“Shut up you homophobic cow”
Actor Ross Kemp to his then wife Rebekah Brooks, responding to her verbal abuse of gay MP Chris Bryant
(What very strange heroes this affair is creating!)
The Murdochs are on the run – down to their last few squillion. The toxic redhead has fallen on her sword (how long before she gets some cushy little sinecure?) And Fox News continues to spill its neocon bile . So, while it’s been a good few days, I’m not quite in gloat mode. Not here anyways…I’ve been doing it on facebook instead!
“Not the misconduct of a few rogues or a few freelancers, but, I have to say, law-breaking on an industrial scale, dependent at its worst on its links with the British criminal underworld”
Gordon Brown, Former British PM
(I don’t often agree with Gordon, but in this case…..)
Those of us who want to see wind power as part of the weaning off fossil fuels get a lot of stick from the pro-nuke lobby (see my exchanges with Sir Bernard Ingham below) because the wind doesn’t blow all the time. One of my fellow Greens amusingly remarked that this is like not growing apple trees because they only produce fruit in Autumn! That said, it’s a genuine drawback to wind turbines and the main reason we want a mixture of renewables.
I was entertained therefore to hear that the Torness nuclear plant recently had to shut down for 2 days because of….jellyfish! Now this isn’t the MAIN argument against the nukes – that would be the danger of radiation poisoning and Fukushima/Chernobyl-style mishaps. It does scotch the “100% reliable” argument, though. Doesn’t it, Sir Bernard?
“Economics – and macro-economics in particular – is ecologically illiterate”
Tim Jackson: Prosperity Without Growth
For international readers: Dr Rowan Williams is the Archbishop of Canterburyand thus the biggest cheese in the Church of England. The good doctor has been in hot water recently because he was openly critical of the government’s slash’n’burn approach to the welfare state. Not only that, but he made the entirely reasonable point that most of what they’re doing was absent from the pre-election posturing – sorry, campaigning.
Dr Williams (see also Quote of the Week 8.2.10) thus gains a sought-after place in my Episcopal pantheon. Here are some other preferred primates:
- Archbishop Oscár Romero of El Salvador, assassinated at the altar in 1980. Why? For sticking up for the poor in opposition to the military junta. His most famous quote: “Stop the repression!”
- Archbishop Hélder Câmara of Brazil. Most famous quote: “When I give food to the poor they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist”
- Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury during the darkest days of Thatcherism. He managed to get well up Mrs T’s nose on a number of occasions, thus endearing himself to millions of others.
- Desmond Tutu. For obvious reasons.
Thanks for the recent contributions, though am unsure how the word ‘elderly’ crept in, in reference to my good self!? Hopefully in jest…
On a more serious note, the late lamented Gil Scott-Heron has made his first appearance on these pages thanks to James. For anyone unfamiliar with Gil’s oeuvre, his all-time classic ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ is strongly recommended. It did cause me to reflect that time has caught up with Gil in several ways. This very day there is a rather messy revolution taking place across the Middle East. I’m not the first to point out that, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, it is being televised! If only the footage were more cheerful……