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  • 1st December, 2006

    The Open (within limits) Thread Cocktail Party

    by Clairwil at 11:28 am    

    I realise that for some of you me filling in for Katy must be a bit like turning up to see Snow White only to find that she’s been replaced by The Wicked Queen.

    Nevertheless Katy is taking a well earned rest so you’re all stuck with me until normal service is resumed. If we all follow a few simple rules I feel certain we shall all get along famously.

    Before I move on to happier things let me explain why I have placed limits on this thread. My first reason is that I fully intend to place a curse on anyone who mentions The Middle East, particularly the bits mentioned in The Bible. All politics, death, war, injustice, drudgery and ‘issues’ are banned. This thread is for acting the giddy goat, levity , mad plans, schemes, delusions of grandeur and heartwarming tales about orphans rescued by heroic animals. Willies may only be waved in joy, arses displayed in fun and angry vaginas regain your tempers. This is a silly thread for cheerful people, we will not tolerate the mounting of soap boxes here.

    Now allow me to slip out my schoolmarm’s outfit and into something more comfortable. Well gosh this is a bit like that moment when you’ve met someone new and run out of things to talk about and already I’ve disrobed. No wonder I feel shy. So much so that I am giving the monitor bashful Diana eyes. Shake yourselves a cocktail and come and mingle on the patio.

    Can anyone make my day by telling me an amusing tale? What hilarious scrapes have you all been getting into this week? Any plans for the weekend?

    My plans for the weekend include lunch, wine, reading, tormenting Mr Clairwil, shouting at assorted broadsheets, a spot of writing and a rummage in the charity shops.

    I’m off now, by the time I return I will be weighed down with old curtains, broken lamps and pensioners handbags. Theres a good chance I might be slightly pissed. May it comfort you all to know that I’m happy.

    Filed under: Humour

    Lord Nazir Ahmed in trouble

    by Sunny at 3:57 am    

    New Statesman magazine has re-launched its website with a much better interface and, unsurprisingly, lots of new blogs. All content restrictions have also been removed (yay!). Anyway, this week’s edition has an exclusive that may end up with Lord Nazir Ali’s expulsion from the Labour party:

    Labour’s most prominent Muslim peer, Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham, urged support for the Conservative Party during the last general election. The claim comes from Labour MP for Dewsbury, Shahid Malik, who has provided evidence to the Labour Party that Ahmed campained for his opponent, Sayeeda Warsi in 2005. Warsi is now the vice-chairman of the Conservative Party and a rising star of Cameron’s new look A-list of black, Asian and women candidates.

    “It is quite extraordinary,” said Shahid Malik MP in response, “that a Labour peer who proudly asserts that he is the country’s first Muslim peer should behave in such a divisive manner against a fellow labour party member Any disciplinary action to be taken against him is a matter for the Labour NEC. I will abide by their decision.”

    You may also want to read Ziauddin Sardar’s column last week plugging NGN (ahem).

    Update: Unity has more on this and local politicking.

    If the report is correct, and Shahid Malik will find himself out on a limb if it isn’t, then this will be the first real national exposure of an issue that some local parties have been aware of for quite sometime, a developing strand of communalist politics emerging in, and being exploited by, mainstream parties.

    Filed under: Party politics
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