More than a year after Jacqui Smith gave a major speech on counter terrorism, in which she said she wanted jihadi literature removed from the web, the internet industry has seen scant sign of action from the government. ISPA, the trade association that represents internet providers, told The Register it had received one "very …
My, we are upset
There are some value-laden terms in these comment-columns describing Ms Smith: 'wacky', 'bitch, 'stupid', 'witch', 'evil' for example, and I feel these would hurt her feelings about being appreciated were she ever to hear about El Reg as being more than an online IT-related news organ.
We should remember that she's a politician with a temporary job to do, as ordered by her leader and colleagues to join in the collective responsibility, and is there to sell what her civil service mandarins have always wanted and cannot talk to the world about.
Once again - the link is here...
I've had enough of this.
No, I'm not scared, but I am nervous. I've been taking a stand against this stuff for several years now, and if you want to, now is the time to act.
I have set up a Facebook group - "How mad is Wacky Jacqui?"
You don't have to join it. You don't have to flame it, either. But please look at what's been happening in this country, and make a considered decision. Some of my best friends haven't joined it because they fear it could attract attention to themselves.
I'll be at the "photo shooting" event in London on Monday 16th February 2009. Some people have said that making a protest on Facebook doesn't achieve anything, and that you should "march" to make your voice heard. Well, go for it...
This is about a single issue, but ultimately, all these issues terminate at a single one: Our Civil Liberties.
If you are going, print the above card.
I guess this post will be moderated - and if you're there, Sarah Bee, I'm the 5' 6" nerd with the short hair, long coat, glasses, and an attitude on YOUR side...
I tried to comment on the original story last year, but didn't make it. I assume the comment was a little robust at the time for the Moderatorix. So here's another go.The gist is still the same though.
Q. Does this woman have no advisor's? Or does she reside in a hermetically sealed bubble of her own self-importance, impervious to any semblance of reason?
Because it surely cannot be possible that others within the Labour party and indeed her own office can't see that damage and outright mentalistness that she is inflicting upon both the Labour party and this country. Why has she not been dropped by Chairman Brown?
The answer to these questions though, is even more exasperating. She hasn't been dropped because she is the best person for the job. Which means that everyone else in the Labour party is certifiable.
She doesn't have to listen to her advisor's, because they are so far gone that they actually agree with her.
She's only calling the shots that are approved by President Brown.
In short her supreme Wackyness is a microcosm of the unbridled insanity of the current Government and what's worse is that, quite clearly those that hold her reigns are allowing her to be the vocal and focal point of their ill conceived plans for a purpose. Should the time come she is the blindingly obvious candidate for party sacrificial lamb.
She can be thrown to the wolves before the next election in the hope that the sheep will believe that the badness has been purged. Then another Stalinist nut-**** can be wheeled in to restart the madness again after the election.
Don't believe me? Just look at the history of the last four Labour Home Office ministers.
Jacqui is perfect ...
This woman has demonstrated the art of Zen in practise. She has achieved the state of perfectness - that quality where she has attained the highest purest state of being a complete incompetent. To see such perfection is a very rare thing. We will be telling of this harridan to our children and their children's children.
I expect we have our own black helicopters to worry about in Blighty
'...material that "glorifies terrorism"'
You mean Counterstrike?
"I tried to comment on the original story last year, but didn't make it. I assume the comment was a little robust at the time for the Moderatorix."
If elReg was an Island in the north sea, SB would be turning comments back at the border! I don't agree with SB's heavy hand myself. But there are other forums for such discussions, I usually go there.
"She's only calling the shots that are approved by President Brown."
I don't believe that is the problem, I think Jacquis calling her own shots, but the trouble with Brown is he has few supporters, and the women he surrounds himself with are not alpha's, i.e. they do not rise to challenge his leadership. So the team dynamic there is a bunch of wimps who aren't a threat to Brown, regardless of their various competences and no matter how bad he is.
It's a pity, there was so much hope of a new direction when Brown took over in 2006, but it just got worse and worse. He kept the Blairites in power to stop them challenging him, and because he's much weaker, they went ULTRA-nanny on us. Trying to fix minor social ills with prison time and evictions and exclusion zones and snooping invasive monitoring and fingerprinting six year olds. The absolute worst possible outcome of the change of leadership. But there doesn't seem to be a leader in NuLabour strong enough to evict that idiot from power so the electorate has to do it.
What happened to Labour
@ Seán You ask "when did the left wing liberal commie labour party become more fascist than the Torys?"
It's because they're former Stalinists (I call them petty Stalinists), and a basic component of Stalinism is that the government owns the people. This idea that the people belong to the ruler goes back a long way in Russian history. The Bolsheviks picked it when they came to power (in 1917), and their followers and fellow travellers have made use use of it ever since.
Pass the bag!
<i>But there doesn't seem to be a leader in NuLabour strong enough to evict that idiot from power so the electorate has to do it.</i>
Who would *want* to evict Gordon Brown? If I was an emerging leader within labour I would rather be busy encouraging the fool so all the blame for the last 15 years can be assigned to him, including losing the election, the opposition gets to clean up the mess and I could use the time out of government to redefine myself as a "new beginning ... " ;-)