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WORKING NIGHT AND DAY?

By David Vance On March 30th, 2011 at 9:21 am

Here’s how politicians betray their real priorities.

MPS faced renewed fury over their long holidays yesterday after it emerged they will get a mammoth 58 days off in just five months. While millions of us toil away trying to kick-start the flagging economy, the nation’s politicians will spend just 46 days working between now and September. The holiday bonanza – the equivalent of nearly 12 weeks – will infuriate many hard-working people who are only entitled to five weeks’ holiday for the whole year. MPs – often absent even when the Commons is sitting judging by pictures of a half-empty chamber – will carry out their Parliamentary duties on just five of the 18 possible working days in April alone.

Perhaps they should be only be paid for the days they actually work? Then again, some might say that the less they work the less damage they can do!!

THE DEBT HOTSPOT

By David Vance On March 30th, 2011 at 9:15 am

I note that Northern Ireland has been identified as one of the UK’s personal debt hotspots in a report by the Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS).

The charity said it dealt with more bankruptcy cases in NI than anywhere else in the UK. The report found many people are unable to meet their monthly outgoings and are at risk of falling into further debt. CCCS spokesperson, Una Farrell, said people did not usually ask for help until the problem was very serious. “Many people suffer from a budget deficit and as a result they sink into a bigger hole each month.

This seems accurate as my understanding is that personal bankruptcy cases here have been rocketing since late 2008. In many instances, people feel that their finances run out of control and without help they end up in despair. Losing your job is a central element in this context, and remember more than 35,000 have lost their jobs here since that time.

People need help and above all else, they need jobs. That’s why I believe that the role of politicians is to enable the wealth-creating sector to create as many productive jobs as possible. This requires some basic degree of financial literacy and that is a commodity is short supply amongst politicians. Perhaps the reason for this is that so few politicians here have actually ran a company, known the stress of employer and employee first hand.

People in debt are people who require help before things get out of hand. In a civilised society, we should be ensuring that help is afforded in terms of debt restructuring in the first instance and then finding employment prospects. It’s not complicated but it is a priority,

THE NEED FOR EFFECTIVE SENTENCING..

By David Vance On March 30th, 2011 at 9:06 am

Good to read a Judge who talks common sense;

Sentencing laws that meant a £12,000 benefits cheat could  not be sent to jail have been condemned as pathetic by a judge. Beverley Lunt said it was wrong that the maximum term she could impose on Darren Blagboro was 12 weeks behind bars. And because the double-glazing salesman had admitted fraud, she had to reduce that sentence and, in the end, suspend it completely.‘Some may think it’s pathetic and that includes me,’ said Judge Lunt.

The killer detail is this. This Welfare fraudster is already serving a suspended prison sentence on a different matter.

As you can see, we do not take sentencing seriously. Then again, there is the Human Rights Industry to ensure that it stays that way!

THE FAT BLUE LINE?

By David Vance On March 30th, 2011 at 8:58 am

I read that some of the 43 police forces in England and Wales face a “big challenge” to make cuts without taking officers from the front line, the chief inspector of constabulary has warned.

Sir Denis O’Connor said two thirds of officers were directly involved in protecting the public and enforcing the law – although not all were visible. Ministers say savings can and must be made while protecting the front line.

I guess if we have fewer officers involved in transexual reach out and persecuting motorists and more concentrating on preventing burglary and the like of invasive crimes then that would be a good result. The UK Police must look closely at their bloated bureaucracy and perverse priorities  – cuts might just help them focus on what it truly important.

Hang Your Head in Shame Britain

By Patrick Van Roy On March 29th, 2011 at 3:00 am

Shortage of RAF pilots for Libya as defence budget cuts bite

The RAF risks running short of pilots for operations over Libya as cuts to the defence budget threaten to undermine front-line operations, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

Since the conflict began, a squadron of 18 RAF Typhoon pilots has enforced the Libya no-fly zone from an air base in southern Italy. However, a shortage of qualified fighter pilots means the RAF may not have enough to replace all of them when the squadron has to rotate in a few weeks.

The situation is so serious that the RAF has halted the teaching of trainee Typhoon pilots so instructors can be drafted on to the front line, according to air force sources. The handful of pilots used for air shows will also be withdrawn from displays this summer.

