I have to express my disgust at the news that almost £5m of public money has been pumped into the pension fund for Northern Ireland Assembly members in six years.
And the contribution from taxpayers is more than three times the input from the politicians themselves! Newly-released figures show £4,868,910 was injected into the MLAs’ pension scheme from the public purse between May 2000 and March 2006. In the same period, contributions from members came to £1,530,010. That £4.87m is on top of salaries and expenses paid to MLAs, which last year added up to almost £9m. Now bear in mind that the Assembly has not functioned during the majority of this time. It’s a complete WASTE of tax-payers money.
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You know sometimes one focuses so much on the big issues that afflict this world, that tiny tragedies slip by un-noticed. I was reading this news story about how the father of four girls found murdered in their blazing home was concerned about the state of his disintegrating marriage. Friends said Mohammed Riaz, 49, had begun to fear that his Anglo-Pakistani wife, Caneze, was having an affair and it seems one thing led to another and …four young girls lost their lives. Mr Riaz had become devout in his devotion to Islam and centred his life around the local Mosque, apparently.
I have nothing to say about the rights and wrongs of this case other than to observe the desperation, anger and horror that lies behind the headlines. God bless the poor young girls, murdered by their own father.
The ideological void that Conservative Leader David Cameron represents is manifest in his latest off-the-wall suggestion that society needs to learn to "love louts" a bit more.
Cameron insisted Labour’s get-tough policies and Asbos had failed to tackle the teen thug crimewave.
And he urged people instead to focus on the root causes of crime and “show a lot more love”. The plea — which follows his “hug a hoodie” gaffe last summer — came as it was revealed that our teens top the league for casual sex, drinking, drug-taking and petty crime.
Mr Cameron said in a speech in Wales: “To those who simply say, ‘Crime is the fault of the criminal and that’s all there is to it’, I say: Tell it to a young offender."
I SAY TELL IT TO THE VICTIM OF CRIME.
Cameron is so soaking wet that he is virtually without substance – and yet the poor desperate for power Tories have installed this clown as their Leader. He seems to delight in making statements aimed at playing to the uberliberals in the MSM who themselves are much more concerned about the criminals than the victims of crime. It is NOT up to us to "love a lout" – it is up to Government to rigourously enforce the law, to punish those young thugs that break it, and to ensure that the law-abiding can go about their daily business without fear of robbery or violence. But that would reek of traditonal Conservative values…. and so must be jettisoned as thoroughly modern Dave seeks his claim as the leftful successor to Blair as a new phony PM.
Did yousee Question Time on the BBC last night? Not bad, for a change. Sure the audience were stacked with moonbats and converts to Greenism, but the panel were entertaining.
Michael Heseltine – the man who wanted to be Leader of the Conservatives – was good value. I don’t agree with him on virtually anything, but he’s an interesting speaker and he did make some good points.
Peter Hitchens is a man cut from the same clothe as myself. I have met Peter and found him an agreeable person who is good company. Pity the audience heckled him when he pointed out the nonsense around global warming, when he pointed out how ALL the political parties treat the electorate with contempt, how Cameron is Blair’s natural successor – not Brown, how the destruction of selective based Education has been a monstrous failure…all good stuff and all of which I agree with.
Amanda Platell was also good to watch. She was adept at pointing out the hypocrisies of both Labour and the modern Conservative Party under Love a Lout Dave Cameron. I think she spoke a lot of common sense and liked her.
Charles Clarke – former Home Secretary and now embittered politician every since he was sacked for his gross incompetence when a Minister was a hoot. I think he came across as a know-it-all, a bitter man, and someone who has not learnt from his errors. Most irritating character. Mr Bumble with a bad attitude.
And then – Ming the Merciless! Sir Ming Campbell – leader of the Glib-Dems. Oh dear – do you think he even knew what DAY of the week it was? He rarely showed any command of the topics being discussed, and his best moment came when he charged in to defend the marvellous comprehensive education system – which has destroyed the hopes of millions of kids. His key point seemed to revolve around the difference between cricket and football. What a moonbat!
I enjoyed this show last night – bit more balanced than normal!
British Airways has complained that the major UK terror alert back in August has cost it dearly, with profits down by 27%. Had Al Queda succeeded in destroying several aircraft leaving UK airports, I wonder how much further down profits would be?
