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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Ed Murphy‎ to St Michaels Gate - Action Group "To the Cabinet Member Peterborough City Council"

Ed Murphy to St Michaels Gate - Action Group
To the Cabinet Member Peterborough City Council:

No one has given us an idea of how much this little junket (pictured above) in London has added to the debt mountain being carried by the PCC.  Possibly if the funds used for it (we estimate all up about £80,000 plus including hotels, salaries and alternative cover) had been diverted to housing needs, St Michaels Gate families would not today be walking the freezing  streets of Peterborough, having been evicted a few days before Christmas by some 'North London' chancers?

It cannot be beyond the wit of this council to add a local by-law or to seriously question the chain and custody of ownership. Were the title deeds fraudulently (or mistakenly) transferred to the private sector from local housing association ownership? Was any financial consideration involved? Perhaps the seriously useless Cllr Christopher Harper could look into this? He has clearly done precious little so far in his planning role to assist these unfortunate people.. the allowances however have all been carefully trousered ...

Cllr Ed Murphy writes: When was it that representatives from Steff & Philips told council officers or Cllrs that other Councils would be interested in using these dwellings, did anybody else tell the council this may be the case?  

Why was no verification sought, as it seems this was just accepted as fact?  

When all along it may have been misleading or simply untrue?

I also note that the MP [Stewart Jackson] and Minister [nameless...] have failed to tell us who the regulator was when these properties ceased to be Housing Association owned, or managed, following discovery of this fact, by Cllr Johnson some months ago.

Can the Cabinet member now tell us, if, when, and why, the regulator agreed to the transfer of these properties to a private organisation, as they were originally housing association dwellings E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

Friday, January 13, 2017

Fox frozen, literally skating on thin ice..yellow warnings still in place.... E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

Thursday, January 12, 2017

P2 ROADSHOW COMING TO PETERBOROUGH 18th February 2017 : Help build the new Gresley Class P2 No.2007 Prince of Wales steam locomotive

Valentines Day Steam from London Paddington to Worcester


The team behind the project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive will be holding the first in a series of roadshows at the London Transport Museum on Saturday 14th January 2017. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has announced that it will be holding a number of presentations on the project to build new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales along the route of the East Coast Main Line from London to Edinburgh and all the way to Aberdeen during 2017.

The first Roadshow is at The London Transport Museum, where all attendees will receive complimentary access to the Museum Galleries on the day. Each presentation will feature key Trust personnel including Mark Allatt (Chairman) and David Elliott (Director of Engineering) and will cover the background to the project, progress to-date, future plans and details of how to get involved. The presentations will run from 11:00hrs to 13:00hrs on each of the days listed below and are open to existing supporters and interested members of the public.

No.2007 Prince of Wales at Darlington Locomotive Works - Mandy Grant
Roadshow Dates
  • Saturday 14th January 2017 – The London Transport Museum, London
  • Saturday 18th February 2017 – The Great Northern Hotel, Peterborough
  • Saturday 18th March 2017 – Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Doncaster
  • Saturday 22nd April 2017 – York Railway Institute, York
  • Saturday 13th May 2017 – Darlington Locomotive Works, Darlington
  • Saturday 17th June 2017 – Newcastle Mining Institute, Newcastle
  • Saturday 1st July 2017 – Edinburgh Jury’s Inn, Edinburgh
  • Saturday 14th October 2017 – Dundee Heritage Trust Discovery Point, Dundee
  • Saturday 25th November 2017 – Aberdeen Jury’s Inn, Aberdeen.
You do not need a ticket to attend any of the roadshows and there is no entry fee.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

#UKSNOW CAUTION: The metoffice has issued a yellow weather warning for the Anglia region for Thursday 12th January 2017. GALES,  DEEP SNOW, TREES DOWN. high-sided vehicles being blown over are all possibilities .

