Ian Paisley has passed away at age 88. He was a lightening rod in N I and few people will have no strong opinion of him. He was reckless in his speach and in his actions. And he straddled the political scene from absolute defiance to peaceful accomodation. Others will no doubt reflect upon him more deeply here, but I thoughat I would put this up for reactions until then.
Well, we all die one day.
Former Democratic Unionist Party leader Dr Ian Paisley, 88, has died, his wife Eileen said. In a statement, Baroness Paisley said her “beloved husband” had “entered his eternal rest” on Friday morning. “Although ours is the grand hope of reunion, naturally as a family we are heartbroken,” she said. “We loved him and he adored us, and our earthly lives are forever changed.” Baroness Paisley said that his funeral would be private.
At these times, politics should be set aside. My views on Ian Paisley are a matter of record however I do pass on my condolences to his family and friends.
I met him on several occasions and found him a likeable man on a personal level.
First, it was ROTHERHAM. Industrial scale sex abuse conducted by “Men of Pakistani origin”
In recent days, details are emerging of OTHER English cities with similar disturbing stories of widespread child exploitation. Now the problem seems to have crossed the border to the Socialist Republic of Scotland.
“Police inquiry into sexual exploitation of children in Glasgow mirrors the scandal in England, writes Dani Garavelli POLICE are investigating the sexual exploitation of vulnerable children in Scotland by men from ethnic minorities in cases that bear striking similarities to the organised abuse of youngsters in Rotherham, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. Detectives have launched two operations into the abuse of vulnerable teenagers, some of whom absconded from children’s homes, in Glasgow. The first, Operation Cotswold, set up in 2011, focused on a group of Middle Eastern asylum seekers in the north of the city. At least 26 potential victims were identified and files were sent to the procurator-fiscal, but no prosecutions were brought.”
One has to wonder WHY so many muslim men – because that’s what they are – engage in this depraved behaviour?
I was amused to read this drivel;
Mr McGuinness’s stinging criticisms of his partners in the Northern Ireland Assembly were made on the second day of Sinn Fein’s ‘think in’ at An Grianan in Termonfeckin, Co Louth.
“Unionist leaders have singularly failed to reach out or to recognise and accept the validity of nationalist and republican perspectives, narratives and aspirations” he said. “Unionist politicians routinely excuse and defend racism, sectarianism and homophobia.” He added: “Racism, sectarianism and homophobia are totally and wholly unacceptable.”
Petulant Marty shows his hatred for Unionism. Let’s get it straight – racism, sectarianism and homophobia are indeed unacceptable. So is terror, and murder and intimidation and yet THOSE were the core activities of his IRA. Now this arch hypocrite postures and preens and dares to lecture others. There will always be people who hold morally repugnant values – unionist, republican and other – but to label an entire section of the population in this way is…well, sectarian.
There have been intense briefings today. The first in the House. the Second for the Senate. Both lasted several hours each. The topic was the response/campaign that The President is about to take.
Seeing that Obama will not commit ground troops, this is an air assault. Well his drone program has done well but this has to be much larger, at least initially. We are at the wait and see period.
I wish him luck, and success. Let’s see what he does. The clock is ticking.
Scotland holds its referendum on whether to stay or leave the UK next Thursday, the 18th September.
We are currently getting a lot of hype and spin on the topic with the media proclaiming it is “too close to call” and the vast majority of this spin comes from the Scottish Nationalists. Here is an example of said;
Alex Salmond says “Scotland is on the cusp of making history” as he marks the anniversary of the 1997 devolution referendum. The first minister was speaking on the anniversary of the referendum when Scots voted to re-establish a Scottish Parliament after 300 years. Mr Salmond said: “Scotland is on the cusp of making history. The eyes of the world are upon Scotland. What the world is seeing is an articulate, peaceful, energised debate. Scotland will vote ‘Yes’ next Thursday.”
It won’t. It will vote NO and by a decisive margin in my view. But the campaign has shown one thing above all else – Scottish Nationalism is divisive, essentially based on hatred of England, detached from all economic reality and constructed on a flimsy tissue of grand delusions. In essence, Salmond just says things and the gullible think they become so. Well, they don’t.
What currency will an Independent Scotland have? Westminster makes it clear that the BOE will not underwrite the £ sterling. Salmond says this is a bluff and it will. They are all wrong and he is right.
Who will the Head of State be in an Independent Scotland? Salmond says Her Majesty will be. But she is our BRITISH Queen and there is no assurance she would seek to be Queen of Scots.
What will happen to business in an Independent Scotland? Well, the likes of RBS and Lloyds have made it crystal clear that they will redomicile their headquarters in England. Salmond says this is no big deal.
Salmond makes one wild claim after another and a sizeable chunk of the Scottish electorate swallow the bluster and it will make many OTHER British people seriously question the nature of these people.
