By Pete Moore On March 28th, 2012 at 1:04 pm
Cabinet Secretary Francis Maude has advice for motorists ahead of the fuel strike: “get it while you can”. He says that not only are there risks to supplies, he has advised drivers to keep a jerry can in the garage as back up.
Yes, that’s just what we need, people rushing out to run the pumps dry. No wonder Sky News today is reporting that some garages are running short of supplies, and Unite hasn’t yet given the one week notice for the strike. Ignore his advice about keeping a jerry can in the garage. I have one anyway in the shed (and I wouldn’t bother to get one otherwise), but you don’t want anything like that within the walls of your home. If you do fill a can, note that fuel degrades quickly so use it within a couple of months.
What with the punitive costs of fuel I’m amazed to still see drivers wasting the stuff, alternately standing on the loud pedal, then the brake, then the loud pedal again. This AA page has tips on how to drive efficiently and minimise use.
By David Vance On March 28th, 2012 at 11:02 am
Yes folks, the race to become leader of the Ulster Unionist Party is now reaching fever pitch and it seems the former UTV news presenter, Mike Nesbitt, a man who can really handle an autocue, is the favourite to win. But will be be able to beat himself? Let me explain. On one of the crunch issues, namely should the UUP move to closer relationship with the DUP.
Here’s Mike..three days ago.
Mike Nesbitt has said that if he becomes Ulster Unionist leader he would be open to talks with the DUP about a possible electoral pact.
Here’s Mike today…
Ulster Unionist leadership contender Mike Nesbitt will immediately break off the current talks with the DUP, and rule out plans for unionist unity, if he wins the party ballot at the weekend.
I wonder which of the Mikes will win?
By David Vance On March 28th, 2012 at 8:58 am
Another excellent article on the vital issue of re-balancing the Northern Ireland economy from my friend Robin Greer;
“It is unclear whether regional pay rates would apply to all public sector employees, or just to those in departments that still report directly to Westminster, but it has been confirmed that any money saved will be retained within the Northern Ireland budget, to be spent or squandered as the Assembly sees fit.
The public sector spin is to focus on the plight of nurses and teachers and to compare them with bonus happy bankers. The excesses of the financial fraternity do invite contempt, but a more useful comparison would be between the senior and middle managers in government and in business.
In the NI Health Service there are 10 chief executives taking home over £100,000, and several near or over the Prime Minister’s £142,000 salary, plus many other managers on or near six-figure salaries. The same pattern is repeated in every branch of government and in the local councils across the province.
Some of these people are very able, but how many local businesses would currently be able to compete with the public sector for their services?
If we had a healthy business sector then market forces and regional pay rates would ensure that both private and public pay packets would grow. That is what rebalancing the economy is really about.”
By David Vance On March 28th, 2012 at 8:43 am
We’ve talked about the FAILURE of the UK to deport Abu Qatada, the man described as “Bin Laden’s right hand man in Europe”. Perhaps we should have looked to Italy as an example.
Yesterday the European Court of Human Rights admitted it is effectively powerless to intervene in the case of a convicted terrorist deported from Italy. Although the Strasbourg court ordered that compensation be paid to Mohamed (That name again, gosh) Mannai, who was sent home to Tunisia in 2010 in breach of a court order, officials said they are unable to force Italy to take him back. A spokesman said: ‘Once the applicant has been deported there is nothing much we can do because he is in Tunisia, a country that is not part of the European Court of Human Rights.’
That’s the way to do it. Send the Islamic Jihad advocates back to where they came from and IGNORE the liberal dhimmified bleatings from the European Court of so called Human Rights!
By David Vance On March 28th, 2012 at 8:37 am
How strange! As he prepares to step down from office, the Archbishop of Canterbury finally talks some sense!
A fixation with gay rights, feminism and separate racial identities is threatening to “fragment” British society, the Archbishop of Canterbury has claimed. Dr Rowan Williams warned that identity had become a “slippery” word and that, while much had been achieved for minority groups, it was time to focus on the common good. He also attacked a culture of dependence on welfare handouts, which he said was harmful to society, in an address to members of the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff.
Wow! Where have you been, Archbishop, when some of us have been vehemently arguing these points in a storm of liberal objection? Isn’t it odd that those who are sopping wet liberals IN office suddenly find a little moral conservatism when OUT of office. Is that hypocrisy or realpolitik?
