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CONSERVATIVE HARI KARI…

By David Vance On April 10th, 2014 at 9:12 pm

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David Cameron’s clumsy and indeed quite disgraceful defence of sickening trougher Minister Maria Miller has impacted on the body politic!

David Cameron was dealt a bitter new blow today by an exclusive poll revealing that support for Ukip hit record levels during the Maria Miller expenses scandal.

As the Prime Minister officially launched the Conservatives’ European elections campaign, Ipsos MORI disclosed that backing for Nigel Farage’s anti-EU party has surged to 15 per cent — its joint highest rating yet.

Polling was carried out from Saturday to Monday while Mr Cameron was loyally defending his then Culture Secretary. The results will be seen by many Tories as confirmation Ukip was helped by the scandal. The survey also shed possible new light  on why Chancellor George Osborne reportedly intervened to force yesterday’s resignation by Mrs Miller.

It found that he delivered the most popular Tory Budget for a generation and now enjoys the highest satisfaction rating of any Tory Chancellor since 1980 — but these personal triumphs are not being translated into higher Conservative popularity.

Instead, the Tories are down a point since March to 31 per cent — six points behind Labour, who are up two points to 37 per cent.

The problem for Cameron is that he consistently misreads the gut feel of the conservative grass roots and thinks he can push his metrosexual liberal agenda at any price. If things stay like this, the price paid will be LABOUR back in power in 2015.

THE UN – FAIR AND BALANCED.

By David Vance On April 10th, 2014 at 9:06 pm

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Global warming? That’s also the fault of Israel. And so is Manchester United’s poor form this season. Add to the list as you wish!

A PESKY DETAIL..

By David Vance On April 10th, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Now then, this comes a little surprise!

The number of immigrants to Britain in the last decade is 350,000 higher than the public has been told, experts admitted today. The Office for National Statistics admitted it had dramatically underestimated net migration to the UK by more than the entire population of the city of Cardiff. A ‘substantial’ number of people arriving in Britain from eight countries including Poland was missed, because researchers collected data from the wrong airports.

350,000 more than was thought. The equivalent of a city the size of Cardiff. Overlooked. How on EARTH can we place any lasting confidence in officialdom when it is SO far out? Maybe the 350,000 is also an underestimate?

BEAUTY BEHIND BARS…

By David Vance On April 10th, 2014 at 9:01 pm

It is touching to see how wisely the State uses YOUR taxes. Just consider this if you will…

Female prisoners in Northern Ireland are being trained in beauty therapy, it has been revealed.  The intention is to prepare inmates for employment upon release, Prison Service director-general Sue McAllister said.

How sweet and what a clever use of money. I can see little prospect of anything going wrong with this wheeze, can you? Pass the mascara…

IRAQ – WAS IT WORTH IT?

By David Vance On April 10th, 2014 at 8:57 pm

All those sacrifices from our Armed Forces….was it worth it?

Now the Iraqi government is poised to legalize child marriage for the nation’s majority Shiite Muslim population. But the law, which some expect to pass before this month’s parliamentary elections, would do significantly more than that. Called the Jaafari Personal Status Law, it would prohibit Muslim men from marrying non-Muslims, prevent women from leaving the house without their husband’s consent, automatically grant custody of children older than two to their father in divorce cases and legalize marital rape.

Makes you feel all warm inside, right? We should have just nuked the place.

WHERE’S UKRAINE?

By Pete Moore On April 10th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

I’d really hate to not know where anything is.

Maybe it’s that I’ve always been fascinated by maps. Give me an Ordnance Survey map (one of Britain’s great glories, in my opinion) and I could pour over it all day long, tracing the lines and features like braille. Maybe it’s that I ran and cycled free all over Epping Forest as soon as I could get out the door. Maybe it’s that I learned bushcraft and how to read maps in the cubs and scouts. Maybe it’s finding my way across terrain in the Army Cadet Force and TA and knowing how to find south with an analogue watch.

What it adds up to is that I’ve always thought I’m pretty spacially and geographically aware. I know where all the countries of the world are, as well the regions, states, provinces and lande in many of them. I know that flying from New York to LA takes you west. From Dublin to Belfast is north. I know also that the local pub (very important, this one), is west of home. I always know which direction I’m travelling in and whether I’m on the east or west side of the road. Often I’ll refer to maps, google earth or some such thing when news breaks. I need to know where things are happening and their relation to other places.

A girlfriend once asked me the quickest way to Selfridges from her work. I told her to get off at Bond Street tube station and walk west along Oxford Street. She looked at as if my head had just turned green. To me that was the natural way to describe it. I couldn’t think of another way of describing it. That to me is giving directions. So I’m quite amused (read ‘depressed’) to see that a survey of 2066 Americans reveals that just one in six Americans can find Ukraine on a map. More than that, the worse they were at finding it, the more they wanted the US military to get involved.