They allege they want “self-determination” yet they seek to integrate themselves into the EU even as they leave the UK? Where is the logic to that? Is it as simple as the fact they would sooner have Brussels rule them than London? And if so, WHY?
I have engaged with quite a few people in the YES to Independence campaign on the social media forum – the so-called cybernats - and they seem uniformly hostile to any opinion but their own and are deluded in equal measure.
That’s what has become the distinguishing characteristic of this campaign from Salmond and his socialist cronies – they have ditched reason and logic and simply appeal to arrogant Nationalism. I don’t think it will work but I also believe many other Brits will view Scotland differently POST Referendum. The fondness may fade.
It’s all been said, hasn’t it?
Today marks the 13th anniversary of the single greatest act of terrorism that the world has even seen and many families will still grieve for the innocents lost on that day. In a way it was a wake up call that NO country anywhere in the world is safe from the Jihad. Terror CAN come to New York, just as much as it came to the streets of Belfast.
However 9/11 is symbolic. It showed that a small number of dedicated Islamic terrorists – people who claim to LOVE death more than life – can cause mayhem and destruction. They brought the Towers down and this act SHOULD have brought down any illusions politicians held that just because you ignore the Jihad this means the Jihad ignores you. Sorry, it doesn’t work that way.
I think there are five key lessons from 9/11 that we should reflect upon;
1. Islamic terrorists will not hesitate to kill us. So we have to kill them first. It is brutally simple.
2. A section of Islam is at war with us across the world. The Jihad is global and so should our response.
3. Leading up to 9/11, the Clinton administration failed to confront the menace they knew was out there. The Obama regime has done EXACTLY the same with regard to the Islamic State. What will the outcome be?
4. You cannot reason with fanatics. You cannot kill an idea. But you can kill those who would seek to carry it to our front door.
5. This is an existential struggle, not just a political or military struggle. We need to show firm leadership, a clear commitment to victory over a dark ages ideology and a relentless determination to prevail. We have to be the strong horse.
If the varied and various headlines published over the past few days, and indeed weeks are anything to go by, the Scottish Referendum should be viewed as a complete change in British Politics. The ‘Independence’ claims of ‘Freedom’ and ‘self-rule’ are there in plenty, as well as the undertones, always evident from the Celtic fringe, of a release from the servitude of centuries, of a forced bow towards Westminster, of having to be allowed to spend tax-payers money which stems from the wealth stemming from Scots oil and gas. Much more has been written, and spoken, by the Scots ‘Yes’ campaign, but all along the, the same theme emerges from these Scots politicians; ‘Trust us, and we shall deliver you and Scotland towards the Elysian Fields, and it will not cost you anything’!
Much the same thing, but on a much more negative note, comes from the speeches of the ‘No’ campaign; more dire warnings from a bunch of politicians and observers gathered together, for expediency purposes, under their ‘No Thanks’ banner. We hear of the terrible things which may befall the Scots, if they decide to ‘go it alone’, and even of the very voice of the Prime Minister ‘breaking’ with true emotion as he implores the Scottish voters to believe him and his confreres in the ‘No’ camp; whilst at the same time asking those same Scottish voters to forget that he shares the same platform with the Labour leader, a bitter enemy, and the Lib-Dim leader, another bitter enemy, but one wrapped in the colours of a Coalition.
But amidst all the clamour, the many and varied promises of a collective bunch of Politicians whom, we are justly remembering, are the same bunch who promised all those things which never came to pass, because they will never, ever, contemplate changing from the ‘status quo ante’; meaning, literally, the same as was before.
Commentators, and there are many of us, despair of being offered a true change, of a movement away from the deadly boredom of Government by Party politics, of the incessant pleas for this special treatment for a small category, or that ‘exception’ to the rules for the rest of us.
If one of the Parties: now scrambling to attempt to undo the catastrophic decisions which came forth after the totally stupid and cowardly ‘Devolution’ schemes of the early Blair/New Labour years, when the paths towards a Scottish ‘Independence’ were first cast in Legislation: had actually presented any new ideas, any faint traces of a proper ‘Democracy’; of changes which would form a Government which reacted to what the People wanted; instead of ramming through policies based on Party dogma, many would have applauded and made those changes work. But the big problem is that, in order to effect those changes, the Party politicians, together with the bulk of the invisible but powerful ‘Inner Government’ which is actually what the Whitehall Civil Service actually is, would have to give up power, and themselves be subject to the considered ‘whims’ of the people who gave their votes, and allowed the parasites in power to milch the public purse unto the tenth generation!
What is not evident, but still present, are the facts that one bunch of the ‘Old Elite’ are attempting to wrest power from the rest of the ‘Old Elite'; with not a new thought, or idea, or proposal amongst the lot of them! If you mention, even in passing, the Harrogate Solution, all you would probably get would be “Whats Harrogate got to do with it”?