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By David Vance On February 1st, 2012 at 10:21 pm

TAKING the welfare is one thing, TALKING about it quite another. The Irish Independent alleges…

“A Polish waitress living in Ireland has sparked fury after she boasted about living the good life on Irish welfare benefits. ‘Magda’ (36), not her real name, described her life on the dole in Donegal as a ‘Hawaiian massage’.

She revealed how she had packed in her job so she could spend her days walking along beaches with her partner. He in turn bragged about the county’s wonderful golf courses. Magda claimed she earned €67 more a week on the dole than she did while working and that her welfare payments are €182 more every week than back in her native Poland. The shocking boasts in a Polish newspaper have ignited another debate on welfare tourism, with one Labour senator last night offering to pay for her flight home.”

Well, it’s NOT as if there is a recession, right? Hang on….


By David Vance On February 1st, 2012 at 8:55 pm

No, No, No! 

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has urged the Government to consider a £20bn fiscal stimulus in the event of the eurozone break-up, saying a possible plan B should be outlined in the Budget.

That is EXACTLY what we do not need WHEN the Eurozone breaks up. Once again some people insist that you can spend your way out of recession when in fact it is the spending that weakens the economy in the first instance. The recipe to keep UK fortunes on the up once the Euro goes down is so simple that only a politician could miss it;

1. Cut personal taxes and allow people to keep more off their own cash.

2. Cut Corporation Taxes so business can invest in growth.

3. Reduce the State sector at all costs, cut Welfare, shrink Government interference in as many areas as possible. Foreign Aid needs to be cut and Quangos need axed.

4.  Accept that economic growth is the product of a motivated and free economy and not within the remit of ANY Government. The role of Government is to help create the conditions to enable enterprise to grow.


By David Vance On February 1st, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Hi all – been away all day so just catching up with things!

I spend the early part of the day debating the issue of whether it was right and proper for Sir Fred Goodwin to be stripped off his Knighthood on the  BBC Nolan Show. You can listen to me here – go to 1hr 20mins or so!

Now, to reprise my argument.

I think that this decision is spiteful, petty, politically contrived and damaging. Yes, Goodwin presided over a Board which collectively made a commercially disastrous decision when the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) acquired ABN Amro back in 2007. At the time, this was hailed by virtually ALL commentators as a brilliant decision and the BBC even questioned the future prospects of Barclays – the Bank that Goodwin beat off to get the ABN acquisition!!!

In retrospect, it was ill-timed and it slowly ensured that RBS was brought to its knees. But Goodwin had been knighted in 2004, THREE YEARS before all of this happened. The likes of Tony Blair and a certain Alex Salmond heaped praise on him for his contribution to our economy!

The only reason for NOW taking away his Honour is to let David Cameron be seen as “tough” on Bankers – our favourite pantomime villains!

It gets worse though.

For starters, Goodwin is not the ONLY Banker who got an honour. Shall we ensure that  all those in all Banks also lose their Honours? How about those who sat on the Regulatory Bodies and who have been honoured? How about Sir Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England? Why is Merv still a Knight? Thoughts?

And then we turn our attention to the REAL villains of the piece – the politicians.

John Prescott was Deputy Prime Minister when all this was happening. Where is HE now? Ah – arise Lord Prescott! Shouldn’t HE lose his Honour? And what about the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, the man who went on to flog a significant % of our Gold deposits for a record low? Shall we make sure he NEVER gets an Honour?

Fred Goodwin committed NO crime but he has been stripped of his Knighthood today meanwhile we have several LORDS sitting in their Ermine in Parliament who have been CONVICTED of crimes. Why are they still there?

Are the lawmakers above the law? Surely not?

Don’t get me wrong. I have no time for Mr Goodwin but I have less time for opportunistic ruthless politicians who will sacrifice anyone to cover their own posteriors.

That’s the bottom line.


By Pete Moore On February 1st, 2012 at 7:29 pm

We learn, for example, that their weekly shopping bill includes “24 cans of lager, 200 cigarettes and a large pouch of tobacco.” They also spend £32 a week on mobiles and £5 on their Sky TV subscription. But all this is now threatened by the heartless fascist Coalition government: why, if it gets its evil way, then this family’s £30,284.80 annual benefit package will shrink by £82.40 a week!

On this occasion I’m voting fascist/heartless coalition. Mirabile dictu, this is the example chosen by the BBC under the headline: “Family Life on Benefits”. There’s a comment thread too. Someone at the BBC is clearly looking to move on.

ain’t progress wonderful?

