Signor Berlusconi

I have to admit to being a bit perplexed here.

Italy\’s prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, launched a desperate attempt today to fend off claims that female escorts were paid to attend parties at his official residence. It was the latest in a series of allegations regarding his private life,

What\’s the fuss about?

Italian billionaire likes fancy women.

This is news? Surprising? What?

Umm, India dear?

Breastfeeding is a very lovely thing, but if you’re a J cup at the time (no, not me; a friend. I swear) and in public, it takes on a rather “it’s showtime” aspect. Yes, I know it’s society’s fault for seeing breasts as sex things rather than food things, but that doesn’t make it any more comfortable for the woman in the cafe with the bosoms larger than her head, frankly.

Breasts are a sex thing, not a food thing.

Our various ape and monkey cousins all lactate just as we do but they don\’t have breasts. Small breasts lactate just like large ones do. Tits are entirely about sex, not food.

On the subject of our new Poet Laureate

I have to admit, there are times when I feel terribly middle aged, past it, outside the zeitgeist.

Which of course I am.

Our new Poet Lareaute (ummm, I belive actually it is Lizzie\’s new one, but let that pass) is, so I am told by varied newspapers, a lesbian. I am also told by others that she has two children, sired in a more traditional manner than the turkey baster.

And this is what makes me old fashioned I think. None of this is something I care about. Quite literally, I do not give a shit.

That you be Prime Minister, trumpeter in the local band or poet bard for the nation, I care not how you desire to clash gonads.

The Prime Ministering, yes, I care about, as I  do the trumpeting and the barding.

So, the poetry going to be any good?

I hope so, Hurrah!




Libertarian paternalism

Look, can we just accept that libertarian paternalism is just a nasty subset of social facism? Or at least, that certain of those proposing libertarian paternalism are proposing a nasty subset of social facism?

Prof Julian Le Grand, the architect of a clutch of New Labour policies such as baby bonds, is calling for marriage to be the legal "default" setting for new parents.

Without having to undergo a public ceremony or take any vows, they should simply be regarded as married in law as soon as the child\’s birth is registered, Prof Le Grand, Tony Blair\’s former Downing Street health adviser, said.

Marriage is, in English law at least, a contract that over rides all others. It puts at risk, for example, your entire worldly goods. So what the good professor is advocating is that having a knee trembler around the back of the chippy could mean that, if pregnancy results, the knee tremblee can claim half one\’s worldly goods.

Franco would have been proud of such a measure against extra marital sex.

Quite what the result would be though is a little difficult to determine. It might lead to an increase in those willing to offer a trembler dependent upon how many gold diggers there are out there.

What is absolutely certain is that it will increase the number of bigamists of both sexes.

On those emails

Trying to pick apart what he\’s really hinting at here:

On David Cameron:
He could clear up exactly how much the Cameron\’s worth … and he could make clear that he’s not hiding any embarrassing illnesses.’

Reading around that embarrassing illness is hinted as being of a sexual nature.

Erm, like what? What we colloquially refer to as the clap is cleared up by one or another penicillin derivative. I\’m pretty certain that no one is going to be suggesting that Dave is HIV positive.

So that leaves only two other sexually transmitted diseases that one can continue to suffer from….rather than have suffered from.

Genital warts….well, I\’m not really all that sure how embarrassing that\’s going to be now. We\’re rolling out a vaccine against HPV (the virus that causes both those warts and cervical cancer) to all women under 18 at present. So we don\’t think that this isn\’t a widespread problem … fact, we\’re actually admitting that it\’s rather common.

Then there\’s herpes. Which is also known as cold sores.

Now leave aside whether the allegation is true or not (it seems to be based on the point that Dave once visitied an STD clinic when a student. No more than that.). And look at what the allegation is.

Either the leader of the opposition has a virus that we\’ve just decided to vaccinate the entire female population against or he has cold sores.

Neither seem like truly terrible things for someone to have now, do they?

And that\’s the best that the Labour spinmeisters can come up with?

