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THE CALEDONIAN CASTRO…

By David Vance On March 28th, 2015 at 11:06 am

Things are interesting, north of the border.

Nicola Sturgeon will today extend a message of “friendship and solidarity” to voters in the rest of the UK, pledging the SNP will work with others to make a positive change at Westminster.

‘Solidarity’ from the leader of a Party dedicated to the breaking up of the Union? It’s surreal.

Ms Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister and SNP leader, argued that the “outdated and discredited” Westminster system needed to change “once and for all”.

Parliament is a centuries old institution. The devolved institution that Sturgeon leads is less than twenty years old.

Had the SNP WON the Scottish Independence referendum ( and remember, it LOST that) Scotland would now be financially bankrupt due to plummeting Oil revenues.

The way I see it, it’s the SNP which is “outdated and discredited’

7 DAY WEEKEND

By David Vance On March 28th, 2015 at 10:36 am

You MIGHT think that given the annual cost of almost £100 BILLION, the NHS would be a seven day a week service. Think again. Those of us who have had the misfortune to use it understand that the weekend brings a special game of NHS Russian Roulette. Will your loved one survive until Monday morning comes and full services start up again. As I write this, I am that very position as my seriously ill Mother is in an NHS hospital. But wait…what’s this I hear..?

All hospitals in England would have consultants on duty seven days a week by 2020 under a future Conservative government, David Cameron is to pledge. At the party’s spring forum, Mr Cameron will say more hospitals must provide top-level treatment at the weekend, starting with emergency care. The move, aimed at cutting weekend mortality rates, builds on plans set out by health service managers. Labour said Tory plans for “extreme” spending cuts threatened the NHS.

Sickness does not confine itself to Monday to Friday so WHY does the NHS basically operate a skeleton staff at weekends? The NHS should be 24/7.

As for Labour’s ludicrous “savage cuts’ claim, I point this out. During the period of Coalition government an EXTRA £16.7 BILLION has been spent on the NHS.

EUROVISION

By David Vance On March 28th, 2015 at 10:25 am

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This simple chart reveals just how catastrophic the recession has been for some European countries. It also shows the utter folly of a “one size fits all” economic policy driven by Brussels. Sooner or later, the EU will implode as it is impossible to sustain economic coherence in the face of some disparity.

 

Now thats my kind of Bill

By Mike Cunningham On March 28th, 2015 at 6:39 am

We can always live in hope that our Lords and Masters, who govern as they would wish, but hardly ever as we would require; would bend their minds towards any changes in present UK Legislation, especially along the lines of Indiana’s Religious Freedoms Bill.

At one shot, Ashers would not be persecuted, the couple who operated the B&B would still be around £3,500 richer, and all the silly clowns who primp and prance around calling for so-called f**@!^^ Equality would be silenced at one go.

But will we see that happy state of affairs? In the home of what used to be called ‘Democracy'; will we hell!

Old and Crusty

By The Troll On March 28th, 2015 at 4:02 am

But the Music’s still sweet enjoy

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GET UP, STAND UP

By Pete Moore On March 27th, 2015 at 8:00 pm

WE’RE told that “office workers are too sedentary”. Reports the BBC:

On Your Feet Britain says sitting for long periods at work is linked to a host of health problems, which are not undone by working out in the gym.

It is calling on people to stand regularly, walk around more and embrace ideas such as standing meetings or standing desks.

Experts described inactivity as “one of the biggest” challenges in health.

Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers and poor mental health have all been linked to sedentary behaviour.

But we knew this already. A comment downstairs from Dave Alton reminded me that I caught this piece on BBC radio today. Despite always being into long walks at the weekend, which is just as well since I’ve never been a gym bunny, 15 years of office life was taking its toll on the once-svelt me. A change of job three years ago has since seen me active and on my feet for most of the week and the difference in my health is tangible. I feel great and fit easily into 28″ strides. It ain’t bad for a 44 year old, and it would have been impossible without being active all the time.

If you have a desk job, even standing up for a few seconds now and then will be good. This simple move fires up the mitochondria, which (as far as I can tell), are the batteries in our cells. Go for a walk at lunchtime, avoid the lift, all that. If I was still in a suit I’d ask my employer for a stand-up desk. (Get some for the meeting room also; you’d be amazed at how it stops the pointless chit-chat.) Slaving away for years is pointless if you end up too ill to enjoy what you earn.

ATW FRIDAY JUKEBOX…

By David Vance On March 27th, 2015 at 6:57 pm

Ever been to Amsterdam? Here’s a tune if you have been or plan to…

ENVY OF THE WORLD…

By David Vance On March 27th, 2015 at 6:47 pm

I would imagine that being diagnosed with cancer is one of those moments where your life can be thrown into chaos and all kinds of fears come to the surface. As I mentioned here a little time ago, my brother in law is dying with brain tumour so this topic is one that concerns me. I read this with concern…

Cancer waiting times are being missed in Northern Ireland with the number of urgently referred patients starting vital treatment within a 62-day target dropping by 7% in 12 months, new figures have revealed.

The government targets state that 95% of patients ‘red flagged’ as an urgent case by a GP with suspected cancer should not wait any longer than two months for treatment. But new figures published by the Department of Health show that in December 2013 the target was met in only 81.7% of cases. And 12 months later this slipped by a further 7% to just 74.7% of cases, leading to the Health Minister to describe it as a “serious concern”

So 25% of people with suspected cancer are having to wait MORE than two months just to see a cancer specialist!!!!

That could be the difference between life and death.

What an indictment on the envy of the world and in particular how it is managed locally.

I KNEW THE BRIDE..

By David Vance On March 27th, 2015 at 6:13 pm

Goodness me, I never saw this one coming!

Sensational footage has emerged showing the father of one of the three schoolgirl ‘jihadi brides’ at the head of an Islamist rally led by hate preacher Anjem Choudary and attended by Michael Adebowale, the killer of soldier Lee Rigby. The video shows Abase Hussen marching at the front of the demonstrators, behind a banner reading: ‘The followers of Mohammed will conquer America’. He was filmed chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ amid dozens of protesters and standing just yards away as the American flag is burned.

Like father, like daughter? It’s remarkable how the facts concerning this “moderate” Muslism rather expose their claims.

Obama continues to betray and undermine an Ally

By The Troll On March 26th, 2015 at 9:15 pm

obama1-compressedOne of the things that has stopped a Nuclear Arms Race in the Middle East is even though it has been suspected and assumed to be true that Israel had Nuclear Weapons the Israeli’s never admitted they did.

That fact actually worked to help prevent other nations from making the case to openly pursue a Nuclear Weapons Program. It is actually a subterfuge that benefited all sides.  Despite the hate of Israel and the continual attacks against it. None of the Arab States felt threatened by an Israeli bomb. Instead they were more worried if another Arab Nation had the Bomb which they viewed as a real threat.

Watching the ME burn as it is today while Sunni and Shia kill each other to see who will lead the fight to kill the rest of us you can see why they as a group preferred never to go down that path.

Then comes President Obama, his hate for Israel and his desperation for a legacy.  Last Monday Obama had the Secret Files on the Israeli Nuclear program declassified. Betraying an Ally.

He did so because his “Deal” with Iran guarantees them the development of a Nuclear Bomb.  By releasing this information he has provided Iran the groundwork for defending their development of a Bomb.

This move by the Obama Regime puts all the Middle Eastern Nations into an Open Arms Race, and one step closer to an Israeli War.