By David Vance On December 5th, 2014 at 8:55 pm
I had a good chuckle at the BBC hysteria following the Autumn Statement from the Chancellor of the Exchequer. In essence, the comrades at the Beeb were suggesting that if George Osborne seeks to ..gasp …..BALANCE the UK budget and reduce the deficit by 2020, then it may well mean austerity in the public sector that would remind us of the dark days of the 1930’s….
Now then – lets study a few crunch factors about the “savage cuts” we have endured here in the UK under the swingeing axe of George Osborne.
Welfare Spending 2010 £180bn
Welfare Spending 2014 £213bn.
Yes, you read that right.
UK Overseas Aid 2010 £8.45bn
UK Overseas Aid 2014 £11bn
Yes, you read that right.
Let’s look at the totem of UK politics – the NHS.
NHS spending in 2010 £103.8 bn
NHS spending in 2014 £113bn.
Gosh, it has been SO savage to date so I DREAD what lies in store…..
By David Vance On December 5th, 2014 at 8:35 pm
I had a read of Mahon’s peace earlier this week and though I would posit my view.
It seems to me that the optimum solution would be for the recently financially bankrupt Irish Republic to pick up the courage to return to the fold of the UK. Why would it do this? Well, there are the obvious financial benefits. The UK is a world class economy, whereas the Irish economy is a basket case. Then there is the benefit of having the mighty British Pound as its currency, rather than the volatile Euro.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of all would lie with uniting people, North and South, against the prospect of having the proxies of bloody terrorism installed in power in perpetuity. The rise of Sinn Fein with its laughable neo-Marxist agenda would mean NOTHING in a newly enlarged United Kingdom, of course, and that would also be a positive.
So, in the spirit of the season, I implore all Irishmen and Irishwomen to do the patriotic thing and vote their broken Republic OUT of existence and into a bigger brighter British domain.
By David Vance On December 5th, 2014 at 8:25 pm
Hi all! Well, I am back from my 27th wedding anniversary break to Berlin. My wife says she has a strange attraction for dictators
First impressions, it was c-c-c-COLD! With a Siberian wind bringing temperatures down to -10 degrees at night, it was the place for thermals, and plenty of them. A further means of keeping warming lies in imbibing copies quantities of Gluhwein.
i was staying in a nice hotel at Potsdamer Place, which is most central. A short walk of about 5minutes took me past the poignant Jewish Memorial, up to Branderburg Gate, and a hop across to the Reichstag. I also went to see the spot where Hitler met his end. There is only a plaque there marking the location of the Fuhrenbunker.
Ironically, it is within site of the Jewish Memorial centre. I think they should build a Synagogue on it.
Lots of Berlin is “new build”. Basically the city was all but levelled by the end of WW2 in 1945. I had not fully realised the utter DESTRUCTION Hitler brought down on Berlin. Quite sombre to look at the images of the smouldering ruins of May 1945 and then look at shiny new building in 2014.
Final points. Yes, I DID go to Checkpoint Charlie (“He didn’t crack a smile..) and YES I found the people pleasant and the food surprisingly upmarket.
Berlin was the crucible for the final battle of WW2 in Europe and yet its people have shown fortitude and have rebuilt their city. I would recommend it as a destination if you like history!
By Pete Moore On December 5th, 2014 at 7:36 pm
Because Friday night is Music Night
Just seen at Timmy’s place that Ian McLagan, keyboardist with the Small Faces, Faces and the Stones, died this week. Just look at that CV. What a life!
So we’ll spin one which I’m sure we’ve had before, but that’s alright when it’s this good. Three of the four Small Faces in this video have gone (Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane along with McLagan), leaving just Kenney Jones. What a band, one of the greatest in British Rock n Roll. And this is three of your finest minutes in British Rock n Roll too, no doubt about it.
(As always on the Friday Night Jukebox, feel free to link to whatever sounds you’re into.)
By Pete Moore On December 5th, 2014 at 7:17 pm
A Pizza Hut in Leatherhead, Surrey, only went and asked for what it wanted –
Pizza Hut accused of sexism after advertising for ‘decent, good-looking girls’
[…] It read: “Pizza Hut Leatherhead looking for full and part time drivers. Need to have your own car.
“We are also looking for a decent good looking girls for Reception. That role is just part time.”
Predictably, some busied themselves with getting offended. Lamentably, Pizza Hut pulled the ad. Look, this is all very simple; it’s their restaurant, their property, so they can employ whoever they like. If they want to employ decent, good looking babes, and if decent, good looking babes want to apply, then it’s no-one else’s business.
I know, I can be impeccably liberal.
By The Troll On December 5th, 2014 at 9:58 am
It speaks for itself, and what it says is frightening
By Mike Cunningham On December 4th, 2014 at 5:04 pm
We cannot know, and possibly cannot even begin to comprehend, what thoughts were swirling through the mind of this young woman; in the hours before she took the life of her innocent baby, along with her own. Charlotte’s body, along with that of tiny Zaani, lay in the rocks and bushes of the Avon Gorge, and was discovered after someone saw her hospital slippers in the grass. We cannot know; and therefore we must not judge, because the mind, especially the mind of a young woman who has just given birth, is like an unexplored universe.
But we can explore the manner in which this unfortunate young mother was allowed to walk clean out of a ‘controlled environment’, guarded by both electronic door release, and CCTV; and thence clean out of the maternity wing, whilst wearing only hospital slippers on her feet. Possibly an early query, but why was she allowed to walk, especially when the whole place is staffed with ‘dedicated health professionals’?
The hospital has launched a review.
I bet they have!
By Mahons On December 4th, 2014 at 2:06 pm
Poor Putin, a man who so often doesn’t wear his shirt is losing it. The rouble plunged to its lowest depth since 1998. Putin has had to warn the masses that Russia is headed into some hard times. Since Russians are generally depressed when things are going well, this indicates a plunge into a Soviet Era melancoloy. Sinking oil prices and Western sanctions for bad behavior are taking its toll. To add insult to injury the BBC reports Russian hookers are raising their rates by 40%. He is still popular in Russia, but Uber nationalism may not be as sustainable a platform when the Ivans get hungry.
By Mahons On December 4th, 2014 at 8:41 am
A Grand Jury refused to indict a white police officer who used a choke hold (against regulations but not illegal) on a black man named Eric Garner who was on a sidewalk in New York’s Staten Island Borough. The man was suspected of selling loose (untaxed) cigarets. The incident was captured on film, rendering the Grand Jury decision virtually incomprehensible. The deceased is heard saying he can’t breathe numerous times on the video.
The suspect’s crime was so low level the attempted arrest defies logic. And while a large man, his resistance was pretty minimal. It is fair to say he apparently had over 30 prior arrests, but it seems they were of a petty crime nature. He also had health issues, but the medical examiner ruled the primary cause of death was due to the choking. He certainly presented zero danger to the half dozen cops involved (all were given immunity except for the one who used the choke hold).
In 1994 there were about 2400 homicides in NYC. This year about 300. Crime is dramatically down, and one of the reasons was a focus on low level crimes under the broken windows theory. Another reason is smart and courageous policing. This incident was neither smart or courageous, and rose to the level of criminally negligent homicide and possibly even manslaughter.
The failure to indict will now give the racial agitators a genuine outrage with which to stir up trouble. And it is being linked to the less clear Ferguson case as a “pattern” which I think is unjustified. But no indictment in this case was slap in the face of justice.