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Again and again and again.

By Mahons On January 31st, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Now we have here in the US a man with a gun who boarded a school bus demanding a child hostage.  The bus driver refused and was shot dead.  The gunman escaped with a small child who he has taken to a bunker and the police are now in the third day of a hostage standoff.  The child needs medication.  His schoolmates luckily escaped the bus.  

Oh on days like these we are an exceptional bunch all right.

MONEY FOR NOTHING…

By David Vance On January 31st, 2013 at 9:45 am

This is how they waste OUR money;

“More than £800,000 has been spent on hiring the services of highly-paid external consultants for an education body that has been in the pipeline for more than six years. The Education and Skills Authority (ESA), which is still not in existence, has so far run up a bill of more than £872,246 in consultant fees — enough to pay for the salary of 40 newly-qualified teachers.”

I am sure the consultants involved will be delighted  at this lavishing of OUR cash on them from the grossly incompetent Stormont regime, a regime which continually demonstrates an inability to manage financial resources. What is worse is that ESA, when it finally comes to exist, has one purpose – the destruction of our Grammar school system and its replacement by a failed comprehensive alternative. The ideologues behind ESA are quite prepared to waste a £1m or more so long as  — in the long run ..they get to destroy that which is good in academic education.

LESSON FOR THE DAY…

By David Vance On January 31st, 2013 at 9:38 am

Good Education lies at the heart of any prosperous economy. The trouble is that under successive Governments the UK has a FAILED education system;

“Britain’s economy will not prosper unless its ‘mediocre’ education system is overhauled, a hard-hitting report says today. Failing schools and poorly performing teachers lead to a ‘waste of human resources on a grand scale,’ causing long-term damage to the UK, the scathing document says. Local councils which do not let failing schools close must see their wings clipped, and the system for assessing teachers must be revamped, it argues.

Quite so. We need to take a number of actions if the situation is to improve;

1. Sack poorly performing teachers and reward those who are excellent.

2. The dead hand of the teaching unions must be removed from our schools. Their baleful influence sustains the very mediocrity that this report highlights.

3. Government should have as little as input into Education as possible. It continually warps priorities in pursuance of political agendas. We have become dumbed down with over qualified people. What is needed is freedom in Education and the continual pursuit of excellence.

SORRY SEEMS TO BE THE EASIEST WORD

By David Vance On January 31st, 2013 at 9:27 am

I am sure you recall what happened to Irish policeman Jerry McCabe. He was shot to death by an IRA gang in 1996. At the time, Gerry Adams explained that the IRA had nothing to do with his killing. Turns out they did – but then Gerry never was good with the truth. Now he has changed his tune..

” The Chairwoman of the RUC George Cross Widows Association has welcomed Gerry Adams’ apology to the family of Garda Jerry McCabe. The Irish police officer was murdered by the IRA in 1996. Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams made the apology in the Irish parliament and said “dreadful deeds cannot be undone”.

Phyllis Carrothers, whose husband Douglas was murdered in 1991, would now like to hear an apology to the families of RUC officers.

The republican movement have issued apologies before, notably in 2002 and 2003, to what they termed non combatants. The IRA also acknowledged the grief and pain of the families of police and soldiers – and it is to that group that some now believe the IRA should apologise. In 1991 Douglas Carrothers an RUC reservist was killed when the IRA booby-trap bomb exploded under his car in County Fermanagh. His widow, Phyllis Carrothers, says it is now time the IRA apologised to RUC families.

Quite so. Let them apologise to the RUC FAMILIES and THEN let them provide the Police which details of who carried out these VILE murders and who authorised such horrendous atrocities as La Mon House Hotel. I am certain Mr Adams will want to do both…..

IN IT TOGETHER!

By David Vance On January 31st, 2013 at 9:20 am

I was on the BBC last night discussing this topic;

Millions of the poorest households face council tax rises because most councils in England will pass on a 10% cut in funding from April, research suggests. A typical bill will rise between £100 and £250 a year, but some could rise as much as £600, according to think tank the Resolution Foundation. Its report coincides with the deadline for local authorities to submit their plans for changing council tax benefit. Responsibility for the benefit is being moved from the government to councils.