CAUTION: The metoffice has JUST issued a yellow weather warning for the Anglia region for Thursday 12th January 2017. GALES,  DEEP SNOW, TREES DOWN. high-sided vehicles being blown over, are all VERY REAL possibilities.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Corbyn muddied the post BREXIT waters in Peterborough

Julian Bray comments: Quite amusing, bang on 3:30pm,  Jeremy Corbyn speaks to the Nation from ...  Peterborough, but it was the London metropolitan TV media scrum crammed into what looked like a downmarket fluorescent tube lit prefab shed, along with a small security cleared carefully selected invited audience.  

In a follow up early morning tweet, I'm taken to task by  manager Christine, clearly an avid reader of the PBROTRIB, and happy to mention the actual location was in fact the Paston Farm Centre, nothing to do with farming or animals, but a 'community centre.'  Main Hall (pictured above)  room hire a modest £15 (£10 extra if you want 'cinema equipment')...but bring your own crockery. 

But Mr Corbyn really might have been better off taking the larger well appointed town centre function room at the Brewery Tap  (and close to the railway station). Ironically the Tap, at one time the main Labour Exchange for Peterborough, the Employers sign can still be seen etched over what is now the bar staff entrance ... especially as he's now suggested a new Ministry of Labour should be introduced. And a top management pay cap of circa £330k.

The choice of venue (Lisa Forbes lives nearby) is part of a stage managed media  re-launch of the embattled Labour leader, as explained on BBC Newsnight.

Reacting elsewhere Danny Blanchflower, the former economics adviser to Jeremy Corbyn, claimed the idea was “idiotic” as  companies could get around it by paying staff  - in shares!

“If I was still an adviser I would have told him it’s a totally idiotic unworkable idea,” Mr Blanchflower added. Suffice to say Mr Blanchflower, should not bother waiting in for a call from Mr Corbyn! 

Even more interesting, as Labour apparently post 'brexit' isn't wedded to the idea of free movement of EC labour. Very strange just as the Corbyn Press Conference gets underway, the local Peterborough Labour Central party failed parliamentary candidate Lisa Forbes steps in to cut questions short, bang on 4pm! A bit like Germany where the trains always seem to run on time!

It's a pity, as after a fractured monotone autocue delivery, Mr Corbyn even managed to crack a couple of jokes, and seemed more relaxed with the media Q&A session and was just about to get into his stride, or perhaps he knew the red flag would descend at 4pm?  Local media was seemingly excluded from asking questions, and few other media types had any hope, with a long drawn out strangled vowel confused effort from ITV's bad boy Robert Peston.

Essentially London Television correspondents were called, he answered about five questions, but nothing relating to the Peterborough economy, or the current main news agenda. Mr Corbyn floated several ideas, some may say 'crackpot' or kindly 'not worked through' - few on a brief examination seemed to be at all workable, suggesting for example, top management have their salaries capped. Fat chance of that. Or did we mishear and he was talking about flat caps? Sadly we will never know.... 

No doubt its a fast train, one stop back to London. Just as well he's not flying as British Airways crew are on strike and the Southern Railway industrial action continues elsewhere.

It was left to Virgin Trains to remove him from the City to the safety of Islington. On reflection it's a case of nothing to see, move on.... shame but for once Mr Corbyn was actually warming up to something, that might have been interesting, now we will never know. Big, big, shame... E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

Monday, January 09, 2017

RoSPA Better Beginnings Appeal: This must stop! Every week nearly 60 under-fives are hospitalised because of a burn or scald and over 100 children visit A&E following accidental poisoning.

Every week nearly 60 under-fives are hospitalised because of a burn or scald and over 100 children visit A&E following accidental poisoning. 

 Accidents involving children happen all too often and charities such as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) are helping to make life safer for young children. This month (January 2017) RoSPA is launching the Brighter Beginnings Appeal in their centenary year with support from Stocksigns, based in Surrey.

Stocksigns providers of signage and digital printing. Celebrating eight years of partnership with RoSPA, the firm is donating 20p from every sign sold to the appeal. The funds raised will help provide new parents with information packs to give little ones a safer start.

In a recent survey, RoSPA found that nearly a third of parents in Great Britain have never received or sought advice or information about keeping their children safe from accidents. When asked, 55% of the parents agreed there should be more information and advice about keeping children safe.

