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  • Mary

    Mr Myles with his RSPB connections might already know of this cruelty –

    ‘THE killers of Scotland’s birds of prey are switching from poisoning to shooting, trapping and nest destruction, the latest wildlife crime figures have ­revealed.

    However, figures from the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (Paw) Scotland still showed the number of ­illegal poisonings in Scotland doubled in the past year – there were three in 2012 and six in 2013.

    A red kite, a golden eagle and four buzzards were poisoned in 2013 but the number remains well below a peak of 30 in 2009.

    In a bid to curb the increase in killings, Paw has published a set of maps which show the location of all recorded crimes against birds of prey last year.’


  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !


    “‘But don’t worry too much – there are still far more people commenting here than on Mr Goss’s blog…’

    At least he has the integrity not to conceal his identity. A person who endlessly sneers and smirks and taunts like you but hides behind the cloak of anonymity is a disreputable coward in my view.”

    . My dear fellow, your thought processes need to sharpen up a little. Your post is a good example of how to confuse two entirely separate issues, I’m afraid. One issue is how many people are visiting/commenting on this blog (and on Mr Goss’s) and the other issue – which you’ve thrown in, somewhat irrelevantly, concerns identification/anonymity. To be noticed that your irrelevant point itself mixes up two things, ie, the anonymity or otherwise of the blogmaster and the anonymity or otherwise of commenters.

    On the anonymity of commenters,

    1/. it’s difficult to know whether commenters on Mr Goss’s blog would “hide behind the cloak of anonymity” becuase there seem to be no commenters at all

    2/. as for Craig’s blog, how many commenters have revealed their identity? I refer you to Ba’alZevul’s post yesterday for an example…)

    So, very politely, I would invite you to piss off.


    Actually, some time ago Mary suggested registration, presumably on order to be able to comment on this blog.

    I think I’d agree with that. People wishing to comment should be registered….but should give full detail of themselves so that we could all get anh idea where they’re coming from. In other words, full name, town where they live, age, ethnicity, party or organisations they may be members of, what they do for a living, etc, and a brief biographical sketch. These details should be verified by Craig/the moderators on the basis of documentation where possible, and should be available for reference to all readers (eg in a special section of the website). The task of verification shouldn’t be that diffficult since there cannot be more than 20 or 30 regular commenters.

    There you are – I wonder how many people would be up fir that, eh, King?

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !


    “KingOfWelshNoir 9.37pm.

    Well said,well said.

    Habbabkuk you’re just a pathetic see through troll fake.

    Grow an honest pair or just go.

    You’re a dishonest broker on this blog Habbabkuk.


    Give us an example of courage, Jives.

    Your full name, town you live in, age, occupation, ethicity, plud anything else you consider relevant.


  • Mary

    Please Mr Policeman, can I put ‘Somewhere in leafy Surrey’ as my place of residence.

    If I recall my suggestion was for a measure to combat t****s, the use of multiple names and sock puppeting.

  • Jay

    The Bundle of Sticks

    Independence from England could bring dependance on Europe.
    As a strong body wilful decision could be sounded, and With proper representation Europe could realise noble aims.
    As Kempe says we should think local in terms of trade and commercial interests to rationalise principles of consumerism. Joining the Euro has many possibilities.

    An old man on the point of death summoned his sons around him
    to give them some parting advice. He ordered his servants to
    bring in a faggot of sticks, and said to his eldest son: “Break
    it.” The son strained and strained, but with all his efforts was
    unable to break the Bundle. The other sons also tried, but none
    of them was successful. “Untie the faggots,” said the father,
    “and each of you take a stick.” When they had done so, he called
    out to them: “Now, break,” and each stick was easily broken. “You
    see my meaning,” said their father.

    Union gives strength.

  • KingofWelshNoir


    As usual, you obfuscate:

    ‘…your irrelevant point itself mixes up two things, ie, the anonymity or otherwise of the blogmaster and the anonymity or otherwise of commenters.’

    There was no such mx-up: you invented it. My point was clearly about the anonymity of commenters on this blog, not on John Goss’s blog. If you click on John’s name it takes you to his blog where you can find out about him.

    Clicking on your name takes you, appropriately, nowhere.

    I am definitely in favour of non-anonymity, I think anonymity is responsible for much of the needless unpleasantness we get online; people strangely liberated by their avatar behave in ways they would never do if people knew who they were. I think most people would accept that. Of course there are occasions where people genuinely need to protect their identity, but these are rare. That said, I don’t advocate the extensive list of identity information you list at the bottom of your post.

    So, in answer to your question, yes I would be up for it. I think it would make a vast improvement to the tone, flavour and atmosphere of this and most forums and comment boards.

  • kurtan

    Union is strength,but there are many ways of being United.
    Westminster abuses its power and banks have far too much influence over policy.
    Brussels has become fascist in nature and has a very obscure leadership dropped into place very much like the leaders of Italy,Greece and Ukraine.Unelected ,with usually a banking background ,dedicated to following through on IMF policy.
    Mussolini used that bunch of sticks as a symbol of Fascism…. in fact that is where the word comes from.

  • fred


    Even if the people of Scotland vote for independence that is not what they will get, when Uncle Sam says shit Salmond will jump on the shovel.

    That is because the states of the United States are united.

  • Mary

    I like your avatar Andy. That’s Bibi with his bomb* and his famous red line isn’t it? Cannot say how many lines of all colours he himself has crossed.

