By David Vance On February 24th, 2015 at 8:49 am
In the past few days, two former British Foreign Secretaries, Jack Straw (Labour) and Sir Malcolm Rikfind (Conservative) were filmed holding discussions over paid employment by reporters for the Daily Telegraph and Channel 4’s Dispatches, who were posing as staff of a fake Chinese firm.
Both men were throwing around requiring sums of circa £5000 a day to help the “Chinese firm” gain “influence” at senior level. Just the usual troughery, I hear you say? Correct but it is the sheer brass neck that still inflames outrage.
Sir Malcolm explained that it’s “quite unrealistic” to expect MPs to live on their salary of £60,000 a year. Do not despair, I bring you good tidings. Here is what Sir Malcolm earned in the past year ON TOP OF his meagre £60,000.
Phew. Thank goodness. That extra £261,000 should help keep the wolf from the door. Or, as in this case, the wolf is already behind the door, guzzling down £££££.
By David Vance On February 24th, 2015 at 8:36 am
Here’s another egregious instance of wanton public spending by a Government that is without a clue;
Education bosses spent a whopping £35m over five years to hire taxis to transport children to schools across Northern Ireland.
Last year alone our five education and library boards spent £7m on taxis to bring pupils to school. The Western Education and Library Board spent the most last year with the bill standing at £2m. The cost over the last five years comes to almost £35m.
When I was a youngster, I walked to primary school. When I became a teenager, I got the bus to Grammar school. When I became a parent, I drove my kids to Primary School as we live in the country. When they became teenagers they were driven to a spot where they got the bus. At no time were TAXIS involved or required.
When probed, the authorities come out with the usual mantra. These taxis are always for “the most vulnerable”, perhaps those with “disabilities” and of course the ubiquitous “socially deprived”. It’s a lot of nonsense. There is NO need to taxis for schoolchildren. Responsibility must lie with the parents to ensure their children get to school in a timely manner. My parents coped with that. I coped with that. But it seems we need to lavish MILLIONS of taxpayer money on this service and it’s a glaring example of how the State relentlessly subverts the role of parent – at all our cost.
By David Vance On February 24th, 2015 at 8:26 am
Seen this instance of self pitying Generation Sloth?
A 30-year-old woman claiming benefits, who weighs nearly 22 stone, says she’d love to work but employers won’t give her a chance because of her size. Kirsty Kennedy, from Stirling, has been on the dole for seven years and gets £500 a month in welfare handouts while she tries to find a job. ‘I have applied for Poundland, I think Iceland are getting fed up of me asking all the time. I’m just getting to the point where I will take anything.
So, it is the fault of prospective EMPLOYERS that 22 stone Kirsty can’t get a job. I see. Further, do you note that she is saying that she “is at the point where I will take anything”. How gracious she is. It’s taken her SEVEN years to get to this point of consideration.
Listen, this fatty needs to show a scintilla of self control, lose the weight, lose the attitude and lose the welfare. She is exactly the sort that the Left and their media apologists seize on as “a victim” – but that’s wrong – she is the bully. She is spongeing off OUR taxes and that is wrong.
By David Vance On February 24th, 2015 at 8:18 am
Back in WW2, I am not aware that many young British girls were seeking to move to Germany and hook up with Nazis to become their brides. I can’t find evidence that teenage British girls were seeking the romantic attention of the concentration camp guards. But that was BEFORE the long decades of cultural upheaval brought about by unfettered immigration. Things are much different now and hence this;
Eight British schoolgirls have travelled to Syria in the last seven months using a route which has become known as the ‘jihadi bride trail’ – and hundreds more besotted British women have proposed marriage to extremists online.
The true figure is likely to be even higher as the police and families have imposed news blackouts in some cases, prompting fears that Britain’s anti-terrorism agencies are losing the battle against the radicalisation of young Muslims on the internet.
Young Muslims. Girls who can witness their wannabe husbands CUT THE HEADS of innocent men. Girls who can witness their wannabe husbands BURN OTHER HUMAN BEING ALIVE. And they swoon. It is not the “internet” that radicalises these girls – it is ISLAM that provides the dynamic and we have a massive problem that our leaders seem unable or unwilling to face into.
By David Vance On February 24th, 2015 at 8:10 am
Honestly, you DO have to laugh.
Greece has unveiled an outline summary of reforms demanded by eurozone leaders in order to secure a bailout extension. The measures include plans to combat tax evasion and tackling fuel and tobacco smuggling.
Government officials said they were releasing the summary before formally submitting it to guard against leaks to the press. The list must be approved by international creditors on Tuesday to secure a four-month loan extension. Greece had previously delayed presenting the reforms by 24 hours after initially agreeing to deliver its proposals to creditors on Monday.
