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VFE
23rd Dec 2006, 16:22
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6206063.stm :rolleyes:

Bono onstage... starts a slow hand clap....

"And everytime..... *clap*...... I clap my hands...... *clap*..... a child in africa.... *clap*.... starves to death... *clap*...."

A voice: "Well stop f*cking doing it then!!"

VFE.

frostbite
23rd Dec 2006, 17:58
The awful thing is, when our illustrious PM finally goes - he will automatically receive a title.

That will really cheapen the whole thing!

HOGE
23rd Dec 2006, 18:06
So much for our "classless" society.

Seems to me that more and more people every year get awarded a title.:rolleyes:

tony draper
23rd Dec 2006, 18:14
Surely that's a demonstration of the classlessness of our society when they award it to oink pop singers.
I mean the chap probably doesn't even ride to hounds or know what knife and fork to pick up,standards are slipping I tells yer.
:rolleyes:

VFE
23rd Dec 2006, 18:21
Well the ole gal can dish out the medals to whom she pleases, and obviously Bono is no intellectual slouch...... he just gets on my tits.

VFE.

Foss
23rd Dec 2006, 18:25
Wellll, hmmm, you could get the timing of the clapping, then use it to disguise the noise of your sniper rifle shot from some vantage point, before making a sharp exit.
Or else go back for an encore and shot him again just to make sure.

I'm sure he's a lovely fella.
Fos

tony draper
23rd Dec 2006, 18:37
Always been deeply suspicious of these Champagne Socialists meself.
:rolleyes:

CUNIM
23rd Dec 2006, 18:38
Well Tony, they are the only ones who can afford to be Socialist.

Krystal n chips
23rd Dec 2006, 18:45
The awful thing is, when our illustrious PM finally goes - he will automatically receive a title.
That will really cheapen the whole thing!

Depends on how much Amazon or Waterstone's are charging really......:E

VFE
23rd Dec 2006, 19:23
If she has to nominate an Irishman out of obligation then why not Shane MacGowan? That guy has done more for music & irish culture than Bono could ever hope to achieve in a month of sundays - and any irish muso will tell you the same!

Oh, but we can't do that can we? Just because he's a maverick alcoholic/drug addict, we just cannot do that as it wouldn't be right, would it? The kids might get the wrong idea about what it means to be a genius... and who's fault would that be?!

To honour someone who isn't shinier than Mr.Sheene? Ha! Forget that.

VFE.

chiglet
23rd Dec 2006, 21:43
Don't forget,
John Prescott will be a "Lord"
As will Jock "the Speaker of the House" [Can't remember his name]:D
watp,iktch

John Prescott
23rd Dec 2006, 22:07
Hmmmm,

Drinks are on me then I take it:D

tony draper
23rd Dec 2006, 22:40
At least they don't get to pass it on to their sons these days,it could be argued that Tone and John have at least worked forrit unlike some of those pinstriped London spivs who just buy their titles.
:cool:

barrowboyblue!
23rd Dec 2006, 22:57
off topic slightly - but the whole honours thing gets my goat,
- OK one good thing this Govt has tried to recognise ''real'' people -
then they ''dish'' out a CBE to someone like Brian Turner!!

Who I hear you cry??? - some dick (spotted) - who cooks on 'ready, steady cook!!

(don't get me wrong he's probably a nice fella - but even I can make mashed potato and scrambled egg!!!) seasons greetings n all that:ok:

parabellum
23rd Dec 2006, 23:03
Don't think you will find that Brian Turner got his gong for cooking!
He does a lot of work for charity, runs marathons etc. etc. and raises a lot of dosh for them.

barrowboyblue!
23rd Dec 2006, 23:12
On June 15th 2002 in the Queen's Birthday Honours Brian was awarded a CBE for his services to tourism and training in the catering industry,

- the above's off his own website!!

Seriously - fair play to the guy if he does work for charity -
no-one can knock that - but so do others -
my point - just because he's a media figure and can cut peppers really quickly - he gets a CBE!

Captain Airclues
23rd Dec 2006, 23:20
Meanwhile, Alex Henshaw has to make do with an MBE. Interesting priorities!!

