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The Professor of Angry

The Professor of Angry.

The Professor of Angry

Damning evidence: Andrew ‘plebgate’ Mitchell thought police officer too beneath him to shake his hand

Damning evidence: Andrew ‘plebgate’ Mitchell thought police officer too beneath him to shake his hand.

Damning evidence: Andrew ‘plebgate’ Mitchell thought police officer too beneath him to shake his hand

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the Tory Party!)

Sometimes the devil really is in the detail.

For me, the most damning testimony against Andrew Mitchell in the ‘plebgate’ libel trial was from another police officer – Inspector Duncan Johnston – who provided protection to Mitchell on visits to Kenya, Somalia and Tunisia.

Inspector Johnston gave a statement to the high court in which he said that the public school educated Tory minister refused to shake his hand when they first met:

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Everything Mitchell said could be excused as a joke, or that it was taken out of context.

But refusing to shake the hand of someone who’s been tasked to protect your life – for the simple reason that you think they are beneath you – is inexcusable.


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Back from London

Back from London.

RIC and the People’s Vow

RIC and the People’s Vow.

RIC and the People’s Vow

UKIP’s shocking links to ban on teaching of evolution in schools

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the UKIP!)

Several UKIP MEPs have close links to extremist right-wing groups in the US, including one particularly disquieting lobbying group called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

ALEC is already known for its strong campaigning in favour of oil producers and against climate change:

American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) – Greenpeace.

But ALEC is also responsible for introducing legislation in the US which bans the teaching of evolution in schools and forces science teachers to teach creationism to children:

Tennessee Skewers Teaching of Evolution in Schools — Is Your State Next?

And shockingly, at least three UKIP MEPs – Janice Atkinson, Bill Etheridge and Roger Helmer – have VERY close links to ALEC.

Here you can see an official letter from ALEC which includes the three MEPs’ signatures at the bottom.

And UKIP MEP Roger Helmer once received an award from ALEC (from ALEC’s…

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The Scots tung

The Scots tung.

The Scots tung

Wee Ginger Dug

The Scots tung: how to support it without tying up the Yes movement. A guest post by a Clear Contrair Spirit

One of the insinuations heard (admittedly, mostly from English-based media) during the referendum campaign was that the SNP was all about compulsory Gaelic. As any Scot knows, Gaelic is marginal to the Scottish independence movement, and this is probably a good thing. In Wales, the nationalist movement has been largely tied up with the Welsh language movement. On the one hand, this has given them a cause to rally round, but on the other, it has limited the appeal of Welsh nationalism in a country where only around a fifth of the population speaks it.

That’s actually less than the proportion of Scots claiming to speak Scots according to the 2011 census, some 30% of Scots indicated some level of competency in the language, rising to 49% in Shetland…

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