Now then, at the centre of the Greek reforms is a plan to combat tax evasion. ANYONE who has done business in Greece (I have) or who has dealings with Greek business (I have) will be only too aware that it is seen as a moral duty NOT to pay any more tax than you can get away with. They don’t just avoid tax, they evade it and it is at the heart of Greek commerce. Whether this is good or bad is beside the point, it is culturally just what they do. So the notion that the left wing Syriza is somehow going to wave a magic wand and change this is utter delusional, and a con.
I believe the EU will buy the con. I believe Germany will sit back and watch what happens over the best 16 weeks and see what Syriza really does. This is all one massive game of chicken and whatever way it works out, the Greeks are going to be flattened. They SHOULD have considered that before they got themselves hooked on Euro cash. Now the time is to pay.
By The Troll On February 23rd, 2015 at 10:37 pm
The FCC is about to create Laws governing the Internet. Some here have framed this as just a few rules to prevent Comcast, Verizon etc, from squeezing the little guy. If that was the case it would be fine. It also would NOT be SECRET.
No one trusts this pack of Bureaucrats. They have tried to squash Free Speech repeatedly in the past. How can they be trusted when they REFUSE to allow anyone to read these New Laws.
A key Republican lawmaker in Congress called for Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to make proposed net neutrality regulations public before a planned Thursday vote on the measure.
In the latest wrinkle in the Republicans’ battle to quash Wheeler’s proposals, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who’s also the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter today to Wheeler, questioning whether the FCC has been “independent, fair and transparent” in crafting the rules to protect content on the Internet.
“Although arguably one of the most sweeping new rules in the commission’s history, the process was conducted without using many of the tools at the chairman’s disposal to ensure transparency and public review,” he said.
Chaffetz urged Wheeler to publicly release the 332-page draft order that was given to the other four commissioners nearly three weeks ago and appear at a House Oversight hearing Wednesday before a vote at the FCC’s monthly meeting Thursday.
Also today, FCC commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly too asked for Wheeler to release the proposal to the public and postpone the Thursday vote to allow for 30 days of public comment.
Here a couple of more Headlines
Regs will make as slow as Europe...
WSJ: From Internet to Obamanet...
'FUTURE OF ENTIRE INTERNET AT STAKE'
here are some of the Groups that have come out in support of the New Regs…. What do they Know?
By David Vance On February 23rd, 2015 at 8:16 pm
I was on LBC radio this morning discussing this story.
“There is no evidence that three girls, thought to be heading to Syria to join Islamic State, were radicalised at school, their principal has said. Mark Keary said pupils cannot access Twitter or Facebook on Bethnal Green Academy computers. “Police have advised us there is no evidence radicalisation took place at the academy,” he said. Shamima Begum, Amira Abase, both 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, flew from London to Turkey on Tuesday. UK police officers have gone to Turkey but their role has not been confirmed.
I am glad these girls have left our country. If they want to be Jihadi brides, off they toddle. They are the enemy. I have no sympathy and I find the hand-wringing by so many liberals alarming. These girls MUST have seen the unbelievable savagery carried out by their husbands to be and so as far as I am concerned they have chosen to be with the enemy. No different from going to be with the Nazis in the 1940’s. If you want to look for blame, blame the parents.
By David Vance On February 23rd, 2015 at 8:10 pm
I am back from my visit to England to take part in The Big Questions yesterday on BBC1. You can watch the TV programme here.
Perhaps the most remarkable part of the primary debate “Is it always right to talk to terrorists”? was the assertion from another contributor that we should talk to Islamic State to see if we can understand them better. I pointed out that there is nothing more we need to understand. They cut the heads off BRITISH people, for god’s sake. They burn human beings alive. They are dark ages SAVAGES and the only “discussion” should be how can we bomb them into the dirt of Iraq, of Syria and of Libya.
Another contributor, a “journalist” with the Huffington Post, compared Israel to Islamic State. He seemed upset when I called him an Islamist. I could have called him much worse.
Anyway, that’s it done. I do enjoy live debate and the buzz around it!
By Pete Moore On February 23rd, 2015 at 7:36 pm
So the former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw lobbied the Ukrainian PM and the European Commission on behalf of a British firm for which he is a paid consultant. This is why politicians are bought. It’s to get their power and contacts used to the buyer’s advantage.
Meanwhile, the former Foreign Secretary – and current chairman of the Commons Intelligence and Security Committee – Malcolm Rifkind, was happy to take cash from “a Chinese firm”.
It’s delightful that they’ve been caught and jolly well done to whoever pulled it off.
By The Troll On February 23rd, 2015 at 4:04 pm
This is a very powerful Speech well worth your time. There are many facets to it. It is divided into two parts. Part 1 and Part 2. Rudy speaks about Israel, Obama, and Iran. Below is a snippet. The entire speech is a half hour. You only cheat yourself if you don’t take the time to listen.