I read a headline in the local paper on the way home tonight. It seems that a local bank clerk misappropriated £7,000 over the last year from his employers. He has been sent to prison.
I wondered as I read it (in the shop, because I'll never buy another D C Thomson publication after they took a full page ad from the Wiggy-Trump man) if it was entirely fair that this poor lowly-paid guy should go to prison for stealing £7,000, while Fred and his mates at RBS, Halifax, Northern Rock, etc, ad infinitum, cost us tens of billions of pounds ...and they all got bonuses and pay rises and Fred got a pension that would feed a small African country. Not a lot of justice here, is there?
Liam "Dear Chief Secretary, I’m afraid to tell you there's no money left. Kind regards – and good luck!" Byrne, author of the staff handbook "Working with Liam Byrne", and so, self evidently, a complete prat, has announced that if Labour come to power in 2015 in the UK (or whatever may be left of it) they will cut welfare.
I doubt there will be any to cut so vociferously have Osborne and Duncan Smith cut, so I wish him luck trying to take war widows pensions. because that's all there will be left.
Oh,and as Dean so rightly says, it's Social Security". Welfare is a patronising term designed to make the recipients feel like beggars. That's why they all use it.
The Right Honourable and Noble Baron ffoulkes, that aristocrat of noble lineage dating back as far as, ohhhh....2005, has used his place in the House of the Living Dead to announce that Alex Salmond is a liar, and that he is guilty of "transgressions".
That drew gasps, apparently, even from the fossil life found in that chamber. When asked to elaborate on the nature of the "transgressions" Mr Foulkes became coy and coquettish and said he would tell the questioner later. Bet he can't wait!
Now it is possible that Merry Baron had had rather too much liquid with his last meal, or possibly in place of it (he has that kind of reputation), but surely there is someone in the chair, the Presiding Officer, maybe, or whatever it's called in aristocratic terms, who is still alive and listening to the "debate".
Is it not their place to point out that whilst parliamentary privilege allows you to say whatever you want in parliament without the fear of being sued, you really have to carry it through; not just say "I know some terrible things about...."
So do tell us, George.
Has he eaten all the children, or painted a Saltire over the front of Holyrood palace?
This is pathetic campaigning delivered from hatred, and it's just the kind of unpleasantness that will result in divisions after 2014. The Better Together team need to do ...erm...better. A lot better.