Thursday, 21 October 2010

Bill Clinton Lost Vital Nuclear Codes

According to The Daily Telegraph . Would they have let him join in Armageddon anyway if he could prove he was POTUS (eg a DNA test) or would the American nuclear strike capability have been transferred to the good causes fund?

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

HMS Queen Elizabeth First Commissioning Voyage

When finances are tight an absence of aircraft is a positive advantage to an entrepreneurial-minded aircraft carrier captain.

Why Ringfence DFID? Scrap It Instead

Foreign Aid only encourages the recipients to travel upstream whence the magic free money comes. Let's spend our money on ourselves.

The 2010 Strategic Defence & Security Review

"If you knows a better 'ole, go to it."

Aircraft Carriers? We Don't Need Them!

Ladies and gentlemen, the Saunders-Roe SRA/1 jet seaplane fighter. Takes off and lands on the sea. Or the Convair F2Y Sea Dart. That was supersonic. It looked like this:

Or the BAe Skyhook (with thanks and acknowledgement to www. or the Brodie Landing System that enabled light aircraft to take off and land on the side of suitably equipped tank landing craft.
But my choice is the aptly named CAM ships that were a desperate measure to provide air cover to convoys out of range of land-based aircraft and without escort carriers. Take a freighter, weld on a rocket catapult launcher, add a volunteer fighter pilot and an obsolescent Hurricane Mk Ia and you had a one shot chance to shoot down or scare awaya marauding Focke-Wulf Condor or Ju-88 threatening the convoy. Amazingly, despite the Hurricat's (as they were dubbed) poor ditching chacteristics (sank rapidly nose first as sea gushed into belly radiator) more enemy aircraft were shot down than pilots were killed. Fortunately, the CAM and CAS ships were soon replaced by escort carriers converted from feighters and tankers.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Things They Don't Teach In At Law School

Compare the sentences handed down (4 months suspended for 12 months, 300 hours community service, total costa and compensation of £960) to the three thugs who attacked and hospitalised a passenger on a late night train who had the temerity to ask them to quieten down with the sentence given to the infamous Coventry Cat Binner. £1,450 including costs.
I never thought of Ken Clarke as a cat fancier before but as with many things this coalition or, to use the Legal French term, bastard, government is doing or failing to reform, I have my doubts.
Unprovoked attacks on fellow passengers attempting to stop anti-social behaviour is the sort of crime that the Big Society should punish severely as a deterrent. Prisons are for thugs and thieving politicians.