Quote of the week

On Tuesday, Godfrey Bloom MEP, recently elected UK Independence Party politician, was made a member of the European Parliament’s women’s rights committee. He proceeded to announce to the media: I am here to represent Yorkshire women, who always have dinner on the table when you get home. I am going to promote men’s rights. No self-respecting small businessman with a brain in the right place would ever employ a lady of child-bearing age.

Allow me to ruin your day

The US has floated plans to turn Guatanamo Bay into a death camp, with prisoners to be tried by kangaroo courts of 3 to 7 US military officers, with a US air force Colonel as defence counsel, and no jury. Any defense lawyers wishing to defend the accused will need to agree to give up customary attorney-client privilege rights, give up the right to contest the proceedings, give up the right to work with other defense lawyers on joint defense tactics, and they’ll be shut out of part of the proceedings.

The milk of human kindness

(Assembled from information in Private Eye 1051 and other sources.) Nestlé make a lot of money from baby milk formula. The company promotes its product as clean and modern, compared to that messy breast-feeding process. It gives away free samples to new parents. From a marketing perspective, this is really smart. If the parents try the baby milk formula for a while, the mother will stop lactating, and soon they’ll have no choice but to buy formula.