Tories turn on Cameron over "Tosser test"

Norfolk Blogger reports several adverse Tory reactions to the “Tosser Test”. It also appears that Mr Dale is getting somewhat catty about the matter (I don’t know, I gave up looking at Iain’s site several months ago as it had become too easy to predict).

UK Daily Pundit reports a beaut of a comment from Mark Hudson on Conservative Home :

“The only tosser of which I am aware is the one currently leading the Conservative Party.”

Here are some more – there are a good number of positive comments, but, hey, let’s just enjoy the negative ones shall we?:

Hands up all who just saw Dave on Breakfast TV. A clip from the “Tosser” video was shown with the offending word bleeped out.
Talking Head: “Why is your party using a word we can’t broadcast before 9pm?”
Cameron: “Er…Er…Er…We didn’t do it. It’s down to the publicity firm.”
That’s right. Pass the buck Mister C


Have Cameron and co lost the plot – They come across as upper class twits trying to glean votes by pretending that they are just as common as the hoi polloi.
What next – Jacob Rees-hyphen-Mogg in a turquiose suit and driving a Reliant Robin.
At least Del-boy is funny rather than simply tasteless.

What’s the personal debt of the Tory Party?
Own goal alert!


Using a term which means ‘excessive masturbator’ seems a bit ridiculous to me. I think the Conservative Party have buggered this up.

I think political parties need to concentrate on policy rather than giving advice. That should be left to the CAB.

An asinine, superficial and patronising initiative.

Are student loan debtors all TOSSERS?

I have never seen so much RUBBISH! It is fascile, inane, patronising and timewasting! However much money was spent on it was ill-spent! Why does anyone wish to be treated like some sort of halfwit? It’s embarrassing.Outraged!!


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Tories turn on Cameron over "Tosser test"

Norfolk Blogger reports several adverse Tory reactions to the “Tosser Test”. It also appears that Mr Dale is getting somewhat catty about the matter (I don’t know, I gave up looking at Iain’s site several months ago as it had become too easy to predict).

UK Daily Pundit reports a beaut of a comment from Mark Hudson on Conservative Home :

“The only tosser of which I am aware is the one currently leading the Conservative Party.”

Here are some more – there are a good number of positive comments, but, hey, let’s just enjoy the negative ones shall we?:

Hands up all who just saw Dave on Breakfast TV. A clip from the “Tosser” video was shown with the offending word bleeped out.
Talking Head: “Why is your party using a word we can’t broadcast before 9pm?”
Cameron: “Er…Er…Er…We didn’t do it. It’s down to the publicity firm.”
That’s right. Pass the buck Mister C


Have Cameron and co lost the plot – They come across as upper class twits trying to glean votes by pretending that they are just as common as the hoi polloi.
What next – Jacob Rees-hyphen-Mogg in a turquiose suit and driving a Reliant Robin.
At least Del-boy is funny rather than simply tasteless.

What’s the personal debt of the Tory Party?
Own goal alert!


Using a term which means ‘excessive masturbator’ seems a bit ridiculous to me. I think the Conservative Party have buggered this up.

I think political parties need to concentrate on policy rather than giving advice. That should be left to the CAB.

An asinine, superficial and patronising initiative.

Are student loan debtors all TOSSERS?

I have never seen so much RUBBISH! It is fascile, inane, patronising and timewasting! However much money was spent on it was ill-spent! Why does anyone wish to be treated like some sort of halfwit? It’s embarrassing.Outraged!!


Diary fodder: Former and present Reading Labour MPs

How remarkable that Reading has provided more than its fair share of fodder for chortling and Diary columns, via Martin Salter MP for Reading West and Jane Griffiths, former MP for Reading East!

Both have been regulars of the Guardian Diary.

Yesterday we were treated to another Salter Classic (my asterisks):

Overheard, waiting to board the 8.34 from Reading to Paddington on Tuesday morning, the perennially potty-mouther Labour member for Reading West, Martin Salter, responding with characteristic politesse to a constituent who rashly tried to introduce himself: “Don’t shout at me like I’m in a f**king supermarket. Show some f**king manners!” Good man.

In the other corner, even though Ms Griffiths has long departed the Westminster corridors, I was delighted to alight, en passant, on her blog. It seems that the multi-lingual rat-fancying former MP still has an obvious ardent passion for Mr Salter.

She reports a resident saying of Mr Salter: “We’d have liked to see our MP, we don’t see very much of him.” In another posting, she accuses Martin Salter of “political ineptitude of the first order” in “voting” for the LibDems at the recent Tilehurst by-election (I thought he lived in Theale?)

All good clean fun!

BA cross row: Are we forgetting something?

Strangely enough, as a Christian I don’t feel discriminated in this country, as the Daily Express tendency seems to have suggested. In fact, with Christianity as the established faith, the very idea that Christianity is discriminated against is laughable.