The latest mortality figures by the ONS* reveal that accidents remain the biggest cause of death of children and young people aged 0-19. In 2015 accidents claimed the lives of 405 children and young people, ahead of congenital conditions (385) and cancer (370).

RoSPA’s deputy chief executive Errol Taylor said, “The results of our survey show that we still have some way to go to help parents understand accidents and how they can be prevented. Parents have told us that they want more information and advice to help them keep their children safe and this, coupled with the fact that accidents continue to cause the most deaths of children and young people, means we must act.

“Our work over the past 100 years has taught us that accidents do not have to happen, and that’s why we’re stepping up our activities to help parents and carers keep kids safe. As part of this, we’re encouraging people to join our conversation - we need parents of all ages to learn from each other by sharing ideas and experience, and to spread the message that accidents don’t have to happen.”

*ONS Statistics



RoSPA Brighter Beginnings:

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Friday, January 06, 2017

PETERBOROUGH UNITED V CHELSEA FANS WILL BE HIT BY THE CONFIRMED 24-hour strike by London Underground workers which is to go ahead from Sunday evening after talks collapse,

FRIDAY January 6th 2017 15:00 hrs. The 24-hour strike by London Underground workers is to go ahead from Sunday 8th January 2017 evening after last minute talks collapsed, the RMT union has confirmed.

The strike will impact on Peterborough United supporters, leaving the Chelsea Stamford Bridge Ground who are strongly advised to make alternative arrangements to return home ..  

The Stamford Bridge ground is an extension of the Fulham Road, Chelsea bordering on Fulham, there are a number of good pubs around the Parsons Green area, and back street parking off Parsons Green. As it is a Sunday, there is no Congestion Charge ( £10 a day) for cars.        

Chelsea -Vs- Peterborough United

Ground: Stamford Bridge
Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS,

Date: Sunday, 8th January, 2017Kick-off: 15:00pm E&OE Tel:+44 (0)1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

Man charged in connection with the death of two men following a collision on the B1091 in Yaxley on Tuesday January 3rd 2017

A male has been charged in connection with the death of two men following a collision on the B1091 in Yaxley on Tuesday morning January 3rd 2017.

Richard Frost, 38, of Dorset Avenue in Chelmsford, Essex, was arrested by Essex Police on Tuesday night.  He was transferred to Thorpe Wood Police Station in Peterborough on Wednesday evening January 4th 2017.

Frost has since been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, two counts of dangerous driving, one count of causing actual bodily harm (ABH) and one count of common assault.

He has been remanded in police custody to appear at Peterborough Magistrates' Court.

Post mortem examination of the two victims is set to be carried out in Peterborough on Monday afternoon (January 9th 2017)

Source: Cambs Police
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Kevin Jarrett, 56, who sexually abused a boy during a seven year period, jailed for 14 years at Peterborough Crown Court.

Kevin Jarrett, 56, who sexually abused a boy during a seven year period has been jailed for 14 years at Peterborough Crown Court. He gained the trust of the boy's family and began abusing him in 1998.

Jarrett, of Clarence Road in Peterborough, was arrested in April 2015 and officers seized evidence, including photographic slides, from his home address.  He initially pleaded not guilty at Peterborough Crown Court on July 13 2016 and a trial was set for November 28.

However, shortly before the trail date, Jarrett indicated he was going to change his plea. On December 5 2016, at Peterborough Crown Court Jarrett pleaded guilty to two counts of the rape of a boy under 16, taking indecent photographs of a child and sexual activity with a child. He was jailed for 14 years.

In addition to the 14 year custodial sentence, Jarrett was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life, and is now subject to a life-long sexual harm prevention Order. A restraining order was also granted.

Detective Constable Annette Renwick from the Historical Rape Investigation Team said: "Jarrett was in a position of trust and preyed upon a vulnerable child. He befriended the victim's family and manipulated them in order to gain access to the victim. They put their trust in him to look after their son and instead he subjected him to calculated and premeditated sexual abuse.

"I hope both the victim and his family will gain some comfort and closure from this sentence and will be able to move forward."

