On the wack-a-mole principle, given Mr Staines’s litigiousness, I’ve mirrored the Bartholemew piece in the comments…
This appears to be the claim they’re making:
“We think people are sending pirated CDs through the post – therefore, we want the Post Office to open everyone’s mail; if the mail in question turns out to be a pirate CD then they should report the person to us and ban them from receiving post in future”.
Evil, evil bastards [and no, I don't give a fuck about the artists either. If they really are artists, then they'll make music whether or not coke-addled gentlemen in suits hand them enormous cheques; if they aren't artists, then they can fuck off and die.]
Times hack Sam Coates has a reasonable and moderate piece on his blog, in which he points out that:
If the Electoral Commission’s actions [regarding Peter Hain] result in a conviction, then [they'll] instantly become the heroes of the democratic system. But if the Commission’s decision turns out to be wrong…
Check out the gibbering mentalists in the comments, who appear to equate the view that if Peter Hain is not guilty then it’ll be a bit embarassing for the Electoral Commission to have ruined his career with the view “I love Peter Hain, I’m a member of the Labour Party and I want to have his babies”.
[also, is commenter DK, who believes the blog post is puke-making Labour spin, the notorious DK? if so, then what the fuck is he playing at? Update: no, it isn't. Good.]
Zimbabwe is corrupt, falling apart and run by a criminal madman. Laws mandating foreign exchange control are an inefficient and ultimately unsuccessful way of covering up an economy’s general failings. And laws against the possession of pornography are criminally stupid.
Nonetheless, hehe. If you had to pick someone to be condemned to an African jail for trivial non-crimes, I’m not sure you could beat “a slum landlord who quite literally got away with murder”…
Q: how many potatoes does it take to kill an Irishman?
but yes, it’s stolen from b3ta:
For example, we discovered the bestiality-advocating sex therapist all on our own. This, however, is stolen from B3TA:
Q: What’s the cheapest, most useless crap you’ve bought?
A: Dvds off a Chinese lady. They were obviously going to be bad quality but i didnâ€™t expect the Chinese man filming it to take the camera with him to the toilet.
(disclaimer: as one might deduce from the linked case study, it is possible that Dr Lin may be stark raving mad, an utter charlatan, or both. This in no way alters my opinion of his work.)
PSNI top brass: “Fuck, some daft left-footer copper’s been caught driving on the piss. Ah well, we’ve got few enough Catholics as it is, we’re already having to bus them in from Poland to try and meet targets; plus we were all drink-driving a few years back anyway and it never did anyone any harm; so let’s keep her in. Pint at the lodge?”
People who’re outraged for a living: “ooh, we’re outraged! Blah blah disgrace blah blah road safety blah blah binge drinking teens blah blah swearing on TV… oh sorry, wrong rant…”
The media: “Are we going to mention she’s a Catholic? Are we fuck…”
I’m not saying that’s definitely what happened…