Be careful who you vote for…

I’m rather late with this as real life duties have got in the way of blogging time. But still better late than never… It recently came to light that Nick Eriksen, a senior member of the British National Party*, is the author of ‘Sir John Bull’ – a far right blog which advocates hate and violence towards women**. Consider, e.g., this delightful extract: ‘Rape is simply sex. Women enjoy sex, so rape cannot be such a terrible physical ordeal. To suggest that rape, when conducted without violence, is a serious crime is like suggesting that force feeding a woman chocolate cake is a heinous offence. A woman would be more incovenienced by having her handbag snatched’. Huh? My jaw is still dragging along the floor after reading this little gem. I’m tempted to point out that actually, being force fed chocolate cake could be a wholly unpleasant experience. In fact, depending on the amount of cake one is forced to eat, it might constitute a heinous offence. But grim humour aside, it’s pretty terrifying to discover that someone could be so utterly devoid of empathy that he believes having sex forced upon one is enjoyable. It’s even more scary when one realises the person concerned was likely to win a seat in the London Assembly – a political body responsible for scrutinising the Mayor’s activities, and which is increasingly seen as a stepping stone to Parliament. The BNP have since removed Nick Eriksen from its list of candidates, but it is unclear whether he has been sacked as the Chief London Organiser, and other senior party officials have defended him, claiming that his comments were ‘taken out of context’. Exactly which context would render his remarks benign is unclear. His blog has been removed, but you can read it here, in the Google Cache. Thanks to Ross for info.

*For those who are not au fait with British politics, the British National Party (BNP) are a right-wing organisation who have recently been attempting to portray themselves as a serious political party, but cannot entirely hide the fact that they are racist thugs.

**And of course other far-right targets like refugees, Muslims, gay people, and so forth.

The Sunday cat, Annie indirectly

First, there is zefrank:

And then there is his remarkable cat and business partner, Annie,  to be seen here.

Also, the challenging exchange between Annie and a Brooklyn pigeon, played to perfection by a Brooklyn pigeon.  (Actually, I think it is a Brooklyn pigeon, but they are awfully like NYC pigeons.)   Since the pigeon is both post-modern and butt-obsessed, this section might be kept from younger eyes.

Finally,  there’s zefrank’s opening page.  On it you can find “Dance properly,” which was in the Ted video and which became a viral video before many us had heard about such things.