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By Patrick Van Roy On January 22nd, 2012 at 3:01 am

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Candidates Vote % Votes Delegates

Gingrich 41% 229,680 17 ★

Romney 27% 152,797 0

Santorum 17% 97,291 0

Paul 13% 75,283 0

Perry 1% 2,336 0

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/primary-election-results-2012/state.shtml?state=SC#ixzz1k9XGDsjk

The abysmal quality of our political class!

By Mike Cunningham On January 21st, 2012 at 4:57 pm


Paging through my newspaper this afternoon after lunch, I read several articles which, taken broadly together, should remind us all how badly we are served by those we place in trust and power.

The first was a ludicrous puff-piece for the moron who masquerades as the ‘International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell. He defends the allocation of the sum of £7 billion in ‘foreign aid’ as worthwhile because it helps keep us safe. ‘Getting girls into schools in Somalia’ contributes directly to our security, spouts this clown who moves himself with the heaviest security outside those who protect Tony Blair. He also states that we ‘should be proud of our largesse’, whilst placing that same pride on a level with the Olympics. He doesn’t set out how giving all this cash, which we have to borrow in the first place, makes us safer; we have to take this as a ‘given’, or strait from the lips of Chairman Mitchell. With India getting some £279 million last year from the UK, that country also saw fit to sign contracts for $20 billion for 150 fast jet fighter-bombers with Russia. So we are really subsidising the Indian Air Force while slashing our own forces!

Next I read of a mother who had just given birth to a son, but was discharged despite showing signs of an easily-treatable streptococcal infection because the staff were “too busy”. The infection lead to septic shock, and Lisa Kerr died four days later. But don’t worry about the new-born Jeremiah, because he caught the infection from his dying mother, and died a week later.

Then a truly heart-warming story about an elderly lady whom Cardiff Council tried to prevent going on holiday with her long-time male friend. The council decided that it was too ‘risky’ for Peggy Ross, who suffers from mild dementia, to go on a cruise with Norman Ross, who had lived with Peggy for 20 years; so the couple sued the Council. The Court decided, in one of the few decisions which any person who believes in Liberty can applaud, that Peggy could go cruising with Norman as she had been doing so for many years. The Council retaliated by stating that they always had Peggy’s best interests at heart!

A convicted rapist, held in a ‘SECURE UNIT’ on Humberside, was allowed out on day-release to watch a film, slipped away from his ‘carer’ and terrorised a young girl in the female toilets of the cinema.

A woman complained to the police that her husband had breached a court order. The policeman stated that he wasn’t able to help, and advised contact with her solicitor, and did not ask for the husbands name. The man later murdered his wife. Merseyside Police stated that ‘We are now confident that the changes that have been put in place have led to a greater understanding of non-molestation orders’. So thats all right then!


By David Vance On January 21st, 2012 at 2:49 pm

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By David Vance On January 21st, 2012 at 2:08 pm

How we cheered when Mubarak fell from power. Well, not ALL of us and for a very good reason.  Anyway, when us doom-mongers warned that it was NOT an Arab Spring but rather the rise of Islam, we were put in our place by wise coves who knew better. And so it has proved…

The final results in Egypt’s first post-Mubarak parliamentary elections confirm an overwhelming victory for Islamist parties. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) won the largest number of seats under Egypt’s complex electoral system. The (ahem..DV) hardline Salafist Nour party came second. The liberal New Wafd and the secular Egyptian Bloc coalition are some way behind them.

So, a 71% win for hardline Islamics (nb….Only the BBC and Obama consider the Muslim Brotherhood to be “moderate”)

Now watch Egypt  follow the same trajectory as every other country where Islam prevails. The Pharaohs must be turning in their sarcophagi!


By David Vance On January 21st, 2012 at 10:59 am

Here is a wonderful interactive graphic by the BBC (!) that lets you see who owes who how much debt. Do click on it, then click on each Nation to understand the financial peril they face.  I think you will it instructive, and I have to say this is great work by the BBC. Of course things are NOT quite as simple as the graphic shows since it does not take into account non-bank debts but it is at least directional. You can certainly see why the UK is better off OUT of the Eurozone.


By David Vance On January 21st, 2012 at 10:46 am

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Forget about the war on terror. In the UK, in our socialised Healthcare system, there is talk of sending in the Troops to help run our Accident and Emergency departments. Seriously!

A drastic shortage of doctors is forcing hospitals to call in Army medics to keep casualty departments open. The move last night raised fears that more under-staffed NHS units may have to follow suit or face closure. Health chiefs say there is a serious shortage of experienced doctors such as registrars who are prepared to work outside major cities. Nine posts are vacant at Pontefract General Infirmary in West Yorkshire despite an extensive recruitment drive. The crisis has forced the hosp­ital to close its accident and emergency department between 10pm and 8am. In desperation the local health trust has called on the Army for help.

The chaos that prevails throughout the NHS is damning. It has been provided with ever larger budgets, costing us £££billions, and now we discover it cannot even run that most basic and vital of health facilities, a Casualty department for those in acute pain.

