Tuesday, August 09, 2011

It’s time for Boris to show us the Statesman


His Grace isn’t prone to jumping on bandwagons: in fact, were he to spy one, he would be more likely to throw himself under it than associate himself with anything that smacks of undiscerning tribalism or the populist mob mentality. But the chorus of demands for our political leaders to curtail their holidays and return to fix the latest instalment of ‘Broken Britain’ was rightly judged. Nick Clegg, sadly, has been invisible and ineffectual; and Theresa May too dispassionate and hopelessly scripted. Some will want to hear today what David Cameron has to say, but His Grace can safely predict it will be nothing more than a phlegmatic, formulaic statement of the blindingly obvious: condemnation of the criminals, support for the victims, and praise for the police.

Only Boris appears to have any politically-daring spontaneity about him. Of all our senior politicians, only he possesses the capacity to splutter anger or express authentic indignation and disgust. And only he appears to possess the humanity to reach out with genuine sympathy and compassion to London’s shopkeepers, workers and residents who have had their property destroyed and their worlds torn apart. To Londoners, he is just Boris – the Mayor with mojo; the bloke with the common touch; the geezer who says it like it is, innit.

As civil strife smoulders beneath the blazing buildings, we’ve reached a point of national crisis in need of a leader of calibre. Mayor Rudy Giuliani was with New York on September 11th 2001; George W Bush was too long absent from New Orleans after Katrina in 2005; and Her Majesty the Queen too far from London after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997. The presence is often only symbolic, but invariably politically potent. In an age where seeming is all, the leader must be seen.

It is, frankly, quite incredible that the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Chancellor, Home Secretary, and the Mayor of London should have all scheduled their holidays to coincide. But it is nowhere near as incredible as having to watch London burning with scarcely a fire-fighter to be seen; and shops and business being looted while the police just stand by and watch. It is the sort of impotence and inaction that provokes deep anger and dismay. The law permits a man to use reasonable force to defend his property: it is a cause of great shame that the law enforcer cannot apparently be bothered to intervene to defend either the victim or his property, let alone attempt to restore order. It’s as though our emergency services have been bludgeoned and paralysed by reams of Health & Safety legislation, and so they do nothing. Such contempt for right and abdication of responsibility is the foundation of extra-judicial punishment and vigilantism.

But His Grace wishes to emphasise – in case one should be swayed by the unrelenting 24/7 media focus (remember Egypt? Syria? Libya? Eurogeddon? Chris Huhne?) – that these riots are not the stuff of civil war or revolution: they have neither strategy nor cohesive purpose; they are random, spontaneous, anarchic and nihilistic. This is not the Blitz: we must keep a sense of proportion.

It has been suggested that Boris made a mistake in his determination to carrying on camping in Canada while his city burned. Mike Smithson pointed out that Boris doesn’t seem to care if he wins or loses next year. Tottenham Conservatives said his refusal to return immediately will count against him. And James Kirkup thinks Boris may have ‘blown his mayoral re-election’.

A mistake? Yes, quite possibly. But Boris is like Teflon, and by 2012 this will all be largely forgotten and he will be forgiven. It's what he does from this day forward that’s important. While the media focus appears to be on what David Cameron must do or say, His Grace would like to point Mayor Boris in just one direction:


This heart-breaking photograph is of Mr Aaron Biber. He is 89 years old, and has had his barber’s shop in Tottenham for 41 years. It has been ransacked, smashed and looted: thieves stole Mr Biber's haircutting equipment, and even the kettle he used to make tea. He can no longer work, has no income, and faces ruin.

While other politicians pontificate and patronise, only you, Boris, are capable of expressing sincere empathy with Londoners like Mr Biber. Only you are capable of restoring communion and relationship; of inculcating balance and harmony; of inspiring mutuality and solidarity; of putting an arm of your ineffable charisma around the downtrodden and oppressed; of lifting the spirits of the people of Tottenham, Enfield, Brixton, Hackney, Haringey, Wood Green, Croydon, Ealing, Peckham, Camden, Colliers Wood, Notting Hill, Lewisham…

They won’t all welcome you, of course. But Mr Biber probably will, so please go and see him. Here’s his shop at 22 Scotland Green, Tottenham:


Oh, and buy the old chap a kettle, would you? His Grace would be happy to pay for it, for it is the Christian, compassionate and conservative thing to do.

