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.
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?
By David Vance On April 7th, 2014 at 7:30 pm
The British Government continues to sanitise Butcher Boy McGuinness. This time, he gets the invite to a banquet hosted by Her Majesty at Windsor Castle.
Former IRA commander Martin McGuinness will be a special guest of the Queen during a state banquet at Windsor Castle, it has been confirmed. Northern Ireland’s First Minister will also attend other events organised by Her Majesty in London during the historic official visit by Irish president Michael D Higgins to the UK next week. The Sinn Fein politician, who refused to sit in the House of Commons as an MP because it required an oath of allegiance to the Queen, snubbed a gala banquet in her honour at Dublin Castle in 2011.
Here’s Marty in another guise…
Perhaps Her Majesty might enquire of Mr McGuinness how many murders of her soldiers his IRA killed and on whose orders?
By David Vance On April 7th, 2014 at 7:23 pm
Even by NHS standards, I thought this was breath-taking!
AN ELDERLY cancer patient was so desperate for nursing help he dialled 999 from his hospital bed.
Yes, you heard that right!
Peter Tizzard, 73, said he was wracked with pain when he pressed his bedside call button and shouted out for assistance. The pensioner claims his fraught calls went unanswered and so turned to his ‘only chance of help’ and made an emergency 999 call on his mobile phone. Mr Tizzard, who is suffering from prostate cancer, told the operator he wanted to be wheeled down to the casualty department so they could treat his severe pain. The 999 operator called Mr Tizzard’s ward at the Dorset County Hospital directly to alert them to his plight and they sent a doctor to see him.
Isn’t it something when PATIENTS in a hospital BED have to phone the emergency services for someone to attend to them????
By David Vance On April 7th, 2014 at 7:16 pm
The acceptance of compensation culture carries a HUGE cost to the taxpayer. Just think about this;
Birmingham City Council has shelled out “extraordinary” amounts of taxpayers’ cash in barmy school staff and pupil compo claims, including paying £100,000 to one teacher who broke up a playground fight. Shocking figures reveal that a dinner lady received £1,500 for injuries caused by a “defective” saucepan lid, while a cleaner was given £1,750 after being hurt by a mop. Elsewhere, a caretaker was awarded a whopping £40,000 after he got his thumb trapped in a school window and a pupil received £18,000 for being hit in the face with a ball.
Where does it end? We are paying taxes for Education not for compensation.
By David Vance On April 7th, 2014 at 7:10 pm
I thought this was touching.
“A respected GP and his wife from Dromore, Co Down died within days of each other and were buried together yesterday. Dr Victor Sterling died on Friday from a heart attack aged 96. His wife, Jane, 93, died early yesterday only hours before his funeral, after a long illness. Their joint funeral service was held at First Dromore Presbyterian Church. “We thought mum would have died about a week ago but when she heard that dad had gone into hospital with a heart attack, she began to fret for him,” their daughter Jan told the News Letter. “Then when she heard he had died she relaxed and succumbed too.’
Their love endured to the end.
By David Vance On April 7th, 2014 at 6:58 pm
Things are heating up in the Ukraine.
“Pro-Russian activists occupying a government building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have proclaimed the creation of a sovereign “people’s republic” independent of the capital, Kiev. The announcement, which was posted on YouTube, was delivered by a protest spokesperson outside a building currently occupied by several thousand Russia supporters, some of them armed. “Seeking to create a popular, legitimate, sovereign state, I proclaim the creation for the sovereign state of the People’s Republic of Donetsk,” the spokesperson said to cheers from the gathered crowd. The Interfax news agency reported that the self-proclaimed leaders of Donetsk had vowed to hold a referendum on regional sovereignty no later than 11 May. Ukrainian presidential elections have been set for 25 May.”
What will Obama do IF Putin chooses to recognise the result of the referendum on May 25th?
By David Vance On April 7th, 2014 at 6:54 pm
Readers will know I have been in FAVOUR of banning the garb of Islam from the public square. I’m not alone in wishing for this..
Jeremy Browne, a Liberal Democrat, said there needs to be a national debate about whether the state should step in to protect young women from having the veil “imposed” on them. Mr Browne said he is “instinctively uneasy” about banning behaviour, but suggested the measure may still be necessary to ensure freedom of choice for girls in Muslim communities. The Home Office minister is the first senior Liberal Democrat to raise such deep concerns about Islamic dress in public places. A growing number of Conservative MPs also want the Government to consider a ban.
The way I see it, Burqa/Niqab chic is not so chic and is an imposition, incompatible with OUR western values. If Muslim ladies (and children) want to wear such INDOORS, so be it. But not in the public square which is why I urge for the ban!
By Mike Cunningham On April 7th, 2014 at 4:11 pm
I don’t care if you are the Queen’s long-lost son, fresh from Nigeria; you aren’t coming into the Palace wearing a David Beckham-style hat!
By Mike Cunningham On April 7th, 2014 at 3:20 pm
…at least Barry has succeeded in one thing, and its a better record than the one our bunch don’t want to even talk about!
By The Troll On April 7th, 2014 at 11:13 am
A man of many talents and to long of a film history to list. He is now performing again with Judy.