By David Vance On February 25th, 2014 at 10:30 am
Interesting to read that as the centenary of the First World War approaches, a new poll shows there is outrage that defining moments and figures in British history can be relegated below the rise of Islam and civilisations of West Africa and South America.
Eight out of 10 Britons oppose moves allowing schools to stop teaching about Britain’s role in the World Wars to concentrate on “world history”. Fewer than one in 10 thinks schools should be allowed to duck lessons on the sacrifices of millions of soldiers. An Ipsos Mori poll found 82 per cent want the First World War to be taught, while 84 per cent believe the Second World War should be compulsory. In the survey of 973 Britons aged 15 or over, only seven per cent thought it right not to make the two conflicts required topics. The new curriculum begins in September, weeks after the centenary commemoration starts. Under it, teachers are only compelled to teach one of three history subjects – Benin in West Africa, early Islamic civilisation in Baghdad or the history of the Mayans in South America.
By David Vance On February 25th, 2014 at 10:10 am
Dousing flames with petrol rarely leads to a less than incendiary outcome.
The Obama administration has signalled it no longer recognises Viktor Yanukovych as Ukraine’s president as western support firms up for the new leadership in Kiev. Jay Carney, the main White House spokesman, said that although Yanukovych “was a democratically elected leader, his actions have undermined his legitimacy and he is not actively leading the country at present”. Jen Psaki, a state department spokeswoman, said: “Yanukovych left Kiev. He took his furniture, packed his bags, and we don’t have more information on his whereabouts. So there are officials who have stepped in and are acting in response to that leadership gap at the moment.”
This statement by the US is plainly at odds with Russia. Does Obama think that supporting allegedly pro-Western forces in Kiev will heal the Ukraine? Putin has yet to make his views clear but the Ukraine is a lot closer to Russia than it is to America and Obama should tread lightly. What IS Putin does send the military in? What could the US do? Or the EU for that matter?
By David Vance On February 25th, 2014 at 9:59 am
Lest we forget;
On 16 June 1941, as Hitler readied his forces for Operation Barbarossa, Josef Goebbels looked forward to the new order that the Nazis would impose on a conquered Russia. There would be no come-back, he wrote, for capitalists nor priests nor Tsars. Rather, in the place of debased, Jewish Bolshevism, the Wehrmacht would deliver “der echte Sozialismus”: real socialism.
Goebbels never doubted that he was a socialist. He understood Nazism to be a better and more plausible form of socialism than that propagated by Lenin. Instead of spreading itself across different nations, it would operate within the unit of the Volk.
So total is the cultural victory of the modern Left that the merely to recount this fact is jarring. But few at the time would have found it especially contentious.
The historical fact is that Hitler was a SOCIALIST.
By David Vance On February 25th, 2014 at 9:53 am
The Irish are revolting, so to speak! It seems they are getting themselves all agitated about Margarette D’Arcy! Who is she, I hear you ask? Well…
Margaretta D’Arcy, the acclaimed Irish writer and peace activist, is serving a three-month prison sentence in Ireland for her protests at the US militaryuse of Shannon airport.
She could have avoided the jail term if she had agreed to sign a bond to uphold the law and stay away from unauthorised zones at Shannon. She refused to do so and was taken into custody.
But the Irish authorities have been confronted with a torrent of protest, and a measure of embarrassment, since D’Arcy, who is 79 and suffering from cancer, was incarcerated in Limerick prison.
She has been visited by Sabina Higgins, wife of Ireland’s president, Michael D Higgins. And protests on behalf of D’Arcy have been growing day by day. Some 240 artists have called for D’Arcy’s release, including journalist Nell McCafferty, film-maker Lelia Doolan and former UN assistant secretary-general Denis Halliday.
“Peace Activist” = left wing fanatic. Keep her locked up. I love the loaded terms like “incarcerated” to describe this committed law breaker. All she had to do is agree to keep the law, if she won’t do that, she should not be given clemency.
By David Vance On February 25th, 2014 at 7:56 am
The noose tightens.
Harriet Harman has denied supporting paedophilia “in any way, shape or form”, after the Daily Mail reported past links between a civil rights group and a paedophile campaign group. The newspaper has reported that a civil liberties group she used to work for had links to paedophile rights campaigners in the 1970s and 1980s. The Labour deputy leader said the Mail was trying to “reshape the facts”. The newspaper said she had failed to answer its questions.
