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The BBC is smug, wasteful and unfair says Jeremy Paxman

James Delingpole examines Jeremy Paxman’s belief that the BBC is¬†smug, wasteful and unfair.

The BBC is a smug and wasteful “closed corporate culture” whose special, licence-fee-subsidised status “hugely distorts the marketplace.”

Well we knew all this already of course but it’s interesting to hear it from the mouth of one of the BBC’s starriest presenters, Jeremy Paxman.

Interviewed in the Guardian, he talks about his love-hate relationship with his employer.

‚ÄúIt is smug. I love the BBC in many ways, but at the same time it has made me loathe aspects of it, and that‚Äôs a very odd state of affairs. When I see people being given ¬£1m merely for walking out of the door, when I see ¬£100m being blown on that DMI [digital media initiative] thing, a stupid technical initiative like that, I start wondering: how much longer are we going to test the public‚Äôs patience?‚ÄĚ

He goes on: Read more »

Argie ratbags have a sook about Falklands military exercise

The Argentinians may as well give up, they are broke, march backwards and are never, ever going to get the Falklands back.

Argentina has accused Britain of provocative behaviour by planning to carry out military exercises in the Falkland Islands next week.

Deputy foreign minister Eduardo Zuain summoned the British Ambassador in Buenos Aires to protest over the “new show of military force”.

It is the latest diplomatic clash following heightened tensions over the territory since Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner took power in Argentina.

A spokesman for the Embassy of Argentina in London said: “The Government of the United Kingdom will conduct military exercises on occupied Argentine territory between 14 and 27 April, including missile launchings from the Malvinas Islands.¬†¬† Read more »

Could this happen here?

David Cunliffe and the Labour party are in the control of the unions.

Without union funding Labour would be flat broke, but there is only so much patience the union movement will tolerate and if their chosen leader fails to deliver a victory in September then the same thing could happen to them that is happening to labour in the UK.

The unions are warning Labour the funding tap will be turned off.

Britain’s biggest union Unite could axe funding for Labour if the party loses the next election, its leader warned today.

And Len McCluskey said defeat at the polls was a distinct possibility unless Ed Miliband starts producing more left-wing policies and pledges a U-turn on hated Tory austerity measures.

If Unite did pull the plug on funding, that could mean they would start bankrolling other parties.

Mr McCluskey said he fears Labour is losing loyal voters because of the path Mr Miliband is taking it down.

He added: “Labour consistently has to demonstrate that it is our voice, we created it.

‚ÄúI fear for the future of Labour.‚Ä̬† Read more »

Top shot, six dead scumbags with a single shot

This has to be one for the record books.

Six dead taliban ratbags with a single shot.

A British sniper in Afghanistan killed six insurgents with a single bullet after hitting the trigger switch of a suicide bomber whose device then exploded, The Telegraph has learnt.

The 20-year-old marksman, a Lance Corporal in the Coldstream Guards, hit his target from 930 yards (850 metres) away, killing the suicide bomber and five others around him caught in the blast.¬† Read more »

Greenie MPs claim mileage for riding their bikes

In the UK cycling advocate MPs have now been busted for claiming expenses for riding their bikes.

Perhaps this is why the Green party here wants to force everyone onto cycles.

MPs were at the centre of a new expenses row last night after The Mail on Sunday discovered they are claiming money for riding their bicycles.

Britain’s Cycling Minister, a millionaire backbench Labour MP and the shadow Transport Minister are among those who have claimed the 20p per mile allowance for pedalling to and from official engagements.

The cycling allowance has been used hundreds of times by eight MPs over the past four years. One of the politicians admitted he stopped claiming the allowance because it did not cost him anything to ride his bicycle ‚Äď but others defended their claims, insisting they were justified.

The expense claims, which have been logged with the Independent Parliament Standards Authority (IPSA), follow HMRC guidance. It states that the ‚Äėapproved mileage rate‚Äô for individuals cycling for business journeys ‚Äď not commuting travel ‚Äď is 20p per mile.

Shadow Transport Secretary Mary Creagh has made six cycling claims, totalling ¬£11.60. One of her expenses, for which she claimed ¬£1.60, was incurred when she ‚Äėcycled from Westminster to Peckham for BBC filming and back‚Äô.¬† Read more »

Whoopsy!

