Not Saussure

February 28, 2007

Cllr Kelly, again

Filed under: Garden gnomes, nemesis — notsaussure @ 10:04 pm

Via Clairwil and Mr Eugenides, I am delighted to discover that the Fates seem to be playing a little joke on Cllr Terry Kelly, a Labour councillor in Paisley, Renfrewshire, who is to political blogging what his fellow-countryman, William Topaz McGonagal, was to poetry.

A couple of weeks ago, Cllr Kelly, in the course of insulting (his only method of arguing) Clairwil, decided to try his hand at some intentional humour:

Having been involved in corrupt Labour politics for 40 yrs. I’m already rich, I don’t need the money I’ve stolen enough, so I’m retiring, now crawl back under your stone.

And, almost immediately, Nemisis turns up in the form of the Strathclyde Police, who investigating allegations of fraud and expenses fiddles by four Renfrewshire Labour Councillors (there’s no suggestion that Cllr Kelly is one of them, I hasten to add).

Clairwil comments,

Poor Terry he must be feeling very let down by his colleagues (more…)


February 19, 2007

Councillor Terry Kelly

Filed under: Garden gnomes, UK — notsaussure @ 8:06 pm

Rather belatedly, I’ve discovered the great Councillor Terry Kelly, ‘possibly the most stupid person in the blogosphere’ (Tom Paine).

I thought Cllr Kelly was an elaborate hoax dreamed up by folks like Devil’s Kitchen, Mr Eugenides, and Right For Scotland, but, no, he apparently does really exist. He’s a Labour councillor in Paisley who writes a blog comprising

The view from Left field, politics, entertainment, argument and insight into my world. For Socialism, peace and justice, against racism, sexism, sectarianism, nationalism and discrimination. Avanti Poplo [sic]!

It’s not so much Cllr Kelly’s politics that are the problem as his utter, boneheaded stupidity. He’s not so much an example of the old joke about ‘they’d elect a monkey around here if it was wearing the right rosette’ as an example of how, in some places, they’ve not even bothered with the monkey and have just elected the rosette instead. In most places, the rosette thus elected at least has the sense to keep a low profile, quietly enjoying the perks of public office, voting the way he’s told by his more intelligent and able colleagues and not embarrassing the party too much (I hale from a Labour one-party city, so I know how these things are done).

Not so Cllr Kelly; he’s got himself one of those blog things and he shares his views, in semi-literate prose, with the rest of the world. If he were an American in the appropriate part of the USA he’d doubtless be trying to ban the teaching of evolution without any clear idea of why, other than that it’s an atheistic idea and not the sort of thing we want in Kansas, but, since he’s a Scot in a part of Scotland where Labour are the natural party of government, he’s Labour; or, rather, he reproduces what he takes to be left-wing attitudes without apparently having any clear idea of why anyone might hold them and — which is what made me think he must be a spoof — with no conception of how to argue for them other than by being abusive with his interlocutors. (more…)

September 9, 2006

‘Gnome surrender’ over garden ornament

Filed under: civil liberties, Garden gnomes, harassment, Uncategorized — notsaussure @ 11:07 pm


Facing threats of arrest and prosecution, a man has vowed to keep a glowing gnome on display in his garden.

Gordon MacKillop, 46, was woken in the middle of the night two weeks ago by two police officers who warned him that the solar-powered gnome, which is dressed in full police uniform and is accompanied by an alsatian, was offensive to his neighbour.

The officers served him with a notice under the Protection From Harassment Act 1997 for “placing a garden gnome with intent to cause harassment to Mr John McLean”.

Daily Telegraph

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