John Cridland, a former CBI director reviewing the state pension age for the Government, said the “Brexit Factor” had made the future of the state pension uncertain.
The Government’s decision on pension changes, due in May, will be informed by Mr Cridland’s report to be published one month earlier.
Well yes, but it’s nothing to do with Brexit. Governments have been shoving up the retirement age for years now. Britons are simply not breeding in sufficient numbers to keep up with government spending, whether on state pensions or everything else. So it’s necessary to import young, fertile and horny immigrants to keep producing the tax cows. Either that or cut spending, but when do governments ever cut spending?
In the end they’re admitting that it’s ponzi spending. New entrants are always required. We’re destined to end up living on top of each other because the state spends too damned much.
The President’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is in the news for his pre-inauguration phone calls with a Russian diplomat in which it now appears certain that he did discuss sanctions (and their removal). Is this something that upsets only liberal critics? No, the Vice President has indicated this is a serious issue. Flynn has dialed back his denials to a present inability to rule out that he did. Personally I don’t recall every phone call I had myself last month, but that detail I think I would remember.
Trump’s odd placating of Russia has had many twists and turns. There really is no indication that the Commander in Tweet even understands the issues, or that he would be bothered by them. Whether Flynn stays in will be a developing story. As an early Trump supporter an an inner circle aid with strange theories he seems destined to remain. But if he left Pence out to dry in defending him there could be more to come.
A weird haircut sporting megalomaniac who inherited his family fortune, is beloved by robotic supporters despite obvious lying propaganda and rants against any critics. But enough about Trump, North Korea’s Kim Jung-un is one wacky and dangerous dude.
His recent ballistic missile launch is troubling, not necessarily for its effectiveness, but for its demonstration of the I don’t give a shit attitude of its totalitarian regime. Chris Hitchens famously labeled it a nation of racist dwarfs in his Slate profile, highlighting the tight military control of a population that is virtually enslaved.
There is little unilateral action that can be undertaken. Alliances with regional democracies (Japan, Australia as South Korea) has kept North Korea in check, but the North Korean crime regime is almost impervious to sanctions (self-induced famine is viewed as a policy and not as a crisis). China, long a regime sonsor, may even have diminished influence as the North Korea government grows more certifiable year by year. The Free World needs to remember those who do not wish it to be so.
England in Cardiff today. Four minutes to go and Wales lead 16-14. England are hammering on the door, five yards from the Welsh line, when Wales turn over the ball. I’m not happy. They’re going to kick the ball into touch 40 yards downfield. In Leigh Halfpenny and Dan Biggar they have two super reliable boots.
For some inexplicable reason, the ball is passed back to Jonathan Davies, who’s not a kicker. He kicks it straight downfield, where Ford fields it for England. Ford moves it on to Farrell, who pins two defenders and fires it to Elliot Daly out wide. Wales’ Cuthbert, who was clearly knackered, shows Daly the outside, so Daly takes the outside …
Farrell converted from the touchline and it ends Wales 14-21 England. (And I know, Daly should have tucked the ball under his left arm.)
High up in the corner where Daly scored, I once sat and watched Gavin Henson kick a last minute penalty to win for Wales. 76,000 taffs went mental, and I was sat in the middle of’em. So yeah, I enjoyed that moment today.
Every player involved deserves a pat on the back. That was a bloody great game.
Weighing in on one of the most contentious issues in American politics — the danger posed to host countries by the 4.8 million people who have fled from Syria’s civil war — Syrian President Bashar Assad told Yahoo News that some of the refugees are “definitely” terrorists.
In an exclusive interview with Yahoo News at a presidential office in Damascus, Assad said President Trump’s freeze on admitting refugees from his country — part of an executive order that has drawn widespread protests and is being challenged in federal court — “is an American issue” on which he would not take sides. But asked if some of those who fled are “aligned with terrorists,” Assad quickly replied, “Definitely.”
ANKARA (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of Iranians rallied on Friday to swear allegiance to the clerical establishment following U.S. President Donald Trump’s warning that he had put the Islamic Republic “on notice”, state TV reported.
