will not give us a referendum on (because he knows he will lose it), the content of which we are not allowed to know or debate and which he is lying to us about by saying, once again, that it's a 'tidying up exercise'.

It's not a tidying up exercise, it's another Treaty which will take powers away. We should be fuming about this. We should be in uproar at the way we are being treated by this government, who are once again taking the chronic piss out of us, whilst we sit back and let them. It's no good expecting the Tories to provide any kind of rational opposition, because they have handed away sovereignty to Brussels hand over fist when they have had the opportunity.

So if you don't want Blair to sign this Treaty, can we all kick up a bit of a fuss? I myself am going over to Brussels for it and shall, hopefully, be running some kind of a commentary as the evening progresses.

I hope the people of this country take an interest and realise what is going on, because if they don't, then to be honest I don't see why we just don't throw democracy away now.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Nothing honourable in killing

Why do we do people who murder their own family members in cold blood the dignity of calling them "honour killings?"

Yet again in the news we have the story of a young woman who was murdered by her father and uncle for doing nothing more than falling in love with someone. My parents haven't always liked my boyfriends (in hindsight, they were probably right but at least my taste has improved with age) but they didn't see it as their business to get involved.

Poor Banaz Mahmod, however, did not have the good fortune to be born to parents who weren't evil, nasty, bigoted arseholes. For her body was found three months after her disappearance, decomposed after she had been murdered by her own family.

There again, my parents aren't very religious, nor are they Muslim, which is the religion where most of these murderers seem to come from. And no, I'm not being an 'Islamophobe' or any other new terms given to people who speak out against things they don't like have been branded. Like Female Genital Mutilation and laws which say that rape must either be proved by the testimony of four men or by a confession from the perpetrator, they are most common in Islamic countries or groups.

Let's expand the last bit further: If a woman has unlawful sexual intercourse, she can be put to death by stoning. If she has been raped and, naturally, her testimony is not sufficient for evidence, then she can be killed by the state for being a victim.

The Hudood Ordinances are a set of laws in Pakistan intended to make the criminal justice system conform with Islamic law. These laws cover offences including Zina crimes (unlawful sexual intercourse including adultery and rape) and Qazf (wrongful accusation of Zina crimes)

According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, every two hours a woman is raped in Pakistan and every eight hours a woman is subjected to gang rape. The frequency of rape is thought to be much higher but many rapes remain unreported due to a combination of social taboos, discriminatory laws and victimization by the police. Meanwhile, Pakistani law is punishing victims of rape as though they were criminals while the perpetrators go free.

According to Ms Sood, who specialises in Asian family cases, "honour crimes of some sort" whether or not they resulted in death, were becoming more common in the UK.
"But certainly honour crimes are being perpetrated in the hundreds every year,"

Can anyone tell me what is honourable about them? Why are we calling them that when it's murder? Why are we giving these people any kind of an excuse because of their religious and cultural background? It's illegal in this country to kill people, regardless of whether or not their actions may bring 'shame' on the family, and as these people are living in this country they should abide by those laws. Fine

Monday, June 11, 2007

Bore Da

We're all used to the government and the EU telling us how to run our lives, and small businesses how to run their business (even though I always thought he who paid the piper called the tune, but there we go) but even jaded Trixy thought this was appalling:

The Commission for Racial Equality in Wales says it will write to Thomas Cook asking the firm to explain why staff have been asked not to speak Welsh.
Staff at the travel agents' Bangor shop in Gwynedd have been told all work conversations must be in English.

I presume they have been asked not to speak Welsh because in a small shop like that it helps if everyone speaks the same language. It's not like Welsh is widely spoken in Wales; only about a fifth of people speak it, and in the most populated areas of Wales it is hardly used. The knowledge of the language is on the increase because of the 1993 Welsh Language Act, and the subsequent Act of 1998 which requires Welsh to be taught to all children in Wales up to the age of 16. However, above school age, mongolot Welsh speakers are virtually unheard of.

