Writing on the Wall

Writing on the Wall

Political-Christianists, against the teapot religion, Daily conspiracy, BBC bais, Transco in the dock

Political-Christianists?

It’s not just political Islam that produces fascist terrorism. In case anyone should forget this, Pat Robertson, the well-known veteran of the US loony right, has helpfully reminded us by calling for the assassination of President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. “Political-Christianists” have already firebombed abortion clinics and murdered workers in the US — now it seems they’re growing in ambition.

Against the teapot religion

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Hatfield Killers Wriggle; Threats to gay rights group; Defend gay refusnik; The great liberal; Support fades for hate law

HATFIELD KILLERS WRIGGLE

The engineering giant Balfour Beatty has admitted that it was guilty of breaching safety standards before the Hatfield train disaster in October 2000 in which four people died. The company’s dramatic change of plea came after it was formally cleared by an Old Bailey judge last week of a corporate manslaughter charge.

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Go London!

As we go to press we find that London has won the bid to stage the 2012 Olympics.

We imagine the headlines in tomorrow’s Sun — “Not so crap now, Chirac” etc. etc., and can only groan. But there are other things to bemoan in this result. What will Olympic “regeneration” really mean for London’s east end?

Students at the Clays Lane housing co-op in Stratford found that out when they received their eviction notices in May. They live right where the Olympic village is to be sited. And local traveller sites are also under threat.

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  • Tescopoly
  • Health inequality
  • Childhood obesity

TESCOPOLY

The announcement by Tesco boss Terry Leahy that his company made £65 million profit per second last year was greeted with joy by the capitalist community. Declan Curry of the London Stock Exchange was only surprised at how muted the announcement was. “We should not be ashamed of profit,” he said. Tesco says it will “create” 25,000 jobs next year.

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Religious freedom?

Dr Amina Wadud is an Islamic scholar now living in New York. An outspoken feminist, Dr Wadud believes that women have an equal role to play in all aspects of Islamic faith and culture.

Unfortunately, the voices of the Muslim community more usually patronised by the left and liberal intelligentsia think that anyone who believes this kind of thing should be killed.

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SERIAL DEFENDER

Ex-Red Ken has done it again. He has reiterated his defence of fundamentalist religious leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi, whom he invited to speak in London last year, despite al-Qaradawi’s latest outburst, contending that the Indian Ocean tsunami was God’s punishment for “acts of abomination” committed by the victims.

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Call centres, guns, railway workers and some interesting quotes...

FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE CALL CENTRES...

“We are trying to move 30% of our clinical trials to low-cost countries”, announced GlaxoSmithKline’s chief executive Jean-Pierre Garnier recently. He promised that health and safety would not be compromised.

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Alan No. 2

Another bright-spark Blairite who has been recently elevated to high places — as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions — is Alan Johnson.

Johnson was also a “Trot” when he was a teenager. But he also soon left that behind.

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Alan No. 1

Stories about the past of Alan Milburn are now doing the rounds of the intra-left email lists. For anyone who missed it, he has returned to government to take up the Cabinet post of Election Planner (co-ordinating rosette colours and MPs ties?)

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Vote idiot

Kitty Kelly’s new book about the Bush family — The Family — is the book that the capitalist political class deserves. It’s full of gossip, innuendo, heated-up Internet facts, speculation about familial dysfunction and disorder, rumour and salacious scandal.

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