UPDATE

A number of readers and communicants have been asking how they may assist Mr Biber. His Grace knows of no direct fund, but is pleased to announce that his Collection Plate (up right, just beneath Twitter feed) is now dedicated to the cause. All monies received will be forwarded to Mr Biber to help replace his stolen equipment (with no deductions for administrative or distributive purposes). Please give as much as you are able (Mt 25: 31-40; Lk 21:1-4).

84 Comments:

Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

I agree - go Boris, you can and must do it. Give London some good old fashioned honesty and leadership.

9 August 2011 at 09:10  
Anonymous MrJ said...

"Only Boris appears to have any politically-daring spontaneity about him."

Boris - Liverpool - Toxteth (Heseltine).

What is the Mayor doing for London right now?

There were absentees in July/August 1914.

Keep a weather eye open for what is happening in the Americas.

Boris has that mop of straw-coloured hair-- is he more than a staw man to clutch at?

He is said to be brainier than the Prime Minister.

For reasons HG has given, we must wait to see whether he has both the nous and the courage in action which the occasion requires.

His chief opponents are in the Cabinet.

9 August 2011 at 09:37  
Blogger I am Stan said...

Your Grace,

Boris comes over as a nice charismatic guy but what`s needed now is steel, I wonder if Boris will be taken seriously.

Of course it`s the likes of Mr Biber who are the victims, If his grace where to use his blog to start a fund to refit his shop I would happily donate as I`m sure would others.

9 August 2011 at 09:45  
Anonymous philip walling said...

Where do we send the money to put Mr Biber back on his feet?

Will somebody please set up an account.

9 August 2011 at 10:00  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr Walling,

His Grace's Collection Plate is dedicated to the cause. All monies will be forwarded.

9 August 2011 at 10:03  
Anonymous philip walling said...

And on Boris, he has the steel; you just watch Stan.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man.

9 August 2011 at 10:03  
Anonymous philip walling said...

How does one reach His Grace's plate?

9 August 2011 at 10:05  
Blogger jonty said...

I'm afraid that Boris is a joke.

9 August 2011 at 10:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How will you distribute contributions to Mr. Biber if paid by credit card? Many thanks for this. Absolutely horrified by the whole series of events and by the complete lack of leadership by our government. Theresa May should be sacked. I have no words to describe what I feel about 'policing by consent.' Presumably that means the consent by the police for allowing the thugs to loot, commit arson and strip naked innocent Londoners.

9 August 2011 at 10:24  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Anon @10.24,

Yes, very simply. His Grace will convert to cash, without deduction.

9 August 2011 at 10:27  
Anonymous philip walling said...

All right, YG, I've found it and donated.

9 August 2011 at 10:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boris is an utter buffoon. London is not “vibrant” enough for him. Even more of the world’s undesirables have been encouraged to flock to these shores and our tinderbox cities under the ConDems than in Liebour’s last year. So much for reducing “net immigration to the tens of thousands” – and we are only talking of “net” immigration. I’m just waiting for him and other hand wringing liberals to blame unemployment and lack of opportunities whilst simultaneously pledging to pump these “deprived” areas with tax payer’s cash stolen from those still fortunate not to have lost their jobs to cheap imported labour.

9 August 2011 at 10:43  
Blogger David Baker said...

Gosh, what a gut-wrenching photo of the poor chap with his barber shop. Thanks for setting up a way to donate.

9 August 2011 at 10:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As soon as this brave old gentleman is re-equipped perhaps Boris could pop in and give him some trade?

9 August 2011 at 10:56  
Anonymous Tony B said...

"But it is nowhere near as incredible as having to watch London burning with scarcely a fire-fighter to be seen;"

Well, you've been amongst those calling for cuts in the public services, have you not? And most of the posters here. So you might have to expect more of that sort of thing, and the logic of your position dictates that you should bear it without complaint. You have no right to be outraged by the results of the policies you yourself support.

9 August 2011 at 11:06  
Anonymous A quiet man said...

Tony B,

You seem to be mistaking political protest for opportunistic criminality, aided by the Nation's lack of personal responsibilty.

Labour presided over the rise of political correctness, 'Rights' culture and the demise of married family unit. Do not be under any illusion, however right it might seem to you.

Common sense can shed the first beam of light on this dark situation, so please begin to consider that left-wing politics may not have all the answers.

9 August 2011 at 11:18  
Anonymous Tony B said...

Quiet man: I wasn't referring to the rioting, on which I am inclined to agree; but on the shortage of public services to deal with it, as even a casual reading of my comment ought to have told you.

9 August 2011 at 11:28  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

‘The law permits a man to use reasonable force to defend his property:’.

