Israel is still wrong

First of all, Benjamin Netanyahu said he couldn’t talk to Palestinian “President” Mahmoud Abbas because he didn’t also represent Hamas.

Then when Abbas formed a unity government, Netanyahu said he couldn’t talk to Abbas because he had unified himself with the “terrorist” Hamas.

Now he says he can only talk to him if he breaks with Hamas – even though he won’t then represent Hamas.

Netanyahu is a murderer, a war criminal.

If you believe different then killing so many civilians must be okay, yes?


Israel will reap what it sows and if you think there will be peace you need your head felt.

Emily Benn

Emily Benn: What I can offer British politics
Oh look, grabbing onto coattails…

>> People might ask how I can know anything about ‘the real world’
You don’t. You are only 24.

>> I get up and go to work every day (in the private sector).

>> And right now I am using the very same NHS hospitals as you would, while I accompany my mother to appointments in her cancer battle.
That’ll be the very well funded cancer treatments then. Try getting treatment for a not so trendy disease.

>> (has anyone tried to call Vodafone customer services lately? It literally drives me to tears).
Oh FFS. That proves you have no idea about the NHS.

>> I work in the City for an investment bank
Which also proves you have no clue at all about actual life.

>> Emily Benn is contesting Croydon South for Labour in May 2015.
I am a member of the Labour Party. This girl – girl – does not deserve to win.

There is no NHS


If you are still under the illusion that the NHS is A Good Thing that can only mean that you have never had to use it and really need it.

The Tories fucked the NHS and the Labour kept banging away too.

If you believe in the NHS then hope and pray that you will not need it – because it will not be there for you.

One reason I hate themes

I could apply this to any number of themes but as this one just annoyed me it is the target.

Cyberchimps have their Responsive 2.0 Beta for download. I did and I looked in footer.php

 * Footer Template
 * The template for displaying the footer
 * @package      ${PACKAGE}
 * @license      license.txt
 * @copyright    ${YEAR} ${COMPANY}
 * @since        ${VERSION}
 * Please do not edit this file. This file is part of the ${PACKAGE} Framework and all modifications
 * should be made in a child theme.

// If this file is called directly, abort.
if ( ! defined( 'WPINC' ) ) {

< ?php responsive_wrapper_bottom(); // after wrapper content hook ?>
<!-- end of #wrapper -->
< ?php responsive_wrapper_end(); // after wrapper hook ?>
<!-- end of #container -->
< ?php responsive_container_bottom();?>

<footer id="footer" class="site-footer" role="contentinfo" itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="">
    < ?php responsive_footer_top(); ?>
    <div id="footer-wrapper">

        <div id="footer-widgets-container">
            < ?php get_sidebar( 'footer' ); ?>
        </div><!-- #footer-widgets-container-->

        <div id="menu-social-container">
            <nav id="footer-menu-container">
                < ?php if ( has_nav_menu( 'footer-menu', 'responsive' ) ) {
                            'container'      => '',
                            'fallback_cb'    => false,
                            'menu_class'     => 'footer-menu',
                            'theme_location' => 'footer-menu',
                            'depth'          => 1
                } ?>
            </nav><!-- #footer-menu -->
            <div id="social-icons-container">
                < ?php echo responsive_get_social_icons() ?>
            </div><!-- #social-icons-container-->
        </div><!-- #menu-social-container -->

        < ?php get_sidebar( 'colophon' ); ?>

        <div id="footer-base">
            <div class="copyright">
                < ?php
                    $copyright_text = '&copy; ' . date( 'Y' ) . ' <a href="' . home_url( '/' ) . '" title="' . esc_attr( get_bloginfo( 'name', 'display' ) ) . '">' . esc_attr( get_bloginfo( 'name' ) ) . '';
                $copyright_text = apply_filters( 'responsive_copyright_text', $copyright_text );
                echo $copyright_text;
            </div><!-- .copyright -->

            <div class="powered">
                < ?php
                    $powered_by_text = sprintf(
                        /* Translators: Responsive Theme powered by WordPress */
                        __( '%1$s powered by %2$s', 'responsive' ),
                        '<a href="' . esc_url( '' ) . '">' . __( 'Responsive Theme', 'responsive' ) . '',
                        '<a href="' . esc_url( '' ) . '">' . __( 'WordPress', 'responsive' ) . '</a>'
                    $powered_by_text = apply_filters( 'responsive_powered_by_text', $powered_by_text );
                    echo $powered_by_text;
            </div><!-- end .powered -->

            <div class="scroll-top">
                <a href="#scroll-top" title="<?php esc_attr_e( 'scroll to top', 'responsive' ); ?>">< ?php _e( '&uarr;', 'responsive' ); ?></a>
            </div><!-- .scroll-top -->
        </div><!-- #footer-base -->
    </div><!-- #footer-wrapper -->
    < ?php responsive_footer_bottom(); ?>
</footer><!-- #footer -->
< ?php responsive_footer_after(); ?>
<!-- #page -->
< ?php responsive_body_bottom(); ?>
< ?php wp_footer(); ?>

It says very clearly that I should not edit that theme and that I should create a Child Theme. It even provides me with a link to So although I can it is saying do not remove our credit line unless you write a child theme.
Problem here – and with so many other themes is that do so you can’t just create some CSS to remove the credit, you have to write some PHP.

I cast my mind back to 2004/5/6 and the WordPress forums.
Q: Do I need to know PHP to use WP?
Me: No.
If I were asked the same question today the answer would be “Probably”.

To remove that credit I have to create a child theme that has a functions.php file.
I have to write something that starts < ?php
Yes the theme is GPL, yes it can be changed but making such changes so damn hard for the casual user is wrong.

I get that themes can do many things and they should, but hiding such a basic change that many would want to make by putting it into code people can't understand isn't - to me - very fair.