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DERRY / LONDONDERRY? REMOVING THE STROKE.

By David Vance On July 26th, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Lots of media silly season focus on the proposal by Derry and Strabane Council to officially rename the Maiden City as Derry. Londonderry sticks in the caw of Nationalists and they seek to assert their dominance over the minority unionist population in this area.

What do I think it should be called? How about a rabidly intolerant republican loving hole? This is the City that saw the Protestant population on the City side of the river Foyle drop from 18,000 in 1969 to 500 in 2015. This is called “inclusivity” apparently and god help anyone who dares challenge it! WHY did so many Protestant families flee? The actuality and constant threat of IRA driven terror. HOW do I know this? I married one of those people who joined the vast exodus from the former UK City of culture.

I think Londonderry represents much that is wrong in N. Ireland. It has a disproportionately large number of people claiming Welfare benefit – surprise surprise. It has more than a residue of terrorist culture as the recent funeral show for the INLA demonstrated. All in all, it is a lamentable place.

IT JUST GETS BETTER!

By David Vance On July 26th, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Be still my beating heart. The Left in Britain are intent on self destruction!

Jeremy Corbyn has said he is in the Labour leadership contest “for real”, and called for the renationalisation of the railways and energy companies.  The left-wing MP, who topped a recent YouGov poll, told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show he was “making no predictions” over the outcome. The popularity of his campaign has sparked a row within the party, Ex-SNP leader Alex Salmond said he could work with Labour on “a range of issues” if Mr Corbyn became leader.”

Corbyn is rapidly proving himself way beyond satire. He is more pro Hamas than pro Business – he is suspicious of the profit motive – and the vast majority of his policies are entirely disconnected from the vast majority of those who will vote in 2020.

So, I hope he wins the Labour leadership, and that Tom Watson wins the Deputy Leader role – he’s another leftist who had to resign from office last time he was in it.

Labour are becoming the Tom and Jerry show.

OBAMA’S GAY DAY

By Pete Moore On July 25th, 2015 at 7:43 pm

They just never give up. President Obama went back to see the folks in Kenya and decided to lecture the local prez on gay rights.

BBC report and video here.

Presidential trips are meticulously scripted and choreographed. The White House and State Dept set out every inch of the road, rule out anything that must be ruled out and ensure everything is in which must be in. Nothing is left to chance.

To his credit, President Kenyatta politely told Obama to get lost, but Kenya has so many problems – poverty, corruption, violence, Somalian Islamic terror, Africa always being African – that the idea of gay rights being a pressing issue is completely bizarre.

TURKEY GETS DRAWN IN

By Pete Moore On July 25th, 2015 at 7:19 pm

This could be very significant.

Turkish land and air forces have spent the last 24 hours pounding ISIS positions close to the Turk/Syrian border. It seems that an ISIS drone murdering 32 Kurds in Turkey earlier in the week may have been the catalyst. With no love lost for the Kurdish nationalist cause, they’ve also been hammering the PKK. Maybe Ankara wants no-one in control of Syria near to Turkey, but it should have thought of the consequences of undermining Assad.

Many Kurds live elsewhere in Turkey, so it’s no surprise that Istanbul is burning for the second night in a row. The PKK killed two Turkish police officers a few days ago. I expect more PKK reprisals and the usual Turkish response to that.

There’s no dipping your toe into these things. Turkey – a NATO country – could be in or out fully and it’s being drawn right in. It can bomb the Kurds and ISIS nearby but if that’s all then the bombing will stop and Kurds and ISIS will still dominate wherever it is they are. Only ground troops can clear and hold space.

I know one thing: if Erdogan provokes a blowback significant enough for him to invoke Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, he can get stuffed.

FITCH UPGRADES ICELAND

By Pete Moore On July 25th, 2015 at 2:23 pm

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We don’t hear much about the Icelandic economic crises now. Well there isn’t one. Like Greece, Iceland was at rock bottom not long ago. Unlike Greece, the heroic Icelandic people refused to bend beneath the yoke of creditor demands. Let’s remind ourselves how bad it was in 2009-

One year ago, Iceland was named the most desirable country in the world. Today, its economy has been devastated by the catastrophic collapse of its three largest banks. Unemployment rose 45% between November and December, and a recent survey indicated that 40% of households and 70% of businesses were technically bankrupt.

Quite bad then amid the “catastrophic collapse”. However the people fought the police, they fought parliament, and they won. The banks went down, creditors took it on the chin and the experts predicted years of depression. But the experts were wrong. Prices and markets were allowed to work and today Iceland is on the up. Some “catastophe” then. Maybe “fortuitous” is the adjective they were looking for. There must be a lesson in there somewhere.

DAYS LIKE THESE

By Pete Moore On July 25th, 2015 at 1:13 pm

Yep, sport again.

It’s the last competitive day of Le Tour de France, the riders are on the road and they’re heading for a finish at the summit of Alpe’d’Huez. It’s a legendary climb. I’ve been up it on wheels myself: four of them to be honest, in a taxi on my way to a week’s skiing. I certainly wouldn’t be so stupid as to cycle it. There are twenty two hairpin bends, the crowds close in so tight they block out the road and un Anglais still clings to the yellow jersey. The locals have already gobbed on Chris Froome, thrown urine in his face and punched his teammates, but hey, cycling’s a sport of passions and they really hate seeing one of ours win. One of the great scenes in sport is on ITV4 right now.

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As if it couldn’t get any better, the Springboks host the All Blacks at Ellis Park, Jo’burg at 4.30pm. Watch it on Sky Sports or live stream it for free. We’re talking two very big rugby beasts who hate losing to each other. The beers are already chilling for what might another classic.

Friday

By The Troll On July 24th, 2015 at 6:02 pm

Here’s one the recording is raw, but so was the Music. This video shows the bands and records of the greatest music the world has ever scene…. It’s all we heard growing up in my neighborhood.

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FRIDAY EVENING JUKEBOX…

By David Vance On July 24th, 2015 at 5:41 pm

Evening all. Here is a great tune…it sounds as fresh now as it did when I bought it back in the summer of ’74.

LABOUR GOES GREEK…

By David Vance On July 24th, 2015 at 5:33 pm

It just gets better! The UK looks like it will now enjoy at least a decade of Conservative Government if this is what passes for “opposition”!!!

Labour needs to learn from left-wing movements such as Greece’s Syriza, Spain’s Podemos and Scotland’s SNP to spread a message of anti-austerity across Britain, Jeremy Corbyn has said.

The left-wing Labour leadership candidate said failing to do so would leave Labour continuing to lose support to the Tories.

Mr Corbyn said: “I have been in Greece, I have been in Spain. It’s very interesting that social democratic parties that accept the austerity agenda and end up implementing it end up losing a lot of members and a lot of support.  “I think we have a chance to do something different here.”

Incredible stuff! Labour has no chance of winning any General Election if it goes Left and yet all the signs are that it will do exactly THAT! Labour went left in 2010. It lost. It went further Left in 2015. It lost. So the compelling logic is  – go even further Left.

KERRY GOLD…..

By David Vance On July 24th, 2015 at 5:21 pm

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John Francois is a man with a plan!

Secretary of State John Kerry says he told Iranian officials during the nuclear talks that “death to America” chants at public rallies in their country were “pretty stupid.”

Wow –  now THAT was really sticking it to them…right?

“I told them that their chants of ‘death to America’ and so forth are not helpful, and they’re pretty stupid,” Kerry said, lowering his voice, during a question-and-answer session at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, where he sought to sell the controversial nuclear deal.”

I imagine the Iranians are quaking in their boots!