Which man, teacher, parent and citizen undersatnds the subtle distictions between the offence categories in the 1867 Offences Against the Person Act so as to escape the counter charge of unlawful ‘assault’?

In any event, on the balance of probailities, the provsions of the Human Rights Act 1998 are arraigned against us.

We are paralysed.

‘[I]t is a cause of great shame that the law enforcer cannot apparently be bothered to intervene to defend either the victim or his property, let alone attempt to restore order. It’s as though our emergency services have been bludgeoned and paralysed by reams of Health & Safety legislation, and so they do nothing. Such contempt for right and abdication of responsibility is the foundation of extra-judicial punishment and vigilantism.’

There are a range of issues here.

The first is that respect for the authority of the lone parent, the teacher and the policeman has been systematically destroyed by three generations of the Left-liberal mentor class.

The police, and this is obvious to the ‘trained eye’, are using the tactic of containment – hence viewers often see pictures of police officers standing in lines.

The criticism is that the mobs are mobile and the ‘stationary’ tactic is clearly ineffectual.

What then is the alternative? Charge the mob? You cannot charge a mob unless ‘you can finish the job’.

If you did charge the mob you will need, perhaps, three times the number of officers in each situation:

1. ensuring that there are enough officers to make each arrest, whilst fending off others;
2. officers to cart away those arrested;
3. support officers to charge, detain and exercise the provisions of PACE 1984 in police cells; and
4. a severe shortage of police cell space.

There is, off course, the demands of the questions to be answered at the inevitable public inquiry to think about:

Lawyer: officer why did you strike, on the back of the head, Mr Smith whilst, as the CCTV clearly shows, he was running away? Officer as he was running away clearly he was no threat to you? Officer wouldn’t you say, at least with hindsight, that was excessive force? Lethal in this case.
It is the Left-liberals that have made this tragedy. It is the Left-liberals who set the parameters of the criminal and civil law; it is the Left-liberals who set the terms of the public inquiries; it is the Left-liberals who rob children of their fathers (free love man and sow the seed man!); it is the Left-liberals who rob children of the discipline they need to respect themselves and others; it is the Left-liberals who rob hard working men and women of their businesses – because it is the Left-liberals class – the mentor class – who has taught us this new morality.

So what’s left? ‘the foundation of extra-judicial punishment and vigilantism’.

9 August 2011 at 11:30  
Anonymous The Justice of the Peace said...

Perhaps more important than Boris`s return from his hols is how the police and CPS deal with those arrested. An ever increasing proportion of offenders is being cautioned even for serious crimes eg assault causing ABH, criminal damage etc etc. Justice should be seen and done in the courts. Time will tell if these involved in the recent criminality are dealt with in the time honoured fashion which sadly has indeed become unfashionable over the last fifteen years.

9 August 2011 at 11:33  
Anonymous Tony B said...

Amusingly I just saw the headline "Parliament recalled to tackle riots" - so I guess any time now the police will get some 600 or so reinforcements. I'm sure Cameron will look good in a riot shield.

9 August 2011 at 11:45  
Anonymous A quiet man said...

Tony B,

"But it is nowhere near as incredible as having to watch London burning with scarcely a fire-fighter to be seen;"

"Well, you've been amongst those calling for cuts in the public services, have you not? And most of the posters here. So you might have to expect more of that sort of thing, and the logic of your position dictates that you should bear it without complaint. You have no right to be outraged by the results of the policies you yourself support."

If there is any misunderstanding, I apologise, but the tone of your original post seemed to suggest that the rioting was a result of public service budget cuts alone.

Considering the amount of destruction we have seen so far and the way in which the mob mentality has spread to other areas of London and other cities throughout Great Britain, how could anyone bear it without complaint?

On my point that the selfish, hands-off attitude within society has been fostered over a greater period than the previous 15 months of the Con/Lib government, what say you?

To clarify, whilst I agree more with conservative values, I do feel that the last GE was merely a choice between the lesser of two evils.

9 August 2011 at 12:23  
Blogger Span Ows said...

"But it is nowhere near as incredible as having to watch London burning with scarcely a fire-fighter to be seen;"

"Well, you've been amongst those calling for cuts in the public services, have you not?"


Can you show any fire or police front line servcies cut? (apart from opposition and BBC hysterics that is) I think it seems more a case of "stand off and see what happens" which if intentional it is criminal.

9 August 2011 at 12:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Well, you've been amongst those calling for cuts in the public services, have you not? And most of the posters here. So you might have to expect more of that sort of thing, and the logic of your position dictates that you should bear it without complaint. You have no right to be outraged by the results of the policies you yourself support."