Those trafficking numbers

In Britain, it is estimated that 80% of the 80,000 women in prostitution are foreign nationals, most of whom have been trafficked.


Here\’s the definition of trafficking.

There needs to be one from each of the three sections to qualify. So, transported for sex work is not, on its own, trafficking. There needs to be as well deception or force.

These people are simply lying about it all, aren\’t they?

Good grief!

Men really can laugh women into bed, ……, psychologists have found.

Is there anyone at all out there who has in fact ever been laid who does not already know this? Male or female?

Oh aye?

Sure, lapdancing is one aspect of the commodification of heterosexuality under late capitalism, and something that would not arise in a genuinely liberated post-capitalist social formation. Ultimately, socialism will put paid to the Spearmint Rhinos of this world.

Dave\’s Part.

The thought that men wishing to look at naked women will be erased by a change in the economic system is absurd.

As is the thought that some women will stop taking advantage of that male desire.

I\’m  a classical liberal, I\’m one of the people that thinks the current set up isn\’t perfect. But this sort of …aaah, forget it. There are hopeful idiots all over the place.


Prostitution laws

From PA.

The case of the four women involved in the High Court action, who are all nationals of Moldova and now live in the UK, was that they were victims of an unlawful conspiracy to traffic them into the country from Moldova "for the purposes of sexual exploitation and prostitution".

Mr Justice Treacy said the Dulghieru couple were "significant players in that conspiracy" and had been convicted of criminal offences and sentenced to long terms of imprisonment.

At London\’s Isleworth Crown Court in November 2005 Gavril Dulghieru, then 36, of Tooting Bec Gardens, Tooting Bec, south west London, was jailed for nine years after admitting conspiring to traffic in prostitution, trafficking into the UK for sexual exploitation and plotting to facilitate unlawful immigration between February 23, 2003 and April 30, 2004

Tamara Dulghieru, then 31, was jailed for five years after being found guilty of immigration, fraud, forgery and money-laundering offences. She was cleared of trafficking in prostitution and doing so for sexual exploitation.

Mr Justice Treacy said that each of the claimants was tricked into leaving Moldova and thought they were coming to the UK to work as dancers.

But the reality was that the conspirators intended to "sexually enslave" them by keeping them captive in London and putting them to work in brothels.

So, we\’ve got laws under which those who traffic women into the UK for the purposes of sexual slavery can be investigated, charged, tried and jailed.

Remind me again why we\’re changing the laws?


Meanwhile Alfie Patten, the 13 year-old star of the latest freak show, revealed he was taking a break from thrice-nightly sexual intercourse after discovering masturbation.

He added: "I don\’t want to miss out on an important part of my childhood."

Cake and eating it too

Ninety per cent of "solidarity pacts" a year are now being made between people of the opposite sex, despite them being specifically designed for homosexuals, who are not formally allowed to marry in France.

The Civil Solidarity Pacts, or PACS according to their French language abbreviation, take just 15 minutes and can be performed by a court clerk.

Just as significantly, they can be ended with a single letter from either partner, without any claims on the other\’s money or property.

It appears that when offered the opportunity people would like the benefits of a legally recognised relationship. Benefits, housing and so on. But not the potential costs of asset sharing and alimony (child support is of course already dealt with).

You will note that this is not an option which has or will be offered in the UK. Indeed, the push is entirely the other way. That those who simply live together, without any legal contract, should be liable for asset splitting and alimony even if they don\’t get the benefits and the housing while together.

Wonder why the powers that be here are so insistent that people shouldn\’t have what they want?

Cause or effect?

Cinema tickets offered in exchange for sexually transmitted infection test.

I realise that I\’m some decades away from my own teenage mating rituals but isn\’t this slightly the wrong way around? Offering a free ticket if you get tested for an STD?

Isn\’t that date at the cinema a prelude to the opportunity to acquire an STD?


Although January may have the reputation as the peak month for relationships break up, new statistics show Saturday night is due to be the year\’s biggest night for first dates.

People tend not to stay at home too long mourning the last relationship these days, do they?

Thus the peak month for breakups is going to be the peak month for first dates…because, not although, no?