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11th September 2013: The world's gone mad and I'm the only one who knows
13th August 2013: Black is white. Fact. End of.
11th August 2013: Electric cars, not as green as they're painted?
18th June 2013: Wrinklies unite, you have nothing to lose but your walking frames!
17th May 2013: Some actual FACTS about climate change (for a change) from actual scientists ...
10th May 2013: An article about that poison gas, carbon dioxide, and other scientific facts (not) ...
10th May 2013: We need to see past the sex and look at the crimes: is justice being served?
8th May 2013: So, who would you trust to treat your haemorrhoids, Theresa May?
8th May 2013: Why should citizens in the 21st Century fear the law so much?
30th April 2013: What the GOS says today, the rest of the world realises tomorrow ...
30th April 2013: You couldn't make it up, could you? Luckily you don't need to ...
29th April 2013: a vote for NONE OF THE ABOVE, because THE ABOVE are crap ...
28th April 2013: what goes around, comes around?
19th April 2013: everyone's a victim these days ...
10th April 2013: Thatcher is dead; long live Thatcher!
8th April 2013: Poor people are such a nuisance. Just give them loads of money and they'll go away ...
26th March 2013: Censorship is alive and well and coming for you ...
25th March 2013: Just do your job properly, is that too much to ask?
25th March 2013: So, what do you think caused your heterosexuality?
20th March 2013: Feminists - puritans, hypocrites or just plain stupid?
18th March 2013: How Nazi Germany paved the way for modern governance?
13th March 2013: Time we all grew up and lived in the real world ...
12th March 2013: Hindenburg crash mystery solved? - don't you believe it!
6th March 2013: Is this the real GOS?
5th March 2013: All that's wrong with taxes
25th February 2013: The self-seeking MP who is trying to bring Britain down ...
24th February 2013: Why can't newspapers just tell the truth?
22nd February 2013: Trial by jury - a radical proposal
13th February 2013: A little verse for two very old people ...
6th February 2013: It's not us after all, it's worms
6th February 2013: Now here's a powerful argument FOR gay marriage ...
4th February 2013: There's no such thing as equality because we're not all the same ...
28th January 2013: Global Warming isn't over - IT'S HIDING!
25th January 2013: Global Warmers: mad, bad and dangerous to know ...
25th January 2013: Bullying ego-trippers, not animal lovers ...
19th January 2013: We STILL haven't got our heads straight about gays ...
16th January 2013: Bullying ego-trippers, not animal lovers ...
11th January 2013: What it's like being English ...
7th January 2013: Bleat, bleat, if it saves the life of just one child ...
7th January 2013: How best to put it? 'Up yours, Argentina'?
7th January 2013: Chucking even more of other people's money around ...
6th January 2013: Chucking other people's money around ...
30th December 2012: The BBC is just crap, basically ...
30th December 2012: We mourn the passing of a genuine Grumpy Old Sod ...
30th December 2012: How an official body sets out to ruin Christmas ...
16th December 2012: Why should we pardon Alan Turing when he did nothing wrong?
15th December 2012: When will social workers face up to their REAL responsibility?
15th December 2012: Unfair trading by a firm in Bognor Regis ...
14th December 2012: Now the company that sells your data is pretending to act as watchdog ...
7th December 2012: There's a war between cars and bikes, apparently, and  most of us never noticed!
26th November 2012: The bottom line - social workers are just plain stupid ...
20th November 2012: So, David Eyke was right all along, then?
15th November 2012: MPs don't mind dishing it out, but when it's them in the firing line ...
14th November 2012: The BBC has a policy, it seems, about which truths it wants to tell ...
12th November 2012: Big Brother, coming to a school near you ...
9th November 2012: Yet another celebrity who thinks, like Jimmy Saville, that he can behave just as he likes because he's famous ...
5th November 2012: Whose roads are they, anyway? After all, we paid for them ...
7th May 2012: How politicians could end droughts at a stroke if they chose ...
6th May 2012: The BBC, still determined to keep us in a fog of ignorance ...
2nd May 2012: A sense of proportion lacking?
24th April 2012: Told you so, told you so, told you so ...
15th April 2012: Aah, sweet ickle polar bears in danger, aah ...
15th April 2012: An open letter to Anglian Water ...
30th March 2012: Now they want to cure us if we don't believe their lies ...
28th February 2012: Just how useful is a degree? Not very.
27th February 2012: ... so many ways to die ...
15th February 2012: DO go to Jamaica because you definitely WON'T get murdered with a machete. Ms Fox says so ...
31st January 2012: We don't make anything any more
27th January 2012: There's always a word for it, they say, and if there isn't we'll invent one
26th January 2012: Literary criticism on GOS? How posh!
12th December 2011: Plain speaking by a scientist about the global warming fraud
9th December 2011: Who trusts scientists? Apart from the BBC, of course?
7th December 2011: All in all, not a good week for British justice ...
9th November 2011: Well what d'you know, the law really IS a bit of an ass ...

