BOLLOCKS IN BRIEF

The Chilcot Inquiry has replied to Tory shadow defence secretary Liam Fox’s letter asking The Dead Sheep to recall Gordon Brown. Chilcot told Fox: ‘..it would not be appropriate to comment on future witnesses’….must be a banded-pack Chumps of the Year award for both in this one…as their might for those Keen to fiddle expenses – MPs Mr & Mrs Keens milked the discredited system for £180,000, and were asked to pay back all of £1500…wonder if the authorities take credit cards…the Commissioner said they should should pay back four months’ worth of claims – some £5,678. But the Standards Committee, which is in charge of punishments, slashed that sum by 75 per cent to just £1,500…important to keep up standards…New Labour continues to dry and drag the Tories into their own Aged Care mess…any Tories yet asked Alan Johnson where the New Dawn monies went?….meanwhile their stood-down MP Harry Cohen will also (I’m told) face criminal charges as a result of his creative expense forms….and Anna Arrowsmith, a Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate (working name Anna Span) has made more than 300 pornographic films, so life in the Commons should be business as usual….both $ and £ lost value against the Euro yesterday despite the now pretty obvious financial squabble-meltdown-shocker that is the Eurozone….Pension payments to public servants could balloon by 200% to £80bn a year by 2060, according to a report by the watchdog NAO….an Inquiry is likely into whether measures against racism are working adequately to ban BNP-member teachers…I don’t like them either, but the BNP is a legal political organisation…ban on Socialist Workers Party teachers likely,do we think?….and finally, In a BBC interview, Karl Rove, who was known as ‘Bush’s brain’ (must’ve come in useful) said he “was proud we used techniques that broke the will of these terrorists” such as waterboarding, and that this should not be regarded as torture…just tell the victims they’re going for a shower, Heinrich.