Articles tagged: UK politics

UK anti-terror chief resigns after literally losing the plot – four months too late

April 10, 2009

Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick, Metropolitan Police anti-terror ’supremo’ ‘promptly’ resigned after he was photographed outside 10 Downing St clutching a top secret document listing UK Al Qaeda suspects atop a sheaf of papers. “YOU CAN’T QUIT QUICKER THAN A THICK QUICK QUITTER” screamed the Sun, referencing the cheery advertising slogan of KwikFit, a tyres and exhaust (muffler) depot. But Thus readers know that his resignation, far from timely, is long overdue. On December 22, 2008 Thus Passim detailed how Assistant Commissioner Quick was leading the investigation into Home Office leaks which... More

Mandelson spends £500 per week on flowers for his office

March 24, 2009

According to The Sun (so it must be true), the fragrant ‘Lord’ Peter Mandelson, Business Minister of the sinking ship of state formerly known as UK Plc. spends £500.00 of taxpayers’ money per week (£25,000 per year) on flowers for his office. If so, he is only following in the footsteps of another old Tony crony. In 1998, Lord Chancellor Derry Irvine infamously commissioned wallpaper and curtains for his grace and favour apartment at an alleged cost of £145,000 (we were denied the details under the Official Secrets Act!). Mandelson... More

Lies, damned lies and statistics. Over 1000 people asked for ID cards – counted over TWO years

December 19, 2008

In a demonstration of the contempt for sensible interpretation of statistics which recently got the UK government into trouble for claiming that knife crime had fallen based on a sample of 78 incidents over three months, “Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has said that 1,142 messages from the public to the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) between November 2006 and October 2008 were classified as ‘wants an ID card’. This made ID-card requests “by far the most common subject matter”, Smith said in response to a parliamentary question from Liberal Democrats’ Home Affairs spokesperson... More