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Pandemic: or the art of the Spin-Scientist.

By Mike Cunningham On April 10th, 2014 at 11:50 am

Some time back, British Health officials were warning of the approaching ‘Flu’ Pandemic as though it was a guaranteed certainty that a repeat of the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak, which itself was a true pandemic, was about to hit Great Britain, and decimate the population. I wrote a couple of posts myself, one perhaps a touch more sarcastic than the other, as I, along with about 99.999% of the British population, was convinced that these officials knew even less than anyone else about the risks from the various strains of Bird flu, or Swine flu, or any other variation; but were talking up the advantages of being inoculated with their ever-so expensive Tamiflu drugs which they had chosen without very many trials, or viewed research, or proven statistically-correct and published trials, to back up their doom-laden words.

So it is not too surprising that the Cochrane Collaboration, a group of independent scientists backed, by the British Medical Journal, have, after years of fighting to gain access to ALL the trial data managed and generated by GlaxoSmithKline and Roche, the pharmaceutical giants, finally published their findings after scrutinising the data files. They have discovered that Tamiflu shortened a bout of Flu by about half-a-day from seven days to 6.3 days, which is, when the cost of the stored Tamiflu, noted to be some £424 millions, bought in a panic by the British Government  when the advisors went shrieking around that the ‘sky was indeed about to fall’, was interpreted by those Cochrane scientists as a sheer waste of money.

But will any government scientist, or indeed politician, accept responsibility for this financial debacle?  You must think I am joking! The graveyards themselves will open up before any of that bunch will even admit that the sun rises in the east, never mind accepting responsibility for the sheer waste of spending half-a-billion pounds on gear which not only didn’t work, the side-effects were down-right dangerous!

 

ATW OPEN THREAD

By Pete Moore On April 9th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

It’s one of those weeks at the coalface of capitalism. I have no interest in Oscar Pistorius, but all I’ve learned from the news on the wireless this week is that he cannot stop snivelling. Seems like not much else is going on. Well, nothing they’re telling us about anyway. Have yourselves an open thread then, one decorated by a randomly chosen image. Be nice out there.

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No, she should not have gone!

By Mike Cunningham On April 9th, 2014 at 9:39 am

Strangely enough, I do not believe that Maria Miller should have resigned. Most of the hue and cry which has pursued this lying, thieving and mendacious woman is based upon two inaccuracies.

The first is the simple fact that her thieving and lying behaviour was based upon rules of behaviour which have been replaced by much sterner equivalents. What she did was no more and no less than some 400 other MPs did before the eruption following the Telegraph’s expenses campaign. Where this thieving bitch went wrong was attempting to browbeat the Parliamentary Commissioner into either dropping or altering the terms of her investigation; and also attempting to place a block on the Telegraph reporter’s legitimate investigation by getting her advisor to quote Miller’s position as a Minister responsible for Press Regulation, to harass or bully the newspaper into dropping the investigation.

The second inaccuracy is of course that Miller was just doing her job by piloting through Parliament the disgusting and disgraceful Cameron-inspired Homosexual Marriage Act’s debasement of Marriage, and also controlling and pushing for the Leveson Royal Charter against Press Freedom; which pales into insignificance beside the fact that this Government, and the Labour bunch before it has given into Terrorism’s demands so that our own Queen Elizabeth was forced to accept into her presence one of the main leaders of SinnFeinIRA when Martin McGuiness sat down as a guest at Windsor Castle. A man who undoubtedly knew of the planned terror murder of her own dear Uncle, and the murder of well over two thousand other British subjects. So if he and his ilk can sit at Stormont and eat their fill at Windsor with Her Majesty, why should Miller have been eventually forced to fall on her sword to protect the Prime Minister, who was about to receive an almighty shellacking during Questions to the Prime Minister early this afternoon.

Update………..

Just noticed this photo in the Mail, and ATW readers are invited to provise the caption for Martin’s Moment!

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Mom, did you see my face in the photo?

By Mike Cunningham On April 8th, 2014 at 9:50 am

Examine, if you would the photo published below. Ignore the story, it is, for the purposes of this post, irrelevant.

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The photo is a microcosm of political life today. You see the spokesman or woman, puffed up with self-importance, the one who actually delivers the ‘message’. Then grouped around are the followers, the ‘staff’. the groupies, all desparate to gain a place in ‘their’ piece of history.

The photo, and the story, are American, but the picture might as well have been taken in London, or Bruges, or Pretoria, so alike are the results.

Possibly the only time when the groupies and ghouls do not crowd around is when the news is bad, when a death or a murder is the subject of the photocall; then you will only see the unfortunate person whose job it is to deliver that sadness to the public gaze.

Did you see it, Mom?