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WASTE NOT, WANT NOT…?

By David Vance On May 26th, 2015 at 8:21 pm

This is food fascism.

A local (French) councillor who started a petition leading to a new law making it illegal for French supermarkets to destroy edible food wants similar measures to be adopted worldwide. Arash Derambarsh, who represents the Paris commune of Courbevoie, started a petition against food waste that had garnered 211,000 signatures by the time the legislation was approved.

This displays a woeful understanding. No supermarket anywhere wants food waste. It costs them a fortune and they work with suppliers to ensure waste is minimised, often charging the supplier when such waste occurs. Edible food can have short sell by life and it is with hygienic and practical to dispose of it. Furthermore, the food is the property of the retailer and it is up to them what they do with it – not some interfering local politician.

SPECTOR AT THE FEAST…

By David Vance On May 26th, 2015 at 8:05 pm

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It’s a serious subject and I invite you to share your views.

A father-of-three with cancer who killed himself at a Swiss assisted suicide clinic claimed he would still be alive today if UK laws were changed.  Jeffrey Spector, 54, from St Annes, Lancashire, chose to die at Dignitas because he feared a ‘timebomb’ tumour on his spine would leave him completely paralysed and he did not want to become a burden on his family.

Speaking to his local newspaper just hours before his death, Mr Spector said he had no choice but to go to Switzerland because both euthanasia and assisted suicide are illegal under UK law.

He feared his condition would deteriorate to the point where his illness became terminal, by which point he may not have been of a ‘sound mind’ to make the decision to go ahead with assisted suicide.  After a final meal with loved-ones on Thursday evening, (Pictured) he died in Zurich on Friday afternoon. His family disagreed with his decision but, following his death, said they supported his wishes ‘100 per cent’.

I have come to believe that IF someone is faced with a terminal condition, and IF that means they will suffer and their family  suffer too as they watch their  loved one slip away, there needs to be a way to deal with it. Perhaps doctors should provide a tablet to end the agony? I am quest about “assisted suicide” BUT if they life is drawing to a painful excruciating end, why not offer medical relief? I have watched my Mother and Brother-in-law go through the agonies before death brought a final resolution. In both cases there was NO quality of life whatsoever. I am no longer certain that helping bring about the end is the worst thing. Thoughts?

OUR BALANCED STATE BROADCASTER

By David Vance On May 26th, 2015 at 1:54 pm

When we hear the BBC covering the EU and all issues associated with it, it is worth remembering this sobering fact…

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He who pays the piper…

THE COST OF BLEEDING HEARTS…

By David Vance On May 26th, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Seen this?

“The Prime Minister has handed out £11.6 billion in Foreign Aid in 2014, up from almost £9 billion in 2010. The bill has risen more quickly than any other country in the European Union since Cameron pledged to spent 0.7 percent of our income on foreign aid. And only two countries outside the EU saw larger rises – South Korea and Switzerland – but both have far smaller foreign aid budgets.”

A couple of apposite comparisons?

We spent almost ten times as much on foreign aid than Spain, which slashed its foreign aid budget by more than two-thirds in the wake of financial crisis. France’s foreign aid budget fell by almost 23% – meaning that its spending is now half the size of Britain’s.

Always remember that Government does not have ANY money. It is OUR cash that is splurges and I believe this grotesque spend must be cut to the bone. Yes, let us help out when a major natural calamity hits our fellow human beings wherever they may be, but this spending is wasteful and profligate. If it MUST be spent, why not spent it on at home?

FROM CICERO TO NOLAN..

By David Vance On May 26th, 2015 at 1:47 pm

I should be on the NOLAN TV show tomorrow evening discussing Welfare reform in Northern Ireland (or lack of such, to be more precise). This quote came to mind….see what you think.

 ““The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome fall.” Cicero, 55 BC
Now, they didn’t listen to Cicero, so I know they won’t listen to me but he was RIGHT then and I am right now. Stormont must balance the budget and live within its means but the Sinn Fein /SDLP axis say NO to that and YES to more entitlement. It is right that those who can work, DO work rather than sit back and consume the taxes of those who DO turn out to work each day.  One of the things that puzzles me is why Irish Nationalism seems so intent to oppose Welfare Reform. I know so MANY nationalist people who work very hard every day and who value their jobs. WHY is there such an obsession to protect some who are described as “the most vulnerable” but who are in receipt of the equivalent of a salary of £100,000 on benefits?

SYRIA GOES EVEN MORE MAD

By Pete Moore On May 25th, 2015 at 8:18 pm

I don’t just mean that ISIS rules in Palmyra.

You might have seen that the Syrian war has been going badly for Assad’s forces. While ISIS expands its control, various other “rebel” groups have been pushing back government forces in a series of defeats.