I, personally, do not like the idea of languages being forced down peoples throats. The Welsh language is being used by the strident Welsh nationalists in their separation agenda and defunct establishments like the Welsh National Assembly are wasting time and money making sure all signs are in Welsh, literature is bilingual and so on. I wish I could remember the Welsh translation for Abergavenny, which is a Welsh name anyway (Aber being 'mouth of') but which has been changed because the English were using it. It's like Aberdovy now being Aberdyfi.

Anyway, back to the point:
A company statement said: "Thomas Cook requests that all staff speak English when discussing work-related matters in the work place.
"This ensures clear communication at all times and is respectful to team members who do not speak other languages.
"Thomas Cook employs staff from many cultural backgrounds, therefore the company appreciates its staff may want to talk to colleagues in other languages for anything that is not business related".

Thomas Cook is a private company who should employ whomsoever they want and tell them how to behave whilst they are working for, representing and being paid by that company. The Welsh Language Board may find it "disappointing" but they should understand that these Acts informing people to learn Welsh and have everything translated had to be done by Parliament / the Assembly because there wasn't the demand from the market to do so before. I should imagine that the number of people graduating with Welsh degrees end up working for government organisations, because the demand simply isn't there in the private sector. English has spread across the globe thanks to the British Empire and, more recently, the Americans. So many people learn it because it's a useful language, and those of us lucky enough to have it as our mother tongue should be able to chose which other language we learn in school besides it. The children of Wales seem to be disadvantaged in that respect, because whilst their peers in England and Scotland are learning French, German, Spanish and for the very lucky, Chinese, they are learning a language for a political point, rather than a business one which could help them in the future.

I think it's great that there are different languages and dialects, but in Wales it's strident nationalism which does rather seem to miss the point.

Nos da, cariad.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Une petite plaisanterie

My flight was being served by an obviously gay flight attendant, who
seemed to put everyone in a good mood as he served us food and drinks.

As the plane prepared to descend, he came swishing down the aisle and told us that "Captain Marvey has asked me to announce that he'll be landing the big scary plane shortly, so lovely people, if you could just put your trays up, that would be super."

On his trip back up the aisle, he noticed this well-dressed and rather Arabic looking woman hadn't moved a muscle. "Perhaps you didn't hear me over those big brute engines but I asked you to raise your trazy-poo, so the main man can pitty-pat us on the ground."

She calmly turned her head and said, "In my country, I am called a Princess and I take orders from no one."

To which (I swear) the flight attendant replied, without missing a beat, "Well, sweet-cheeks, in my country I'm called a Queen, so I out rank you. Tray-up, Bitch."
Thank you for that one, Mel!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Thank you

to all the lovely people who nominated 'Shoes' for prettiest blog! I have been assured me that this isn't 'prettiest blogger', however, which is a disappointment.

You can all vote for me so I get something lovely to put on my blog here

Big kisses


Sunday, Sunday...

Well, there's a bit of a to-do going on over at Chez Iain today!

It seems that Mr Dale has been told that the Sunday Lobby were given a story on Brown regarding terrorism but they were not allowed to tell the opposition about it to get comments.

Brown's spinners told these papers* that they would only get the story if they agreed not to carry any quotes from David Davis, Nick Clegg or any other opposition spokesman. Not only that, they weren't even allowed to tell the Tories or LibDems about the very existence of the story. Now, have a look a those links in the above para again. It's not difficult to spot that not a single one of the stories contains a quote from David Davis or Nick Clegg? Coincidence? No.

Well, I am going to disagree with that and go along with Mr Hennessy and Mr Watt (who is rather lovely) when they say that Mr Dale, and whoever tipped him off, are talking rot.

One of the reasons some bloggers are saying that the newspapers are becoming a dash obsolete is that they don't have the potential to react to stories the way we can, or the broadcast media can. It's even more difficult for the Sundays, which is why they usually carry big exclusives and the day to day things which have been carried on the broadcast media the day before are much smaller stories.

I will hazard a guess, then, that what actually happened is that Brown's press people sent around the e-mail with the story to the Sunday papers and everyone knew it was in their best interests to keen schtum so it wasn't covered anywhere else before Sunday. If they call up the Tories or Lib Dems for a comment then PA will know about the story, then the broadcasters will know about the story, run it much sooner than when the papers go to the newsstands and bye bye exclusive.