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Oh dear how embarrassing.

A 45kg torpedo has been accidentally discharged at a nuclear dockyard during a training exercise, narrowly avoiding causing a serious accident.

Navy bosses have launched an investigation into the blunder, which took place during a training drill at Devonport naval base in Plymouth on Wednesday afternoon.

Workers watched as the projectile shot out of HMS Argyll and flew 200 yards through the air before blasting a hole in a security fence and slamming into a storage container.

The torpedo was an unarmed version used for training, so it did not explode and merely thudded into the metal container.

Nobody was hurt in the incident, which took place at the port where Britain’s Vanguard-class nuclear submarines are refuelled and repaired.

The Ministry of Defence refused to say whether or not any of the submarines were at Devonport at the time of the accident.¬† Read more »

Windpower sucks cash too

Windmills were abandoned in England over the late 1800s as the world progressed and developed better technologies, most windmills have been cleverly converted into the sort of homes you see on Grand Designs.

I wonder what they are going to do with all the obsolete bird slaughtering windmills when the taxpaying public finally put a halt to the massive subsidies the renewal industries receive.

Ironically the nasty stuff that is used to manufacture these noise polluting monstrosities are so toxic it means they will have to shipped for disassembly to a place with questionable labour standards.

Windflow Technology has posted a $2.8 million half-year loss.

This is almost 50 per cent higher than the previous half-year loss of $1.9m. ¬† Read more »

Bad luck for the Poms and Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys

It seems some flat worms are devastating France’s snail population.

Snails, one of France’s signature dishes, could be off the menu if the country fails to stem an invasion by a slimy worm from Southeast Asia, scientists warned on Tuesday.

The warning is being sounded over a voracious species called the New Guinea flatworm.

It is already on a list of the 100 most dangerous invasive species in the world as it has a relentless appetite for native snails and earthworms in places where it has been introduced.

Workers at a botanical gardens in Caen, Normandy, called in scientific help after they spotted a strange, dark, flat-as-a-pancake worm among their greenhouse plants.

Reporting in the journal PeerJ on Tuesday, a team of French experts said DNA tests had confirmed their worst fears: Platydemus manokwari has arrived in Europe.

“This species is extraordinarily invasive,” said Jean-Lou Justine of the National Museum of Natural History. “I really hope it can be stopped at the earliest stages.”¬† Read more »

Labour trying to neuter union power

Unfortunately not here in New Zealand, rather in the UK where Ed Miliband has moved to remove block voting and introduced¬†¬†a ‚Äúone member, one vote‚ÄĚ system. On top of that they have removed automatic union affiliation.

Labour here moved specifically to entrench union power in leadership elections by reserving special voting powers for affiliates.

One move that could be done is to implement similar rules like in Fiji where only natural persons can be party members and only natural persons can donate to political parties.

The vote in Labour in the UK was overwhelmingly in support of the changes, seen as necessary to remove the stench of union corruption.

Ed Miliband yesterday won a vote to reform Labour’s historic links with the trade unions as delegates at a special conference approved radical changes to the party’s rules.

However, even as Mr Miliband hailed the result as a victory for democracy, the general secretary of Unite, the biggest trade union, declared that Labour was still his party and that he was “going nowhere‚ÄĚ.

The public clash between the Labour leader and the boss of the union that has given the party ¬£11million since 2010 exposed the continuing power struggle at the heart of the Labour movement.¬† Read more »

Tearing down the hippies house

Planning row: Officials from Torridge District Council have now said that the home must be torn down

Planning row: Officials from Torridge District Council have now said that the home must be torn down

Eco loons who seem to spend much of their life calling for laws to stop this that and the next thing get their beans for not following the rules.

One thing it does show is how an Eco loon thinks we should all live, imagine a nice subdivision of these shacks and the pleasant aroma of composting human waste and sanctimony.

A couple who spent five years building Britain’s greenest home by hand, using old railway sleepers and lorry tyres, have been ordered to tear it down.

Matthew Lepley and Jules Smith decided not to ask for planning permission from Torridge District Council in Devon because it takes consumes too much paper and energy, and defies their eco-friendly ‘personal principles’.¬† Read more »