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By David Vance On March 27th, 2011 at 9:24 am

Did you read that former UK PM Gordon Brown almost sparked a mutiny on a British Airways flight after he was blamed for an attempt to downgrade a heavily pregnant woman and Red Cross doctor into more cramped seats.

The extraordinary scenes – dubbed Mutiny On The Brown-ty – unfolded on a flight from Abu Dhabi to London, when passengers lost their seats before the former Prime Minister’s six-strong entourage got on board. It prompted an angry war of words with an ‘aggressive’ Brown aide, and led to a formal complaint to BA and an offer of compensation described as ‘derisory’ by those involved.

Brown is a nasty dysfunctional piece of work and this story does not in the least surprise me.  It is a relieve he has been thrown out of power but we live with his ruinous legacy.


By David Vance On March 27th, 2011 at 8:27 am

Yesterday saw the public sector take to the streets of London, organised by the Trades Union movement. Here is the aftermath…



By David Vance On March 27th, 2011 at 8:23 am

L/Cpl Kylie Watson

I know that we often concentrate on negative stories so here is a positive one; A British Army medic who put her life in “mortal danger” to treat a wounded Afghan soldier under heavy Taliban fire has been awarded the Military Cross.

L/Cpl Kylie Watson, from Ballymena, Co Antrim, gave medical care in exposed open ground for 20 minutes. Her citation spoke of her “immense courage” and described her as an “inspiration” to her platoon. L/Cpl Watson is believed to be only the fourth woman to receive the MC, the third highest award for gallantry. On another occasion L/Cpl Watson, of the Royal Army Medical Corps, ran 100 metres in full view of the enemy under sustained fire to give life-saving first aid to an Afghan soldier who had been shot twice in the pelvis.

Kylie Watson embodies the courage and humanity that inspires. Our armed forces, yet again, give us reason for pride. Ballymena should be proud of her.

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”.



By David Vance On March 26th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Police officers having lightbulbs thrown at them filled with ammonia. The hard left rampage through our Capital city. The Police, constrained by political correctness, just stand and take it.

how ed miliband's #ukuncut march of shame will be remembered



By Pete Moore On March 26th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

A 100-STRONG army of census enforcers has been given police powers to gather criminal evidence against householders who fail to complete tomorrow’s national survey.

Oh dear, mine went to instant filing a few weeks ago.

For the first time in the 210-year ­history of the census, a unit of “non-compliance” officers authorised to conduct interviews under caution will visit homes across the country.

Piss off.

Mark me as “non-compliant” on your form if you like, but you can piss off.

I am a free-born Englishman. I do not belong to the state. I am not a piece of cattle to herd. I am not a tax unit to be counted and assessed for auctioning to the highest criminal bidder.

In this life I belong to myself and no-one else and I will not answer your questions.


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.


By David Vance On March 26th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Protestors at Mallet St for TUC protests against Cuts

They are in London right now – the deficit deniers, the people against reality. The Trade Unions and their courtiers such as Ed Miliband are out on our streets insisting that the way to deal with the huge gap in our state finances is…to keep on spending. BBC seem to the be the fore in allowing these deniers to generate as much publicity as possible. We’ll see just how “family friendly” the events turns out to be…


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.


By David Vance On March 26th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Wonder what you make of the news that Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan has said the United States lacks the moral authority to attack the forces of embattled Libyan strongman Moammar Gaddafi.

The 78-year-old leader of the Chicago-based organization was cheered on Friday by a packed crowd at a civil rights conference at Jackson State University.

Farrakhan is a lunatic – I figure most people see that for what it is. But what sort of audience cheer him at this University? Have they, like Louis, no morality too?