As it happened, PA got it much later, at 19h30, so that didn't happen, and the Sunday Papers got their story. Shock! they sell papers! Because that's what newspapers are in the business for.

I can imagine that the broadcasters were rather annoyed at this turn of events, but they have the upper hand on so many levels so I think it was rather sensible of the Sundays to do what they did. It's how it used to work in the Sunday meetings, where only people who published on Sunday were invited to so that stories didn't leak out beforehand.

I know that Iain says he 'knows for a fact', but from what I've seen that doesn't add up....

So, that's my take on it all. Well, it's a bit more than my take, but there we go...

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

how much?

I'm sure it will be lovely when it's finished, but for £400,000 you would have thought they could finish it...

Old birds

According to the BBC, birdwatchers are in a flutter as a heron returns after a 141 year absence.

Fuck me, but that's an old bird...

MPs trying to limit choice again

Old Trix was rather fuming the other day when she heard the comments by Cardinal Keith O'Brien that the abortion laws were responsible for the equivalent of 'two Dunblane massacres a day" and that we should all stop the "wanton killing of innocents."

I think people should stop killing innocent people but a foetus isn't an 'innocent person'. It's a foetus until it is born and the rights of the woman carrying that foetus should be paramount. It's her body, it should be her right to choose and that's that.

I read today that the new darling of the Tory Blog Boys, Nadine Dorries, thinks that abortion should be limited to 21 weeks instead of 24 which I see as a little unnecessary.

But Ann Winterton wants all women who ask for an abortion to have compulsory counselling on the grounds that women who have abortions are more likely to suffer from mental health problems.

I don't really think that's a good idea. If a woman wants counselling, then it is available, but making them have it, and then wait a week before any treatment is basically trying to make them not have an abortion. Also, surely the earlier a woman has the abortion, then the less traumatic it is for her, and the easier the operation is.

Julia Millington, political director of the Pro-Life Alliance, backed moves in the Winterton bill for counselling and a cooling off period as a means of encouraging more women to rule out an abortion.

Most abortions are carried out in the first trimester, according to Marie Stopes which is the best time to have one if you are going to have one. So why would the anti lobby want to delay that? Anything to stop a woman having an abortion, I suppose, regardless of what the woman wants. It's only her body, after all....


I was trying to be nice and rational about this, but having read the blog of that bloody woman Nadine, where she says:
The Abortion Act of 1967 was based on lies and more lies. It was an appallingly drafted piece of legislation which, under intense pressure from the abortion rights lobby, allowed the present day situation of abortion used as a form of contraception to occur.

I can't.

The Abortion Act of 1967 was a piece of legislation which gave a woman some degree of control over her own body. It doesn't go far enough, in my opinion. I think it an insult that a woman needs the signature of two doctors before she is allowed an abortion, that a GP can decide not to refer a woman because they disagree, and that they can delay a woman getting the treatment. Be a doctor, do your job. However, any sanctimonious bitch who thinks that someone would have an abortion as a form of contracteption should not hold any position of power in this country or any other. How can anyone think that having someone poking around with your insides, scraping them and then bleeding for the best part of a month, endless prodding and scans and tests is 'a form of contraception'? You ever had sex, lady?

Some people do get pregnant and don't want to be. And that's not because they're sluts and whores who are going to hell, it's because they are fertile. Contraception fails, regularly. I have a few friends now who have fallen pregnant when they were using contraception. Some now have children, some don't.

Who are you, Ms Dorries, to decide over the future of their bodies? Decide over your own, please, but not mine, not my sister's, my friends' or anyone Else. Just bugger off with your sanctimonious religious clap trap and let the rest of us live our lives.

I don't believe in god, I think religion is just another form of politics when people were stupid enough to be convinced of all sorts and science wasn't around to prove otherwise. I do believe, however, the statistics which show that when you make abortion illegal the number of abortions carried out don't fall, but the number of women who die from them do.

