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Issue No. 2481

Cameron's telling porkies over cost of Pig Force One

David Cameron is to get a jet. But his figures don’t add up.

And the plane will be based on the PM’s doorstep, at RAF Brize Norton in his Oxfordshire constituency.

The plan is to convert an RAF A330 Voyager air tanker.

Downing Street said the plane will cost £2,000 an hour to fly.

In truth it will be about double that. It already cost £152 million to buy the plane before it gets done up to prime ministerial standards. The total cost before the plane flies will be around £200 million.

Former Labour leader Tony Blair tried to order his own Blair Force One aircraft, but the plan was scrapped when Gordon Brown became prime minister.

The millionaire Tory will use the plane to cruise in style at 35,000 feet as he bids to impress other world leaders on official visits.

Perhaps Pig Force One could visit the 1 percent’s new airport terminal.

Los Angeles international airport is to build a special terminal to allow celebrities, sports stars and the world’s wealthy to glide directly from limo to first class.

It will cost £900 per trip to use the new terminal, which will include exclusive lounges, dedicated catering and separate security and border checkpoints.

But it is a bargain compared to the Windsor Suite at London’s Heathrow.

Once reserved for the royal family and visiting heads of state, now any oik can get in with £2,000 in loose change.


More guns needed

The RAF was searching for a Russian submarine it said was off the coast of Scotland.

An RAF plane, a Royal Navy frigate and submarine were also involved in the impoprtant search.

But because Britain scrapped specialist

sub-hunting aircraft five years ago, French and Canadian aircraft were also involved.

This story appeared in the newspapers on the same day that David Cameron announced increases in defence spending.

This was entirely coincidental.


People still believe The Sun

The Sun newspaper’s Monday front page led with the claim that one in five British Muslims have sympathy with people travelling abroad to fight on the side of jihadis in Syria.

In an remarkably rare event it turns out to be rubbish.

This assertion is based on a polling question asking if respondents have “sympathy with young Muslims who leave the UK to join fighters in Syria”.

Respondents were allowed to say whether they had “a lot”, “some” or “no” sympathy with such people travelling to Syria.

People travelling to Syria are not necessarily going to fight on the side of jihadis. And it’s a bit of a rubbish question.


Expenses sign of the times for Wirral MP

A Labour MP spent more than £200 putting up a sign declaring herself an MP—just months after she blew our cash taking it down.

Alison McGovern had been forced to take down the sign before the general election.

The Wirral South MP and Progress chair spent £144 removing references to ‘MP’ from her constituency office before the May ballot.

She then spent £204 on having the sign denoting her elected status back up.


Keep the Christians off Christmas

There is no ban on Christian advertising. There is no ban on people wearing crucifixes either.

An agency decided a Church of England ad might upset people going to the cinema so it decided not to take it.

The Church of England got itself on the front pages of the Daily Mail, the Times and all over the BBC.

It was a great way of getting far more free advertising than you would ever have been able to pay for by putting your ad in a cinema.

Don’t let the Church muscle in on Christmas.


The Oldham West by-election has brought out the best in Ukip.

It is distributing material mocked up to look like a Labour Party flyer—

“Axing our armed forces”

“Abolishing the monarchy”

“Hand over the Falklands to Argentina”

The legal small print at the bottom identifies the leaflet as the work of the Ukip election agent.


Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin refuses to release the 1984 Joint Intelligence Committee paper JIC (84)(N)45 “Soviet Union: concern about a surprise Nato attack”.

Apparently the Russians were worried that the US and Britain were about to launch an attack on them.


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The Troublemaker
Tue 24 Nov 2015, 16:53 GMT
Issue No. 2481
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