By Pete Moore On April 7th, 2015 at 7:34 pm
Don’t mess with Zeman.
The US ambassador to the Czech Republic has been banned from Prague Castle, the official residence of the country’s president, in a row over Ukraine.
President Milos Zeman said he had “closed the door” of Prague Castle to Andrew Schapiro, the U.S. ambassador, following comments perceived as critical of the Czech’s decision to attend a World War Two commemoration in Moscow […]
European Union leaders are boycotting the ceremony in May over Russia’s role in Ukraine conflict but Mr Zeman – who has frequently departed from the EU line – has said he would attend.
What a mature bunch these European Union leaders are. It turns out that the Ambassador said it would be “awkward” should President Zeman attend the ceremony. As I read through the story I flipped the situation round, as is habit. It’s a useful way of analysing something. And so did the splendid Czech president:
“I can’t imagine the Czech ambassador in Washington would give advice to the American president where to travel,” Mr Zeman told news portal Parlamentni Listy.
“I won’t let any ambassador have a say about my foreign travels. “Ambassador Schapiro has the door to the castle closed.”
Well said Sir, very well put. In honour of his standing up for independent thought and action I’ve decided to go on a diet of Czech beer this week.
By David Vance On April 7th, 2015 at 7:30 pm
And lo, at Easter, he came back from the grave. The political grave that is;
Ex-Labour PM Tony Blair has warned that David Cameron’s pledge to hold a referendum on Britain’s EU membership would cause economic “chaos”. Mr Blair said Mr Cameron had put “exit on the agenda” by pledging a vote and that leaving would threaten the UK’s position as a “great global nation”.
Now then, a moment to reflect. The EU is characterised by massive levels of unemployment, mountains of debt and a currency that has been heading south so fast it has g-force burns. If Blair wants “economic chaos” he need only look across the EU.
Secondly, why is it SO wrong to allow the British people the chance to express their view on the EU? Wan’t Blair the man who gave us the referendum on the Belfast Agreement? Why was he ok with giving the people of NI a referendum but so scared to give the rest of the UK a say?
I’ll tell you why. Blair – like the rest of the political establishment, FEARS what we might say.
I finish by reminding you that Blair did seek to be President of the EU at one point. His bias is overt and his hypocrisy sickening.
By Mike Cunningham On April 6th, 2015 at 11:13 am
Police hunting ‘Midsomer Murder’ killer to begin knocking on doors to ask for DNA
Detective Superintendent Nick May of Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: “We want to thank all those men who attended the voluntary sessions in Bosham, Fishbourne and Chichester over the three-week session to give their DNA.
“The response has been positive. We still need those men who have not come forward to do so.
“We will be doing house-to-house enquiries and knocking on doors during a week of action from Monday 6 April to 12 April asking those who have not given their DNA to consider doing so.
“If we don’t get a reply we will also be sending out further letters asking them to attend Chichester police station to give their DNA.
“We have to be tenacious in our efforts to catch the killer.
“But we do understand that this is an entirely voluntary process and there is no compulsion for anyone to co-operate with us.
“We simply want to do the best we can for Valerie’s family and for the community in bringing the killer to justice.”
More than 9,500 people have been interviewed as part of the investigation and a £20,000 reward has been offered for information that could help lead to the capture of the person responsible.
Detective Constable Steve Taylor from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team explained: “The process is painless and should take no longer than 10 minutes.
“It is important for the public to understand that we will only use the samples obtained to check against this particular crime and their DNA profile will not appear on any database.”
Indeed? In regard to the final sentence from this mealy-mouthed copper, I am reminded of that old saying : If you believe that, you’ll believe anything!
By David Vance On April 6th, 2015 at 10:49 am
They haven’t gone away…
Diehard republicans brought guns back onto the streets of Northern Ireland on Saturday, firing shots during a “sinister show of strength” in a Lurgan cemetery. The Continuity IRA Easter terror display came as Sunday Life learned that PSNI detectives have foiled a plot to kill a senior police officer.
The dissidents planned to leave a booby-trap bomb at his father’s grave.
The paramilitaries involved in the bomb plan belong to the Continuity IRA – the hardline republican gang behind the terror event at St Colman’s Cemetery in Lurgan. In 2009 the organisation murdered PSNI Constable Stephen Carroll just three miles away in Craigavon.
By David Vance On April 6th, 2015 at 10:33 am
Even by modern British Conservatives, I thought this was pretty pathetic!
Every police force in England and Wales will be required to record anti-Muslim hate crimes and treat them as seriously as anti-Semitic attacks if the Tories win the next General Election, Theresa May has announced. In a move hailed by Islamic groups, Mrs May said that police will have to record Islamophobic attacks as a separate category, just as anti-Semitic crimes are recorded separately. At present some forces, including London’s Metropolitan Police, do record Islamophobic crimes as such. Other forces categorise them as hate crimes or specific offences such as assault or grievous bodily harm.
This plays straight into the grievance culture so beloved by certain Muslim groups and you can be certain that there will be a sudden mushrooming of alleged anti-Muslim crime. I wonder why Ms May has decided that there is no such thing as “Anti Christian” crime, or “anti-Atheist” crime for that matter? This is grovelling to the Muslim vote and it’s appalling to see May leading the charge. This will make things much much worse as the howls from Islamists grow louder, encouraged that they are being appeased.
By David Vance On April 6th, 2015 at 10:28 am
Hardly a surprise…
Seven out of 10 business chiefs at Britain’s biggest companies think Ed Miliband would be a ‘catastrophe’ for Britain, a survey has revealed. The poll of FTSE 100 chairman has revealed overwhelming support for David Cameron to remain Prime Minister, despite the widespread business concern over his pledge to hold an in-out referendum on Europe. It comes just days after more than 100 company bosses signed a letter warning against a Labour government. It also echoes controversial remarks by the Boots chief executive Stefano Pessina who sparked fury after claiming it would be a ‘catastrophe’ for the UK if Labour won the election.
There is little doubt that a minority Labour government propped by the Syriza-like SNP would cause economic chaos across the UK. Yet, and this is the remarkable thing, this remains a likely outcome unless there is significant movement in the polls.
By David Vance On April 6th, 2015 at 10:18 am
You have to feel sorry for his family…the scarecrows, that is.
An Argentinian shepherd has died while having sex with a scarecrow that was dressed with lipstick, wig and a strap-on sex toy.
The remains of Jose Alberto, 58, were discovered after neighbours called the council to report a smell coming from his house in San Jose de Balcare in eastern Argentina.
Police spokesman Rodolfo Moure said: “I initially thought there were two bodies but then I realised one was a scarecrow wearing lipstick and a long-haired wig.
By The Troll On April 6th, 2015 at 4:44 am
Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ shall come again.
I hope everyone had a wonderful day with Family and Feast.
By David Vance On April 5th, 2015 at 6:11 pm
Seen this? Betcha feel a warm glow knowing your taxes fund this sort of thing!
A pregnant mother-of-11 who receives £39,000 a year in benefits is planning a £10,000 trip to Las Vegas to renew her wedding vows – and it’s all being funded by the taxpayer.
Cheryl Prudham, 33, is blowing the cash on a ‘no-expense spared’ jaunt to the U.S so she can ‘remarry’ her 30-year-old husband Robert – whom she took back just weeks ago.
Mother of 11.
Viva las Vegas.