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Here is your treat….

By Patrick Van Roy On October 31st, 2013 at 8:02 pm




By David Vance On October 31st, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Wonder what you make of this one then?

A midwife has spoken out after she was told to stop breastfeeding in a public swimming pool because the lifeguard thought it was ‘offensive’. Sophie Howes was swimming with her eight-month-old daughter Connie at a leisure centre in Ashford, Kent, when the baby started to get restless. The 27-year-old mother of two sat on the steps of the learner pool and began to feed her daughter – only to be asked to move by the manager of the facility.

I think the Pool manager did exactly the right thing and Sophie Hownes should know better. It’s not that there is anything wrong per se with breast feeding BUT there is such a thing as discretion and location.


By David Vance On October 31st, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Here’s a happy chappie!

“The truth is that my heart is dead, because executing comes from the heart, not the moustache. Only if you have a heart of stone can you be content in this line of work.” Strangling Has Been My Hobby Since Childhood, I Just Love My Job”

Thus speaks Egypt’s Executioner Hajj Abd Al-Nabi.

“When it comes to carrying out my job, I am tough. The murderer has done an abominable thing, and I cannot be soft with him. If I were soft towards this criminal, I wouldn’t be able to execute him, but when I’m at home, with my kids, I am as calm as can be.”

“I have placed [the noose] around some 800 heads – tough people, big people, young people… All the despicable crimes – killing, adultery, premeditated murder, and so on… I carry out all the death sentences.

“In all honesty, I love my work. I just love it! I never say ‘no’ when they need me at work. This is my work and my livelihood.”


By David Vance On October 31st, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I debated some issues on TV last night with a trade unionist. He told me he thought that the Unite trade union were not militant enough. Got that? Not militant enough. Now read on…

The prime minister has described allegations that Unite union members targeted the homes of Grangemouth refinery managers as “quite shocking”. The row follows claims by an Ineos director that a “mob” was sent by Unite to his home to intimidate him during the recent dispute. David Cameron called on the Labour Party to investigate the claims about the union, which is its largest donor. Unite insisted all its activities have been legal and legitimate. The union defended its use of so-called leverage tactics, where managers are directly targeted as part of a protest, and argued that bad employers should have “nowhere to hide”.

By “bad employers” the Unite union means a company they have an issue with. This is indeed a throwback to the mid 70’s – the very WORST bully boy thuggery tactics by the Unions. It seems to me “leveraging” must be made ILLEGAL and then those who engage in such scare tactics can be prosecuted.

Bear in mind that the Unite union is the key Union funder of Labour.


By David Vance On October 31st, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Let’s study the ruins, or even the runes!

‘The number of unemployed in the 17-nation eurozone reached a record high in September as the bloc’s nascent recovery failed to generate jobs, official data revealed today.

The news came as S&P Dow Jones Indices said that Greece no longer classifies as a developed market and the US accused Germany of hampering economic stability in Europe and hurting the global economy.

The ranks of the jobless swelled by 60,000 to a record 19.45 million, according to Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics agency.

These are shocking figures. Greece is on its way to the third world, whilst almost 20 million Europeans cannot find a job. And ALL in the name of saving the vainglorious nonsense that IS the Euro.


By Pete Moore On October 31st, 2013 at 5:44 pm

MPs have voted to approve initial funding for HS2 railway line. It means that prep work, including the violent eviction of property owners, can go ahead.

There’s little point to it, cutting the time between London and Manchester by a marginal amount, while the cost/benefits looks worse as time goes by. The government’s latest estimate of the capital to be squandered has recently risen to £46 billion. There’s opposition from many, including some Tory MPs whose constituents will either be kicked off their own land or have it blighted.

So why is the government pushing ahead with this pointless scheme? Because the EU wants it. It’s a part of what’s called a Trans-European Network, essentially a Grand Project of transport links and networks across the continent. This map shows where it all fits in.

