"There are 5 a's in raaaaacist ."
Obama’s birth certificate is not the only document at issue. There is no documentation available for his kindergarten records, his Punahou school records, his Occidental College records, his Columbia University records, his Columbia thesis, his Harvard Law School records, his Harvard Law Review articles, his scholarly articles from the University of Chicago, his passport, his medicalrecords, his files from his years as an Illinois state senator, his Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism records, and his adoption records. None, zip, nada….
This Government is about to savagely cut the funding of the Open University. If the Government were remotely interested in increasing the participation of working class young people in university education it would be significantly increasing OU funding.
What is going on?
I think that the point of what Mandy is reported as saying in this article is quite simple. This is nothing other than a trick to increase Government dominance over the best universities in Britain (and the world.) This is another stage in the rolling out of the Brownite police state.
Two years ago, BBC Radio 4 invited Tebbit to take part in a “healing” radio programme with Magee. The peer declined, having no taste for the modern appetite to massage away the atrocities of the past with an oily love-in and apologia. Tebbit sees this kind of appeasement as symptomatic of the weakness, decadence and lack of resolve in modern British society. “Do I want to meet these people? Yes, I would like to bump into them. If I was driving a heavy truck,” he says.
Most of these came presumably from working-class nationalist voters who were unhappy with Labour but still suspicious of the Tories, especially Tories whose main electoral preoccupation is wooing metropolitan liberals with cuddly green policies.
There have been five-and-a-half periods of Labour government since 1923. Ramsay MacDonald’s nine-month 1924 minority Labour administration is the half; it scarcely counts here. Of the five following governments, including the long Blair-Brown administration, four will have left office amid major economic and financial catastrophe when Brown does so. The voters may begin to notice a pattern.
During the long wait for the counting of ballots from the Norwich North by-election to be completed, Labour campaigners chatted amiably with their rivals. One Liberal Democrat reported that “Labour people are down but saying it was nearly so much worse”.
Let’s see. The Labour Party created a by-election it did not want, by ousting an MP it did not need to oust. It proceeded to select an activist from London to fill a vacancy created by a popular local figure. During the course of the by-election it was, for long periods at a time, incapable of mustering a large enough campaign force to deliver a leaflet across the whole constituency. The Labour candidate then caught swine flu. The party’s vote fell from 46 per cent to just over 18 per cent, one of the worst showings by a governing party in modern history. When the result was announced, the Labour candidate was unable to be present. He was replaced by his wife who, at the moment when thanks are traditionally conveyed to the polling staff, instead had to thank Norwich’s ambulance service.
How, precisely, do Labour campaigners think it could have been worse?
Onwards, then, to the second glorious decade of Scottish devolution. Here's Iain Gray, Labour's Scottish leader (Gray, Brown - they're all named after boring colours), extolling the virtues of the pretendy Parly:
"Has it [the Scottish Parliament] made a difference?" he asked rhetorically. "Yes it has. When the Parliament started one in five children in this country lived in poverty. That's now one in three. That's significant progress."
Iain Gray is a mathematics teacher.