Thursday, 24 January 2013

Emma West, update

For those of you who are following the trials and tribulations of Emma West, tram lady: her trial at Croydon Crown Court has been postponed for a 4th time and she is now due to go before a jury starting on Monday the 4th of March.

Emma West: "Tram lady"
The reasons for all the delays are not really clear. Emma is maintaining her Not Guilty position even after having served a month in jail.  The authorities clearly are not willing to back down but equally are not used to determined opposition in the face of charges of "hate" crimes. They also have the problem that quite a number of black people have also been videoed on buses and trams etc mouthing off in a far more serious manner than Emma, including threats to kill! The prosecution of Emma would require these people to be prosecuted as well - especially if Emma is convicted. Hence it seems they do not really want a conviction and so are continually kicking the can down the road and hoping it will eventually get lost, possibly by the court ruling "abuse of process" and throwing the case out.

The original video of interest is available here.

Happy Trillion Day!

Yes, today our trillion pound national debt is one year old. It was on January 24th 2012 that we reached the £1,000,000,000,0000 mark. And since then the debt has continued to grow. Today it is £118,000,000,000 (approx) higher than it was a year ago.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Imaginary snow

That snow you see outside, it's all imaginary you know! It may be causing cancelled flights at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stanstead, etc but it does not really exist - due to global warming.

Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, speaking back in the year 2000, said: "Within a few years winter snowfall will become a very rare and exciting event. Children just aren't going to know what snow is."

David Parker, at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in Berkshire, said: "Ultimately, British children would have only virtual experience of snow. Via the internet, they might wonder at polar scenes - or eventually 'feel' virtual cold. "

Marvel at the full article here.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

The Huhnes in court

Christopher Huhne MP (Lib Dem) and his ex-wife Vasiliki "Vicky" Pryce have been in court this week over the allegation of his speeding and her taking the points. Last this blog heard they were both pleading not-guilty; her by reason of "spousal coercion", which does not sound good for him. Huhne is the first Cabinet minister in British history to resign as a consequence of criminal proceedings.

There seems to have been no coverage of the trial and the Southwark Crown Court website indicates that "case management" is still in progress. Still, it would be nice if the mainstream media could bestir itself to do some actual reporting. They were quick enough to report the adjournment in October last year.

Here is a picture of Mr Huhne not actually driving a car...

"Hello Vicky!"

Monday, 14 January 2013

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner

Here's a video for your entertainment. In it we see typical Londoners going about their daily business.

Or you may prefer to watch it here:

Friday, 11 January 2013

Doctors on trial

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service hears cases of alleged malpractice by doctors. It is part of the General Medical Council and has the power to strike doctors who are a danger to their patients off the list of persons entitled to practise medicine in the UK.

The list of forthcoming cases can be seen here.

Here is a summary showing name and allegations for each doctor...

Dr Neil Chanaka Wellappili
Used unapproved drugs; falsified records.
Dr Ramakrishna Rao Rebbapraagada
Failed to provide good care; patient had cardiac arrest.
Dr James Bruce Richardson
Used modified medical device without patient consent.
Dr Luise Ruth Schodlok
Used unnecessary force on patient; was rude to to patient and staff; shouted at staff.
Dr Amit Kumar Banerjee
Sexual assaults on patients.
Dr Mashud Souroyer
Falsification of records; dishonesty.
Dr Dega Venkata Ramana Reddy
Failure to inform GMC of criminal conviction.
Dr Akinbowale Oluseyi Akinlua
Dangerous driving.
Dr Habib Ullah
Sexual assault on patient.
Dr Anthonipillai Nicholas-Pillai
Poor record keeping;
Dr Allan Jeffery Levi
Review of a previous 12 month suspension.
Dr Haleem Uddin Bhatti
Multiple sexual assaults on females.
Dr Khurshid Alam
Non-payment of fees.

That is the complete list of cases to be heard next week.

Look at the names. Only one of these doctors (Richardson) has an English name. The others are all ethnic. There is an amazing correlation between ethnic status and malpractice - far more so than even in the prison population or crime generally. Bear in mind that ethnic doctors are still a minority in the NHS.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Prime Minister's Questions

This was the caption for today's PMQs as broadcast by ParliamentLive. Are they trying to tell us something? (Click on picture to enlarge it.)

Monday, 7 January 2013

Celebrating the New Year

How did you celebrate the New Year? Was it with fireworks and a glad heart? Perhaps you set fire to something? In France they celebrated in traditional manner by setting fire to 1,193 cars. They do this most New Years and on other important days. They also daubed Arabic graffiti on the burnt cars.

I say "they" - obviously we're talking muslims here. There are 6.5 million of them in France now; that's 10% of the population. The cities of Strasbourg and Mulhouse in the East near the German border were particularly affected.

Incidentally, this blog understands there is quite of lot of cheap property available in Strasbourg, should any Brits be thinking of moving to France to live the dolce vita.