From 1978 to 1982 Ms Harman was legal officer at the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL), which was the predecessor to campaign group Liberty. The Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) – a group which spoke positively about adults who were attracted to children – was granted affiliate status prior to her being hired.
Let’s just consider a few facts.
From 1978 to 1982, PIE remained affiliated with the NCCL. The idea that just because the affiliation was in place BEFORE she became legal officer does not explain why the affiliation CONTINUED after she entered her post. Surely she was disgusted by it?
NCCL archives showed how the pressure group lobbied Parliament for the age of sexual consent to be cut to ten if the child consented and ‘understood the nature of the act’. It also called for incest to be legalised in what one MP called a ‘Lolita’s charter’.
Harman, her husband Jack Dromey, and Patricia Hewitt ALL have questions to answer. WHY did they allow this affiliation to those seeking to legitimise paedophilia? Did they in any way agree with these objectives? I think we deserve an explanation, don’t you?
By David Vance On February 25th, 2014 at 7:47 am
Remarkable, even by NHS standards!
A key measure of hospital death rates should be ignored, according to the expert leading the review into them. Academic Prof Nick Black has been asked by the NHS to see whether they are an accurate indicator of poor care. His review is not due to be published until December, but he told the BBC the most established method of measuring mortality appeared to have no value.
So, why has “the established method” of such a critical measure got “no value”? Has the NHS been manipulating stats to keep the concerns of the next of kin at bay?
By The Troll On February 25th, 2014 at 12:21 am
Comedy actor, director and writer Harold Ramis (Egon) died today. He gave us some great films. Nothing of any great symbolic note just good laughs. Food for the Soul.
Back to School, Ghostbusters, Stripes, Groundhog Day, Analyze This, etc etc. Those are just a few that spewed from the wonderfully twisted mind that arose from SCTV. He and his art will be missed.
Ramis was born Nov. 21, 1944 in Chicago. He is survived by his wife, Erica Ramis; sons Julian and Daniel; daughter, Violet, and two grandchildren.
some of his best scene writing
By David Vance On February 24th, 2014 at 1:54 pm
Wonder how you feel about this?
Britain is donating more than £90million a year to Somalia despite strong warnings that its corrupt government is arming Al Qaeda-backed terrorists. David Cameron has approved the huge handouts to the war-torn East African country in an attempt to stop it becoming the next Afghanistan. But a leaked United Nations report has warned of ‘high level and systematic abuses’ by Somali government officials who have passed weapons and ammunition to Al Shabaab – the Al Qaeda-linked Islamic fanatics behind last year’s Kenyan shopping mall massacre in which 67 people died.
We shouldn’t be giving ONE PENNY to Somalia. Like so many other such countries, this “Aid” goes straight into the coffers of the corruptocrats who run the joint. Even worse, it goes to Al Queda! So, the UK government is lavishing OUR taxes on enriching Jihadists! Cameron really must desist with immediate effect.
By David Vance On February 24th, 2014 at 1:42 pm
Ukraine. What to say other than extreme caution needs to be exercised.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday said Russia had grave doubts about the legitimacy of those in power in Ukraine following President Viktor Yanukovich’s ouster, saying their recognition by some states was an “aberration”. ”We do not understand what is going on there. There is a real threat to our interests and to the lives of our citizens,” Medvedev was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying.
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton flies to Kiev where she is expected ‘’to meet key stakeholders and discuss the support of the European Union for a lasting solution to the political crisis and measures to stabilise the economic situation,’’ her office announced.
The EU is meddling. In my view Ashton will only make things worse. The Ukraine is a peculiar country, bitterly divided. However a Civil War is in no ones best interest.
By Mike Cunningham On February 24th, 2014 at 12:45 pm
My daughter, a Professional Mechanical Engineer, is working on a contract basis, and of course is fully paid-up with her taxes, as well as all the rubbish which comes with being self-employed.
So you can imagine her delight when she receives the latest letter from the Inland Revenue & Customs.
On the back of the envelope is printed “HMRC changed banks in April 2009. The old accounts are closing in 2010.”
I do hope they are just using old stock, and not just getting round to telling everyone that all their payments have been going astray for three years!