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27 thoughts on “Courtney Walsh for President

  • Fedup

    What does this sentence mean?
    “end judicial surveillance from London”
    in the following from zioBBC
    Such a move, she argued, would “end judicial surveillance from London”.
    This desire to move on has been repeated by the Jamaica Information Service.
    It said in a statement that the government intended to begin the process of “removing all ties with the British monarchy, thereby becoming a truly independent nation”.

    Dose the above sentence also apply to Australia, and Canada, too?

  • Ruth

    Excellent news. Maybe it’s time we ditched both the monarchy and more importantly the Privy Council, which I fear dictates policy to the party in power.

  • Courtenay Barnett

    @ Fedup,

    Canada and Australia do not have the Privy Council as their final court of appeal.

    Jamaica in respect of:-

    ““end judicial surveillance from London”
    in the following from zioBBC
    Such a move, she argued, would “end judicial surveillance from London”.

    Means that just as Canada and Australia do not have the surveillance from London via the Privy Council – it is time after some 50 years of independence to establish independence from London in resepect of its final court of appeal.

  • Mary

    Fraudster donor Michael Brown held in Caribbean
    Brown was convicted in his absence in November 2008
    A fraudster and Lib Dem donor who went on the run has been arrested in the Dominican Republic, police have said.
    Michael Brown was sentenced in his absence to seven years in jail in 2008 for stealing £36m from clients including nearly £8m from Manchester United’s ex-chairman Martin Edwards.
    He posed as a bond dealer and claimed royal connections to steal the money, Southwark Crown Court heard.
    Brown gave some £2.4m to the Lib Dems ahead of the 2005 general election.


  • Mary

    Unbelievably, the greedy wife of the youngest son of the queen has accepted a lavish gift of jewellery from the king of Bahrain and another from the prime minister who is the uncle of the king. Self adornment and acquisition of wealth is more important to the royal crowd than human rights abuses and injustice. Revolting lot.

  • Abe Rene

    I wonder whether one of the real motives for Jamaica to want to be a republic is the wish to carry out the death penalty and impatience Privy Council commuting death sentences to life imprisonment.

  • Komodo

    That’s crass, even for the royals. Deniable robbery done with taste, discretion, and adoring sycophants to endorse it, is more their style. Still, if they WILL let commoners share the trough, what do you expect? Country’s gone to the dogs.

  • Mary

    The drip of a husband got a pen, a watch and a silk rug apparently. All part of the Royal Collection apparently and official presents according to their mouthpieces at the Palace.

  • Mary

    Bad timing for the royal pair of troughers.
    Bahrain activist Nabeel Rajab ‘beaten by police’
    Nabeel Rajab is president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights
    Bahrain Protests
    Simmering Bahrain marks time
    Is Bahrain on route to reform?
    Clashes follow funeral in Bahrain
    Kingdom divided
    A prominent human rights activist in Bahrain has been taken to hospital after being beaten by police, his lawyer and opposition activists say.
    Nabeel Rajab was “beaten brutally” during a rally in the capital Manama, his lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi said.
    6 January 2012 Last updated at 22:55

  • Tom Welsh

    “Self adornment and acquisition of wealth is more important to the royal crowd than human rights abuses and injustice. Revolting lot”.

    Mary, how many of us commoners could say – hand on heart – that your statement does not apply to us? Most people seem to be very much absorbed in the pursuit of wealth, bling, fast cars, and (perhaps the point of it all) respect from others. And to be honest, apart from the odd moment of indignation or generosity, how many of us are truly dedicated to the welfare of others?

    So – are you criticizing the royal family for being no better than we are? Or (perish the thought!) do even anti-royalists have a residual belief that kings and queens should be intrinsically better than the rest of us?

  • Anon

    “who better for President than the great Courtney Walsh”

    Michael Holding – especially since he resigned from the ICC when they changed the result of test from a fofeited win for England to a draw since he belived Pakistan should be penalised for ball tampering – clearly a man of some principle.

  • craig Post author


    The fluidity of Holding’s action was for me the greatest sight in sport. I see that Wikipedia states that “The bowler’s Holding the batsman’s Willey” is an urban myth, but I am quite sure I remember it. I very definitely remember repeating it ad infinitum with my mates in The Lobster in 1976, so if it were mythical the myth spread instantly and even reached Sheringham in a day or two, which seems improbable for a myth.

