Traffic on Westminster bridge in London was brought to a standstill on Saturday as hundreds of protesters occupied the road to paint a huge message decrying the government’s austerity agenda. As dozens of police watched, protesters first painted, then hung a 20 metre banner over the side of the bridge facing parliament. “12bn more cuts. £120bn tax dodged,” it said. “Austerity is a lie.”
It was the first demonstration by UK Uncut, the grassroots direct action group, since the 7 May election. With the Conservative government planning deep cuts to public services, activists vowed that it was a taste of things to come.
These people are not protesting about “austerity’ – they are protesting about democracy because it has provided an answer they do not like. They are the last bastion of the Left, shrunken down and flailing helplessly. There will be 5 years of CONSERVATIVE government and from the looks of Labour, this may well be followed by another 5 year term. Those who threaten “direct action” miss the central point – the people of the UK took direct action on May 7th and supported a party committed to making “austerity’ part of the National plan. Suck it up, lefties, no one cares about your childish rage.
The Church of England has suffered a dramatic slump in its followers, shocking new figures show. Between 2012 and 2014, the proportion of Britons identifying themselves as C of E or Anglican dropped from 21 per cent to 17 per cent – a fall of about 1.7 million people.
Over the same period, the number of Muslims in Britain grew by nearly one million, according to a survey by the respected NatCen Social Research Institute. Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey warned last night that unless urgent action was taken, the Church was just ‘one generation away from extinction’.
Carey may be right. The Church of England is shrinking and it looks like Islam is well positioned to replace it in the UK. In which case, God help us.
I was asked to write an article on the news that the number of people claiming Disability Living Allowance in Northern Ireland is soaring at a time when it is falling elsewhere in the UK. You can have a read of it here, if you fancy. I was intrigued by the comments underneath my article. You will see some people agree with me whilst those who differ hope I get cancer. That’s nice.
I guess the main point I wanted to make was that this sort of Benefit must be closely scrutinised before it is handed over to claimants. The second point is that the core areas of support for Sinn Fein coincide with the major areas of DLA claim. This is why they refuse to countenance any change to Welfare and will edge the country closer to the cliff edge in order to ensure the parasites can drain the UK taxpayer.
I have often thought that all human life, all the experiences of a varied, full, sometimes too exciting life: can be explained or catalogued within phrases and sentences which are self-explanatory:-
Your application has been approved, can you join the vessel Pacific Reliance in Liverpool?
‘Play the drums? Me? Of course I can play the drums; Hic!’
‘For better, for worse, in sickness and in health……’
‘You have a healthy son’
‘Your new son and your wife are both fine.’
‘We shall call her ‘Alice.’
‘You need to accept that your wife is very, very ill…’
‘Your wife can go home with you today.’
“its just a short trip into Zambia, then on into the Congo; some friends of a mate of mine need some expert advice on High Voltage Switching. Its perfectly safe, there aren’t any problems where you are headed!’
‘All you have to do is visit the Hwange Power Station in Zimbabwe for the mandatory Tender Site Visit.’
‘and here is my Weapons Licence, and the balance payable so I may purchase and carry the legally-authorised revolver so chosen. I guarantee that I shall only use the weapon either in target practice at a registered gun range; or in defence of myself and my family’
‘No worries, Marco is fine; he’s the noisy one in the corner.’
‘Your wife needs treatment, as was demonstrated by her dissappearance, and you need to agree to commit her immediately!’
‘Well, Mr. Cunningham; we removed all the mass of the sarcoma; and we are delighted to state that it was found not to be malignant. Sorry about the two-foot long scar across and down the front of your body!’
‘Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs and digestive system. Your brother has about a week to live.’
‘Your MRI was carried out this morning; your Doctor will know the results in about ten days.’
BECAUSE Friday night is Music Night: What did she wear?
Goodness I’ve been looking forward to this weekend, dear reader. It’s a jolly big one for me, taking in the two set piece sporting occasions tomorrow. I’ll be at Twickenham, Rugby HQ, first for the Bath vs Saracens Premiership finale. I hope Bath do the business. Their attacking rugby deserves success.
Assuming the rugby gods give us a result at 80 minutes, that’ll give me around 90 minutes to get from Twickenham to Wembley (Wem-ber-lee!) for the FA Cup Final between the famous Arsenal and Aston Villa. I know, London Transport, I’m asking for trouble, but I’ll be there, for Arsenal’s record 19th FA Cup Final. I’ve been to every one since my dad took me to the 1978 final. I’ve seen us win the cup a few times and I’ve come away gutted, but when your team’s in the blood painful days make the good ones sweeter. We’re the favourites with the bookies, and understandably so because we’re a better team than the Villa. But a one-off cup game is a 50/50 one and I have the feeling it’ll be tight.
So let’s have some of Kentucky’s finest with what I think is a pretty good rock n roll song. As always, feel free to share your likes and what you’ve heard.
The NHS will be forced to discriminate against the over 70s to meet ‘highly unethical’ UN health targets which seek to reduce premature deaths in younger people, senior medics have warned.
Under the proposed Sustainable Development Goals, UN member states must cut the number of deaths from diseases like cancer, stroke, diabetes and dementia by one third by 2030. However because many are age-related illnesses people who succumb to those diseases from the age of 70 are not deemed to have died prematurely and so are not included in the target. In an open letter published in The Lancet, an international group of ageing specialists say the new guideline sends out the message that health provision for younger groups must be prioritised at the expense of older people.
I’m wondering why the UN is interfering in our Health Care in the first place? I’m with this Professor..
Prof Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, professor of social policy and international development at the University of East Anglia, and lead author of the letter, said: “This premature mortality target is highly unethical, since it unjustifiably discriminates against older people. “We already know that there is age discrimination in cancer care and surgery and these targets give that the stamp of approval. “The targets are not quite set in stone yet, so we have a final opportunity to impress upon the UN the need to alter this explicitly ageist health target. “If this doesn’t happen, people aged 70 and over will become second-class citizens as far as health policy is concerned.”
A controversial plan to display a cartoon of the Prophet Mohamed as an advertisement on the Washington DC Metro system has been blocked by transport officials. The cartoon was the winner of a provocative contest top draw the Prophet, held by the American Freedom Defence Initiative, which led to the shooting of two gunmen in Texas earlier this month. The application for the advertisement was submitted by Pamela Geller, founder of AFDI, who claimed that nothing about the cartoon “incites violence”
My question is – who would provide the violence if this image of Mohammad was published? If there is a threat, isn’t it right that the authorities move against those who make it? Of course I understand the duty of care transport officials have towards the many people who use this metro on a daily basis, but I also think that terroroism wins by simply threatening and others caving. No one wants to see a massacre on the underground BUT nor do we want to see freedom squashed to accommodate Islamists.
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