When you next hear a government minister on the wireless defending the scheme (or an infrastructure sector rep whose job it is to talk government into giving our money to his clients) remember that it’s happening only because the EU has ordered it.

Festival of Samhain

By Patrick Van Roy On October 31st, 2013 at 2:22 pm

121030_Jack-o'-lanternHappy Halloween. One of my favorite holidays. Tonight the veil lifts. Stay warm and cozy locked in your house warded from all things that go bump, or dress in costume and party the night away. It is the one night of the year we send our children to strangers homes to get candy.

Just remember not all those wandering around are in costume…..




Enjoy your night

R.I.P. to a great idea

By Mike Cunningham On October 30th, 2013 at 7:29 pm


In memory of a fine ideal, a great proposal which came to a sustainable fruition; a place of succour and of a mindset which sought to provide the dignity of work for those who could not stand as tall as the norm. Rendered useless and brought down by unthinking, penny-pinching bureaucrats and bloody politicians in search of the alleged saving  in an age of so-called austerity and invisible, illusory cuts.

There were true families who served in those workplaces, with the definition of ‘family’ as a group of people tied tightly by either blood or common ground, and many have worked, fruitfully and gainfully, for decades.

The last workplace of Remploy closed tonight!



By David Vance On October 30th, 2013 at 7:07 pm


I’ll be on the BBC NI Nolan TV show this evening and we are debating this issue;

Sickness among civil servants has cost the economy more than £30 million in lost production, it has been revealed.  Last year workers took an average of 10.6 sick days, a rise on the 10.1 during the previous 12 months. Stress, anxiety and depression were cited among the most common reasons given for the absences.

It gets worse. Consider this statistic..

Even though more than half (52.3%) of staff had no recorded absence, over one-in-ten (10.4%) employees missed around three months (60 days) due to sickness with long-term sickness accounting for 70.7% of the total working days lost.

60 days!!!!!!!!  That is 12 weeks off!

It gets worse still!!

Sick leave in Northern Ireland’s ENTIRE public sector cost the economy about £149m last year, the Audit Office has found.  Between 2010 and 2011, sickness cost the health trusts an estimated £73m; the education sector £46m and the civil service £30m.

Right, time to sort it out.

Civil servants in Northern Ireland enjoy higher average salaries than private sector workers. They enjoy longer holidays. They enjoy better working conditions. They enjoy better pensions. They enjoy the protection of the Trades Unions.

And that’s the problem. Whilst 50% of civil servants work hard and take NO time off — there are professional malingerers who take this time off BECAUSE they can! Contrast their 10.6 days off with the private sector average of 4.5 days off.  Are those working in the private sector immune to the “stress and anxiety and depression” that seems to SO afflict their public sector equivalents? Of course they are and so this is — quite simply – a selfish bunch of public sector workers swinging the lead, as they say here, taking extra time off because they get away with it!

I will be up against a trade unionist called Bumper Graham (Great name btw) and as far as I am concerned, it is the Unions which carry serious culpability for this rip off. They control the public sector and oddly enough that is where the sick note culture dominates. Rather than face into it, and help bring sick days down to as close to zero as possible, they excuse it, they defend it.

There will be some straight talking tonight. To those who can tune in, touch that dial at 10.35pm and watch me in 3D!!!


By David Vance On October 30th, 2013 at 10:32 am

Cultural Marxism is the more appropriate term to describe what is routinely called political correctness. It works at so many levels and here is just one more instance…

Pressure is mounting on a theme park to change the name of its controversial ‘Asylum’ maze, which mental health campaigners say enforces stigma of mental illness. More than 5,500 people have signed a petition to Thorpe Park since its Halloween attraction was announced, despite the maze having been a temporary attraction each year for the last eight years. In a statement, when campaigners first took on the issue, a Thorpe Park spokeswoman said the negative comments were not “universally representative” and said no-one had complained.

Well, now 5000 people have complained though it seems most have never been to Thorpe Park. I think they should change the name however and offer three alternatives;

1. Madness Maze.

2. Loonyland

3. Psychopaths