Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Another icon ready to fall?

Paul Flowers may be about to become old and boring news. Nigella Lawson, domestic goddess, has been impugned by the suggestion that she was "off her head" on drugs. This at a trial of her former domestic staff at the Crown Court.

Naughty Nigella's head

Nigella is a much bigger scalp than Flowers. She may even outrank Bex Wade/Brooks. So back pages for the others - we want to know what naughtiness Nigella has been up to. Domestic staff are usually good for that kind of goss.

Lee Rigby trial started - media silence

The trial of the two men accused of murdering soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London has started at the Old Bailey. But you would hardly know it from the media coverage. Basically there isn't any.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, attended court last week. They are accused of murdering Fusilier Rigby as he walked back to Woolwich barracks on 22 May 2013. They are also accused of attempting to murder a police officer.

Adebolajo has asked to be known as Mujaahid Abu Hamza in court, while Adebowale has asked to be called Ismail Ibn Abdullah.

Hopefully the judge will tell them no to that.

At the moment legal argument is being made. A jury is expected to be empaneled in the next few days and then evidence can start to be heard.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Is there no end to the wrongdoings of the Rev Paul Flowers?

It seems every day brings a new scandal. It is difficult to keep up. To date we have...

  • Filmed buying cocaine and crystal meth.
  • Used cannabis, ketamine and GHB.
  • Used Co-op money to pay for rent boy threesomes.
  • Resigned from council after homosexual porn found on his work computer.
  • Convicted of gross indecency with man in public toilet. 
  • Suspended indefinitely as Methodist minister.
  • Fired from Co-op board over excessive expenses claims (not surprising really!)

And now, finally, he has been arrested on a charge of being concerned in the supply of drugs.

Jimmy Savile was said to have been "hiding in plain sight". And now we have another wrong-un doing the same (although there are no suggestions of paedophilia with Flowers.) How many more are there?

Monday, 11 November 2013

BNP Party Conference, 2013

The BNP Party Conference took place last month. The main topic of conversation was the Euro elections due in May next year. Nick Griffin's speech is worth a watch.

Link: http://bnptv.org.uk/2013/10/british-national-party-all-to-win/

Perverse murder conviction

Marine 'A' has been convicted of murdering an Afghan insurgent at Court Martial. He will serve a notional life term in prison, but subject to release on license after a minimum number of years yet to be determined by the court.

Marines 'B' and 'C' were acquitted. They were present at the incident but did not fire the 'fatal' shot. Marines 'D' and 'E' were also present but were not charged. All  have been granted anonymity - as you can tell by the extensive use of letters of the alphabet.

It's a strange and rum conviction though. There is no body. It was not retrieved by British forces. The identity of the victim is not known. In fact we cannot even be sure that the 'victim' is dead. He may be walking around Afghanistan telling his pals, "They left me for dead but I crawled away and recovered."

And if he is dead it is by no means certain that the single 9mm shot to the torso fired by Marine 'A' actually killed him. He had been shot up by an Apache helicopter a few minutes previously so it must be a strong probability that his death resulted from the 600-rounds-per-minute chain gun on the chopper rather than the Marine's single shot.

There is the possibility of appeal to a court with civilian judges and ultimately to the UK Supreme Court. Unfortunately there is no option for Marine 'A' to go before a civilian jury, which is where his best chance of actual justice would lie.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Mis-lending compensation - how it works

First a company cold-calls you to ask if you will take a few minutes out of your busy day to answer some questions about your "lifestyle". Me? You want to know about me? I'm flattered, you will only answer if you are an airhead. Should you indulge the caller the questions will start general and then quickly they will want to know number and amounts of any loans and credit card balances you might have. They will get so personal you will probably hang up the call, but it's too late - they have you now. Your phone number and details are sold to the next caller.

The next caller is the Mis-Lending Claims company. They have heard about your debt and know a clever way you can get out of paying it. Provided your credit agreement was signed before 2007 there is a requirement it contain certain information - about 10 different pieces of information in fact. If any one of these terms is missing from the document, or the lender has just plain lost the document, then the courts cannot enforce the debt. (The post-2007 Act does not require the terms.)

So the claims company obtains your documents and scrutinizes the small print - or more usually they don't bother - the banks have taken to rolling over easily. Then the debt is gone, but there is a new one to pay the claims company; this one much more watertight.

In the process your credit rating is shot to pieces and your cards will be withdrawn and you may find it difficult to access any form of banking services in the future, but at least you got off that loan.