If you want to hear a stupid idea, ask hard left Trade Union Leader Comrade Bob Crowe!
“Asked for his strategy for protecting jobs while tackling the deficit, Mr Crow told Channel 4’s 10 O’clock Live Show: “If groups of workers are under attack, we believe we should coordinate and stand firm – propose a tax of 1p per email, and get rid of Trident.”
It is not the first time that Mr Crow has suggested that the Government impose taxes on modern technology in order to pay down the country’s record budget deficit. In an interview with the Guardian newspaper last year, he said: “If you put a 1p tax on every text message that’s sent in Britain, that would nearly wipe out half the deficit”.
Who favours paying 1p tax on email? How about a 1p tax on text? The ramblings of a deluded leftist or enlightened progressiveness?
Wonder what liberals make of this?
“More Asians are now opposed to immigration than white Britons, according to a new poll which reveals that opposition to new arrivals now transcends race.
Research commissioned by the Searchlight Educational Trust found that 39 per cent of Asians, 34 per cent of whites and 21 per cent of blacks believed immigration should be halted either permanently or at least until the UK’s economy was back on track.
The findings are a stunning rebuke to the Labour government, which opened the doors to untrammelled immigration and then sought to brand voters ‘bigots’ who questioned the pace of change.”
Are Asians racist? Or, is it at all possible that most Britons see the damage caused by unfettered immigration? What do YOU think?
Following the Irish General Election, and because no Party got an overall majority, Fine Gael is now seeking to form a voluntary coalition with another party. This means that they will have to agree on a joint programme for government in order for the new Parliament to be effective. Same thing happened at Westminster last year. It also happened in Edinburgh and in Cardifff, as voluntary coalitions were formed in order to provide cohesive joined up government. BUT, here in Northern Ireland, we are denied such an opportunity. Instead the basis of government is corrupted, insisting that ALL parties get into power, that ALL parties operate Ministries as private fiefdoms. That is why Government keeps failing here – the mechanism is broken, unworkable, failed.
A big-hearted man, who died too young nearly thirty years ago. This is the song he is most known for.
I heard him sing this song in the Broome County Arena in Binghamton NY.
Wonder what YOU make of this;
Britain is to stop giving aid to 16 countries after a major review found they were no longer in poverty. Countries such as Russia, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Moldova and Serbia will be stripped of millions of pounds a year, following the inquiry ordered by International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell. Aid to India – which can afford its own space programme – will also be frozen. But vast amounts of extra money – 30 per cent of the entire aid budget – will be pumped into unstable terrorist hotspots such as Yemen and Somalia, in a bid to help them to crack down on citizens exporting violence.
Here’s a suggestion – stop ALL of this aid right now. India and China sure don’t need it but trying to bribe the Yemenese and Somalians is also pure folly.
My congratulations to Enda Kenny and Fine Gael on their electoral success.
I was also delighted to see the demise of the Green Party.
Fianna Fail got what it deserved – a truly cataclysmically awful result! Sinn Fein got 13 seats, the same number as Independents.
It was sickening too see Grisly Adams top the poll in Louth.
The bigger question is this, however. What now?
Kenny says he “will try” to renegotiate the terms of the IMF/EU bail out. He has no chance. In fact I think things are about to get a whole lot worse as Merkel and Sarkozy seek to move on Irish corporation tax. In that regard, perhaps Cranmer has captured the true essence of what has happened here.
Is there a new dawn for the Republic or is the only light that of a setting son?
Well then – we are BACK.
Let me firstly explain what happened on Friday afternoon and then share with you where we are now.
ATW was hacked by a serial hacker early Friday afternoon. Within a very short period, we were up top of this, and the entire incident could have been resolved via a simple site back up. Sounds simple, right?
That’s where the problem really begun. You see the company that we use to host and back up (A US based company, NB) FAILED to provide us with the non corrupted back up required. Despite endless communication, it transpires that they cannot/will not do something as simple as providing us with a site back up from 24 hours previous before the incident. This is a matter of ongoing dispute as I am far from happy at their failure to provide such a simple request.
However, the reason ATW is now back with you is because of the Herculean strength and motivation of All Seeing Eye, without whose support we would be.still be in deep deep trouble. Essentially, ATW has had to be rebuilt on a new platform and all in the space of 48 hours.
ASE deserves the thanks of everyone who places value on this site for the onerous work undertaken. I am forever in his debt.
Naturally, it will take a little while for everything here to be perfect however the main thing is that WE are back in business.
You can’t keep a good blog down. And I am sure you will all bear with us as we put all the finishing touches to this thing. One of the annoying aspects of what has happened is that we have lost all material since November last year and so it is with a smile on my lips I wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR on the new ATW.
A rapist who taunted the mother of his victim over the phone has been jailed for two years after he tried to break into a house just weeks after he was released from a jail term for the sex attack. Michael Quinn (21) was jailed in 2007 for twice raping an 15-year-old English schoolgirl.
Quinn had threatened the girl with a screwdriver and after brutally raping her, took her mobile phone and rang her mother telling her: “I enjoyed raping your girl.” Quinn was handed an eight-year term for the attack but was released in August last year.
First of all, WHY did he get out after less than two years for this horrendous crime. Worse, why has he been sentenced for another two years?
The Judiciary show a total lack of regard for the seriousness of the crime and the utter wickedness of the individual concerned.
Interesting articled here positing the view that perhaps Gordon Brown should be held accountable for his finance crimes…
Iceland’s decision to push ahead with charges of negligence against its former prime minister, Geir Haarde, raises the not entirely frivolous question of whether it might be possible to mount a similar case against Gordon Brown.
Nevermind the alleged war crimes of Tony Blair, ruination of the British economy is a pretty serious charge. The case is quite easily constructed; that he did willfully take the brakes off public spending, that he failed to control the recklessness of the banks, that he stripped the Bank of England of its powers of financial supervision and gave them instead to a shiny new, politically correct but wholly inept regulator, that he misled parliament over the state of the public finances, and that he did gratuitiously insult the hapless Gillian Duffy. I could go on, but let’s not intrude too far into private grief.
In any case, all this would seem quite enough to put him behind bars. Yet as my colleague Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, has just pointed out to me, there is one overarching act of mitigation. He refused to allow Tony Blair to take us into the euro, which had it happened would have sealed our fate as surely as that of Greece, Spain and Portugal. The prisons are quite crowded, I’m told, so perhaps a non custodial sentence is in order.