The shortage has arisen because cuts to the defence budget over the past decade have limited the number of pilots who have been trained to fly the new Typhoon.

There are also fewer newly qualified pilots coming through after the RAF was forced to cut a quarter of its trainee places due to cuts announced in last year’s Strategic Defence and Security Review.

The Government’s decision to decommission HMS Ark Royal, Harrier jump jets and the Nimrod reconnaissance aircraft — all of which could have played a role in the Libya conflict — has exacerbated the problem. Serving RAF pilots contacted The Daily Telegraph to warn of the risks to the Libya operation. “We have a declining pool of pilots,” one said. “There’s less people to do twice as much work. If we are not training any more we are going to run out of personnel very soon.”

You Ought to be ashamed, oh my the mighty Lion can no longer Roar or Soar with Eagles.

Once the Mightiest in the sky, now?

Sharia Momentum in the Middle East

By Patty On March 27th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Evidence mounts that momentum in Egypt, and probably Libya, is on the side of  islamist fundamentalists and Sharia.

Here is a look at an appalling parade of Sharia loving islamists….on Oxford Street in London!  Note the women in the back of the parade marching, encased  in head- to -toe black shrouds. Not a joke, and appalling.

HT: Blazing Cat Fur

 

Sunday Music

By Patrick Van Roy On March 27th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54XRNQ2C2x0

End Game in the Middle East

By Patty On March 27th, 2011 at 5:54 am

I posted yesterday that I thought Sharia was coming soon to both Egypt and Libya. Some commentators on ATW – those seriously lacking in common sense – seemed to think that I was wrong. Outraged, they claimed  I lacked hard, cold evidence.

Here (ht: Drudge):

“Earlier this month, al-Qaeda issued a call for supporters to back the Libyan rebellion, which it said would lead to the imposition of “the stage of Islam” in the country.

British Islamists have also backed the rebellion, with the former head of the banned al-Muhajiroun proclaiming that the call for “Islam, the Shariah and jihad from Libya” had “shaken the enemies of Islam and the Muslims more than the tsunami that Allah sent against their friends, the Japanese”.

 

REQUIESCAT IN PACE

By David Vance On March 26th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Along with many others, I spent this afternoon attending the funeral of Lance Corporal Stephen McKee.

Lance Corporal McKee was killed when during an operation to disrupt insurgent activity in the northern Dashte area of Nad ‘Ali district his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device.

He came from Banbridge – a town only a few miles from me. Along with my Party Leader Jim Allister, we were there to pay our respects to this fallen warrior. There was a HUGE turnout as the town came to a complete halt. The Secretary of State was there, as was the First Minister and many others. Most importantly the people of the town were there and we listened to the tributes to Stephen as the sun shone down. As ever the British Military provided a fitting ceremonial display –  magnificent and poignant.

There’s little you can say at these times and that which can be said was covered by the clerics. I hope his wife and his family find solace in God’s word. Stephen was only 27 and made a huge impact on so many people – losing his life trying to bring liberty to those in distant lands. Banbridge produces lions like this man – may he rest in peace.

AN UNJUSTIFIABLE BREACH OF TRUST

By David Vance On March 26th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Pleased to read that Caitriona Ruane –  Northern Ireland’s worst Minister – (and that is quite an achievement) has received a damning court ruling which could open the way for schools which were rejected for new buildings to launch legal claims.

A High Court judge yesterday blasted the Education Minister for an “abuse of power” when she rejected a Tyrone school’s bid for a new building on its existing site. A new premises was promised for Loreto Grammar in Omagh by a previous Education Minister in 2004. This decision was later reversed by Ms Ruane. But after the school launched legal action a judge ruled that the conduct, delay and inactivity of the minister and department officials amounted to “an unjustifiable breach of trust”.

Ruane is a disaster – but some people misunderstand what this means. From a Sinn Fein perspective, chaos is good. The more Northern Ireland malfunctions the better – so the Ruanator is really just following orders when she causes so many problems, so much legal action, so much doubt. My view is she is the very model of a Sinn Fein Minister  – driven by a hateful sectarian agenda, incompetent and as this judgement spells out – a bully.