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Friday, December 30, 2016



Pantomime: Dick WhittingtonKey Theatre, Peterborough, Cambs,
Performance Evening December 30th  2016
Run: December 1st 2016 to Jan 8 2017
Duration: 2 hours including interval
Curtain Up: 7:00pm
Seat Full Price: £18:50  (Concs. available)
Drinks: 2 x Gin/Tonic £12

Reviewer: Ian Ray Equity Member

There was a time when it was a joy to watch the pantomime at the cosy Key Theatre, knowing the book would be full of witty asides and wickedly poking topical fun equally at both notable and notorious locals, villages, wicked landowners, the POSH Footy team and the odd MP.  

The audience full of excited children waving lighted wands and flashing swords.  But the current Dick Whittington (allegedly from Whittlesey) sadly relied on a stinker of a script, only one joke worthy of note, and a string of song and dance numbers with the vocals washed out by poor audio, and principal cast members doubling up as the strolling (at times) pit orchestra.

Trouble is most of the dazzling multiplicity of musical instruments the on stage cast ritually toted were electronically amplified, so any lyrics competing with this 'wall of sound' were totally lost and the pre-occupation with musical stings, put any form of comedy continuity, sharp timing and acting, firmly on the back burner.

The writer Brad Fitt, is credited with writing ten pantomimes for the Basildon Essex Towngate Theatre, it shows, and clearly the  Only Way is Essex’ Basildon mentality relentlessly saturated the script, and didn’t logically translate to the City of Peterboroughs own multicultural ‘Red Balloon’ Cambridgeshire heritage..

A fine comedic actress Helen Power, this year as Fairy Bowbells  (Also takes time out to  manhandle a keyboard and selfies on a smart phone) is given several pages of chronic ‘mockney’ strangled dialogue that even the most hardened villain from Basildon (or Chingford even ) would have found hard to decipher. But she professionally made the best of it and eventually gained the muted support of the baffled Cambridgeshire audience. 

King Rat, if ever this is a role to dominate and manipulate young minds this is it. But every time King Rat appeared, Robin Johnson, his third time at the Key in panto, is clearly more at home in pop musicals, left his drumset behind on the bandstand. King Rat was just too nice, very few hisses in the first half, but the second half was more positive with ‘hiss and boo’ finally being heard to mark his arrival on stage.

Perhaps if he had hung on to his drumsticks and performed a Gene Krupa style drum solo on Alderman Fitzwarrens rat infested market stall that would have been a barnstorming statement... 

Your reviewer had a double take as Alderman Fitzwarren entered, Eddy York could easily double as Bake Off bad baker Paul Hollywood but that is as far as the joke went. Huge box office opportunity lost… Poor vocal sound,  and using the Key Theatres antiquated, wholly inadequate house sound system, many of his deliciously vocally dexterous comic songs, were sadly lost in the ether, but mercifully he didn’t tote a musical instrument, and stuck to the book - almost rigidly with little or no noises off, witty asides or in jokes with cast and shared with the audience.  Not that we would have heard the lines..

The giant spanner waving daughter (training to be an NVQ qualified Plumber, no less ) and eventual love interest of saxophone playing Dick Whittington, was energetically performed by multi-instrumentalist Louisa Beadel who could have performed all the band parts (dots) by herself, but as soon as the thigh slapping stopped, and the latest instrument is picked up, or played, the actual panto character seemed to play second fiddle. At times, we had the majority of the cast blowing or musically accenting on something or other, and its very difficult to vocally deliver convincing lines to keep the story narrative however improbable going.

Dick Whittlesey or was it Whittington?, offered a few hearty thigh slaps, and brief flashes of her Bristols Old Vic theatre school training, ( do keep up, it is panto) but she seemed more at home with a flute and tin whistle, than the laboured Brad Fitt book.

Her loyal cat (and briefly a dog imposter – don’t ask) Tommy the Cat only had one word to learn ‘Meow’  and that of course, was the core of that pantomime staple the songsheet….literally ‘meow’ over and over again,  again another musical talent…

In this production, Darren Machin wielded the rolling pin as Sarah the Cook, (oh no he didn’t) again let down by poor audio, but ends up in the final - all too brief wedding to the Alderman - the wedding dress would have been the envy of Dame Edna and a couture visual tour of Londons landmarks clearly designed for a longer impressive wedding finale scene, but cut down to a final walk on, in this panto.  

