By David Vance On October 9th, 2014 at 3:51 pm
It’s all happening in Clacton today!
Westminster is on the cusp of a “Krakatoa” moment, Nigel Farage said on Wednesday ahead of a double byelection which is expected to give Ukip its first elected MP. Douglas Carswell, who rocked the Tory Party by defecting this summer, is on course to make history as the firm favourite to win the Clacton by-election today. The party is expected to come a strong second in Labour-held Heywood and Middleton, Greater Manchester. With Tory sources claiming Mr Carswell could take more than half the vote, Mr Farage said a win would “shift the tectonic plates” of British politics and end forever the dominance of Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.
I will be on BBC London tomorrow morning to cover the results. For me, the interesting thing is that Clacton, in Essex, could be the sign of more things UKIP to come. Today is Conservative Leader David Cameron’s 48th birthday – hope he has a good one! UKIP will romp home and it will be interesting to see what happens the vote of the also-runs – in this case that meaning the Westminster establishment.
By David Vance On October 7th, 2014 at 10:36 pm
This was recorded in 1958. Such incredible maturity in a 22 year old. I love the romantic refrain,
By Pete Moore On October 7th, 2014 at 8:03 pm
Turkish president Recep Erdogan says that Kodane, on the Turkey/Syria border is about to be overrun by ISIS. He should know, his military has a granstand view of the fighting from 2km away. While the Kurdish town was first surrounded and strangled, his military seems to have done a tremendous job of showing off its tank manoeuvres. The fighting is now in the town centre and will soon end. The Kurdish defenders are fighting to the death with small arms and no support against an ISIS force with heavy American equipment.
Con Coughlin seems to have noticed that the Turks aren’t fully up for the fight against ISIS. In fact a cynic might suggest they’re relishing ISIS wiping out a few thousand Kurds. The Turkey-Syria border has been notoriously porous and some have reported ISIS convoys being waved through and into Kobane while Kurds have been stopped. In fact the only Turkish gunfire has been at Kurdish protestors, with one killed.
So much for the air strikes, which have been pretty ineffective. Obama has ruled out boots on the ground and most American armour seems to be parked a few miles from the Russian border right now. Priorities, priorities …
It’s a great game for the snakes in government. Their only goal is always that they come out ahead. A few thousand Kurdish lives are meaningless. More fool them for hoping for rescue.
By David Vance On October 7th, 2014 at 7:58 pm
Jennifer Lawrence is making no apologies about keeping naked pictures of herself on her computer. But the 24-year-old actress is hitting back at the hackers who stole the provocative shots in Vanity Fair‘s November issue. Jennifer spoke about the incident for the first time by calling the photo theft ‘a sex crime.’ ‘It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,’ she told the publication. ‘It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change.’
Hang on a moment. This is NOT a “sex crime”. Sensible people do not post naked pictures of themselves or store such “on the computer”. They REFRAIN from such stupid activity, Jennifer. So whilst you are a cutie pie, you are also one sandwich short of a picnic. If you don’t want naked images of yourself “leaked” best that you don’t take naked images of yourself and retain at least the appearance of some dignity? That said, she was good in X-Men as the feisty Mystique!
By David Vance On October 7th, 2014 at 7:52 pm
Now THIS one will surely bring a quiet smile of satisfaction to every Health Nazi out there. I refer of course to the news that …
Cigarette maker JTI Gallaher is to shut its factory in County Antrim with the loss of about 800 jobs. Workers at the Ballymena plant were informed by management on Tuesday. North Antrim MP Ian Paisley Jr said the redundancies would begin in May 2016. He said the announcement “effectively starts a 90-day consultation with workers, not only in Ballymena but across JTI’s European footprint, to cease production”. “Each year almost £60m is pumped into the local wage economy by JTI – from 2017 that will be over,” he said.
Never mind – it’s for their own good that they are made unemployed – right? I don’t smoke, never have. I loath the smell of tobacco and am sure it cannot be a healthy activity. THAT SAID, I defend the right of those who do smoke (and their are still plenty) to do so, and for those such as Gallaher’s to produce product for them. But the onslaught against tobacco companies in places like the UK and Ireland is fierce and so it is inevitable that these sort of decisions happen. It will be small comfort to the 800 affected by this devastating news.
