"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Minister for Culture, Media and Sport , Right Honourable Margaret Eve, Lady Hodge, MBE 64 (née Margaret Oppenheimer) MP for Barking talks out of arse!

The Minister of State for Culture, Media and Sport , Right Honourable Margaret Eve, Lady Hodge, MBE 64 (née Margaret Oppenheimer) MP for Barking has a blog which Lord Patel reads assiduously in an attempt to penetrate the extraordinary mind of this woman who presided over the abuses at the 12 Islington children's care homes in her ...er... care... and then helped to conceal what had happened when it became evident and when massive quantities of documents were shredded or disappeared.

On on September 11, 2007 12:27 PM she posted a jubilant paen to visiting the Proms to hear a German Jewish conductor, friend of his collaborator , Palestinian Edward Said who regularly has concerts in Ramullah etc., play German and Austrian Music with an Austrian orchestra ... She was positively poetic.

National Treasures: Schubert, Street-Porter and Stoke on Trent..."Monday saw me at The Albert Hall on a balmy evening to marvel at Daniel Barenboim and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performing Schubert’s 5th symphony and Bruckner’s 4th. It was a glorious evening which demonstrated yet again what a fantastic institution the Proms are. There’s a lot of fuss (rightly) made about the Last Night each year but for me it is the season as a whole that means the most. A wonderful part of summer in London, the Proms had the hang of broadening access decades before it became a Government staple. By the way, Barenboim was seven when he first performed in public, and Schubert’s 5th (not his 1st, his 5th) symphony was written when the composer was just 19. "

Today according to the Guradian she will make a speech at the IPPR thinktank (so generously funded by Northern Rock £191,018 to IPPR in May £180,000 in the 2003 IPPR accounts allged to total over £500,000. ) to criticise the Prom concerts as one of many British cultural events that fail to engender new common values or attract more than a narrow unrepresentative audience.

They quote from the speech evdently circulated prior to the event ..."The audiences for many of our greatest cultural events - I'm thinking in particular of the Proms - is still a long way from demonstrating that people from different backgrounds feel at ease in being part of this.....I know this is not about making every audience completely representative ..."

Representative of Barking ? Wise choice of constituency.

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