Go look at the budget for the police, fire, army, education and health service.

No go look at the total budget.

9 August 2011 at 12:52  
Anonymous topcat1964 said...

Interesting stuff YG. I too find myself thinking that Boris is possibly the man for our times-if he can be bothered (and I am just not sure)Surprised to find myself thinking that but perhaps the sight of Ken L on Newsnight last night trying to make political capital out of a complex and heartbreaking situation for anyone who genuinely loves this city, was enough to convince me we have the best Mayor for the job.

9 August 2011 at 12:57  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

We’ve had Boris the cheat, Boris the buffoon, Boris the love rat, Boris the liar and Boris the abortion procurer, so Boris the statesman would be a pleasant change.

9 August 2011 at 13:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to state , with the utmost faux-gravity and sanctimony, that it gives me no satisfaction whatsoever to remind His Grace-and I was not alone in so doing-that his post-General Election enthusiastic support for David Cameron
was misplaced.

But I would be lying :it gives me a lots of satisfaction to remind HG that I said Cameron would prove to be a total prat as PM!
It is to HG's credit that he is objective and does not have an entrenched favourable opinion of this rather awful man.

Nice one on helping the old-timer : donation on its way.

Marcus Foxall

9 August 2011 at 14:12  
Anonymous Oswin said...

A slight aside here: the world financial markets are in chaos. World-wide images of 'London burning' has cost us much, much more than the millions lost to the dismal (of whatever 'colour'!)rioting scum that we have witnessed on our TV screens!

9 August 2011 at 15:00  
Anonymous Tony B said...

My point, to those above, was clearly "you might have to expect more of the same.." that's clearly a reference to the future.

yes, police forces have been saying they will have to make cuts to front-line services.

the position of those calling for cuts in public services is rather like turkeys who voted for Christmas complaining when they get a fork stuck in their arses - but they rarely seem to complain about handing billions to bankers, do they?.

9 August 2011 at 15:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Britain's zero hour - a defenceless nation without a functioning state.

9 August 2011 at 15:07  
Anonymous Arthur Warlock said...

The authorities should say that 'if you want to live in England, you should work and become Englishmen or go away'... Years will pass before the UK authorities venture to take tough measures in the immigration policy. So, London suburbs will keep burning.

9 August 2011 at 15:29  
Blogger English Viking said...

Anon @ 15:07

You ain't seen nothin' yet. Tip of the iceberg.

Your Grace,

BoJo is a serial liar and adulterer, who, if he had a shred of decency in him would have resigned amidst the numerous scandals he has been embroiled in (including colluding in have a man assaulted by knowingly providing his contact details), an utter buffoon.

If this our best hope, it's over.

9 August 2011 at 15:33  
Blogger English Viking said...

PS Your Grace,

Weren't BoJo and Cameron partial to trashing restaurants and chucking plant-pots through plate-glass windows when they were both members of the Bullingdon club?

Oh yes they were.

At least they'll be able to say 'I know where you comin' from, man.'

9 August 2011 at 15:37  
Anonymous Ernie Clements said...

Water cannons, rubber bullets, the Army and Teresa Mays resignation is what we need!..... Protect innocent people from these senseless, anarchic animals and reclaim the streets from these criminals.

9 August 2011 at 15:58  
Anonymous John Quinn said...

@English Viking. We need stout lads like you and Rottenborough if we are to survive the next few years.

Bring in the army NOW. They need to start getting tough with these so called human beings. They are acting like pack animals and like animals on a rampage they should be shot. What's the difference?

Teresa May should go- clearly not up to the job and we need a government that has the guts to take control. How long will it take for someone to start talking about the 'human rights' of these thugs?

9 August 2011 at 16:07  
Anonymous Christian Socialist said...

lap up the tory propaganda as to why and who is doing this, but anyone with a brain knew last may ,when the tories came to power ,there would be social unrest in the cities , the tories see city dwellers as thing to exploit and supress , whilst they live off the profits in the countryside , believe the tory lies if you want , but make sure you lock you doors at night , because those with nothing to lose will ignore the laws you MAKE to keep them down , a society with very rich and very poor is going to breed resentment and violence ,and the tories love that ,,divide and conquer has been their way for a long time , they are now bulling people who ARE protesting , but corrupt regimes all over the world have been overthrown your days are numbered

9 August 2011 at 16:10  
Anonymous Marcus Scarman said...

Cameron finally gets on a plane after an aborted photo op with a waitress. BoJo returns when it suddenly dawns on him that 'monitoring' from a sun lounger is not really going to cut it. May trots out 'outrage', 'disgust' and 'shock' but says nothing about what she is actually going to do.