Willi B
23rd Dec 2006, 23:25
If Betty Windsor or Tony Blair aren't on your christmas card list, you can always buy one - http://www.nobility.co.uk/

Dark Knight
23rd Dec 2006, 23:43
Sir Shane Warne

Sir Glenn McGrath


Sportsmen of the Decade

DK

Tempsford
24th Dec 2006, 00:26
The UK a classless society? Not on yer flippin nelly.

GOLF_BRAVO_ZULU
24th Dec 2006, 16:14
For as long as Society comprises of individuals, there will be no such thing as a classless Society; Gott seid dank!

Richard Taylor
24th Dec 2006, 19:02
So Tony Bliar deserves a title does he?

I could think of a few..............:mad:

I'll settle for "Prisoner". :E

fmgc
25th Dec 2006, 00:01
Having listened to Lord McKenzie (http://www.theyworkforyou.com/peer/lord_mckenzie_of_luton) hijack the latest BALPA conference discussing security and spout utter bollocks about how any right minded person must agree to the concept of ID cards I realised the complete hypocracy of Tony Blair.

He complains that heredatory peers are undemocratic so his solution is to get rid of them all and appoint his own peers.

Very democratic, Tony.

Blacksheep
26th Dec 2006, 03:19
If we must have an upper house the members should be elected. I've no objection to an electoral college system, just so long as they're no longer political appointments made by the leader of the majority party in the lower house. Can you imagine the House Leader of the US Congress appointing the Senators?

As to honour, you're only honoured if people actually recognize it. For example, he may be Sir E.... J... n to his fans, but to those of us who stopped him, he's just a thug who jumped out of his car in a raging fury and tried to attack an old woman who had the audacity to step onto a zebra crossing in front of his car. Honour? A knight? I don't think so.

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Kent was visiting Teesside on a day when an elderly lady happened to be celebrating her 103rd birthday. Someone thought it would be a great photo opportunity so the Duchess was driven out to Redcar to the birthday party.

"Look Maude, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent has come to see you!"
"Oh aye? What does she want?"
The Duchess was highly amused and they had a nice chat, but it does make the point that class divisions tend to disappear, the older you get. ;)

barit1
26th Dec 2006, 03:50
Every year about this time I used to give a "Larry Award" -

presented for "Outstanding Humorous Fiction in Technical Publications" :*

:ouch:

:ugh:

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:=

fmgc
26th Dec 2006, 10:18
Can you imagine the House Leader of the US Congress appointing the Senators

Because it's not like that the American President appoints his own totally unelected cabinet though!!

con-pilot
26th Dec 2006, 19:02
If we must have an upper house the members should be elected. I've no objection to an electoral college system, just so long as they're no longer political appointments made by the leader of the majority party in the lower house. Can you imagine the House Leader of the US Congress appointing the Senators?

Actually for a very long time US Senators were appointed by the Governor of the state they represented. This practice was changed by a Constitutional Amendment.

Give me some time and I will look up the details when this was done.

Okay, I have it, the XVII (17th) Amendment passed in 1913.

Amendment XVII
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each state, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislatures.


When vacancies happen in the representation of any state in the Senate, the executive authority of such state shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, that the legislature of any state may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.


This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.

brickhistory
26th Dec 2006, 19:06
Because it's not like that the American President appoints his own totally unelected cabinet though!!
With the advice and consent of the Senate.
Given that, however, as our elected President serves to run the executive branch of government, his Cabinet members are really only subordinates, thus if one votes for a President, one is consenting (in the main) to him choosing who he wants as his help.

tony draper
26th Dec 2006, 20:00
A lot of ideas seem good at the time they are writen down,frinstance I understand that originaly the losing candidate in the presidential election was automaticals appointed Vice President.
:uhoh:

Two's in
26th Dec 2006, 20:34
It's only a classless society when you stop giving a fat rats ass about who gets to wear a shiny bauble and who doesn't. After all, what really is the relevance of the annual Lollipop Ladies and Lords awards, unless you are a Lollipop Lady? The only advantage I see, is that come the revolution, it'll be a lot easier to identify the imperialist running dogs.

Signed, a Royalist,

barit1
30th Dec 2006, 19:38
Clearly, the anonymous Iraqi who tripped the trap door early this morning.

christn
30th Dec 2006, 20:15
Look on the bright side - June Sarpong got a gong !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!