By David Vance On June 16th, 2015 at 8:36 pm
I am not sure if this is a credible story but this is what is being claimed as the latest element in the farce of Northern Ireland politics.
There are fears that Martin McGuinness may resign as Deputy First Minister and bring down the Stormont Government if London takes back powers over the welfare crisis, it has emerged.
Mr McGuinness would have to recommend this nuclear option to his party’s ruling council, the ard chomhairle, if he wanted to tender his resignation. The ard chomhairle’s decisions are binding on Sinn Fein.
Last week Mr McGuinness said he would make a recommendation but would not say what it was. Now Sinn Fein has told other parties that he would ask to be allowed to resign. If he resigned, the Executive would collapse unless Sinn Fein nominated a replacement, which seems unlikely.
How much of this is a journalist parroting placed political spin? I would find the idea of Sinn Fein collapsing the toxic Assembly impossible. Sinn Fein does thrive on creating instability and the suggestion of imminent collapse – this has driven concession after concession from successive weak kneed UK Governments. But I suppose a point will be reached where Cameron might just inform them to go it and see if they end up “Ourselves alone”
By David Vance On June 16th, 2015 at 8:27 pm
Lots of talk in the UK concerning “the shock” felt amongst the local Islamic community in the English town of Dewsbury that three married Muslim women and their offspring have all apparently legged it to Syria to support Islamic State. (Yes, that most savage manifestation of the Religion of Peace)
For some reason this is being presented as some sort of National calamity. I don’t see it as a problem at all, the more we are rid of these traitors to democracy the better. But if you were perhaps trying to assess the nature of what life must be life in good old Dewsbury, consider this image (genuine) of an ice cream vendor.
This is just the icing on the cone.
By David Vance On June 16th, 2015 at 8:14 pm
I feel so sorry for his parents and indeed for the young man, though he is now beyond help.
The parents of a County Tyrone teenager who took his own life have said a Nigerian gang was blackmailing him over intimate photographs. Gerard and Teresa Hughes said the gang demanded more than £3,000 from their son, Ronan, and then sent images of him to his friends on social media. Speaking to the Irish News, they criticised police “inaction” after the 17-year-old revealed what was going on. Police said they hoped to meet the family to discuss their concerns.
Without going into the specifics, I am sure we can all understand the folly of youth. In this age of smartphones with cameras, 24 hour internet access, well – you can imagine how people can be duped, sometimes shy and gullible people. But for a young person to be BLACKMAILED in this way by a gang of Nigerian parasites is outrageous. I’m not sure what can be done given the nature of the crime – but it led to the death of Ronan and surely it will lead to other taking their precious life in maliciously constructed shame.
By David Vance On June 16th, 2015 at 8:07 pm
Well, I see Michelle Obama is gracing the UK with her presence. Here she is pictured in a typical inner city London school. See the problem? LONDONISTAN. We are being conquered by demography and none dare speak up for fear of being called “racist”.
By The Troll On June 16th, 2015 at 5:15 pm
Donald Trump has actually announced that he is running for President. Trump is character that is Larger than Life of that there is no doubt. Whether you think he can do a good job or not he will definitely bring fire and entertainment to the race. My question is will he stay with it? One thing is sure Trump has his own money to do what he wants, we’ll see just how serious he actually is.
By Mike Cunningham On June 16th, 2015 at 10:56 am
You trusted us on the Nazis.
You trusted us when we told you those small children would be entirely safe with our priests, despite overwhelming proof to the contrary.
You really trusted us when scandal erupted over the totally-crooked and criminal activity of the Vatican Bank.
You also trusted us before the Adoption Scandals broke in Spain and Australia.
So please, even pretty please; Trust us when we speak out on Climate Change, because we know of what we speak, and its all for the poor people, anyway! Ignore the fact that we are ordinary fallible people leading a Religion; ignore the equal fact that we quote no realistic science at all; ignore the truth that the vast majority of the science studies, statistics and volumes of so-called ‘proof’ come from sources tainted by government grants, from endorsement by crooked and venal politicians, ignore the fact that those who speak out against the Gospels of Climate Change are unbelievers, indeed even Deniers; and when you think of that awful charge against anyone that he is a ‘Denier’: just return to the One True Fold, and accept that We know what is good for both you, and the World.
Your Brother on High
By The Troll On June 16th, 2015 at 2:31 am
The Man who will NEVER be President.
Unlike my fellow commentator I am opposed to Political Dynasties. The Job of a Politician is supposed to be one that is filled by people who have proven their worth in another field and have entered Politics to give back.
If the Bush Family wanted a career business in government they should have stayed their original course. This one didn’t even do that, he is not a Bonesman. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. The Bush family now has two horses in the race. Rubio was hand picked and groomed by the Bush family his whole life. It will be interesting to see how they clash if at all. That is the inside baseball game to watch.
If it comes down to the Beast and Jeb….. The Beast wins.
By Mahons On June 16th, 2015 at 1:27 am
I wish I had thought of Senator Feinstein’s line that when it comes to the Jeb Bush for President campaign: “We now know what the Bush family had in mind when they said “No Child Left Behind”.
I am not opposed to political family members running for office per se. It got us a couple good Roosevelts and a few Adams family members. But let us admit there are a lot more duds than gems.
Bush v Clinton is more depressing than a fruitcake at Christmas, but I digress, I will leave Caitlyn Jenner out of it. The amazing yet horrifying thing is that each stands a good chance of securing their party’s nomination considering the candidates they are running against. Merciful God in Heaven.
Anyway, Jeb announced what he hasn’t announced for a year, that he is in fact running for President. I don’t want to beat a dead horse, especially in a Triple Crown Winner year. Devotees of my writings can check out “His Brother Was Worse” from a post last December on Jeb’s chances. Nostramahons may become my new handle. Is there no better candidate in the entire Republic who can ride in to the rescue? Captain Sully maybe? Iggy Pop? Peter Dinklage?
By David Vance On June 15th, 2015 at 4:11 pm
Well, we have been talking about this one for several years now but it seems to be finally arriving at the end of the line. I refer to Greece being able to remain within the EU.
As you know, the people of Greece elected a hard-left Government last year that was determined to STAY in the EU but STOP any more austerity. Sane commentators will realise these are mutually excluding objectives but sanity and leftism are but passing strangers! So now this….
Europe tells Greeks to prepare for ‘state of emergency’ as talks collapse in acrimony. Eleventh hour bail-out talks last just 45 minutes as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is accused of “swindling the world” with his demands.
Of course he is but then again WHY did “the world” lend money to this Government in the first place? Greece CANNOT afford to meet its bills and its commitments. That much is clear. So what we are now looking at is an orderly exit from the EU. This will send a seismic shock around the financial world BUT it is the only chance Greece has. It must leave the Eurozone, reintroduce its OWN currency – the Drachma – and live with the consequences AS A SOVEREIGN nation. There will be chaos in the short term, believe it, but eventually Greece will restore good fortune. Watch holiday prices for a bargain.