Meanwhile London burns, most of our significant high streets have been utterly ransacked and we are being held to ransom by feral kids. The police on the streets are heroes, but they are outnumbered and outwitted heroes. in 3 days London has gone from the celebration of the Olympics to utter, utter lawlessness. What will Tuesday bring? Cameron's garbage about the big society is not even a funny joke. Thanks to Maggie T saying' there is no such thing as society' we now reap the rewards of the 'all about me' materialist culture which has been allowed to develop and now fester over. Would you fly here on holiday? Would you fly to Tripoli? That's what the world is thinking tonight?

9 August 2011 at 16:13  
Anonymous A quiet man said...

Tony B, without being too presumptuous, I would say that there are many conservative people who are opposed to budget cuts as well as the excessive bonuses awarded to bankers out of the subsidies granted by the previous government; I know I am!

The problem is, if household expenditure exceeds income and that household continues to borrow and spend, then the end result will be unsustainable debt that cannot be repaid. I accept that this is a simplified example, but the principle remains the same for the national debt. Faced with this situation, what would you do?

Frankly, the banking industry and EU membership are seperate issues and it will take a stronger government than the current one to tackle the injustice of the status quo.

As for Boris Johnson, I would be surprised if he changed from his usual track of style-over-substance. Saying that, Ken Livingstone's point scoring exercise was particularly sickening.

9 August 2011 at 16:18  
Anonymous Shacklefree said...

I rather like English Vikings approach. He condemns objectively. “BoJo is a serial liar and adulterer, who, if he had a shred of decency in him would have resigned amidst the numerous scandals he has been embroiled in (including colluding in have a man assaulted by knowingly providing his contact details), an utter buffoon.” How many conservative voters in Cameron’s constituency still voted for him after he had deselected the official conservative candidate simply because he said that in his opinion homosexuality was wrong? We are too tribal in our affiliations. I reminded a relation of mine that Gordon Brown was the guy who did a Robert Maxwell and raided the pension funds so that he could have money to bribe the electorate. She still voted labour. Unfortunately, elections in this country are all about the money people (Labour and Conservative) expect to get in their pockets. When will the electorate start to realise the spiritual crisis we have and vote on right and wrong rather than on pragmatic politics? Let’s have a few more people condemning objectively. By the way well done Your Grace on the collection.

9 August 2011 at 16:22  
Blogger I am Stan said...

Oh dear your Grace,

Bojo`s magic doesn`t seem to be working.

Booed and heckled, no Churchilian speech just some disjointed mumbling and then ushered into his car, off for a well deserved snifter in the club lounge no doubt, and a little wiff waff.

9 August 2011 at 16:58  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

English Viking

I think Kings David and Solomon had doubtful moral behaviour too. Nevertheless, they played their part in God's plan.

Not that I'm comparing Boris with either, you understand. Just pointing out that dubious conduct in private is not the be all and all of leadership. It's not for us to root around in the private lives of others and pass judgement on them unless or until it impacts on their public role.

Ps
(I was going to say like Henry XVIII but thought better of it!)

9 August 2011 at 17:51  
Anonymous malvoisin said...

Nick clegg told to bugger off, Boris run out of town, still we have Camamoron to sort it all out.

9 August 2011 at 17:53  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

Lets sort the politicians out first, their rampage has caused this mess.

Mr Biber is feeling so enriched.

9 August 2011 at 17:53  
Anonymous not a machine said...

I thought the PMs statement today was a message to the country , statesman like .
Boris popular characture sometimes clashes with his big intellect , however looking at him today I think he was asscessing the situation and readying himself for whatever may come , I dont think he is going to do a runner your grace.

The deputy PM who perhaps has had rather rough coalition ride , mainly because his insistance on wearing rose tinted glasses and being leader of a party whos members have dined long on left wing meals useually sat upon the top of a lofty fence , has managed to splutter out some lines that one expects of a goverment that is governing (and not just discussing) , it perhaps causes him a little indegestion , but so far in this crisis he seems to be curing it .

The picture of Mr Bibers shop brought back quite few childhood memories , no bankers bounus failure payments for him , or thers like him in this curious world where the small/diverse independent wealth generators have all but disappered .

9 August 2011 at 18:06  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

Now is the time for the Tories to get back to their roots on Law and Order. Why can't they legislate in the case of mob looting vandalism and gang warfare etc... to be able to cane all those who were guilty whether running away or actually thieving and vandalising. That's the only language those yobs and vandals understand not consent policing. I realise that we must not become a police state but scenes like this require a heavy hand. Some form of blanket punishment and discipline is needed for people who act like this en mass.

