By David Vance On September 26th, 2016 at 7:18 pm
Labour would introduce a “real living wage” of at least £10 an hour in 2020 if in power, shadow chancellor John McDonnell told the party’s conference.
He said that under a Labour government “everyone will earn enough to live on”. He also set out plans to end austerity, fight for “the best” Brexit deal and to build a “manufacturing renaissance”. A new National Living Wage, which came into force in April, requires employers to pay workers over 25 at least £7.20 an hour, rising to £9 by 2020.
So the Labour recipe for an economic renaissance is to force up wage costs above those which the “Conservatives’ have already committed to raising. What can possibly go wrong with this? Actually it doesn’t matter because Labour have NO CHANCE WHATSOEVER of gaining power in 2020! McDonnell, lest we forget, is the guy who welcomed the economic crisis back in 2009 and who has publicly declared that “generally fomenting the overthrow of capitalism” was one of his interests. Labour’s loony policies on the economy condemn it to richly deserved obscurity. He fights against non-existing austerity; he wants to renationalise parts of industry; he wants to give more power to the Unions.
By Pete Moore On September 26th, 2016 at 7:02 pm
Britain cannot shirk its “responsibilities to France” over Calais because of Brexit, President François Hollande warned on Monday, in an indication he wants the UK to accept more migrants on humanitarian grounds.
The calls came as the French leader promised to “completely and definitively” close the “jungle” migrant camp “by the end of the year”.
What “responsibilities to France” is this drivel from Hollande? The Calais jungle is nothing to do with the UK. It’s not our business or responsibility. It doesn’t contain a single refugee. By international law, that thing which is invoked often enough to screw the British taxpayer, a refugee is obliged to seek asylum in the first dafe country reached.
The jungle contains illegal immigrants. If France is stupid enough to let them into France, that’s France’s business. Hollande can accept them or kick them back out (which is so sensible it won’t happen), but it’s nothing to do with us.
By David Vance On September 26th, 2016 at 6:54 pm
“A Muslim teacher is taking legal action against a school over claims she was sacked for objecting to children being shown a video of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Suriyah Bi, 24, lost her job at Heartlands Academy in Birmingham, after just a week of being a teaching assistant in a year seven class there.
She claims that she was shown the door after she complained it was not appropriate for the 11 and 12-year-olds in her class to watch the ‘X-rated’ clip – that showed the horrors of the attacks on World Trade Center in New York, in September 2001. Ms Bi, an Oxford University Graduate, from Yardley in Birmingham, is now pursuing claims against the school for unfair dismissal and religious discrimination.
I wonder how she can afford this legal action? Of course she is not a teacher, simply a teaching assistant and having been employed for less than a week the school is almost certainly within its rights to wave her bye bye but I find it curious that this “Oxford University’ graduate felt she could take on this course of action.
Oh and one more thing. Watching what happened on 9/11 when muslims brought carnage to America should be made MANDATORY. Kids should learn to recognise evil. Ms Bi.
By Pete Moore On September 26th, 2016 at 6:53 pm
WESTERN relations with Russia haven’t been this bad since Soviet days. Western governments would like Assad to pack his bags and give way to the NATO’s pet headchoppers. Neither he nor Putin are keen on that. Instead they’re pounding the Hell out of Aleppo, at least in part because that’s where many of the terrorists are. It’s a key battleground, and neither side is giving way.
I am rather impressed with the sheer cheek of Western politicians and diplomats. There would have been no war but for their initial and continued support for the terrorists, who have been bused in from all over the shop, and that of the Gulf states. Against this background –
On Sunday, US permanent representative Samantha Power said Russian and Syrian forces were “laying waste” to besieged rebel-held areas of the city of Aleppo.
Laying waste to all of Syria is fine, but the regime defending itself and its people from foreign takeover is simply beyond the pale. There was supposed to be a ceasefire, and it worked well for a couple of hours. Then the US attacked and killed 62 government soldiers while they were fighting ISIS. Apparently it’s bad form to regard this as a breach of ceasefire terms.
There’s been an Assad in control of Syria since 1971, and the West has lived with it for most of that time. Why now they’re keen on Islamic terrorists taking over is anyone’s guess. I’m still waiting for someone to explain that one. And that’s the choice: Assad or Islamic headchoppers. No-one else is waiting in the wings. Given those terms, good luck to Assad and Putin.
By Pete Moore On September 26th, 2016 at 6:30 pm
When I was growing up in the ’60s and early ’70s, conservatives were the enforcers of conformity. It was the right that was suspicious, sniffing out Communists and scrutinizing public figures for signs of sedition.
