A gloriously sunny day. A trip to the park where, while the little Puddlecotes were cycling, another kid suffered a nasty looking fall while his Dad was off buying some orange drinks. I asked if he was OK and he showed me a grazed and slightly bleeding hand, so Mrs P supplied some of our drinking water for him to clean it with. Dad returned. Not a suspicious hint in his face (as is more than usual in recent years), merely a genial smile and an expression of thanks.
I think I was undercharged in the cafe for our post-park bacon, sausage, eggs and chip butty-fest. And then the boy beat us all at Cluedo ... despite my using every sneaky trick I'd picked up over 30 odd years, thereby achieving his first Da Vinci box-ticker.
Life unencumbered by the sick, dumbed-down, restrictive attitudes inflicted on our society by Westminster, just as it used to be. Something though, surely, had to taint it.
On the contrary. Instead, after family duties, I read this.
[...] several politicians recorded by an undercover reporter posing as a company executive looking to hire MPs for lobbying work.Still my beating heart. To read about two of the most odious political arsewipes ever to enter parliament being publicly mangled, with hopefully further stress and personal shame to follow, is an ecstatic end to a darn good day.
- Patricia Hewitt, a former health secretary, who claimed she helped to obtain a key seat on a government advisory group for a client paying her £3,000 a day.
- Margaret Moran, the Luton MP who was forced to pay back £22,500 in expenses, boasted that she could ring a “girls’ gang” of colleagues on behalf of clients.
The Puddlecote memory is elephantine when it comes to my list of disgusting bastards who have contrived to produce as intolerant a society as we are now enduring. They are all mentally noted, and softly softly catchee monkey, as they say.
Today, two more on that list were exposed to the wider public as hideous anti-social troughers, blind to the interests of those they were elected to serve, as I have always maintained.
Let's first talk about Hewitt.
Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt will vote for a complete ban on smoking in pubs and clubs in England when MPs vote on the plan, the BBC understands. Pubs not serving food and members' clubs were to be exempted from a ban.Yes. THE prime motivator. The head honcho. The bansturbator general.
But Labour MPs and ministers have been given a free vote on the issue - increasing the chances of a total ban. The move means Ms Hewitt - who differs from her predecessor John Reid on the extent of a smoking ban - will be voting against her department's policy.
And unrepentant with it.
This is a triumph for public health and a huge step forward for health protection. Thousands of people's lives will be saved and the health of thousands more protected. Smokefree legislation will protect everyone from the harm of secondhand smoke when working, socialising and relaxing and will provide a more supportive environment for smokers who wish to give up.!?!?!
[...] the experience of going smokefree in Ireland, Scotland, New York and elsewhere has been good for business.
Well, as I have mentioned before, someone with a job lined up selling nicotine replacement therapy would say that, wouldn't she?
Former Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt has landed lucrative jobs with Boots and a company that owns 25 private hospitals.As for Moran, arguably one of the most egregious troughers of all those revealed by the Telegraph last year, the allegations of being paid for lobbying are even more astounding ...
... considering she violently opposes listening to the views of her constituents.
As Luton working mens' club owner, Sean Spillane, found out last year when he wrote to the local newspaper about Moran's abandonment of the smoking ban exemption for private members' clubs.A constituent doesn't offer enough scope for filling her amply-proportioned trousers with cash, it would seem.Dear Sean Spillane,Disagreeing with your MP's desecration of a manifesto commitment is apparently public bullying, according to hideous trougher Moran. Reason enough, even, to engage in a bit of spiteful mud-slinging against someone exercising their democratic right to freedom of speech.
I refer to your most recent letter regarding the smoking ban. The contents are noted, however I refer you to my previous reply on this subject, particularly the evidenced health benefits of the ban.
As MPs we are elected to weigh in the balance the greater good for our constituents*, and it is for this reason that I wholly support the current policy. No amount of public bullying of the sort you indulge in will change my position.
I also understand that the constitution for working men's clubs mandates that they are not party political. I therefore understand that your public statements have been referred to the relevant governing bodies.
Margaret Moran MP
Labour MP for Luton South
I think the humble Devil puts my view of these two disgusting maggots best.
These absolute fuckers were willing to pass laws—indeed, have already passed laws—that compel us to do the bidding of their corporate masters. They were willing to take money to fuck us—that's you and me—so that they could stuff their own wallets.Indeed.
These cunts should be hanged for treason against the British people
I should also add that any legislation which passed over their desks, should these claims be proven, are an affront to our parliamentary system and should be instantly quashed.
And I mean all of it. Repeal the lot and start the process again.
Any, and every, law which Byers, Hoon, Hewitt and Moran have been involved in implementing is infected with an anti-democratic disease and is therefore illegitimate.
This won't happen, of course, as our politicians view their employers - all of us - with contempt.
So, next time one of the big three knocks on your door with a painted smile (and there will be plenty in the next few weeks and months), give them the same contempt back in spades. Don't be polite, don't feel sorry for them as they are only foot soldiers, doing so simply dilutes the message. No. Give them hell, return the grief they have given us, firmly and verbally rip their guts out. Send the message loud and clear. Let them know we are angry and that their behaviour will not be tolerated.
They had their chance to treat us with respect. They failed. It's time that they were told in no uncertain terms.
Today was a good day, but we can all have days like this every day if these rancid fuckers, who believe their tiny minds are superior to yours, are brought to heel.
What have we to lose but the interminable corruption and grief?
* Except when that is trumped by what one is being paid to advocate.