Well folks. We made it. We have clocked up one more year, together! Can I take this moment to wish you and your loved ones all the best in 2015 and I leave you for this year with this song! It’s slushy but so am I! I raise a glass to you all.
I grew up in Upper Darby, the largest Municipal Suburb in the U.S. my High School Sr Class had 3100 graduating students. The Township is so large that it is divided into 7 subdivisions that are each larger than the average size city in the U.S.
It was for 100yrs the Republican stronghold that would in a lot of elections cancel out the damage of the Philly Democrats.(sadly that has faded) It was predominantly Italian and Irish in it’s cultural make up. It was a great place to grow up. We fought we drank, we trespassed to fish and hunt and even occasionally ran from the cops (on foot). We always knew though where to draw the line.
This classmate of my High School apparently lost that line along with his marbles, but he provides a good example of how crazies are dealt with where I grew up.
As you know, 2015 will bring the UK general election. Tony Blair managed to win THREE of these in a row. He was a triangulator, he posed as a centrist and convinced many on the right that he could be trusted. (more fool them). But he doesn’t trust the current Labour leader to win..
“Tony Blair has issued his most withering assessment of Ed Miliband to date, suggesting he has turned Labour into a ‘traditional Left-wing party’ and predicting he will lose the general election. The former prime minister indicated he thought Mr Miliband had deserted the political centre ground, leaving the Tories likely to win. In a thinly veiled swipe at the Labour leader’s approach to business, Mr Blair said winning elections was about ‘not alienating large parts’ of the business community.”
Blair is simply stating the obvious. But Miliband is a creature of the LEFT, put in place by the trade unions, and he lacks the charisma and skill that Blair possessed. Miliband looks like a loser, he talks like a loser and I pray he will be a loser next May.
As readers know, the DUP and UUP have saved the Union, beaten the republican agenda and proved old cynics like me totally wrong. Now read on…
A fresh flag row has erupted after it emerged Northern Ireland will be the only UK region not to incorporate the Union Flag on new driving licences. Announcing the changes for drivers in England, Scotland and Wales, transport secretary Claire Perry said: “British motorists will soon be able to fly the flag with pride.”
Ms Perry said: “People in this country rightly take pride in our national flag which is why I am delighted it will now be displayed on British driving licences. Celebrating Britain strengthens our sense of national identity and our unity. I will feel proud to carry my new licence and I hope others will too.” However, a spokesman for the Driver and Vehicle Agency NI (DVA) said the local licences would continue to display the European flag only.
So, Drivers in Northern Ireland alone will be excluded from having pride in their NATIONAL FLAG. Another superb victory for SUP/UUP.
It is now a crime to tell someone they are FAT!
Seen this? It is the wisdom of the Leader of the UK Green Party, Natalie Bennett. and it concerns poverty
“The world is sodden with stuff, it cannot have more stuff,” said Ms Bennett. Yet [the Greens] do not appear to have considered what that would mean for billions of the world’s poorest people, almost none of whom live in Britain. When Bagehot suggested to her that there was a problem with this, Ms Bennett said he was worrying too much: to be poor in India wasn’t so bad as to be on benefits in Britain, she suggested, “because at least everyone else there is poor too”.
Phew, those lucky lucky Indians. At least they can share their poverty whilst here in the UK those on benefits have to endure watching others EARNING more income than the benefits they receive. The Green Party is having a mini-resurgence here due to the collapse of the LibDems. Yet it is clear that this cabal may be green on the outside but a VERY deep shade of red inside.
It seems I have finished 2014 by causing offence to much loved UK “comedian’ Lenny Henry. You can read about it here.
In essence, our Lenny was allowed to produce an episode of the BBC News flagship programme called “Today”. He chose to ensure that only non-white presenters worked on this edition.
Lenny thinks that ethnic minorities are discriminated against. I tweeted a contrary view and the Huffington Post printed my comment and allowed Lenny a lengthy and self indulgent response. I note they refer to my comment as “racist”….so in the same vein and being aware of the same quotation marks I am suggesting that discriminating against people because of their skin colour makes Lenny “racist”. And by inference, the Huffington Post is also racist.
I was listening to the news broadcasts regarding the loss of the AirAsia jet, when one item caught my attention; it was the fact that at least one of the bodies found at the crash scene was wearing a life-jacket. This means that there was some warning given the passengers by crew members; they knew of a problem, and they reacted by issuing the order to don lifejackets.
Those same lifejackets which 99.999% of all airline passengers routinely ignore during the two-minute safety lecture given at the start of every airline flight. We’ve all done it; we’ve all wished that those stewards and stewardesses would give over telling us how to get off the plane ‘in case of an emergency’; we’ve all tuned out those people who are, after all, only doing their jobs, whilst looking at a bunch of heads all busy doing anything but paying attention to something which just may save their lives.
When much younger, I too, ignored those warnings, despite being given absolute proof that those airborne dangers are just a heartbeat away!
Readers may be under the impression propagated as recently as yesterday by the BBC that the Eurozone has gotten over the crisis of recent years. NOTHING could be further from the truth and all that implies. Consider…
Greek MPs have rejected the presidential candidate nominated by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, triggering a snap general election. Stavros Dimas failed to reach the necessary 180 votes, which means that parliament will have to be dissolved.
Greece’s economy has begun to recover after six years of recession. But Greeks have endured years of austerity and the left-wing Syriza party leading the polls wants the terms of a huge EU-IMF bailout renegotiated. Although unemployment in Greece has begun falling from a record 28% early this year, it is still extremely high, at 25.5%.
Syriza have an impregnable lead in the polls and when the elections take place in late January you can be sure the Euro will plunge further as the oft anticipated break up becomes closer…
It’s just a few weeks ago since the Archbishop of Canterbury insisted that the scale of poverty in the UK was worse than in Africa. I wonder what he makes of this news…
These shocking photographs lay bare the extent of obesity in Britain, with school uniforms being sold in super sizes to fit overweight children. Items on sale at stores in Burnley and Clitheroe, Lancashire, include trousers with a 48in waist, classed as 5XL, and blazers with a 56in chest – which is 16 sizes bigger than the average adult fit. It comes a month after doctors warned childhood obesity in the UK had reached ‘alarming’ levels with up to a third being dangerously fat, and that British girls under 20 were the fattest in Europe.