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When does 5=2?

When you are a Ladyman (sorry, couldn't resist).

Stephen Ladyman, for it is he, is hailing changes in licensing for boatmen on the Thames and other rivers as "making our waterways safer", even though currently one has to train for five years, and this will be cut to two for the basic licence.

I can imagine that the current boatmen behave like invested interests everywhere, and are all for keeping people out of their, erm, pond, and I would be quite happy for Ladyman to say that this was about breaking a guild, taking on restrictive practices, opening up the market etc, but his argument is the purest cant.

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Anonymous Anonymous said... 12:42 pm

Ladyman ..oh yes ...purveyor of yellow "piggy banks" to the nation. He seems alright , got 9 points himself .

He does seem to have his name of turds in chocolate sauce time and time again though  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 2:28 pm

Are our waterways dangerous? I don't seem to recall reading headlines like CANAL BOAT DISASTER! TWO GET WET! or anything like that. This is all part of the interfering micromanagement of the lives of adult. I would like Bliar to go on trial for crimes against humanity. He has wrecked, with malice aforethought, a perfectly viable, livable, loveable country.

BTW, people won't remember, but I have said several times that Blair's ambitions lie in having a foundation, which he will head up and use to milk money from Arabs.

Well, I read yesterday somewhere, that he has got on now. With sparkling wit and imagination, it is called The Blair Foundation. What's the betting he moves it to DC? God, I hate him. I think I'll send an email to the king of Saudi Arabia telling him blair is claiming to be the 12th imam. That should settle his hash.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 2:35 pm

CANAL BOAT DISASTER! TWO GET WET!

Excellent  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 2:37 pm

I wonder how much parliamentary time was devoted to debating this ? I suspect not one minute as it is just another law passed down from our masters the EU. Blair or the EU can destroy this country, with both of them to contend with we have little chance of survival.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 2:49 pm

True, Haddock. But the British must have had a death wish because they voted Blair in three times. It defies belief. It was when they voted him in the first time that I left.

Further on the socialists, I see Kelly is off the front pages and the editorial pages. A strange uniformity in the papers. Odd.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 3:02 pm

Doesn't Labour just hate it when people called Kelly are linked to bad news?  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 3:07 pm

Verity- (On Kelly)I know you are severe on me for supporting David Cameron but I must say I did enjoy the Saintly way the Conservatives "offered their support"......deliciously insincere.
Didn`t even enjoy it a little when the boy David asked Blair why he would not support Gordon Brown
" don`t you want him to lead the LabourParty..I DO !!"

I was miming a clunking fist in my kitchen  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 3:42 pm

I am pondering the image of mr mania miming a clunking fist in his kitchen

wot does the clunking fist do in your kitchen?

and with whom?

does it have anything to do with Victoria Wood's immortal line

"bend me over backwards on my hostess trolley"

?

It's a slow afternoon.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 4:24 pm

cant
No doubt the very same word used by the thames water men to describe Mr Ladyboy.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 4:27 pm

Ladyman raises, as was Croydonian's intention, the spectre of the Lady Boys from Bangkok. Thailand is a neighbour of Viet Nam, where pervo Gary Glitter is banged up. (So I'm not really O/T.)

I read this morning that the Viet Namese, for reasons best known to themselves, sometimes release prisoners early for the Lunar New Year. With an interesting generosity of spirit, they allow the prisoners to vote for who should get an early release. They voted unanimously for Gary Glitter. Seems odd.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 4:33 pm

Maybe it is so they can expel him from the jurisdiction.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 4:39 pm

Perhaps, but why would all the prisoners vote for Glitter instead of themselves for early release? That is what is so strange.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 4:39 pm

"Centuwion, why do they want me to welease Bwian?"

I assume Gary Glitter is probably unprounceable by Vietnamese generals with lisps  



Blogger Croydonian said... 4:48 pm

Maybe he had galvanised them into collective action by threatening to sing?  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 4:49 pm

either that or they had heard enough from him already

(Do you wanna touch?)

...why do I feel a comment from Hitch winging its way in?  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 4:52 pm

I have a feeling even Vietnamese murderers and drug dealers have standards. Many of them are probably fathers. I think the revulsion against child sexual molesters is probably universal.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 5:07 pm

I recall reading an article in the DT maybe three years ago where the wife of the totaly innocnet Conrad black defended the right of "third world" parents to sell their children into protsitution,
Brabara Amiel
Its true I didnt imagine it.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 5:07 pm

V - strikes me as extremely likely.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 5:11 pm

Yes I can`t see the problem with chemical castration for kiddy fiddlers.Its cruel to let them suffer in thrall to vile and unnatural appetites. Perhaps with a good squeezing from the juicer they might become people capable of something good in their lives.

Worth a go

(Nothing to lose)  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 5:15 pm

rather dull post; but he probably bribed them all.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 5:29 pm

CU - Well, that's a thought. He may well have done. And bribed the guards as well. Hmmm ... yes ...

If he'd only been a bit more wordly, he could have gone to Saudi Arabia and married a girl of nine. No probs. Iran, too. (He'd have had to marry her, though. Mo's a real stickler for the niceties.)  



Blogger Croydonian said... 5:51 pm

Meanwhile, a friend of a friend bought up the rights to Glitter's entire back catalogue a while back, intent on putting out a greatest hits compilation etc. It was days from the shops when he was arrested, and there is still a warehouse full of the CDs somewhere. Although apaprently the arrest and imprisonment here had no real impact on sales in Germany, apparently.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 5:53 pm

Perhaps your friend could sell them in Viet Nam.

I'd never heard of him until I read he was arrested. I must have been out of the country during his hey day.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 6:37 pm

C what a story to dine out on
Makes me think about the axe murderer Hirsts literary ambitions.
he seems to think he has a winner with his autobiography..
yeah right up there with
Ian Huntley , "the man behind the smile"
and "Dennis Nielsons cook book"  



Blogger Croydonian said... 6:45 pm

Mind you, look at all the odd people who write fan etc mail to killers.

Apparently the lead singer of Psychick TV used to write to Charles Manson, and Manson wrote back to tell him he was 'weird'. Must be true, I read it in one of the music papers years back.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 7:36 pm

Yes, PHitch. Or "My Life" by Harold Shipman, MD.

There is a huge class of women in the US, and I think it has spread to Britain now, too, who write to murderers in prison and want to marry them. And believe it when these guys claim to be innocent - even when they're on death row going through their last appeal. How needy must such women be?  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 7:47 pm

Now Mr C you know I am always ready with an anecdote ?
Well genesis p orridge was a neighbour of my mother , aunt and grandparents (and my self while in the womb)in cheadle hulme.
aparently he was nice normal boy , only came up on the family radar during some tony wilson late night tv programme during the 1970's  



Blogger Croydonian said... 9:51 pm

You've got to love a good anecdote. Gen's former sideman shares a name with someone I used to work with, and I was a little disappointed that they were not one and the same.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 11:26 pm

..and finally Esther . This whole thing was actually driven by an EU directive for a honmogenous licence across Europe. There is no point it discussing whatsoever  



Blogger Croydonian said... 11:35 pm

As in Edith Rancid, as the Eye used to call her?  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 11:39 pm

Well, well, the Comments box opened. I've been unable to access it all day.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 11:49 pm

Now that is a good thing. Welcome back, so to speak.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 12:19 am

V-You were missed!!  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 1:08 am

Newmania - well take better aim next time ...  



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