Although I didn't really start blogging seriously until about May or June, this blog was started as a protest against the sacking of Joe Gordon and inspired by the finding of Chris Lightfoot, who was blogging extensively about the egregious ID plans.
Over the year, I have put the backs up of many, insulted and offended more, and managed a higher swearing-rate per post than South Park managed in a whole series*. I note that I've had close to 22,000 visitors since I put a counter on the blog at the beginning of August, which is lovely. I have also met a number of very nice people, and had good debates with many more. I have also discovered that pusillanimous, slavish, drooling nutcases are allowed access to computers.
Good as all of this has been, nothing can beat a really good birthday present, and for that I have to thank that fat, ugly, talentless, waste-of-too-much-matter that is John "Cunt-with-a-Gunt" Prescott, and his Council Tax shenanigans.
Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has apologised after admitting council tax bills for one of his official homes were paid with taxpayers' money.
A total of £3,830.52 in public money was used from 1997 to pay tax for the flat at Admiralty House, London.
Mr Prescott, who is in charge of council tax, said it was a mistake and he was reimbursing the government.
A "mistake"? This is the man who is in charge of Council Tax; does he not know how it is applied? Or did he just assume that he was exempt?
The Tories' Caroline Spelman said the public "will find it galling" that Mr Prescott had not paid the bills.
"People could be forgiven for thinking 'there is one rule for Cabinet Ministers and another for the rest of us'," said Ms Spelman, the shadow secretary for local government.
Well, actually, it's one rule for MPs and another for the rest of us, especially where things such as pensions are concerned, but there we go.
Mr Prescott's spokesman said he did not have to reimburse the public purse for the tax costs but believed it was right to do so as the minister responsible for council tax.
Why does he not have to reimburse the public purse? The rest of us do.
Mr Prescott said the mistake was an "inadvertent error" and that he had thought he was paying council tax on all of his three homes.
In what way is an "inadvertent error" consistent with the following?
The Conservatives said a "sustained campaign" of parliamentary questions and Freedom of Information Act requests by Ms Spelman had prompted Mr Prescott's admission.
Thank you, John, for my birthday present, you corrupt, arse-licking piece of camel-shit. I assume that you will also be paying interest and administrative charges on the bill, as the rest of us have to, yes?
It seems that John's socialist values don't apply to himself: what a disgusting, morally-bankrupt, useless turd he is. The question is, of course, given that he's is completely useless and can barely string a coherent sentence together, why he is still Deputy PM? What hold has he got over Blair...?
UPDATE: Prescott has advised that his Westminster residence should be considered his primary residence for Council Tax purposes. Snafu points out that this is probably because Westminster's Council Tax charge is almost half that of Hull's. What a cunt Prescott is.
UPDATE 2: I see that, as an added birthday bonus, Polly also has an article out today! Mr Eugenides has done a lovely job of fisking her, although I do have one reservation: he is simply not offensive enough. I intend to remedy that as soon as I've got some work deadlines out of the way... Hooray!
* May not be entirely true.