A woman with an unwanted pregnancy will do everything she can to get her body back and as a decent society we should make sure that is done safely and effectively.

gross search term of the day

Harry fucks Herminone

It's a kids book. It's made up. You weird, weird people!

Monday, June 04, 2007

Putin is right about something

It's Russian week here at Chez Trixy, and I have just seen a comment by the Russian President himself that I rather agree with:

After Britain allowed a significant number of crooks, suspicious characters and terrorists to gather on its territory, it ... endangered the life and health of Britain's own subjects, and all the blame for that rests with Britain.

Or, more precisely, it lies with our lying, cheating politicians who have given away the right for Britain to control her own borders to the EU. (Labour and Tories in the UK, and all of them except UKIP in Brussels.)

That's why we can't deport criminals who are from the EU, or deny people from the EU into Britain on the basis of their criminal record, or have embarkation controls between entry ports within the EU, or stop people we don't want to come in, like Bulgarian mafia, from coming in.

Nice one! Go and award yourself a holiday on the taxpayer. And stay there, you horrible little slimeballs. Bleugh. You make me want to vomit.

blog award thingies

Am honoured that I have been nominated in these lovely bloggie award things *

I have been nominating away! Sorry James for being lazy and not sending you urls...forgive me?

Voting starts on Wednesday!!

*I hope they weren't all from my dad...

Cold War Mark II

Russian President Vladimir Putin, not such a darling of the West, has said that Russia cannot be held responsible for any retaliatory steps they may take in response to what they call the 'new arms race'.

The US, they say, has started this second round of brinkmanship because they want to deploy interceptor rockets in Poland and a radar base in the Czech republic to counter threats from 'rogue states' such as Iran and North Korea.

Last Tuesday, Russia tested an RS-24 missile that successfully struck its target 3,400 miles away.

Russia has also been criticised for selling weapons, including surface to air missiles, to Iran.

Putin says that the threat from Iran is 'non-existent' which Iran has backed up, describing the planned deployment as the "joke of the year", adding that Iranian missiles were not capable of reaching Europe.

Putin said,

We are being told the anti-missile defence system is targeted against something that does not exist. Doesn't it seem funny to you?

Iran may be right that they do not have weapons capable of reaching Europe, but I'm sure that their first target would be Israel who, of course, they want to 'wipe off the map'. Nice.

Russia has said Washington had "altered the strategic balance" by unilaterally pulling out of the anti-ballistic missile (ABM) treaty in 2002.

"If the American nuclear potential grows in European territory, we will have to have new targets in Europe," Mr Putin said.

"It is up to our military to define these targets, in addition to defining the choice between ballistic and cruise missiles."

A few weeks ago, Russia was accused of launching repeated 'cyberattacks' on Estonia which shut down their government, banking and media websites. Estonia had decided to move a Soviet World War 2 memorial called the Bronze Soldier which, understandably, the Estonians saw as a symbol of Soviet oppression. Ethnic Russians in the Estonian capital of Tallinn rioted over the decision, and the Russians decided to view the move as an affront.

The attacks on the websites came from all over the world, but Estonian authorities identified some attacks as Russian and some from Russian state authorities.

The attacks came in three waves:

27th April: The day the riots erupted
3rd May
8th-9th May: Russia marks Victory Day over Nazi Germany and Putin makes speech attacking Estonia.

Putin has also accused Britain of 'foolishness' for wanting Russia to extradite former KGB worker Andrei Lugovoi so he can face trial for the murder of Alexander Litvinenko. Putin says the Russian constitution does not allow for extradition of citizens, which is rather convenient for them since the not-really-whispered- rumours are of orders from the Kremlin to murder Mr Litvinenko.

Russia really don't look like a nice country to play with at the moment. I'm glad, in that case, that we still have a nuclear defence capability in this country, no thanks to bleeding heart socialists like our Foreign Secretary, Caravan Beckett. I just wish we didn't have to go along with this stupid EU Energy Policy and instead could build some nuclear power stations to make sure we weren't reliant on unstable countries in the middle east, and bully boy countries like Russia for our power.