Well then folks, every now and again your humble correspondent needs a little break to re-charge the batteries, and so it is that I am off to Cyprus for a week tomorrow morning! Looking forward to it – been a long winter. Might Twitter a bit but no blogging! So I do hope that the other ATW writers will keep you entertained in my absence and I look forward to speaking with you again next Thursday. In the meantime – I leave you with a favourite Greek song!
Lord Myners is quite the card.
His Lordship is the government’s Minister in charge of stamping out corporate tax avoidance. Slight problem is that he himself set up a business in the tax haven of Bermuda.Whoops a daisy!
Now he is under even more fire to consider his position after former RBS chairman Tom McKillop contradicts his sworn testimony to Treasury select committee.
“In his letter to the committee, McKillop attempted to counter criticisms levelled at him and other members of the RBS board by Myners, who had argued that the bank was wrong to use its discretion to double Goodwin’s pension pot to £16.9m. McKillop takes issue with Myners on almost every one of his criticisms and insists the RBS board had no choice over the size of the pension fund. He said: “There was no question of any discretion to be exercised in relation to Sir Fred’s pension and no discretion was exercised in this regard by any RBS director. “RBS considered itself contractually bound to pay the pension benefits which had crystallised by virtue of its request to Sir Fred to leave the company – but not to pay any more than the proper contractual obligation.” He insisted: “At no stage did Lord Myners or any other representative of the government ask the RBS directors to attempt to alter any of the contractual terms relating to Sir Fred’s pensions. Nor did Lord Myners attempt to discuss the matter with Sir Fred, as he did with the payment in lieu of notice.”
Myners is such an embarrassment but then again Prudence Brown sure knows how to pick them!!!
I read that three hundred and fifty children have been sent home from a primary school in Belfast this morning because of a security alert, in continuing disruption to the city caused by republican groups. Belfast was paralysed by bomb warnings and security alerts at the weekend, as republican dissidents signalled their apparent determination to restart Northern Ireland’s Troubles. Late last night a man was shot and injured in a punishment-style attack by masked men who forced their way into a house in Londonderry.
So, just remember, there IS no community support for all of this and this is just one or two rogue Irish republicans doing…erm, what PIRA were doing for years and, of course, look where THAT got THEM! The lesson of the peace proces is that violence pays…so why complain when we get..more violence?
Pleased to see that the Israeli Army today closed an internal investigation into war crimes allegedly committed during its Gaza invasion within a fortnight, concluding that soldiers had “purposely exaggerated” their accounts. The military dismissed as hearsay the military testimonies that wrongful shootings had taken place.
Closing the investigation, the Army’s chief prosecutor said that no evidence had been presented by the soldiers, and accused them of harming Israel’s international image. “It will be difficult to evaluate the damage done to the image and morals of the Israel Defence Forces and its soldiers … in Israel and the world,” Brigadier General Avichai Mendelblit said.
He’s right, of course, and all the Jew-haters out here will henceforth treat this blood-libel they way they do fantasies like Jenin. The idea that Israeli soldiers would seek out old women and children to kill is part of the deranged liberal mindset which is why they want to believe the unsubstantiated claims of some soldiers.
However, I DO believe that war crimes were committed in Gaza. Hamas do it all the time.
THE BEAST is never satisfied, it exists only to perpetuate itself.
Fill up your motors this evening. In the middle of a recession, with thousands losing jobs and homes by the week and no respite from the collapsing economy in sight, the government’s ‘fuel duty escalator’ (thank you, Tories) kicks in tonight. In the morning petrol will cost 2p more a litre (whatever a litre is) than now. Aye, all the government is escalating is the speed with which it’s kicking in our doors and stealing our property – for our own good.
For the average Class 1 HGV it’s an extra £1000 a year to keep it working. I genuinely wonder if the morons in government realise that’s an extra cost to all of us – in increased prices of all goods, and depressed wages. No, it’s an irrelevent point of course. All that matters is feeding the beast.
Fill’em up tonight people, starve the beast just a little, deny it whatever you can. That is for your own good.
As a frequent visitor to Italy, I can’t help but notice their almost ubiquitous presence in any Italian town or city of size. I am told the situation is not dissimilar in Spain. I am referring of course to African migrants. The last time I came into contact with these pointless additions to the Italian population was on the Via D-Amico in Catania, Sicily. There they were, flogging African artefacts (highly sought after gifts for the dustbin) such as wooden miniature elephants and tribal necklaces. They hound you as you walk past with a mixture of broken English and Italian. All of the sudden the sirens of the Carabinieri come pulsing through the air, and before you can say ‘Bwana, I is dat nigga rapster’, the Africans have – together with their rugs laden with assorted crap – disappeared into the urban undergrowth faster than a bishop running from a brothel raid. It is only then you realise how many of the bleeders are actually illegal migrants.
