They’ve got form

"The Daily Mail led a passionate campaign against the British hosting of Basque children, who had fled Spain in the 1930s to seek asylum with the people of Britain… [T]he Daily Mail sought to use a partial presentation of the truth to build up a popular dislike, hate even, of these children. And send them back to Franco".

It’s always good to be reminded that Some Things Never Change. Andrew Bartlett has a lot more more – read the whole thing. I also like his "if we must deport anyone, let it be [Lynton Crosby]".

If any SBBS readers need to take refuge in a foreign country, then they should consider purchasing this rather pretty French house. It’s in Vichy, so even Daily Mail readers should feel at home (and yes, that was the most tenuously linked plug ever).

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Florida paradox

The Florida legislature thinks it is a Bad Thing when children get murdered. This is a creditable position on the part of the Florida legislature. It’s strange, then, that as a result they’ve passed a law which will ensure that more children get murdered.

Maybe they could call it the No Abused Child Left Alive Act.

(relatedly, I suspect the new law won’t send the Florida Department of Children and Families to jail for 25 years. This is something of a shame).

Update on abortion article: yay for the judiciary. Jeb Bush and his acolytes still deserve punishment, however.

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I didn’t write this review, but I agree with it entirely. The film could’ve been a disaster, but was actually rather good. Recommended.

(I was especially amused by the bit where Zaphod refers to Ford as ‘Ix’. Gimpy-in-joke-tastic…)

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Sean O’Neill: a cock and a fantasist

"A WEEK after the conviction of Kamel Bourgass, it has become fashionable to sneer that there never was a ricin plot and the murder of Detective Constable Stephen Oake was the work of a psychopath." – yes, that’s because it’s true.

"The armchair commentators who spread this view… would never dream of leaving their gated communities to set foot in the Algerian cafés of Finsbury Park" – strange, I could have sworn I lived 100 yards from the Algerian cafés of Finsbury Park, and went to one at the weekend.


Oh, the inspiration for this post is that O’Neill also wrote this hack job based on the fictional Respect-smearing story from Harry’s Place, plus these dodgy pieces of hackery (cheers Lenin…)

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Advantages of here

While it’s easy to bash our mentalist authoritarian government, at least we don’t live in a country where the police pay fit women to entrap teenage boys into selling them harmless herbs [*], or where it’s illegal to help a girl to get an abortion. Or where they execute the mentally ill.

How can anyone who isn’t an authoritarian extremist prefer the US to the UK? This never fails to mystify me. I mean, I could understand it if there were actually any *benefits* to living there, but (aside from it being one of the few places which is Different and Abroad without you having to learn the language), there aren’t.

Not unrelatedly, this is insane. Anyone who disapproves of vaccinating young girls against HPV should be beaten with an iron chain until they have no skin left. Although strictly, this isn’t a US/UK issue – I vaguely remember hearing homegrown mouth-breathing fanatics objecting to it as well. Bastards.

[*] Admittedly, the press sometimes does – but even then, the police are sane enough here not to press charges.

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Political violence (or Labour lie)

"Mr Les Dobrovolski, 69, was approached by a group of young men handing out George Galloway’s Respect/SWP literature… After refusing to take a leaflet and telling the men he would never vote for George Galloway, Mr Dobrovolski says he was followed by one of the men and pushed to the floor. The man then stamped on his hand before dropping a Respect leaflet on him and running off." – as reported on Harry’s Place, and by nobody else.

Labour turning a horrible, apolitical mugging into a Galloway-bashing photo op, anyone? No, I’m sure they’d never do anything so underhand. Cough. (obviously, in the unlikely event that the Respect link *isn’t* made up, it’s disgraceful, and in either case the people responsible for the beating thoroughly deserve one themselves).

Meanwhile, this piece is a nice bit of sanity on the whole Respect/Galloway thing; the Muslim-hating self-labelled Decent Left should probably give it a read.

As well as defending the Islamic elements for Respect from the appalling slanders they’ve been subjected to, and slating Galloway for being an unprincipled egomaniac, it also bashes Melanie Phillips (non-physically, of course, and quite right too: SBBS is strongly opposed to violence against journalists. This is also why we dislike the US Army).

Update: Lenin has done more digging on the Les Dobrovolski story. Unsurprisingly, the Respect connection is indeed an entirely untrue, made-up smear. In conclusion, vote Labour.

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Judicial proposal

Any lawyer who uses this kind of bullshit sentimentalist rhetoric – "Seifert’s young son, Benjamin, now 2 years old, will never know his father, Mulligan said. At Christmas and Thanksgiving, there will always be one empty place at the table, he said" – should be instantly deported to Iraq, where they should be pelted with grenades by demented soldiers.

Also, countries where they sentence the mentally ill to death are not particularly civilised places.

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