 

 
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Nu-Labour's police state gained another hobnail in its jackboots with the unveiling by the Home Office this month of the 600million security operation for the 2012 Olympic Games, when it was revealed that police will have powers to enter homes and tear down anti-Olympics posters. The new powers have been described as 'Chinese-style', and not only police officers but Olympic officials will enter homes and shops near official venues to confiscate any protest material. Breaking the rules could land offenders with a fine of up to 20,000.
 
Civil liberties groups compared the powers to those used by the Communist Chinese government to stop political protest during the 2008 Beijing Games. Anita Coles, of Liberty, said: 'Powers of entry should be for fighting crime, not policing poster displays. Didn't we learn last time that the Olympics should not be about stifling free expression?'
 
The powers were introduced by the Olympics Act of 2006, passed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, supposedly to preserve the monopoly of official advertisers on the London 2012 site. But the law has been framed to include 'non-commercial material' - which could extend its reach to include legitimate campaign literature.
 
Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling said: 'This is a Government who just doesn't understand civil liberties. They may claim these powers won't be used but the frank truth is no one will believe them' (he's right there: we don't! - GOS). Liberal Democrat spokesman Chris Huhne said: 'This sort of police action runs the risk of using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. We should aim to show the Chinese that you can run a successful Olympics without cracking down on protestors and free speech.'
 
For the police, Assistant Commissioner Chris Allison said: 'We have no intention of using our powers to go in and take down demonstration posters,' but as we have said many times in these pages, once a law exists there's always some self-important little arsehole who'll get satisfaction from enforcing it.
 
Campaigners said the existence of the powers was 'dreadful'. Peter McNeil, who is against the holding of equestrian events in Greenwich Park said: 'It's bullying taken to another level. It's quite appalling that this should happen in a democracy.'
 
The Games will also have a disastrous effect on normal travel in and around the capital - indeed, in the whole of the UK. Hundreds of flights could have to be diverted every day, with planes prevented from passing over the main venue for the London games. Olympic security chiefs said they expected to have to 'manage' the airspace over the Olympic Park in east London. A senior Home Office official said: 'We do expect there will have to be some management of the airspace. We do not expect that any airports will have to close.'
 
In addition more than 250 miles of road will be reserved for VIPs during the London Olympics so that up to 80,000 officials, sponsors, politicians and athletes will have the congestion-free lanes that have been denied to ordinary motorists for decades. The "Zil" network (nicknamed for the cars used by Russian politicians and oligarchs) will include sections of the M25, and motorists will face fines of up to 5,000 for straying into it.
 
Nor will the network be confined to East London. It is thought that it will include Heathrow, Weymouth and parts of Berkshire.
 
In a nice piece of Orwellian double-speak, Hugh Sumner, Olympics transport director, said no public routes would be shut, and no doubt he was telling the truth: once they're dedicated to Olympic bigwigs, they'll no longer be public routes, will they?
 

 
The GOS says: Who'd have thought, even just twenty years ago, that we'd be comparing this country to China and Russia in the same page?
 
Of course, we have only ourselves to blame. We didn't shout loudly enough in the first place about the absurdity of hosting the Olympics in one of the busiest and most congested cities in the world, in a country ruined by fifty years of government failure to invest in a proper transport infrastructure, a country that can't manage even the simplest major building project. Remember the Dome, that most pointless of white elephants? Remember Terminal 5, which Will Hutton in the Observer described as "another British cock-up that had to happen"? He summed it up rather neatly, we thought: "Britain does fiascos well and by any measure, the opening of BA's 4.3bn Terminal 5 was a corker". If we can mess up a tiny 4.3bn project so thoroughly, just imagine what we can do with the Olympics which are expected to cost more than twice as much.
 
If we were French and the authorities tried to close off 250 miles of road that we'd all paid for, the tractors and HGVs would be parked nose-to-tail all the way from Staines to Stratford. But we're not. We're British. We toe the line. We tut-tut and mutter in corners, but when a shifty young man in a cheap suit presents his clip board at the front door and asks to come in and inspect our walls to make sure we don't have any posters critical of the government, foreigners, other racial groups, homosexuals, the disabled, travellers or the Olympic Games, we'll probably offer him a cup of tea and a Jaffa cake.
 
Mind you, we have heard one good idea about the Olympics. After it's all over, the Olympic village should be turned into accommodation for all those poor MPs who apparently don't have a roof over their heads while they are working so hard on our behalf. Of course they'd have to surrender their expenses.
 
And they'd have to go to work on the bloody Central Line, which would just about serve the bastards right.
 
Oh ... while we're at it ... here are some of the logos used for recent Olympics. Pretty cool, some of them ...
 




 
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