Idle Jack, what a comedy gift of a part, but when not sporting a giant tuba, sadly our Jack was dead idle and initially failed to raise a titter,  even with a glitter bedecked plumbers ballcock, during the first half, but eventually managed to get a ping back audience response.

Again, bags of musical talent, but poor sound, a weak script and not being fed lines for an impromptu off book banter / comedic battle with his fellow players, really didn’t help.  Half way through the run, this should be well in place.

At times, you just gained the impression additional padding was inserted, an overlong one word songsheet, and multiple clip board lists of audience names being read out, audience blasted with supersoakers, but where oh where, were all the jokes?

Robert Hazel, trebled up as Uncle Billy of the Scilly Isles (geddit?), keyboard and stage musical director, again the house audio let him down and he never really connected with the audience, however he provided an awkward link, to get the luckless Alderman, (his ship, a bit like this production, sunk) his family, dick, tommy the cat and all, back to London in a second ship - conveniently owned by Uncle Billy from the Scillies, so Dick could take up his role as Lord Mayor.  

Finally the highlight of the whole evening, the Folk of London, three teams of eight, not certain which team we had, but the kids put their hearts into a series of lively  routines and rapid costume changes from ratlings to ratings to village people, well Folk of London.  At least the future bodes well for live theatre, but some serious thinking needs to be urgently done about the future of the Key, by the PCC and Vivacity, clearly the technical side needs an urgent upgrade or professional sound hired in for the panto season.   

Finally a word for the Theatre Programme, lots of games and content under the distinctive guiding hand of John Good, but not credited, and very few ads. to support it.

Someone at Vivacity needs to extract the digit. Oh no (s)he doesn't...  Happy New Year and Sleeping Beauty is already pencilled in for 2017...  still the Milton Keynes panto runs into February....worth a shot...  

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Consumers warned about pork products sold by East Anglia based Nicholls Meats

Consumers who have bought pork sausages or pork stuffing from Nicholls Meats are being advised not to eat the products listed below, as they may pose a risk of food poisoning.

The products, found on sale at several retail shops trading as Nicholls Meats in the Norfolk area, have been recalled due to extended use-by dates, inadequate temperature controls, labelling and traceability contraventions.

These products, including ASDA and M&S branded products, could have been purchased up until Monday 19 December 2016 and are not suitable for freezing.
  • ASDA and M&S products on sale in ASDA and M&S retail outlets are not affected.
  • The sale of these goods breaches ASDA and M&S’s strict policies on surplus stock.
  • ASDA and M&S are not involved in the distribution or facilitation of the incident.


The products could pose a risk of food poisoning.

Product details

Product: ASDA Extra Special Branded Pork, Mulled Cranberry & Orange Stuffing
Pack size: 340g
Use by date: 24 Oct 2014

Product: Marks & Spencer Branded British Pork, Sage & Onion Stuffing
Pack size: 360g
Use by date: 29 Dec 2014

Product: Marks & Spencer Branded British Pork & Roasted Red Onion Stuffing
Pack size: 360g
Use by date: 26 Dec 2014

The following products, showing all/any ‘use by’ dates, should not be consumed:
  • Unlabelled (Pork Sage and Onion) Stuffing Balls
  • Unlabelled (Pork & Roasted Red Onion) Stuffing Balls
  • Nicholls Meats Ltd Labelled Pork, Sage & Onion Stuffing (Priced £1.00)
  • Nicholls Meats Ltd Labelled Pork, Mulled Cranberry & Orange Stuffing (Priced £1.00)
  • Nicholls Meats Ltd Labelled Roasted Red Onion Stuffing
  • Unlabelled Pork Cocktail Sausages (Priced £1.00)
  • Unlabelled Pork Cocktail Sausages (approx. 300g)
  • Unlabelled Packs of 3 Pork Cocktail Sausages (approx. 975g)
  • Nicholls Meats Ltd Cocktail Sausages (300g)
ASDA and M&S products on sale in ASDA and M&S retail outlets are not affected.