    *PS Or ‘boeum’ as pronounced by the French policeman in ‘Allo ‘Allo.

  • Mary

    In a performance of ‘Allo ‘Allo by members of this blog, I nominate Habbabkuk, in the light of his recent suggestions, to play Colonel Von Strohm.

    ‘Name, rank and number and keep your thumbs in line with your trouser seams.’ ‘Shun! To the right, quick march!’.

    PS I want to be René.

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    Before I know whether to feel pleased or not, I need to know what (?) ‘Allo ‘Allo is.

  • fred

    “Downing St issues statement denying claim that currency union between UK and an independent Scotland will be agreed”

    That doesn’t change anything then, we still don’t know, the independents says they will have union and the unions say they will have independence.

    It casts a lot of doubt about Trident though.

  • KingofWelshNoir

    ‘Allo, ‘Allo

    It was one of the most over-rated sitcoms of all time, set in a French cafe during World War II. There was only one joke, as far as I remember, and that consisted of caricaturing the funny accents of foreign people.

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    “There was no such mx-up: you invented it.”

    It is not by denying something that you make it untrue, KingOfWelshNoir.

    Your response quoted a part of my post, which concerned the numbers of commenters of Mr Goss’s blog as compared to the number of commenters here, only to dive straight into a point about anonymity (John Goss’s and mine). Now these are two different issues which you have mixed up.


    “I don’t advocate the extensive list of identity information you list at the bottom of your post.”

    Why not? Just giving a correct name and surname doesn’t mean very much, does it; it certainly doesn’t help readers gets a sense of the poster’s background and where s/he’s coming from.

    It is true that John Goss does provide some info, although it’s sketchy for an only casual reader who wouldn’t necessarily be able to make the connections. But even so he’s very much the exception. Who’s Ba’al Zevul (apart from being Komodo)? Mary? Herbie, Macky, Jives, Doug Sccorgie? Fred, DoNNyDarKo, Tony M? Our Californian seer (“Ben”)? Never mind all those “new” names which suddenly popped up on the Ukraine threads.

  • Resident Dissident


    But it still attracted more attention than your books!

    BTW I did read one many years ago – but sorry I found the humour somewhat forced and hence false.

  • Jay

    Fred. What Is the necessity of Trident. Controlled destruction?
    Interesting, such efforts and money employed in controlled construction is some what more appealing though….

    Ah jobs. o well have to go with Trident then.

  • fred


    It’s something everyone seems to feel strongly about, both sides have their arguments and good arguments they are. I wouldn’t like to say which side was right and which side was wrong.

    If Salmond gets a lot of people voting for independence because they think he will get rid of Trident then decides it can stay that would be wrong, very wrong indeed.

  • Kempe

    “If Salmond gets a lot of people voting for independence because they think he will get rid of Trident then decides it can stay that would be wrong, very wrong indeed.”

    It’s what politicians do, Blair sold off ATC after promising “our airspace is not for sale”, Wilson said the UK would ditch nuclear weapons when he became PM and he ended up buying Polaris, Kinnock swore he was going to abolish the House of Lords but still accepted a peerage and so on.

    Don’t kid yourselves that Salmond is any different.

  • fred

    “Don’t kid yourselves that Salmond is any different.”

    I wasn’t, I don’t kid myself that junior ministers risk their kid’s school fees for nothing either.

    The message is clear, when Salmond has to choose between tree huggers and investment bankers he’s going to hang the tree huggers out to dry every time. So if anyone was thinking of voting on principles forget it, Salmond hasn’t got any.

  • Mary

    I meant to say René’s wife, Edith, in ‘Allo, ‘Allo.

    King of Welsh Noir didn’t like it. It was funny the first time around with the policeman’s mispronunciations. But like every series of programmes on the BBC, they continue for too long and become repetitive.

    10 years of it.

    Sun’s out. So is the traffic. So are the would-be Bradley Wigginses en masse.

  • Mary

    Ben over at Squonk tells us that Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone has joined Greenwald and the others at the Omidyar funded First Look.

    Will we ever read lines like these again?

    His July 2009 Rolling Stone article “The Great American Bubble Machine” famously described Goldman Sachs as “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money”. The expression “Vampire Squids” has come to represent in financial and political media the perception of the financial and investment sector as entities that “sabotage production” and “sink the economy as they suck the life out of it in the form of rent.”‘


  • fred

    “Ah intelligence and compassion.”

    I honestly don’t know on nuclear weapons, only the future could tell.

    Everybody lives with a threat of annihilation hanging over them but on the other hand nobody flattened Coventry since we’ve had them.

  • Resident Dissident

    Can we presume that Mary is eulogizing a different Matt Taibi than the one who gave the National Bolshevik Eduard Limonov a regular column in the magazine he published and who provided a foreword to one of his books? Or is it ok to support fascists as long as they are anti-American?

  • Resident Dissident

    “Sun’s out. So is the traffic. So are the would-be Bradley Wigginses en masse.”

    Let’s hope there are a few would be Victoria Pendleton’s as well! My daughter is pedalling furiously outside as we talk.

  • Mary

    Sir Bruce Keogh told Hunt to b****r off. The stooges that were set into the places to privatise the NHS seem to be revolting.

    ‘Control freak’ Jeremy Hunt accused of manipulating NHS for political ends

    Senior figures tell of fears that health secretary has torn up coalition pledge to make service operationally independent

    Denis Campbell, health correspondent
    The Guardian, Thursday 27 March 2014

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