Of course one COULD go on and ask precisely what the MP for this area has been doing to obviate this decision? Ian Paisley Jnr is well aware that this has been on the cards for a while – questions must be asked what HE, and the entire circus at Stormont, have done about it?
By David Vance On October 7th, 2014 at 7:46 pm
It’s the complacency that is so shocking! Consider this one;
There are no plans to introduce Ebola screening for those arriving in the UK, Public Health England (PHE) has said. About 3,400 people, mainly from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, have died in the current outbreak. President Barack Obama said on Monday that the US planned to screen incoming air passengers for the virus. But PHE said this was not recommended by the World Health Organization and would mean screening “huge numbers of low-risk people”.
Ah – well, that would NEVER do, would it? Better we allow Ebola infected people into the UK than we screen “huge numbers”. Mind you, it’s not just west Africa that we should be concerned about, but Spain too! The same mindset that thinks we should not worry about vast numbers of immigrants coming into the country and has now determined we should not worry about those carrying this lethal disease. Remarkable!!!
By The Troll On October 7th, 2014 at 3:30 pm
The following is a video of a guy asking IRS Henchwoman Lois Lerner questions. Now the video has an add for a book at the front of it. I don’t know the book, I haven’t read the book and I don’t care about the Author or the book.
Do you feel this is justified? What’s your opinion.
By Mike Cunningham On October 7th, 2014 at 10:19 am
We learn today of a Spanish nurse who has contracted Ebola after tending to a dying priest flown out of Liberia to a Madrid hospital. A few days ago, we read of an black bloke in Texas who went down with Ebola after travelling from Liberia, via Belgium to Dallas. He lied when he boarded the plane in Africa, as he stated that he had no contact with any affected person, but instead had ‘transported’ a woman who later died of this disease in Monrovia, exposed probably many people before he finally went to hospital in Dallas, and now expects to be treated.
What should be imposed on all these tin-pot West African states is a complete international travel embargo, no-one allowed out at all, and the only people allowed in are the truly stupid who think they can ‘help others’.
My solution to this dread epidemic is quite simple, if probably a little too strict for the liberals, the ‘do-gooders’ of this world, those who believe that the inhabitants of these tropical shit-holes deserve help. The countries where this dread disease is raging should be clamped down with an international air and land travel embargo, and left to rot, because all that is happening now is the ones with any cash are buying tickets to anywhere in the West, and transporting their deadly diseases along with them. The travel embargo should remain in force until a month after the last person dies. Many might die, but the West would remain disease-free.
But I know that most Western Nation-States are too soft, too woolly-minded, too full of the dread mindset which says ‘We can help’, when what they should be doing is setting up the barbed-wire fences around these plague spots, and then waiting until this disease kills all it touches, and then dies out naturally!
By Mike Cunningham On October 6th, 2014 at 6:57 pm
Watching the local tv news, I was truly enchanted to watch the report about this elderly homosexual fool who had decided that, despite all the warnings; all the reports to the contrary, all the extremely-negative published statements from Islamic scholars; Morocco was homosexual-friendly territory.
And guess what happened to him, when the local cops checked his phone for the PICTURES! He ‘came out’ to his family a few years ago, and was stated to be respectful of Morocco’s laws and that he is a “very discreet” person. I guess he is finding out how ‘ discreet and friendly’ the locals are in prison!
But the best bit is actually on the Sky webpage. This bloke is stated as having been arrested for being ‘gay’. No he wasn’t, he was arrested and charged with homosexual acts and activities; not for his sexual inclinations. You can be as camp as you wish, and you are not breaking Moroccan Law. It is the act which is the crime.
By David Vance On October 6th, 2014 at 11:32 am
Back from my holiday and wading through all those pesky emails and letters that sit in a big pile for you on your return. Hope you all have been well behaved and shared the love in my absence. Here are two pics from my hols which I wanted to share. I’m easing myself back in but you will hear more from me anon!