Excess Immigration has taken our civilisation back hundreds of years.

Hope the old gent Mr Biber is ok
Makes me hope all the elderly folk living in the retirement homes in the centres of these places are ok.

9 August 2011 at 18:17  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Dodo: @ 17:51

Yes, I agree. Much good has come from those of doubtful personal morals, and similary, much harm from the righteous.

Let those who can 'do the job' do the job! God moves in mysterious ways right enough.

(''Henry VIII'' hee hee!)

9 August 2011 at 18:22  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Your Grace

Apparently, the reason baton rounds are not to be introduced is because no one in Government wants to go down in history as the individual responsibile for it happening 'on the mainland'.

Sums it all up really - ask them to fill out expense applications, and they fall over themselves. Ask them to behave like States men and women, no one has the spine. Disgusting specimens of humanity - as bad as the rioters and the bankers.

And they talk about voter apathy...

9 August 2011 at 18:26  
Anonymous Bernhard Goetz said...

The people are starting to organise their own militia to defend their lives and property - as you do in a failed state ...

9 August 2011 at 18:49  
Anonymous Shadow said...

Your Grace

If rioters wish to behave in a medieval manner, let them be detained accordingly for a few days. Declare a curfew for the appropriate age groups. Arrest and handcuff curfew breakers to the nearest stout metal railings and leave them without toilet breaks!

'Bring back the stocks' .......

9 August 2011 at 19:12  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

"The people are starting to organise their own militia to defend their lives and property - as you do in a failed state ..."

Bernhard, we're not a failed state or anything like it. The police have been caught out for a short while and have struggled to adjust to multiple gangs running amok in different areas instead of the more usual individual criminal acts.

If multiple gangs running amok were the norm then we would have a police force and policies to deal with it and things would be rather different in the UK. The police essentially operate by public consent. The last thing we surely want is a police force which uses disproportionate violence at the drop of a hat or a police force regularly backed by army units.

9 August 2011 at 19:13  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

The Inspector General expects fringe marginal parties will benefit from the appalling lack of concrete decision making from the coalition.

Nick Griffin for London Mayor, anyone ??

9 August 2011 at 19:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you able to let us know how mr biber gets on please?

9 August 2011 at 19:18  
Blogger happyuk said...

I've just sent the old fella a few quid his way via PayPal.

That is truly heartbreaking to hear of someones livelihood trashed in such a way.

We can at least take heart in the unalterable Truth:

"Vengeance is Mine. I will repay"

9 August 2011 at 19:18  
Blogger happyuk said...

"Bernhard, we're not a failed state or anything like it. The police have been caught out for a short while and have struggled to adjust to multiple gangs running amok in different areas instead of the more usual individual criminal acts."

Agree to an extent we're not a third world nation yet.

But these people have been getting their way for too long, albeit by way of many smaller, but no less significant anti-social acts over a long period of time: thieving, drug-taking, intimidation of neighbourhoods etc.

I think policing has been declining in effectiveness. Those riot police didn't come across as riot police. They seemed scared and out of place.

9 August 2011 at 19:26  
Blogger English Viking said...

Dodo,

You compare apples with oranges.

Those Kings of Israel were appointed by God. Man had no say in the matter, and the people bowed to God's superior judgement in selecting them a King.

BoJo is an elected politician. He, by his very nature, must promise to do this, that and the other in order to obtain/maintain his office of ridiculous privilege, paid for by the people he is making promises to.

If he is willing to break his marital vows, repeatedly mind, not a 'slip', if there could be such a thing, if he is willing to tell bare-faced lies for his own sexual pleasure, to his nearest and dearest, to the one to whom he promised to God to 'love, honour, cherish and protect', is it not just possible, just a teensy-little-bit, that he is willing to lie to the electorate, if it would be to his benefit?

How can he lecture others on the need for self-control and moral probity, when he can't keep his trousers on? How can he condemn the rioter, when he trashed a restaurant with Cameron, for fun, when a young man himself?

How can he speak of one of the causes of the current problems, broken families, when he broke a couple himself? He managed to impregnate one poor unfortunate and then decided to return to his wife. The 'lady' had an abortion.

He is filth of the highest order. An utter hypocrite, who has abused his power and privilege for purely selfish benefit. He could lead a dog to a lamp post, let alone a capital city.