It seems to me that the NHS is so fundamentally dysfunctional that it increasingly provides a threat to our well-being.


By David Vance On January 21st, 2012 at 10:37 am

Here’s a moral dilemma for you. 

Private clinics that undertake abortions for profit will be allowed to advertise their services on television and radio for the first time, watchdogs ruled yesterday.

This creates a problem.

The decision last night attracted criticism from pro-life campaigners, who said it risked trivialising terminations by putting them on the same footing as consumer choices such as different brands of car or detergent.

Until now, only not-for-profit organisations have been permitted to use television and radio to advertise family planning services, such as advice on unplanned pregnancies. Under the new rules, announced yesterday by the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) and the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP), commercial enterprises will be allowed to do the same.

The two bodies, responsible for Britain’s advertising codes, said it had become impossible to justify not allowing companies to advertise because the services they offer are legal. However, campaigners warned that it could lead to a flood of advertising campaigns which would diminish the seriousness of terminating pregnancies and lead to a rise in abortions.

Whether an organisation providing abortions is doing so for profit or not is beside the point to me. The bigger issue is whether something as sensitive and as defining as an abortion should be sold to people on TV in the first place. If that is OK, can assisted suicide  facilities also advertise? If not, why not? Are there no boundaries as to what is hawked to viewers down the TV tube?


By David Vance On January 21st, 2012 at 10:23 am

Greece has achieved something that is quite a feat. Not only it is economically and politically bankrupt, it is also morally bankrupt. Anything that can bring pressure to bear on the atomic dreams of the Iranian Mad Mullahs is to be welcomed but not in Greece. It is reported here that Greece is seeking to get the EU to offer further concessions to Iran over any potential oil embargo. This has caused confusion and complexity in EU circles and one wonders WHY Greece feels a need to ameliorate the pressure on the Mullahs? It may be that ONLY military action can stop the march to Iranian nukes BUT I would think all sensible people would want to try alternatives and without a doubt hitting them where it hurts in the oil pocket is worth a try. Yet bankrupt Greece wants to minimise the pain. Why?


By David Vance On January 21st, 2012 at 10:12 am

Tensions heat up: Argentine activists burn a Union flag during a demonstration in front of the British embassy in Buenos Aires today in protest against comments made by British Prime Minister David Cameron

Things seem to be heating up down Buenos Aires way and one wonders where it will all end?

A frenzied Argentine mob torched Union flags outside the British Embassy in Buenos Aires today in an ugly protest over the Falkland Islands. More than 100 militants marched on the building as they called on President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s government to sever diplomatic links with the UK. Furious demonstrators bellowed insults about David Cameron and held up banners saying: ‘England out of the Falklands’ and ‘Break ties now’.

So, how does Obama act to support his ally..cough splutter..the United Kingdom?

In yet another display of disdain for the Anglo-American Special Relationship, the Obama administration has weighed in on the mounting tensions between Great Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands. Just two days after Prime Minister David Cameron issued a robust statement in the House of Commons vowing to defend the sovereignty of the Falklands, the US State Department has undercut Britain yet again with a deeply unhelpful statement that plays into Argentina’s hands. In response to a question on the Falklands at Thursday’s State Department press briefing, a US government spokesman supported direct negotiations between Buenos Aires and London over the sovereignty of the Falklands, something that Argentina has been pressing for aggressively, and which Britain sees as completely unacceptable.

The Falkland Islands have been British since 1832. To put it in perspective, Texas was still part of Mexico at that time.

Obama shows his predictable hostility to the UK, and potentially sends a signal to Argentina that perhaps an invasion of this British island may be possible. Isn’t it a disgrace that our ally should be so treacherous? The Falkland Islanders overwhelmingly want to be British, we fought a war and lost brave military lives to defend their freedom, and now in 2012 it seems history may be about to repeat itself.


By David Vance On January 21st, 2012 at 9:54 am

Illinois. The political homeland of the Obama’s. Say, how’s Illinois performing these days?

Run up spending and debt, raise taxes in the naming of balancing the budget, but then watch as deficits rise and your credit-rating falls anyway. That’s been the sad pattern in Europe, and now it’s hitting that mecca of tax-and-spend government known as Illinois. Though too few noticed, this month Moody’s downgraded Illinois state debt to A2 from A1, the lowest among the 50 states. That’s worse even than California. 

How could it have happened?

Only a year ago, Governor Pat Quinn and his fellow Democrats raised individual income taxes by 67% and the corporate tax rate by 46%. They did it to raise $7 billion in revenue, as the Governor put it, to “get Illinois back on fiscal sound footing” and improve the state’s credit rating.

Yes, politicians who think you improve things by hiking up taxes on individuals and crucifying business via Corporation Tax  always do REAL well, don’t they? Pity Illinois – although I suspect the former junior Senator from that State is far too aloof to explain why it has become a basket case. In a sense, Illinois personifies all that has gone wrong with the US. A political elite committed to ruinous policies and an electorate that endorses them.