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TIP OF THE HAT…

By David Vance On August 30th, 2016 at 10:30 am

Well, it looks like the much heralded Trade Deal between the USA and the EU (TTIP) is dead in the water, after YEARS of negotiation.

French and German government ministers have accused the USA of causing problems over the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Matthias Fekl, France’s Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Tourism and French Nationals Abroad told CNBC: “Those who are protectionist are Americans, Europe is very open.” He also said his country is prepared to walk away if progress is not made. Mr Fekl’s comments come after Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s Vice-Chancellor, said over the weekend that TTIP has failed, but “nobody is really admitting it”.

I think the EU is projecting its OWN inadequacies onto the US. The EU is anything BUT “very open” from an economic perspective – ask African farmers if you want to know more! It seems incapable of effectively negotiating trade deals with any of the world’s major powers. It can sit back and watch the UK show it the way in the years ahead.

ROTTEN TO THE CORE…

By David Vance On August 30th, 2016 at 10:19 am

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This spells conflict between the US and the EU.

Apple is facing a multibillion-euro tax bill after a European Union investigation into state aid it received in Ireland.

How so, you may ask?

A judgment to be handed down on Tuesday follows a three-year probe by EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager’s office into the tech giant’s structures and “back-room” deals dating back to 1991.

In 2014, Brussels warned the Irish Government it had doubts over the compatibility of the arrangements with EU internal market regulations. The European Commission said it had concerns that tax calculations amounted to a sweetheart deal by under-estimating taxable profit on Apple products like iPhones and iPads, creating an unfair advantage.

The exact cost of the unpaid taxes is not expected to be set out by the Commissioner on Tuesday but she is expected to outline her findings and a process for calculating the bill. Whatever the decision, both Apple and the Irish Government are likely to challenge it in the European courts.

The Irish Government is in a pickle, or an apple stew?. Although it would receive billions of Euros from Apple, if the judgement is upheld it removes any reason for Apple… or Google, or Yahoo etc ..to remain in Ireland. As it happens I applaud the way the Irish have encouraged these large modern corporations to base themselves on the emerald isle and this impertinent decision by the EU is another good reason why the UK will be so much better off out of it.

It is quite right that Nations compete to attract FDI. The EU despises the notion of the Nation State and so it makes these kinds of perverse judgements unwanted by Ireland and Apple.

OPEN ALL DOORS

By David Vance On August 30th, 2016 at 10:11 am

I came across this story on the news this morning;

More than 27,000 people suspected of illegally entering the UK have been arrested over the past three years, figures obtained by the BBC show. The statistics from 39 police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland showed nearly a 25% rise in arrests from 2013 to 2015. Many of those arrested were found at motorway service stations and truck stops, having hidden in lorries. The Home Office said it wanted “long-term solutions” to illegal migration.

I thought I might enquire how MANY of the 27,000 have been deported. The answer is 4000. So the vast majority of these illegals remain in the UK, fed watered and given accommodation at our expense. Isn’t it a scandal?

AND STILL THEY COME…

By David Vance On August 30th, 2016 at 10:07 am

BBC in celebratory mood this morning. Why?

About 6,500 migrants have been rescued off Libya, the Italian coastguard says, in one of the biggest operations of its kind to date. Some 40 co-ordinated rescue missions took place about 20km (12 miles) off the Libyan town of Sabratha, it added. Video footage shows migrants, said to be from Eritrea and Somalia, cheering and some swimming to rescue vessels, while others carried babies aboard.

Rescued? No. Given a free ferry crossing into a decaying European continent in which they will parasite off welfare in perpetuity. I was reading that between 65-90% of Somalis in the UK are unemployed, with around 35% illiterate. Does ANYBODY seriously think that these flotillas of Somalis and Eritreans are coming here to contribute anything positive? Every boat should be returned from whence it came unless we want to see Europe turned into a more benign Eritrea.

