Spamdex - Spam Archive

Report spam

Send in your spam and get the offenders listed

Create a rule in outlook or simply forward the spam you receive to questions@spamdex.co.uk

Also in huffingtonpost.com

The Waugh Zone February 17, 2016

Politics
Wednesday 17 February 2016
The Waugh Zone February 17, 2016



The five things you need to know on Wednesday February 17, 2016…


kate middleton




1) YOUNG MINDS MATTER

In case you missed it, The Duchess of Cambridge is guest-editing HuffPostUK today, with a specific focus on children’s mental health. One of her key messages is that the subject has been such a taboo that parents are often too afraid to seek help.

In her lead blog, she writes: “Like most parents today, William and I would not hesitate to seek help for our children if they needed it. We hope to encourage George and Charlotte to speak about their feelings, and to give them the tools and sensitivity to be supportive peers to their friends as they get older. We know there is no shame in a young child struggling with their emotions or suffering from a mental illness.”

But the Duchess adds that for families “short of time or money it is not always easy to know where to look for help” and she says schools and communities need to do more. Just as William’s mother Diana was unafraid of tackling sensitive topics, his wife is determined to use her public profile to prove how modern Britain can change. If the future Queen of England says the ‘British stiff upper lip’ has some downsides, maybe the message will reach a wider audience.

We have a wealth of items on mental health today, with testimony from kids themselves, a poll showing parents feel ill-equipped to discuss the subject and stats on the cost to the nation of not dealing with it. Separately today, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has unveiled a new £1.5million fund driven by young people to help them develop support networks and talk about mental health.

We’re using the hashtag #youngmindsmatter all day today.




2) THE BATTLE OF VISEGRAD

Forget Stalingrad, it looks like hand-to-hand combat with the ‘Visegrad 4’ (no, me neither) that’s troubling David Cameron most today. The bloc of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic are upset at David Cameron’s plans for child benefit and other migrant benefit curbs. The Guardian and Indy both lead on the story, and it seems the Eastern Europeans are determined to dig in to prevent the child benefit cuts affecting existing migrants in the UK.

We will later get a clearer idea of just how the Tusk draft EU plan has changed since it was first published (ah, will all those square brackets be filled?). It’s understood that there have been some substantive changes and if ‘new claimants only’ caveat is one of them, Eurosceps will again say the ‘thing gruel’ (copyright, Jacob Rees-Mogg) has been watered down once more. As it happens, the draft was silent on existing versus new claimants so No.10 may say nothing has changed.

It also sounds like the Visegrad 4 (named after a nice Hungarian castle town, dontcha know) have already got their way on clarifying that the child benefit curbs won’t apply to all member states’ incomers. It may apply to just the UK, Sweden and Ireland rather than affect Germany's own welfare for Poles and others.

Is the PM worried or unruffled? An unnamed senior European politician is quoted by the Times saying Cameron is under "great pressure”: "He was very stressed and usually is so very confident and relaxed. He told me that the reaction to the draft had already been very negative and if it is watered down further he will be torn apart by the press and his party." No.10 has squared MEP leaders to back him after the summit, but the brilliant Times Brussels corr Bruno Waterfield had the quote of the day from one source: "The Parliament is unpredictable. It can be monkeys with guns". The Infinite Monkey Rage, it's a new quiz show from Strasbourg.

The Guardian has a nice piece on the ‘sherpas’ who have been doing the heavy diplomatic lifting ahead of tomorrow’s big summit, pointing out the key role of young Tom Scholar, a former Brown aide who is tipped to lead the Treasury. A Sun has a Lord Ashcroft megapoll finding that 60% of the 28,720 people surveyed across the 28 EU member states have "pleaded" with Britain to stay - while just 10% said they'd prefer the UK to leave. Licence for Dave to dig in?

Some in Government are confident this summit will be done and dusted by the early hours of Friday. But there’s a hint of wriggle room for another meeting. One official tells the Times there’s a “40% chance of failure”. “It will look like chaos and disaster, but there is almost a month to go until the last possible date for a deal that would still allow a 23 June referendum”. Ah.



3) THE GREAT BRITISH CAKE-OFF

We at HuffPost couldn’t resist pouncing on Emma Thompson’s claim that Britain was “a tiny little cloud-bolted, rainy corner of sort-of Europe, a cake-filled misery-laden grey old island”. Yes, it was the bit about cake that got us all most excited. I mean, is there ever anything wrong with having cake and eating it?

Thompson got the ‘luvvie’ backlash pretty swiftly from Eurosceptics as she became as much of a caricature of the pro-EU camp as all those Union Jack jacketed little Englanders are a caricature of the the anti-EU camp. The Sun splashes with ‘Shut Yer Cakehole’, its Photoshoppers stuffing a Victoria sponge into her gob.

In a tweet to my colleague Owen Bennett, ex UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom said of Thompson: “May I volunteer to be the first to spank her silly bottom? Something her mother should have done years ago.” No, really.

Prince William was the other celeb in the EU wars yesterday, though the Palace insists his remarks about partnership have been wilfully misinterpreted. The Telegraph splashes the story but that decision is subtly undermined by Matt’s latest cartoon.




BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR…

Watch Hillary Clinton bark like a dog. Surreal.




4) ARGY BARGY

Michael Fallon is the first Defence Secretary in 10 years to visit the Falklands (though for half of that decade the Lib-Con Coalition was in power). And as well as announcing some new spending, Fallon has used the opportunity to give the Sun’s defence editor a nice juicy quote about Jeremy Corbyn: “The biggest threat at the moment isn’t Argentina, it’s Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party who want to override the wishes of the islanders.”