On the anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, which toppled the U.S.-backed shah, marchers including hundreds of military personnel and policemen headed towards Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) Square.
They carried “Death to America” banners and effigies of Trump, while a military police band played traditional Iranian revolutionary songs.
Yet according to 3 Judges the President of the United States who has the Sole responsibility to protect American Citizens is FORBIDDEN to deny immigration and visits by people from these two countries. That it is a VIOLATION of their Constitutional Rights…..
They are not Americans. They have NO Constitutional Rights, and they are saying right to our face that they are coming to kill us.
I hope they keep their terror attacks to the Democrat big cities.
A man whose three young daughters died in a fire on Christmas Day in 2011 has himself just died of what the papers say was natural causes. At age 51.
The loss of his children makes the word heartbreaking seem insufficient. Soul breaking might be closer. I remembered the story and how Over the Rainbow was sung at their funeral. The lyrical hope that of reaching a destination called “Somewhere” where bluebirds fly and the plaintive cry of why oh why can’t I reach that Somewhere was poignant.
I hope there is a Heaven and some reunion. I suppose there may not be. But I certainly wish there is.
Donald Trump has denounced the Nordstrom store chain for discontinuing his daughter Ivanka’s clothing line. Previous attacks on individual businesses at least had the colorable defense of being on behalf of American economic interests as opposed to merely the economic interests of his own family.
His spokesperson Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox and not only defended the misuse of Presidential power, but promoted Ivanka’s products urging people to buy them. That is probably a violation of federal ethics law. White House press secretary and official barker Spicer advises us that she has been counseled. Oh my.
We shall move forward with this circus of tweeting, ridiculous reaction to criticism and appointment of often unqualified cabinet members. Rhetoric will need to be backed up with performance in the form of effective leadership and legislation. Until then the infomercial administration remains infantile in its infancy.
I was on RT news yesterday discussing the claim by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn that the BBC has been pushing “fake news’ by suggesting a/Labour is divided and b/He is thinking of stepping down as Leader.
I found myself in the remarkable position of sitting in a BBC studio and DEFENDING the BBC on this specific. On Wednesday night, almost 20% of his MPs rebelled against his wishes over the Brexit vote on the Article 50 Bill. By ANY standard that is a serious division and asking him about it is not ‘fake news’. As for the suggestion he may resign, that’s just gossip and gossip is the oil that lubricates the wheels of politics as we all know! The BBC were just asking him questions and that is fair enough. Corbyn is a humourless drone and remarkably thin skinned and hence the ludicrous “fake news” retort.
However I did go on to point out that the BBC IS a purveyor of fake news and no one in their right mind trusts its news and political affairs output. It is a left wing echo chamber and I am glad that I don’t go on it anymore.
Did anyone doubt that the San Francisco uber liberal circus that is the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal would uphold the Seattle Court decision to ensure those hailing from seven terrorist incubator countries can travel to the US without more detailed vetting? Me neither! I was particularly amused by their conclusion that the Trump restrictions were unlawful because they impacted “on the constitutional rights of those travelling from the identified countries”. Of course Yemenis, Somalis etc do not HAVE any constitutional rights. Only US citizens have those. This will go to the Supreme Court and the President’s view will be upheld. The wackos in San Francisco are just time wasting….
“The State Department has more than doubled the rate of refugees from Iraq, Syria and other suspect countries in the week since a federal judge’s reprieve, in what analysts said appears to be a push to admit as many people as possible before another court puts the program back on ice.
A staggering 77 percent of the 1,100 refugees let in since Judge James L. Robart’s Feb. 3 order have been from the seven suspect countries. Nearly a third are from Syria alone — a country that President Trump has ordered be banned altogether from the refugee program. Another 21 percent are from Iraq. By contrast, in the two weeks before Judge Robart’s order, just 9 percent of refugees were from Syria and 6 percent were from Iraq.’
When the next killing spree happens, thank Judge Robarts.
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