Southern Europe is awash with African illegals who have abused European hospitality and have broken many laws to do so. They offer absolutely nothing to wider society in which they have ensconced themselves – like great suppurating boils. So, although I find the loss of some to be regrettable, I harbour very little in the way of sympathy. The aliens know precisely the dangers they are likely to experience en route before they embark. Yet they think nothing of putting their own lives at risk and, this is what is really despicable, the lives of the young children who are forced to accompany them. Once they land in Italy (often on the island of Lempedusa) it is very difficult for the authorities to deport them (sound familiar?) because they have destroyed all identity documents.
I’m sorry but Europe is not some economic Valhalla with limitless capacity. My sympathies lie principally with the Italian and Spanish people who are forced, not asked, to share their respective countries with these interloping near-do-wells. Illegal immigrants pay no taxes and therefore use their adopted homelands as little more than host animals. If anything should come out of the sheer waste of life resulting from careless expeditions such as these, it should be the warning to others not to consider comparably ridiculous ventures.
When I first read the headline, I thought that all was lost, but then everything was straightened out, as it were, and understanding ruled!
I take my hat off to actress Angie Harmon who speaks much common sense in this interview..
“Angie Harmon is not afraid to come out and say she doesn’t like how President Obama is handling the job — but she’s sick of having to defend herself from being deemed a racist.
“Here’s my problem with this, I’m just going to come out and say it. If I have anything to say against Obama it’s not because I’m a racist, it’s because I don’t like what he’s doing as President and anybody should be able to feel that way, but what I find now is that if you say anything against him you’re called a racist,” Harmon told Tarts at Thursday’s Los Angeles launch of the new eyelash-growing formula, Latisse. “But it has nothing to do with it, I don’t care what color he is. I’m just not crazy about what he’s doing and I heard all about this, and he’s gonna do that and change and change, so okay … I’m still dressing for a recession over here buddy and we’ve got unemployment at an all-time high and that was his number one thing and that’s the thing I really don’t appreciate. If I’m going to disagree with my President, that doesn’t make me a racist. If I was to disagree with W, that doesn’t make me racist. It has nothing to do with it, it is ridiculous.”
She has a point. Any criticism of The One is met with “Is it cos you are a racist” outraged look from the media. Like Harmon, I couldn’t care less what colour Obama is – it’s the reddish colour of his policies that I take issue with and she is brave to stand up and say so – in a Hollywoodenhead land besotted with Obama.
I remember being castigated on another site (Slugger O’Toole) several months ago when I warned that the fundamentals of the Irish economy were all wrong and that economic disaster lay ahead. I took no pleasure whatsoever from saying this but I call things as I see them. So…
“Ireland was stripped of its top AAA credit ranking and downgraded to AA+ by Standard & Poor’s (S&P) yesterday while being warned that it could drop further if Dublin fails to get its public finances under control.
The former “Celtic Tiger” economy is the second eurozone country after Spain in January to lose its top ranking since the onslaught of the global downturn. Such a downgrade will increase Ireland’s borrowing costs.
S&P said the Irish Government had underestimated the scale of its fiscal problems and the agency dismissed the possibility of a solution emerging at an emergency budget next week.”
The budget next week is going to be crucial but the big question is how FAR can the Government go to rebalance without incurring massive civil unrest in such a highly unionised country?
Let me be clear; I want to see the Republic of Ireland prosper as I have many friends living there and I share their valid concerns for the economic future if their government calls it wrong.
I suppose an even more fundamental question for Spain and now Ireland is just how much longer can they afford to remain within the straitjacket of the Euro? If Ireland had control over it’s own currency, it could devalue right now and so stop some of the massive inflow of goods from Northern Ireland and beyond- which whilst good for the consumer is killing commerce.
It’s a shame I won’t be here to fully enjoy the travelling circus that is the G20 show. I was entertained to read that Prudence Brown has told bankers that theymust follow the basic notions of right and wrong that they would teach their own children.
Good idea Gordon- how about politicians embracing this concept as well – or does your vision of the new world order of right and wrong not quite extend to your ilk?
Gordon adds that “They must return “honesty and fairness” to the financial industries and not put greed and short-term gratification before long-term benefit…”
Interesting. Anyone been following the scandal of the VAST expenses claims that Gordon and his colleagues have been indulging in for years? Also, anyone reflected on the huge pension provision that Gordon is to gifted when he is booted out of power whilst at the same time he has destroyed pensions rights or millions of others?
Let’s face it – this gross hypocrite Brown makes bankers seem like beacons on integrity!