By Pete Moore On July 31st, 2012 at 8:28 pm
The Brazilian girls think we’re out to get them.
The Brazilian women’s football team is fuming that British authorities failed to replace a broken down bus for more than five hours, stranding them on the side of the road the night before their big match against Team GB.
Some of the team members have told Brazilian newspapers that the delay by London Olympic organisers may have been a deliberate ploy to upset them on the eve of the game, which will be held at Wembley Stadium tonight.
Calm down girls. We’re British, ergo we don’t try to nobble the opposition. But transport fiascos? Someone should explain they’re in the global HQ for those.
By David Vance On July 31st, 2012 at 10:35 am
This is the State we have become;
“Binmen have been banned from pulling wheelie bins due to fears they may suffer a back injury. Residents in Newton Aycliffe, Durham have been told they must pull their own bins along narrow alleyways near their homes to ensure binmen do not suffer ‘musculoskeletal injuries’. Householders in the area – many of them pensioners – have expressed surprise at the decision reached following a council risk assessment, highlighting that binmen previously carried steel bins down the same alleys.”
Makes sense, right?
By David Vance On July 31st, 2012 at 9:20 am
Interesting article here which posits the idea that young people are going to bad universities to study subjects no employers want. We’ve been saying this on ATW for years but nice to see such a distinguished commentator as Dr Martin Stephen spell it out for the slow of thinking.
“Surprised to hear that more than 20,000 graduates from the year of 2011 were still unemployed six months after they graduated? We shouldn’t be. This is a full-scale tragedy written, orchestrated and adapted for real life by the Government, and the victims are our young people.
We need to see the figures that show employment numbers broken down to show the difference between the “new” universities, and Oxbridge or older, more established universities. We need the figures broken down also by degree subject. If they are, we start to see the true story: aspirational young people encouraged to go to universities that lack credibility to study subjects employers don’t want. Result? Massive debt, wasted years and slapping hamburgers in an outlet where the manager joined McDonald’s straight from school.
It’s our fault we’ve let our young people down. We have no definition of what a university is – is it academic, vocational, for research or for use as a finishing school? Is it what we understand by a university, or simply a glorified college? We have no real means of matching the numbers taking degrees to the needs of either the country or the employment market. We can’t fund the universities we have, and the contact time on some arts courses is derisory.
The funding crisis created by maniac expansion threatens our world-class universities with demotion, as well as the creation of a disaffected generation who feel they were sold a pup. Is there anyone in there brave enough in there to admit that we can’t afford to send 50 per cent of our young people to university, they can’t afford it and we really need to bring back the distinction between College and University? Or are we happier to have thousands of new unemployed who as well as no jobs have no prospect of paying back the £30,000 debt they acquired to prove there were no jobs for them?”
I think the answer is, remarkably, that we are happy to have thousands of young people mired in debt with no prospect of a job but waving worthless Degrees. Enjoy.
By David Vance On July 31st, 2012 at 9:05 am
The farce continues as the UK fails to send the hate preacher and alleged Jihadist Abu Qatada packing. Instead we may be seeing him turning at the London 2012 Olympic Games!
Lawyers for radical cleric Abu Qatada will demand his immediate release from prison today. In his latest appeal, the extremist preacher will ask the High Court to let him out on the streets – during the Olympics. Qatada is in prison ahead of a court hearing in October which will decide whether he can be deported to Jordan to face terror charges.
Isn’t it remarkable that this goon can access the finest legal talent to fight his cause from the High Court to the European Court? It’s vital that our taxes go towards funding the enemies of our country, isn’t it? Anyone else who is has to actually PAY for legal representation will know just how depressingly expensive and dangerous that can be – but when it comes to this Jihad enthusiast, it’s just not even a problem.
By David Vance On July 31st, 2012 at 8:55 am
So will the Iron Chancellor bend or will she carry on regardless?
Angela Merkel was last night said to be ‘profoundly disturbed’ after a poll showed that a majority of Germans want to ditch the struggling euro. Sources in Berlin said the German chancellor was shocked by the evidence of growing Euroscepticism in her country, at a time when Germany is under huge pressure to bankroll a rescue of the single currency. The poll in a German newspaper found that 51 per cent of Germans think the country should return to the deutschmark. It is the first poll to show that more want to leave the euro than stay in it. Only 29 per cent thought Germany would be better off staying inside the 17-strong eurozone. The survey also found that 71 per cent of Germans now believe Greece should be booted out of the single currency unless it acts on promises to tackle its huge debts
So, most Germans want to bring back the Deutschmark! Who can blame them but Merkel and the rest of the Governing elite have a very different agenda in play and so this is faux horror. She will plough on with “the project” – enjoying the export boom the weak Euro brings whilst seeking to increase CONTROL over the failed EuroNations. Ignoring the wishes of the electorates is central to what Brussels actually does and the 51% who hanker for a return to the previous currency will remain in the bunker. The Euro project is NOT about democracy, it is all about power.
By Mike Cunningham On July 31st, 2012 at 8:25 am
When you read of the incredible swimming feat of this sixteen year-old in swimming faster than the leading man in a similar event, you can understand the cautious statement from this senior American swimming expert, when using the word ‘Unbelievable’!
All I am going to say on this particular topic is that maybe, just maybe, the Chinese chemists are better that most of the Western chemists.
But if they find her performance ‘unbelievable’, what the hell are they going to say when ‘IT’ comes steaming around the last track curve ahead of all the other competitors?
By Patty On July 30th, 2012 at 9:36 pm
Yes, we can!
Yes, we can fire ineffective Washington insiders and RINOs and we can replace them with solid, principled Conservatives, politicians who will stand up for the Constitution and make the case for limited government.
Yes, we can – one race at a time.
Tea Party and Sarah Palin endorsed, Ted Cruz is the Conservative candidate running for Senate in Texas and he is set for victory in tomorrow’s run-off election against establishment Republican candidate, Dewirst.
By David Vance On July 30th, 2012 at 4:14 pm
I am sure you may have come across this story. It concerns a G4S employee who allegedly called a soldier a ‘baby killer’ as they worked at a Games venue. The Asian civilian guard, who faces the sack, is said to have spat at the serviceman and made the abusive remark at the archery contest at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Well, when I say you “may” have come across it, that would be if you read The Mail here. Or the Telegraph here. But the BBC don’t seem to have decided this particular G4S story is NOT a story, or, if they have, I can’t readily find it. Bit of a surprise given their hitherto intense interest in all things G4S.
Also…as regards this “Asian” – hands up all who think it is Chinese guy? No. How about a Thai? No? How about a Muslim….?
By David Vance On July 30th, 2012 at 3:24 pm
If you WANT to get on, get onto a Quango!
A chief executive whose resignation from the Police Ombudsman`s office led to serious concerns about its independence has been appointed to head the Policing Board. Sam Pollock, 63, helped force the early departure of former Ombudsman Al Hutchinson after he revealed serious tensions in the office. He was named Policing Board chief executive and will earn between £57,000 and £116,000 a year.
£116,000 a year. Nice, eh?
The Prime Minister earns £142,000.
Thank goodness we are not in a reecession as far as the Public Sector is concerned.
Altogether now…”We’re in the money….”
By David Vance On July 30th, 2012 at 2:14 pm
Comrade Pete Moore’s disgraceful post about EMPTY SEATS below is now shown to be a total lie. Shame on him – as you can see there are NO empty seats, the common people are beside themselves with satisfaction, and all is well. Tractor production is also at an all time high.
Hat tip to @Skip_ Licker!