I also wonder just how opportunistic British Airways are being here – since they casually mention that they were also running a loss-making subsidiary during this time? I fully appreciate the difficulties that must be involved in running a major air carrier at a time when certain Islamists seek to use aircraft as flying bombs and certain politicians see a chance to scam more taxation out of the Industry under the guise of global warming. But the fact is BA MADE substantial profits even during this difficult period and so I am somewhat cynical about the whining that has accompanied this latest financial report. The war on terror carries a price – for us all.
I see that the apostles of the apocalypse are now warning, in Science magazine, that the earth’s fish stocks face complete wipe out by 2050 if trends in overfishing and pollution continue. Naturally UK politicians have seized on this as way to further decimate our fishing industry.
Amazing, isn’t it, that whilst the oceans and rivers of this planet have managed to thrive for eons, all of a sudden over the past thirty years, as a section of the scientific community becomes increasingly hysterical, heady on the fumes of governmental largesse, we are now informed they can’t last even another forty years. Absolute tosh!
It strikes me that “Scientists” have become the new Priesthood of Global Warming – forecasting future events with the same arrogance and lack of sense. My suspicion is that global fish stocks will long outlast the apostles of the apocalypse even as they do their best to return this society to the stone age.
Here is one of MY favourite songs…and yes, I know it gets bad-mouthed by the "music experts" but I have a great fondness for the bleak lyric combined with the catchy tune. The best bit is the last bit, the crescending chorus brings back memories of my teenage years!!!
Notwithstanding DUP attempts to pull off a con-trick of Del Boy proportions, it seems a sizeable chunk of the party faithful (and not only those who are part of the Free Presbyterian movement) are distinctly upset at the idea of Paisley entertaining the idea of joint governance with a Provo heavy. The website, Burning Bush has been awash with cries of ‘sell out!’ since the DUP disappointed all those who believed it would hold the line in the environment of prostituted principles. I even have it on good authority that DUP members opposed to the St Andrews Agreement were denied the chance to ask questions to the panel at the recent gathering in East Belfast.
Some argue that the appeasement process has a script. I say it has a palimpsest. The original script used by Trimble back in 1998 may have been erased, but what you have in its place is an identical format describing identical machinations, albeit with different Unionist players. I couldn’t care less about the religion of the power sharing participants (give me a loyal Catholic over a separatist Protestant every time). What incenses me is that Paisley is about to submit his entire past life into a folder marked ‘Fraud’! He resisted power sharing before; why is he sullying his principles now? Sharing power with people dedicated to the constitutional abolition of Northern Ireland is as wrong with Martin McGuinness as it was with others back in the 1960s and the 1970s.
Whatever difficulties republicans have in selling the idea of PSNI loyalty to their grassroots is of no interest. It does not detract from the terrorist past and present of the IRA, nor does it change what Sinn Fein voters are! What we are concerned with here are not the problems associated with a terrorist party and a base of terrorist-approving low-lifes. We (and the DUP in particular) should be more preoccupied with the concerns of decent people who suffered (and still suffer) as a consequence of what the Provisionals did. Allowing them into government destroys the integrity of all who would contemplate such a scenario.
We are told that the family of the Brazilian character who got shot by the police are expressing "shock and disbelief" that the police marksman was not only back on armed duty, but has shot and killed another suspect; this time during an arrest after an armed robbery
Well, the only message I’d like to pass along to this Metropolitan copper is one of congratulations for keeping his eye on the ball, doing his job, and making sure that the scumbag, whoever he was, won’t be doing anything illegal ever again! If this policeman felt that the only thing he was left with was firing his weapon, then that is how it should be! In the ‘good old days’, when the only thing that killers could look forward to was a six-foot drop, there was a certain deterrence in the simple truth that only intelligent fools carried a gun into a robbery, because they knew exactly what they were risking!
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THE PRICE OF REWARDING TERRORISM
You do not defeat terrorism by rewarding terrorists, regardless of how many bleeding heart liberals argue otherwise. Want to know where that flawed approach leads to? Read UNIONISM DECAYED 1997-2007 - It's my first book and it explains what happens when you seeek to appease terrorists and call it peace. It's available right now for ATW readers so make sure you get your copy by emailing the editor! This is the book that dissents from the herd mentality that doing wrong can lead to being right. It doesn't and this book spells out WHY.
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