Tuesday, June 03, 2008

News Roundup

Surprisingly, newly elected Mayor and Tory buffoon, Boris Johnson’s first act in power was to do something of which I wholeheartedly approve, namely banning the consumption of alcohol on public transport. Back in the dark days of the mid 1990s I actually contacted the office of London Transport to suggest this after witnessing a late night encounter with an aggressive drunk on the Tube (my protestations didn’t have much effect). Surprisingly there was a lot of resistance to Boris’ legislation and on Saturday a large number of individuals decided to hold a party on the Circle Line to show that they could drink responsibly. And what did they do? They started fighting, abusing LT staff, vomiting and trashing the carriages. I rest my case.

Dunkin Donuts
So junk food purveyor, Dunkin Donuts, has pulled an advertisement featuring celebrity cook and pitchperson, Rachael Ray, because she was wearing a scarf that resembled an arab keffiyeh. The campaign against the scarf was largely orchestrated by strident right winger, Michelle Malkin (no, I won't provide a link) who referred to Ray's scarf as "a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos". If this McCarthyist nonsense from a vicious harpy wasn't enough, Dunkin Donuts actually caved in and dropped the ad, presumably because they didn't want to offend customers with racist tendencies. Well DD you've certainly offended me with your spineless stance and I will make every effort to never darken your doorways again.

Max Mosley
What ever happened to honour? Or shame? Max Mosley, president of motorsport's governing body, the FIA, and son of fascist leader, Sir Oswald Mosley, has survived a vote of confidence after being participating in a Nazi style orgy and frequenting prostitues. After being caught quite literally with his pants down what does he do? He hires a legal team and goes on the attack and sues News of the World (a scurillous rag but not always wrong). There was a time when individuals resigned in these situations. And aside from the revolting Max, who are these people who gave him a positive vote of confidence? I presume it's all about money. Well until the FIA elects a new president I'm going to suspend watching F1 races (ok, I don't suppose anyone is quaking in their [jack] boots by that threat but it's about the best I can do).

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