  • John Edwards

    “The bowler’s Holding the batsman’s Willey” is definitely not an urban myth. I have heard recordings of it from Test match Special. It may have been John Arlott.

  • havantaclu

    John Edwards – you are quite correct. I remember the laughter that followed – none of the team could speak for minutes!

    I was listening to the commentary in Nairobi – my husband was ‘up-country’ somewhere on the Ethiopian border – and I was trying to sort out the new Geography ‘O’ level curriculum (my school taught the London Overseas Board as many of our students needed a European educational qualification) – had virtually to write a new text-book, maps, diagrams et al.

    Brings back memories of the happiest days of my life – sorry to whitter on!

  • Geoff

    This sentiment would have made much more sense to me if I hadn’t read and re-read it as Courtney Love For President instead Courtney Walsh.

    I need help

  • Tom Welsh

    I don’t mean to be provocative or anything – still less a “troll” – but isn’t all this disparaging talk about the “Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Battenburgs” somewhat racist?

    In the case of other immigrants (who must apparently be called “migrants” nowadays) we are strongly discouraged from emphasising their countries of origin, or (God forbid) suggesting they consider returning to them. Actually, my own maternal grandfather hailed from Tipperary, but that doesn’t make me feel too much of an alien.

    Surely even royalty should be allowed the human rights extended to everyone else?

  • CheebaCow

    Tom, migrant is actually an older word than immigrant.
    Tom immigrated to the moon.
    Tom emigrated from Earth.
    Tom is a migrant (covers immigration and emigration).
    No PC plot here.

  • Roderick Russell

    @ Courtenay Barnett & Fedup – When you say “Canada and Australia do not have the Privy Council as their final court of appeal.” you are correct with reference to the legal court system alone, but may I suggest that you are not fully correct when you go on to say that “Canada and Australia do not have the surveillance from London via the Privy Council”. One mustn’t forget that Canada’s Prime Minster Stephen Harper is also a member of the UK Privy Council as well as Canada’s own Privy Council as indeed are other top Canadian politicians. As you know UK Privy Councilors swear an oath of secrecy, so it is likely that Canada’s top politicians receive information from the UK Privy Council which they do not have the resources to check and cannot because of secrecy disclose to their own Canadian Privy Council, Cabinet, or Parliament. It is by such methods that a measure of colonial tug is still applied to Canada from the UK privy council

  • Ronald the Barfing Donkey

    If you go back far enough we all have lots and lots of disparate ancestors. The Queen has some German ancestors, but she’s also descended from the pre-Norman kings of England and, if you go back far enough, she’s descended from a sea-monster which may be a euphemism for Jesus himself.
    Anyway, It’s Battenberg, not -burg – Mountain not Town. Mountbatten, not Battenton.

  • Ronald the Barfing Donkey

    Suggesting a cricket-player as a sign of breaking from the UK? Is this a piss-take, Craig?
    They’d do much better to find a nice authentic Rasta. If they want a symbolic figure rather than a politician, maybe Bunny Wailer would do. Someone who has made a contribution to Jamaican culture, rather than someone who has played the sport of the colonists.
    But it’s rather offensive for Britons to suggest anyone. In my opinion.

  • Courtenay Barnett

    You are correct in what you have posted. For the sake of completeness one can note:-
    “A privy council is a body that advises the head of state of a nation, typically, but not always, in the context of a monarchic government. The word “privy” means “private” or “secret”; thus, a privy council was originally a committee of the monarch’s closest advisors to give confidential advice on affairs of state.”
    “Functioning privy councils
    • Bhutan: Privy Council of Bhutan
    • Brunei: Privy Council of Brunei
    • Canada: Queen’s Privy Council for Canada
    • Denmark: Danish Council of State
    • Jamaica: Privy Council of Jamaica
    • Norway: Norwegian Council of State
    • Thailand: Privy Council of Thailand
    • Tonga: Privy Council of Tonga
    • Uganda: Privy Counsellor of the Royal Household of the Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom
    o Herold Privy Counsellor of the Royal Office of Orders, Honors and Awards Affairs of the Royal Household of the Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom
    • United Kingdom: Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council
    o Cabinet Committee of the Privy Council; the Cabinet of the United Kingdom
    o Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
    o Privy Council Office”

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