By David Vance On July 17th, 2015 at 3:36 pm
Curious bedfellows? Well, maybe not so much. Read this.
“When the Alex Gibney film “Going Clear: Hollywood and the Prison of Belief” was released in the US, it made a considerable impact. Scientology critics in the UK were eager to see it broadcast here by the satellite broadcaster Sky Atlantic. What effect would it have on the membership of the Church of Scientology here (which, according to the 2011 census, had less than 2,418 members)?
The book on which this film was based (“Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief“by Lawrence Wright) did not find a UK publisher because the UK law regarding defamation (i.e. slander and libel) was a repressive mess. No UK company dared touch the book for fear of being sued for libel by the Church of Scientology. they would have been required to prove every point and, even if they had won, it would have cost them a fortune (which would have broken many companies).
Since then, the new, more liberal Defamation Act 2003 (which took until the first of January 2014 to pass into law) completely removed this obstacle. What could go wrong? A very strange political situation in Northern Ireland, and David Miscavige, that’s what.”
Have a read of the rest here for some quite incredible political twists and turns. The punchline is simple.
“In short, Paul Tweed, a Lawyer retained by both David Miscavige (the ‘leader’ of the Church of Scientology) and Peter Robinson (The head of the Northern Irish government) has been instrumental in persuading the Northern Irish Government to retain the old defamation law.
This is to the advantage of the Church of Scientology (as represented by David Miscavige) because anything broadcast in Northern Ireland can be sued anywhere in the UK under the old, repressive provisions. Sky is a satellite broadcaster – it cannot avoid broadcasting in Northern Ireland – so “Going Clear” is off the menu for England, Scotland and Wales.
It is also to the advantage of Northern Irish politicians, who would likely have faced closer scrutiny by the media under the new law.
Finally, this situation is certainly to the advantage of Paul Tweed, who seems to have attracted a number of lucrative retainers.”
By David Vance On July 17th, 2015 at 3:27 pm
In the starkest warning yet over the implications of the crisis facing Stormont, Ian Paisley said that Sinn Fein had backed itself into a corner from which it could not escape. The North Antrim MP said another period of administration from Westminster would end the province’s hopes of gaining control of corporation tax rates as well as negotiated improvements to the welfare reforms. He also said it would mean water charges being introduced here.
Not sure we have a problem here, Ian.
Government from Westminster would see Northern Ireland governed by a functioning administration that will impose the SAME welfare provisions as the rest of England and Wales has had. It would mean that we no longer endure amateur hour dramatics and corruptocracy. Bring it on.
By David Vance On July 17th, 2015 at 3:21 pm
I suppose work-based violence won’t quite fly so just put it down to good ol’ “domestic terrorism” and for Allah’s sake do NO mention the Jihad.
US federal investigators say a gunman who killed four marines in a shooting spree in Tennessee had no known links to international terrorism. Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, was shot dead by police after he attacked a military recruitment centre and a naval reserve centre in Chattanooga.Local prosecutors are investigating the attacks – in which three people were also injured – as “domestic terrorism”. However, the FBI says Abdulazeez’s motive is unclear.
I think his motive was very clear. He wanted to kill Marines and he has succeeded.
This “lone wolf” meme so beloved of the media and the political establishment just will not fly. We heard the Tunisian killer was also a “lone wolf” as he went about the business of killing 38 people. Then we discovered he was part of a large Islamic terror cell. The RELUCTANCE of the Obama regime to confront and call out militant Islam contrasts markedly with the enthusiasm it has gone about battering the Confederate Flag.
By David Vance On July 16th, 2015 at 6:42 pm
“A French court nullified a Paris suburb’s decision to honor a Palestinian leader who is serving multiple life sentences in Israel for acts of terrorism.
The ruling by the Administrative Court of Montreuil dealt with the honorary citizenship conferred last year by the municipality of Aubervilliers on Marwan Barghouti, according to a report published by the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA.
The mayor of Aubervilliers announced the honor for Barghouti, a member of the Fatah faction, as part of his city’s commitment to support political prisoners. The city’s statement compared Barghouti, the mastermind of dozens of deadly terrorist attacks, to the late Nelson Mandela of South Africa.”
And what did Mr Barghouti do to earn this honour? Well ….
Marwan Barghouti served 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks that killed 5 people: one in Jerusalem (June 12, 2001, 1 killed), another in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002, 1 killed), and one in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002, 3 killed). When arrested in 2002, he headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament.
