It must be tough working in the public sector given the savage cuts that so distinguish the heartless Conservatives. Right?
Virtually all staff in the Northern Ireland Civil Service received pay rises in 2013/2014. The average full-time salary increased by 3% to almost £24,728. The details are contained in a report from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. It said 97% of staff benefited from a raise “attributable to new pay scales” that followed a review in 2011-12. The average salary compares to an average £21,345 in the private sector, according to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.
That means that at this time of alleged austerity, the AVERAGE civil servant here has managed to get an inflation busting wage increase AND ensure that he/she is paid 16% more than the wealth creating sector. This is deemed austerity and an outrage – hence their need to strike.
Cosmically stupid, of course, but not surprising when one considers the EU.
Obesity can constitute a disability in certain circumstances, the EU’s highest court has ruled.
The European Court of Justice was asked to consider the case of a male childminder in Denmark who says he was sacked for being too fat. The court said that if obesity could hinder “full and effective participation” at work then it could count as a disability. The ruling is binding across the EU.
I am hoping that retail stores take note of this important decree and create parking bays for the obese. As far away from the stores as possible – let’s face it, the fatties need the exercise Of COURSE being morbidly obese COULD hinder “full and effective participation” in the workplace but only the EU would then see this as a ‘disability” thus conferring extra rights and privileges upon the FAT!
SONY has pulled the distribution of a low brow comedy that mocked the North Korean leader. Not for good taste or lack of laughs, but because of ha ker threats. I recall Christopher Hitchens excellent essay on North Korea – A Nation of Racist Dwarves. I wish he was around to write his reaction. However moronic the movie may be it is terrible precedent to shelve it because it upsets that foul regime.
I welcome the reduced tensions between Cuba and the US and the news that real progress has been made in the diplomatic relations between the two nations. An embassy could open shortly which is good for Cuba and good for the US. Castro (the elder and the younger) are still not any sane person’s choice for a statesman, but I think at this point in our history more freedom in Cuba will be accomplished by trade and interaction than by embargo.
Whose going to bail out Russia? Somebody better start asking the question. The Russian Economy over the last 3 days went into the Toilet.
The signs are of a complete economic collapse in one of the top 5 nations of the world. It is run buy a cult of personality, it has one of the most advanced and powerful Military’s in the World. That they just spent Billions upgrading over the past 10yrs.
Is anyone going to provide Aid to Russia, or are the Nations of Europe going to allow Czar Putin the First to take what his nation needs by force?
It’s going to be one or the other
Please sir, can we have ….MORE?
The leaders of the two main unionist parties and the Secretary of State have all said that Prime Minister David Cameron was prepared to offer the Northern Ireland Executive more money to reach a deal in the talks. Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt told this newspaper the prize could run into hundreds of millions if we are prepared to show the government that we can balance the budget.
Hilarious stuff. So, a part of the UK which already receives more than £2000 per person per year than anyone in England ever gets wants even MORE cash? And all it needs to do is balance the budget. But it won’t! Hahaha – we have the most infantile political class in the UK and the only thing they can agree on is that they want more CASH!
Crazy logic for sure but it is what drives Islamic State.
The Islamic State’s bloody campaign of public beheadings is actually intended to save American lives, Britain’s most notorious Islamic cleric declared in a radio interview Sunday.
“One of the primary reasons why you see what you are seeing on your own television and Internet is to try to end the war quickly,” stated radical preacher Anjem Choudary when asked to justify the ISIS beheadings.
“This kind of terrorizing and horrifying the enemy is saying to them, ‘Look don’t engage with them. Stay away.’ This is supposed to be something which drives the enemy away and therefore saves many lives.”
Got that? By cutting the HEADS off innocent American people, Islamic State is actually performing a humanitarian function. Hope you appreciate that. I question why Choudary is still walking our streets and not behind bars. I know the argument goes that he is a double agent but I simply think it wrong that a vile creature likes this retains his liberty.
What strikes me is that in the aftermath of atrocities carried out by Muslims, western liberals rush to the side of other Muslims who portray themselves as VICTIMS. Well they’re not victims. Yesterday, in Sydney, the victims were barrister Katrina Dawson, 38, and cafe manager Tori Johnson, 34. The victim maker, Man Haron Monis, the Muslim fanatic who died, was not IN ANY WAY a victim.
There is NO suggestion I am aware of that non-Muslim Australians constitute a threat to the well being of Muslims in that country yet instantly there was a social media campaign #illridewithyou to demonstrate solidarity with Muslims.
I find this so misguided. It would be more impressive if Australian muslims started a social network campaign #weopposejihad. But that would mean rejecting implied victimhood. And so we we are left in this bizarre situation that Muslims fanatics set out to kill us and then we turn around and support muslims.
Well, Australia suffered from the Jihad yesterday with the tragic loss of these two lives at at the hands of a devout Muslim.
Today it is Pakistan’s turn…
At least 100 people, 80 of them children, have been killed in a Taliban assault on an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistani officials say. Five or six militants wearing security uniforms entered the school, officials said. Gunfire and explosions were heard as security forces surrounded the area.
Got that? 80 kids shot to death with the Jihad boys. Merciless. Inhuman. And deeply connected to the Religion of Peace. If you are a Christian, you believe that EVIL exists and it walks this Earth. I believe what we are seeing in places as diverse as Sydney and Peshawar is that evil manifest.