Our advice to consumers

The FSA is informing consumers who have bought these products not to consume them. E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581


Thursday, December 22, 2016


Lone bouncer paid for by the council ,guards St Peters Arcade bar on one side and building site on the other- soon to be another! Pictures by Cllr Ed Murphy

Paul Stainton writes on his facebook page:

Season of Goodwill, Homeless sleeper about to be handed over to police by the Peterborough council hired bouncer... Merry Christmas
Peterborough City Council who during the 'Dear Leaders' reign spent a small fortune tarting up this covered walkway (St Peters Arcade) from the back of the Town Hall to 'Cereste Memorial Square,' originally hoping to attract high end boutiques (prior to it being reduced to being a communal  entrance lobby to a couple of bars - second one opening soon ) have apparently seen fit to spend public funding 'running into several thousands of pounds' on hiring a  'bouncer' to keep out desperate homeless sleepers over the Christmas and New Year period.

All it does of course is point up that the City Centre with its much reduced police cover, is no place to be cold, alone and homeless over Christmas.  But the according to Cllr Murphy who supplied the pictures, the police were then contacted to move on the homeless.  

Cllr Fitzgerald, who considers himself 'a bit of a night person' [ED: Good Grief!] decided to bluff it out on BBC Cambridgeshire earlier this week as he suggested that no one should be on the streets of Peterborough, and wheeled along a council housing officer 'Sarah'  to the BBC Peterborough studios,  the good lady then baffled bemused listeners with a mixture of spartistspeak (see Private Eye for an explanation), jargon and plain old gobblegook. Simply unable to string a few sentences together that sounded credible.

Sarah (probably on about an £80K salary?) was trying (but totally failing) to explain the complex council process of how the homeless could access council services. She baffled everyone.

 Its was left to another homeless person who had been on the streets for some time to explain the system to Johnny Dee. Essentially the homeless person was over and over, told to come back later in the day, this went on for a few hours and repeatedly deferred appointments, them finally told to come back the following day! So still out in the bitter cold.   Additionally, if you have a pet, then its almost impossible. E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has seen 7,185 internet retailers register for VAT since new Government rules were introduced in September, forcing overseas companies to pay the tax or risk being blocked from trading in the UK. 

The number is though to have included Peterborough based Amazon, and paves the way to more than double warehouse trading from their local operation near Cardea, South Stanground.  
It marks a 10-fold increase from the 695 companies which registered for VAT last year.

The Treasury said that overseas sellers have had an unfair advantage over domestic retailers by not charging VAT on goods sold online, a practice which has cost the Government about £1 billion per year.

"With a growing number of overseas sellers dominating sales of popular gifts on online marketplaces, last Christmas alone it was estimated the Exchequer lost tens of millions of pounds to VAT evasion," the Treasury said.

UK-based warehouses for those overseas retailers will also be forced to join a "due diligence" scheme by 2018 or face penalties.

Together, the new VAT powers and warehouse scheme are expected to raise £875 million by 2021, the Treasury said.

Treasury Financial Secretary Jane Ellison said: "Having worked in the retail sector, I know what an important time of year this is for retailers and the millions of workers across the country who work in the sector.

"These new powers will mean that everyone has to play by the same rules and pay the right tax." E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581






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THE HIGH COURT has ruled....People have a right to lampoon and criticise politicians and public officials under the Human Rights Act, the High Court has ruled.

We have the full High Court judgment, saved as a page on here. l

ampoon (lampoon) Pronunciation: /lamˈpuːn/ verb [with object] publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm: the actor was lampooned by the press noun a speech or text lampooning someone or something: the magazine fired at God, Royalty, and politicians, using cartoons and lampoons.

Derivatives: lampooner noun lampoonery noun lampoonist noun Origin: mid 17th century: from French lampon, said to be from lampons 'let us drink' (used as a refrain), from lamper 'gulp down', nasalized form of laper 'to lap (liquid).


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