"the world has heard so much about duck houses and lame duck prime ministers that they must think we are all completely quackers" If the BBC's chiefs have an ounce of common sense they will seize the moment, cut Jonathan Ross's salary in half and use the money to hire another 20 Farsi-speaking analysts. [...] There is a good reason why the ayatollah bashed Britain with such singular ferocity, and it is to do with the Iranians' changing view of America. We have been co-opted to play the role of Great Satan, because America is now led by Barack Obama, or Barack Hussein Obama, as Fox News always calls him, and it is obvious that the mullahs don't know quite how to handle him. Obama's intelligent speech in Cairo has had a big impact in the Muslim world, and it is obvious that it is his presence in the White House – far more than any BBC broadcast – that is giving hope to the demonstrators in Tehran. I don't know whether this election was rigged. Even if there were as many irregularities as the protesters claim, it seems sadly possible that Mr Ahmedinejad retained a majority of the votes, if not 63 per cent. Indeed, I saw one BBC television report that scrupulously portrayed the messianic reception he received in parts of the country, with weeping women queuing to touch the hem of his raiment. Continue reading Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
He really did get a good egging - see here
Here is a further timely Dungeekin rendition in a wonderful ‘Oliver’ spoof
In this life, one thing counts, Tolerance in large amounts, But when you see the BNP, You've got to taunt a Fascist or two. You've got to taunt a Fascist or two, boys, You've got to taunt a Fascist or two. When you see the BNP, You've got to taunt a Fascist or two!
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The Cabinet Reshuffle in tune to ‘Oliver’!
He actually has a world view...He actually believes things, and he believes them with a volcanic sincerity ..a withering reproach to all the temporising anaemic difference-splitters of this Parliament. We want the Heff, as we affectionately call him, and we want him now.David Cameron is said to have received 1,000 letters from assorted headcases who believe they are an undiscovered talent, the Susan Boyles of the next Parliament. And yet of all the names that have so far emerged, there is only one that has really made me sit up. I speak for millions of Daily Telegraph readers when I say that last week my heart leapt for joy when I saw that at last Simon Heffer is poised to allow his name to go forward. I pounded the table so hard the crockery rattled. I emitted a strangled cry of relief – the kind of noise they must have made in Mafeking when they realised the siege was about to be lifted, and my being was flooded with that sense of ineffable calm that is said to have descended on Churchill when he heard that, after agonising years of prevarication, America had entered the war on our side. Politics may be in crisis. Parliament may be discredited. The very letters MP now seem to stand for nothing but a bunch of Mercenary Plunderers. But with Heffer poised to enter Parliament, and with the ample Hefferian trouserings set to polish the leather of the green benches, I had a sudden sense that everything was going to be all right. It is true that the news filled me with such elation that my vision was temporarily clouded, and I may not have read the fine print of the article. But I received the distinct impression that he had set his sights on an Essex seat; and since Heffer invented the very phrase and concept of "Essex Man", and since he is already known as the "Sage of Chelmsford", it struck me that he must be a shoo-in. Continue reading Simon Heffer for Chelmsford