Now the role of oppressor has passed to the left […]
As a lifelong Democratic voter, I’m dismayed by the radical left’s ever-growing list of dos and don’ts — by its impulse to control, to instill self-censorship as well as to promote real censorship, and to deploy sensitivity as an excuse to be brutally insensitive to any perceived enemy. There are many people who see these frenzies about cultural appropriation, trigger warnings, micro-aggressions and safe spaces as overtly crazy. The shrill tyranny of the left helps to push them toward Donald Trump.
This is from a very recent op-ed by the author Lionel Shriver. They’re very interesting not just because they’re bang on correct (which of course they are). She is a well known author and Left Liberal. She has all the credentials. The piece explains the background, where she got into hot water among the Offended Class for claiming that fiction writers have the right to write fiction.
But they’re also interesting because they appear in the NYT no less, a cornerstone of Left Liberal opinion. Conservatives have looked on with bafflement as Leftism has gone completely mental these last few years. Maybe it’s because we flat out won the economic arguments, they won the culture war and the young are casting around to change something else because elder Leftists delivered all the change they wanted. Maybe it’s something else.
In any case, it might just be that saner Leftists are getting a bit fed up with the permanently offended in their ranks.
By David Vance On September 25th, 2016 at 5:28 pm
Pretty sordid however you look at it.
The Roman Catholic Church has acquitted an HIV-infected priest who has admitted to raping close to 30 young girls between the ages of five and 10 years old.
According to a bombshell report, which appeared in the Spanish-language news site Urgente24.com, the priest, Jose Garcia Ataulfo, was absolved of any wrongdoing by the Archdiocese of Mexico. Ataulfo has admitted to sexually assaulting indigenous young girls from Oaxaca, a state in southern Mexico known for its large indigenous population. The priest has yet to face any criminal charges, most likely due to the significant influence that the Catholic Church wields in Mexico, particularly in areas populated by indigenous ethnic groups.
Look, he has ADMITTED his deplorable crimes. He carried them out one assume knowing he has HIV. He is a monster, not an angel. He should be a/Thrown OUT of the Roman Catholic Church and b/ Thrown INTO prison. Why is the Pope presiding over this? If the Roman Catholic church hierarchy runs with this it should just shut up shop. His actions were sheer evil.
By David Vance On September 25th, 2016 at 5:15 pm
Can’t say I am in the least surprised to discover that…
Selectively edited” Footage of a young Muslim woman wearing a so-called Burkini being threatened on a French beach was a deliberate set-up for the benefit of a Channel Seven Australia television crew, according to revelations in the Australian press.
Read more here.
This was a stunt, pure and simple. And effective. The truth is that some muslims as in this instance act provocatively to gain a measure of media accepted victimhood. What is more sickening than that is the gullibility of our media, politicians and “commentators” who rush to play along with this. I vividly recall being a pretty lone voice on media here suggesting that the real victims were those mown down by a radical islamist a few metres from where burkini wearing women virtue signalled. As this image puts it..
So the great Burkini hoax got the attention seeking Muslim what she wanted and we can blame a foolish media who seem unable (or unwilling) to see the truth when it comes to Islam.
By David Vance On September 25th, 2016 at 5:06 pm
Well, as Pete has touched on, the comrades have re-elected Jeremy Corbyn as Leader and Labour are now on the way back. To political irrelevance. Quite simply, the UK electorate is centrist, not particularly to the right nor to the left. Tony Blair worked out in the mid-90’s that to win political power he had to at least nominally tack right – even if some of his policies were left. He won three elections in a row. He is a despised figure in Labour and the new ideology is that you CAN win from the left. You can’t and Corbyn and his comrades will preside over a stunning meltdown in 2020. This is welcome as it means we can now ALL look forward to a decade of Conservative rule. The BIG winner from this vote is Theresa May! No wonder she looks happy!
By David Vance On September 25th, 2016 at 4:58 pm
Further, faster, deeper —— Dante’s inferno needs excavation.
Same-sex couples raise the most open-minded children, a new study has revealed. C
Children raised by lesbian parents received the highest ‘quality of parenting’, research by the Australian Institute of Family Studies has found. The study also found that the number of same-sex couple parented families in Australia is growing and that children with lesbian parents were better equipped than other children to deal with issues of equality and diversity.
Really? So a child deprived of a father is more likely to be more “open-minded” and capable of dealing with “diversity and equality? This is another full on attack on the traditional family unit and a specific assault on the important role of fatherhood. I am not saying that two women are incapable of bringing up a child but it is surely not desirable. A child needs a Mum and Dad and no amount of gay propaganda is going to spin that any other way.