The Guardian’s Middle East correspondent (Martin Chulov) has a plausible explanation. He reports that a few months ago the chief backers of the various rebel fronts – Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar – put aside, with Washington’s connivance, their factional differences and joined up their efforts to defeat Assad. Since then the rebels have been receiving more and better arms, hence the tide of the war.

They’re determined to not just end the Assad regime, but to end also Iran’s ambitions. Tehran has long backed Damascus, Hezollah in Lebanon and, thanks to neo-con hubris and megalomania, now Baghdad. Chulov says:

Out of all the recent chaos – the looming destruction of a cradle of civilisation, resurgent anti-Assad fighters and the unchecked brutality of the jihadists – a rare clarity has emerged. The region’s main powers are now openly locked in a struggle for the destiny of the region – and of Syria in particular – that can only be stopped with a globally brokered solution.

Fat chance of that. The Middle East is a region where things simply do not end. More likely, I think, is a regional war as Iran digs in to protect its manors, with catastrophic economic consequences for a world without the means to mitigate them. I don’t know what’s coming down the road, but this looks very bad.

HOW TO BUY A REFERENDUM

By David Vance On May 25th, 2015 at 7:04 pm

My congratulations to the USA for buying Irish morality in 2015. What do I mean by THAT? Read on…

“Between 2004 and 2014, U.S.-based Atlantic Philanthropies invested more than $17 million to effectively catalyze the homosexual-rights lobby in Ireland.

Ireland’s rush to permanently redefine marriage is a startling development for a country that legalized divorce only 20 years ago.

How could the nation that “saved civilization” precipitously decide to make its constitution “gender neutral,” especially in a section devoted to … the family?

Key organizations opposing the radical change believe one answer can be found in the multimillion-dollar external financing program that has quietly poured money into Ireland to fund several homosexual-rights organizations since 2004, especially from U.S.-based Atlantic Philanthropies.

Although not as well known as the Gates Foundation, Atlantic has a similar pedigree: Billionaire businessman Chuck Feeney is giving away the fortune he made as co-founder of DFS, airline duty-free shops. “

By way of return, the “No” campaign had a 200k budget.

In essence, external forces based in the USA replete with $$$$ were able to buy Irish morality by financing the YES campaign. Little wonder Hillary Clinton gushed…

THE BRAVE NEW IRELAND…

By David Vance On May 25th, 2015 at 6:42 pm

We’ve heard a lot of hype in recent days about Ireland has discovered a news sense of morality as it embraces the redefinition of marriage. However it has other darker secrets lurking in the background…

“Victims campaigner Ann Travers has condemned the Irish Government for putting in place a scheme similar to the controversial on-the-runs (OTRs) letters which secretly gave assurances to IRA suspects they were safe from prosecution.

Some are understood to be the suspected killers of Lord Mountbatten in 1979 and British Ambassador Christopher Ewart-Biggs in 1976.

Official documents between the Irish and British Governments that have just come to light reveal Dublin was already running an informal scheme where suspects were promised they did not face arrest before the British scheme started.”

Quite the “rainbow” nation, providing comfort to on-the-run terrorists.

SOME MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS…

By David Vance On May 25th, 2015 at 6:37 pm

As you know, the Northern Ireland “Equality Commission” put its full weight and £30,000 of our taxes behind the gay activist who wanted to take Ashers Bakery to court. But their tenacity seems less than robust in another circumstance…

The Equality Commission has decided not to exert any further pressure to change the name of a Newry playground named after an IRA gunman. 

The commission has told the News Letter that it is “disappointed” that Newry and Mourne District Council did not change the name of the playground – named after IRA hunger striker Raymond McCreesh – but that it will not be taking any further action, after seven years of correspondence with the local authority.

So, gay birthday cakes = move heaven and earth to get a legal result, IRA tributes masquerading as a children’s playwark, not so much. The truth is that this “Equality Commission” is an Orwellian quango with a very particular political enforcing role that ensures it sustains inequality when it is convenient.

DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART….

By David Vance On May 25th, 2015 at 6:32 pm

Oops, Elton won’t be pleased!

Sir Elton and David are parents to sons Zachary (four) and Elijah (two) and the singer is listed as the father and his other half the mother on birth documents.

However, activist Germaine has reportedly blasted the couple in a recent interview, saying that this is the perfect example of how motherhood has been “deconstructed”.

The 76-year-old said of Elton and David, according to the Mail Online: “Sometimes I think that really the problem is the concept of motherhood, which we can’t give any real structure to.

“Sir Elton John and his ‘wife’ David Furnish have entered on the birth certificate of their two sons that David Furnish is the mother. “I’m sorry. That will give you an idea of how the concept of motherhood has emptied out. It’s gone. It’s been deconstructed,” she added.

That’s the aim, and her point is indeed germane to the issue. Furnish is not the “mother.”