9 August 2011 at 19:27  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

Those who have not had the opportunity to judge whether Boris showed statesmanship today should click here. Set your expectations on the negative side of rock bottom.

9 August 2011 at 19:28  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

English Viking

Fair enough. I guess he's pretty low morally but I still think he should be judged on his record and not his private life.

9 August 2011 at 19:47  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

Oswin

I shouldn't have referred to Henry VIII, even in jest.

9 August 2011 at 19:53  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

English Viking said ...
"He (Bojo) is filth of the highest order. An utter hypocrite, who has abused his power and privilege for purely selfish benefit."

Bit OTT if you ask me and I thought you were turning over a new leaf.

How has he abused the power and privilege of his office?

9 August 2011 at 19:56  
Anonymous MrJ said...

Overheard at the Village Local:

The Guv'nor's humour is more than sly: "haircut" has acquired a vogue in connection with the financial crisis; and "kettle"-- isn't that a notorious practice for controlling crowds?

And wasn't Biber's instrument the violin?

Anyone heard of this Boris? -- it's getting beyond a joke.

See the video clip-- Man of Steel, a convincing leader, beside whom the Home Secretary is a voiceless bystander.

He needs a good hairdresser. (Further ribaldry unreportable.)

9 August 2011 at 19:57  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

It was reported on Sky News last night that Curry's digital was raided at Clapham Junction, but they left Waterstones the book store untouched!

Boris has no authority or leadership skills about him whatsoever. Very disappointing maybe he should stick to journalism after all.

9 August 2011 at 20:14  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Marie1797 said...
It was reported on Sky News last night that Curry's digital was raided at Clapham Junction, but they left Waterstones the book store untouched!

Bit of a waste of time educating blacks...

9 August 2011 at 20:21  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

The Sky video of Curry’s being looted is here.

9 August 2011 at 20:25  
Anonymous MrJ said...

Education at Eton and Oxford seems to have been wasted on the present Prime Minister.

9 August 2011 at 20:28  
Anonymous MrJ said...

Lootings: I blame the useless security gates. Let's hope their insurers have the funds to meet the claims of the shopkeepers' insurers who approved the security fixtures.

9 August 2011 at 20:35  
Blogger English Viking said...

Dodo,

My charity runs out when dealing with multi-millionaires who lie to and steal from the taxpayer.

Like claiming 85,000 quid for 'mortgage assistance' for his lovely pile, complete with swimming pool.

Or claiming 100 quid for a 3 mile taxi journey.

Or promising to reduce gun and knife crime, if elected, and then watching the capital burn whilst sunning himself on a lounger.

Vile, utterly vile.

9 August 2011 at 20:42  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Thank you Mr Rottenborough, your clip viewed.

This could become an annual event, but only if the authorities continue to behave as if we are still in the 1960s

9 August 2011 at 20:52  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

English Viking

You can be angry whilst remaining charitable. You are being slightly judgemental.

What evidence is there that Boris lied to and stole from the taxpayer? Serious allegations. Presumably his expenses were legitimatem, if unsavoury, or he would have had to refund the money and/or been prosecuted. Was he required to do so? And isn't he entitled to spend his money on a swimming pool if he so chooses?

So far as his promises to the electorate are concerned, he'll be accountable to them next year. I understand there will be at least 1000 additional police on the streets of London by next year. You cannot hold him responsible for the breakdown in law and order in Labour and the malaise gripping Britain.

And for goodness sake, he had a holiday!

9 August 2011 at 21:15  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

Interest typo - should have been breakdown in law and order in London and not Labour!

9 August 2011 at 21:17  
Anonymous Shacklefree said...

English Viking, You are waxing quite lyrical

"If he is willing to break his marital vows, repeatedly mind, not a 'slip', if there could be such a thing, if he is willing to tell bare-faced lies for his own sexual pleasure, to his nearest and dearest, to the one to whom he promised to God to 'love, honour, cherish and protect', is it not just possible, just a teensy-little-bit, that he is willing to lie to the electorate, if it would be to his benefit?

How can he lecture others on the need for self-control and moral probity, when he can't keep his trousers on?"

If you keep on at this rate there is no saying whjat the future holds? Would you perhaps consider a regular piece in the Guardian?

9 August 2011 at 21:19  
Blogger English Viking said...

Dodo,

Holiday from what?

I don't give two hoots what he spends HIS money on. I find it depraved that a millionaire would attempt to claim £16.50 on expenses for a Remembrance day wreath.

