By Pete Moore On March 2nd, 2014 at 3:18 pm
Peter Hitchens has just given an interesting interview with the American commentator Laura Ingraham on her radio show.
More than many other talking heads, he knows what he talks about, having been a foreign correspondent in Moscow as communism fell. He’s also a former Marxist-Leninist and now one of the genuinely conservative voices around. He explains why Russians feel betrayed and pushed into a corner by the West over the last couple of decades, and why Russia shouldn’t be seen as an opponent.
This is recommended listening. The interview’s here.
By David Vance On March 1st, 2014 at 9:36 am
As Russian troops and gunmen in unmarked uniforms fan out across Crimea, seizing two airports in an apparent bid to assert dominance over the region. President Obama warns Russia there would be “costs for any military intervention.” What might those costs be, exactly, and who will try to demand the payment and in what way? A very dangerous game is being played out in the Ukraine and one wonders what Obama hopes to accomplish here, precisely? It’s perfectly obvious that Russia will not sit back and allow the Ukraine to wander into the embrace of the EU.
By David Vance On March 1st, 2014 at 9:18 am
Inside the mind of the modern liberal intelligentsia.
Match Of The Day needs to become more diverse with fewer white men on its panel of pundits, the BBC has said. Days after announcing its dramas would include more black and gay actors to reflect modern Britain, the corporation turned its sights on sports shows. Danny Cohen, the BBC’s director of television, singled out BBC1’s Saturday football highlights programme for fresh criticism. He said: ‘If we have five pMI6 job advert (endorsed by gay rights group) seeks spies ‘committed to diversity and equality’
Meanwhile, lest you think that this modern intellectual cancer is restricted to the BBC, try the British security service MI6.
MI6 job advert (endorsed by gay rights group) seeks spies ‘committed to diversity and equality’
We are enfeebling our culture through this obsession about “diversity” and “equality”. If the BEST pundits on football are WHITE then they should get the job. Similarly if they are BLACK, or YELLOW. If MI6 want the BEST spies, I fail to fathom why this needs the endorsement of a Gay Rights advocacy group such as Stonewall nor why a “commitment to diversity and equality” even matters? Do you?
By David Vance On March 1st, 2014 at 9:10 am
Need I say more? Hewitt has subsequently apologised but Harman and her husband Jack Dromey, remain in denial. Why haven’t they been sacked?
By David Vance On March 1st, 2014 at 9:07 am
Some years ago, I took part in a debate on the BBC with former Guantanamo inmate, Moazzam Begg. I remember it well. Moazzam was accompanied by the local Amnesty International representative, as recall. At the time, I condemned the Jihad, said that those in Gitmo deserved to be there, and that Islam had a lot of questions to answer. Naturally, I was derided for speaking such modern heresies. I now read…
Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg and a 44-year-old woman have been charged with terror offences related to Syria, West Midlands Police have said.
The force said Mr Begg, 45, of Hall Green, Birmingham, is accused of providing terrorist training and funding terrorism overseas. The woman, Gerrie Tahari, of Sparkbrook, Birmingham, is charged with facilitating terrorism overseas. They will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Saturday. Both were arrested on Tuesday. Two other men arrested the same day remain in police custody.
What a shocker! The US security services maintained that Moazzam Begg was a Jihadist, captured in the foothill of Afghanistan. He claimed he was in the wrong time at the wrong place. How unlucky can you be, eh?
Looks like has happened again. Can we assume Shamnesty will rally to his side?
By The Troll On February 28th, 2014 at 11:57 pm
There are times when I miss home. I love the country. I always escaped to the woods when I was young to hunt, fish and just spend time in the deep wood. However it is not what made me. My roots belong to two cities. I miss them both. I miss the concrete, and the boardwalk. Philly will always be home. Atlantic city was always the alternative. We had the last house on California ave next to the Boardwalk. We sold it the year before they legalized gambling.
When the darkness of my soul brings memories of those days I recall the streets and the boardwalk, the soundtrack is always Springsteen.
Before my injuries I trained to serve those streets, but life takes it own roads. Tonight my body hurts, and my mind dwells on what was, what could have been and what is.
By Pete Moore On February 28th, 2014 at 7:15 pm
Because Friday night is Music Night: check out the fiddler
It’s a long time since I heard this one but it popped up on the wireless this week. I can’t remember which station. It might have been BBC Radio 2, which I jump in and out of. Come to think of it, I might post about my radio addiction and its clear superiority over TV.
Anyway, even if you don’t like the number, you just have to check out the fiddler. What a scary time the 1970s were. He looks like a cross between Robert Plant and Hagrid. It’s a sweet number though, like you’d expect dear listener. To my ears it has an English folk melody, which is obvious since the band is from … erm Kansas.
By David Vance On February 28th, 2014 at 5:40 pm
I see Islam has been showing us its profound commitment to gender equality!
Muslim boys’ school is facing claims of segregation after advertising for a temporary science teacher but making clear that women need not apply. The advert published by the outsourcing company Capita requested a “Male Science Teacher” to cover lessons, including some mathematics classes, until the end of the current academic year on a short term contract for up to £150 a day. Secular campaigners said the advertisement was just the latest in a series of demands for religious customs and practices to be “accommodated” in the education system as a result of giving faith groups the power to run schools. It follows a storm over allegations that non-Muslim female staff at the Al-Madinah free school in Derby had been forced to wear headscarves in line with strict Islamic practices.
Gosh, it’s ALMOST as if Islam sees women as second class citizens?
By David Vance On February 28th, 2014 at 5:29 pm
Ireland loves a terrorist.
‘Unionists have expressed “disgust” at a planned homecoming celebration for a man who police suspect was involved in the 1982 Hyde Park bomb. John Downey denied killing four soldiers in the IRA attack but the case against him collapsed when the court heard of a secret government scheme. He was one of 187 people who received letters assuring them they did not face arrest and prosecution for IRA crimes. His supporters have planned a “welcome home dance” in a County Donegal pub.
WHO could support someone who did this?
The fact that Downey was allowed to walk away from this, care of an alleged mistake of the PSNI, is stunning. We live in the age of moral bankruptcy.