The Death of a Clown – Gene Wilder RIP

By Mahons On August 29th, 2016 at 9:25 pm

He perfected nervous breakdowns, subversive wit and manic reactions to manic situations.  Gene Wilder was simply one of the great film comics.  His comedy was almost always directed at his character.  Young Frankenstein, The Producers, Stir Crazy, Silver Streak and Blazing Saddles and the definitive Willy Wonka.  His five minutes in Bonnie and Clyde was side-splitting.  Wilder said he wasn’t a funny man in real life, but could be in movies.  He certainly was.  Good night Dr. Fronkensteen.

BEACH BABY…

By David Vance On August 29th, 2016 at 6:52 pm

Look, now that the UK liberal establishment have rallied behind the right of Muslim women do wear Burkinis, I think we need to go to the next level. The brutal truth is that those pesky Burkinis are far too clingy and provocative.

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This Boxini surely would be even more appropriate for the Islamic thinking beach babe.

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WEAPONS GRADE STUPIDITY….

By David Vance On August 29th, 2016 at 6:38 pm

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This sort of comment requires a very special form of stupid. It’s generated by Canadian Minister of Public Safety, Ralph Goodale.

In his introduction to the report, Minister Goodale emphasized that the Islamic State (a.k.a. IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh, Caliphate) “is neither Islamic nor a state.”

You have to really worry about the calibre of person holding such high office in Canada! Islamic State is be every definition ISLAMIC and it has every appearance of a State, or Caliphate. Denying reality is not the best way to deal with it.

 

IT’S CAR-NI-VAL

By David Vance On August 29th, 2016 at 6:33 pm

Today was “Children’s Day” at the annual street extravaganza of crime the Notting Hill Carnival. (Now best described simply as “Carnival”) Here’s the charge sheet;

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Why is the taxpayer funding this annual indulgence of street crime?

MODERN POLICING….

By David Vance On August 29th, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Here’s why Police provide such a vital service.

A Tory councillor who transitioned from male to female a decade ago has complained to police after being addressed as ‘he’ by her Labour opponent.

Transgender Bolton councillor Zoe Kirk-Robinson has accused the town’s former mayor of ‘misgendering’ her after he repeatedly called her ‘he’ and ‘him’ instead of ‘she’ and ‘her’ at a meeting.

Officers are understood to be taking the allegation seriously and investigating the incident as a potential hate crime.

Evidently this sort of fantasy “crime’ turns the boys on blue on more than real crime?

Meanwhile the Police Federation tackle the really pressing issues;

Police officers should be allowed to have tattoos on their hands, neck and even faces, the Police Federation of England and Wales says. It believes a ban on visible tattoos imposed by many forces may hamper the recruitment of promising candidates.

Great idea. Just remove all standards and I am sure that recruitment can soar.

STATIN THE OBVIOUS, AGAIN

By Pete Moore On August 28th, 2016 at 8:01 pm

THE TELEGRAPH reports the entirely obvious, that a good diet is better than statins for dealing with heart disease –

A Mediterranean diet could be better than statins at reducing the risk of an early death for millions of Britons, research suggests.

Leading heart experts said patients should be prescribed the diet – rich in fruit, vegetables, fish, nuts, whole grains and olive oil – before being put on drugs.

In the first major study to look at the impact of the Med diet on survival of heart patients, experts found it cut the chances of early death by 37 per cent.

Previous research has found just taking statins cuts mortality by 18 per cent.

ATW has been here before (here, here and also here). Most ailments, even serious ones, can be treated best and most safely with a good diet, fresh air and exercise. This is so clearly obvious that even I’m surprised at how long it takes eggheads to catch up.

London cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra said: “The results of this robust observational study are quite extraordinary.”

“The Mediterranean diet is more powerful than any drug at reducing death rates in patients with cardiovascular disease,” he said.

And it’s so very tasty too! I’d suggest cutting back on the bread and pasta a touch. Too many carbs ought to be avoided almost as much as drugs. Other than that, fill your boots.