My utter contempt for the political class is exemplified in the news that air passengers are to face higher taxes in a mini-Budget to be unveiled by Gordon Brown next week. The Chancellor will announce increases in air passenger duty (APD) on Wednesday in an attempt to demonstrate that the Government is serious about tackling emissions linked to global warming. He plans to double the current tax rate. His rationale is that this will help save the world. Are we REALLY so stupid as to swallow this guff served up by Brown? Do we ENJOY being taxed until the pip squeak? This entire "We have to raise taxes to save the Earth" is such an obvious scam driven by the Left and their handmaidens in the MSM.
Did you read that more than one-third of African women and a quarter of African men are estimated to be overweight, and the World Health Organisation predicts that will rise to 41 percent and 30 percent respectively in the next 10 years? Wow – time to stop feeding the world? Should Geldof be asked for reparations?
I found this article over on The Business on the future of the United Kingdom to be very interesting. It’s well worth a read as it contains more than a streak of truth…..
Next May is the 300th anniversary of the Union of the Scottish and English Parliaments, which followed the Union of the Crowns in 1603 and began the United Kingdom. It should be a cause for much celebration of one of the most successful Unions the world has ever seen, one which (along with the Welsh and the Ulster-Scots) dominated the 19th century through the British Empire, played a crucial role in seeing off the great 20th century evils of fascism and communism and which remains an important economic, diplomatic and military power, even in the 21st century.
But instead of celebration the air is thick with talk of divorce on both sides of the border. What was put together in 1707 might soon be about to come apart. It has not yet dawned on the rest of the world that, in the foreseeable future, there might not be a United Kingdom.
The Scots have periodically flirted with independence. In the past, when polls north of the border showed growing support for a separate Scotland, the English were distressed and powerful voices on both sides of the border were marshalled to keep the Union intact. This time it is different: Scottish Nationalism is on the rise once more and this time the English are inclined to say: “Go if you want to”. Indeed, one poll last weekend showed that support for Scottish independence is even greater among the English than it is among the Scots. Thus do both nationalities conspire to kill the United Kingdom and with it the very concept of being British
Here we go – McCartney is at his best when all the focus is on the music! Can you spot a familiar face in this?
MOSCOW — Government scientists in Russia have announced today that all Russian dissidents share a rare gene that causes them to suddenly die by assassination! Read the rest here!
I see that the the Iranian backed terrorist cabal Hezbollah are cranking up the pressure on the Lebanese Government to quit. Hundreds of thousands of frenzied supporters of Hezbollah and its pro-Syrian allies have held a mass rally in Beirut to protest against Lebanon’s government. Amid tight security, demonstrators chanted slogans denouncing Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.
The opposition says it will keep up the pressure until the government resigns. The protests follow weeks of rising tension in Lebanon, with the killing of a leading anti-Syrian politician and resignations from the cabinet. Nice to see Iran acting as a stablising force in the region. Should we tell the Fabulous Baker Boys?
Here’s another song from my EC jukebox. The thing to note here is the superb wordplay. Can you identify the quote from a popular song by the Beatles? And what you think of line…"You lack lust, You’re so lacklustre.." Marvellous. I suppose you could say this is driving with an offensive attitude!
John Coulter has sent me a copy of his most recent article entitled "If Stormont Fails". The full version can be found here at the Open Republic Institute. I suggest you go there and give it a read. In essence John argues that Unionism must be clever and not miss the chance to embrace power-sharing with Sinn Fein/IRA, as otherwise the Assembly will fall and joint authority will cast a dark and looming shadow over this land. What do you think?
John has asked for comments, so I hope he will take mine in the spirit of friendly engagement that they are offered.
My initial reaction is to define John’s argument as a somewhat more refined version of the unlamented "Vichy Unionism." It predicates itself on the bogus Bogey Man theory of Northern Ireland politics. Do what I tell you now, or something much worse will come your way. BOO! The "threat" of Joint Authority is a ridiculous construct – about as substantial as a will-of-the-wisp, or Reg Empey’s comb-over.
It also neatly sidesteps the awful reality that to endorse power-sharing with terrorists is to invalidate the basis for Unionism in the first place! Which other part of the UK welcomes Mafiosa into Government, exactly?
Furthermore, it also avoids the fact that the "New Unionism" of Mr Trimble was comprehensively rejected by the pro-Union electorate and poor old DT is out of a job.
John postulates "revolutionary unionism" – embracing 32 counties. I counter this by stating that what he argues for is de-evolving unionism – a dying swan creed for the defeatists out there.
My sincere hope is that Unionists avoid the Assembly at all costs. Devolution baited with traces of terrorism is toxic – stay away. Over to you….!
I watched "Hearts and Minds" last night and was impressed by DUP MEP Jim Allister’s performance when interviewed by the always challenging and sometimes provocative Noel Thompson. I think Jim articulated a lot of common sense and I can more or less accept the position that HE believes the DUP is holding with regard to the so-called St. Andrew’s Agreement.
Jim spoke carefully, rationally and with great intelligence. It’s interesting to compare my reaction to Jim’s performance with that of Mick Fealty over at Slugger O’Toole, who suggests that Mr McAllister is totally out of tune with DUP current philosophy on this vexed subject.
So, what does Mick know that Jim Allister doesn’t? Is the DUP MEP a dupe, or is the Slugger editor a dope when it comes to the DUP?
This is good…my thanks to the ATW regular who sent me it!
In the year 2006, the Lord came unto Noah, who was now living in England and
said, "Once again, the earth has become wicked and over-populated, and I see the
end of all flesh before me.
Build another Ark and save 2 of every living thing along with a few good
He gave Noah the CAD drawings, saying, "You have 6 months to build the Ark
before I will start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights."
Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard but no
"Noah!" He roared, "I’m about to start the rain! Where is the Ark?"
"Forgive me, Lord," begged Noah, "but things have changed. I needed Building
Regulations Approval. I’ve been arguing with the Fire Brigade about the need for
a sprinkler system. My neighbours claim that I should have obtained planning
permission for building the Ark in my garden because it is development of the
site even though in my view it is a temporary structure. We had to go to appeal
to the Secretary of State for a decision.
Then the Department of Transport demanded a bond be posted for the future costs
of moving power lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for
the Ark’s move to the sea. I told them that the sea would be coming to us, but
they would hear nothing of it.
Getting the wood was another problem. All the decent trees have Tree
Preservation Orders on them and we live in a Site of Special Scientific Interest
set up in order to protect the spotted owl. I tried to convince the
environmentalists that I needed the wood to save the owls – but no go!
When I started gathering the animals, the RSPCA sued me. They insisted that I
was confining wild animals against their will. They argued the accommodation was
too restrictive, and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a
Then the County Council, the Environment Agency and the Rivers Authority ruled
that I couldn’t build the Ark until they’d conducted an environmental impact
study on your proposed flood.
I’m still trying to resolve a complaint with the Equal Opportunities Commission
on how many BMEs I’m supposed to hire for my building team.
The trades unions say I can’t use my sons. They insist I have to hire onfiltered
workers with Ark-building experience.
To make matters worse, Customs and Excise seized all my assets, claiming I’m
trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species.
So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this
Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow
stretched across the sky. Noah looked up in wonder and asked, "You mean you’re
not going to destroy the world?"
"No," said the Lord. "The government beat me to it."
Amen to that!