This stems from Corbyn’s decision in a Marr interview to talk about ‘dialogue’ with Buenos Aires, and his comms chief Seumas Milne’s subsequent briefing about talks about sovereignty. Corbyn also stressed the Islanders wishes were paramount.

On the BBC, Fallon admitted the Labour leader hadn’t said he wanted to give the Falklands up. And the Chairman of the Falklands Legislative Assembly points out Argentina remains the big threat. But Fallon isn’t afraid of committing a professional foul - as proved by his 2015 election attack on Ed Miliband for being willing to “stab the UK in the back”.

John McDonnell last night used his latest economics lecture at the LSE to float breaking up the Treasury into a ‘finance ministry’ and an ‘economic ministry’. But he also talked about Labour itself: “People don’t vote for a divided party. We’ve got to learn some lessons about how to handle the media”. He added that dissenting MPs were “a small group”. That may be tested at Monday’s PLP.

Meanwhile, many Labour MPs are truly dismayed that someone like Tom O’Carroll, the ex-leader Paedophile Information Exchange could be allowed into the party (a great hit by the Times yesterday). They wonder just what checks took place on others.



5) MAYOR CULPA?

The race for Mayor of London is getting dirtier by the day. Last night on Newsnight, Zac Goldsmith again underlined why he’s not a natural at this politics lark (his backers say his unspun approach is a breath of fresh air, his detractors say it proves he’s an amateur). After questions over his previous ‘non dom’ tax status, the Tory candidate agreed to publish his tax return - as long as other candidates did. I wonder if Matthew Oakeshott, who first raised all this non-dom stuff, will resurface?

I also wonder if this all triggers Jeremy Corbyn to follow John McDonnell’s lead and publish his own tax return? He's weighing it up.

As for Sadiq Khan, he again faces another ‘links to extremists’ story in the Mail (picked up by the Sun) which reports that he took part in a speaking event at which audience members brandished the “black flag of jihad”. His supporters claim this is all part of a harder attack-dog campaign from the Tories. His line that London could have more infrastructure spending like Istanbul was translated into him saying the British capital ‘should be more like Istanbul’. If you play to the gallery of sectional interests, you get burn sometimes, but some in Labour are worried the poll lead could now narrow.






If you’re reading this on the web, sign-up HERE to get the WaughZone delivered to your inbox.



Got something you want to share? Please send any stories/tips/quotes/pix/plugs/gossip to Paul Waugh (paul.waugh@huffingtonpost.com), Ned Simons (ned.simons@huffingtonpost.com), Graeme Demianyk (graeme.demianyk@huffingtonpost.com) and Owen Bennett (owen.bennett@huffingtonpost.com)

Follow HuffPost on Facebook and Twitter:


Get Huffington Post on the Go
Know something we don't? E-mail us at dailybrief@huffingtonpost.com
  |  Forward  |  MANAGE MY ALERTS
Huffington Post, 770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

---------------------------

All titles, content, publisher names, trademarks, artwork, and associated imagery are trademarks and/or copyright material of their respective owners. All rights reserved. The Spam Archive website contains material for general information purposes only. It has been written for the purpose of providing information and historical reference containing in the main instances of business or commercial spam.

Many of the messages in Spamdex's archive contain forged headers in one form or another. The fact that an email claims to have come from one email address or another does not mean it actually originated at that address! Please use spamdex responsibly.


Yes YOU! Get INVOLVED - Send in your spam and report offenders

Create a rule in outlook or simply forward the junk email you receive to questions@spamdex.co.uk | See contributors

Google + Spam 2010- 2017 Spamdex - The Spam Archive for the internet. unsolicited electric messages (spam) archived for posterity. Link to us and help promote Spamdex as a means of forcing Spammers to re-think the amount of spam they send us.

The Spam Archive - Chronicling spam emails into readable web records index for all time

Please contact us with any comments or questions at questions@spamdex.co.uk. Spam Archive is a non-profit library of thousands of spam email messages sent to a single email address. A number of far-sighted people have been saving all their spam and have put it online. This is a valuable resource for anyone writing Bayesian filters. The Spam Archive is building a digital library of Internet spam. Your use of the Archive is subject to the Archive's Terms of Use. All emails viewed are copyright of the respected companies or corporations. Thanks to Benedict Sykes for assisting with tech problems and Google Indexing, ta Ben.

Our inspiration is the "Internet Archive" USA. "Libraries exist to preserve society's cultural artefacts and to provide access to them. If libraries are to continue to foster education and scholarship in this era of digital technology, it's essential for them to extend those functions into the digital world." This is our library of unsolicited emails from around the world. See https://archive.org. Spamdex is in no way associated though. Supporters and members of http://spam.abuse.net Helping rid the internet of spam, one email at a time. Working with Inernet Aware to improve user knowlegde on keeping safe online. Many thanks to all our supporters including Vanilla Circus for providing SEO advice and other content syndication help | Link to us | Terms | Privacy | Cookies | Complaints | Copyright | Spam emails / ICO | Spam images | Sitemap | All hosting and cloud migration by Cloudworks.

Important: Users take note, this is Spamdex - The Spam Archive for the internet. Some of the pages indexed could contain offensive language or contain fraudulent offers. If an offer looks too good to be true it probably is! Please tread, carefully, all of the links should be fine. Clicking I agree means you agree to our terms and conditions. We cannot be held responsible etc etc.

The Spam Archive - Chronicling spam emails into readable web records

The Glass House | London | SW19 8AE |
Spamdex is a digital archive of unsolicited electronic mail 4.9 out of 5 based on reviews
Spamdex - The Spam Archive Located in London, SW19 8AE. Phone: 08000 0514541.