Danczuk Pays For More Than A Banana

As discussed way back on First Ade then Paul Ep 003 – The Ring of Power, Simon Danczuk, the noble campaigner against the corrupt practices of Paul Rowen (who maliciously claimed for a banana on his expenses), has been ordered to pay back £11,583.20 wrongly claimed for children that weren’t actually living with him in London.

When campaigning against Rowen, Danczuk apparently used the tactic of putting supporters in banana costumes to highlight his opponent’s terrible sin, so presumably the Liberals will deploy youngsters against Danczuk to highlight his, though unperturbed, Danczuk would probably just send them all lewd text messages.

Catching Up On What I’ve Missed

One of the best things about returning from holiday is catching up on what everyone has been up to in my absence. No, I’m not talking about Trump (though I’m sure we’ll be getting into him just as soon as the story changes), I’m talking about people with rather a lot more talent.

So, my first stop is listening to the film reviews by Tom Charles (of Sketchy Reviews). Join in by listening below:

After that, it’s a pop over to J M Hooker’s blog to enjoy some of his fine photography and musings on fire hydrants.

Photography by J M Hooker

And finally it is off to check in with the latest creation of Paul Hayes… although that’s a secret still in development. You’ll have to wait for that one.

Old School Political Ads

When researching Third Party Candidates for the latest episode of First Ade then Paul, I came across this Ross Perot infomercial. The whole thing is simply him talking to the camera about his policies whilst every so often pointing to a graph. It is dull, lengthy and everything a political ad should be.

I tried to find examples of the negative ads to put alongside this one, but I truly cannot tell the genuine negative ads from the spoof ones. The quality is pretty much the same.

Chris Christie supports the Trump

In a rather sickening display, Chris Christie has come out in support of Donald Trump. Perhaps this is a recent conversion, the action of a man angling for a VP-nomination. The heap of praise Christie pours upon Trump, however, makes it sound like Christie has been Trump’s attack dog for a while, going after Rubio the moment he posed a potential threat. No matter what the deal between the two men, this endorsement comes just at the moment when Rubio was beginning to gain some momentum from Bush supporters coming over, so it looks like Christie has sunk him again.

The Centre Does Not Hold

And so he departs the race; Jeb Bush is gone. After finishing a disappointing 4th in South Carolina, the once-front-runner has decided to call it quits. Note that was 4th, not 5th or 6th – those candidates are bizarrely clinging on. I’m looking at you Ben Carson!

We’ll be discussing the fate of Jeb Bush on this week’s edition of First Ade then Paul, but for now take a look at this video from the BBC. It details the increasing polarisation of American society, which I believe is a preview for the way our society in the UK is headed thanks to social media.

Sketchy Reviews take to the airwaves

Tom Charles (Self Portrait)

Tom Charles (Self Portrait)

Friend of the blog, fastidious proof-reader and Sons of York / Sick Prick illustrator, Tom Charles is taking to the airwaves tonight on PURE FM 107.8. He will be reviewing the latest film releases and I can confirm that he had positive things to say about Ash vs Evil Dead, so his taste can’t be wholly wrong.

Now for those of you outside of Manchester, you’ll do best to tune in online at: http://www.pure-radio.org/

Ben Carson’s Coming For Ya!

A surge! A Ben Carson surge! Yes, from 14 Feb – 18 Feb Ben Carson has seen his poll ratings in South Carolina rocket from a paltry 4.8% to a staggering 6.8%, taking him from a disappointing 6th place to… a slightly less disappointing 6th.

The real fight seems to be between Cruz and Rubio as to who can come second behind Trump, so very much a re-run of New Hampshire (albeit with Cruz as a contender for 2nd instead of Kasich). Bush… well… ah Bush. He’s still in there somewhere, spending so much money on a campaign that isn’t going anywhere that he’s starting to look like a socialist keen on redistributing all his wealth. Time to crack out another profound tweet methinks!