Welcome to this weeks edition of my top 5 news stories of the week, where you still won’t find a real mention of Jimmy Saville because I’m not a tabloid whore. What I will talk about is
Millionaires descend on Washington, demanding to pay more taxes
Last Wednesday, members of the Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength arrived in Washington, DC, to campaign for higher taxes amongst the rich and presumably gave Mitt Romney a heart attack.
Why do they want to pay more money? Well, t’s not for entirely selfless reasons, as business Woody Kaplan says “With every business I’ve owned, customers have been terribly important. If we give the middle class a break, then we’re much more likely to grow the middle class, and that will make all of us stronger.”
But the Republicans said that higher taxes would halt job creation, I hear no-one cry. “It just isn’t true,” says venture capitalist Garret Gruener. “If I thought they were right about that I’d be on their side of this negotiation.”
It seems pretty evident the right man was voted in, then. (source: motherjones.com)
SAS Hero sgt. jailed for possession of a firearm he forgot he had
It would be a joke if it weren’t so serious.
Sgt. Danny Nightengale, who’s resume includes 17 years of service in the forces, 11 of those years in the SAS, and the creation of the widely used Nightengale Dressing, for which he receives no money for, has been jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to possessing a 9mm Glock.
The weapon was given to him by a member of the Iraqi forces as a trophy of his gruelling tour there. Meaning to have it deactivated, he stored in a security box and then went off to go learn emergency and primary health care. Eventually, seemingly deciding he wasn’t awesome enough, he decided to run a 132 mile jungle marathon in the Amazon basin to raise £2,500 for an Army charity.
During the marathon, he collapsed after his body temperature reached 111F. This would usually be enough to kill a man, but Sgt. Nightengale slipped into a coma and woke up, read to continue to be awesome and join the counter-terrorism unit. However, he suffered a severe brain injury which would’ve severely impacted on his memory.
The Glock was found in a raid by civilian police investigating his colleague, and he was brought in. Initially pleading innocence, genuinely saying he forgot he had the weapon backed by expert medical opinion, he changed his plea to guilty after being told he’d face 5 years if found guilty.
While his CO supports him, as does his wife, it’s known that pressure was mounted on him behind the scenes. To me, this is just a case of a spectacular human being being screwed over by circumstance. This is the UK, after all. (Source: The Telegraph)
Abu Qatada not only gets to stay, he gets a new home in a secret location
The Special Immigration Appeals Commission has allowed the hate cleric Abu Qatada to stay in the UK, proving that there’s something we don’t know, or the commission themselves are useless.
His surveillance costs the taxpayers £5 million. He has been linked to several terror organisations and has been dubbed the spiritual leader of al-Qaeda in Europe. Yet, here he sits, winning again against deportation to Jordan.
Do I really need to say much more? (Source: Daily Mail)
15% of UK voters turned up for PCC elections; lowest turn out since European Elections in 1999
Last Thursday heralded the inaugural Police Chief Commissioner elections, Mr Cameron’s attempt to bring democracy to the police. As little as 15% on average cared.
Cameron’s excuse is that it was the first election of its kind here, but many more blame the unfamiliar time of year for elections, and the lack of free propaganda sent to households.
While 16 of the 41 posts went to Tories and 13 to Labour, 12 went to Independents, a figure that many are citing as a move by an anti-political public.
Whatever the reason, there’s now another 41 people earning £100,000 of taxpayers money each year. Let’s hope they’re useful. (Source: Guardian)
Man prosecuted after feeding a police horse a sausage role
To end this post on a light note, Glaswegian Francis Kelly was arrested after feeding a police horse a sausage role because ‘it looked hungry’. When asked by a police officer to put them away, Mr Kelly turned ‘threatening and abusive’ and was subsequently arrested.
Currently pleading not guilty to charges of breaching the peace, Kelly will appear in magistrates court next February. Meanwhile, if any of you reading this have video footage of this hilarious event, please upload and send to me. This needs to be in my life. (Source: Metro)
And that’s it for this weeks edition of my top 5 news stories of the week. This Tuesday, I’ll be talking about China’s new leaders and what it might mean for the rest of us, and Thursday I’ll be ranting about how happy I am Winter is here (spoiler alert-I’m ecstatic).
Feel free to leave your comments below, and have a great Sunday!