His expenses were 'within the rules'. That's exactly the point. If his moral compass is so defective that he thinks people on minimum wage should subsidise his food, his travel, his living expenses and his entertainment, just because 'it's within the rules', he's obviously unfit for office. Just like Cameron, another multi-millionaire, who claim £800 for having wisteria removed from his chimney, or Gordon Brown, who thinks we should pay his TV subscriptions. They are all the same, and I have never felt any contrition over my inveterate contempt I have for them.

Even the odious George Galloway has enough decency not to claim for his personal expenses. Not a penny.

The people that benefit from the rules should not be the ones who write them. If you think it's OK to do a certain thing, because an MP has got ' a letter from his mum', then any amount of despots and lunatics around the world have done nothing wrong, because it's 'within the rule', the very same rules they and their mates wrote.

9 August 2011 at 21:25  
Blogger English Viking said...

Shacklefree,

I would not have that ungodly publication in my house.

I dislike socialists even more than tories, although, to be fair, BoJo and Cameron cannot possibly be considered tory.

9 August 2011 at 21:28  
Anonymous Mr Pitt said...

Lord Liverpool was a Tory and had a very satisfactory approach to riot control. Bring back the Manchester and Salford Yeomanry please.

9 August 2011 at 22:31  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

English Viking

I do not disagree with your comments about expenses however, BoJo is no better nor worse that the rest with the odd exception. It's up to us the people to address this.

Galloway may have had, shall we say, 'other' sources of income.

So what living politician meets your approval?

9 August 2011 at 23:08  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

OOIG 20:21
It would seem so. That's bling culture for you, gansta rap and all that crap that influences the youngsters these days, empowers them and makes them feel invincible.

Over the years the liberal left government have taken away far too much authority from the police, and all authority from teachers and parents, this is what you get.

9 August 2011 at 23:12  
Blogger The Minister for Public Enlightenment said...

The police have been emasculated by political correctness. This was coming over via loudspeaker last night in an apologetic tone. “This is a public order announcement. Clear the area or force may be used.” Namby pamby elfnsafety style policing makes them sound like a bunch of wimps. Hardly likely to strike fear into the heart of anyone. Also the Home Sec has got to go. She's utterly useless in that role.

9 August 2011 at 23:43  
Blogger English Viking said...

Dodo,

I can't think of a single one.

10 August 2011 at 00:05  
Anonymous Geordie said...

They are all utterly useless - miltary rule would be preferable until elections can be organised in which only independents can stand.

10 August 2011 at 00:12  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

English Viking

Oh dear .... I'm not really sure I can either. We'll just have to hope the policies and strategies work.

Having said that, and I'm not saying this to annoy you, as if, I actually don't mind David Cameron. Sorry!

I've also got a sneaking respect for David, repeat David, Miliband.

10 August 2011 at 00:28  
Blogger English Viking said...

Dodo,

Good grief.

Both pro EU, islam, abortion, homosexuality, mass-immigration, big government, small liberty.

What's not to like, eh?

10 August 2011 at 00:35  
Blogger The Worker said...

Our current social policy towards children is based on the fallacies of the 'Enlightenment'.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau held that we are all born naturally good and the adults need to create an environment to promote goodness.
He believed children do not learn right and wrong through physical punishment.

A nominal Calvanist, after abandoning Roman Catholicism, he believed true followers of Jesus would not make good citizens.
Rousseau affirmed the necessity of religion for social reasons, but repudiated the doctrine of original sin. Rousseau writes "there is no original perversity in the human heart."

This is anti-Biblical and a distorted misunderstanding of the development of character in our young. It is a misperception that infects much of our social policies in child care and education.

10 August 2011 at 01:51  
Anonymous Shacklefree said...

No offense English Viking. I was speaking tongue in cheek.

10 August 2011 at 05:54  
Blogger English Viking said...

Shacklefree,

None taken.

10 August 2011 at 14:08  
Blogger Weekend Yachtsman said...

@TonyB: Nobody is suggesting there should be cuts in boots-on-the-ground genuine public services such as the Fire Brigades, the Police, or the military.

What we want cut is the gigantic edifice of pointless administration, regulation, pen-pushing, and political correctness that has grown up around those genuinely useful things.

The fact that the cuts are being administered by the parasite class, and therefore are being wrongly targetted, does not affect our case.

Oh, and by the way, there have been no cuts, and none is proposed: what is being proposed is a slight reduction in the planned rate of increase, that's all.

11 August 2011 at 08:44  
Blogger Weekend Yachtsman said...

Popped a bit in the plate for Mr. Biber.

Your Grace, please keep us informed as to how much you pass on to him.

11 August 2011 at 08:45  

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