On a separate note, I know I have written a lot in opposition to “gay marriage” but I have started thinking that as Peter Hitchens has pointed out, its heterosexual marriage we need to think more about – and in particular the breakdown of so many marriages. Some people here seem to think I have a grudge against gays, I don’t. None whatsoever. But I am very interested in speaking up for those things that bond us together – and successful heterosexual marriages that create happy homes for children do that, yet they are in long term free fall. Why? Forever doesn’t mean forever anymore for so many couples, but I think it should. We need to examine why so many marriages break up? Is it too easy to get divorced? Is it too easy to get married? If religion is stripped away, does that mean the wedding vows are little more than casual promises, pledges that can alter? Is committal too easy? Am I too nostalgic for a world that never existed? Maybe that is the case. But the subject of the family, the centrality of creating a loving environment for children to be brought up in, continues to interest me.
By David Vance On March 28th, 2012 at 8:18 am
I have to say that I am disgusted at the waste of around £10m by the PSNI in a futile criminal case.
The PSNI spent more than £4m on the first so-called supergrass trial here for more than 25 years. (With legal costs and associated additional costs this is estimated at coming out at circa £10m)
Twelve men were acquitted of all charges against them after a judge said the two main prosecution witnesses were liars and “ruthless terrorists”. Details of the costs have been revealed in a letter to the justice committee at Stormont. Their trial is expected to be one of the most expensive ever held in Northern Ireland. It relied on the evidence of so-called supergrasses, Robert and Ian Stewart. Nine men involved in the UVF supergrass trial were acquitted of the murder of UDA leader Tommy English.They included the alleged former UVF leader in north Belfast Mark Haddock.
As you know, I despise the UVF and would love to see them ALL behind bars BUT the gross incompetency of the PSNI and the parasitical indulgence of our local legal profession has set the taxpayer back this vast sum and someone should be sacked as a result. Just as disturbing as this case has been, I note that the Attorney General has not ruled out FUTURE Supergrass trials. It’s criminal that so much of our cash can be wasted in this way!
By Pete Moore On March 27th, 2012 at 5:53 pm
They got another one!
The Department for Homeland Security is the federal agency formed in the wake of 9/11 to combat terrorism. How wise that move was now that heroic DHS security agents have saved the people from deadly hair straighteners.
According to one of the DHS heroes, the American people need to be protected from deadly hair straighteners, which can be deadly.
Citizens are reminded that America remains the Land of the Free.
By Pete Moore On March 27th, 2012 at 3:11 pm
It’s not such a laugh now, eh?
Liam Stacey, a 21-year old Biology undergrad, has been banged up for 56 days after pleading guilty to a racially-aggravated public order offence. After drinking all day he decided to mock Fabrice Muamba on Twitter as doctors tried to keep him alive on the pitch at White Hart Lane. When others took offence at his comments he carried on, said some pretty unleasant things, whereupon the police received complaints and now Stacey’s doing time. You can see his comments here.
Granted, he was a prat and said some unpleasant things, but 56 days? You can get a suspended sentence now for assault or rape, but as Ed West says, all sense goes out the window when race is involved. It’s the prism through which the ruling class sees all and the excuse for constraining so many of our liberties. So no, despite his remarks being uncharitable and unpleasant, Stacey should not now be in prison. If he was inciting violence against anyone it was against himself.
Having his face plastered all over the press is a well-deserved punishment, as should be the approbrium of society and his father’s boot up his backside. But banged up for being a twat? That’s not it. He’s been banged up for a thought crime.
By David Vance On March 27th, 2012 at 9:24 am
Been a busy morning. Was on BBC West Midlands and BBC Hereford and Worchester earlier discussing the threatened fuel strike by the militant trade Union, Unite, led by Comrade McCluskey. You may recall that just a few weeks ago this Union was threatening to strike in London during the Olympic Games this summer!
The issue is this; SHOULD these tanker drivers have the right to strike? I say no.
The UK economy in 2012 is entirely driven by fuel! We use our cars to get to work, we use public transport to get to work – everything runs on fuel. The Unite union knows that, of course, and that is WHY it is making these noises. Because so many of its drivers are earning £45,000 a year, they cannot use the “poor us” angle so instead they are claiming that they need to strike because..wait for it..”health and safety”. Oh, and pensions! This is transparent rubbish and I said so on-air. This is all about pointing a loaded gun at the head of every motorist in the UK! Not only that but it will directly impact on some of our most vulnerable citizens. Take the elderly who need carers to give them a hand. How will THEY get to the homes of these people if the pumps run dry? THINK of some of the other obvious consequences of a petrol strike! Workers unable to get to their place of business, the UK economy brought to its knees, international investors turning away from a land without fuel! Is this something we should allow? Seriously?
As I said to the amiable Adrian Goldberg on BBC Birmingham, Ronald Reagan showed the right approach back in 1981 with militant air traffic controllers. They do their jobs or they get sacked. He followed through on his word and a good thing too.
Comrade McClusky needs tackled head on. He is leading his members down the road to hell and the sooner they stop him the better. The UK just cannot indulge Unite and the divide and conquer tactics a DAY longer.
What say you?