It has already been mentioned that wearing a cross is not a religious requirement of Christianity. What hasn’t been mentioned is that, according to Matthew, Jesus actually spoke out against Christians advertising their faith at all (“So what are you doing writing a blog saying “as a Christian”?”, I hear you ask – “It’s a fair cop, gov”, say I). These three quotes from Matthew 6 make this pretty obvious:

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.

…And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full

…When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.”

I really think that the Christian thing to do is to quietly wear a cross under your shirt, if you want to wear a cross with a uniform when you are representing a major corporation dealing with clients from all faiths and none. Having said that, I have enormous sympathy for Nadia Eweida who wants to wear a very tiny cross outside her uniform. But I don’t think BA have done anything wrong and their policy is shared by other airlines. She can wear a cross – under her clothing if she continues the uniformed job or outside her clothing if she takes the non-uniformed job that has been offered.

I am afraid that any sort of Daily Express story like this (last week it was the poor headteacher who made a minor menu booboo with halal chicken) immediately puts me into laid-back, couldn’t-give-a-proverbial mode. There is a fraternity in this country who seem to be sitting around waiting to be outraged about something which they think is an attack on “traditional British values”. I say: “Get a life”.

Ian Paisley: Will the "no" man say "yes" for once today?

It’s a big day in Northern Ireland today. Either the “Big Man”, Ian Paisley, says “yes” to reigniting the Assembly, or it’s Plan B – direct rule continues indefinitely. Paisley’s party has to nominate him as First Minister today, in order to keep the devolution plan on track.

I have visited Belfast three times in the last year. After years of hatred, it really is remarkable that the people there are putting the past behind them and getting on with peaceful life. Belfast is blooming into a wonderful city once more. The people there really do richly deserve a continuation of the peace process, and that surely must mean devolution on the St Andrews’ timetable.

It will be utterly staggering to see the DUP and Sinn Fein in government together. But after all the years of violence and hatred, it will, for once, give hope for mankind. If DUP and Sinn Fein can sit down together after all that has gone on, then there is hope for peace and reconciliation in all spheres of conflict.

Let’s hope and pray that the “Big Man”, who has made a long and richly rewarding career out of saying “no”, says “yes” for once today!

Diary fodder: Former and present Reading Labour MPs

How remarkable that Reading has provided more than its fair share of fodder for chortling and Diary columns, via Martin Salter MP for Reading West and Jane Griffiths, former MP for Reading East!

Both have been regulars of the Guardian Diary.

Yesterday we were treated to another Salter Classic (my asterisks):

Overheard, waiting to board the 8.34 from Reading to Paddington on Tuesday morning, the perennially potty-mouther Labour member for Reading West, Martin Salter, responding with characteristic politesse to a constituent who rashly tried to introduce himself: “Don’t shout at me like I’m in a f**king supermarket. Show some f**king manners!” Good man.

In the other corner, even though Ms Griffiths has long departed the Westminster corridors, I was delighted to alight, en passant, on her blog. It seems that the multi-lingual rat-fancying former MP still has an obvious ardent passion for Mr Salter.

She reports a resident saying of Mr Salter: “We’d have liked to see our MP, we don’t see very much of him.” In another posting, she accuses Martin Salter of “political ineptitude of the first order” in “voting” for the LibDems at the recent Tilehurst by-election (I thought he lived in Theale?)

All good clean fun!

BA cross row: Are we forgetting something?

Strangely enough, as a Christian I don’t feel discriminated in this country, as the Daily Express tendency seems to have suggested. In fact, with Christianity as the established faith, the very idea that Christianity is discriminated against is laughable.

It has already been mentioned that wearing a cross is not a religious requirement of Christianity. What hasn’t been mentioned is that, according to Matthew, Jesus actually spoke out against Christians advertising their faith at all (“So what are you doing writing a blog saying “as a Christian”?”, I hear you ask – “It’s a fair cop, gov”, say I). These three quotes from Matthew 6 make this pretty obvious:

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.

…And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full

…When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.”

I really think that the Christian thing to do is to quietly wear a cross under your shirt, if you want to wear a cross with a uniform when you are representing a major corporation dealing with clients from all faiths and none. Having said that, I have enormous sympathy for Nadia Eweida who wants to wear a very tiny cross outside her uniform. But I don’t think BA have done anything wrong and their policy is shared by other airlines. She can wear a cross – under her clothing if she continues the uniformed job or outside her clothing if she takes the non-uniformed job that has been offered.

I am afraid that any sort of Daily Express story like this (last week it was the poor headteacher who made a minor menu booboo with halal chicken) immediately puts me into laid-back, couldn’t-give-a-proverbial mode. There is a fraternity in this country who seem to be sitting around waiting to be outraged about something which they think is an attack on “traditional British values”. I say: “Get a life”.