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 Sexy Beast versus the bedroom tax

No one likes taxes, and when it comes to that issue Ray Winstone is more the same than most. Now you probably know Ray best as a Brit tough guy actor. However Ray’s current role it that of a vocal tax protester. Ray gave a recent interview to radio show Sexy Beast and he didn’t mince his words about the economic situation. Here’s what Winstone said –

“I can see myself leaving. I love this country but I’ve had enough.”
“I don’t see what we are being given back,” the 56-year-old added: “I just see the country being raped.”

The British star, who was recently seen on the big screen in a film version of British police drama The Sweeney, told the interviewer: “There are more holes in the roads than a tennis racket, we can’t build hospitals and fire stations are closing.”
As for politicians, the Londoner said: “I wouldn’t trust any of them. Maybe we should all stop voting and then something would be done about it.”
The interview was not the first time that Winstone has threatened to leave the UK.
In a 2008 interview with Live magazine he said: “This country isn’t going to the dogs. It’s gone to the dogs. We’re a mess.
“And do I really want to live in this mess any more? I feel bad saying it but I’m just not sure.”

a bit more nut

Tough talk – but the situation is bad. People are particularly pissed off with the bedroom tax. That penalizes people for having extra unused bedrooms. Trouble is that there are too many grey areas like divorced parents with part time custody, who keep a spare rooms for their visiting children; or parents of service persons who keep the spare room available for when their children visit while on leave. They’re hit the same as ‘selfish single persons’ who hog two bedroom apartments when they’d be just as comfortable in one bedrooms. The result is that rents on one bedrooms have gone through he roof (no pun intended) and are getting next to impossible to find. Naturally the bedroom tax is highly unpopular, and has become a focal point for tax protest in general. So when Ray talks he’s only sayin’ what everyone else is thinkin’, even if he has a bit more nut to guard.

fighting unfair Brit taxation since 1984

BTW this isn’t Winstone’s 1st brush with tax protest. Back in 1984 Winstone got himself seriously noticed on Brit cult TV classic Robin of Sherwood. The cast also featured movie actor Robert Addie as Sir Guy of Guisborne, noted stage actor Nicolas Grace as the Sheriff of Nottingham, and upcoming stage actor Michael Praed as Robin Hood/Robin of Loxley. Praed eventually left the show after two years to join the cast of Dynasty for one ill fated season as Prince Michael. His character didn’t survive the big season end kill off cliff hanger.

out on a limb in the 80’s

If you’ll recall season ending cliff hangers had become a ratings gimmick in the increasingly popular prime time soap serials of the mid to late 80’s. It started on Dallas, when villain JR Ewing was shot as the end of the 1982 season by an unknown assailant. People had to wait until the 1983 season to find out if JR lived and who shot him – it was his sister in law Kristen with whom he was cheating on his long suffering alcoholic wife Sue Ellen with. The ratings went through the roof and so it was widely imitated. By the time it got to Dynasty they ‘killed off’ half the regular cast including Joan Collins. Viewers would have to tune in next year to see who survived and who didn’t make the cut. Salary & negotiations rumors fueled speculation that it could be anyone including Joan Collins – so interest was keen. Michael Praed’s Prince Michael didn’t survive.

Praed was out on Dynasty,as well as Robin of Sherwood, where he was replaced by Sean Connery’s son and aspiring actor Jason Connery. Winstone appeared as Will Scarlett, and one of his rob from the rich give to the poor merry men duties was harassing tax collectors and taking their ill, though lawfully gotten,  gains.

here is series episode one

For those who fond of the old Robin of Sherwood series, here is episode one season, or we it all began, posted below. if you have and hour for viewing treat yourself to a TV classic.

Don’t call us we’ll call you, have a nice life, & other job loss cliches – Hassling Hasselbeck

In other news Elizabeth Hasselbeck is still allegedly off of the View. It was announced recently that she and other long time host Joy Behar would be leaving this season & replaced by possibly Brooke Shields and one other new host. Word had it that Joy was gone because she was sick and tired, although it wasn’t put quite that way. The semi official announcement from some spokesperson involved somewhere along the communication chain was that it had been 17 years already and it was beginning to feel like work – which is what it’s supposed to be technically – so since it wasn’t a joy anymore Behar wasn’t gonna do it.

Survivor voted off of the View?

As for Hasselbeck, she was just gone as if no explanation was necessary. She was considered to be a vocal uninformed representative of an at best sizable minority of Tea Baggers and gun owners. In other words she was the representative of barely acceptable narrow mindedness and all those out of date ideas that made a partial come back in spite of themselves – or a token conservative in a  liberal panel. Also women who weren’t offended by her politics might find her too much of a Stepford wife to identify with. That combo adds up to general unpopularity in a field that counts on likability. It was “Good riddance and no hard feelings” so to speak. Just like Soledad O Brien’s recent departure from CNN, no one was asking whether she was fired or quit.

Good riddance & no hard feelings

Now and according to gossip blog Celebitchy an inside source has confirmed that Liz was axed and it was over her right wing politics. According to CB –

the show’s resident conservative voice is being ousted after market research revealed that she isn’t popular with TV audiences.

“The viewers they polled all said she was too extreme and right wing,” the insider tells Us. “People did not watch the show because of Elisabeth. So they told her yesterday her contract would not be renewed.”

Hasselbeck Hollyspeak

Hasselbeck’s people could not be reached for comment. However a spokesperson for the show told US Magazine – “Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a valued member of The View and has a long term contract.” Now that’s not as bad as “Elizabeth and the View has mutually agreed to explore new possibilities and wish each other much success in the future. The latter is only Hollyspeak for ‘fuck off and blow away‘.

Keibler fails to pin Clooney for an emotional three count

Finally there’s a story that’s hardly news because it’s more of the same. George Clooney and his future ex Stacey Kiebler are rumored to be on the verge of a bust up. As the pair approach the year and a half mark sources say that it looks like the writing is on the wall. US Weekly claims the pair have a waning romance resulting from having nothing in common.  They also go on to say that Kiebler is feeling the 18 year age difference. She wants to rock n roll all night & party every day. Meanwhile the New York Daily News claims that the pair have grown so cool towards each other that they are barely talking.

opportunity opening 

Now the reason that this isn’t news is because Clooney has been a confirmed bachelor ever since his brief marriage to Talia Balsam. He has dated numerous women but no one has lasted more than 5 years. His last relationship with Elizabeth Canalis lasted about 2 years, which was about the same length as the relationship before that (unless that one lasted 6 months). So people figured former wrestling star Kiebler’s time was about up. So it looks like aspiring reality TV stars – ex waitresses/models are gonna be as excited as the cardinals at conclave over the chance of a life time opening up again. No word who Clooney has lined up next, but word has it that his people have contacted John  McCain for the full list of his 2008 VP running mate choices.

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