I debated this with a spokesman from the Resolution Foundation and made three points;

1. I am pleased that central Government has CUT funding by 10% to Councils. The bloated waste that these little tyrannies spend needs tightened and I am sure we can all cope with less Diversity and Equality Czars.

2. Those who consume Council services should make at least some contribution towards this or else the burden falls disproportionately on the employed.

3. The “Resolution Foundation” is just one more in a long line of poverty hustlers, demanding that the UK taxpayer hands over more and more to keep Generation Idle in the state to which they have become accustomed.

BABYLON IN BLIGHTY

By David Vance On January 31st, 2013 at 9:14 am

It’s a staggering statistic with staggering consequences;

More than four million migrants in Britain cannot or rarely ever speak English.

In figures showing the stark impact of years of mass immigration, one million barely use English with a staggering 138,000 unable to utter a word of it. The findings, released by the Office for National Statistics, show how much the face of the UK has changed with a patchwork quilt of languages covering the country. Polish is now the second language spoken by 546,000 people, reflecting the huge influx of Poles during the last decade.

Is it a wonder that we have millions who cannot or rarely speak our language? There is massive separation of culture happening in the UK with huge numbers clearly unwilling to integrate into the core elements of Britain, such as sharing our language.  Yet whilst they do no speak our tongue, they know how to take our benefits. This is Labour’s multiculti agenda bearing poison fruit.

ATW OPEN THREAD

By Pete Moore On January 30th, 2013 at 7:33 pm

I’m off to watch the Gunners stuff the Mickey Mousers, or if it all goes wrong up The Arse I’ll find out how Reacher sorts out Colorado instead. Have yourselves an open thread then, decorated with the kind of thing which I like. Well, the kind I like which I can publish here at any rate. Play nicely.

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ATW QUOTE OF THE DAY

By Pete Moore On January 30th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Quite –

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GOVERNMENT GREED THE REASON FOR HIGH FUEL PRICES, SAYS OFFICE OF FAIR TRADING

By Pete Moore On January 30th, 2013 at 10:49 am

Whoops! That wasn’t supposed to happen.

Government gougers yesterday pre-empted the OFT report into fuel prices by accusing fuel firms of “ripping off” drivers at the pump. This morning the OFT has cut off that stream of bullshit.

According to the BBC, the OFT reports that “A study of competition in the UK petrol and diesel market by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has concluded that little action is needed. The evidence gathered by the OFT suggests that at a national level, competition is working well in the UK road fuel sector”.

It also found that “before tax, the UK has some of the cheapest road fuel prices in Europe“. But that’s just it: before tax. The effects of the savage state beast then are clear.

“This report will give only limited comfort to the UK’s 35 million drivers who continue to pay near record prices at the pumps, but the OFT does identify the true cause of drivers’ misery – the chancellor and crude oil prices,” said Prof Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation.

“About 60% of the pump price is accounted for by fuel duty and VAT and we would now call on retailers to provide a breakdown on till receipts to show exactly what the proportion the Exchequer is creaming off.”

Yes, we are being ripped off – by the State, by inflating oil prices with its monetary inflation, then imposing regulatory costs, then imposing fuel duty and then VAT onto the fuel and duty again. It’s always baffled me why retailers don’t split the price of fuel on till receipts. We don’t pay at around £1.35/litre to BP or Esso. The true cost is less than half, but the State mafia imposes its massive cut. And those vast costs are passed onto all consumers and travellers.

As always, life would be so much cheaper and easier without government greed distorting markets, inflating prices and gouging consumers.

Just asking.

By Mike Cunningham On January 29th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

From a scan of the whole document, one is forced to the conclusion that those in charge somehow don’t believe that their beloved President Zuma isn’t quite as beloved as is stated on all the propaganda stories.

I mean, $27 million pays for quite a bit, but a perimeter fence, an Inner High Security fence, a ‘Safe haven’ complete with tunnel; bullet-proof glazing as well as high-impact glazing: anyone might come to believe someone wishes this highly-regarded public servant ill!

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