Monthly Archives: April 2014

Keith Chegwin announces he will not stand in Newark byelection

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1970s children’s television presenter and actor Keith Chegwin has announced he will not stand in the Newark byelection, saying his candidature would be a distraction as European elections approach.

The byelection has been caused by the resignation of Conservative MP Patrick Mercer, who faces a six-month ban from parliament over a cash-for-questions scandal – and speculation had been mounting that Mr Chegwin would try to be the first Multi-Coloured Swap Shop presenter to win a parliamentary seat.

Faced by the charge that he had showed political cowardice, Chegwin said if he stood it would be a massive distraction:

I am a fighter and a warrior but I am determined to pick my battles. I think I can be accused of many things in life but I do not think ‘frit’ is one of them – especially if you consider my decision to agree to present Naked Jungle while wearing only a hat and a…

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Cash In Hand Payments Will Soar Under Universal Credit

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Cash in hand payments are set to soar when Universal Credit, the Government’s flagship new benefits regime, is finally introduced.

Universal Credit is intended to simplify the benefits system and make work pay, but in reality looks likely to be an expensive and bureaucratic shambles.  Far from revolutionising the benefits system, Universal Credit will achieve little more than changing a few names and moving around responsibilities.  So Housing Benefit is to be renamed ‘Housing Element of Universal Credit’ and will be processed centrally, whilst Council Tax Benefit will be placed in the hands of Local Authorities giving council busy-bodies unprecedented powers to make savage cuts.

This is all to be done the most expensive way possible, as the DWP abandons everything which has gone before and starts from scratch.  Yet perversely the new legislation is littered with real cuts to the incomes of those with least, perhaps suggesting the true…

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Supposedly unemployed British builder used in UKIP poster is an Irish actor

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(not satire – it’s the UKIP!)

Oh dear.

Turns out the supposedly unemployed British builder used in one of UKIP’s election posters isn’t British at all:

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And he’s not unemployed either. Or even a builder.

In fact he’s an EU immigrant – an Irish actor called Dave O’Rourke. Here he is in a film called ‘Mordere‘:

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Oops!

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If you think about it, this means UKIP have used a migrant worker instead of a British worker to play a British worker whose job has been taken by migrant workers in a poster attacking migrant workers for taking British jobs.

Which is why when it comes to satire – I’m a BIG fan of UKIP.

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Tory councillor calls disabled children a ‘burden’

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(not satire – it’s the Tories!)

Tory councillor Les Ford –  deputy leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council – said at a public meeting that he thinks disabled children are a “burden”.

And when asked to apologise for his offensive remarks, Cllr Ford dug himself into an even deeper hole by explaining that he meant disabled children were not a burden on their families but were a burden on councils “….. because we have to pay for these people.”

Here’s the full story from the Chester Chronicle:

Deputy council leader in ‘special needs’ storm

Could this be part of a local election strategy by the Tory Party to win back votes from UKIP by trying to be even more foot-in-the-mouth offensive than they already are?

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How Intersectional Feminism is the only way to pick up celebrity chicks – by Russell Brand

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Guardian exclusive – Russell Brand writes on how to solve problems of political participation and social exclusion by shagging pop stars

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How an Empirical Validation of Intersectionality Helped Me Score with Katy Perry

by Russell Brand

Intersectionality – the notion that subjectivity is constituted by mutually reinforcing vectors of race, gender, class, and sexuality – is a primary theoretical tool which is increasingly being recognised by men themselves as an essential ingredient for hitting home runs with big league American pop stars of their choice.

This awareness is an important part of an increasing recognition that modern-day notions of masculinity in the service of theorizing genderised identities of race and gender as social processes in society are becoming an imperative prerequisite if you’re looking to get a bit of top class rumpy-pumpy with a US superstar.

It has become obvious to most men that critiques of identity politics and a detailed analysis of the assumptions underpinning intersectionality serve…

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