By Mike Cunningham On February 1st, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I used to own a book; one amongst many. I am the sort of person who can dip into a treasured or well-remembered book for the sheer satisfaction of remembering old lines and plots. But I digress; I used to own a book, couldn’t remember the title, but could not locate it. Something which is not that unusual in my home. So I thought about it, remembering the outline of the plot, the basic features of the book.

Then I went onto Google, and typed in “fiction novel, hurricane, carribean, revolution, weather man, american air base” ; hit ‘enter’ and the fifth result came up as http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/J4.html. I scrolled down and found ‘Wyatts Hurricane by Desmond Bagley’!

Went on to Abe’s Books, found and ordered a good copy, and I hope to have it in my hands in two days time.

As I said; ain’t progress wonderful?


By Pete Moore On February 1st, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Four muslims have been found guilty of planning bomb attacks at the London Stock Exchange, the American Embassy and other targets in London. The Telegraph reports they’re from London, Stoke and Cardiff. Such is the genuine catastrophe of mass immigration inflicted on British society by the ruling elite.  Point of order: though they were born in London, Stoke and Cardiff, they are wholly alien to those places with no historical or cultural link. In this fundamental sense they will always be from somewhere else.

Park Ranger Electrocutes Man for walking Dogs

By Patrick Van Roy On February 1st, 2012 at 1:21 pm

In a California Park (where else) a nice Official Lady wacko drunk with power, wearing her ranger rick outfit was in the park doing her duty. Harassing dog owners.

The Park Rancho Corral de Tierra, which was recently incorporated into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area,(San Francisco) had been area for decades where the local have taken their dogs, to let them run. Not being leashed. Ahh but now it belongs to the San Fran crowd and dogs must be leashed.

So when this sweet lady ranger was harassing long time residents that weren’t following the rules, one guy took the attitude of well “screw you honey” Here are some comments on the exchange.

The ranger, who wasn’t identified, asked Hesterberg to remain at the scene, Levitt said. He tried several times to leave, and finally the ranger “pursued him a little bit and she did deploy her” electric-shock weapon, Levitt said. “That did stop him.”

Witnesses said the use of a stun gun and the arrest seemed excessive for someone walking two small dogs off leash.

“It was really scary,” said Michelle Babcock, who said she had seen the incident as she and her husband were walking their two border collies. “I just felt so bad for him.”

Babcock said Hesterberg had repeatedly asked the ranger why he was being detained. She didn’t answer him, Babcock said.

“He just tried to walk away. She never gave him a reason,” Babcock said.

The ranger shot Hesterberg in the back with her shock weapon as he walked off, Babcock said.

“We were like in disbelief,” she said. “It didn’t make any sense.”

Rancho Corral de Tierra has long been an off-leash walking spot for local dog owners. In December, the area became part of the national park system, which requires that all dogs be on a leash, Levitt said.

The ranger was trying to educate residents of the rule, Levitt said.

we have ways of making you comply…. lol


By Patty On February 1st, 2012 at 6:36 am

After 30 years teaching for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD),  pedophile Mark Bendt was arrested for horrifying child molestation.

School  Superintendent, John Deasy, has been on local TV expressing  dismay, noting that Mark Bendt has been fired.

Now, if this were the Catholic Church, the media assault on the Diocese would rightfully be immediate and punitive and if this were a private school, lawsuits would justifiably fly and the school would possibly be forced to close.

But this horrifying child molestation occurred in one of Los Angeles’ public schools and it looks like only the teacher will be held accountable.

LAUSD is a network of schools known for its extremely high drop out rate, rock bottom test scores, and monstrous bureaucracy.  LAUSD has at its disposal  more than $3000/student  and yet it is incapable of even maintaining a safe environment.

The primary business of LAUSD is not the education of its students. The primary business of LAUSD is the  care and feeding of the bloated LAUSD bureaucracy followed by the care and feeding of its teachers’ union, the United Teachers of Los Angeles.  Student care, education and nurturing is a distance third priority.

So, we will see. We will see if anyone in LAUSD is held accountable for this monstrous molestation.

As Mitt and Newt, spend their time shedding each others blood

By Patrick Van Roy On February 1st, 2012 at 3:19 am

just a reminder of reality, why whomever gets the Republican nomination they will be the Next President

Obama runs up another trillion-dollar deficit...

CBO says real unemployment at 10%…

Federal taxes to jump 30% in 2 years…