And lest you think this was a one-off…
‘The decision to honor Barghouti came shortly before a French court ordered another Paris suburb, Bezons, to nullify an honor conferred on Majdi Irhima al-Rimawi, a Palestinian who assassinated Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi more than a decade ago.”
It appears murderers of Jews are popular in certain parts of the French Republic…
By David Vance On July 16th, 2015 at 6:33 pm
Here’s a telling quote from Obama on the Iranian deal.
“This deal is not contingent on Iran changing its behavior,” Obama said, explaining that he hopes that it can lead to further dialogue with Iran on a range of regional issues, including the wars in Yemen and Syria. “We’ll still have problems with Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism, its funding of proxies like Hezbollah that threaten Israel and threaten the region,” he said. “My hope is that building on this deal, we can continue to have conversations with Iran that incentivize them to behave differently in the region, to be less aggressive, less hostile, more cooperative, to operate in a way we expect nations in the international community to behave.” “But we’re not counting on it,” he added.
Ah. well, that reassures me, how about you? I mean when Iran holds its annual “Death to Israel, death to America” festival and when it funds terror across the ME, well, that’s just kinda unfortunate. With Obama in charge and Kerry doing the deals, what can go wrong?
By David Vance On July 16th, 2015 at 1:54 pm
Why is it considered “radical” for the Government to insist that senior doctors work at the weekend?
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said he is prepared to impose seven-day working on hospital doctors in England. Mr Hunt said that a “Monday to Friday culture” in parts of the NHS had “tragic consequences” and said 6,000 people die each year because of this.
He is dead right if you pardon the pun. Anyone who has had family in hospital will know the FEAR that accompanies the weekend when the standard of care from Consultants reduces to…zero.
And how does the Doctor’s trade union respond?
British Medical Association leader Dr Mark Porter said the union supported more seven-day working but accused Mr Hunt of being “too simplistic”.
Rubbish. The BMA is a vested interest lobby group for our well paid doctors. It’s time we put patients first and that means doctors accepting that sickness extends beyond 9-5pm Monday to Friday.
By David Vance On July 16th, 2015 at 1:48 pm
Been a busy 24 hours. The UK Government has released a Green Paper on the future of the BBC and the BBC has kindly granted me the chance to debate this. I have been on BBC Three Counties; BBC West Midlands; BBC Scotland; BBC5 Live and later on BBC London. Interestingly BBC Northern Ireland choose not to engage me with me – despite the site that my OTHER site, Biased BBC is the single biggest online receptacle for BBC criticism!
In essence, my argument is that the core problem is the method of funding – the MANDATORY License tax which everyone who has a TV MUST pay. This is morally wrong and an anachronism in 2015. The BBC must unhook itself from the £3.5 BILLION it extorts via the License Tax and enter the world of the free market. Allow people to pay for it. Or not. It’s simple.
By Pete Moore On July 15th, 2015 at 8:56 pm
This is intriguing (my emphasis)-
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond slammed the Israeli government’s criticism of the Iran nuclear deal during a parliamentary session on Wednesday. Hammond said that “no agreement with Iran would have been enough for Netanyahu. Israel prefers a permanent state of standoff (with Iran) …”
The foreign secretary added during the session that the only way to undermine the deal is through U.S. Congress, noting that Netanyahu will try to influence Congress’ decision, but adding that he is convinced that tactic will fail.
I wonder who sanctioned that! It’s intriguing because this Tory Party is fully neocon and Atlanticist, yet a Tory Foreign Secretary has openly criticised Israel (or at least Likudniks), saying it wants permanent standoff and tension. This really is against the grain. It might be Hammond’s opinion, but he didn’t simply voice it. Foreign Secretaries speak for HM Government, so someone sanctioned it.
By Pete Moore On July 15th, 2015 at 6:45 pm
Always question what the media is telling you.
A pair of lesbians “were left shaken and upset” when asked to snop snogging at a Cardiff food festival. The horror. Snogging is the most natural thing to do in front of families of course. I saw this story in the Mail yesterday and it was obviously dodgy.
Mog and Freya (the rugmunchers) would have it that the kiss was just a spontaneous show of affection. The high quality snaps of the entire episode tell a different tale. The narrative is about small-minded bigotry, but it was obviously a set up. And now we see this –
“Shaken and upset” my arse. It was a set up, a dishonest stunt to expose the bigotry of conservative suburbans and how it causes pain for lesbians who simply want to be themselves. This goes on all the time in the media. Stories are planted every day to influence the mindset and social attitudes. It could be Russia, it could be a pair of lesbians pretending to be shocked. Always question it.