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Sunday, April 01, 2012

April 1st

April Fools jokes dominate some of today's newspapers with perhaps the most far-fetched one being that in the Wales on Sunday, who claim that the Aberystwyth-based Russian historian and chair of the Welsh Underground Rail Restoration Trust (WURRT), Sal Loripof, who is also allegedly chair of the Welsh Underground Rail Restoration Trust (WURRT), has set his sights on attracting investors from the oil-rich Middle East to bring back into use abandoned railway tracks in underground tunnels all around Wales.

In the Observer it is difficult to choose between Ed Miliband's claim that the present government will only serve one term and the suggestion that David Cameron has asked Shaun Ryder of the Happy Mondays to advise him on social class. The story comes complete with pictures of various celebrities wearing T-shirts showing David Cameron eating a pastie and the slogan "We're all eating this together".

What is definitely not an April Fools' Day joke however, is George Galloway's victory in Bradford West and the dubious tactics that got him to that position. Nick Cohen explains:

Galloway's victory shows that if the secular left does not take on sectarians, they will flourish. Admittedly, the unwary thought that Galloway, a Catholic Scot, might face difficulties in playing the communalist card in the Muslim wards of Bradford West. They should not have underestimated his brass neck. Brazen and polished, it shines like a lantern through the murk. "God KNOWS who is a Muslim," he said in his election literature. "And he KNOWS who is not. Instinctively, so do you. Let me point out to all the Muslim brothers and sisters what I stand for: I, George Galloway, do not drink alcohol and never have. Ask yourself if you believe the other candidate in this election can say that truthfully."

Having established to his satisfaction that he was a Muslim, he told a public meeting: "I believe in the judgment day. I believe that one day we will have to answer to the Almighty." Members of the audience were to say to their friends, "especially to other religious people", how they would explain to Allah "on the last day" their failure to vote for him, George Galloway, God's chosen candidate.

Not even Rick Santorum has said: "Vote for me or you will go to hell."

If Respect continue to exploit the Muslim vote in that way then Ed Miliband's hopes of winning the next General Election look to be in grave doubt already.
to bring back into use abandoned railway tracks in underground tunnels all around Wales
There is a lot to be said for re-establishing the rail link between Pontardawe and Gwaun-cae-Gurwen. Wildlife advisors would object though, because the tunnel is almost certainly home to several bat species.
It's still April fools on this side of the wee pond (Atlantic); the TV promised to run a marathon of Ricky Gervais's show "Fool" - but no show on April Fools' Day.
The Lib Dems seem to have lost the Muslim vote then, after the 2005 Election and the Iraq War, many voted Lib Dem, this needs to be addressed.

Tho with ill thought out ideas like the "Pasty" Tax, i cant see that happening soon, how could Clegg agree to such a pathetic idea, wake up Nick!!!

Neath and Aberavon Lib Dems
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